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17/05/24 DCSMBA Diary Released

We are pleased to announced that wee are now in a position to release our diary for the 2024/25 season. This can be found on the diary page. Please be aware there are a couple of more dates for the summer to be announced including an open day at our new venue (Okehampton Table Tennis Club) which was announced last month. The EGM to verify the accounts will also take place on at the open day.

19/04/24 DCSMBA AGM Review & New Venue

Tuesday night saw the County AGM held in Christow. It was poorly attended with only about 8 clubs in attendance. During the AGM it was announced that we are leaving the Manor House Hotel and from next season the county venue for short mat bowls will be the Indoor tennis club in Okehampton.

We are grateful to the Manor House hotel for their hospitality during the season, however we did listen to our members who had expressed concerns about the flooring and the temperature.   More details about the new venue will be forthcoming but the plan is to again hold an open day for members to see the new venue.

There will also be a need for an EGM during the summer to review the accounts as the accounts are not back from the accountancy firm yet so we were not able to scrutinise them. Details of the EGM will be communicated to members once known.

A new committee was voted on and the new committee details can be found here.

04/03/24 DCSMBA AGM

The 2023 DCSMBA AGM has been scheduled for 17th April at 7pm at Christow Short mat bowls club.  All posts except for the Premier County team Manager are up for election. The majority of the committee are willing to stand however this does not preclude any members for standing for a post. All nominations must be received by the 3rd April

Full details have been circulated to all clubs and can also be found on the AGM page here. We look forward to seeing you all at the AGM

04/03/24 Devon Heartache In ICC Semi Finals

Devon suffered double heartache in the ICC semi finals with both Devon premier and A losing. The Devon premier team who beat Hampshire in the quarters faced Norfolk who had beaten Cheshire in their quarter final match. Devon has a tough start to the day in the Singles and Pairs with Devon only gaining 2 points in one of the Singles matches. The second session was also tough with Devon losing one of the Triples and one of the Fours but gained draws on the other two mats. This left the half time result at 12-4 to Norfolk. In the third session Devon won one of the pairs, but with defeats on all the other three mats Norfolk gained the required points to win the match. With the scores at 22-6 to Norfolk Devon conceded the last session. Norfolk will face the West Midlands who beat Dorset in the final.

The A team also had a very tough day. In the first session Devon A only won one game which was a tight win in one of the Singles. The second session was more even with Devon winning a game in both the triples and the Fours but lost on the other two mats. This left the half time score at 10-6 to the West Midlands. The third session was another one dominated by the West Midlands with Devon only winning one of the Singles and losing on the three other mats. This meant Devon needed wins on all mats in the final session as well as gaining the bonus points in the Triples and Fours. However unfortunately Devon could only muster a draw in one of the Triples and saw defeat on the other mats. With the West Midlands winning all the bonus points the final score was Devon 9 (146 shots) West Midlands 31 (205 shots). The West Midlands will now contest the A team final against Norfolk who narrowly defeated Hampshire.

01/03/24 Devon ICC Semi Finals Teams Announced

Both Devon County teams are in action on Sunday in the ICC semi finals. Devon Premier travel to Solihull where they face Norfolk with the winners facing either Dorset or the West Midlands in the final. Players have been asked to be at the venue for 9:30am with the match starting at 10am. Details of the venue can be found here.  The following players have been selected for the match

Premier Team: Mike Avery (Yarnscombe),  Gill Cawrse (Exeter Nomads),  Gareth Hill (Totnes Creameries), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), Graham James (Winkleigh), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe) Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries),  Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Exeter Nomads), Thomas Perris (Exeter Nomads), Paul Pomeroy (Musbury), John Steer (Slapton),), Paul Weeks (Great Torrington), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Dave Woods (Totnes Creameries), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Rachel Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow)

The A team travel to Bristol where they take on West Midlands with the winners facing either Norfolk or Hampshire. The match starts at 10am and details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match,

