Sidmouth Bowlers trade blows with elite opposition

Sidmouth bowlers and the Devon Indoor Bowling Association President and his men

Sidmouth bowlers and the Devon Indoor Bowling Association President and his men - Credit: Sidmouth BC

Sidmouth Bowls Club put up a stoic display against Torbay in the Men’s National over 60's Double Rink before losing out to a side boasting a team packed with national honours.   

The home rink was Andrew Lowe, Bill Sheerman, (good to see Bill back bowling again), Mick Cox and skip Ken Wheeler. After a slow start they fought back to a credible draw of 17 all.  Sadly, the away rink was a heavy loss. 

Next came the ‘Friendly’ against the Devon Men’s President Mousa Al-Kordi and County bowlers.  The bar was open for the duration of the game, ‘manned’ by Karen and Susie.   

The bowls led to a very impressive win for Sidmouth, winning well on two of the three rinks. They were Ray Tallent, Bert Hague, Wilf Radburn and skip John Mason 24 -13, and top rink was Tony Anthony, Cedron Caine, Peter Mison and skip Ken Wheeler with an outstanding score of 33 -6. The overall score being Sidmouth 77 Presidents Men 43.   

In the Ladies Foxlands County League Foxlands against Torquay United, our two home rinks lost but only by 11 shots between them against some of the best County players. The away team of Jean Brimson, Ann Capon, Brenda Somerfield and skip Jill Bishop had an outstanding 25-9 win again against great players.  

The second away team of Carol Timms, Chris Hamer, Sue Turner and skip Carol Smith were level for several ends but unable to get ahead.  On our final end, we were 11-14 down and their lead delivered a very short jack. 

When I went to bowl, the opposition held three shots and I needed to get a shot to give us the overall win and two more points. Fortunately, my last wood did the trick and made our final aggregate score Sidmouth 69 Torquay 66. 

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In the Men’s Devon InterClub against Dawlish, both away rinks won: Roy Jeffries, David Fishlock,  Wilf Radburn and skip Andrew Lowe 19 – 13, plus Cedron Caine, David  Andrews, John Mason and skip Ken Wheeler 21 -17. Unfortunately, both home rinks lost, but four points is fine – final score Sidmouth 63 Dawlish 85. 

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