Competition  reports

February 2024

February 25th

Bridport’s Ladies team put up a good fight away to the Dolphin Opals in the County League before losing 38.40 overall.  Pamela Daters, Nicky Driscoll, Lyn Craddock and Helen Dowling came from 5.8 down to win 17.11 for two points.  Jackie Godfrey, Laura Taylor, Ann Turtell and Sue Walsh going down 11.19.

In the County Mixed league, Bridport finished on a high with a 49.20 overall win at home against Moonfleet.  Nick Edwards, Barry Driscoll, Ann Turtell and Mike Fletcher destroying their opponents 33.5, Mel Hargett, Nicky Driscoll and Sue and Brian Walsh winning 16.15. 

Bridport’s mixed friendly side faced outdoor club Queen Camel, winning 75.34 overall.  Lyn Hart, Jackie Godfrey and Daniel Humphries took top triple award with a 21.6 win.  Denise Rhodes, Rob Hart and Mary Hansford won 21.9.  Penny Pither, Brian Pratt and Richard Bowman-Dyer picked up a three count on the last end to record a 21.18 win.   David Heiden, Debbie Milton and Phil Godfrey picking up a one count on their last end for a 12.11 win.

February 18th

Bridport’s Ladies team took maximum points at home against the Dorset Resort (Bere Regis) in the County League, winning 36.25 overall.  Dorset Resort have only scored four points this year, but they put up a spirited show before losing 14.17 to Joan Griffiths, Liz Walker, Ann Turtell and Sue Walsh's rink.  Sharon Heath, Francis Hewett, Lyn Craddock and Helen Dowling winning 20.12.

Bridport C missed out on a semi-final play-off spot in the County Over 60's league after losing 23.35 overall at home to Moonfleet D.  Mike Craddock, Barry Driscoll and Barry Rattenbury won 19.11 for two points.  Moonfleet took the remaining four points as Roger Gale, Brian Walsh and Bob Taylor went down 4.24.

Bridport’s mixed friendly side edged an exciting encounter with neighbours Dorchester winning 62.60 overall, with two ends left Dorchester led 58.50 overall before Bridport produced a superb turnaround.  Lorna Wallis, Stever Fincher, Richard Bowman Dyer and Phil Godfrey took top rink award, a big six count giving them a 23.14 win.  Phillip Pyfinch, Penny Pither, Brian Pratt and Mary Hansford won 16.10.  Sandie Peters, Rob Hart, Den Tapping and Phil Hedges went 1.10 down early on but a fighting 2.4 finish gave them a final 14.20 defeat.  David Heiden, Ron Hill, Jackie Godfrey and Nick Edwards also finished well with 1.2 counts to record a 9.16 loss.

February 11th

Bridport’s County Mixed side picked up another maximum points with a 39.25 overall win at home to Dorchester. Mel Hargett, Brian Pratt, Peter Hunt and Ann Turtell were 7.7 after eleven ends but their opponents only scored one more shot, Turtell's quartet winning 18.8. Lyn and Peter Sandall, Nick Edwards and Mike Fletcher were trailing 15.17, before a one, five finish gave them a 21.17 win.

Bridport A made hard work early on in their home match against Dolphin A in the County Over 60's league before taking total control to record a 45.24 overall win. Adrian Legg, Andy Marsh and Mike Fletcher were 7.11 down, finally winning 25.13. Phil Hedges, Paul Hallett and John Burwood trailed 8.9, finally winning 20.11.

Bridport C went to the Dorset Resort (Bere Regis) for what they thought was a 12 o'clock start, Dorset Resort had it booked for a 10 o'clock start - so the points situation will be decided when the League Secretary returns from holiday. Bridport B took four points at home against Moonfleet. Mike Cash, Alan Wotherspoon and Joe Lofthouse winning 24.6 for the points.

Bridport's mixed friendly side won three of the four rinks to beat Chardstock 61.50 overall, Bernard Perry, Den Tapping, Richard Bowman-Dyer and Mary Hansford took top rink award winning 16.7. Penny Pither, Lyn Hart, Chris Thorner and Bob Hill won 18.16, a four count on the last end gave Lorna Wallis, Rob Hart, Gordon Lee and Nick Edwards a 15.14 win. Sandie Peters, David Heiden, Heather Thomson and Brian Suffling lost a last end shoot out 12.13.

February 4th

Bridport's A team are now in pole position in section A of the County Over 60's league to claim a semi final play off spot against the winners or runners-up of section B after a 41.29 overall win over Bridport C. The C team led early on as Mike Craddock, John Maslen and Barry Rattenbury went 7.2 ahead against Phil Hedges, Paul Hallett and John Burwood and Arthur Stone, Brian Walsh and Bob Taylor 6.1 up against the Barrack Street Boys of Brian Baker, Adrian Legg and Andy Marsh.

Marsh's trio then went on the rampage to record a 29.13 win, Burwood's trio going on to lose 12.16 to give the A team four points and the C team two points. Bridport B came back with two points from Wellworthy Mike Cash, Alan Wotherspoon and Brian Suffling securing a comfortable win.

Bridport's mixed friendly's side won two of the four triples at home to Yeovil despite losing 50.74 overall. Iris Ashton, Mike Cash and Daniel Humphries and Sandie Peters, Brian Pratt and Mary Hansford winning 17.14, 15.14 respectively. Against Stour Vale Bridport again lost overall but won two of the four rinks. Den Tapping, Phillip Pyfinch, Gordon Lee and Nick Edwards won 18.15 and Denise Rhodes, Steve Fincher, Richard Bowman-Dyer and Phil Godfrey won 13.12. Lorna Wallis, Rob Hart, Brian Pratt and Daniel Humphries were 8.8 before losing 8.15. Lyn Hart, David Heiden, Jackie Godfrey and Alan Wotherspoon never got going against some tough opposition to lose by eight.

