Ottery bowlers bring back trophy from Honiton visit

The victorious Howard Cottrell Trophy winners; Tony Bushell, Sharon Kenny, Mollie Parker and Kevin V

The victorious Howard Cottrell Trophy winners; Tony Bushell, Sharon Kenny, Mollie Parker and Kevin Vernon - Credit: Archant

A team of bowlers representing Ottery St Mary Bowling Club lifted The Howard Cottrell Trophy hosted by Honiton Bowling Club, writes Michael Smith.

Seven clubs were invited to take part together with seven teams from the hosts club.

The Ottery team comprised of Sharon Kenny, Kevin Vernon, Tony Bushell and skip Mollie Parker and they put in a fine performance, winning the event by a substantial margin.

What’s more, on their way to victory they also achieved the coveted ‘hot shot’ which, for the uninitiated, is taking all eight shots at the one end!

Congratulations to the team, and thanks to Honiton for a well organised tournament.


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Back at the Ottery club home the the week started with another touring side visiting the club, this time it was Gloucester Co-op.

Their visit served up a wonderfully contested match in which the rinks were shared three each and the overall score resulted in a draw at 114 shots each which kept both sides happy!

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Brian Braund, Gerry Beighton, David Rose and skip Eric Saunders bagging the Ottery ‘bragging rights’ with a splendid 22-14 success.

In the men’s Over-60s Triples League action this past week it was only the B team who managed a win, and by just a single shot thanks to a 20-15 victory achieved by Chris Hawke, George Kille and skip Tony Bushell.

The A team suffered only their second defeat of the season at home to Feniton, with the C team also going down, in their case to Belmont C.

The Ottery ladies continued their good form in the NBTL winning on one rink and drawing on the other to secure a 34-29 victory at home to St Thomas.

Fenella Griggs, Sharon Kenny and skip Mollie Parker were the winning rink with an 18-13 score line.

The week ended with a friendly at home to Chardstock which Ottery won 97-77.

Pam Baker, Margaret Shiel and skip Terry House were the top rink in this match, winning 25-12.

The following day club president Michael Potter hosted Presidents Day and 30 members joined Michael to enjoy a fine afternoons bowling and a wonderful high tea supplied and served up by Carol Bennett and her team of helpers.

The club continues to attract new members, and there is still plenty of time to come along on a Friday night from 6pm with flat shoes or trainers, to try your hand, all equipment and coaching will be provided, for more information contact Mike Smith on 01404 811195.

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