Sidmouth bowlers enjoy run of success

Bowlers before a match in the Potburys Evening League

Bowlers before a match in the Potburys Evening League - Credit: Archant

Following a slow start to the season Sidmouth men found their form in the Interclub, Over-60s County Trophy and Charles Parrott competitions, writes Ron Cook.

In the Interclub, contested both at home and away, Sidmouth won three and lost one to record a splendid success against Mid Devon to record a second success in the competition this season.

The following day Sidmouth met Honiton in the Charles Parrott which is a double rink competition for players who are not badged in any County.

The Sidmouth home team comprised Dave Lever, David Butler, Ray Tallent and skip Allan Davies led all the way to take the honours with a score of 21 shots to 13.

In the away leg, the Sidmouth team of Roger Stewart, Trevor Smith, Ed Backhouse and skip Jim Wherlock had a remarkable game. At the halfway stage they trailed 20-2 and certainly looked down and out!


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However, following some encouraging words from skip Jim [Wherlock], the team picked up the pace and turned the deficit round to win by 24 to 22 shots.

That double success across the weekend was followed by an Over-60s County League victory with wins on two rinks and defeats on two, but to an overall scored of 74-73 in Sidmouth’s favour.

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Much credit must go to all our players, for a great week of bowling.

We are now well into the Sidmouth League which has seen both our Centurions and Matadors top the league during the opening rounds. Current league leaders are the Matadors led by John Mason and our position was consolidated on Friday with another win against Falcons.

The league, which has for many years been supported by Potbury’s, attracts teams from Madeira, Honiton, Lyme Regis and Budleigh Salterton.

Organised by Stuart Hamer on behalf of the club, it continues to be one of the premier evening leagues in East Devon.

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