LOUTH & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB


Tuesday 27th October

 

Men's over 60s Triples division 2

St.Mary's extended their lead at the top of the division on Tuesday morning as rivals Saints suffered a narrow defeat. St.Mary's eventually got the better of Square Pegs when they picked up 9 shots over four ends late on to beat their battling opponents 17-6. Saints had a tight game with Louth with the lead changing hands throughout the game. Louth had a one shot lead going into the final end where they picked up 2 shots to win 14-11. Wranglers moved level on points with Saints after a 20-12 win against Sparkites which was helped by two 5s late in the game when Wranglers had only been leading by 9-8. Yes Fred were denied their first points of the season when next-bottom opponents TwoRs scored the vital shot on the final end for a 14-13 victory. Two Rs had an early 7-1 advantage but Yes Fred fought back and levelled things up on the penultimate end.

 

 

Tuesday Mixed Pairs

Anne Burchell & Allan Dent retained their unbeaten record after winning 21-8 against previously unbeaten duo Tina & Simon Reeson. Burchell & Dent were down 6-2 but amazingly won nine successive ends to set up the victory. This result allowed Ros & Barry Toyn to move level on points with the Reesons after coming off best in a ding-dong battle with Wendy Blyth & Alan Watson. The Toyns had a slight advantage early on but Blyth/Watson then went 9-5 ahead before the Toyns struck back to win four of the next five ends to go 17-10 up. Blyth/Watson immediately got a 5 back but the Toyns grabbed 3 on the final end for a 20-15 victory. Sylvia Stainton & Mally Hewson eased to a 22-10 win against Maureen Rice & Graham Wood.

 

Evening Triples

The top four teams all recorded victories on Tuesday night with United retaining their one point advantage over Jackos. United opened a 6-0 lead against Spire but weren't allowed to get away from their opponents until the second half of the game when they eventually eased to a 16-4 win. In contrast Jackos had a comfortable win against Badgers, setting the tone with a 3 and a 4 on the first two ends and finishing with a 6 in the 33-6 victory. Questors stayed third after overcoming a sluggish start to pick up momentum late on against Waltham Tigers and finish with a 17-10 victory. Foxes cling on to fourth spot after they too started slowly against Stags before winning seven successive ends to eventually ease to a 24-6 victory.

 

 

Monday 26nd October

 

Men's over 60s Triples division one

Seniors got back to winning ways to go four points clear at the top. After a steady start against Legends they enjoyed a very productive seven-end spell to to surge 22-2 ahead and eventually win 22-7. Second-placed Roadrunners were held to a 10-10 draw by Phoenix after fortunes swung one way then the other during the second part of the game. Roadrunners led 7-4 but Phoenix grabbed a 5 to take the lead. Roadrunners trotted ahead again with three singles going into the final end where Phoenix scored the vital shot after a measure ! Preston recorded their first win of the season when beating Wickers 14-12. After a slow start Preston won three successive ends to go 10-4 up and hold out for victory despite Wickers grabbing 4 on the last end.

 

Monday Lunchtime Triples

Leaders Kestrels somehow scraped a win against Goodies to maintain a two point gap at the top. They led 6-1 but Goodies had them in a flap when scoring a 5 and a 4. A couple of ends later Kestrels also grabbed a 4 to go 12-11 ahead only for Goodies to win the next two ends to regain the lead at 14-12. Kestrels then levelled the scores and clung on to one shot on the last end to claim victory. Castaways stayed second with a 16-5 win over Anglers whilst SevenTeaFour beat Ducklings 30-12 although Ducklings did manage a 6 late in the game.

 

Afternoon Triples division one

Taylor Made extended their lead at the top of the league to five points with another win whilst second-placed Poachers suffered a defeat. The leaders had to work hard to get their win though as they were 12-7 down against SevenTeaFour but won the remaining three ends, including a 2 on the last end, to snatch a 14-12 victory. Poachers made a bad start against Rollers but looked to have turned it around when going 7-5 ahead only for Rollers to immediately strike back regain the lead at 10-7. Poachers reduced the deficit with a 2 but Rollers won the final four ends as they eased to a 18-9 win. Mariners kept themselves in the hunt with a comfortable 23-4 win against Chalkers.

