The Budleigh men kicked off their Exeter and District Over-60s Triples League campaign with a fine home win over Feniton Hawks, writes David Roberts.
There were wins on both rinks with the final overall score being 39-26 in favour of Budleigh.
This year’s league campaign has been truncated with only nine matches being played and there will be no promotion or relegation, but that took nothing away from the competitiveness of the play.
Brian Ward, Brian Goddard and skip David Roberts were always in control of their contest and, at one stage, looked like they were going to run away with the tie.
However, Feniton fought back well, only for the home team to register five shots on the last end to finish 23-14 victors.
Paul Griffin, Peter Cooper and Andrew Cardy were involved in a tighter affair, but did enough to stay in control and seal a 16-12 win.
It was Paul Griffin and Andrew Cardy with debutant Peter Foreman who starred in the second match away to Sidmouth where the Budleigh trio enjoyed a terrific 17-10 rink success.
Andy played his part and, in what was an outstanding performance from the Budleigh trio, Sidmouth were prevented from scoring on no fewer than 10 consecutive ends.
Alas, it was all not in a winning cause as the other rink were, comprising of Brian Ward, Bryan Membery and skip David Roberts could not get a foothold in their game which they ultimately lost 20-12 with the final score being a close one – 30-29 in favour of hosts Sidmouth.
The Budleigh men were also in action in the Top Club competition which saw them away to Ottery St Mary and, whilst there was a win in the triple discipline for Paul Griffin, Andy Cardy and David Roberts (18-16),this proved to be the only success of the evening.
In saying that, the Budleigh team was made up of a number of players performing at this level for the first time and Peter Evans, Norman Upchurch, Ralph Cartwright, Gordon Marshall, Bob Gooch and Andy Skudder did the club proud with their performances.
The two-wood fours put in a particularly creditable display. Brian Ward and Bryan Membery in the Pairs also put up a good performance finishing strongly. Thank you to the Ottery team for being great hosts on a very enjoyable evening.
There has also been three competition matches played at the club over the past week.
Mo Bond played well in the Ladies four wood registering a 21-4 win over Melissa Camp, and, in the same competition, the next day Melissa found some great form to stay in contention in the round-robin league with a 21-9 win over Gwen Hurst.
Peter Evans, playing so well since his return to outdoor bowling, recovered from a slow start in the Novice Cup to score 12 shots in the final seven ends to win 21-13 against Tony Mackness.
To round off the bowling week, Andy Skudder, Mo Bond and David Roberts visited Honiton for the annual Howard Cotterell trophy triples competition and had a very enjoyable afternoon winning three out of their five matches.