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11/12/18 ICC Rinks Report

This Sunday saw both the Devon Premier and Devon A team travel up to Tamworth to participate in the preliminary round of the ICC rinks. Each squad consisted of 16 players (four rinks) and faced several other counties with the match being decided on three total shots on all four mats. In the first round Devon Premier faced Northamptonshire. Devon controlled the match and in the end lost only on one mat. With wins in three of the rinks Devon won by 30 shots. Devon faced local rivals Cornwall in their last match. Cornwall quickly established their dominance throughout the match and they eventually won through by 37 shots. In the final match up Cornwall faced Northampton with Cornwall eventually winning. The result ensured Devon finished second, enough to see them reach the final at the end of January.

Devon A also faced Northamptonshire in their first match. The team sadly struggled and were only able to win on one mat. Defeats on the three other mats gave Northamptonshire a 25 shot lead. Following Kent’s defeat against Northamptonshire Devon knew that a 2 shot win against Kent in their final game would be enough to secure 2nd spot and a spot in the finals. Kent started off strongly and quickly established a confident lead. Devon at one stage cut the shot deficit down but Kent eventually won by 21 shots and secured their spot in the finals at the expense of Devon

06/12/18 ICC Rinks Preliminaries

This Sunday sees both Devon A and Devon Premier attempt to qualify for the ICC Rinks finals. Both teams travel to Tamworth Indoor bowls Club where they will face several other counties in their bid to qualify for the finals on the 26th/27th January. Details of the  venue can be found here. All teams must be signed in by 9:30. The following players have been selected for the matches.

Premier Team; Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Hillary Iley  (Exeter Nomads), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Pamela Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Adam Perris (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow) Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ralph Rundle (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Roger Wilson (Anstey), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)   

02/12/18 SMPT World Fours & Pairs

This weekend saw the Short Mat Players Tour hold their annual World and World Pairs. On Saturday several players from Devon participated in the Fours.  George Main and Elliott James (Yarnscombe) joined forces with ex Devon players James Smith and Paul Pomeroy. They safely negotiated their way through the round robin stages before being knocked out in the second round of the knockout stages by a Northern Irish rink. Mikey Ivings and James Trott (Musbury) were joined by ex Devonian Simon Pridham and Craig Burgess (Essex).  After winning their group they advance to the knockout stages where they reached the final and faced Dom Reed, Jack Pye, Stephen McAlister and Neil Davidson. Trott’s rink were able to maintain their winning form and came through 11-2 giving Mikey and James their second World Fours title.

On Sunday it was the turn of the Pairs. Elliott and George struggled in what was a tough group and finished third. This meant they went into the plate where they progressed to the Quarter finals where they were beaten 11-4 by Gethin and Aled Edwards from Wales. Mikey and James carried on their form from the previous day and won their group and progressed through to the final where they faced Thomas Perris and Alex Kley (Dorset). The Dorset pair made a strong start and gained a lead that could not be overturned. The final result was11-2 with James an d Mike having to settle for second spot. 

27/11/18 Devon v Cornwall Report

On Sunday Cornwall were the visitors as Devon played the last ICC group game of he season. The premier team still had ambitions of making it to the knock out stages, however Cornwall stormed out of the blocks and won on all four mats in the opening Session. Cornwall continued to dominate the match and in the second session Devon only picked up 3 points after winning one of the Fours 19-7 and drawing one of the Triples. This left the half time score 13-3 to Cornwall.

Cornwall wrapped up the match and their passage into the knockout stages in the third session following three wins. The sole Devon win coming in one of the Pairs who won 15-8.  The last session was evenly split with both Counties winning two matches each. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Fours the final score was Devon 11 (163 shots) Cornwall 29 (211 Shots).

The A team who were playing for pride had a much better start against Cornwall and the first session was evenly split with Devon winning both of the Pairs. Cornwall however edged the second session with Devon only winning one of the Fours with a 12-9 win. This left the half time score 6-10 to Cornwall.

The Third session followed a similar pattern to the first session with Cornwall winning the Singles and Devon winning both of the Pairs. The final session was dominated by Devon with Devon winning both of the Fours and one of the Triples. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Pairs, triples and Fours the final score was Devon 22 (191 shots) Cornwall 18 (193 shots)

24/11/18  Devon v Cornwall Team Announced

Devon take on Cornwall in their Final ICC group fixture at ISCA tomorrow. The Premier Team go into the game third and just 3 points behind second place Cornwall. The A team are 4th in the group but will be looking to finish on a high The match starts at 10:00am and spectators are welcome to come and watch. The following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;
Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) , Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliot James (Yarnscombe), Graham James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads) Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Margaret Smith (Wonford),  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Hillary Iley  (Exeter Nomads), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Pamela Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Adam Perris (Wonford), Chloe Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

20/11/18 British Isles Report

James Trott (Musbury) ended up being the toast of England this weekend in the British Isles event. After winning the National Singles earlier in the year he achieved a perfect record beating Scotland and Wales before beating Joe Beattie of Ireland 12-11 to secure the British Isles Singles title. On the team event England finished a distant 3 behind Wales and regular winners Ireland.

In the A team Eric Pavey (Sidbury) skipped the Individual Fours to second spot behind Ireland. Michael Ivings (Musbury) came third in the Singles and helped England to second spot behind Ireland in the Team event.

12/11/18 Devon v Somerset Review

Somerset were the visitors to ISCA on Sunday in the latest ICC fixture of the season. The Devon Premier team started in buoyant form and won 3 of the four matches in the first session, with the one defeat occurring in one of thre Pairs. This was followed up by another good second session with another 3 wins for Devon. This left the half time score 12-4 to Devon.

The third session was evenly split with Devon winning one of the Singles and one of the Pairs, but Somerset won on the other two mats. However, Devon did enough to secure the bonus points in both disciplines. The final session was dominated by Devon with Devon only suffering one defeat but won on all the other mats. In addition, Devon were able to secure the bonus points in the Triples and Fours completing a clean sweep. The final score was Devon 30 (220 shots) Somerset 10 (172 shots)

Devon A however did not have as a good a day.  In the first session Devon could only secure 2 points with a win in one of the Pairs. Devon fared little better in the second session with only a 13-3 win in one of the Triples. This left the half time score at 4-12 to Somerset.

The third session was split evenly with Devon securing wins in one of the Singles and one of the Pairs. However once again Devon struggled in the final session with Devon only securing 2 points thanks to a 13-2 win in one of the Fours. With Devon securing the bonus points in the Pairs the final score was Devon 12 (169 shots) Somerset 28 (190 shots)

Devon face Cornwall at home next on the 25th November in the last group game of the season.

09/11/18  Devon v Somerset Team Announced

Devon take on Somerset in their latest ICC fixture.  The match starts at 10:00am and spectators are welcome to come and watch. The following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;
Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads) , Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliot James (Yarnscombe), Graham James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads) Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Margaret Smith (Wonford),  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Hillary Iley  (Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Adam Perris (Wonford), Chloe Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

05/11/18 Devon v Dorset Report

On Sunday Devon hosted Dorset in the latest ICC fixture. Dorset Premier dominated the first session with Devon only winning one of the Singles 15-8. Defeats on the other mats though gave Dorset a dominant lead. It didn’t get any better for Devon in the second session with Devon only winning one of the Triples 14-11. However with defeats on the other three mats the half time score was 12-4 to Dorset.

The third session did see Devon improve with wins in both of the Singles which also ensured they gained the bonus points in that discipline. The final session was dominated by Devon with wins in both of the Fours and one of the Triples. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles and Triples the final score was Devon 18 (170 shots) Dorset 22 (217 shots)

Devon A started the day stronger and came out of the first session level following a win in one of the Singles and one of the Pairs. The second session was dominated by Dorset with Devon only winning one of the Fours 10-8. This left the half time score 6-10 to Dorset.

Devon turned it around in the third session with wins on all four mats The last session was split evenly with Devon winning both of the Fours and Dorset winning both of the Triples. With Devon gaining the bonus points in the Singles and Fours the final score was Devon 22 (160 shots) Dorset 18 (192 shots).

Devon next face Somerset at home this coming Sunday. And the managers will announce their teams later in the week.

02/11/18  Devon v Dorset Team Announced

Devon take on Dorset in their latest ICC fixture with both teams looking to build on the positive result they got at Somerset.  The match starts at 10:30am and spectators are welcome to come and watch. The following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;
Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads) Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Margaret Smith (Wonford),  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Hillary Iley  Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Adam Perris (Wonford),  Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

 

29/10/18 Norway Open Review

This weekend saw 2 Devon players travel to Skien to take part in the Norway open. Elliott James came second in his group after losing just one game in the group. He battled to the Semi finals where he lost against fellow Devonian James Trott 10-5. Elliott then lost to Jack Pye 9-10 in the third and fourth place playoff. James Trott went on in the final however despite a strong comeback James was defeated 11-8 by Swedish player Benny Sjogren.

The next SMPT event is the World Fours and World Pairs which is held on the 1st and 2nd of December. More details can be found on the Short Mat Players Tour website.

22/10/18 County National Pairs Final

On Sunday 32 Pairs converged on ISCA as they battled to become County/National Pairs Champions. After the round robin stage and several knockout rounds the Pairs was won by Michael Ivings & James Trott who beat John & Shirley Parnell in the final.