 

Afternoon Triples division 2

The top four all won whllst the bottom four all lost. The Roses clung on to their one point advantage by just keeping their noses in front against Try Hards to win 18-11 and Wishful are second on shots difference after rescuing a last-gasp victory against Legends. Wishful were 10-0 up and still led 14-6 before Legends hit a purple patch and went 16-15 ahead on the penultimate end but Wishful hit back with 3 on the final end to win 18-16. Unos stayed third after doing just enough to beat Bowldedash 9-5 whilst Sweeny Todd moved into fourth spot, only two points off the leaders, after hanging on to beat Louth 13-10.

 

Monday evening 2-bowl Triples

The top two teams both had comfortable victories whilst Les Miserabowls were happy to move into third spot after seeing off Stags. Leaders United had little trouble in racking up the shots against Waltham Tigers and Half Pints basically did enough in the first six ends of their game against Jackos to ensure victory although the latter did win the other fifteen ends 15-9. It was close for half of the game between Les Mis and Stags until Les Mis won five ends on the trot to open a 17-7 lead and then a 4 on the last-end saw them home 22-10.

 

 

Friday 23rd October

 

Friday Mixed Pairs division one

The Irene Bailey & Fred Watson pairing remained top on shots difference thanks to a little help from Simon Reeson who covered Watson's absence in their game against Jean Holdsworth & Andrew McMaster as they scored regularly in the 21-9 win. Second-placed Pat Willoughby & Barrie Robinson picked up shots regularly as they restricted Brenda True & Tony Powell to winning just three ends in the 21-4 scoreline. There was a much more interesting and hard fought game between Rachael Stanley & Mike Norton and Carole Precious & Mally Wade. There was little to choose between the pairs until Stanley/Norton opened a 10-6 lead after ten ends. The pairs then traded shots to bring the score to 15-12 before Stanley/Norton won the last two ends for a 18-12 victory. Another close game saw Carol & Keith Kelly taking on Gill & Pete Fletcher. The Kellys had a 10-4 lead but the Fletchers came back to level the scores. The Kellys then scored two singles but the Fletchers grabbed 2 shots on the final end to gain an honourable 12-12 draw. Another eventful game saw Sylvia Stainton & Mally Hewson take a 9-4 lead against Carol & Colin Smith but three ends later the Smiths were 12-9 ahead and they killed the game off near the end when scoring a 4 and a 5 on successive ends to finish 23-16 winners.

 

Friday Mixed Pairs division 3

Sylvia & Derek Woodforth are top on shots difference ahead of four pairs on equal points. They eased to a 20-7 win against Charlie Briggs and new playing partner Rita Jackson. Maureen & John Robinson got off to a good start and led 6-1 and 10-5 against Joan & Jim Foster before the latter pair got back into the game with a 4.  The Robinsons then eased away at 16-9 and held out for a 17-13 win.  Annette & Malcolm Skelton proved too good on the day for Barbara & John Edmonds who were restricted to collecting single shots on just five ends.  A tighter game saw Irene & Brian East hang on to win 15-12 against Ros & Barry Toyn who recovered from 11-2 down but couldn't quite get back onto level terms.

 

Afternoon Triples division one

Taylor Made retained their three point advantage at the top of the league last Friday with a 19-8 win against Rollers but their opponents gave them a tough game. The scores were level at 5-5 after eight ends but Taylor Made won the next three ends to open a 13-5 lead and a 6 on the final end made the score a little flattering. Second-placed Poachers were also given a hard time by Chalkers who actually led 8-5 until Poachers won five ends on the trot to go 17-8 ahead and secure a 17-9 victory. Third-placed Mariners slipped five points behind when beaten 16-12 by SevenTeaFour who moved level on points with their opponents. Mariners had a 10-5 lead but the next three ends saw SevenTeaFour move ahead 15-10 and hold out for victory.

