Torquay pair enjoy successful time on international debut
Despite sustaining a heavy loss against the host country in the third game, Torquay duo John Evans and Danny Denison played their part in England’s triumph in the Warner Holidays British Seniors team championship at Bodelwyddan Castle in north Wales.
It was England’s first win in this popular annual event since 2006, and the Torquay pair, who have a great record established over many years, were making their international debuts at this level.
Opening with a scratchy 37-35 win over the defending champions from Ireland, it was the English eyes who were smiling when they notched up a fantastic 44-23 win over Scotland, which took them to the brink of victory.
Having built up a handsome shots credit, and aware that the Scots had lost to Wales, the England eight knew they could afford to lose to the host country by a small margin and still win the title – and a cat-and-mouse game with Wales actually produced a 28-28 tie.
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While Evans and Denison were helping England to victory in Wales, Exonia’s Rob Paxton was in Spain, carrying their hopes in the European Team Championship, which was played on grass at the Emerald Isles and San Miguel greens, near Alicante.
Paxton helped his England team-mates Jamie-Lea-Winch, Wendy King and Jamie Walker to an easy 11-7, 17-1 win over a President’s Select team in the mixed fours, then, along with Walker, switched his attention to the men’s pairs, and beat Spain 9-6, 8-8.
In the round-robin format, with two points awarded for a set win, and one for a tied set, there is no need for a tie-break to settle the result of a match. England took three points and Spain one.
Devon bowlers were again prominent when the England teams to contest next summer’s British outdoor international men’s and women’s series were announced last week.
Paxton and Shaldon’s Lee Haywood line up with Torquay Kings duo Jamie Chestey and Sam Tolchard in the England’s men’s team to play in Leamington, while Natalie Melmore and Sophie Tolchard will be key players in the women’s series in Jersey.
Stenalees star Mark Read retains his place in the men’s team, while Ilminster’s Louis Ridout, who plays indoors in Torquay, has been recalled after being axed this year.