Official Phear Park Bowling club
Phear Park bowlers enjoy a successful week
The highlight of a successful week for Phear Park was a victory at local rivals
Madeira, writes Chris Cleaver.
Three of the four mixed triples were victorious as Park won by six shots and the all
important local bragging rights.
Leading the way were Margo Allen, John Whyte and skip David Evans who won 24-12.
The other two winning triples won by three shots, with John Greenslade,
Faye Downend and skip John Dill recovering from 6-0 down to win 15-12.
Chris Cleaver skipped Lawrie Harries and Peter Burch to a 17-14 victory.
The biggest win of the week was at home to Uffculme, with Park winning 76-49.
David Evans skipped John Horne and Tim Flather to a 24-11 success.
Next up were Roland Heale, John Robins, and skip Sarah Westacott, who won 23-13.
Marg Lock, David Dowden and skip Chris Cleaver looked in trouble at 10-4 down,
but extra helpings of teabread during the interval did the trick as they won the last
seven ends to run out 15-10 winners.
Captain Peter Burch was hoping for a rare clean sweep, but his triple dropped a
three on the last end to lose 15-14!
The wins kept coming as Bradninch were defeated by seven shots at Phear Park.
Bob Smith skipped Marg Lock and Ron Rooke to a 20-11 win, whilst John Dill,
Catherine Hatchard, and skip John Robins scored six shots without reply on the last
two ends to win 18-12.
The only friendly defeat of the week was at Chagford. The only winning triple of the
three played saw Marg Lock, Joy Mottershead, and skip Rob Mottershead prevail 19-16.
With this seasons Exeter and District Over-60s League rapidly reaching its conclusion,
the A side required maximum points in last weeks home fixture with Seaton.
That didn’t materialise with David Evans’ triple losing 18-9, and Bob Smith’s team
drawing 15-all after letting slip a 15-7 lead.
With a solitary point earned, surely this was the result which ended their promotion
challenge in Division Four.
Park’s B team have been fighting at the wrong end of the table this season,
but achieved a maximum eight points for the first time this campaign after both triples
won 17-15 at Tiverton West End.
John Anderson skipped Jim Letten and Ron Rooke, whilst Rob Mottershead was in
charge of Paul Beresford and David Dowden
Phear Park Axon Cup success for Heavitree
Last weeks main event at Phear Park was the battle for the Axon Cup,
writes Chris Cleaver.
In this competition, Park invite a number of local clubs to compete against a series of home
teams over a total of 21 ends.
With overall shot difference the sole measure of victory, it takes consistency and a stroke
of good fortune to emerge victorious.
This year the visiting teams fared best, and it was Heavitree who returned back up the
A376 with the cup.
They had faded to a score of plus 11 after dropping six shots over the final six ends,
but it proved enough as closest challengers Budleigh also struggled in their final game,
and finished plus 10.
After last weeks break for the tournament, Park’s A side were looking to reignite their
promotion challenge in Division Four of the Exeter and District Over-60s League.
They didn’t get off to the best of starts at North Tawton, and trailed by 12 shots at the
Both triples rallied, with John Horne, Roland Heale and skip David Evans recovering
from 6-13 to win 14-13.
However, it wasn’t quite enough for overall victory with Bob Smith’s triple losing by three
The B team were in action at Bradninch, but both triples were defeated.
Park continued their good form in the friendlies with a narrow six shot victory at home to
Somerset side Congresbury.
Three of the six mixed rinks returned winning scorecards, with John Anderson skipping
Freda Relph, David Dowden, and Rob Mottershead to a 25-7 victory.
Close behind were John Dill, Margo Allen, John Relph, and skip Jean Rainton, who won 27-14.
Bob Smith’s team won 20-17, the third of the winning rinks. Thanks to Topsham’s Freda
and John Relph, and Madeira’s Jean Rainton who played in Phear Park colours for the day.
With all three part of winning rinks, they are welcome back anytime!
The result was reversed in a midweek triples friendly at Tiverton West End, as Park lost
This was despite a fantastic 29-7 win for Margo Allen, Rob Mottershead and skip
Park’s only other winning triple of the five played saw John Dill, Joy Mottershead,
and skip Chris Cleaver recover from 10-1 down to win 19-14.
Phear Park Tournament title success for Joy and Rob Mottershead
Last weeks action was dominated by Phear Park’s Annual Open Tournament,
writes Chris Cleaver.
The men’s singles was won by Exonia’s Andrew Cutler, who defeated Madeira’s
Graham Clarkson 21-13 in the final.
Cutler had beaten Chris Cleaver 21-18 in the semi-final, in what was his first appearance
at this tournament since 1986!
He joins his brother Barry as a winner of the Calcutta Cup, who lifted the trophy in 1989.