 

Afternoon Triples division 2

Leaders The Roses were beaten by bottom team Bowldedash but they still cling on to top spot on shot difference. It was a close game for five ends but Bowldedash scored a 6 and a 4 to move 13-4 ahead. This was stretched to 18-6 before The Roses made a bit of a fightback but it wasn't enough and they lost 18-12. Legends moved to equal points with the leaders after recovering from going 11-5 down to win the remaining four ends for a 13-11 victory. A win for Unos would have seen them take over at the top but they were a player short and suffered a thrashing at the hands of Try Hards with the margin of victory keeping them off the bottom on shot difference.

 

 

Thursday 22nd October

 

Morning Triples

It's all getting congested with only four points separating second place Louth from next-bottom Dreamers. Louth overcame a poor start against Backwoodsmen and came back from 7-0 down to lead 9-7. Backwoodsmen levelled the scores at 10-10 but Louth won the final three ends for a 17-10 victory. Swaby Swifts remain third after a thrilling end to their game against Wickaholics. The Swifts were flying along nicely having scored a 5 to put them 13-4 up but Wickaholics won the next six ends to take a 15-13 lead only for Swifts to swoop for a 3 on the final to pinch a 16-15 win. Another cracking game saw Otters draw with SevenTeaFour. Otters started well and were 6-0 ahead but a 5 brought SevenTeaFour back into it and after eleven ends they had gone 14-8 in front. Otters struck back with a 5 and grabbed one shot on the final end to salvage a point.

 

Ladies League

Woodentops are one point clear at the top despite being held to a draw by Follies. The leaders had started well and had a 9-0 lead but Follies chipped away and got back to within three shots. Another shot on the penultimate end gave them hope and they duly grabbed two shots for a 12-12 draw. Canaries hopped into second place on shot difference ahead of Jaytones who they beat 16-14. Canaries were 8-3 down but won three ends to go 9-8 ahead. Jaytones immediately got a 3 back to regain the lead but the game turned on the next end when Canaries scored 7 on a re-spotted jack and they survived a tense final end to win 16-14. Tyros won the first two ends against Ladybirdies but failed to score over the next eight ends as Ladybirdies went 11-3 up and eventually won 11-8.

 

3-bowl Pairs

In the 3-bowl Open Pairs Barrie Robinson & John Welsh retained their hundred per cent whilst at the same time spoiling that of opponents Pete Fletcher & Simon Reeson. Robinson/Welsh opened a 5-0 lead but Fletcher/Reeson hit back to level the scores before Robinson/Welsh hit a purple patch of five ends including a score of 6 to take them 17-7 ahead on the way to a 23-11 victory. A rather more interesting game saw Gill Fletcher & Tina Reeson get the better of Derek Blow & Paul Wright in a 22-17 scoreline. After the score had been level at 7 each Fletcher/Reeson enjoyed the better of the next eight ends to open a 18-11 lead but Blow/Wright came back to within three shots before a 3 gave Fletcher/Reeson breathing space for the final end.

 

Evening Triples Double Rink

In the Triples Double Rink on Thursday evening APS held on to top spot despite not playing but they were joined on the same number of points by Fast Shippers and Blossom Way.

The Fast Shippers' 'A' rink had a battle before getting the better of Stags by 14-8 after the scores had been level at 7-7. Their 'B team were also given a hard time and only led 10-8 before scoring 5, 3 and 2 to set up a 20-9 victory.

Blossom Way's 'A' rink were thankful for a four-end purple patch to turn the game in their favour against Questors. They were 8-3 down but scored 2, 2, 2 and 4 and eventually won 17-10. The first four ends on the 'B' rink was tight at 2-2 but a winning run of eight ends saw Blossom Way disappear into a a 28-2 lead before letting their opponents have one shot on the final end.

