SKITTLES: Waterman is star turn in Sampford Peverell and district league

STAR performer in the Sampford Peverell and district league was Heathcoat Hulas’ Lee Waterman who posted a four spare 82 – including a 24.

The top-of-the-table clash in Division A saw Elmore Club beat Globetrotters by 29 to edge clear at the top by one point. Andy Parr helped their cause with a 22 spare.

The result allowed Bradninch C Club to move into second place.

Uplowman’s win in Division B gives them a four point cushion over the three teams in joint second place.

With both the top two Division C teams losing, the following pack are edging closer.

RESULTS: Division A – The Ponies 381, Lumberjacks 396; Globetrotters 446, Elmore Club 457; Barmy Army 421, Brass Monkeys 395; Castaways 384, Globe Appley B 387; Globe Appley 405, Bellies 359; Queens Head 391, Barley Knockons 330; The Beare 380, Settler Boys 380; Calverleigh 410, Bradninch C Club 415.

High Scores: 70 – G Prescott (Globetrotters, three spares); 69 – Andy Parr (Elmore Club, two spares, one of 22); 67 – P Slade (Barmy Army, two spares), R Acton (Bradninch C Club, three spares); 66 – A Binaccioni (Castaways, three spares); 65 – P Lewis (Globetrotters), Roger Lowman (Elmore Club), both two spares; Brian White (Elmore Club, three spares); Reports: The Ponies were 13 pins up after three legs in their game with Lumberjacks, but a superb five spare fourth leg of 96 saw the away team pull 36 pins. There was no coming back from that.

Elmore Club took the spoils in their top-of-the-table clash with Globetrotters. The teams were level after four legs but Elmore posted the winning leg in the fifth with the last shared.

Globe Appley won five out of six legs over Bellies to take a comfortable win. The stage was set in the first leg as the home team pulled 24 pins.

Queens Head took command from the start as they overwhelmed Barley Knockons. The win helps Queens to move into sixth.

The Beare and Settler Boys played out a draw – which means both teams have been involved in two draws this season. The first leg was shared and then the Boys pulled ahead by 11 pins after the third, only to see the home team inch their way back.

Led by captain and anchor man Phil Slade, Barmy Army helped themselves to a good win over Brass Monkeys. After three legs the Army had already won the battle as they charged into a 35 pin lead. And though the Monkeys fought a rearguard action, it was never going to be enough.

A close game took place between Castaways and Globe Appley B, with a ten pin lead on the first leg from the away team being decisive.

There were only a few pins separating Calverleigh and Bradninch C Club, but enough for the Cricketers to take the points and go second in the table.

RESULTS: Division B – Bradninch RBL 412, The Agri-Nuts 383; Roy’s Rebels 367, Redwoods 322; Lion Cubs 470, The Hounds 522; Bullocks 391, Oggies 414; Manor House Hotel v All Blacks, no card received; Huntsham A 374, The Merriemeade 350; Uplowman 373, Bickleigh 371; Ayshford Arms 348, Crossways 344. Late Result: Bickleigh 459, Huntsham A 423.

High Scores: 71 – T Palfrey (Bickleigh, four spares); 78 – J Tolly (The Hounds, four spares); 77 – R Norman (The Hounds, three spares); 70 – S Hodge (The Hounds, three spares); 69 – L Dixon (The Hounds, three spares); 67 – D Fox (Bickleigh, three spares); 66 – B Bussell (Bradninch RBL, three spares); 65 – Mac Broom (Lion Cubs, two spares); RESULTS: Division C – Tiverton RBL 367, Ashill Inn 346; Rose & Crown 404, Barley Mow 395; The Farmers 363, HCC 370; The Travellers 403, Halfway House 391; Tiverton Chiefs 363, Heathcoat Hulas 416; Catherine Wheel 340, Booze Cruzers 301.

High Scores: 82 – L Waterman (Heathcoat Hulas, with four spares, one of 24); 66 – Nick Roud (Rose & Crown, three spares); 65 – A Smith (Halfway House, two spares); Reports: Tiverton RBL took four legs in their 23 pin home win against Ashill Inn. But with two to go, Ashill had their noses in front by six. A great finish by RBL and Ashill’s two worst legs of the night saw the hosts take the win.

Rose and Crown inflicted only the second defeat of the season on table-topping Barley Mow. An exciting match saw the lead change hands more than once, with the home side finishing strongly to take the points.

HCC were back to winning ways away at Farmers. The home side took the first two legs to go 17 up, but those were the only ones they won as HCC edged back to take it by seven.

Travellers stay firmly in the hunt with their home win against Halfway House. With just a couple of pins in it with two legs to go, the home side finished with a flourish to win by 12.

Heathcoat Hulas got close to an alley record and stormed to a 53 pin win against Tiverton Chiefs. Hulas were helped by a magnificent 82 from Lee Waterman, who had four spares including one of 24.

Catherine Wheel had a comfortable home win against Booze Cruzers, taking five legs with another drawn.

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