Devon suffer petanque defeat in Cornwall

The Devon and Cornwall petanque teams

The Devon and Cornwall petanque teams - Credit: Archant

The annual regional match, held this year at St Day, near Redruth saw Cornwall beat Devon 21-15, their first win in the fixture since 2013, writes Chris Bigmore.

The match was contested by six teams of triples from each region playing six timed games in a round robin format.

The first round of games ended with Cornwall leading 5-1 as the Devon players took time to adjust to the unfamiliar terrain, and, at the halfway mark, Cornwall were still in charge, leading 12-6.

Devon fought back with round five their best one, recording five wins to leave the match standing at 17-13 in favour of Cornwall.

That proved too much of a hill to climb for the Devon team and the Cornish side comfortably saw out round six to seal the match and end their barren spell.

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Devons’ most successful teams were Devon Three; Chris Jeffrey, John Violet and Gary Smith, and Devon Five; Stewart Brown, Joan Dixie and Peter Smith; both recording four wins each.

Devon captain John Thatcher congratulated the Cornwall side on a fine victory and is already anticipating revenge at next years’ encounter in Devon!

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