Budleigh bowlers make fine start to Over-60s League season

PUBLISHED: 12:35 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 18 May 2017

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The opening match for the Budleigh men against Topsham B in the Exeter and District Over-60s League Division Three delivered a strong start to the season for the club with a 48-24 win and maximum eight points, writes David Roberts.

The rink of Bill Barber, Peter Hillman and skip Andrew Cardy got off to a slow start losing heavily on the opening ends, but by the tenth end they had reduced the arrears to a 10-9 advantage and went on to win 13 points to Topsham’s three in the second-half to win comfortably 22-14.

Brian Summers, Don Huish and David Roberts managed to hold off a strong start from Topsham on their rink by some skilful saving of points and weathered the storm in the early ends to take a commanding lead.

Topsham rallied, but the Budleigh three held tight and with some fortuitous wicks from Don Huish won their rink 26-10.

Matches against Heavitree and Seaton over the next week will show how strong the squad is and it is hoped that the team can stay in contention for honours as the season progresses.

The ladies played their third match in the Over-50s League away to Shaldon, and, after winning their first two fixtures of the season their hopes were high, but they came up against a strong side and went down overall 40-25.

Eileen Burston, Bunty Hudson and Bobbie Vanstone fought well, but succumbed 10-18 and Lilian Grainger, Ann Vincent and Mo Bond again were not far away, but lost out 15-22.

Still, two wins out of three at the start of the season augers well for the future.

The club played Sidmouth both in men’s and ladies’ friendly matches home and away and it was Sidmouth who won through on both occasions.

At Cricket Field Lane, whilst the men won on three out of five rinks they lost out 88-79 in a close encounter.

Pick of the rinks for Budleigh was the threesome of Tony Lim, Bryan Membery and Graham Rant who romped home 24-8.

Wally Nickels, Peter Cooper and Peter Hillman won a close match 15-13 and Tony Barnes, Bill Barber and skip David Roberts committed daylight robbery winning 17-14 scoring a six on the penultimate end having been behind throughout the whole of the match!

The ladies were also beaten in a close match, but as ever these occasions with near neighbours are very competitive, but very enjoyable.

It was great to see a number of new members playing in the matches this week and in forthcoming fixtures the ladies entertain Sidmouth in the Over-50s League and a busy weekend beckons with mixed home friendlies against Heavitree and Chardstock.

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