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Devon County Indoor Bowls Association

Match Reports 2017-2018


Under-25s reach inter-County Double-Rink National-Final for third year running

On Sunday 11 March Devon played Essex in the semi-finals of the Under
25 Inter County. From the outset this had all the makings of a very
closely contested game. Throughout the game the lead moved from one side
to the other.

In what can only best be described as a nail biting finale with one of
our rinks having finished we were one shot down; however the remaining
rink held its nerve and Devon eventually came out on top winning 42-41.

Devon have now reached the final and will play Yorkshire on the 25 March
2018 at Melton Mowbray starting at 1.30pm. This is the third consecutive
year Devon have reached the final and hopefully this will be the third
consecutive time they will win the National trophy. Good luck.

[report by John Berry]


Over-60s Inter-County: Devon bow out at semi-final stage after excellent campaign

Devon played Surrey on the 20 February in the Over 60 Inter County Semi-Final at The Dolphin, Poole. The game on 4 rinks was extremely close but unfortunately 2 Devon rinks had little going in their favour which sadly meant Devon lost 102-122. Individual rink scores: Duncan Summers 12-30 (v C.Cranham), Allan Thomas 18-18 (v S.Fortesque), Kevin Phillips 19-17 (v J.Sussex), Mike Avent 28-13 (v Binns), Glyn Lawrence 15-17 (v M.Tuck), Bill Davis 10-27 (v I.Ross).

The Selectors would like to take the opportunity to thank all the players who played in this year's competition for their tremendous effort and hopefully Devon will reach the final in the not too distant future.

John Berry

Under-25 Inter-County Quarter-Final win for Devon

On Sunday 11 February Devon played Dorset in the Under 25 Inter County
Competition with one rink playing at Exonia and one rink playing at
Dorchester. The game at Exonia was closely contested but eventually
Devon ran out winners 18-15. The game at Dorchester was more straight
forward with Devon  leading for most of the match and eventually winning
28-6 this gave an overall aggregate score of 46-21.

Devon will now play Essex in the semi-final  and this will be played at
Bannister Park on Sunday 11 March starting at 11.30am.

John Berry


President loses to Torbay

The President reports that on Monday 29/1 the President's team lost to Torbay 70-85 and by 3 rinks to one.


Devon beat Somerset on Saturday 20th January 2018

This county-friendly match took place at Isca. It was played in a friendly spirit with Devon winning 147-96..

 The return match with Somerset will be played on 24th February.


Liberty Trophy: Devon exit in Quarter-Final v Wiltshire

Liberty Trophy Report on Saturday 13th January at Isca IBC:-

In the quarter finals Devon lost to Wiltshire 108-126. Devon`s preparations were not helped by four players withdrawing from the original selected team, which meant three rinks needed to be changed. Devon made a good start and at 5 ends where 30-22 in front but Wiltshire showed their determination to lead at 10 ends 53-60. There was not much change at 15 ends (80-86) and at 18 ends still the same difference (98-104), but the 19th end proved decisive with Wiltshire scoring 14 shots to Devon`s 3 and so closing out the match.

A disappointing end to this years campaign, as this is a game Devon could have and perhaps should have won!

Rinks scores:-

P Daley; T Davis; S Evans; I Lesley 15-21 v A Moore;             J Heard; A Southgate; H Goodwin; L Ridout 20-20

R.Condon; M Powell; S Broom; J Evans 12-33 v N Smith;       O Lucas; K Daniels; M Bass; I Bond 23-12 v I Jefferies

L Roberts; D Holloway; Z Kidd; S Tolchard 20-16 v T Warner;  D Evans; P Hackett; K Phillips; R Whitlock 18-24 v M Titcombe

Kevin Phillips Team Manager


December wins for the Liberty Trophy Team & the National Under 25 Inter County Double Rinks

Liberty Trophy:-

On Saturday 16th December Devon played Somerset at Bristol in the 2nd round to continue their defence of the national title. Devon got off to a flyer and at 5 ends were 40-22. They then increased it to 68-45 at 10 ends, but then Somerset produced a very creditable   fightback 88-75 at 15 ends and actually across the board took the lead by 2 shots. Back came Devon to seal victory 114-104 in what was a great advert for the game.

Rink scores:-

P Daley; D Holloway; O Lucas; S Evans 14-25 v R Paxton                  J Heard; A Southgate; I Lesley; L Ridout 19-13 v A Colebrooke 

D Evans; P Hackett; K Phillips; R Whitlock 26-11 v R Francis              P Condon; M Powell; J Evans; D Denison 17-16 v G Shadwell

K Kniveton; H Goodwin; S Broom; S Tolchard 22-13 v J Avery            P Stone; K Daniels; J Hampton; I Bond 16-26 v J Hick

The quarter final is against Wiltshire at Isca on Saturday 13th January 2018

Kevin Phillips - Team Manager


Report on National Under 25 Inter County Double Rink:-

On Sunday 17th December Devon played Somerset in the Under 25 Inter County Double Rink. This was Devon's first match in defence of the National title they won in March.

Very much a game of two rinks but with one Devon Rink clearly dominating the Somerset team conceded the game after 18 ends.

Rink scores Zach Kidd (10) v J Groves (18) and James Hampton (31) v S Steel (5)

Devon’s opponents in the next round will be Dorset with the game to be played on the 11 February 2018

John Berry Under 25 Double Rink Team Manager


Devon v Dorset on Sunday 10th December 2017

The County took a team to Dorchester to play Dorset. This was a very close match throughout resulting in a 2 shot win for Devon.


