Ottery A continue good start to new bowls season


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West Midlands Police made their second visit to Ottery in the space of three days, but this time the weather proved the winner with the match abandoned after 14 ends with the Police leading on all four rinks, writes Mike Smith.

Ottery A continued their good start to the season in the Over 60s’ Triples League with a six-point win over Topsham C. Skip Brian Baker, Terry House and John Pethick ensured the overall win with a 20-11 victory.

Ottery B team were also at home, but lost a close match to Feniton by six shots.

The C team got their season under way with an away fixture to Belmont C. Graham White, Brian Braund and skip Mick Cissell had a fine one-shot win 20-19, but with a loss on the other rink they came away with a creditable two points.

Ottery were away to Honiton in the Two Counties League, losing on all four rinks to a strong side.

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The final match of the week saw another touring side visiting. West Sussex Bowls with seven all male rinks were Ottery’s next guests and on a fine, sunny day the visitors won on four rinks.

Although Ottery won on three rinks, but with two heavy rink defeats, West Sussex won the match 155-108.

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Ottery’s best winning rink was Dot Luff, Braund, Cissell and skip Baker (25-14).

County competitions are now under way and in the mixed pairs Ottery’s Sharon Kenny and Mike Smith were up against another Ottery pair of Shirley Fewtrell and Eric Saunders.

Kenny and Smith won a close-fought match 21-16.

Open night proved to be a damp squib. With the weather unkind, only a couple of hardy souls braved the conditions.

They were given a warm welcome by coaches John Ward and Maureen Phillips, who are there every Friday night to offer assistance to newcomers.

The next event when newcomers can experience bowls is this Saturday.

Resident BDA Coaches Terri and John Ward will be hosting a Bowls Fun Day from 10.30am.

Contact Ward on 01404 814651 or Smith on 01404 811195 for more information.

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