County Pairs Winners Michael Ivings & James Trott

This year a plate competition was also held for teams that did not qualify for the main knockout stages. This was won by Steve Collins and Geoff Cleave who beat fellow Christow players Ian Nicholls and Ralph Rundle in the final.

15/10/18 Somerset v Devon Review 

Devon travelled to Donyatt on Sunday where they faced Somerset in the latest ICC Fixture. The Premier team started off by winning both of the Singles in the first session, however with Somerset winning the Pairs the session was tied.  The second session was dominated by Devon with the team winning both of the Fours and one of the Triples whilst the other Triples drew 12-12. This ensured Devon led at the halfway stage 11-5.

It was another good session after lunch where Devon won one of the Singles and drew the other. The Pairs was split evenly with both teams winning one mat each. The final session saw Somerset mount a strong fightback winning both triples and one of the Fours. However, Devon were able to keep hold of the Bonus points in the Fours which saw them edge over the line. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles and Fours the final score was Somerset 18 (183 shots) Devon 22 (195 shots)

The A team meanwhile had a slow start and only gained 2 points in the opening session thanks to a 14-8 win in one of the Singles. However, Devon stirred into life in the second session and three of the four matches, only suffering defeat in one of the Triples. This left the half time score level at 8-8.

The third session was split evenly with Devon gaining one victory in each of the two disciplines. The final session followed a similar pattern and was again tight with Devon winning one of the Fours and one of the Triples. With Devon winning the Bonus points in the Triples and Fours the final score was Somerset 20 (183 shots) Devon (178 shots).

Devon next host Dorset at ISCA on the 4th of November

1/10/18  Somerset v Devon Team Announced

Devon travel to Donyatt on Sunday where they take on Somerset in their Third group game.  The address and link to a map of the venue can be found here and the match starts at 10am and the following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;
Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford), Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Adam Perris (Wonford) Margaret Smith (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus  Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Mike Gregory  (Christchurch)  Hillary Illey (Exeter Nomads), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Colin Palmer (Sidbury), Pamela Palmer (Sidbury), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Jim Preston (Christow), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow) David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

08/10/18 Cornwall v Devon Report

Devon travelled to Cornwall on Sunday for their second game in the ICC round robin with both teams looking to bounce back from defeats against Dorset in the first game. The Premier team struggled in the first session with only one of the mats winning thanks to a 17-8 victory in the Singles. The second session was a very similar result with only one of the Fours winning. This left the half time score at Cornwall 12 Devon 4.

The third session of the day was split evenly with Devon winning both of the Singles and Cornwall winning both of the Pairs. The final session was again split with Devon winning one of the Triples and one  of the Fours. With Devon winning just the  bonus points in the Singles the final score was Cornwall 24 (206 shots) Devon 16 (186 shots).

Devon A secured 3 points in the first session following a 14-11 win in one of the Singles and a 11-11 draw in the remaining Singles game. The second session was split evenly with Devon wining one of the Triples and one of the Fours. This left the half time score at Cornwall 9  Devon 7.

However, Devon started poorly in the afternoon and in the third session lost on all four mats The final session of the day was split with Devon winning one of the Fours and one of the Triples.  With Devon only gaining the bonus points in the Fours the final score was Cornwall 27 (206 shots) Devon 13 (171 shots).

Devon return to action this coming Sunday where they face Somerset away. The teams will be announced later this week.

03/10/18 Cornwall v Devon Team Announced

Devon travel to Cornwall on Sunday, where both the Premier and A team will be looking to bounce back following the heavy defeats to Dorset in their first game.  The address and link to a map of the venue can be found here and the match starts at 10am. The following players have been selected for the game

Premier Team; Mark Allen (Colebrooke), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads), Luis Incio (Bere Alston),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe),Graham James (Yarnscombe), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Carol Archer (Christow), Tom Archer (Christow) Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Mike Gregory  (Christchurch)  Hillary Illey (Exeter Nomads), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Fred Niven (Great Torrington), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Jim Preston (Christow), Brad Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

02/10/18 Ava Cattell & Chloe Rundle In England Under 21 Action

On Sunday Ava Cattell and Chloe Rundle (Christow) joined fellow Devon players, Adam Perris, Luis Inacio & Benny Bass in the England Under 21’s team that faced the England Ladies.  The England Under 21’s beat the England ladies which included Devon’s Sue Young & Caroline Pavey 41-23.

24/09/18 County Triples & County Fours

On Saturday the County Fours took place with 16 teams taking part. After a round robin stage and several knockout stages the tournament was won by Ava Cattell, Ralph Rundle (Christow), Carol Dummett and Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), who beat Hillary Iley, Robert & Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads) and Ian Nicholls (Christow) in the final.

County Fours 2018

County Fours Winners Ralph Rundle, Carol Dummett, Ava Cattell &
Barry McPhillips


On Sunday it was the turn of the County Triples which saw 36 teams take part. After a gruelling day the competition was won by Graham James, John Horsham & Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh) who beat Carol Osborne, Kim Wright and Eric Pavey (Sidbury) in the final.

County Triples Winners

County Triples Winners Graham James, Lorraine Axtell & John Horsham

19/09/18 Charity Triples Raffle In Memory Of Irene Smith

On Sunday at the County Triples, the raffle will be held in memory of Irene Smith our past County Secretary. All proceeds will be going to her trust fund at the Hospice. If any player/spectator can bring draw prizes for this it will be a great help as we try to raise as much money as we can for this cause.

18/09/18 Safeguarding In Bowls 

The ESMBA, Affiliated County’s and Bowls clubs have a responsibility for the welfare of all its members at risk who take part in the sport. To this end ideally every club should appoint a welfare officer as the first point of contact. This persons name and number should be displayed on your notice boards alongside a code of conduct. The welfare officer would then contact the Country Safeguarding officer, his details are on the Devon website. For Further information please contact Eric Pavey 01404 811566 

A template for code of conduct for club members can be found here. In addition a template for a code of conduct for club officials and volunteers can be found here.

17/09/18 Irish Open Review 

This weekend also saw the Short Mat Players Tour Irish Open take place. It was held in Belfast and Devon had three entrants into the event. George Main came third in his group and entered the Plate where he reached the Quarter Final before being knocked out against Shane West. James Trott finished second in his group but was knocked out 9-6 in the second round of the knockout stage. It was Elliott James who got the furthest from Devon and reached the fourth round before losing 11-3 against the eventual winner Raymond Stubbs.


The Short Mat Players Tour returns on October 27th with the Norwegian Open and more information can be found on their website.

17/09/18 Dorset v Devon Review 

 Devon travelled to Bere Regis on Sunday where they took on Dorset in the first ICC fixture of the season. Devon Premier got off to the worst imaginable start when they lost on all four mats in the opening session. The second session was slightly better with Devon winning one of the Fours 13-11. However defeat on all three of the other mats ensured the halftime score was 14-2 to Dorset. Devon did mount a challenge in the third session by winning both the Singles and in doing so also gained the bonus points in the discipline. The last session was dominated by Dorset and Devon only gained one point following a draw in one of the Triples. With Devon only gaining the bonus points in the Singles the final score was Devon 9 (144 shots) Dorset 31 (226 shots).

The A team also struggled throughout the day. In the first session Devon secured a solitary point after a 11-11 draw in one of the Singles. In the second session Devon won one of the Triples 14-11 but defeats on all the other mats ensured Dorset had a half time advantage with the score at 13-3. Devon finished the third session empty handed following defeats on all four mats. In the final session of the day Devon picked up 2 more points following an 11-9 win in one of the Fours. With Devon gaining none of the bonus points the final score was Devon 5 (144 shots) Dorset 31 (242 shots)

Devon next travel to Carnmoggas where they face Cornwall on the 7th October.

14/09/18 Dorset v Devon Team Announced 

Devon start their ICC campaign on Sunday with both the Premier and A team away to Dorset with both teams looking to make a strong start. The match starts at 10:30 and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:30. Details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team; Mark Allen (Colebrooke), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Carol Osborne (Sidbury), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury),Rob Phipps (Exeter Nomads), Jim Preston (Christow), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team; Tom Archer (Christow) Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Ava Cattell (Christow), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Mike Gregory  (Christchurch)  Hillary Illey (Exeter Nomads), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Andy Kerse (Exeter Nomads), Shirley Parnell (Wonford), Brad Rundle (Christow), Chloe Rundle (Christow), Ralph Rundle (Christow), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Loddiswell) Richard White (Loddiswell), Sean Woodley (Christow), Rachel Wright (Sidbury)

28/08/18 SMPT World Cup & UK Open Review

This weekend saw the return of the Short Mat Players tour which saw them host the SMPT World Cup and the UK Open. On Friday James Trott represented England as they tried to win the World Cup. They qualified from their group comfortably which set up a semi final tie against Sweden. Wins by James Trott and fellow compatriot Stephen Proctor helped England win 4-2 and set up a final against Ireland.  However, the final was dominated by Ireland and James Trott secured England’s only result from the match by drawing 11-11 against Nigel Charles which meant Ireland won the title for the third year in a row winning 5.5 points to 0.5 points.

