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Bovey Tracey Bowling Club

Match Reports

  JUNE/JULY 2018


 I am afraid I have another disappointing result to record in our M.D.L. campaign. This time against Starcross away when we lost by 54 shots to 91. Derek Humphries, John Dore, Trevor Norman and skip Ted Ridgewell lost 12-23, Andy Walding, Martin Redfern, Steve Callard and Skip Ray Parker lost 14-25, David Anderson, Mike Russell, Colin Wright and skip Derek Saunders lost 16-21, and Brian Glover, Chris Shorland, Phil Joy and skip Peter Martin lost12-22. What was most galling was that over the last 10 ends Ted Ridgewell won 9 shots to 8, Ray Parker won 12 shots to 6, Derek Saunders won 10 shots to 6 and Peter Martin only lost 7 shots to 10.  A pity we can’t do it all the time. The result was all 14 points to Starcross.

OVER 55’s

In the X division of the "Over 55's" Bovey again failed to register any points losing by 31 shots to 42 against The Den away. Les Fullbrook, Derek Humphries and Skip Peter Martin lost 16-20, and Keith Locket, John Dore and skip Steve Callard lost 15-22.


 Our ladies continue to put the men to shame by winning regularly in the S.D.L. league. Against Totnes at home they won by 61 shots to 37. Kath Callard won 22-12, Margaret Bolt tied 15-15, and Anne Russell won 24 -10. This gave Bovey 9 points.

They came unstuck against Chudleigh away losing on all rinks. Kath Callard lost 7-20, Anne Russell lost 9-18, and Margaret bolt lost 18-21. Things got back to normal against Buckfastleigh with another 8 points in the bag. Kath Callard lost 9-17, Margaret Bolt won 19-13 and Anne Russell won 20-16.


We played 3 mixed friendlies this week. The first was a triples match at home against Chagford which was eventually abandoned after a heavy shower made conditions dangerous underfoot. Honours were even at 27 points each.

Bovey recorded a very heavy score in the match against Kingsteignton at home, winning by 98 shots to 43. Margaret Glove, John Richards, Sue Martin and skip Anne Russell won 20-15, John Dore, Janet Ellis, Derek Humphries and skip Brian Glover won 30-4, Yvonne Stanford, Sue Davis, Steve Callard and skip Ken Gay won 19-12 whilst Edwin Cleave, Alan Nethersole, Mike Russell and skip Kath Callard won 29-12.

 Another good win was recorded at the expense of Bitton Park away where Bovey won by 88 shots to 61. Margaret Glover, Alan Nethersole, Trevor Norman and skip Anne Russell won 21-11, Ian Howkins, Sue Martin, Brian Glover and skip Phil Joy lost 12-24, Derek Humphries, Ken Gay, Steve Callard and skip Kath Callard won 27-16, and Jane Ridgewell, Mike Russell, Chris Shorland and skip Margaret Bolt won 28-10. 

JUNE 2018


At last some better news to report from our efforts in the M.D.L. We played Newton Abbot away and managed to win on the overall score and on two rinks. The green was lightning fast with exaggerated draw. Peter Martin's rink of Martin Redfern, Chris Shorland, Derek Humphries and himself set a very good example by winning 23-13. Ted Ridgewell and his rink of Brian Glover, John Dore, Trevor Norman and himself kept the pressure up by winning 25-19 which gave us a margin of 48 shots to 32. The rink of David Anderson, Mike Russell, Colin Wright and skip Derek Saunders lost 16-22 and Andy Walding, Tony Mayall, Steve Callard and skip Ray Parker lost 12-17 which kept our nose just in front. A few more happy faces than has been the case over the past few weeks.

OVER 55’s

 Our efforts in the Y division of the "Over 55s" took a nose dive at Kings where we lost 28-37.  Again the green was lightning fast with more draw than normal.  Ian Howkin, Allan King and skip Ray Parker lost 15-19 and Edwin Cleave, Ken Gay and skip Colin wright lost 13-18. No points at all to take home this week. However, in a rearranged match with Newton Abbot in the same division the result was just the opposite as we won on both rinks and with the overall score took all 8 points. Andy Walding, Alan King and skip Trevor Norman won 15-7 and David Anderson, Colin Wright and skip Phil Joy won 16-12.


Our only mixed friendly this week was away at Sidmouth when, due to a poor response from Bovey, only 3 rinks were played. It was very good of Sidmouth to honour the fixture. There were some very abnormal results in an overall  score of a win for Sidmouth by 2 shots at 57-59.Margaret Glover,Mike Russell, Derek Humphries and skip Steve Callard won 32-6. Carolyn Parker, Alan Nethersole, Brian Glover, and skip Anne Russell lost 13-30,and Sue Johnson, David  Johnson, Kath Callard and skip Ray Parker lost 12-23.

Our other mixed friendly against Abbrook Park was called off due to RAIN would you believe. A long time since that has happened.