 

 

Wednesday 21st October

 

Morning Triples

Magpies continued to live the dream by maintaining their hundred per cent record but Tornados' nightmare run goes on. Magpies pinched a 3 and a 4 against Louth when the scores were 3-3 and held this margin to win 14-7. They stayed five points clear of Webbos who picked up regular handfuls to beat Castaways 22-6. Waltham moved into third spot when hanging on to fend off Barracudas 16-13. Waltham had been 7-0 down after three ends but immediately hit back with a 5 and a 2 to level the scores. Barracudas regained the lead but Waltham came again to go 15-9 ahead and held on. With just one point to their name Tornados are not the force they were expected to be. They started well against Dreamers but just couldn't score shots at vital times and went down 17-12. The Otters vs Wickaholics game was close early on but a five-end spell saw Otters collect 15 shots and although they didn't score again until the final end it they had done enough to win 22-9.

 

Australian Pairs

Geoff Ford & Mally Wade moved to the top of division one of the Australian Pairs on Wednesday after a crushing victory over Bernice Culham & Tina Reeson. The two guys led 15-0 after just five ends and later added a 7 and a 5 to their tally although the defeated pair did manage to get into double figures. There was also a good 21-4 win for Anne Burchell & Jeff Baker as opponents Sylvia Stainton & Brenda True were restricted to just single shots on four ends. Simon Reeson & David Ryles enjoyed a 24-14 win against Carol & Colin Smith whose tally included two 5s. There was an interesting game featuring Derek Blow & Tony Powell against Terry Cornwall & Paul Radford. Blow/Powell had a 6-3 lead but a four-end run saw Cornwall/Radford go in front at 14-7 before Blow/Powell scored 2-4-5 over the remaining three ends to win 18-14.


In division 2 Alan Dent & Mike Leverton had a comfortable 21-7 win against Mally Hewson & Alan Watson to maintain their hundred per cent record.

The battle of the two unbeaten pairs in division 3 saw Sylvia & Derek Woodforth beat Jane & Ron Conway 14-9 thanks to a count of 5 on the final end. Tony Hunter & Joe Yensen were 9-3 down against Wendy & Pete Neve but won all the remaining ends for a 14-9 victory. Wendy Porter & John Clayton beat Annette & Malcolm Skelton 23-7 although their score was enhanced by a 6 on the final end. Bob Tice and substitute partner Bill Krajnyak eased to a 19-5 victory over Jane Scott & Barrie Scott who won just four ends.


 

Evening Triples

Leaders United had their title ambitions dented by Badgers who opened a 6-0 lead and hung on at the end to ruin their opponents' hundred per cent record. Badgers still led 12-7 until United got it together on the next end with a 5 to level the scores which set up an interesting last couple of ends but Badgers somehow managed to grab a single shot on each end to win 14-12. This result allowed Jackos to move within one point of the leaders with a 17-15 victory over Stags although the score looks closer than it should have been as Stags scored a 6 on the final end. Questors remain third after pulling off a Houdini act by scoring a 3 and a 5 over the final two ends to topple Spire 17-11. Foxes enjoyed their night's work with a 17-7 win against Waltham Tigers.

 

Tuesday 20th October

 

Men's over 60s division 1

Seniors' unbeaten run in the Men's over 60s Triples came to an end on Tuesday morning when they were beaten by second-placed Roadrunners who moved to within three points of their opponents. Seniors were leading 6-2 but perhaps suffered a 'senior' moment when Roadrunners scored a 6 and sped into a 13-8 lead. Seniors fought back but Roadrunners hung on for a 13-12 win. Wickers beat Imps 22-1 but the scoreline doesn't quite tell the true story. Only one shot was scored on each of the first nine ends but it was Wickers who led 8-1. They then struck with a 7 and won the remaining four ends for a flattering victory. Bottom team Preston were robbed of their first points when losing the last two ends against Legends. They had led 5-1 before finding themselves 11-6 down. They struck back with 7 shots over the next three ends to go 13-11 ahead but Legends levelled the scores before pinching the vital shot on the last end for a 14-13 win.

