THE PICTURE BELOW SHOWS THIS YEAR'S NORTH DEVON CHAMPIONS MASHERS AFTER RECEIVING THEIR TROPHY YESTERDAY. FROM THE LEFT ARE JON TURNER, ALISTAIR WESTAWAY, MARK MILTON, JASON SMITH, ANDREW BRAUNTON AND MARK BOUCHER. ON THEIR WAY THEY BEAT COCKERELS FROM BRAUNTON 328-299, EXETER BIBBERS FROM BARNSTAPLE 355-319, WEEK ST MARY FROM HOLSWORTHY 363-273 AND KNEADERS PAIRS FROM BARNSTAPLE 358-336 IN THE FINAL. TOP SCORE OF THE DAY WAS JASON'S 83 AGAINST HOLSWORTHY WHICH INCLUDED A 25 SPARE. THIS IS OUR THIRD WIN IN THREE YEARS FOLLOWING STRIKERS TWO PREVIOUS WINS.                                                   THE SINGLES FINAL WAS AN ALL HOLSWORTHY AFFAIR WITH GRAHAM BRAUND BEATING ROBIN WONNACOTT.                           MANY THANKS TO THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS MALCOLM SKINNER, JOHN CHEW, COLIN ELLIS, RICHARD WATSON, RAY WADE, WILF BEER, MARK MILTON, CHRIS BULLED AND DAVE ALLIN WHO HELPED TO MAKE THE DAY RUN SMOOTHLY.

SIX OF CLUBS ARE THE CHAMPION TEAM OF 2019. IN A BRILLIANT CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS FINAL THE CHAMPIONS OF DIVISION 2 BEAT THEIR LOVACOTTALLEY-MATES MASHERS, THE DIVISION 1 WINNERS, BY ONE PIN.

MARVYN ANSTEY WILL REPRESENT THE LEAGUE IN THE COUNTY FINALS AT TORQUAY ON 25TH MAY. MARVYN OVERCAME THIRD TIME LOSING FINALIST TERRY PALMER IN A VERY TIGHT FINAL. WITH MARVYN LEADING GOING INTO THE LAST RUB TERRY PRODUCED A SPARE WHICH MEANT MARVYN NEEDED A SPARE TO WIN, WHICH HE DULY ACHIEVED.                                                MARVYN WILL BE JOINED AT TORQUAY BY THE MASHERS. MARK MILTON, ALISTAIR WESTAWAY, MARK BOUCHER, WILL COOKE, MATTHEW WESTAWAY, JON TURNER, ANDREW BRAUNTON AND THE SEASON'S HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORER,JASON SMITH, HAD A COMFORTABLE VICTORY OVER STRIKERS TO WIN OUR AREA OF THE COUNTY CUP.

THE DORES WON THE JUBILEE CUP FINAL BUT LOST THE FINAL OF THE MAN-FOR-MAN CUP AGAINST SUPERSTUDS.                          THE PRESIDENT'S CUP FINAL WAS A WIN FOR CLB OLD BOYS OVER LANGTREE B.                                                                              BUT LANGTREE B AGAIN PRODUCED LAST RUB HEROICS TO WIN THE FRONT PIN CUP FINAL AGAINST SIX OF CLUBS.                        OUR TWO REPRESENTATIVES AT NORTH DEVON FINALS DAY AT POLLYFIELD ON 27TH APRIL, RED DEVILS AND MASHERS, FOUGHT OUT A TIGHT MATCH AS RED DEVILS WON THE BRIDGMAN CUP FINAL.                                                                   

 LAST UPDATED ON 28/04/2019 @ 1017 HRS.  TROPHY WINNERS ADDED..

MARK HEDDEN OF WEARE GIFFARD B WON THE CAPTAIN'S CUP, BEATING  FRANKLIN TUCKER OF OLD PROS.

LAST YEARS PAIRS CHAMPIONS DAVE ALLIN & MATT WONNACOTT OF STRIKERS FAILED TO HOLD ON TO THE PAIRS TROPHY, GOING DOWN TO ALLEY-MATES ROGER HONEY & DAVE CLEVERDON OFPARKHAM STARS.

THE KNOCK-OUT THREES WINNERS THIS SEASON ARE SINKERS  (TOM DOWNING, MICKY JENKINS & TREVOR MAYNE) WHO BEAT LANGTREE B (TOM DOWN, ANTHONY DOWN & SIMON LARKWORTHY).

