Sidmouth bowlers enjoy entertaining match with Barbourne

Chairman of Sidmouth bowls club Peter Mison playing in the mixed fours tournament at the weekend. Re

Chairman of Sidmouth bowls club Peter Mison playing in the mixed fours tournament at the weekend. Ref shsp 0871-29-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The past week was a busy one for Sidmouth bowlers, writes John Mason.

The action began with a visit from Worcestershire-based touring side Barbourne who pitched up with nine rinks.

The match was played on a fine afternoon, but with a chilly nip in the wind!

The visitors included several players who would be playing in national finals at Leamington (the pinnacle of outdoor bowls) the following week and there was some excellent bowling from both sides. Barbourne were the eventual winners thanks to an overall 327-shot difference. Sidmouth did claim success son four of the nine rinks though with home captain Jill Bishop, supported by Trevor Smith, Pat Poole and Maurice Watson, being the best home rink.

On Friday, the men’s section invited rinks from seven local clubs to challenge for the Jubilee Cup. This is played as a ‘drive’ against seven Sidmouth rinks and each away team plays four ends against a home team and then moves on to play another home team which results in teams playing a total of 28 ends.

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It was a most enjoyable afternoon much enhanced by the fabulous tea of sandwiches and cakes prepared and served by our wonderful ladies. It was apparent from the outset that there were several strong teams from the local clubs and this proved to be the case when the results were announced.

The top prize and indeed, the trophy, was won by the team from Lyme Regis and the best Sidmouth rink was Ray Tallent, Garry Hargrave, John Mason and skipped by Bob Seldon.

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On Sunday, Sidmouth welcomed a team from Clarence BC of Weston-super-Mare who were on a day trip.

Arriving at 11.30 they took full advantage of the Folk Festival and lunched in the town. The weather was ideal for bowling and with the atmosphere of the festival great fun was had by all.

Sidmouth, being always keen for their guests to have an enjoyable day, sent their visitors home joyous having won the match by 26 shots over the eight rinks!

The top home rink was the one of Chris Radburn, Maury Ervine, Jason Quinn and skip, vice captain John Mason.

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