 

Tuesday Mixed Pairs

Tina & Simon Reeson made it three wins out of three in the Tuesday Mixed Pairs with a comfortable victory over previously unbeaten Ros & Barry Toyn. They led 9-1 at the halfway mark and tightened their grip to win 20-3. Anne Burchell & Allan Dent took over second spot from the Toyns after beating Sylvia Stainton & Mally Hewson 26-8. Two 4s and a 5 in the first six ends set them on the way to victory. Wendy Blyth & Alan Watson scored a 6 to go 10-4 ahead against Barbara Shufflebotham & Terry Cornwall and were still leading 11-7 when their opponents struck with a 7 to turn the game around. Barbara & Terry then won the final three ends to win 18-11.

 

Evening Triples

United retained their three point lead at the top of the Evening Triples after their brush with Foxes. The scores were level after eight ends but United scored 8 shots over the next three ends to give themselves breathing space and eventually saw off their opponents in the 19-8 victory. Jackos consolidated second spot by moving two points clear of Questors who they beat 20-11. Badgers moved clear of bottom team Spire who they eventually beat 20-16. Badgers started well and led 12-4 but Spire rose to the occasion and got back to within two shots at 15-13 before Badgers scavenged a 5 on the penultimate end. Waltham Tigers also put daylight between themselves and last place when keeping their noses in front throughout their game against Stags to to win 11-8.

 

Monday 19th October

 

Men's over 60s division 2

St, Mary's retained their two points advantage at the top of the division with a 16-6 win over Square Pegs. There wasn't that much to choose between the teams but two late 3s for St.Mary's eased them home. Saints consolidated second spot by thumping Wranglers 22-3. Wranglers were all tied up in the first three ends as Saints went 11-0 ahead and never loosened their hold. Sparkites lost the chance to stay equal on points with Saints as they were beaten 17-4 by Two Rs who got their first points of the season. The score was 4-4 after five ends but Sparkites were left in the dark for the remainder of the game. Yes Fred are yet to gain a point as they lost 15-8 to Louth who were 7-0 up after three ends and held this advantage to the end.

 

Monday Lunchtime Triples

There are new leaders as Kestrels took over at the top after a last end flourish against Anglers. There was some very good bowling on both sides with Anglers leading 5-2 then falling 6-5 behind. Kestrels extended this to 9-6 but Anglers came back to lead 11-10. Then a 2 for Kestrels on the penultimate end gave them something to hang on to and some excellent bowls by their lead player saw them score 4 shots for a 16-11 win despite the best efforts of the opposition. Castaways are two points behind after they suffered a last-end defeat against Goodies. Castaways had led 8-3 and were still 9-7 up going into the final end but Goodies scored 3 shots for a 10-9 victory. SevenTeaFour were quick off the blocks against Ducklings but their 8-0 lead was gradually reduced and they only led 12-11 going into the last end where Ducklings held one shot until the very final delivery by a Castaways' player turned their his team's bowl in for shot and a 13-11 victory.

 

Afternoon Triples division 1

Taylor Made retained their three-point advantage at the top by eventually beating Chalkers 16-5. They only led by 2 shots at one stage but won the final five ends to ease to victory. Second-placed Poachers beat Mariners 21-9 to move three points clear of their opponents. Mariners had led 5-1 but Poachers snaffled a 5, a 7 and a 4 over the course of five ends to turn the game on its head. SevenTeaFour scored steadily against Rollers to enjoy a simple 20-7 win.

 

Afternoon Triples division 2

The Roses had a 'blooming' good win against Legends although their opponents were a player short. The Roses picked up regular handfuls in the 30-5 victory and took over top spot from Unos who were beaten 20-6 by Louth. A winning run of six ends, including a 6, set Louth on the way to victory. Wishful moved level on points with Unos after snatching a 11-6 win over Bowldedash by winning the last four ends. Try Hards remained bottom despite gaining their second win when beating Sweeny Todd 16-6.