A Team: Rob Bartlett (Exeter Nomads), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Budgie Hallows (Ottery St Mary), Jayne Hayter (Totnes Creameries), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Barry Mcphillips (Sidbury),  Ian Nicholls (Christow), John Parnell (Abbotskerswell), Shirley Parnell (Abbotskerswell), John Redstone (Winkleigh), Diane Shepherd (Winkleigh),  Graham Shepherd (Winkleigh), Colin Sowden (Great Torrington), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Stewart Weighill (Totnes Creameries) Sandra Weston (Sidbury), Roger Wilson (Winkleigh), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

20/02/24 Grenville Gerry (Barney) Sadly Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Grenville Gerry (Barney)  Barney who passed away on Sunday was a former Devon County bowler. He also regularly competed in County competitions and was a regular in the North Devon bowling leagues. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Bowlers are welcome to attend. The funeral will be held at Buckland Filleigh church on Wednesday 6th of March at 2pm.

19/02/24 Devon v Hampshire Review

The Devon Premier team travelled to Solihull on Sunday to take on Hampshire in the Quarter finals of the Inter county Championships. It was the perfect first session for Devon with wins in both Pairs and Singles games. The second session was also strong with wins on 3 of the four mats, with the sole defeating coming from  a 9-10 loss in one of the Fours. This left Devon in a strong position at half time with the score 14-2 to Devon.

The match was secured in the third session with another perfect session with wins on all four mats. With the final session being a dead rubber Devon dropped points in the Triples but won both of the Fours.  With Devon winning the bonus points in all four disciplines the final score was Devon 34 (210 shots) Hampshire 6 (151 shots).

The Devon Premier Team next face Norfolk in the Semi finals and will take place at Solihull on the 3rd of March. On the same day Devon A will face West Midlands A in Bristol also in the Semi Finals

19/02/24 Winkleigh Win County Team Event

On Saturday Devon Hosted the County Team Event at the Manor House Hotel in the final domestic county event of the season. With 13 teams attending teams were split into four groups with the winners of each group going through to the semi finals. In the first semi final Yarnscombe beat Totnes Creameries, whilst in the second semi final Winkleigh beat Exeter Nomads. In the Final Yarnscombe took an early lead in both games. However Winkliegh slowly clawed their way back before winning the Singles by three shots and eventually overcoming the deficit in the Fours to win the title.



Winkleigh County Team Championships Winners


14/02/24 Devon v Hampshire Team Announced

On Sunday the Devon County Premier team travel to Solihull where they face Hampshire in the Quarter Finals of the Inter County Championship. The winners will face Norfolk or Cheshire who play their quarter final on the same day. The match starts at 10am and selected players have been asked to be at the venue by 9:30am. Details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match:

Premier Team: Mike Avery (Yarnscombe),  Gill Cawrse (Exeter Nomads),  Gareth Hill (Totnes Creameries), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe) Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries),  Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Exeter Nomads), Paul Pomeroy (Musbury), James Smith (Exeter Nomads), John Steer (Slapton), James Trott (Exeter Nomads), Paul Weeks (Great Torrington), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Dave Woods (Totnes Creameries), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Rachel Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow)

 

05/02/24 Devon v Hertfordshire Review

On Sunday Devon Premier travelled to Bristol where they faced Hertfordshire in the Preliminary round off the ICC. Devon started off very strongly with wins on three of the four mats in the first session. The sole defeat coming in one of the pairs. The second session was also another strong session with three victories. The single defeat coming in one of the Triples. This left the half time score 12-4 to Devon. Devon strengthened their grip and won the match in the third session with wins on all matches and also secured the bonus points in the Singles and Pairs. The final was again dominated by Devon who brought home a further three victories. With Devon securing the bonus points in all four disciplines the final score was Devon 34 (235 shots) Hertfordshire 6 (131 shots).

The Devon Premier team now face Hampshire in the Quarter Finals at Solihull on the 18th February.

05/02/24 Brian Medland Mixed Fours Review

On Saturday the Manor House Hotel hosted the Brian Medland Mixed Fours. After an enjoyable day bowling the final was contested between the rink from Exeter Nomads comprising of Hilary Iley, Rob Bartlett, Gill Smith and James Trott and the rink from Great Torrington comprising of Paul Weeks, Teresa Walter, Elaine Clements and Colin Sowden. The Exeter Nomads rink was victorious winning 12-5.

