BSM men B team fall short in busy schedule

By Tim Leigh in Bowls

Brixham St Mary’s Bowling Club

After the bad weather play recommenced with a vengeance last week. The men’s B team were in action three times, the over-55s were fully occupied, as were the ladies’ A team and the Riviera Mixed Triples side.

First came the game for the men’s ‘B’ team against Newton Abbot C at Courtney Park. Winning on two rinks was not enough to take the overall bonus points in a close 75 shots to 79 reversal. The performance of the day came on the rink skipped by Keith Henry, winning 27-12. The next best was the rink skipped by Ken Short, who had a good win in a closely fought contest, 20-18. It just goes to show, you’re never too old in this game.

Thanks must go to all at Newton Abbot for their assistance when one of the BSM lads sustained a bad injury to his shoulder. They ensured he was treated and made it home safely. Thanks again to all concerned at Newton Abbot.

Results (BSM skips first): Ken Short 20, D Wyman 18; M Beckett 16, R Easton 23; Keith Henry 27, A King 12; Ron Houghton 12, T Ellis 24.

Their next game was at home to Totnes on July 5. This new team was in need of a win to boost their confidence and it duly arrived when 10 points were gained in a 91 shots to 67 victory. Wins were registered on the rinks skipped by Mike Beckett and Keith Henry.

Although losses were recorded on the other two rinks, they were close enough for BSM to take the overall bonus points.

Results (BSM skips first): Keth Henry 29, A Mitchell 7; Ron Houghton 11, P Davis 27; Mike Beckett 31, R Pocock 12; Bill Dolan 20, B Perkins 21.

On Saturday, July 7, it was a trip to Teignmouth to take on Bitton Park B. Alas there was not be a repeat of the previous game. BSM could not manage a win on any of the four rinks and the trip was to be literally for nothing. It shows how cruel this game can be when two rinks only went down by three shots and one went down by one, and this was only because one of the BSM players had to go off with suspected sunstroke, meaning they forfeited 25 per cent of the shots scored after he had to leave the green.

As it is still early days for this side, I am sure better things are to come from them in the near future. Keep it up, lads.

Results (BSM skips first): Keith Henry 21, R Ford 24; Mike Beckett 27, A Davies 30; Jim Heard 13, D Pope 21; Bill Dolan 15, C Crowther 16.

The ladies’ A team have also been busy. First it was the journey to Dawlish on Friday, June 30, to take on their B team. It was not quite for nothing, as three points were gained in a 40-52 defeat.

A narrow win on the rink skipped by Christine Philipson and a daw on the rink skipped by Val Prall was not enough to offset the defeat on the other rink to bring home the bacon. This proved to be only a minor hiccup, as it was quickly put behind them the ­following Tuesday when they played Babbacombe C at St Mary’s.

Wins on all three rinks and 10 points were brought home on this occasion in an emphatic 63-30 win.

Again, the rink of the day

was that skipped by Christine Phillipson, with a great 27-8 victory. The other two skips, Val Prall

and Julie Mattock, must also be ­congratulated on their victories.

Results vs Dawlish Marina B: Christine Phillipson 14, Debbie Cole 13; Julie Mattock 9, Barbara Feniccy 22; Val Prall 17, Jerry Smith 17.Vs Babbacombe C: Christine Phillipson 27, S Zdener 8; Julie Mattock 19, P Reynolds 12; Val Prall 17, M Tiddy 10.

Mixed fortunes for our two over-55s. The W division team had a very good win against Upton on Wednesday, July 5. Wins on both rinks enabled BSM to come away with all of the points on offer in a 42-23 victory. The same could not be said for the new V division side. They went to Kings and were soundly beaten 18-46. The highlight of the day was a narrow defeat by the rink skipped by Roy Willett, who only went down by three shots. Better luck next time lads.

Results (BSM skips first): west division vs Upton: Colin Pedder 18, R Bond 12; John Hudson 24, F King 11. V Division vs Kings: Roy Willett 15, M Knott 18; Eddie Curl 3, D Hawkins 28.

At last our Riviera Mixed Triples team seem to getting their act together. On Thursday, July 6, they took eight of the points on offer at Babbacombe in a 63-42 win. Well done to the lads and lasses who took part. As this team is about ­giving as many players as possible a go, there is not a lot of chance to keep a steady team together.

However, the management team of Cherry Highfield and John Hudson are keeping to their word by picking as many different players as they can so they can enhance their knowledge of the game and adhere to the ethos of the league.

Results (BSM skips first): Mike Beckett 35, D Hallam 9; Betty Gilbert 18, T Reynolds 16; Wendy Mills-Ramage 15, D Lane 17.

On Sunday, July 2, BSM sent

a rink to the Stoke Fleming Presidents Trophy consisting of Roy Willett, Emma Willett, John Beale and Jan Mountford. In a good day for them, they won the trophy. Well done to them all for bringing the first cup of the season to

the club.

Disappointment, though, for our Foxlands teams. Playing strong opposition in the shape of Kings, they only went down on the countback rule. The home and away rinks drew 20 shots apiece. It is strange when sides are beaten but not beaten and have to go out on a technicality. Suffice to say that both rinks acquitted themselves well on the night and we wish Kings well in the next round.

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