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Park were successful on both rinks and claimed the maximum eight points. Peter Burch, John Robins and Bob Smith (skip) took the lead after seven ends were in charge for the remaining eleven ends before finishing 18-9 in front. In an impressive performance, David Horne skipped John Dill and John Whyte ended 17-11 ahead after holding the lead throughout the 18 ends. This was North Tawton’s first defeat of the season. Park’s B squad were also at home to Uffculme, but went down on both rinks. It is often claimed that lightening never strikes twice - except it seems when Park play Okehampton. A fortnight ago Park travelled to Okehampton and came back well beaten. An opportunity to put that right came last week when Okehampton travelled to Phear Park to play a five triples However, with thunder rumbling the visitors did it again and won comfortably. Park’s only winning rink was John Greenslade, Ron Rooke and Tim Flather (skip). Park did not score until the seventh end and were always chasing the game but four shots on the last two ends gave them a win by one shot. John Horne, David Dowden and Sarah Westacott (skip) went into the last end two shots in front, but the visitors claimed a three to give them a one shot victory. As has been said before there are a number of ways of losing a bowls match and Park have perfected most of The club sent four rinks to Pinces Gardens (Exeter) and won on three but still managed to lose on overall shots. Liz Nelson, Roland Heale, Peter Burch and skip John Anderson were comfortable winners by eight shots. In a very tight game, John Horne, Brian Halsey, John Dill and Bob Smith (skip) were level after 20 ends, but took the shot on the last to win by 16 shots to 15. Park’s side included an honorary rink provided by our friends from Budleigh viz. Peter Hillman, Gerard McCarthy, Don Huish and George Woolacott (skip). They earned their expenses with a 23-17 win.
Phear Park find lightning DOES strike twice  Phear Park A squad in the over-60s triples league entertained  league leaders North Tawton last week and scored a notable win,  writes Laurie Harries.
John Horne, Roland Heale and Bob Smith (skip) ran out winners by 21 shots to 9. While the second rink of John Dill, John Whyte and David Evans (skip), won 16 of the 18 ends played and ended 33-4 up. This meant all eight points being banked by Park who have climbed the table to sit third. Park’s B squad are also showing some consistency; unfortunately, not quite what is needed as they went down to defeat again, this time at Cullompton. As has been said before there are a number of ways of losing a bowls match and Park have perfected most of The club sent four rinks to Pinces Gardens (Exeter) and won on three, but still managed to lose on overall shots. Liz Nelson, Roland Heale, Peter Burch and skip John Anderson were comfortable winners by eight shots. In a very tight game, John Horne, Brian Halsey, John Dill and Bob Smith (skip) were level after 20 ends but took the shot on the last to win by 16 shots to 15. Park’s side included an honorary rink provided by our friends from Budleigh viz. Peter Hillman, Gerard McCarthy, Don Huish and George Woolacott (skip). They earned their expenses with a 23 -17 win. An opportunity to turn the tables came just a few days later when Pinces Gardens visited Phear Park.  However, things went awry for Park somewhere and the visitors took the honours on all four rinks. To complete a disappointing set of results in friendlies Park also came second to Halthough some were close Park’s only winners were John Horne, Faye Downend and John Anderson (skip) who came from behind to win by 16 shots to 15.
The recent scintillating form shown by the Phear Park A squad in the Over-60s Triples League continued last week when they overwhelmed visitors Culm Vale by 41 shots, writes Laurie Harries.
Phear Park A climb Over-60s Triples League table
Playing against Crediton, Park could not quite repeat the heroics of recent weeks, but did win on one rink and tied the other. Peter Burch, John Robibs and skip Bob Smith won by 10 shots helped by a seven on the sixteenth end. The real excitement came on the second rink where John Horne, Roland Heale and David Horne (skip) had their noses in front until the penultimate end when they found themselves four down. A magnificent four shots gave the Park trio a well deserved draw at 15 shots apiece. Unfortunately, there was another defeat for the B squad on a difficult green at St Thomas (Exeter). Park returned to St Thomas three days later for a four triple friendly and won by four shots. Perhaps the B squad should assume they are playing friendlies every time there is a league fixture! Park’s win was largely down to Tim Flather, Joy Mottershead and John Anderson (skip) who claimed a win by 10 shots. One shot on the final end was enough for Johb Dill, Faye Downend and skip Rob Mottershead to squeeze a win by 15 shots to 14. Park entertained Trentham Bowling Club from Reading. The visitors had an eventful journey as their coach and driver were subject of a random police check at junction 30 of the M5. All was well, except an hour was lost with the game starting more than an hour late! Park did not let the delay affect them and won by 112 shots to 94. David Horne skipped John Horne, Christine Hatchard and Ron Rooke to a 21-11 win. While John Dill, Paul Beresford, Faye Downend and David Evans (skip) led from the third end and finished 19-11 ahead. The peripatetic Budleigh rink (have woods, will travel) of Peter Hillman, Don Huish, BrianSummers and George Woolacott (skip) again showed fine form to win comfortably by 23 shots to 9. They might be allowed to win a raffle prize next time! Park ladies sent a triple to Budleigh to play for the Jubilee Cup. This competition was dominated by home triples, but Park’s trio of Marg Lock, Joy Mottershead and Margo Allen (skip) performed creditably and took fourth spot, the best of the visiting triples.
Some members travelled early indulging in a short paddle, a leisurely lunch and a 20-minute nap on the beach, preparing themselves for anything Paignton bowlers could throw at them! Well, almost. Halfway through proceedings the green was invaded by an influx of gulls fighting over access to flying insects. The previous day seagulls had disrupted play at Budleigh and had now made the short flight across the estuary. Ignoring the woods trundling down the green they continued to feed and, where necessary skipped over, or nudged a bowl.  At the end of the afternoon the scores were Phear Park 84, Paignton 71,  Seagulls 297! Park’s best performing rink was Peter Burch, Faye Downend and skip John Robins who finished 23-13 ahead. Park were delighted to welcome back their youngest ‘old boy’ Chris Cleaver and he skipped Roland Heale and Joy Mottershead to a win by one shot. There was a good win also for Chris’s mum, Sarah Westacott who skipped John Horne and David Dowden to a win by 16 shots to 14. Unusually two rinks were tied. Marg Lock, Rob Mottershead and Tim Flather (skip) came back from 11-5 down to draw 14-all, while Liz Nelson, Margo Allen and John Anderson (skip) dropped four shots on the last two end, but drew 16-all. Park entertained neighbours Budleigh last Sunday and there were no seagulls to cause an issue – or three! At tea the rink scores were close. Budleigh captain Don Huish, paid a fulsome tribute to Phear Park. Games were always played in the most friendliest of atmospheres. This brief, but sincere (we think) address, had a profound effect on Park players, some of whom decided they must let their guests win! This was epitomised by the rink of Peter Burch, David Dowden and Sarah Westacott (skip) who conceded three shots on the final end to draw 20 shots all. This munificence obviously runs in the family as Chris Cleaver skipped Marg Lock and Bob Smith to a two shot defeat after leading by 3 shots with three ends left. Budleigh ran out winners by 22 shots. At the end both sets of players wore smiles of satisfaction – Budleigh because they won, Park because they let them win! However, the biggest was worn by Mr Huish who recognised the value of psychology in
There was another excllent performance last week from the Phear Park A triples team, writes Laurie Harries
Phear Park B lose at St Thomas - then win days later at the same venue!
Phear Park sent five triples to Paignton to fulfil a friendly fixture, writes Laurie Harries.
Phear Park battle seagulls and home bowlers on way to win at Paignton.