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18-19 Match Reports

10/03/19: Under-25s National Double Rink: Devon v Kent

On Sunday 10 March Devon played Kent in the semi-final of the Under 25
Inter County competition at Bannister Park, Eastleigh.

Although the overall score remained close for a large part of the match
sadly the gap continued to widen and eventually Kent ran out the victors
winning 44-28.

The rinks were Kieran Daniels, Ryan Clements, Will Stevens, James
Hampton losing 11-27 and Scott Eveleigh, Sean Howard, Kieran Kniveton,
Harry Goodwin drawing 17-17.

Travelling reserve Chris Dolmore

I would like to express my thanks to all players who participated in
this years competition and a special thanks to James Hampton who has
been an active member of the Under 25's for a number of years and who
will no longer be eligible to play in future competitions since he has
reached the age limit. Likewise Ryan Clements has also reached the age
limit and will no longer be eligible.

(report by John Berry)


02/03/19: Liberty Trophy: Devon v Berkshire (Bournemouth)

Devon miss out on final place by 1 shot losing to Berkshire on Saturday 2nd March played at Bournemouth IBC.

Unfortunately the Bournemouth carpet was extremely heavy unlike any in our County, but as the say its the same for both sides.

As you can imagine the match ebbed and flowed throughout and with one end to play the game was all square; however it was Berkshire who took the honours and make the final.

Thanks to all the players for there efforts through the season.

(report by Kevin Phillips)


19/02/19: Devon v Kent (Over-60 Inter-County)

On Tuesday 19 February Devon Over 60's played Kent at Bannister Park in
the semi-final of the Over 60 Inter County Competition.

This was the third consecutive year Devon have reached the semi-final
and sadly yet again we have failed in our attempts to reach the final
having lost 107-123.

Many thanks to all the players who have represented Devon in this years

(report by John Berry)


10/02/19: Under-25s National Double Rink: Devon v Oxfordshire

On Sunday 10 February Devon played Oxfordshire in the Under 25 National Double Rink at Bristol City & County Club.

Devon made a tremendous start and after 10 ends were leading by 34-12. Over the next 5/6 ends Devon unfortunately lost focus which gave the opportunity to Oxfordshire to stage a recovery and therefore instead of Devon perhaps winning the match early and even more convincingly the final score was 51-35 to Devon.

The two rinks were Kieran Daniels, Ryan Clements, Will Stevens and James Hampton and Scott Eveleigh, Sean Howard, Kieran Kniveton and Harry Goodwin.

Devon have now reached the semi-final stage and will play Kent on the 10 March at a venue to be agreed.

(report by John Berry)


22/01/19: Devon v Dorset (Over-60 Inter-County)

Devon played Dorset in the Over 60 Inter County competition on 22 January with three rinks each playing at Exonia and the Dolphin, Poole. A competitive match, however Devon dominated at both venues, with the final score 126-67 in Devon's favour.

Rink scores Phil Downs 23-9 v B Patterson, Mike Avent 25-6 v A McKenzie, Glyn Lawrence 17-16 v D Rumble, Allan Thomas 19-14 v G Costello, Kevin Phillips 13-10 v C Truscott and John Evans 29-12 v C Bunford.

For the third year in succession Devon have reached the Semi-Finals and will play Kent on the 19 February, venue to be arranged.

(report by John Berry)


12/01/19: Liberty Trophy: Devon v Wiltshire (Swindon)

On Saturday 12th January Devon travelled to Swindon to play Wiltshire in the Quarter Finals of the Liberty, seeking revenge for last year's defeat. The match started off as a tight affair and the scores at 5 ends showed Devon leading by 1 shot 25-24, but at 10 ends Devon had increased the lead to 21 shots 68-47. Wiltshire never recovered from that Devon surge and at 15 ends Devon were 20 shots up 91-71. With the match coming to its conclusion and not all ends being played Devon won 123-94. Next up is the semi final against Berkshire on March 2nd

(report by Kevin Phillips)


23/12/18: Under-25s National Double Rink: Devon v Somerset

On Sunday 23 December Devon played Somerset in the Under-25s National Double Rink Competition with one rink playing at Exonia and one at Taunton Deane.

At Exonia only 4pts separated the teams after 10 ends. However, in the second half of the game, Devon dominated, eventually winning 28-9. The game at Taunton Deane, whilst much closer, was always controlled by Devon, and the eventual score was 15-11 in Devon's favour when Somerset conceded after 18 ends.

The next round of the competition will be played against Oxfordshire on the 10 February 2019.

(report by John Berry)


15/12/18: Liberty Trophy: Devon v Dorset (Dolphin Centre Poole)

A successful in a game of two halves. Devon where slow out of the blocks and found themselves 34 shots adrift at the half way stage, but showing a fantastic team spirit Devon clawed their way back into the game. With only the last end to play, Devon found themselves 4 shots in front, and managed to reduce their opponents to just 2 shots, therefore winning the game 122-120!!!

Rink scores - S Tolchard 16-17 R Whitlock 17-23 I Bond 30-19 D Denison 26-16 R Paxton 14-29 L Ridout 19-16.

(report by Kevin Phillips)

[Devon play Wiltshire in the next round on Saturday 12th January, venue to be advised]


04/12/18: Devon v Worcester (Over-60 Inter-County)

Devon played Worcester in the Over 60 Inter County Competition at Taunton
Deane on Tuesday 4 December. Despite a tentative start it wasn't long
before Devon started to take command of the game and, after an average of
16 ends across all rinks, Worcestershire conceded the match with Devon
leading 120-55 shots.

In the next round Devon will play Dorset with the match to take place on
the 22 January 2019.

(report by John Berry)


27/10/18: Devon v Cornwall (Liberty Trophy)

A good start made to the 2018/19 campaign with an impressive victory over Cornwall 140-65 played at the Isca Centre. Devon made a positive start and by 5 ends had established a lead of 46-8, at 10 ends this increased to 89-25 and at 15 ends it was 122-45. Cornwall conceded the match with still 14 ends to play. Devon play Dorset in the next round on Saturday 15th December at a venue still to be agreed.

(report by Kevin Phillips)


23/10/18: Devon v Gloucester (Over-60 Inter-County)

On Tuesday 23 October Devon played Gloucestershire in the Over 60
Inter County competition with 3 rinks playing at Isca and 3 rinks at
Thornbury. Successful day for Devon winning convincingly 143-58 shots.
Opponents in the next round will be Worcestershire to be played on the
20 November, venue to be agreed.

(report by John Berry)


20/09/18: President's success v Bowls Devon President

The first of the new season's President's matches resulted in a win for President Chris Beer and his team at South Molton.

Overall score was 100-76 with the DCIBA President's team winning 4 rinks to 2.

By a quirk of the fixture scheduling President Chris had the advantage of playing on his (until recently) home outdoor green. Another co-incidence was that Bowls Devon President Mike Birch was the 2016-17 DCIBA President. And yet another striking feature of this match was that the current Bowls England President Bill Smith turned out for Bowls Devon and featured on their highest winning rink.

Weather was rotten, bowls tea superb. Banter up to the usual standard as might be expected with so many players belonging to both associations. Return match 27/2/19.