On Saturday James was joined by several Devon players in the UK open. Several players from Devon qualified for the Cup knockout stage.  Benny Bass (Uffculme) reached the first round where he was beaten 9-7 by Sam Harvey.  Elliott James (Yarnscombe) also made it through to round 1 where he was beaten by fellow Devonian Mikey Ivings 12-7. Mikey went one stage further where he was beaten 9-8 by Sean Hughes. The strongest performance from a Devon player was by Eric Pavey (Sidbury) who after winning his group progressed to the quarter finals where he was narrowly beaten 13-12 by Aled Edwards. The UK open was won by the Alex Kley of Dorset who beat Belgium’s Jonathon Payne 11-9.

The Short Mat Players Tour returns on September 15th with the Irish Open and more information can be found on their website.

21/08/18 Registrations Reminder

Just a reminder that membership registration expires on 31st August so can Club Secretaries please return any outstanding registration forms together with fees for members they wish to register by this date. This is very important for anyone playing in League Competitions, County Competitions (which start on 15th September) and members playing for either County Team. Secretaries can still register individual members during the season. Please contact Robert Ivings, on 01392 210268 or e-mail Rob.m.ivings@hotmail.co.uk

18/08/18 County/National 2018/19 Draw Details

The County/National draw for the 2018/19 season has been made and club secretaries should now have received details and timings. These can also be found here. In addition this year the draw was filmed live at ISCA and the draw can be found here on the Devon YouTube channel.

02/08/18 Devon Players Selected For England

Several Devon players have been picked for the England squads for the new season. In the senior squad last years National Singles winner James Trott will be joined by Eric Pavey and Michael Ivings.

In the Ladies squad Caroline Pavey and Sue Young have both been selected. Whilst in the under 21’s squad Benny Bass, Adam Perris and Luis Inacio have all been selected. Well done to everyone who has been selected.

22/07/18 Graham Heaman Funeral Details

The details of Graham Heaman’s funeral who sadly passed away last week has now been confirmed. His funeral will take place at All Saints Church in Merton at 2pm on Tuesday 31st July and the wearing of bowls uniform is preferable.

10/07/18 County/National Competitions & Registrations

We would just like to remind everyone that the deadline for entry to the County/National Competitions is fast approaching. Entries must be with Caroline by the 17th July. Competition forms can be downloaded on the competitions page.

Furthermore 2018/19 Registrations forms have now gone out to all member clubs. If your club Secretary/contact has not received their forms as of yet, then please contact Robert Ivings who is taking care of the County Secretary role whilst a new secretary is sought. His contact details can be found on the Contacts page. If anyone is interested in taking up the role as County Secretary then please feel free to speak to any committee member for an informal chat about the role.

29/06/18 County Committee Statement

Ian Nicholls has resigned as County Secretary. In the meantime, the duties of County Secretary will be taken care of by Robert Ivings.  If you have any queries for the  County Secretary  or the Registrations for the coming season please get in touch with Robert. His contact details can be found on the Contacts page

08/06/18 County Trials & Squad Day

The county is always on the lookout for new players to play for Devon in the Inter County Championship. Initially round robin games take place against Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset and then there may be longer journeys to face other county sides later in the season. If you feel you would like to have a chance to be considered to play, then players can download and fill in a trials form which can be found here.

This season they will be a trials day at ISCA on Sunday July 29th. Once the county managers have received player’s trials forms they will be in touch with each trialist to confirm their attendance and start times. It is envisaged that it will be a full day. Please do not just turn up on the day without sending a trial form in and informing the county managers.

Throughout the day trialists will be assessed on their ability and by the end of the day each player will be informed whether the county managers would like them to attend the County Squad day. The County Squad day is to be held several weeks later on Sunday 12th August and will also be held at ISCA. If players do have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact either Richard Ivings (Premier Team Manager) or Robert Ivings (A Team Manager). Their details can be found on the committee page

23/05/18 Joint Statement Posted By James Trott, Michael Ivings & County Committee

On the 22nd of May three members of the county committee met with James and Michael in an attempt to resolve their differences arising from the county pairs final held on 16th November 2016.

After much discussion it was agreed that the county would issue personal apologies to those affected by decisions made. It was one of those situations that could not have been foreseen, lessons have been learned. Our only wish now is that we can all move on and enjoy our bowling.

23/05/18 New Diary Released

A new revised diary has been released and can be found on the Diary page. Please take note of all the revised dates and entry forms will be resent to all clubs. Please be aware that there will now only be a County Finals day for both the County Triples & County Fours. As usual the diary is also in a PDF format and can be downloaded on the diary page.

23/04/18 World Masters Report

Also, this weekend several Devon players travelled to Ireland to take part in the Short Mat players Tour World Masters. Both Andy Thompson (Sidbury) and George Main (Yarnscombe) did not quite qualify for the main knockout stage, however they did do enough to secure passage into the Plate knockouts. George Main however lost in the second round of the knock out stage with an 11-5 defeat to William Boggs. Andy went one stage further before being knocked out 9-8 by Jamie Glackin.

Both James Trott (Musbury) and Elliot James (Yarnscombe) made it to the main knockout stages after both won their group. James was beaten in the second round by Colum McHugh 8-5. Elliot however kept going and made it to the semi final where he was eventually beaten by Ian Hobson 8-3. The World Masters was won by Garry McNabb who beat Ian Hobson 10-6.

23/04/18 Devon v Somerset Report

On Sunday Devon travelled to Tamworth to play in the ICC A Team Championship Final where they faced Somerset. Devon were full throated from the start and took the game to Somerset straight away. In the first session Devon won on three of the mats and secured a 12-12 draw in the remaining Pairs match. Devon refused to loosen their grip on the game in the second session and again secured three wins and drew the remaining Fours 10-10. This left Devon being in the envious position of being 14-2 up at half time.

Devon looked to wrap up the match in the third session, this was achieved with both of the Singles winning and also securing the bonus points with a shot difference of 32. In the same session one of the Pairs lost but the remaining Pairs drew but the Pairs also did enough to secure the bonus points.

Devon entered the last session with the game secured but still did not let their foot off the gas and won both of the Fours and drew one of the Triples. With Devon securing all 8 bonus points the final score was Devon 32 (227 shots) Somerset 8 (151 shots) and Devon the ICC A team championship as well as the A Team Rinks which they won earlier in the year. In the other finals taking place the West Mids beat Norfolk in the Main Premier Team Championships. Somerset secured the Premier Team Consolation trophy by beating Kent and finally Dorset beat Cambridge in the A Team Consolation Cup.

Devon A 2018

Devon A ICC Winners 2017/18

18/04/18 Devon v Somerset ICC Final Team Announced

Devon A travel to Tamworth on Sunday where they take on neighbouring county Somerset in the ICC Final. Devon will be looking to make history by becoming the first county to win both the ICC Rinks and the main ICC Cup. Devon have played Somerset several times this season, the last of which was when in the final in the ICC Rinks which Devon won. Players are required to be at Tamworth for 9:30 and details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match.


Carol Archer (Christow), Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Jim Preston (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Sean Woodley (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

15/04/18 National Report

Over the past few days the National Championships have continued at Melton Mowbray. On Thursday the Singles took place and all four players from Devon qualified through to the knock out stages. Sue Young (Exeter Nomads) got knocked out in the first knockout stage 7-10 by Jack Shephard (West Mids). Progressing a stage further was Thomas Perris (Wonford) who was knocked our by Danny Langdon (North Yorkshire) 14-4. In the quarter finals Benny Bass (Uffculme) faced James Trott (Musbury) with James squeezing through 9-8. James progressed all the way through to the final where he met Danny Langdon (North Yorkshire). Half way through the match James was able to pull away and never looked back eventually winning the National Singles title 14-7 with an end to spare.

James Trott

James Trott National Singles Winner

On Friday it was the turn of the Pairs and two Devon teams made it through to the knock out stages. Ann and David Summers (Totnes Creameries) finished second in their group but were beaten 11-5 by Oxfordshire. Paul Pomeroy and James Trott (Musbury) also finished second in their group and they made it to the second knockout stage before they were beaten 13-2 by Gloucester. The National Pairs was eventually won by Cheshire.

On Saturday the Fours took place and two Devon teams made it through to the knockout stage.  Firstly the Wonford quartet of Margaret Smith, Thomas Perris, John & Shirley Parnell came second in their group but were beaten 6-5 by Norfolk. Going one stage further was Oliver White, Barrie Goodchild, Richard Williams and Benny Bass who were beaten 10-9 by Essex in the second round. The National Fours was won by West Midlands.

On Sunday the National Triples was held. It was not a good day for any of the teams from Devon, with none of them qualifying through to the knockout stages.

09/04/18 County Committee Discussions

Following the recent AGM, a committee meeting has been held with the new Devon committee. The meeting was productive and saw several things discussed, these include the following:
•    To get some of the Jacks at ISCA recoated
•    Following the successful trial of a Plate in the Margaret Elliott last year for people that did not qualify for the final knockout stages, the idea will be expanded into some of the County Competitions such as the County Pairs & Triples
•    The idea of running competition(s) in the summer was discussed at length. The Committee feel its too late this season to do anything, but views will be sought throughout the season with the view of possible doing something next summer
•    The entry fees for next season County & National competitions was agreed. Entry fees are remaining the same except for the National Mixed Fours where the entry fee will rise in line with the other competitions
•    It was confirmed that the draw for the County/National competitions will be filmed and then hosted on a new Devon County youtube account.
•    The Committee are looking into getting new Shirts/Fleeces for the County Teams. The committee are also investigating the prospect of sponsorship with several avenues being explored.
•    The date for the County Trials has been fixed for the 29th July. The forms will be available to download on the website soon

The new committee details can also be found on the Committee page.