There was also a plate competition for teams that didn’t quite make the main knockout stage and this was won by the Christow rink of Tom Archer, Claire Lloyd, Ava Cattell and Steve Collins.



Brian Medland Winners James Trott, Hilary Iley, Rob Bartlett & Gill Cawrse


02/02/24 Devon v Hertfordshire Team Announced

On Sunday the Devon County Premier team travel to Bristol where they face Hertfordshire in the first knockout round of the Inter County Championship. The winners of this match then face Hampshire in several weeks time. The match starts at 10am and selected players have been asked to be at the venue by 9:15am. Details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match:

Premier Team: Mike Avery (Yarnscombe),  Gill Cawrse (Exeter Nomads),  Gareth Hill (Totnes Creameries), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe),  Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe) Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries),  Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Exeter Nomads), Paul Pomeroy (Musbury), James Smith (Exeter Nomads), John Steer (Slapton), James Trott (Exeter Nomads), Paul Weeks (Great Torrington), Dave Woods (Totnes Creameries), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Rachel Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow)

31/01/24 New County Secretary Still Required & Registrations

Earlier this month it was announced that our DCSMBA Secretary Alan Woodacre was standing down with immediate effect. Since then, we have been trying to find a replacement for this position. So far we have been unsuccessful in getting one. We are still trying to fill this space and would like to ask our members again if anyone is willing to fill this post. The committee would again like to thank Alan for his continued support in this process. The committee would like to emphasise the importance of this post but also that the committee would be very supportive of anyone who would be willing to take up this role.

As a result of this, committee member Dave Woods will now be responsible for the county registrations. Any queries or requests for new registrations are to be directed directly to David. His details can be found on the committee page, and he has a new email address for registrations which is dcsmba.reg@outlook.com

If anyone has any questions regarding the County Secretary post, then please do not hesitate to contact any County Committee member and they will be happy to answer any questions

22/01/24 National Allocations

The ESMBA have provided us with the allocations for this years National Competitions. Devon has four spots in every competition with the exception of the Under 18's where we have two spots. The qualifiers for each discipline can be found here.

22/01/24 County National Pairs Review

On Saturday, the final Devon County/National competition of the season took place with the County/National Pairs Finals. 24 teams made it through to finals day and these were drawn in 6 groups of four for the round robin stage. The top two in each group progressed to the knockout stage which was completed after lunch. After several knockout rounds the final  was contested between Paul Pomeroy &  James Smith and Mikey Ivings & James Trott with Mikey and James producing a polished performance and retaining the title they won last year.  Also going to the Nationals alongside the two finalist teams are Adam & Thomas Perris and Rose Morrison & John Steer



James Trott & Mikey Ivings Devon County Pairs Winners

15/01/24 County National Singles & Triples Review

On Saturday 28 players travelled from across Devon to Okehampton to play in the final stage of the County/National Singles. In the morning there was an initial round robin stage with players randomly drawn into 8 groups. The top two players in each group progressed into the knockout stage which took place after lunch. Players were quickly whittled down until we were left with two players. These were Steve Collins (Christow) who faced last years champion John Steer (Slapton). It was a tight match and after 7 ends there was only one shot in it. However John slowly pulled away and eventually won 9-4



John Steer Devon County Singles Champion

In addition to Steve and John also qualifying for the National Singles was Graham Shepherd and Dave Summers.

On Sunday we returned to the Manor House Hotel where we held the final stages of the County/National Triples with 24 teams reaching this stage. Teams were split 6 groups with the top two teams in each group going through to the knockout stages.  Teams were knocked out until we were down to the final. The final was between Richard Williams, Gill Cawrse  & Nick Wyatt and Mikey Ivings, Thomas Perris and James Smith, with Mikey, Thomas and James producing a confident performance which saw them with the title.



