Summer stretches into autumn

Captain’s day took place on Tuesday with seven rinks of Triples between the Captain and Vice Captain. The vice-captain chose his team well to run out winners 122-107. At the halfway stage players and honoured guests enjoyed an excellent tea provided by the ladies, writes Ron Cook.

The club’s one friendly this week was against a mixed touring side, Kineton from Warwickshire, which was a hard-fought game with Sidmouth winning by three shots over five rinks 92-89. Best rink for Sidmouth was David Fairclough, Sheila Ingyon, Jane Painter and skip Bill Turner 27-12. Unfortunately, the match against Lyme Regis was cancelled due to bad weather.

The Exeter O60s league has come down to the wire for the A squad who failed to score points against Madeira. Their next game is therefore critical against Crediton A who are already relegated, but I am sure will have something to prove on the day. The B team managed to score six points but remain in the danger zone with two more games to play. The team below them have four games in hand which could prove a problem if they hit a winning streak. The C squad scored a useful six points last week and, with one good result in their final game, should be secure.

The club held a charity table top sale on Bank Holiday Monday with proceeds going to the Devon Air Ambulance Service. There followed a friendly drive among members with six rinks of mixed fours preceded by a ‘spider’ in which all players hurl a bowl from the ditch to a Jack in the centre of the green. Winner was David Ingyon, ably assisted by several other members who promoted his bowl in the right direction.

Best rink of the day and first prize went to Christine Radburn, Rita Daw, Peter Bates and skip Chris Rourke. Captains of the day and organisers express their sincere thanks to all those who supported the club and the charity.

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?A sure sign of the time of year is stretching of the indoor carpet, undertaken on Tuesday in good time for the opening of the indoor season on September 24. Rink speed was 16.2 before and 17 seconds after stretching!

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