09/04/18 National Mixed Fours, Over 55 Pairs & Under 18 Report

This weekend saw the start of the Nationals. On Saturday it was the Mixed Fours and Devon were represented by Carol Osbourne, Kim Wright, Malcolm Sheen and Eric Pavey.  They were successful in the group stage topping the group following 2 wins. Their form continued in the afternoon which saw them record wins against Cornwall, Suffolk and Herefordshire. They then faced Hampshire in the final. The Devon rink took an early lead and after 5 ends Devon led 7-3. However, Hampshire fought back and after picking up one shot in the final end they forced an extra end. However, in the end the Devon rink held their nerve and won the extra end winning the Mixed Fours title.

Mixed Fours Winners

Malcolm Sheen, Eric Pavey, Carol Osbourne & Kim Wright National Mixed Fours Winners

On Sunday it was the turn of the new National Over 55 Pairs and the National Under 18’s competition. In the Under 18’s the highlight was Sean Woodley who despite not qualifying for the main competition came runner up in the Woodbridge Trophy, Along the way he beat County compatriot Benny Bass before losing to Michael Hall from Dorset in the final. Eric Pavey also kept his fine form playing alongside Caroline Pavey they won the National Over 55’s  Plate Competition after beating Dorset’s Brian Baker and Keith Honeybun in the final.

Attention now turns to Melton Mowbray where the Nationals continue on Thursday with the National Singles.

04/04/18 ESMBA Announce Nationals Start Times

The ESMBA have announced the start times of the upcoming National finals which take place over the next couple of week,. This Saturday sees the National Mixed Fours take place with a start of 8:30 and on Sunday sees the National over 55’s Pairs and Under 18’s take place with a start time of 9:30. Both of these days are at Tamworth.

On Thursday the 12th April the venue changes to Melton Mowbray for the Singles, on the Friday it is the Pairs. Whilst on the Saturday the Fours takes place and on Sunday the Nationals end with the Triples. The Singles and Pairs have a start time of 9:30, whilst the Triples and Fours both start at 8:30.  More details can be found on the ESMBA site

26/03/18 County 10's Review

Yesterday saw 4 teams qualify for the County tens. These were Great Torrington from the north, Sidbury from the east and Christow and Totnes Creameries from the west. With only four teams reaching the final, they all played each other in a round robin. At the end of the day Totnes Creameries finished top of the table and were crowned 10’s champions  whilst Great Torrington came second.


County 10 2018

County 10's Winners Totnes Creameries

This was followed swiftly by the County AGM at 4:30pm. The AGM saw one further post being filled with Ian Nicholls (Christow) becoming a committee member.

08/03/18 Devon v Essex Review

On Sunday Devon A played their rearranged semi final fixture against Essex at Daventry. Devon started off in their usual raucous mood and in the first session completed a clean sweep with wins on all four mats and built a healthy shot difference in both the Singles and the Pairs. The second session was much more even with Devon winning one of the Triples and one of the Fours. This left the half time score at 12-4 to Devon and they knew one more strong session would be enough to seal victory.

The 3rd session turned out to be the strong session that Devon were looking for with Devon getting a draw and a win in the Singles and a win in one of the Pairs. With Devon gaining both bonus points in the two disciplines it was enough to push Devon through the required 20 points required to win the fixture. With victory assured Devon pushed on and in the final session secured a win and a draw in the Fours and a win in one of the Triples. With Devon getting the bonus points in the Singles, Pairs and Fours the final score was Devon 28 Essex 12.

In the other Semi Final Somerset beat the West Midlands 26-14. The two will meet on the 22nd of April at Tamworth for the fourth time this season.


08/03/18 Devon v Essex Team Announced

Devon A take on Essex on Sunday in the ICC semi final, in the fixture that was originally scheduled to be played last week but had to be postponed due to the adverse weather. The last time Devon faced Essex was in 2015 when Devon won 26-14 in the final and Devon will be hoping for a similar result. The match takes place at  Daventry and players are requested to be at the venue for 9:30, details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match.

Carol Archer (Christow), Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Elsie Copp (Exeter Nomads), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Jim Preston (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Sean Woodley (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

27/02/18 DCSMBA AGM Details

The annual DCSMBA AGM will be held on the 25th of March at approximately 4:30pm straight after the County 10’s has taken place. The AGM will be held at ISCA in Exeter. Details have been sent to all club secretaries and in addition the details of the AGM can be found online here.

26/02/18 County/National Singles & triples Review

On Saturday ISCA hosted the final stage of the County/National Singles. After the initial group stages in the morning, the knock out stages took place in the afternoon which whittled the players down to just two. The final was between the two youngest competitors of the day Benny Bass (Uffculme) and Thomas Perris (Wonford). It was a tight match throughout but in the final end Thomas led by three shots and Thomas became the County/National Singles champion.

County Singles 2018

County Singles Winner Thomas Perris (Wonford)

On Sunday it was the turn of the County/National Triples turn and saw 16 teams descend onto ISCA. Once again after the initial group stage, the knock out stages took place in the afternoon before the final. The final took place between Carol Osbourne, Kim Wright & Eric Pavey (Sidbury) and Brenda Dennett, Luis Inacio & Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston). Sidbury built up a secure lead as the game wore on and Bere Alston could not keep up and conceded the match after the ninth end, giving the title to the Sidbury trio.
County Triples 2018

County Triples Winners Kim Wright, Eric Pavey & Carol Osbourne (Sidbury)

12/02/18 Devon v Buckinghamshire Report

Devon A produced another polished performance in the ICC Quarter Finals on Sunday, where they faced Buckinghamshire. The first session was dominated by Devon with wins in both pairs and a comprehensive 25-3 in one of the Singles. Buckinghamshire bounced back in the second period and Devon only one of the Fours by three shots and drew one of the Triples. This left the halftime score at 9-7 to Devon.

The third session of was again dominated by Devon with both Pairs winning and one of the Singles winning comfortably 20-6. With the Bonus points in the Singles and the Pairs being won Devon went into the last session knowing just two points were needed to confirm their place in the Semi-Final. Full of confidence and determination Devon dominated the last session and won on all four mats and overturned the shots in both disciplines. With Devon gaining the Bonus points in all four disciplines the final score was Devon 31 (216 shots) Buckinghamshire 9 (156 shots). Devon now face Essex on the 4th March after they beat Gloucestershire 31-9 in their Quarter Final

12/02/18 English Masters Report

A number of players from Devon participated in the English Masters which was held in Chelmsford over the last weekend. Andy Thompson (Sidbury) and Benny Bass (Uffculme) both reached the first round of the knockout stages, whilst George Main (Yarnscombe) reached the second round. World Number 2 James Trott (Musbury) reached the third round before being beaten by Stephen Gale of the Isle of Mann. The English Masters was won by Norfolk’s Jack Pye.

Despite not reaching the main knockouts there were some other notable performances from Devon players. in the Plate, Eric Pavey (Sidbury) reached the Quarter Finals before being knocked out by Cennydd Howell of Wales by 2 shots. Whilst Elliott James reached the third round in the Plate before being beaten 12-7 by Simon Meirhaeghe of Belgium. Malcolm Sheen (Wonford) also reached Round 3 before losing 10-6 against Paul Bax. The Short Mat Players Tour next roll into Cardiff on the 24th/25th March for the three wood and two wood Pairs. More details can be found on their website

08/02/18 Devon v Buckinghamshire Team Announced

Devon A name an unchanged side for the ICC Quarter Final Match against Buckinghamshire. The last time Devon faced Buckinghamshire was in 2015 when Devon won 26-14 in the preliminaries and Devon will be hoping for a similar result.  The match takes place at  Daventry and players are requested to be at the venue for 9:30, details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match.


Carol Archer (Christow), Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Jim Preston (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill, Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Sean Woodley (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

05/02/18 Devon A v Surrey Report

Devon A produced a stunning performance against Surrey to book their place in the ICC Quarter Finals. Devon put Surrey on the back foot straight away with wins on all four mats in the first session. Devon kept the pressure on Surrey in the second session with three wins out of the four. The sole loss coming thanks to a 13-14 defeat in one of the Fours. This left the half time score at 14-2. Devon wrapped up victory in the third session when both Singles came off the mat victorious following 25-5 and 17-6 wins. In the same session both Pairs also won. Devon showed their ruthless streak in the final session of the match with wins on all four mats. With Devon gaining all the bonus points the final score was Devon 38 (250 shots) Surrey 2 (128 shots). Devon now travel to Daventry this Sunday where they will face Buckinghamshire in the quarter finals. The team for this match will be announced later this week.

02/02/18 New Player Registrations

For the time being if anyone wishes to register a new player please contact and send the money to Caroline Pavey. The fee for a new player being registered is £7 and her contact details can be found here. Whilst Caroline's address can be found on the County Competitions PDF.