County Triples Winners Thomas Perris, Mikey Ivings & James Smith


As well as the two finalist teams also qualifying for the nationals is Dave Brown, Graham & Diane Shepherd and Sandra Weston, Paul Pomeroy & Barry McPhillips.

12/01/24 County National Triples Venue & Start Time

We have now had it confirmed that this weekends bowling events which is the County National Singles & Triples finals will take place in the Moorland Hall at the Manor House Hotel. The sign in for each day is 9am

09/01/24 New County Secretary Required

As you may be aware our Devon County Secretary Alan Woodacre had planned to stand down at the next AGM. However due to personal reason Alan is standing down from his duties as secretary now. The Committee would like to thank Alan for his hard work and dedication during his tenure as secretary.

The DCSMBA Committee are therefore looking for a replacement to start as soon as possible. If any DCSMBA member is interested in taking up this role then please contact any committee member to discuss it further. Committee members details can be found here.

08/01/24 Devon v Cornwall Review

Devon hosted Cornwall in the final game of the group stage on Sunday. The Devon Premier team went in to the game knowing that 16 points was required to ensure qualification into the knockout stage. The team did start in positive fashion and in the first session won on all 4 mats. It was a similar story in the second session of the days with both Fours winning however only one of the Triples won their game. This left the half time score at 14-2 to Devon. Cornwall roared into life in the third session and Devon only managed to win one of the Pairs. However, Devon did pick the bonus points in the pairs. The final session was dominated by Devon with 3 strong wins and the only dropped points was down to a 7-7 draw in one of the Fours. With Devon getting the bonus points in the Pairs, Triples and Fours the final score was Devon 29 (207 shots) Cornwall 11 (167 shots).

The A team were already assured of their place in the knockout stage, and they were just ensuring they gained the 3 points required to top the group. This was achieved in the first session where they won on all 4 mats. The second session Devon A won on three mats only dropping 2 points thanks to a loss in one of the Triples. This left the half time score at 14-2 to Devon. The third session was controlled by Cornwall and Devon only came away with two points thanks to a win in one of the pairs. The final session was edged by Devon with a win and a draw in the Triples, whilst there was a win and a loss in the Fours.  With Devon winning the bonus points in the Pairs, Triples and Fours the final score was Devon 27 (196 shots) Cornwall 13 (185 shots).

After topping the table Devon A qualify for the ICC semi finals and wait to find out who they will face. The Premier team will face Hertfordshire who came second in group 3 in the Preliminary round. The venue of this will be announced by the ESMBA in due course.

05/01/24 Devon v Cornwall Team Announced

On Sunday Devon play their final ICC group game when they face Cornwall at the Manor House Hotel. Devon Premier go Into the game in second spot and that 16 points will be enough to qualify for the knockouts. The A team are assured of qualification and now just need 3 points to be sure of top spot which will take them straight to the semifinals. The Match starts at 10am with Devon players being asked to be there for 9:15am. Please note this match is taking place in the Bowls Hall and not the Moorland Hall. The following players have been selected for the match:

Premier Team: Mike Avery (Yarnscombe),  Gill Cawrse (Exeter Nomads),  Gareth Hill (Totnes Creameries), Michael Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe) Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Barry McPhillips (Sidbury),  Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Exeter Nomads), Thomas Perris (Exeter Nomads), Paul Pomeroy (Musbury), Diane Shepherd (Winkleigh), John Steer (Slapton), Paul Weeks (Great Torrington), Dave Woods (Totnes Creameries), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Rachel Wright (Sidbury),

A Team: Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh), Rob Bartlett (Exeter Nomads), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Budgie Hallows (Ottery St Mary), Jayne Hayter (Totnes Creameries), Wayne Hendy (Great Torrington), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Ian Nicholls (Christow), John Parnell (Abbotskerswell), Shirley Parnell (Abbotskerswell), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads), John Redstone (Winkleigh), Graham Shepherd (Winkleigh), Colin Sowden (Great Torrington), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Sandra Weston (Sidbury), Roger Wilson (Winkleigh), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

19/12/23 Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples Review

On Sunday the Manor house Hotel hosted the traditional end of year event, the Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples. This is a more relaxed and fun event and it was so good to see so many players get into the festive mood with their Christmas jumpers and outfits. With 23 teams entering he competitions the teams were split into two groups and each team played four games. The winners of each group played the final whilst the runners up in each group played the final.

