Sidmouth gents put the ladies to the sword in first oudoor clash of the campaign

The Sidmouth men before their meeting with the ladies that they won quite convincingly on this occas

The Sidmouth men before their meeting with the ladies that they won quite convincingly on this occassion. - Credit: Archant

Following Sundays deluge of rain, Sidmouth Bowling Club members were delighted to see such lovely sunshine in readiness for their game, writes Susie Bonnell.

The Sidmouth ladies who met the gentlemen in the first meeting of the outdoor season.

The Sidmouth ladies who met the gentlemen in the first meeting of the outdoor season. - Credit: Archant

So - the game the men had been waiting for - to try to get their revenge for being beaten indoors - the first of the gentlemen versus the ladies of the 2017 outdoor season.

Sadly, for the ladies, the men were victorious on the day – May day no less.

Sadly too, it was not by a narrow margin – 118-67 - oh well, if you’re going to lose, then do it in style!

The winning rink for the men was skipped by John Mason, with his team, Stewart Thomson, Jon Howard and Allan Davies.


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One ladies rink did win - skipped by Carol Smith, with her team Jane Painter, Elaine Reed and Joan Monaghan, securing a 17-13 success.

The ladies, however, were most magnanimous in their defeat and accepted the kindly offer of a post-match drink from the bar.

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There was much laughter and joy - and some of the scores did not reflect the high standard of play by the ladies - and men, be warned, the ladies will have their bowling arms in full swing for the return match at the end of the summer season!

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