 

Monday Evening 2-bowl Triples

Table toppers Half Pints poured misery on opponents Waltham Tigers by topping up their 'shots for' column with another resounding victory. The Tigers did win six ends but were restricted to one shot each end. United remain two points behind after winning a close contest against Jackos. United opened a 15-9 lead late on but Jackos reduced this three shots before United grabbed two 3s over the final three ends to win 21-14. Les Miserabowls just ran out of steam in a sterling fightback against Stags who had led 10-0 and 15-4. Les Mis got back to 18-12 but Stags scored a 4 to ease clear again and win 22-17 despite another late charge from their opponents.

 

Friday 16th October

 

Friday Mixed Pairs

In division one there was a fortunate last-end win for Rachael Stanley & Mike Norton against Sylvia Stainton & Mally Hewson. It had been a tight game throughout and Stanley/Norton held a one-shot lead going into the final end. Stainton/Hewson had a front toucher and a couple of other close bowls but one of their stray deliveries tapped the shot bowl and the jack moved to a Stanley/Norton back bowl to give them shot and a 13-11 victory. After another close contest a score of 5 on the penultimate end saw Tony Powell and stand-in partner Pam Cowling move eight shots clear of Gill & Peter Fletcher and an eventual 15-9 victory. It was a similar tale for Carole Precious & Mally Wade who notched a 5 to go 15-8 up against Carol & Keith Kelly and although the latter pair fought back it was Precious/Wade who won 16-12. Jean Holdsworth & Andrew McMaster lost the first two ends against Carol & Colin Smith but recovered to lead 7-3 and just kept their noses in front for the rest of the game to win 12-10.

In division 3 Rita Jackson will now partner Charlie Briggs as a replacement for Anne Malcolm. The two postponed games have now been rescheduled.

 

Afternoon Triples division 1

Taylor Made consolidated their place at the top of the league last Friday in a strange game against Mariners who had scored a 4 and a 6 to lead 12-5 after six ends. But Mariners were diverted off course for the remainder of the game and didn't score another shot as Taylor Made won 23-12. There was a cracking game between Poachers and SevenTeaFour with never more than 3 shots difference. SevenTeaFour just had the edge throughout the game until the last end when Poachers pinched 2 shots for a 9-8 win. Another good game saw Chalkers and Rollers level at 7-7 at the halfway mark but the next four ends saw Rollers take a 13-7 lead and eventually rolled on to a 15-8 victory.

 

Afternoon Triples division 2

Only three points separate the top six teams with Unos taking over top spot after beating Wishful 18-7. It was close up the eleventh end with Unos leading 9-7 but they then grabbed a 6 and eased to victory. The Roses were top but were cut down by Sweeny Todd who won 25-9. The scores were level at 5-5 but Sweeny Todd scored a 5, a 3 and a 7 over the next six ends and The Roses wilted. Legends were 11-4 down against Bowldedash but won the remaining five ends for a 17-11 victory. Louth eased themselves away from the bottom two by just getting the better of Try Hards in a 12-7 scoreline.

 

 

Thursday 15th October

 

Morning Triples

SevenTeaFour against Castaways was the pick of the bunch with Castaways winning 11-10 when grabbing two shots on the final end. Not so close in the other games with Waltham beating Otters 21-8 and Webbos thumping Dreamers 29-5.

 

Ladies Triples

Jaytones took over top spot on shot difference after a comfortable 19-5 victory over previous leaders Woodentops. Canaries hopped up a couple of rungs to third place with a 21-9 win against Ladybirdies. It was close early on but Canaries flew into the lead with a four-end score of 4-5-3-3 and put Ladybirdies to flight. Follies got their first win when scoring steadily against Tyros to record a 20-7 victory.

 

3-bowl Open Pairs division 1

Pete Fletcher & Simon Reeson won seven ends on the trot to establish a 17-2 lead against Ian Bertram & Mark Freemantle and although the latter duo fought back to 18-12 it was Fletcher/Reeson who won the last three ends for a 26-12 victory. In the other game Tony Powell & Barrie Scott built up a 10-2 advantage but opponents Bernard Beel & Fred Watson stormed back to go 14-11 ahead and held out for a 20-14 win.