The 3rd and fourth place playoff was contested between Mike & Rose Morrison and Dave Woods and Stewart Weighill, Ann and Dave Summers with Mike, Rose and Dave Winning 6-4. The final was contested between Carol Osbourne, Pam & Colin Palmer and Kim & Rachel Wright and Eric Pavey with Carol, Pam and Colin winning 6-3.



Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples Winners Carol Osbourne, Colin & Pam Palmer


11/12/23 Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples Draw

On Sunday the Manor House Hotel hosts the Ho! Ho! Ho! Triples and. This is now our traditional end of year competition. Don't forget to bring your Christmas jumpers and outfits!

As usual we will be holding a raffle and we would like to invite players and attendees to bring a raffle prize so that we can end the year with a bang.

11/12/23 Devon v Cornwall Report

On Sunday Devon travelled down to Carnmoggas where they faced Cornwall in the latest ICC fixture. Both sides travelled knowing that a good result will put them in a strong position going into the final fixture in January. The Premier team started off very strongly and in the first session they won 3 out of the four mats and only lost in one of the Singles. The second session was also dominated by Devon with 3 of the four mats winning with only one of the Triples losing. This left the half time score at 12-4. However, Cornwall came roaring back in the second half with Devon faltering. The third session was dominated by Cornwall with Devon only winning on one mat. This was thanks to one of the Pairs that won 28-9 which also secured the Pairs bonus points. Devon continued to struggle in the final and suffered a whitewash with defeats on all four mats. With Devon gaining the bonus points in the Pairs the final score was Cornwall 24 (202 shots) Devon 16 (188 shots)

The Devon A team also started off strongly as well with three victories in the first session. The one defeat suffered in this session was a 14-11 defeat in one of the Pairs. In the second session Cornwall came out on top with Devon only gaining a 21-8 win in one Triples and a 8-8 draw in one of the Fours. This meant the half time score was 9-7 to Devon. The third session was evenly split with both counties winning one of the Singles and one of the Pairs. The final session was completely dominated by the Devon team with Devon winning on all four mats. With Devon gaining the bonus points in all four disciplines the final score was Devon 29 (238 shots) Cornwall 11 (154 shots).

The Devon Premier team now lie second in the table 10 points ahead of Cornwall and all focus will now be on securing second place and a spot in the knockout rounds. The Devon A team have secured their place in the knockout rounds and only need 3 points to secure top spot. The current group standings can be found here. The last game of the season is against Cornwall on the 7th January.

11/12/23 County/National Mixed Fours Report

On Saturday Devon hosted the County/National mixed fours which was held at the Manor House hotel. With 15 teams consisting for the title it was a straight forward format with teams drawn into four groups with the top town each group qualifying for the knockout stages

The knockout stage took place after lunch and after several knockout round we reach the final. The final was contested between the Christow rink of Tom Archer, Claire Lloyd, Ava Cattell & Steve Collins and Diane Shepherd. Gill Cawrse, George Main and Elliott James. These two teams had played each other In the first game of the day when they had battled out a draw, but this match was different. Elliott’s rink quickly took control and never let go of their grip with the match finally finishing 8-1.

Mixed Fours Winners

County/National Mixed Fours Winners Elliott James, Diane Shepherd,
Gill Cawrse & George Main


The winners are guaranteed a spot in the finals in March whilst the finalist and semi finalists face an anxious wait for the national allocations to be released

07/12/23 Devon v Cornwall preview

On Sunday Devon travel to Carnmoggas where they face Cornwall in the latest ICC fixture. The Devon Premier team go into the game top of the table, 12 points above Dorset and 18 points above Cornwall. A strong win against Cornwall will go a long way in ensuring qualification for the knockout rounds. The A team sit second in the group 6 points behind Dorset (who have no more games to play). The A team will be looking to win the group to avoid the initial knockout rounds and qualify for the semifinals and so will be looking to maintain and stretch the 17 point lead they hold over Cornwall.

