Eric Lewis trophy triumph for Madeira bowlers Chris, Debbie and Margaret

PUBLISHED: 13:34 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:34 14 May 2019

The winners of the Eric Lewis Drive at Madeira, Debbie Fox, Chris Price and Margaret Mahon. Picture MADEIRA BOWLS CLUB

The winners of the Eric Lewis Drive at Madeira, Debbie Fox, Chris Price and Margaret Mahon. Picture MADEIRA BOWLS CLUB

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It's been a quieter week at Madeira on the friendly fixtures front, but plenty of bowling with two internal competitions getting under way and internal and external leagues, writes Jenny Smith.

The Warwickshire County Ladies President and her touring team on their visit to Madeira. Picture MADEIRA BOWLS CLUB.The Warwickshire County Ladies President and her touring team on their visit to Madeira. Picture MADEIRA BOWLS CLUB.

On May Bank Holiday Monday, 35 members took part in the drive for the Eric Lewis Trophy, the winning team being Chris Price playing with Debbie Fox and Margaret Mahon, who won by an impressive plus 22 shots.

The lady president of Warwickshire County Bowls brought a touring team to Devon, staying at the Manor Hotel in Exmouth for five nights.

Their last fixture was at Madeira on Thursday when she brought eight rinks - it proved quite a challenge for the ladies to put out 32 players so four of the Madeira men made up the numbers!

It was a game played in the best of spirits and with a good result for the home team who won on four of the rinks on their way to an overall 174-138 success.

The home fortunes were considerably helped by the rink of Sue Harriott, Diana Cantor, Martyn Eveleigh and Dee Williams, who won by 33 shots to 16.

Ladies captain Lyn Eveleigh took four mixed rinks and one triple to Lyme Regis on Friday.

Again Madeira did well to win three rinks and overall by a narrow margin of plus three shots.

Madeira president, Jacky Howle, and her triples team of Mike Ball and Vic Doidge, had the best result for Madeira of plus eight shots.

Bowls Devon ladies competitions got under way on Saturday with the two-wood singles played at Ottery St Mary.

Three Madeira bowlers have made it through to the second round after Lin Halpin won a closely fought game (18 shots to 14) against fellow club member Debbie Cole to gain a place in the last 16 at Paignton while Jan Roberts lost to Sidmouth on the 21st end.

The men's representative team have been in action again with Maderia A national double rink team playing at Exonia last Monday.

Jim Wherlock and his team of Andy Lock, Noel Pond and Cliff Skinner did well to win by 11 shots, but unfortunately the other rink lost by 15 for an overall loss of four shots.

On Thursday the EDL team played at Crediton, losing on three rinks and but with one winning rink consisting of D Tucker, C Reed, M Langford and B Walker who did not score on the first six ends and were 11 shots down, but fought back to win 26 to 18. A great effort, but still an overall win for Crediton.

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