Competitors had to battle through atrocious weather on the first day of competition,
as the men’s pairs was whittled down from sixteen to four. In the semi-finals home
pairing David Evans and Chris Cleaver comfortably defeated defending champions
Rob Mottershead and Richard Hardman.
In the other semi, Barclay Wood and Tim Flather achieved an excellent 21-16 win over
Madeira duo Mick Powell and Mike Gorman, to ensure a Park pairing would end the day as
In the final, Wood and Flather went into the final end 18-16 ahead after recovering from 11-15.
However, Evans and Cleaver had the final say, scoring a three to secure a second pairs success,
after last prevailing back in 2007.
The Mixed Pairs trophy also stayed in Phear Park, as Joy and Rob Mottershead played their way to
a popular victory.
They had reached the final after scoring six shots over the last three ends to beat Sarah
Westacott and Chris Cleaver 18-16. In the final, the Mottershead’s started strongly against
defending champions Kieran Daniels and Hannah Morfey, who had survived a spirited fightback
from Marg Lock and John Robins to earn a shot at retaining their title. Leading 11-2 at the
halfway stage, the Mottershead’s saw their lead reduced to 12-10 with four ends to play.
However, the home pairing had a second wind, and won 17-13.
Whilst Joy and Rob toasted their success, Morfey had the opportunity for instant redemption, as
she faced Madeira’s Jean Rainton in the final of the Ladies Singles. It wasn’t to be her day, as
Rainton started the better, and took the title with a 21-12 victory.
The Ladies Pairs saw each pairing play three games of eight ends, with shot difference
determining the winner. Budleigh’s Joan Cowling and Mo Bond took the title with a shot difference
of plus 14, just ahead of two Madeira pairings who finished plus 13 and plus 12.
Thanks must go to all those who contributed to the running of this years tournament. In
particular, organiser John Robins and his team of Gillian Harding, Liz Nelson, and Rob
Mottershead, and also Joan Evans, Joy Mottershead and their team, who kept competitors and
spectators well fed during the week.
Phear Park Open Triples success for Okehampton team
Phear Park’s annual open tournament got under way last Sunday with the open triples writes
In this competition, each triple plays four matches of around an hours duration. Each match won
is worth two points.
After an excellent day of bowling in fine sunshine, two triples from the field of twenty two had
achieved a maximum eight points. Okehampton’s Janet Griffiths, and Viv and Mike Kirkland were
crowned winners by virtue of their plus 35 shot difference. The runners-up were the Babbacombe
triple of Phyllis Steer, Frankie Prince, and Norman Owen, who accumulated a shot difference of
plus 28 from their four wins.
The finals of the men’s singles, mixed pairs, and ladies singles are scheduled for tomorrow
afternoon (Friday, August 5). All visitors are welcome!
Last Saturday, the rink of of Peter Burch, Rob Mottershead, Tim Flather, and skip Chris Cleaver
were looking to bring Budleigh’s Victory Cup back to Phear Park for the second time in three
Each of the invited teams alternately played five different Budleigh teams over a total of 20 ends,
with the team with the highest shot difference the winner. Cleaver’s rink made steady progress
over the afternoon to reach plus nine, but were beaten into second by defending champions
Exonia who finished plus 10.
Onto the friendlies, and three of the four mixed triples won as Park returned from Heavitree with
an 11 shot victory.
Roland Heale, Peter Burch and skip David Evans recovered from a slow start with counts of six
and four on consecutive ends as they won 23-14. Next up were Jim Letten, Faye Downend, and
skip Chris Cleaver who won 18-11. Park’s third winning triple of John Greenslade, Tim Flather, and
skip John Anderson did their best to throw away a 17-4 lead, and it took an excellent saving wood
on the last end from Anderson to ensurethey went home 18-17 winners.
A mixed triples match at home to Sidmouth was less successful, with Park losing by nine shots.
The solitary winning triple of Marg Lock, Brian Halsey, and skip David Evans won 16-13.
Both Phear Park’s Over 60’s teams had disappointing defeats over the past week. The A side lost
on both rinks at home to Exonia B, whilst the B side returned empty handed from St. Thomas.
NB Lawrie Harries hung up his reporting pen after last week’s report and we thank him for his
sterling efforts. His reports have been enjoyed by many over the years and certainly appreciated
at this end of things – may your pen rest gently laurie. Sports Ed.
Footnote from B.S. B.C: This humble ccribe would like to pay tribute to Laurie
counterpart at Phear Park, who has retired and passed the baton to a member of the younger
generation, - Chris! - may you never miss a deadline!
Laurie’s reports were always a ‘must-read’ and were enviable models of clarity and wit. Laurie
was also a valued member at Budleigh during the indoor seasons and was our fixtures secretary
for a number of years. Our members send their best wishes.