January 2024

January 28th

Bridport Men’s C team came out on top of a thriller away to Moonfleet D in the County Over 60's league, winning 32.31 overall. It all rested on the final end. Mike Craddock, Brian Rumble and Barry Rattenbury trailed 15.16 whilst Barry Driscoll, Chris Everest and Bob Taylor were 12.15 down. Rattenbury's trio finished with a two count to win 17.16. Taylor's trio picked up a three count to draw 15.15. Leaving Bridport with five of the available six points.

Bridport B picked up maximum points at home to Moonfleet C. Brian Suffling, Dave Aylott and Colin Warnett came from 8.14 down to win 18.16. Mel Hargett, Alan Wotherspoon and Roger Cowmeadow 13.10 up.

Bridport Ladies are through to the next round of the County Knock-Out cup competition after a 39.31 overall win over East Dorset's B team. Pamela Daters, Laura Taylor, Lyn Craddock and Sue Walsh losing 13.22 away, Jackie Godfrey, Nicky Driscoll, Ann Turtell and Helen Dowling overwhelming their opponents 26.9 at home.

In the County Mixed League Bridport came back from the Dolphin with maximum points after a fine 49.16 overall win. Lyn Sandall, Phil Godfrey, Nick Edwards and Paul Fletcher winning 31.7 whilst Jackie Godfrey, Peter Sandall and Sue and Brian Walsh completed the job at 18.9.

January 21st

Bridport Indoor Bowls Clubs Ladies team are rocketing up the County League after taking maximum points away to Dolphin Sapphires. Jackie Godfrey, Liz Walker, Laura Taylor and Sue Walsh took top rink award winning 20.9. Francis Hewett, Nicky Driscoll, Lyn Craddock and Helen Dowling 22.18 up.

In the Men's County over 60's league, Bridport C picked up four of the six available points with a 36.32 overall win at home against Moonfleet A.

Arthur Stone, Roger Gale and Brian Rumble lost 12.25. Mike Craddock, John Maslen and Barry Rattenbury thumped their opponents 24.7 for the points. Bridport A picked up two points away to Dorchester A thanks to a 21.16 win by Phil Hedges, Paul Hallett and John Burwood. Adrian Legg, Bob Hill and Andy Marsh just missing out as they dropped a three count on the final end to lose 15.21 - giving Dorchester the remaining four points.

The Club are holding their annual Quizzco on Sunday 4th February in aid of Prostate and Breast Cancer Research. Anyone wishing to attend please contact Brian on Bridport 425247 to book a seat.

January 14th

Bridport Indoor Bowls Clubs Ladies team had a fine 37.27 overall win against the Dolphin Opals in their home County League match. It was mixed fortunes for the Bridport Rinks - Pamela Daters, Nicky Driscoll, Lyn Craddock and Helen Dowling losing 10.20 to a crack four. Jackie Godfrey, Liz Walker, Ann Turtell and Sue Walsh romping home 27.7 to claim six of the available eight points.

In the Men's County over Sixty's League Bridport ‘A’ recorded a 43.18 win away to the Dorset Resort. Barry Mapson, David Baker and Andy Marsh went 15.0 up after nine ends finally winning 24.8. Len Guppy, Paul Hallett and John Burwood also had a great start to lead 9.0 after six ends, it was nip and tuck over the remaining twelve ends, as Burwood posted a 19.10 win. Bridport ‘C’ also took the maximum six points in their match home to Dorchester ‘A’. Chris Everest, Brian Walsh and Bob Taylor winning 15.10. Roger Gale, Barry Driscoll and Barry Rattenbury were trailing 9.13 after eleven ends but in a remarkable turn around, Dorchester never scored again as Rattenbury's trio went on to win 24.13.

Bridport Mixed Friendlies side came back from Dorchester with a 70.64 overall win. Denise Rhodes, Den Tapping, Daniel Humphries and Alan Wotherspoon took top rink award winning 25.10. Lorna Wallis, Steve Fincher, Brian Suffling and Brian Baker won 17.16. Chris Thorner, Dave Heiden, Richard Bowman-Dyer and Nick Edwards lost 15.17. Bernard Perry, Ron Hill, Dave Aylott and Roger Gale going down 13.21 after leading 12.9.

Lyn Craddock, Pamela Daters and Helen Dowling were in the Dorset squad who reached the semi-final of the National Atherley Cup competition after a four shot overall win against Hampshire.

January 7th

Bridport started the New Year with their annual fun spoons competition. A full house of thirty two players took part. Adrian Legg was crowned champion with a total sixty nine points. Andy Spiller shared second spot with Mary Hansford on sixty eight points. Spiller had only scored ten points after two games but an incredible fifty eight points on game three saw him almost catch Legg who finished with twenty eight points in his final game. Chris Everest took fourth spot on fifty points. Fifth went to Phil Godfrey with forty seven, just piping Phil Hedges and Rob Hart on forty six. New member's Den Tapping and Kevin Ackerman shared eight place on forty five points. Thelma Pratt completing the top ten with forty three points. Chris Thorner just missed out on the top ten prizes, finishing on forty two points. Dawn Greenfield, Sandy Peters, Gordon Lee and Bernard Perry finished with credible scores in the thirties. Janet Harris, Lorna Wallis and Frank Ward who have just finished their Beginners course also did well to score high twenty scores.

In the County Mixed League Bridport picked up six of the available eight points at Dorchester. Mel Hargett, Nicky Driscoll, Mike Craddock and Brian Walsh suffered a narrow defeat, Sharon Heath, Barry Driscoll, Peter Hunt and Ann Turtell securing the overall win.