31/01/18 Devon A ICC Preliminary Team Announced

Devon A still buoyant from their ICC Rinks success travel to Tamworth IBC where they face Surrey in the Preliminary stage of the ICC main knockouts on Sunday. The winners of the tie will have to face Buckinghamshire on the 11th of February. Players are requested to be at the venue at 9:30 and details of the venue can be found here. The following players have been selected for the match.

Carol Archer (Christow), Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Jim Preston (Christow), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill, Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Sean Woodley (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

25/01/18 ICC Rinks Final

On Sunday Devon A travelled to Daventry on Sunday to take part in the finals of the ICC Rinks. They were drawn to face West Midlands in the first game of the day. With all mats finishing tight, the 8 shot victory by the rink of Hilary Illey, Ray Young, Neil Wilkins and Richard White ensured Devon won by 6 shots. In the second game Devon face Hertfordshire and quickly raced into a commanding lead and by the end of the match Devon won by 18 shots. Ion the final group game Devon faced Kent knowing that a win would ensure qualification into the final. Devon raced into a significant lead but Kent slowly pegged Devon back and going into the final 2 ends on the final mat Devon only led by a solitary shot. However, the rink of Barrie Goodchild, Oliver White, Ian Nicholls and Rob Phipps were able to get an 8-8 draw and Devon won by 4 shots.

In the final Devon faced neighbours Somerset who have been in the final on the previous two occasions and as expected was a bruising encounter. The shots ebbed and flowed throughout with the lead swapping hands on numerous occasions. First to finish was Hillary Illey, Ray Yong, Neil Wilkins and Richard White who won handsomely by 11 shots. However, all the other mats were going into the final end and looked to be dropping shots. The second mat to finish was Robert Ivings, Carol Dummett, Sue Young and Marie Toleman who only lost by one shot thanks to a tremendous drawing shot with Marie’s last bowl. The rink of Pam Toleman, Jim Prestion, Robert Bartlett and Barry McPhillips were the next to finish who only dropped one shot in the last end and narrowly edged victory. This ensured that the rink of Barrie Goodchild, Oliver White, Ian Nicholls and Rob Phipps did not need to play their final wood and conceded several shots ensuring Devon won by 4 shots to become the ICC A Rinks champions.



The Devon A Team ICC Rinks Winners



ESMBA Chairman Barry Hedges & Devon A Team Manager Robert Ivings

25/01/18 ICC Rinks Final

On Saturday Devon A take part in the ICC Rinks Finals. Devon A who beat Avon and Herefordshire in the qualifiers, play and will face three other counties in a round robin with the winner of the group facing the winner of the other group in the final. The venue for the finals is the Daventry indoor Bowling club and details of the venue can be found here. Counties must be registered by 8:45 AM and so players will need to be at the venue before this. The following players have been selected.

A Team; Rob Bartlett (Upottery),  Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Rob Phipps (Wick), Jim Preston (Christow), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Totnes Creameries), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

24/01/18 Shirley Parnell Apology

In an attempt to resolve the ongoing conflict between the County Committee and Mrs Shirley Parnell a meeting was arranged for the 18th January 2018.

This meeting took place at the home of Mr and Mrs Parnell, the County Committee was represented by Rose Morrison and Trevor Tregillus.

After much discussion it was agreed that a previous written warning would remain in place and that the County Committee would post an apology on the website admitting they did not follow the correct procedure when imposing a ban.

For this oversight the Committee sincerely apologise to Shirley and John for this action and for any distress caused. This has been a difficult time for all concerned.

At our next meeting (February 13th), we will implement a time limit on warnings issued by Devon County Committee. We will also be reviewing all our procedures regarding safeguarding. In the interim period we will follow the ESMBA policy.

On behalf of the Committee of Devon County Shortmat Bowls Association.


22/01/18 New Umpire

On Friday Harrison Sheen (Wonford) took his umpires examination. Harrison passed the exam and in doing so is now the youngest qualified umpire in England. Congratulations Harrison. If any player is interested in becoming an umpire and wish to have more information they can contact Ken Griffiths ken_67@btinternet.com for more details.

19/01/18 DCSMBA Statement

Malcolm Sheen has resigned from the Devon County committee. In the meantime, the duties of County Secretary will be dealt with by the remaining committee members.  If you have any matters arising for the County Secretary please get in touch with any committee members, their details can be found on the committee page

15/01/18 British Open Review

 This weekend saw the Short Mat Players Tour roll into York for the British Open, the newest event on their calendar. The competition saw a host of players from Devon travel up to try their luck. Despite some strong performances only three Devon players made it into the main knockout stages. Andy Thompson (Sidbury) came second in his group but in the first knock out round was knocked out 11-5 by Steve Puttock.

James Trott (Musbury) came top in the same group as Andy Thompson and progressed as far as the last 16 where he was beaten by 11 -5, James however maintained his third place in the world ranking system. Also reaching the last 16 was Benny Bass (Uffculme) who was knocked out 10-5 by Tony Ealham.

The British Open was won by Cornwall’s Nigel Nicholls who beat Dom Reed 9-7 in the final. The next tournament in the Short Mat Players tour calendar is the English Open. Details of this and future tournaments can be found here.

08/01/18 County/National Weekend Round Up

On Saturday ISCA hosted the County Pairs Finals day. With 32 pairs, having qualified for the finals the usual round robin stage took place in the morning. In the afternoon the knock out stages took place and was played all the way to the final. The final was played between Ann and Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries) and Paul Pomeroy and James Trott (Musbury) with the Musbury pair eventually winning the title.

County Pairs 2018

County Pairs Winners James Trott & Paul Pomeroy

 On Sunday it was the turn of the Under 18’s and saw 7 players descend onto ISCA. Each player played each other in a round robin with the top two at the end of this competing in the final. At the end of the round robin stage Benny Bass (Uffculme) topped the group, whilst Sean Woodley (Christow) was second. In what was a high quality final Benny Bass held his nerve and retained the title that he secured last year. Both Benny and Sean will represent Devon in the National Under 18’s in April.

Under 18's

County Under 18's Winner Benny Bass

On the same day ISCA was also hosting the National Mixed Fours. With 8 teams there was 2 groups of four with the winners and runners up competing in the semi finals. The Final was played between Sidbury and Christow and was a final that was dominated by Sidbury who didn’t lose a single end. The Sidbury team of Carol Osbourne, Kim Wright, Malcolm Sheen and Eric Pavey will now go to the Nationals in April.

Mixed Fours

National Fours Winners Eric Pavey, Kim Wright, Carol Osbourne & Malcolm Sheen

04/01/18 National Allocations Released

The ESMBA have announced the national allocation that each county will receive. Devon have four places in the Singles, Pairs, Triples and  Fours. Whilst Devon have been allocated 2 places in the Under 18’s and one place in the Mixed Fours. In the New Over 55’s Pairs Devon have been allocated 3 places.

After the Christmas period, the season resumes on Saturday at ISCA with the National/County Pairs, whilst on Sunday ISCA will host both the National/County Under 18’s and National Mixed Fours.

03/01/18 Brian Glanvill Family Statement 

It is with great sadness that Myrtle, Deborah, Angela, Laura and Sarah announce the death of their husband and father, Brian Glanvill, on 1st January 2018.

Most of you will remember Brian as a great bowler, a member of the Devon A team for many years and a great support to County Bowls as treasurer for Devon County SMBA.

Brian also supported Myrtle for many years during her time as manager of the County A team.

The family are sure that you will have many great memories of Brian’s excellent bowling as both a singles and team bowler and many of you will also have benefitted from his experience which he always willingly shared.

You will also remember his great sense of humour and the generosity of spirit he showed to others.

Brian’s funeral is to be held at the East Devon Crematorium at Whimple on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 1.45pm when the family will be most pleased to welcome you to join them in their celebration of Brian’s life

11/12/17 Devon ICC Rinks Report

This weekend saw both the Devon Premier and A team in action as they tried to qualify for the ICC Rinks final day. On Saturday Devon A travelled to Donyatt in Somerset, in the first game against Dorset Devon struggled and were behind for much of the match and were eventually beaten by several shots. The second game was against Herefordshire and Devon took an early advantage which they never relinquished. This ensured Devon went into the match against Avon knowing a win would be enough to secure their place in the finals day. Devon started off very strongly and this advantage just grew as the game went on and Devon eventually secured victory by nearly 30 shots.

The Premier team travelled to Bristol Indoor Bowls club on Sunday and had to face local rivals Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset. The first game against Somerset was tight however Devon eventually succumbed by 5 shots. The second game against Dorset was tight but Devon snatched it on the last end of the last mat by 2 shots. However, in the final match against Cornwall Devon started slowly and Cornwall raced into an early which they increased, and Devon eventually lost by 14 shots. This ensured Devon finished third in the group and failed to qualify for Finals day.

05/12/17 Devon ICC Rinks Team Announced

This weekend sees both Devon A and Devon Premier attempt to qualify for the ICC Rinks finals. On Saturday the A team travel to Donyatt in Somerset where they will face Dorset, Hereford and Avon. Details of the venue can be found here. On Sunday the Devon Premier team travel to the Bristol Indoor Bowls Club where they will face Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. Details of the Bristol venue can be found here. Players are requested to be at the relevant venue for 8:45. The following players have been selected for the matches.

