Ottery outdoor bowlers defeat the short mat bowlers

Ottery St Mary bowler Brian Braunds is pictured playing at Budleigh in a friendly game on Saturday.

Ottery St Mary bowler Brian Braunds is pictured playing at Budleigh in a friendly game on Saturday. Ref shsp 8571-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Ottery St Mary started the week with a friendly fixture at home to our friends from Ottery Short Mat Bowls Club, writes Michael Smith.

The short mat bowlers are, of course, more used to bowling indoors around a piece of wood halfway down the rink, so it was no wonder Ottery BC took the honour!

The best of the home rinks was the one of Barbara Lee, Charlie Griffin, Dave Rose and skip Margaret Bright, who won 27-5.

Everybody was in good spirits and after the match a splendid buffet was provided, which was much appreciated and enjoyed by all.

In the ladies NBTL Ottery lost on both rinks at home to Crediton, but reversed the result away to Heavitree, winning on both rinks, with the best rink the one of skip Gail Hawke, Carol Keating and Joan Saunders, who won 18-10.

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In the Ladies Over-50s Triples League, Ottery were at home to Sidmouth and, with Carol Keating, Moyra Griffin and skip Shirley Fewtrell having a fine 26-11 win, ensured they won the match overall.

In the men’s County Trophy, Ottery had a good three rinks to one win over Sidmouth.

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John Ward, Steve Hall, Peter Jones and skip John Pethick had the best winning rink, securing a 22-10 success.

However, Madeira proved too strong, winning four rinks to one in the ‘Top Club’ competition.

It was though, a good week for the men in the Over-60s League. The A team banked maximum points at home to Culm Vale C and the B bagged their first win of the season, and they too banked maximum points as they saw off Uffculme B.

In each match there were two big Ottery wins. Terry House, John Pethick and skip Brian Baker were 33-6 winners in the A team success and Chris Hawke, Clive Martin and skip Tony Bushell were 28-7 victors in the B team encounter.

Ottery finished the week with a friendly fixture away to Budleigh, and, in a closely fought contest Ottery came away the winners 97-88, winning four rinks to two with Freda Hunt, Fenella Griggs and skip Ray Luscombe, sealing a 19-12 victory.

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