Sidmouth Yellow team ‘walk on water’ in Seaton success

Sidmouth bowlers in action at Seaton

Sidmouth bowlers in action at Seaton - Credit: Archant

Another week in the everyday life of Sidmouth Bowling Club saw more county and club competitions played in lovely sunny summer weather, writes Susie Bonnell.

Bowling at Sidmouth, the players could see ‘Nessie’ - the Loch Ness Monster - taking shape in the distant gardens - and thoughts are turning to the highlight of our summer in Sidmouth - Folk Week.

In terms of the action, Friday saw the playing of the first round of the ladies’ handicap.

This whittled down the players for the next round and the day saw some really good, competitive bowling.

On Saturday, Sidmouth bowlers travelled north to play at Bradninch. It was a super afternoon - great company and great bowls. Sidmouth won on three of the four rinks with the highest scoring rink led by skip, John Mason and his team, Trevor Smith and Paddy Chew.


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Sunday saw Feniton hosting the county mixed pairs competition and Sidmouth sent two teams to take part.

Sadly, one team was knocked out in the first round, but skip, Jill Bishop, and her team, husband and wife pair, Karen Hollingdale and Allan Davis, did get through to the second round, finally defeated by a strong Ottery team.

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On Tuesday there was more in-club bowling with the ladies’ competing against each other in the first round of the ladies’ championship.

Still dry, but muggy, there were some closely contested games to decide who would get through to the next rounds.

Wednesday saw quite a turnaround – weather wise! Mizzly rain descended as the ladies of Sidmouth Yellow were in Over-50s League action at Seaton.

Waterproofs were at the ready, and indeed needed by the end of the match. The sea view disappeared in a haze of damp drizzle. That didn’t stop one of the Sidmouth teams ‘walking on water’ though, as the three players all had a super game - giving skip, Zena Johnson and her team, Chris Hamer and Karen Hollingdale had an impressive 26-5 win.

On the other rink the Sidmouth ladies fought a hard battle and there was first class bowling from both sides with Seaton winning by two shots.

The aggregate score of 41-22 gave the Yellows a much needed boost of four points.

Fingers crossed - the summer sunshine will return and we will have even more great bowling outdoors!

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