    May 2018

   Our M.D.L. results remain very disappointing. We played Marldon "A" this week but lost again by 65 shots to 74. Ted Ridgewell had a good win by 23 shots to 9 and Peter Martin won 19 shots to 11 after being 9-11  down after 17 ends but scored 11 shots over the last 5ends. Derek Saunders was 12 shots to 9 up at 11 ends but then only managed 2 shots over the last 10 ends and Ray Parker lost by 9 shots to 26. The result was just 4 points for Bovey.

       In the "Over55s" the X team had a good win over Shaldon by 36 shots to 23. Peter Martin won 17-13 and Steve Callard won 19-10 giving Bovey  maximum points (8). The Y team had a hard time at Kingsteignton losing on both rinks. Colin Wright lost 12-26 after being 9-8 up at 10 ends only to score 3shots over the last 8 ends to Kingsteignton's 18.  Phil Joy lost 13-20 despite gaining 7 shots to 6 over the last 8 ends.

         In the S.D.L. Bovey had a hard struggle against Paignton "A" losing by 49 shots to 52. Anne Russell lost 12-17, Margaret Bolt won 18-16 and Jean Fullbrook tied 19-19 giving Bovey 3 points. Against Dawlish Bovey had a much better result, winning by 55 shots to 47. Jean Fullbrook lost 14-23, Margaret Bolt won 19-10 and Anne Russell won 22-14. This gave Bovey 8 points.

         In a 4-3-2-1 game against Victoria, Bovey won 71-63. In the singles Anne Russell won 21-10, in the pairs Jean Fullbrook won22-13 but Margaret Bolt lost 10-19 in the triples and Kath Callard lost 18-21 in the rinks.

        Friendlies played this week were against Devon Presidents and Babbacombe.

Against Devon presidents Bovey won by 88 shots to 83. Colin Wright beat the rink with Mike Birch, President of Bowls Devon, in it and skipped by Edgar Mellhuish 38-11 (not very gentlemanly was it really) Ray Parker lost 14-27,Peter Martin lost to Harry Riley10-23 and Derek Saunders won 26-22. A most enjoyable afternoon played in perfect weather.

Bovey won the renewed fixture with Babbacombe by 76 shots to 65.Derek Saunders won16-14 Peter Martin won 27-14,Steve Callard lost 15-21 and Trevor Norman won 18-16. Some very good bowling played in proper summer weather at last.

November 2017

We have had 5 games during October with reasonable results. We provided 2 teams to play 2 invitation matches at the Derwent Hotel in Torquay with a win and a loss. The first game against Bristol Greenbank Bovey lost by 47 shots to 60. Derek Saunders won 15-14 after being 7-14 down at 12 ends only to get 8 shots over the last 3 ends. Colin Wright lost 11-21, going down 11 shots over the last 5 ends. Steve Callard lost 12-16 despite getting 7 shots to 3 on the last 4ends. Derek Honeywill ended with a 9 all tie. Over all they were just a bit too good for Bovey.

The second game was against Stithian Bowling club from Cornwall resulting in a good win for Bovey. Colin Wright won 12-10 after being 9 shots to 4 up after 9 ends. Steve Callard had a convincing win by 14 shots to 5 allowing the opposition only 1 shot over the last 10 ends. Derek Honeywill won 15-13 after a very close game. Ray Parker lost 12-16 after being 4-13 down at 11 ends.

2 matches were played against Torbay I.D.B.C. with very different results. The first game Bovey lost 48-66 whilst the result was reversed in the second by 82-67. In the first game Martin Redfern lost 10-18, only scoring on 6 ends. Sylvia Saunders lost 12-18 after playing well to be only 10-11 down at 13 ends. Derek Humphries lost 12-16after being only 1 shot down after 13 ends. Derek Honeywill tied on 14-14 finishing with a flurry of 7 shots over the last 4 ends going from 7-14 down after 15 ends to 14 -14.

The second game against Torbay Bovey won 82-67. Derek Saunders lost 19-26 after being 16-16 at 15 ends only to go down 10 shots over the final 4 ends. Sylvia Saunders lost 15-17, a good result after being 9-17 down after 14 ends. Colin Wright put in a much-improved performance winning by 24 shots to 8 after being 15-1 at 10 ends and never letting the opposition into the game. Ray Parker won 24-16 after reaching the 13th end at 19-1 up and then sharing the last 6 ends at 5 shots each.

The other match of the month was against Dawlish I.D.B.C. which Bovey won 57-51, thanks mainly to a convincing win by Ted Ridgewell of 27-8. Martin Redfern lost 17-21 after holding the opposition to 10-11 after 15 ends only to go down 9 shots over the last 5 ends. Colin Wright lost 13-22 scoring only 3 shots over the last 10 ends to the oppositions 14 shots. Ted Ridgewell won 27-8 only allowing the opposition to score 3 shots over the last 14 ends.

As we have only 2 games in December, I will hold the results until the end of January.

Colin Wright