Ottery St Mary NBTL team crowned champions

The captain of the Ottery NBTL team, Mollie Parker

The captain of the Ottery NBTL team, Mollie Parker - Credit: Archant

In the last game of the season in the Non Badged Triples League (NBTL), Ottery ladies travelled to Topsham in a table topping clash to determine the league winners, writes Michael Smith.

Ottery needed four points to secure the title and, though they lost 19-9 on one rink, Sharon Kenny, Mollie Parker and skip Gail Hawke saw Ottery home with a fine 26-7 win.

That gave the team an overall 35-26 success and with it the necessary points to win the league title - a great effort from all the ladies throughout the season, well done to captain Mollie Parker and all the ladies who were part of the team.

With all competitions completed, September always delivers a string of friendly fixtures, and the past week saw four played.

First up a home meeting with Bradninch, and, although losing by three rinks to one, Ottery managed to win the match 77-75.

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Much of this was down to a splendid 26-17 victory for Pam Baker, Mark Allen, Shirley Fewtrell and skip Ray Luscombe.

Next up was a visit from Seaton and, once again, Ottery lost three rinks to one, but this time the overall score also went again the home side to the tune of an 84-63 reversal.

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The winning Ottery rink comprised of Frank Holden, Ann Howells, Brian Braund and skip Ray Luscombe, and they were 23-15 victors.

A visit to Exeter to meet St Thomas came nest and the four rinks were shared two-all, but Ottery enjoyed an overall 73-52 success thanks to a fine 30-9 victory from Pam Baker, John Mabbutt and skip Brian Baker.

The final friendly of the week was a home fixture against Honiton when our near neighbours proved too strong winning by four rinks to one with the lone Ottery success being the rink of Ken Pollitt, Margaret Hunt, Steve Hall and skip Peter Jones, who won 22-11.

In a re-arranged Two Counties League, and Ottery’s last competitive match of the season, the visitors were Cullompton who were defeated 71-34 in a contest that saw success for all four Ottery rinks, the best rink being that of Sharon Kenny, Dave Brown, Tony Luff and skip John Pethick, who won 20-8.

There remain just two more Friday club nights at which new players are always made very welcome to come along to try their hand at bowls. Any time from 6pm and prospective players please to wear flat shoes or trainers.

For more information on the Friday night meetings call Mike Smith on 01404 811195.

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