Premier Team;  Mark Allen (Winkleigh), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Thomas Perris (Wonford),  Malcolm Sheen (Wonford), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Trevor Tregillus (Christow)


A Team;  Rob Bartlett (Upottery),  Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rob Phipps (Wick), Jim Preston (Christow), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Oliver White (Totnes Creameries), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

04/12/17 ESMBA Coaching

The ESMBA have now formulated part 1 of their coaching Policy which is being implemented with immediate effect and they are pursuing coaching excellence through coach bowls. For more information please visit the ESMBA Coaching page. If any Devon member is interested please contact a committee member, details of which can be found on the Committee page.

04/12/17 World Fours & World Pairs Report


This weekend saw Chelmsford host the Short Mat Players Tour world pairs and world fours. On Saturday it was the turn of the Fours, the Devon of Harrison and Malcolm Sheen, Andy Thompson and Mark Allen finished bottom of the group with just one win meaning they went into the plate competition. However, they were defeated in the first knockout round 13-11 by a Welsh rink. James Trott (Musbury) was playing alongside former Devon Simon Pridham in his quartet and made it to the main knockout competition where they were defeated in the quarter-finals 11-5. The best performance however was by Paul Pomeroy (Musbury), Elliott James and George Main (Yarnscombe) who was playing alongside former Devon player James Smith. They managed to reach the final where they faced the Welsh rink of Cennydd Howell, Gethin Edwards, Dafydd Howell & Aled Edwards. The English rink quickly raced into a seven-nil lead, however this was slowly overturned by the Welsh quartet eventually won 10-7

On Sunday Chelmsford hosted the world pairs and there were several strong performances by Devon players. Mark Allen and Harrison Sheen finished third in their group and went into the plate competition before they were defeated 8-6 by Liz Jones and Nick Evans of Wales. James Trott who was playing with fellow Englishman Paul Seaman reached the main knockout stages before succumbing 10-5 in the quarter-finals against Terry Crawford and Darren Witherspoon. Elliott James and George Main went one step further by reaching the semi-finals before being beaten on a sudden death end by eventual winners Paul and Joseph Beattie. The next Short mat players event is the British Open in York on the 13th and 14th of January.

26/11/17 Cornwall v Devon Report

Devon travelled to Carnmoggas indoor Bowls Club on Sunday where they faced Cornwall. Devon Premier entered the game knowing that a massive victory was needed to have a chance of entering the Main knockout stages. However Cornwall gained the initiative in the first session with Devon only winning a solitary Singles match. The struggle continued in the second session with Devon only securing a 14-6 victory in one of the Triples. This left the half time score 12-4 to Cornwall.

The third session was another tough session with Devon picking up a solitary point and that was thanks to a 14-14 draw in one of the singles. In the final session of the day, Devon picked up 2 points following a dominant win in one of the Fours. With Devon only securing a solitary bonus point in the Singles, the final score was Cornwall 32 (218 shots) Devon 8 (179 shots) which ensures Devon Premier do not make the knockout stages.

The A team entered the game knowing they were close to securing a place in the knockout stages. In the first session Devon secured half of the available points with victories in both Singles. Devon stepped it up in the second session and won on three of the four mats with wins in both of the Fours and one of the Triples This left the half time score at 10-6 to Devon.

The third session was evenly split with Devon winning one of the Pairs and one of the Singles, however they lost on the remaining two mats. The final session of the day saw Devon secure only a narrow 12-11 win in one of the Triples. With Devon only securing the bonus points in the Singles, the final score was Cornwall 22 (198 shots) Devon 18 (196 shots). Devon now have to wait until January for the outcome of the rearranged fixture between Dorset and Cornwall               


                3/11/17 Cornwall v Devon Team Announced

Devon travel to Carnmoggas on Sunday where they take on Cornwall in their final group game. The Premier team lie third in their group whilst the A team are second in their group.  The address and link to a map of the venue can be found here and the match starts at 10am and the following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;  Mark Allen (Winkleigh), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Thomas Perris (Wonford), Jim Preston (Christow),  Malcolm Sheen (Wonford), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries),  Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Totnes Creameries), Nick Wyatt (Bow)


A Team;  Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Steve Colllins (Christow), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Rob Phipps (Wick), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Andy Thompson (Sidbury), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Richard Williams (Wonford), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)


13/11/17 Somerset v Devon Report


Devon travelled to Donyatt on Sunday to face Somerset in their penultimate ICC fixture. The Premier team got off to the strong start they had been hoping for with wins in both of the Pairs and drew one of the Singles. However, Somerset responded in the second session with Devon only managing to pick up two points which was thanks to a 16-12 win in one of the Triples. This left Somerset with a slender 7-9 lead at half time.

After lunch, the third session was evenly split with Devon taking maximum points in the Singles, but in turn lost both of the Pairs. Devon found the final session of the day tough, with Somerset dominating the session. Devon only came out of the final session with a win from one of the Triples. With Devon picking up the bonus points in the Singles and Triples the final score was Somerset 23 (204 shots) Devon 17 (172 shots). With Cornwall Premier beating Dorset 25-15 Devon drop down to third in the table.

With both Devon A and Somerset A dominating their group this was effectively a match to determine who would top the group going into their final round of fixtures. Devon started off strongly in the first session by winning both of the Singles and one of the Pairs. However just like in the Premier team Somerset roared into life in the second session and won on three of the mats. Devon’s solitary win coming thanks to a 9-7 victory in one of the Triples. This left the match finally poised at half time with the scores 8-8.

Somerset took control of the match in the third session with them winning both of the pairs and one of the Singles, whilst the remaining Singles was a draw. The final session of the day was split with both Counties winning one discipline each. With Devon only winning the bonus points in the Singles the final score was Somerset 25 (201 shots) Devon 15 (172 shots). Somerset now lead Devon at the top of the group by 12 points. Devon final ICC group match is against Cornwall at Carnmoggas on the 26th November

08/11/17 Somerset v Devon Team Announced

Devon travel to Donyatt on Sunday where they take on Somerset in their penultimate group game, with both teams second in their group.  The address and link to a map of the venue can be found here and the match starts at 10am and the following players have been selected for the game.
 
Premier Team;  Mark Allen (Winkleigh), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), George Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Thomas Perris (Wonford),  Malcolm Sheen (Wonford), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries),  Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Totnes Creameries), Nick Wyatt (Bow),

A Team;  Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Steve Colllins (Christow), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Harrison Sheen (Wonford), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Andy Thompson (Sidbury), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Richard Williams (Wonford), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads) Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

24/10/17 Devon v Dorset Report

Devon hosted Dorset in the latest ICC fixture on Sunday. The Devon Premier team were looking at building on the draw that they achieved against Cornwall in the last fixture. The first session was however split equally with both Singles winning their matches, but both of the Pairs were defeated. The second session followed a similar pattern with both of the Triples winning their matches, but with both of the rinks being defeated. This left the half times scores dead even at 8-8.

The third session after lunch was again split with both Devon and Dorset winning one Singles and one Pairs, despite this Dorset edged ahead by taking the bonus points in both discipline. The final session of the day was dominated by Devon with the team winning both of the Fours and one of the Triples. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Triples, the final score was Devon 20 (166 shots) Dorset 20 (192 shots).

The A team were looking at continuing their run of victories which has seen them win their first 4 games. The first session saw Devon take the lead with victories in both of the Singles and a draw in one of the Pairs. The second session was split evenly with both counties winning one of the Triples matches and one of the Fours matches. This left Devon with a narrow 9-7 lead at half time.

Dorset fought back in the third session by winning both Singles and Devon only won one Pairs and drew on the other mat, however both disciplines did enough to secure the bonus points. The final session of the day was split evenly with Devon winning one of the Triples and one of the Fours. With Devon getting the bonus points in all four disciples the final score was Devon 24 (206 shots) Dorset 16 (175 shots).

In the other ICC fixture Cornwall Premier beat Somerset 24-16, whilst Somerset A beat Cornwall A 32-8. The full league table can be found here. Devon next travel to Somerset on the 12th November.

18/10/17 Devon v Dorset Team Announced

Devon take on Dorset in the next round of ICC fixtures at ISCA on Sunday. The Premier team will be looking to build on the 20-20 draw they had against Cornwall in their last fixture. Whilst Devon A will be looking to continue their impressive form which has seen them win the first three games in a row.  The match starts at 10am and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:15. Spectators are invited to come and support the team. The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team;  Mark Allan (Winkleigh), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Thomas Perris (Wonford),  Malcolm Sheen (Wonford), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries),  Trevor Tregillus (Christow, Oliver White (Totnes Creameries), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team;  Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Steve Colllins (Christow), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick, Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Rob Phipps (Wick), Harrison Sheen (Wonford), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Andy Thompson (Sidbury), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Richard Williams (Wonford), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads)

10/10/17 Devon v Cornwall Report

Devon entertained Cornwall on Sunday in the latest round of the Inter County Championship. After defeats against Somerset and Dorset the Premier team were looking for a strong performance and they started off strongly. In the first session they won three out of the four mats with a win in one of the Singles and both Pairs. The second session was split evenly with both counties winning one of the Triples and one of the Fours. This meant the half time score was 10-6 to Devon.

