Sidmouth defeat visiting Northants team

Players from across Europe played in the competition at Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club over the wee

Players from across Europe played in the competition at Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club over the weekend. Ref exsp 8603-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Friendly games have been in short measure this past fortnight for the Sidmouth bowlers, writes John Mason.

There was a visit from the Northants County President over the bank holiday and this saw the Sidmouth men prevail by four rinks to two and by 138 shots to 108.

Leading the way for the hosts were the captain’s rink of John Greenaway, Trevor Smith, David Butler and Mike Borst (27-12), and the vice-captain’s rink of Len Catford, Garry Hargrave, John Chew and John Mason (28-18).

The other game was a mixed match against the South Dorset Bowling Association. Despite a weakened team due to County Competitions elsewhere.

The home team did well to restrict the opposition to just four shots (71-75). This was in no small measure due to the ladies captain’s rink of Ron Denning, Janet Thomson, Brian Lamb and skip Jill Bishop who won 26-8.

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In the County Trophy League competition the men struggled against Ottery only managing to win one rink out of the four.

This was the home rink of Ray Tallent, Chas Coates, Derek Limpus and Norman Brimson (skip) who won 23-12.

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They faired better this last week against Madeira of Exmouth, probably the strongest team in the area, with only three shots separating the two teams. The two home rinks won by 10 shots overall, but the two away teams lost by 13 shots resulting in a win for Madeira overall.

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