LYME Regis Bowls Club narrowly came up short of success in county final action.

Firstly, Lyme failed to reach the final of the June Culpin trophy by three shots. Having had a comfortable lead midway through the game on a heavy Gillingham green, it started to rain.

Dorchester coped much better with the wet conditions and slowly overhauled Lyme’s ladies.

Next came disappointment in the Benevolent Triples and the Mixed Fours at Greenhill. Lyme won their triples semi-final but had no answer to a very strong trio from Gillingham in the final.

In the afternoon, Allan and Pam Weech partnered with Trevor and Ann Allman to take on a quartet from Greenhill in the final of the county mixed fours.

Despite a gallant effort they finally succumbed to the four Greenhill players.

The highlight of the week came when the ladies played Dorchester B in the county league. They bagged nine points, which guarantees their place in the top division by one point with one game to play.

The ladies can now relax against Dorchester A knowing they are safe.

This means that both the men and the ladies hang on to their top division places having both left it to nailbiting games at the end of the season.

Lyme also won two friendlies, firstly, a comfortable win against a touring side from Carshalton with Lyme winning on all rinks. Against Seaton it was a much closer affair, with Lyme just squeezing past the visitors by two shots.

Results: Dorset Ladies Division One: Lyme 71 Dorchester B 50: H Dowling, C Pomeroy, L Broom and C Barber 18-18; A Allman, A Darvill, N Stephens and P Weech 30-19; J Moffitt, J Parsons, P Knight and S Rowe 23-13.

Friendlies: Lyme 72 Seaton 70: B Smith, T Young, B Parsons and A Weech 15-25; J P Knight, A Weech, P Moseley, G Clode and N Solomon 15-24; L Young, P Hancock, P Stephens and P Weech 21-12; A Sheering, J Owen, J Moseley and S Pomeroy 21-9.

Lyme 127 Carshalton Tour 91: A Sherring, C Pomeroy, J Parsons and P Weech 21-14; P Moseley, T Young, B Parsons and S Pomeroy 18-15; M Knight, M Haseman, A Darvill and P Moffitt 21-20; R Turpin, C Haseman, J Moffitt and B Rattenbury 25-12; L Young, J Sherring, B Driscoll and J Moseley 21-11; N Driscoll, R Hunt, P Knight and A Weech 21-19.