End to outdoor bowls at Sidmouth

Sidmouth Ladies have thoroughly enjoyed their outdoor bowling and the season ended with some very good results.

Sidmouth Ladies have thoroughly enjoyed their outdoor bowling and the season ended with some very good results.

A warm welcome was given to Spreadeagle touring teams when two teams of ladies' triples from the South East branches of Barclays Bank played Sidmouth Ladies on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Sidmouth won on one rink and just lost on the other - Zena Johnson, Sheila Burnand, Jill Bishop 20-18; Jill Lewis, Doreen Pound Eileen Hewett 17-21.

The cream tea served at half time was very much appreciated!

The last friendly match of the season was again at home against Feniton, who were also playing their last outdoor match. The two sides were evenly matched and this was reflected in the scores at half-time.

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However, Feniton proved the stronger at the end, beating Sidmouth by six shots. Sidmouth's winning rink was Sue Mison, Doreen Pound and Mary Smith 18-15.

Well done, everyone. Some bowlers now look forward to the Indoor Season, but those ladies who love playing outside will be eagerly awaiting the 2010 outdoor season under the captaincy of Marianne Borst.

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l Over-50s League: The last match of the season was a home one against St Thomas with both teams winning and gaining maximum points- well done to Mary Smith, Jenny Fricker, Eileen Stribling; Jean Brimson, Marianne Borst, Eileen Hewett.

Madeira Tournament: the season finished on a high for Jill Bishop and Pat Ashton-Pritchard who brought the trophy back to Sidmouth after playing at Madeira against some very strong opponents. Congratulations, ladies.

Men's Section

Spreadeagle, a touring side from around 10 counties involving bowlers from various positions within Barclays Bank, had a close encounter with Sidmouth on six rinks just managing to win by 175-79.

On two rinks our ladies lost by just one shot. I do not wish to embarrass anyone at Sidmouth by placing on record the rink scores; however, I understand that Spreadeagles managed to beat all the other local bowls clubs that they played.

The touring side from Wales, Bedwellty Park, not only managed to beat Sidmouth on four rinks 77-80, they increased our bar profits substantially; only wish we played them on a weekly basis, never mind the score!!

The men played the Ladies on Sunday and managed a win. The final match has been played and we are now indoors as from today.

Roll on next April!

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