 

3-bowl Open Pairs  division 2

Malcolm Cooper & Joe Tomkins scored a 5 to go 10-8 up against Sue Gurbutt & Tim Prescott. The lead then changed hands twice but with Cooper/Tomkins leading 15-12 it was Gurbutt/Prescott who scored 3 and 2 to pinch a 17-15 victory. Mike Catlow & Derek Morris had a comfortable 14-5 lead against Christine & Dick Skerry but five ends later the scores were level at 14 shots each. Catlow/Morris then found another gear and scored 3-5-4 to ease to a 26-14 win.

 

Evening Triples Double Rink

APS eventually won both rinks against Blossom Way for maximum points. Both games were close but on the 'A' rink APS had a five-end winning streak to put them on the way to a 21-8 victory. But only a 4 on the penultimate end of the 'B' rink gave them breathing space and saw them win 15-9. Fast Shippers also won both rinks against Questors but were thankful for a late surge on the 'B' rink where they scored 3-3-2 to steal a 16-15 victory. No such problem on the 'A' rink where they won 23-6 although Questors were a player short.

 

Wednesday 14th October

 

Morning Triples

Magpies continued their unbeaten run in the Morning Triples on Wednesday with an excellent victory over Castaways. They were going along nicely at 8-3 but a 4 brought Castaways back into the game. Magpies responded by moving away again to 12-7 and held out for a 15-9 win. The game can be cruel sometimes though and Backwoodsmen suffered in their game against SevenTeaFour. They were leading 8-4 but their opponents struck with a 'hotshot' 9 and went on to win 16-8. Swaby Swifts were in full flight in the first half of their game against Webbos and held a 13-0 lead but once Webbos got on the board they made a game of it and went down fighting at 16-10. It was a similar story for Barracudas against Otters as they were 13-1 down but won five ends on the trot to get within two shots before Otters won the final two ends for a 17-11 victory. As the card wasn't handed in for the Dreamers vs Wickaholics game we can't give details but the score suggests it was a good one with Wickaholics winning 14-13.

 

Australian Pairs division 1

There was a close game between Carol & Colin Smith and Terry Cornwall & Paul Radford with the Smiths grabbing 2 shots on the final end to win 16-12. Bernice Culham & Tina Reeson had a 8-2 lead over Anne Burchell & Jeff Baker early on but the latter pair scored a couple of 2s to narrow the gap before Culham/Reeson eased away again for a 16-12 win. It was also close between Derek Blow & Tony Powell against Geoff Ford & Mally Wade but with the score at 7-10 the latter pair struck with two 5s and won 20-8. Two 5s for Chris Hanslip & John Welsh midway through their game against Wendy Blyth & Sylvia Stainton put them 20-2 ahead and eventually won 23-12.

 

Australian Pairs division 2

There were more scores of 5 here where a couple of handfuls saw Jean Holdsworth & Tony Willoughby move 17-4 ahead of Graham Wood & Derek Smith but the latter duo hit back over the next six ends to reduce the deficit to just one shot before dropping a 2 on the final end to lose 19-16. A 5 gave Pat Willoughby & Barrie Robinson a 16-8 lead but opponents Mally Hewson & Alan Watson hit back over the final four ends and only lost 16-15. A 20-7 victory for Alan Dent & Mike Leverton over Rita Jackson & substitute partner Doreen Dyson looks comfortable but the winning pair were one shot behind after eight ends before they struck with 3-4-4-4 to turn the game.

 

Evening Triples

United are the only team in the Evening Triples to have maximum points following their sixth straight victory with a 16-10 win against Stags. An early 8 put United 9-3 ahead and they grabbed a 4 later on to go 13-6 in front and hold out for the win. Jackos remained three points behind after beating Waltham Tigers 20-9 but were thankful for a score of 5 late on when their opponents were only three shots behind. Two good ends for Foxes midway through their game against Spire set them on the way to a 21-10 victory. Foxes were two shots behind but scored a 6 and a 8 to topple Spire and added more damage at the end with a 4. Best game was between Questors and Badgers where Questors led 7-0 but were pegged back and over three ends late on Badgers took a one-shot lead going into the last end where Questors clung on to one shot for a draw.