Matches at Bodmin, Budleigh Salterton and Honiton

 Over the last few day the County has had a busy time, playing two Presidents Games and one County Game. The first game was Presidents game against the Cornwall Past Presidents BA at Bodmin on Thursday the 30th December 2017. It  was a closely fought  game with Devon losing by 10 shots.

The second match was against Budleigh on Friday 1st December 2017 where we played one rink and one triple, a game which Budleigh won.

The third game was a County game against Cornwall at Honiton on Sunday 3rd December 2017. Again it was a very close game with the result not being known until the last rink finished. It ended up with Cornwall winning  by 4 shots. After the game we had a splendid meal supplied by the Honiton Ladies. I thanked Honiton for their hospitality.

Keith Weeks - President 2017-2018


Devon County Indoor Bowls Association v Dorset Indoor Bowls Association

Match Report

Devon played Dorset in the Over 60 Inter County competition on the 21 November 2017 with three rinks playing at Isca and three rinks at The Dolphin, Poole. This was a close match for much of the game until in the latter stages Devon pulled ahead eventually winning 142-123.

Rink scores:-

Bill Davis (30) v B Patterson (24)          John Evans (26) v D Joslin (15),        Kevin Phillips (23) v D Rumble (29)

Glyn Lawrence (11) v C Bunford (3)   Allan Thomas (25) v C Truscott (14)  Mike Avent (27) v A Mckenzie (10)

Devon will play Gloucestershire on the 23 January 2018, venue/venues to be agreed.

John Berry - Over 60 Inter County  Competition Team Manager


The Vice Presidents Cup 2017

The competition saw the involvement of 14 different clubs from Devon. Prior to the start of the afternoon a draw was made with each Club playing 21 ends against another Devon Club. The winner to be decided by the club with the greatest shot difference. It turned out be a very enjoyable and very competitive afternoon and a very successful event and it was followed by a lovely cooked meal provided by ISCA staff this was followed by the presentation by Gordon Thomas.

The winners were the Plymouth rink of Peter Carlyle, Keith Young, Keith Griffiths skipped by Neville Ring who had a splendid 30-16 win plus 14 shots over Alan Paxton, A. Cowling, R. Frenchman and Dave Full (Isca). Runners up were the rink from South Hams, Don Avis, Richard Wordsley, David Fox and Charlie Dunton who defeated the Torbay rink of Rob Dunn, Ken Brenchley, Ray Parker and Albert Noakes 24-15 a difference of 9 shots. Third spot went to the North Devon rink of Steve Date, Robert Withecombe, David Lake and Peter Hobbs who played Mid Devon and won by 8 shots against the Mid Devon rink of Bob French, Cedric Lewis, John Barrie and Tony Lloyd.

For  photograph see Honours/ Photos 2017-2018

Bill Dolan – DCIBA Vice Presidents Secretary


  President v Sidmouth on 1st November 2017

The match was played in the usual good spirit with Sidmouth winning 64 to 53. Sidmouth won on two rinks and the third rink was drawn.

Keith Weeks  B.E.M  DCIBA President 2017-2018



President v Devon Colts (Madeira 29/10/17)

This is the third occasion on which this fixture has taken place, this time with the Colts playing under their new name.

It was again a very close match resulting in a win for the President, the President winning on two rinks by a small margin and losing on one rink.

The Colts bowled extremely well and are force to be reckoned with. The match was played in a good spirit, and was enjoyed by all with lots of banter.

It is the President's wish that future Presidents will continue with this fixture for many years to come.


Keith Weeks B.E.M President

Liberty Trophy

On Saturday 28th October at ISCA IBC Devon started their defence of EIBA County Liberty Trophy v Dorset, this was a very hard fought contest. With the scores at 5 ends being 28 - 30, then at 10 ends 57 - 55 and all square at 15 ends 86 all, then came a Devon surge to go 109 - 93 at 18 ends and finishing the match at 128 - 101. This certainly was a grind out performance at times very scrappy but at the end of the day it's all about the result.

Next round is on Saturday 16th December away to Cornwall or Somerset

Rink scores:-

K Kniveton; M Powell; S Broom; S Tolchard v D Nuttman 27-15

J Heard; A Southgate; I Lesley; L Ridout v M Puckett 21-17

R Condon; A Bowden; H Goodwin; J Evans v C Daniels 14-18

L Roberts; P Hackett; K Phillips; R Whitlock v B Paulley 15-19

P Daley; D Holloway; O Lucus; S Evans v C Fountain 23-15

P Stone; K Daniels; J Hampton; I Bond v N Voss 28-17


Kevin Phillips - DCIBA Liberty Trophy Team Manager


President v Madeira on Wednesday 18th October 2017 (at Madeira).

Although the Presidents match against Madeira ended with a four shots win to Madeira,  the game  was evenly matched throughout with one winning rink to each side and one drawn rink. Unfortunately it was the President's rink which lost by 4 shots.

Keith Weeks  DCIBA President 2017-2018 

Devon v Wiltshire on Sunday 15th October 2017 (at North Wilts)

The Indoor Season got off to a good start with the Devon v Wiltshire match, which Devon won 134 to 94 The game was played in a very good spirit on all the rinks, with Devon winning on 3 rinks, drawing on 2 and  losing on one.

 Also at the game 2 first game badges and 3 full Devon County Badges were presented.

Keith Weeks  DCIBA President 2017-2018


Thursday 14th September 2017 at Madeira

 The weather was not kind to us with some very heavy rain showers so in the end we only played 18 ends, it was a very good game with the scores being very close with DCIBA running out winners the score being 114 (DCIBA) to 107  (Bowls Devon).

May I thank all the rinks who supported at this match.

Keith Weeks DCIBA President 2017-2018