Sidmouth Blues edge out the Yellows in in-house derby

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3930. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth bowls mixed pairs competition. Ref shsp 23-17TI 3930. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Well it’s been another busy week for Sidmouth Bowlers and another very mixed bag of weather, writes Susie Bonnell.

The good news is that we haven’t had to deal with drought conditions and overheating!

Last Thursday, saw the much-awaited game between the ladies’ Sidmouth Blue team and the ladies’ Sidmouth Yellows team in Over-50s League action.

Both squads were trying very hard to come out on top, but, in the end, it was the Blues who gained the upper position, securing four of the six points, with one rink winning and one losing, but the Blues having the higher aggregate score.

There is still one more match to go, so no doubt the Yellows will be looking for victory next time.


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Next, it was the annual match against the bowlers from Clarence Bowling Club, who hail from Weston-super-Mare.

Last year Sidmouth had a coach trip to play away at Clarence and this is now something to look forward to every other year.

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The Clarence bowlers arrived early to wander around our lovely Sidmouth town and enjoy lunch before playing the glorious game of bowls on Sidmouth’s greens.

Despite the rain-filled clouds rolling in, we still managed to play a full game with eight rinks.

It was quite an equitable outcome, with Clarence and Sidmouth drawing on two rinks, and Clarence winning on four and losing on two.

However, Sidmouth won overall with the overall score ending 149-135, mostly thanks to the top scoring Sidmouth team led by skip, Carol Smith and her team, Ralph Brooks, Doreen Pound and Bob Daniels.

Last Sunday there was a trip across to Ottery for a mixed Sidmouth team. What a pleasure to play in lovely dry warm weather for a change, as the sun shone down on Ottery’s well-kept greens!

A thoroughly good time was had by everyone and with each side winning two rinks and losing two rinks, Ottery won the day with a plus two shot difference.

This was a terrific result for captain for the day, Stewart Thomson.

The fine weather only lasted one day, as Monday saw the Yellows heavily defeated at home in pouring rain, against the ladies from Pinces Gardens.

The sun also shone on Ottery on Tuesday when the Sidmouth Blues were the opposition for an Over-50s League game.

It proved to be a tight contest throughout with Sidmouth Blues securing four points - with skip Jill Bishop and her team of Lynda Hargrave and Margaret King, winning by six shots - and - the other Blues team losing by five shots, there was only one shot difference in favour of Sidmouth. Well done, the Blues.

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