SIMON SHACKSON WON THE COMMITTEE CUP FOR THE THIRD YEAR RUNNING, A MARVELLOUS FEAT AS HE IS UP AGAINST SOME EXCELLENT SKITTLERS.    TONY ALLIN WON THE CUP FOR THE HIGHEST SCORE FROM SOMEONE AGED OVER 60 FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING.     JAMES BARRIBALL WON THE CUP FOR THE HIGHEST SCORE FROM SOMEONE AGED UNDER 18 FOR THE SECOND TIME.    RYAN WALTER TOOK THE HIGHEST 3 AWAY SCORES TROPHY WITH 242(70,78,94).  JASON SMITH WAS THE HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORER OF THE YEAR WITH 96 AND LANGTREE B ONCE AGAIN THE HIGHEST SCORERS AWAY FROM THEIR OWN ALLEY WITH AN AVERAGE OF 338.

THE PHOTO ABOVE WAS TAKEN AT THE AGM ON 4TH JUNE. IT SHOWS THE PRESIDENT MALCOLM SKINNER PRESENTING A CHEQUE FOR £300 TO JOHN VIOLET THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JAMES COLMER ALMSHOUSE CHARITY.

THIS WEBSITE HAS NOW HAD 91491 HITS by 7293 DIFFERENT VISITORS from 97 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. FROM BRAZIL to TUNISIA to SINGAPORE to AUSTRALIA to MOZAMBIQUE to JAPAN to ALGERIA to VENEZUELA to SURINAM, SINCE IT'S CONCEPTION IN DECEMBER 2009 UP TO 9TH NOVEMBER 2018.

I AM TRYING TO FIND SOME HISTORY OF THE BEGINNING OF OUR LEAGUE.

I HAVE GOT THE NAMES OF SOME OF THE EARLY CHAMPIONS AND I AM HOPING THAT SOME OF YOU OUT THERE WILL BE ABLE TO TELL ME WHO THEY WERE AND WHAT THEY DID, MAYBE FOR A LIVING OR IF THEY FOUGHT IN THE WAR.

WE STARTED IN 1929-30 AND THE CHAMPION TEAM WAS CONSERVATIVE CLUB 'B' AND THE TEAM MEMBERS WERE W MOORE, F JOHNS, RS LEY, R PASSMORE, A HILLS, C GREEN, G SHORT, J HUXTABLE.

1930-31 LIBERAL CLUB 'A'- J SHORT, H RENDALL, L BRAUND, J HEARN, J TAYLOR, R VODDEN, F TUCKER, W TRICK.

1931-32 CONSERVATIVE 'B'- W PICKARD, W HAMBLY, E LEWIS, R PASSMORE, J BALE, W LOCK, S LEY, J HUXTABLE.

1932-33 CONSREVATIVE 'B'- A JENN, H PIDGEON, R PETHERICK.

1933-34-          -”-              T ANSTEY.

1934-35 INSTOW – J SNELL, W JENNINGS, W SMALE, L MOORE, H WELSH, F HOYLE, F STEVENS, E HODGE.

1935-36 MALTSCOOP- F MAYNE, A JENN, C CLANFIELD, T BRIMACOMBE, W PICKARD, H PIDGEON, W STONEMAN, L SUSSEX.

1936-37 LIBERAL 'A'- G SQUIRES, F TUCKER, R DOWNING, P STEER, G POOLEY, W TAYLOR, C WAKELEY, J TAYLOR.

1937-38 CONSERVATIVE 'A'- J MILLS, W NICHOLLS, R BURNETT, S NICHOLLS, W BISSETT, A SHERBORNE, W LOCK, S LEY.

1938-39 LIBERAL 'A'- R VODDEN, J BALE, G POOLEY, J HEARN, C WAKELEY, C SQUIRES, R DOWNING, W TAYLOR.

1946-47 B BREWER 'B'- R DENNIS, W TUCKER, W BRAUND, R BLIGHT, P MILLS, G FERRITT, W HORRELL.

1947-48 CONSERVATIVE CLUB- S LEY, W MOORE, E CLEMENTS, W NICHOLLS, F PARR, A SHERBOURNE.

1948-49 CONSERVATIVE 'A'- SAME PLAYERS AS 1948.

 I KNOW OF A FEW OF OUR SKITTLING MATES WHO ARE NOT FEELING TOO WELL AT THE PRESENT TIME.  I'M SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN WISHING THEM A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK ON THE ALLEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY OLD PHOTOS THAT YOU THINK MIGHT BE OF INTEREST TO THE PEOPLE WHO READ THIS WEBSITE PLEASE e-mail THEM TO ME AND I WILL MAKE UP A PAGE CALLED 'OLD PHOTOS'.

THE LEAGUE'S ORIGINAL WINNER'S SHIELDS HAVE RECENTLY COME TO LIGHT AT ABBOTSHAM. THEY DATE BACK TO WHEN OUR LEAGUE STARTED IN 1929. NOT ONLY HAVE THEY GOT THE TEAM'S NAMES ON THEM BUT THEY HAVE THE PLAYER'S NAMES ALSO. SO IF YOU HAD A GRANDAD WHO WAS PLAYING THEN PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND IF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS THAT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER.

 

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