Ottery St Mary D win well to stay in O60s League promotion race

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3932. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3932. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The weather bit into the Ottery St Mary bowls club schedule last week with rain causing postponements for two of the club teams playing in the Exeter & District Over-60s League, writes Michael Smith.

The A and D teams saw their matches suffer a watery fate, but there was action for the B team, who travelled to Wellington B where they landed a convincing victory, winning on both rinks on their way to an overall 52-21 success.

The top rink honours went to Richard Chapple, Ray Luscombe and skip Mike Kelsey, who won 29-10.

The C team also saw action, but they went down on both rinks to suffer a heavy defeat away at Belmont C.

In a friendly fixture at home to Pinces Gardens, Ottery shared the rinks three apiece, but lost the match by 109 shots to 90.

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In this match the top Ottery rink was the one of Margaret and Melvin Trayhurn together with skip Sharon Kenny, who won 22-13.

Ottery then visited Cullompton where a close contest was played out with the Mid Devon side edging the match honours with the final score being 71-66.

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The one winning rink for Ottery was the one of Eric Richardson, Dave Roberts, Mo Richards and skip Gerry Beighton, who won 20-15.

Ottery were on the road again, this time with a trip to Starcross where they put in a very good performance, winning on all five rinks to claim overall match honours, 98-66.

The top rink honours went to Dave Roberts, Martin Porter and skip Gail Hawke, who secured an impressive 22-7 win.

At the end of the week it was back to Over-60s Triples League action with Ottery D playing a rearranged fixture at home to Chardstock B. It tuRned out to be an excellent result for the Ottery team as they banked maximum points from a 42-17 success.

Maurice Flower, Melvin Trayhurn and skip David Rose took the rink honours with a 28-7 success and this win means Ottery D remain in the thick of the Division Seven promotion race with just a couple of matches of the league season to play.

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