Sidmouth bowlers suffer Madeira defeat

Sidmouth Bowls

Sidmouth Bowls - Credit: Sidmouth Bowls

Sidmouth men have played their final County Trophy League match against Madeira. 
They managed to win on just one rink, with two other rinks very close before succumbing to defeat. 
The away rink of Chas Coates, Denis Griffiths, Andrew Lowe and skip John Chew, after the 20th end, were all level at 20 all. So, just the one end to go and Sidmouth got the necessary shot to win 21 -20.  
At home, it was a reverse theme, as our team of Ray Tallent, John Richards, Allan Davis and skip John Mason were 15 all on the 20th end.  Ray was holding shot, but the opposition number two took the jack away to four of their woods. 
The jack was now further back and off-centre. Our number three Allan managed to find the line, but didn't quite get the weight, so when John went to bowl, he was still four down - no pressure then.   
John had a very good wood and cut the score down to just one, so the final score was Sidmouth 15 Madeira 16 and John’s teams first loss. 
The second away team were just one shot down with the final end to play. They were holding six shots, so what could possibly go wrong! Well, the opposition number three smashed the head, which resulted in the jack going out of play and therefore an extra end was played, which Sidmouth lost.   
The second home team were having an awful time, behind by many shots, but with the help of their skip Mick Cox, they managed a great recovery, just losing by a few shots. 
Our Ladies TopClub section final did not bode well against Seaton Ladies. Mary Turner, in the 2 wood, lost by just a couple of shots, as did Jane Painter in the 4 wood.  
The 4's of Jean Brimson, Ann Capon, Janice Quinn and skip Jill Bishop were ahead and doing well, but it was decided it was the sporting thing to concede, as we needed to win three of the five disciplines to go further. 
Our pairs and triples were both down on shots and it was the hottest day of the year, so inside in the cool we went for a nice friendly cup of tea.  
Both our ladies over 50s teams played this week. The yellows played at home to Seaton Blue, one triples lost and the other went into the final end just one up at 14 -13.  
When skip Susie came to bowl, she was 3 down. Susie has proved she is pretty good under pressure and with her first wood, she had great success and got the shot. The opposition skip tried hard, but failed, which meant Liz Boyle, Anita Mason and skip Susie Bonnell won 15 13 for 2 points 
The Blues did extremely well away at Honiton, having exceptional winning scores on both rinks. Jean Brimson, Zena Johnson and skip Jane Painter won 31 –4, and Sue Clint, Mary Turner and skip Jill Bishop won 27 –7. 
Great result, banking all six points.

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