HUNTERS HAVE FAILED IN THEIR BID TO ADD THE DEVON COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP TO THEIR NORTH DEVON CROWN BUT THEIR BACKER-UP COLIN THORNE BROUGHT HOME THE SINGLES TITLE AFTER BEATING LAST YEAR'S CHAMPION IN THE FINAL. THEY LOST OUT TO A STRONG NEWTON ABBOT TEAM, ALWAYS STRUGGLING AFTER GOING 24 BEHIND ON THE FIRST RUB.

HUNTERS ARE NORTH DEVON SKITTLES CHAMPIONS & their captain IAN BRAUNTON was runner-up in the Singles competition after a dreadfully unlucky score of '1' in the third rub. They beat Barnstaple's Division 1 Champions, Kneader's Pairs, in the final. Ian lost out to Andrew Treble of Holsworthy. There were only 4 scores of 300+ all day and Hunters had 3 of them, including the highest of the day, 333. Strikers won their first match but collapsed in their 1/4 final after taking an early lead of 16.

Superstuds will represent Bideford at the Devon Open Finals @ Torquay FC on 1st June. They also beat Kneader's Pairs from Barnstaple over two legs after losing their home 1st leg. Best wishes at the finals to them.

LAST UPDATED ON 11/06/2024 @ 1600 .ENTRY FORM ADDED..

THE NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING WILL BE  THE AGM ON 9TH JULY.                                                                                               

Ray Ford, captain of Six of Clubs, tells me that he has been his team's captain since 1979. Can any captain beat that?

Please note this addition to rule 3: 'The missing 6th man can only join in, & play 6 rubs, if he arrives before the 3rd rub starts'.                                                     --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The  photo below shows  President Mark Milton presenting a £300 cheque to Giorgia a trustee of the North Devon Hospice.

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Hi Guys,
On a lighter note I am making a display in my garden from old skittle pins. Just one problem, I have run out! Do you know where there are any that I can lay my hands on?                                                                                                           --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 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 IN THE FUTURE.                                                                                                            ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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.                                               --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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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