Bowls


ILMINSTER bowler, Rob Paxton, eased through the singles section stage of the Commonwealth Games down in Australia with a trio of victories over Arun Kumar (Fiji, 21-13), Shannon McIlroy (New Zealand, 21-18) and Cephas Kimani (Kenya, 21-14). A further 21-16 win over McIlroy again in the quarter final on Thursday secured a semi-final against Australia’s …

THE ANNUAL Snows Toyota Mixed Fours Tournament was held at Honiton Bowls club last Sunday. The tournament, and the £160 prize money, was won by Carol Armitage, Margaret Bright, Malcolm Seaborne and Ken Clarke. Julia Locke, Myra Singleton, Barrie Singleton and Alan Fuller came second and secured themselves £80. A team from Madeira came third, …

THE DORCHESTER Bowls Club Competition Finals provided a feast of high quality action last week. Pride of place must go to England under-25 international George Spracklen, who won the Men’s Championship and three other competitions. George defeated Bill Ford 21-17 in the Championship singles and Louise Woodrow, to also claim the Under-25 title 21-13. He …

IN A highly successful week, Honiton bowlers won through to the national finals and triumphed in a local tournament. Yvonne Williams and Rita Barwick defeated a Plymouth pair to go through to play in the last 16 in Nottingham in the England Over 60 Pairs competition to be held on April 11th. Meanwhile, Tony Tooley, …

TORQUAY United duo Cassidy Lenton and Harriet Stevens returned triumphant from Nottingham last weekend, after playing key roles as England relieved the Scots of the British Women’s under-25 team title. Stevens was not only making her junior international debut on carpet, but had been entrusted with the responsibility of skipping a rink. And, with Lenton …

FORMER Exeter postman Rob Paxton enhanced his already sky-high reputation at Potters Resort in Norfolk last weekend, but had to settle for the runners-up spot in the Just World Indoor Bowls Singles Championship for the second time in three years. Being beaten by Blackpool’s Mark Dawes was no disgrace for the man who plays for …

Torquay United chalked up a comprehensive win over Plymouth which took them into the last 16 in the national mixed inter-club championship – the Egham Trophy. Next Sunday, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake, United will face a feisty Bournemouth outfit, who accounted for Fareham-based Palmerston. Skipping the home rinks at Plain- moor, …

Devon’s record-breaking lawn bowlers broke new ground on Monday when it was announced that eight of the 15 players in the England team that will compete in the Commonwealth Games on Queensland’s Gold Coast next year will be from the county. Four of the five players in the men’s team – Jamie Chestney (Exonia), Rob …