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Bowls is a Summer Sport!

By Mike Canning Crediton Bowling Club

Wednesday, 29 September 2021


Crediton Bowling Club Contributor


My thanks go to fellow member, Mike Haywood, who was playing a friendly bowls match when the heavens opened and the outcome can clearly be seen in the following picture!

Mike says ‘we started late after an earlier shower and managed to get in 3/4 ends before Joan and Sue magically provided a Tea during a biblical downpour which transformed the green into a wonderful venue for water skiing! Enter David Carpenter. How 1 man and 1 squeegee managed to clear the standing water is impossible to comprehend. Green still impossible to play on but thanks to whatever Roy Andrews has been putting into those spikes within 30 minutes, we were not only playing but incredibly finished the full 18 ends!’

A Successful Year for Crediton Bowlers!
In this copy I will concentrate on the performances of the Men’s section in the County and National Finals. Next week it will be the turn of the Ladies and then in the final article for the year I will do a round up of all the Internal competitions that have been played. Crediton is a member of Section 4 in Bowls Devon and competitions are held throughout the season within each section around the County. The winners of each section then play against each other which then can often culminate in the victorious club progressing to the National Finals which are held in Leamington Spa. There has been great success this year showing the strength in depth and the quality of bowlers being attracted to play at Crediton.
In the County Trophy the club beat Exonia in the section final but then lost to Culm Vale in the next round. In the Foxlands Trophy the final of the section was lost to Topsham and Rob Paxton was also runner up in the Singles 4 wood. The Top Club won the section by beating Topsham 3 - 2 and Rob Paxton won the Group B 2 Wood competition. In the Men’s Pairs Roy Andrews and Neil Thomas finished runners up but both the Men’s Triples of Roy Andrews, Mike Tapp and Lloyd Reynolds and the Men’s Fours of Richard Gunn, Allan Gibb, Roy Ellis and Mark Theedom won through to the next stages although the Fours have since been defeated. In the Over 60’s Roy Andrews finished runner up. The 2 Four Woods have not only won Section 4 but also progressed through the later rounds and will now compete at the National Finals.
In one of my earlier articles I mixed up a tournament and a competition as I get to understand all the terminology used in the sport. Lately I have been made aware that there are also two types of bowler and this is defined as being ‘badged’ or ‘unbadged’. I am not going to detail the requirements needed to become ‘badged’ but I will complete

this weeks article by referring to the above picture which shows the winners of the Devon Unbadged Triples. The Crediton trio of (left to right) Alex Simpson, Allan Gibb and Mike Tapp not only won Section 4 but then became the County Champions after their victory at Cullompton Bowling Club. Well done to all the men who entered the County competitions and good luck to those who still have matches to play.

Contact Information

Amy Simpson

  • 07989 112989
  • 01363 773095

Find Crediton Bowling Club

Newcombes Meadow, Belle Parade, Crediton, Devon, EX17 2AA


Additional Information

Car parks in the Town Square and at St Saviours Way are the nearest to the club. Local streets have time restraints up to 6pm. No parking in the library car park