Budleigh bowlers impress in early rounds of club competitions

 Budleigh bowlers impress in early rounds of club competitions

Budleigh bowlers have been in action at their Cricket Field Lane home, taking part in the opening stages of the outdoor internal competitions, writes David Roberts.

There were three days of intensive bowling as the players successfully dodged the weather to complete the programme of matches.

In the Mens’ four-wood championship, the match of the weekend was between Andy Skudder and Norman Upchurch. With Andy having the best of the play in the first half of the match and taking a 14-6 lead, it was Norman who responded strongly taking 12 straight shots to turn the game on its head and lead 18-14. Finding himself only three shots from defeat, Andy incredibly took six shots to Norman’s two to tie the match 20-20 and, in a nail biting last end, held his nerve to win 21-20. What a match this was and congratulations must got to both players for the quality and excitement that they served up!

In other matches in the Mens’ championship, Peter Cooper played well to and made progress thanks to a 21-15 win over Paul Griffin whilst Ralph Cartwright fought off a comeback from Graham Rant to win 21-14. Bryan Membery had difficulty shaking off a determined Bob Gooch, but kept ahead throughout to eventually seal a 21-16 success.

In the ladies four-wood championship, a competition that is being run on a round-robin basis this year, Marilyn Foreman hit top form, showing great accuracy to dominate her match against Penny Weeks, winning 21-5. In the only other championship match played, Mo Bond played well and fought off a comeback from Gwen Hurst, to win 23-15.

The Mens’ two-wood competition saw wins for Peter Foreman, who defeated Mike Clark 19-12 and David Roberts, who won 14-11 against David Tomlinson, and, in the same discipline, Penny Weeks got off the mark with a convincing 17-9 win over Annie Clarke, but it was Annie who had a fine 14-12 win against Mo Bond. Gwen Hurst was in good form against Margaret Avery, taking the match 22-13 and it was Gwen again who overcame Hilary Medley 15-10.

The ladies 106 round-robin competition saw good wins for Melissa Camp and Margaret Avery, and, in the Mens’ Novice Cup, Peter Evans, back playing outdoor bowls this season, held on and finished strongly to just beat Gordon Marshall, 21-18. Robin Grenyer, making his competition debut in the Novice Cup, had two great matches, just losing out to Andy Skudder and Mike Clark. In the only Mixed Pairs match, Melissa Camp and Peter Cooper combined well to win through 22-6 against Diana Chance and Peter Foreman.

In club matches, the men visited Sidmouth where they lost 63-74. There was just the one rink success and that was for the rink of Tony Barnes, Graham Rant and skip Andy Cardy.

In a home match against Honiton, Budleigh registered a well-earned 56-44 win with Gwen Hurst, Gordon Marshall and Mo Bond being the pick of the rinks, winning 22-12. Derek Stanley, Annie Clarke and Brian Goddard held on to win 18-16 and Ann Vincent, Andy Skudder and Bryan Membery drew their match 16-16.

Budleigh then recorded a tine home success over Starcross thanks to rink success for Ann Vincent, Tony Mackness and Andy Cardy, who won 17-10 and Paul Griffin, Andy Skudder and Mo Bond, who won 19-12.

Stephen Birley

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