Ottery St Mary bowlers entertain Disability Bowls England

The Disability Bowls England visit to Ottery St Mary

The Disability Bowls England visit to Ottery St Mary - Credit: Archant

Due to the bad weather during the last week a number of fixtures were either cancelled or postponed, writes Michael Smith.

All the men’s Over-60s League matches were called off as was the ladies LOFTL fixture.

However, the weather improved for the weekend and, on Saturday, an Ottery team travelled to Axminster for a friendly fixture.

On this occasion the home team proved too strong and Ottery were beaten by three rinks to one and to the tune of an overall shots score of 81-50.

The successful Ottery rink was the one of Val Jones, Eric Richardson and skip Richard Bland, 16-13.

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The next day Ottery welcomed, for the first time, Disability Bowls England, and, on a glorious afternoon, Ottery managed to win the match by 105-78, although losing the rinks by three to two.

However, it was most certainly the sport of bowls that was the winner. Disability Bowls England had a team of players with varying degrees of disability that are encouraged to take part and play a sport they might not have envisaged playing before, and, I must say, play it to a very high standard.

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Ottery Bowls Club look forward to welcoming our friends from ‘Disability Bowls’ back again in the very near future.

Ottery ended the week’s campaign with another good win in the EEML, overcoming Tiverton Boro’ on their home patch by three rinks to one and by an overall score of 86-59, the best Ottery rink was that of Terri Ward, Tony Luff, Ray Luscombe and skip John Ward, 27-9.

For all coaching advice please contact John or Terri Ward on 01404 814651.

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