Details of the Cornwall venue can be found here and players are requested to be at the venue in time for the 9:30am team meeting with the match starting at 10am. The following players have been selected for the match:

Premier Team: Mike Avery (Yarnscombe),  Gill Cawrse (Exeter Nomads),  Gareth Hill (Totnes Creameries), Michael Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe) Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Exeter Nomads), Paul Pomeroy (Musbury)), John Steer (Slapton), James Trott (Exeter Nomads), paul Weeks (Great Torrington), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Dave Woods (Totnes Creameries), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Rachel Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow)

A Team: Rob Bartlett (Exeter Nomads), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Budgie Hallows (Ottery St Mary), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Sidbury), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads), John Redstone (Winkleigh), Diane Shepherd (Winkleigh), Graham Shepherd (Winkleigh), Colin Sowden (Great Torrington), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Sandra Weston (Sidbury), Stuart Weighill (Totnes Creameries), Roger Wilson (Winkleigh), Alan Woodacre (Goodleigh), Lee Woodacre (Goodleigh), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

04/12/23 County/National Mixed Fours Hall Change

Please be aware that the County/National Mixed Fours which is being held this Saturday 9th December is being held in the bowling hall at the bowling hall and not the Moorland Hall. It is the same hall that was used for the Devon v Dorset ICC match as we’ll as the County/National Triples qualifying day back in October. A map with the location of the bowls hall can be found here.

30/11/23 County/National Pairs Preliminary Round Details

On Saturday Devon County are holding the County/National Pairs Preliminary rounds in the Moorland Hall at the Manor House Hotel. With 49 pairs taking part in the competition teams have been randomly drawn into either a morning session or an afternoon session. This draw can be found here.

The sign in time for players in the morning session is 9am, whilst the sign in time for players in the afternoon session is 1:30pm.  Players that qualify will return to the Manor House Hotel on the 20th January for the finals day.

13/11/23 Devon v Dorset Review

On Sunday both Devon Premier and Devon A travelled to Dorset in the latest ICC fixture. The Devon Premier team came into the match unbeaten and were looking to extend this streak and stay on top of the league. The first session was a tight affair with Devon winning one of the Pairs and one of the Singles winning but Devon lost on the other two mats. The second session was another tight affair with Devon winning one of the Triples and one of the Fours and again losing on the other two mats. This left the half time score at 8-8.

In the third session Devon were able to finally edge ahead on the match where despite losing in one of the Pairs they drew one the Singles and won on the other two mats. The final session was again split evenly with both of the Triples being won by Devon and both of the fours being won by Dorset. With Devon Getting the bonus points in the Singles and Triples the final score was Dorset 19 (187 shots Devon 21 (191 shots). This was the first time since 2016 that Devon have beaten Dorset at their home venue and ensured that Devon remained on top of the group going into the final two games.

The A team have only played one game so far this season and so were playing catch up to both Cornwall and Dorset who have both played more. Devon came out very strongly in the first half and won on all four mats. This form was taken into the second session where Devon was only defeated on one mat, but wins on the other two mats Devon were in a very strong position at half time with the score at 14-2.

The third session of the day was split evenly with Devon winning one of the Singles and one of the Pairs. In the final session Devon were able to win both of the Triples and one the Fours. With Devon winning the bonus points in all four disciplines the final score was Dorset 8 Devon 32. Devon are now second in the group 7 point behind Dorset. However, Dorset have no games left to play whilst Devon face a double header against Cornwall In December and January. The full league standings of both teams can be found here.