The third session was another tight affair with Devon winning one of the Singles and one of the Pairs, but lost on the other two mats. However, a damaging last session saw Devon only pick up a solitary win in one of the Triples. With Devon picking up the bonus points in the Pairs and Triples the final score was Devon 20 (182) shots Cornwall 20 (192 shots).

The Devon A team were looking to continue their charge after picking up wins in their first two games of the season. They started off strongly with wins in both singles and drew one of the Pairs. In the second session they increased their advantage wins in both Fours and one of the Triples. This left Devon leading 11-5 at the halfway stage.

In the third session Devon increased their advantage even further with comprehensive wins in both Singles and one of the Pairs. In the final session of the day Cornwall responded by winning both of the Fours and drawing one of the Triples. With Devon winning the bonus points in the Singles, Triples and Fours the final score was Devon 26 (230 shots) Cornwall 14 (156 shots).  In the other ICC group fixture Dorset Premier beat Somerset Premier 21-19. Whilst Somerset A beat Dorset A 23-17.

05/10/17 Devon v Cornwall Team Announced

Devon continue their ICC campaign on Sunday with both the Premier and A team at home to Cornwall. The Premier team will be looking to get their first win following defeats against Somerset and Dorset, whilst the A team will be looking to continue their impressive form following 2 wins. The match starts at 10am and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:15. Spectators are invited to come and support the team. The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team;  Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Thomas Perris (Wonford),  Malcolm Sheen (Wonford), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries),  Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Neil Wilkins (Christow), Oliver White (Totnes Creameries), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

A Team;  Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Rob Phipps (Wick), Harrison Sheen (Wonford), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Andy Thompson (Sidbury), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell),   Richard Williams (Wonford), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads),

28/09/17 National Over 55 Pairs Deadline

Due to a lack of entries for the National Over 55 Pairs, the preliminaries of which will be held at ISCA on the 4th November, the entry deadline has been extended to the 7th October. Forms for the competition can be downloaded here

25/09/17 Devon v Dorset Review

The Devon County teams travelled to Dorset in their second ICC group match of the season. The Devon Premier team were looking to bounce back following the defeat they suffered against Somerset last week. However once again it was a slow start with Devon only winning one of the Singles in the first session. The second session was just as tough for Devon with the team only winning one game again. This win came in one of the Fours who won 24-1.  This left the half time score 12-4 to Dorset.

Devon did respond in the second half and in the third session gained 4 more points following a win in one of the Singles and one of the Pairs. The final session of the day Devon knew that to draw the match they would need to win all four matches and gain the bonus points in both disciplines. However, Devon were only able to win three of the matches but lost one of the Triples. With Devon gaining the bonus points in the Fours the final score was Dorset 24 (197 shots) Devon 16 (189 shots)

The Devon A team were looking to build on the win they secured against Somerset last week. The first session was even with Devon winning both of the Singles but losing both of the Pairs. The second session was also tight with Devon winning one of the Fours and of the Triples but losing on the other two mats. This left the half time scores level at 8-8

In the afternoon session Devon were able to edge ahead of Dorset following wins in one of the Singles and Pairs and drawing the other Pairs 12-12. The last session of the day followed a very similar pattern with Devon winning one of the Triples and one of the Fours and gaining a 10-10 draw in the other Fours. With Devon getting the bonus points in the Singles and Fours the final score was Dorset 18 (171 shots) Devon 22 (200 shots). In the other group fixture Cornwall Premier beat Somerset 22-18, whilst Somerset A beat Cornwall A 30-10. The latest group tables can be found here.

22/09/17 Devon v Dorset Preview

This Sunday sees both Devon teams take on Dorset at the Dorset Golf & Country Club. The Premier team will be looking to bounce back after the 27-13 defeat against Somerset last Sunday. Devon A go into the game looking to build on their 25-15 win against Somerset. The address and link to a map of the venue can be found here and the game starts at 10:30am. The following players have been selected for the match. The Following Players have been selected for the match.

Premier Team; Mark Allen (Winkleigh), Lorraine Axtell (Winkleigh), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Steve Collins (Christow), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Graham James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Thomas Perris (Wonford),  Malcolm Sheen (Wonford), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Andy Thompson (Sidbury), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Oliver White (Totnes Creameries)

A Team; Tom Archer (Christow), Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Elsie Copp (Exeter Nomads), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Robert Ivings (Exeter Nomads),  Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nicholls (Christow), Jim Preston (Christow) Harrison Sheen (Wonford), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow),  Richard Williams (Wonford), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

18/09/17 Irish Open Review

This weekend saw the latest Short Mat Players Tour competition take place with the Irish Open in Belfast.  James Trott (Musbury) was the sole player from Devon participating in the event. James comfortably won his group after winning all five matches which included an 11-3 victory against Cornwall’s Nigel Nicholls. This ensured James qualified for the main knockout stages where he progressed to the Quarter Finals before being knocked out by Joseph Beattie 11-6. The Irish open was won by Alan Paul who defeated compatriot Joseph Beattie 9-4 in the final. The next Short Mat Players Tour event is the Norwegian Open on the 28th/29th October.

17/09/17 Devon v Somerset Report

Both Devon teams started their ICC campaigns on Sunday when they faced Somerset at ISCA. The Devon Premier team started sluggishly and in the first session only picked up two points and that was thanks to a 21-10 win in the Singles. The second session was even worse with Somerset winning on all four mats. This left the half time score at 14-2 to Somerset.

Devon fared better in the third session of the day where they split the points with Devon managing to win one of the Singles and one of the Pairs. As well as this Devon were able to secure the bonus points in the Singles. In the final session of the day Devon won both Fours and drew one of the Triples. With Devon securing the bonus points in the Singles the final score was Devon 13 (167 shots) Somerset 27 (214 shots).

The Devon A team had a better start and the first session was split with Devon winning one Singles 22-4 and one Pairs 12-9. The second session was dominated by Devon with the team winning on all four mats. This left Devon with a healthy 12-4 lead at half time.

After lunch Somerset bounced back and won three out of the four games, with Devon only wining in one of the Pairs. However the Singles bonus points were shared between both counties and Devon secured the bonus points in the Pairs. The final session of the day was split with both sides winning one of the Triples and one of the Fours. With Devon securing the bonus points in the Pairs, Triples and Fours as well as splitting the bonus points in the Singles, the final score was Devon 25 (207 shots) Somerset 15 (185 shots).

Devon next travel to Dorset on Sunday for the next ICC game. The teams will be announced later this week.

15/09/17 Devon v Somerset Team Announced

Devon start their ICC campaign on Sunday with both the Premier and A team at home to Somerset with both teams looking to make a strong start. The match starts at 10am and selected players are asked to be at the venue for 9:00. Spectators are invited to come and support the team. The following players have been selected for the game.

Premier Team; Mark Allen (Winkleigh), Michael Avery (Yarnscombe), Benny Bass (Uffculme), Steve Collins (Christow), Martin Conabeer (Exeter Nomads),  Richard Ivings (Exeter Nomads), Elliott James (Yarnscombe), George Main (Yarnscombe), Rose Morrison (Totnes Creameries), John Parnell (Wonford),  Caroline Pavey (Sidbury), Eric Pavey (Sidbury), Thomas Perris (Wonford),  Malcolm Sheen (Wonford), Margaret Smith (Wonford), Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries), Andy Thompson (Sidbury), Trevor Tregillus (Christow), Nick Wyatt (Bow), Oliver White (Totnes Creameries)

A Team;  Rob Bartlett (Upottery), Carol Dummett (Bere Alston), Barrie Goodchild (Wonford), Hillary Illey (Christchurch), Luis Inacio (Bere Alston), Andy Kerse (Wick), Barry McPhillips (Bere Alston), Ian Nichols (Christow), Rob Phillps (Wick) Harrison Sheen (Wonford), Ann Summers (Totnes Creameries), David Tarr (West Hill), Marie Toleman (Wonford), Pam Toleman (Wonford), Richard White (Loddiswell), Neil Wilkins (Christow),  Richard Williams (Wonford), Kim Wright (Sidbury), Ray Young (Exeter Nomads), Sue Young (Exeter Nomads)

25/08/17 County Registrations Reminder

Just a reminder that membership registration expires on 31st August so can Club Secretaries please return any outstanding registration forms together with fees for members they wish to register by this date. This is very important for anyone playing in League Competitions, County Competitions (which start on 16th September) and members playing for either County Team. Secretaries can still register individual members  during the season. Please contact Malcolm Sheen, County Secretary on 07936 126480 for more information.

25/08/17 Message From John Smith

I should like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of the kind members and clubs who have sent me messages of sympathy by letters and cards on the death of my beloved wife Irene and also for the many donations sent to Hospiscare in her memory. We have always known how much Irene’s organisational skills were appreciated by so many of you but the depth of genuine affection expressed has been very moving both for me and our family. Please let her smile and her friendship live long in your memories.

22/08/17 World Cup & UK Open Review

This weekend saw the start of the SMPT season with the World Cup and the UK open. On Friday James Trott (Musbury) was in the four-man England squad alongside Steve Proctor, Jack Pye and Paul Seaman. England qualified for the semifinals after beating Norway, Wales and Belgium in the group stage. In the semifinals they faced Sweden who they comfortably dispatched 6-0. In the final they faced reigning champions Ireland, however despite James and Stephen wining their games they were defeated 4-2 and Ireland retained the title.

