Outdoor season closes with thanks all round

The final week of the Sidmouth outdoor bowling season was a busy one with one friendly a touring side and two Club matches concluded in perfect playing conditions we have come to expect this season, writes Ron Cook.

A Thursday visit to Budleigh Salterton with six men’s triples resulted in a 99-84 win with success on four of the six rinks. The best of the Sidmouth rinks was the one of James Poole, Jim Brown and skip Ron Cook

The following day it was the turn of the gentlemen to entertain the ladies to a friendly match.

This is always a keenly contested fixture which usually sees the ladies ensure that the men do not have their own way!

This year the ladies claimed success on two of the rinks with Mary Bristow, Phil Nobbs and skip Jean Green winning 15-11 whilst Chris Radburn, Ann Elwood, Jenny Fricker and Elaine Reed were 21-17 winners. Well done, ladies.

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The best of the men’s rinks was the one of Ken Bridgman, Jim Brown, Wilf Radburn and skip Ron Cook, who recorded a 32-6 victory.

On Saturday Sidmouth lady captain Val Newnham led six mixed rinks against a touring side from Central Essex. The home side won on four of the six rinks and secured a 99-84 overall victory.

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The top rink for Sidmouth was skipped by John Mason, ably supported by Derek Mountford, Rita Daw and Janice Quinn and they recorded a 24-10 victory.

The Grand Finale was played as a drive over three rinks, each of seven ends. Dropping only eight shots against a massive 36, Doreen Pound, Ken Day, Shirley Rose and skip Norman Brimson romped away with first prize, Norman admitting to playing his best drawing game of the season!

All our members expressed their sincere thanks to captain’s Val Newnham and John Greenaway who have given a tremendous amount of their time over two years in this position and now look forward to a well earned rest.

As we move indoors we wish all those indoor players, old and new, a great season.

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