Budleigh Bowls Club’s Brian signs off in style

 Budleigh Bowls Club’s Brian signs off in style

The Budleigh Salterton Bowls Club Tuesday Triples League served up two more enthralling encounters in the latest round of matches, writes David Roberts.

There was a particularly fitting outcome to the Team Beech 18-16 success against Team Ash for the winning team was skipped by Brian Summers, playing his final game in this league before he moves away from the area.

Thirteen ends into the contest, it was a case of Team Ashe, comprising of Tony Lim, Anne Clarke and Bob, looking set for victory as they held a seven point lead going into the final ends.

However, Team Beech, led by Brian Summers and including Graham Rant and Rick Tatchell, staged a superb comeback, chalking up no fewer than 11 shots to take the match honours. It was a simply superb display, particularly from Brian, whom served up a classic case of a captain rising to the occasion when a team needs them most!

The club would like to put on record their thanks to Brian for his overall support to the club over recent years, not only in a playing capacity, but also for his help with various tasks. His playing ability has shown through with many competition wins and I am sure he will make an impact on any new club he joins.

In the other Triples match, Team Willow, comprising of Dawn Graham, Mike Clark and skip John Dill played consistently well and dominated their match against Team Elm (Andrew Skudder, Gerry Roberts and David Tomlinson), to win 20-10.

In the only Wednesday Men’s Over-60s League match, Tony Lim, Paul Griffin and David Tomlinson won through 23-13. While the sport is taking an enforced through the second lockdown, Bowls England was sadly forced to announce the suspension of the Love Fisher Brown Award for 2020.

The award is organised annually to highlight good practice in the provision of disabled participation across the sport by clubs, coaches and individual members. However, the unprecedented nature of 2020 has had a significant impact on the day to day running of clubs and prioritisation of resources at all levels of the sport.

This has sadly led to the suspension for 2020, but Bowls England have pledged to renew the Love Fisher Brown Award for 2021.

Stephen Birley

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