Win shows the Cygnets growing into a title role

By Tim Leigh in Bowls

With the Milk Churns sitting out this week in the South Hams Short Mat League division one, the top game was undoubtedly the Slapton Cygnets, current leaders, against perhaps pre-season title favourites the Milky Bar Kids.

With home advantage and some excellent leading from the front end once again this week, it was the Cyg­nets who claimed all the points.

Carole Wotton, Arthur Wotton, Will Sullock and Mark Sullock beat the very experienced rink skipped by Phil Edwards 17-10 and Ken Gill, Jean Gill, Pip Cocks and Simon Bennett also beat Chris Edward’s rink 15-11.

This meant it was a 32-21 victory and six points for the Cygnets, which now takes them 12 points clear at the top, but with the Milky Bar Kids and the Churns having a game in hand.

In the other game played in the division, the Stoken­ham Stokers had a fine victory at home against the South Milton Sanders and picked up some valuable points in their fight to stave off relegation.

John Cadman comfortably took care of Rob Lus­combe 21-9 and Tony Rogers also got the better of Ivy Yeabsley 20-9.

Due mainly to illnesses, there was only one game played in division two and that was Ivybridge Filham at home to the Slapton Swans, with the Swans coming off best.

Alan Mallyon for the Swans, edged past Chris Bufton 11-9, but with Sheila Robertson, for the home side, holding on to beat Eddie Bowles 10-9 the Fil­ham managed to salvage two points at least.

In division three, with top-of-the-table Ivybridge Erme sitting out this week, it was down to the others to close the gap at the top.

First up and taking full advantage of a home match, Wembury were just too strong for the Stokenham Ham­mers and ran away to a 49-15 win. Sonia Vaughan won 18-6 and team mate Mike Pen­gilley also took victory 31-9.

Next up were the Brent­onians, who were away to lowly Foxhole and it was the visitors, who controlled the match. Bob Pike beat Merv Mitchelmore 17-9 and with John Sheperd also beating Anne Mitchell, it was a clean sweep for the visitors.

In the only other game played this week Stoke Fleming hosted Diptford in what turned out to be a very closely fought encounter.

First up Jill Fell gradually wore down Richard Cooper to win 15-7, but all got very close as Ken Creber looked to have the beating of John Goddard.

In the end John’s rink, despite losing on the rink 12-19, managed to just get enough for the overall home win and four points.

Just four points now cover the top four teams, so still very much up for grabs in the division.

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