13/11/23 Over 55 County/National Pairs & Under 18's Review

On Saturday the Manor House hotel hosted the latest Devon County Competition day with both the National Over 55 Pairs and the County Under 18’s taking place. In the Over 55 Pairs there were 29 entries and so teams were split into groups of fours or three in the morning. The top two teams in each group then progressed to the knockout stages which took place after lunch. The 16 teams were whittled down to 2 teams and the final was contested between Stewart Weighill & John Bradbury (Bere Alston) and Brian James and Neil Buckland. Stewart and John produced a strong performance and were able to overcome their opponents and became the Over 55 Pairs Champions in Devon

Over 55 Pairs Winnrers

J
ohn Bradbury & Stewart Weighill Devon County/National Over 55's Pairs Winners

There was three Devon under 18’s this year and they played a round robin with each of them playing each other. After all the matches were played Uffculme’s Tom Dodge topped the group and therefore became Devon new Under 18 Champion.

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10/11/23 Devon v Dorset Team Announced

On Sunday both Devon Premier and Devon A travel to Bere Regis on Sunday where they take on Dorset. Devon Premier will be looking to carry on the good form that has seen them top the group at the half way stage. Whilst Devon A who have only played one game so far this year will be looking to make up ground on both Cornwall and Dorset.

Details of the Dorset venue can be found here and players are requested to be at the venue in time for the 10am team meeting. The following players have been selected for the match

Premier Team: Mike Avery (Yarnscombe),  Gill Cawrse (Exeter Nomads),  Gareth Hill (Totnes Creameries), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe) Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Exeter Nomads), Paul Pomeroy (Musbury), James Smith (Exeter Nomads), John Steer (Slapton), James Trott (Exeter Nomads), Stewart Weighill (Totnes Creameries), Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Dave Woods (Totnes Creameries), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Rachel Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow)

A Team: Rob Bartlett (Exeter Nomads), Elaine Clements (Great Torrington), Budgie Hallows (Ottery St Mary), Hilary Iley (Exeter Nomads), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Barry McPhillips (Sidbury), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads), John Redstone (Winkleigh), Diane Shepherd (Winkleigh), Graham Shepherd (Winkleigh), Colin Sowden (Great Torrington), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Sandra Weston (Sidbury), Roger Wilson (Winkleigh), Alan Woodacre (Goodleigh), Lee Woodacre (Goodleigh), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

06/11/23 Devon v Somerset Review

Devon premier welcomed Somerset to The Manor House Hotel on Sunday in the latest ICC fixture. Devon were looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season and in the first session Devon continued this form with wins on all four mats. This momentum was carried into the second session with again Devon securing wins on all four mats. This left the half time score at 16-0 to Devon.

In the third session Devon secured two more wins which included a 29-2 win in one of the Singles. Whilst on the other two matches both secure draws. In the third session Devon were defeated in both of the Triples matches but won in both of the Fours. With Devon winning all the bonus points the final score was Devon 34 (256 shots) Somerset 6 (137 shots). In the other group fixture Dorset travelled to Cornwall where they secured a 24-16 win.

The A team did not have a competitive match this weekend but Dorset A beat Cornwall A 22-18. The group standings for both the Premier and the A team can be found here. Devon Premier and A both travel to Dorset for their next fixture on Sunday. The teams for this game will be announced later this week.

01/11/23 Devon v Somerset Team Announced

The Devon County Premier team return to action on Sunday when they entertain Somerset in the Moorland Hall at the Manor House Hotel in Okehampton. Devon come into the game sitting level on points with Dorset at the top of the league table. At the same time as Devon play Somerset, Cornwall host Dorset in the other league fixture. The Devon A team do not have a fixture this Sunday however they are having an internal practice day. selected Premier team players are asked to be at the team meeting for 9:30am and the match starts at 10am Spectators are welcome to come and support the team. The following players have been selected for the match.

Premier Team: Mike Avery (Yarnscombe),  Gill Cawrse (Exeter Nomads),  Gareth Hill (Totnes Creameries), Richard Ivings(Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Tony Main (Yarnscombe) Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Exeter Nomads), Paul Pomeroy (Musbury), James Smith (Exeter Nomads), John Steer (Slapton), James Trott (Exeter Nomads), Paul Weeks (Great Torrington),Richard Williams (Exeter Nomads), Dave Woods (Totnes Creameries), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Rachel Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow)

27/10/23 County/National Singles Draw