Sidmouth seniors well beaten at East Devon, but first leg win gives them overall success

Sidmouth Seniors claimed the bragging rights as they ultimately triumphed by half a point after the second leg of the derby meeting with East Devon, writes Chris Grubb.

Having claimed a six-and-a-half to a half success in the first leg, Sidmouth travelled to Budleigh knowing that a single win would suffice.

Seniors captain Nigel Sharp was first out with Barry Jones, but they lost their encounter with former professional Barry Devetta and Robin Grenyer. Two down after ten holes, they then lost four in succession to lose six-and-five.

However, second pairing Chris Timms and John Billingsley made a fine start to lead by four after just five holes. Their opponents staged a comeback, but the Sidmouth duo were not to be denied and closed out a three-and-two victory.

Third out Tony Crow and Brian Cole were beaten four-and-three before Terry Carter and Colin Paddon went down five-and-four.

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Peter Emery and Brian LeMasurier were all square in their match after nine holes, but the lost four holes on the trot to go down five-and-four.

Ken Rothwell and Vernon Ruffle lost three-and-two.

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The last pair out, Ray Gunston and Roger Bawden, lost by one on the final play of their contest, this after being two up nine holes in.

So, a six-one defeat on the day, but that earlier triumph back at Sidmouth ensured the overall victory by that half a point.

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