Sidmouth men re-establish bragging rights after defeating the ladies’


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Ahead of the finals of the internal club competitions, Sidmouth bowlers were able to relax and enjoy two late season friendly fixtures, write David Fairclough and Zena Johnson.

The first was the traditional end-of-season challenge between the ladies’ and mens’ sections.

After losing by a single shot in the corresponding fixture in September, the men were keen to re-establish their bragging rights.

On this occasion the men were successful in winning by an aggregate shot margin of 31.

It was an enjoyable game played in a relaxed atmosphere with rather more than the usual level of competitive yet friendly banter, by 70 members over three playing sessions.

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Rivalry will be renewed in early May on the outdoor rinks.

The following day the men visited Madeira Club in Exmouth for the last of their three-rink fixtures.

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Madeira won 50-57, thereby levelling the season’s series at two matches each.

The leading Sidmouth rink, with a shot score of 25-14, was skipped by John Mason, supported by Tony Brown, Bill Sheerman, and Tony Broughton.

Devon Ladies, who include Sidmouth bowler Jill Bishop in the team, lost to Yorkshire in the final of the Inter County Trophy Competition on a neutral rink in Melton Mowbray.

Bishop, who played in every round, and the Devon ladies fought hard against very strong rivals and managed a win on one rink and a drew on one, but sadly lost on four.

The winning rink was skipped by Carole Binmore, Honiton, with Christina Wallacott from Mid Devon leading, Diane Smith (South Hams) playing two, and Bishop at three.

Sidmouth Bowling Club held its own Race Afternoon on Saturday.

Horses were in short supply but the spectators enjoyed placing (small) money on the suitably dressed jockeys.

Hot-cross buns and, later, pasties, were enjoyed whilst listening to the actual Grand National.

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