A bad start to the week for Bridport meeting their nemesis in the form of Dorchester.

On Monday Bridport were home to Dorchester’s stars and had no winning rinks. Medland, Hoskins, Shortland and Thorne were unlucky losing by just one point. 

Bridport A were away to Dorchester B where again no winning rinks.  All rinks were fairly close with Alcock, Edwards, Stone and Griffiths losing by one shot.

Tuesday saw the ladies hosting Dorchester in the County League.  One losing rink and one winning rink so at last some points for Bridport thanks to Daters, Craddock, Tibble and Brooks.   A superb shot from Brooks taking the jack back and saving several shots – good work Rosemary!

Madeira visited on Thursday for a friendly match of triples.  Three winning rinks for Bridport and one loss.  Top rink honours to Lyn Craddock, Keith Bourne and Marion Carter.

A great start for Bridport ladies in the South Dorset 2-Wood Triples League on Friday morning.  Both teams won with honours to Joan Smith, Liz Kennedy and Marion Carter.

Bridport really enjoyed meeting old friends from Merriott on Saturday.  There were, however, no wins for the home team.  Closest losing by only two shots were Joan Smith, Liz Kennedy, Margaret Strange and Dave Smith.

What a fantastic end to the week we had with Captain’s Charity Day taking a 60’s and 70’s theme.  The players enjoyed a cream tea – must be the highlight – fun bowls and a great raffle.  Apart from a fun afternoon the aim was to raise as much as possible for Julia’s House.  The figure so far is approximately £440.

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Week commencing 20th June

A very quiet week this week as it is the annual Lyme Regis Bowling Tournament and as several players from Clubs all over the County play, the week is left free

Ten ladies travelled to Greenhill for the next round of the National Top Club on Friday.   A very blustery day but luckily the rain held off until the very end.  Bridport won two of the four disciplines – the singles and the pairs.  Unfortunately, they lost on shot difference so the end of the road this year.

The men had the misfortune to play their South Dorset League on the Friday evening against Wellworthy in heavy rain.  Wellworthy had struggled to get a team so only brought two rinks.  One winning rinks and one losing rink but the overall points to Bridport which was the penalty for only bringing two rinks.  Honours to Craddock, Brooks, Shortland and Thorne.

Saturday saw Bridport away to Chard where they triumphed on all rinks.  Top rink on this occasion was Joan Smith, Cheryl Mackenzie and Marion Carter.  Well done ladies.

The mixed pairs – a club competition took place on Sunday.  The winners go through to play again – well done to Margaret and Geoff Strange, Marion and John Carter, Laura and Bob Taylor, Andrew Stocks and Denise Rhodes and Mike and Lyn Craddock.  One game outstanding due to illness.

Week commencing Monday 13th June

Monday League saw Bridport -v- Wellworthy.  As Wellworthy only have two rinks of sufficient size for the County League, one team has to play at Bridport and 2 at Wellworthy.  As Wellworthy is an artificial surface, our members prefer to play at home but ironically on this occasion they lost and the two rinks at Wellworthy won.  Bridport took the overall points by one shot and top rink was Medland, Brooks, Shortland and Thorne.  Bridport A were away to Sherborne with just one winning rink of Craddock, Pratt, Carter and Seadon.

The ladies travelled to Blandford this week for their league game.  Just one winning rink of Hewett, Strange, Seadon and Willcox.

Wednesday saw first friendly of the week – four triples away to Yeovil.  A successful day for Bridport with 2 winning rinks, one drawn and one loss.  Top rink goes to David Aylott, Michael Edwards and Bob Willcox.  Good to see Bob back bowling aftr a lengthy break following surgery. 

Thursday kept Bridport busy with a sixrink touring team from Heyford, Northamptonshire.  The sun was shining for their last day of their tour and as they won overall by ten shots, a fitting end for them.  There were 3 winning rinks each and honours for Bridport goes to Fred Pomeroy, Brian Pratt, Philip Wilson and Marion Carter.

Eight points for Bridport A v Portland Victoria in the South Dorset League.  One losing rink and top rink to Medland, Brooks, Shortland and Thorne.    Bridport B welcomed Portland Borstal Officers to Priory Lane but as hard as Bridport tried to shackle the strong Portland team, the visitors escaped with 8 of the 10 points available.  Bridport’s only winning rink comprised of B. Duthie-Jones, D. Norman, B. Stone and Neil Kennedy.  Debutant and new member David Nrman played a good game after being called in at the eleventh hour.

To end the week Bridport were again hosting the County for the ¼ and ½ finals of the men’s pairs.  Some excellent bowling to watch with the eventual winners off to Leamington Spa for the national finals.  A busy day for the caterers again but bacon butties just one of the delights to keep the players fuelled.