On Saturday James was joined by a host of other players from Devon as they participated in the UK Open. The Sidbury trio of Andy Thompson, Malcolm Sheen and Eric Pavey all failed to qualify for the main knockout stage. Despite this they did qualify for the plate competition after finishing third or fourth in their group, however all three exited the competition in the first two knockout rounds. Harrison Sheen (Wonford) qualified for the Shield competition after finishing bottom of his group. Harrison progressed to round three before he was defeated by James Bucknell 17-5.

James Trott continued his performance from the World Cup where he came second his group and qualified for the main knockout stage. He progressed all the way to the semifinals where he was defeated by Sam Harvey 13-8. The Dorset player went on to beat Dom Reed in the final.  The Short Mat Players Tour next rolls into Ireland for the Irish Masters on the 16th and 17th September.

18/08/17 World Cup & UK Open Preview

The Short Mat Players Tour kick off their season this weekend with The World Cup being held today and the UK Open tomorrow. Both events are being held at the SMPT new venue, The Falcon Bowling Centre in Chelmsford. Today James Trott (Musbury) will join forces with Jack Pye Stephen Proctor and Paul Seaman to represent England.

On Saturday James will be joined by a host of players from Devon in the UK Open. As usual progress throughout the weekend can be followed here and there will be a comprehensive report on the website next week.

10/08/17 New National Over 55's Pairs

At the recent ESMBA AGM it was confirmed that a new National Over 55’s Pairs would be held. The finals will be held at Tamworth on the 8th March. The qualifying day for this is the 4th November and will be at ISCA. Entry forms can be downloaded here.

19/07/17 Irene Smith Sadly Passes Away

It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Irene Smith. Irene who will be known throughout the bowling committee was the previous County Secretary and was a member of the County Squad for many years. A private family funeral will be held next week. No flowers are requested but if people wish to they make donations to Hospicare in memorandum of Irene Smith.

22/05/17 County Mats For Sale

The Devon County Committee have purchased 8 new mats to replace the mats at ISCA that are used for County/National competitions as well as the Inter County Competition. As a result, the DCSMBA are offering 4 of the old county mats for sale to Devon clubs. The Verde mats are being sold at £200 each and will be ready to be collected from ISCA in mid-July. Initially clubs can purchase a maximum of one mat.  The mats are all now sold.

20/05/17 County Trials & County Squad Day

The county is always on the lookout for new players to play for Devon in the Inter County Championship. Initially round robin games take place against Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset and then there may be longer journeys to face other county sides later in the season. If you feel you would like to have a chance to be considered to play, then players can download and fill in a trials form which can be found here.

This season they will be a trials day at ISCA on Sunday July 30th. Once the county managers have received player’s trials forms they will be in touch with each trialist to confirm their attendance and start times. It is envisaged that it will be a full day. Please do not just turn up on the day without sending a trial form in and informing the county managers.

Throughout the day trialists will be assessed on their ability and by the end of the day each player will be informed whether the county managers would like them to attend the County Squad day. The County Squad day is to be held several weeks later on Sunday 13th August and will also be held at ISCA. If players do have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact either Richard Ivings (Premier Team Manager) or Robert Ivings (A Team Manager). Their details can be found on the committee page.

24/04/17 World Masters Review

This weekend saw the Short Mat Players Tour hold their final Singles event of the season, the World Masters in Belfast with three players from Devon participating. Harrison Sheen and Malcolm Sheen (both Sidbury) struggled in the group stages and both entered the Shield. Harrison was narrowly defeated 10-9 by Diane Bell, whilst Malcolm was beaten 13-5 by Ryan Abraham.

James Trott (Musbury) topped his group with three wins and a draw and proceeded to the main knockout stages. However, James was beaten 9-4 by Sean Conroy in round 2. James will find some solace in qualifying to represent England in the SMPT World Cup in August. The World Masters was won by Joe Beattie who beat Mark Beattie 10-5 in the final. More details about the SMPT and future events can be found here.

10/04/17 National Championships Review

Over the past few days, the National Championships have taken place in Melton Mowbray. On Thursday, the National Singles was held, both Paul Pomeroy (Musbury) and Graham James (Yarnsnscombe) qualified for the knockout stages with Paul coming second in his group was going topped his group. Paul Pomeroy was beaten at the first knockout stage by Gary best (Norfolk), whilst Graham reached the following round where he was beaten by Darren Cookson (West Yorkshire). The National Singles was won by Ryan Knight (Gloucestershire).

On Friday, the National Pairs took place, both Thomas Perris & Maggie Smith (Wonford) and Ann & Dave Summers (Totnes Creameries) qualified for the knockout stages. Both pairs reached the second knockout stage, with Thomas and Maggie been knocked out by Dorset whilst and Dave were knocked out by Norfolk. The National Pairs was won by West Midlands.

On Saturday, the National Fours was held and three team from Devon qualified for the knockout stages. The Yarnscombe rink of Graham James, Jay Shaw, Mike Avery and Elliott James were runners-up in their group but were knocked out 9-5 by a West Sussex rink in the first knock out round. The Bow rink of Rita & John Redstone, Dan Escott and Nick Wyatt reached the second knockoput round before being knocked out by Hampshire 12-1. Also, being knocked out at the same stage was Mike Ivings, Paul Pomeroy, James Trott and James Smith where they were beaten 11-1 by the eventual winners the West Midlands.

On Sunday the final event, the National Triples was held and three of the Devon teams made it into the Knockout stages. The Yarnscombe trio of Jay Shaw, Mike Avery and Elliott James made it to the first round where they were beaten 10-7 by Kent. Also, being knocked out at the same stage was Ann & Dave Summers and Rose Morrison who were defeated 12-3 by Norfolk. The final Devon trio of James Trott, Paul Pomeroy and Mike Ivings marched all the way to the final, however they were defeated 12-2 by Cheshire.

03/04/17 Devon Area Challenge Report

On Sunday players from all around the county transcended on to ISCA who hosted the Area Challenge. The event sees each of the Area Representatives pick 1 Singles, 1 Pairs, 1 Triples and 1 Fours from their area, these players are all non-county players. These teams then play all the other areas as well as the Devon County A team.

At the end of the day the East Area finished with 12 point and the West Area had 13 points. However, the Area Challenge was won by the North Area who had 17 points. This was quickly followed by the  Devon County AGM and County Trophy presentation. Details of the new committee can be found here

North Area Winners

North Area Representative Mark Allen & The North Area Team

28/03/17 National Mixed Fours & National Under 18's Review

On Saturday Devon had two teams in the National Mixed Fours. The Totnes Creameries rink of Ann & Dave Summers and Mike & Rose Morrison won their first group game against Hertfordshire 11-4. However they suffered two narrow defeats in their remaining games against Norfolk and Oxfordshire which ensured they finished third in the group and did not qualify for the knockout stages. The Wonford quartet of Maggie Smith, Thomas Perris & John and Shirley Parnell lost their first game 13-7 against West Yorkshire, but won their second game 12-8 against North Yorkshire. A defeat in their final game against Essex however ensured they finished third in the group and also do not qualify for the main knockout stages. The national mixed fours was won by a rink from the West Midlands.

On Sunday Devon had four representatives in the national under 18’s. Sean Woodley (Christow) and Harrison Sheen (Sidbury) both failed to finish in the top two of their respective groups and entered the plate competition, however both were sadly knocked out in the first round. Thomas Perris (Wonford) recorded a 25-1 win in his first game against North Yorkshire and proceeded to win his remaining two games ensuring he topped his group. Also joining him in the in the knockout stage was Benny Bass (Uffculme) who also topped his group with five points and on the way recorded a 20-2 win against Surrey. Both Benny and Thomas reached the quarter-final stage however Thomas was beaten 9-5 by Hampshire and Benny suffered a one-shot defeat against North Yorkshire. The national under 18’s was retained by Callum Beale (Northamptonshire) who beat Callum Goodman (Hampshire) in the Final.

21/03/17 County Team Championship Report

On Sunday the 6 clubs that qualified for the County Team Championship final descended on ISCA. The six teams were split into groups of three with the winners of each group contesting the final.

The winners of the first group was Yarnscombe and they faced Wonford who won the second group in the final. This was a repeat of last year’s final and Yarnscombe entered the game looking to avenge that outcome. The singles was won by Wonford’s James Smith who won 9-4 against Graham James. The second game to finish was the pairs with Yarnscombe winning it 10-7. The Triples was dominated by Wonford and they won 13-5. The results of the three disciplines meant that Yarnscombe had to win the Fours and overturn 10 shots. This proved to be fruitless after 9 ends with the scores locked at 7-7 and Yarnscombe conceded the game knowing they could not win the title meaning Wonford retained the title.

County10's Winners

County Team Champions Wonford

21/03/17 Brian Medland Mixed Fours Report

On Saturday, ISCA hosted the Brian Medland mixed fours which saw 19 teams fight for the title. The day saw some entertaining bowls and the final was contested between Winkleigh and Bow. Winkleigh skipped by Lorraine Axtell raced into a 6-0 lead, however Bow skipped by Nick Wyatt did fight back and after six ends the score was 6-6. It was nip and tuck