 

 

Tuesday 13th October

 

Men's over 60s division 1

Seniors made it five wins from five games and already have a six-point lead after beating Phoenix 17-12. Phoenix had led 7-2 but fell apart over three ends to go 17-7 behind and only rallied over the final two ends. Wickers are now equal second with Phoenix after doing just enough to beat Legends 15-9. Wickers had a 10-1 lead but Legends got back to within three shots at 12-9 before Wickers won the final three ends. Imps started well against Preston and had a lead of 9-1 but Preston twice fought back to within four shots at 10-6 and 13-9 before Imps finished with a 5 for a 18-9 win.

 

Tuesday Mixed Pairs

It's early days yet and there's nothing much to choose between any of the combatants. Ros & Barry Toyn top the table on shots difference although they didn't have a game on Tuesday. Tina & Simon Reeson match them for points after having to work hard to hang on for a 16-15 win against Barbara Shufflebotham & Terry Cornwall who actually led 8-3 early on. The Reesons then went 15-10 ahead before their opponents levelled the score at 15-15 creating a last-end shoot-out. The game featuring Wendy Blyth & Alan Watson against Maureen Rice & Graham Wood was close until the late stages when Blyth/Watson won three ends on the trot to go 15-7 up before dropping a 5 on the final end !! Sylvia Stainton & Mally Hewson enjoyed a 20-6 win against Jane & Ron Conway.

 

Evening Triples

United took over at the top of the table after Questors suffered their first defeat. United have maximum points from five games after a comfortable 25-7 victory over Stags. Questors came up against a rampant Jackos team who surged into a 15-1 lead before easing to a 20-8 win. Badgers were ambling along nicely against Waltham Tigers with a 8-5 lead but suffered a bad run of four ends to go 14-8 down and eventually lost 14-11. After losing the first end against Spire, Foxes sprang into life and trotted into a 12-2 lead but had to hold off a fightback to secure a 13-9 victory.

 

 

Monday 12th October

 

Men's over 60s Triples division 2

A defeat for Saints means St Mary's are the only team with maximum points after just four games. Saints never recovered from a poor start against Sparkites and found themselves 10-3 down at the halfway stage and eventually lost 17-6. St Mary's were 10-3 up against Louth but got pegged back to 10-7 before pulling away again to lead 15-7 but had to hang on at the end for a 15-12 victory. Wranglers scored 6 on the first end against Two Rs and added shots regularly to trot out 21-7 winners. Despite being a player short Yes Fred put up a game fight against Square Pegs. Scores were level at 7-7, 8-8 and 10-10 before Pegs ended with a 2 and a 4 to win 16-10.

 

Monday Lunchtime Triples

Three teams have equal points at the top of the league but Castaways take pole position after they raced away to a 22-5 win against Ducklings who struggled to keep pace. Anglers are second after they eventually eased to a 16-5 win against SevenTeaFour. They had led 11-2 but just when it looked as though their opponents might reel them in they improved their quota with 5 more shots over the last three ends. It was a tight game early on between Kestrels and Goodies with the score at 5-2 but once Kestrels got the wind under their wings they flew away to a 19-6 victory.

 

Afternoon Triples division 1

Taylor Made retained top spot with a 17-9 win over Poachers. The first six ends were closely contested but Poachers were caught napping over the next three ends as Taylor Made created a 13-5 lead and held on for victory. This result allowed Mariners to sail into second spot after a simple 21-5 win against Rollers. SevenTeaFour built up a 15-1 lead against Chalkers by the halfway mark but Chalkers held their own for the remainder of the game to limit the final score to 18-10.

 

Afternoon Triples division 2

The Roses climbed to top spot after beating previous leaders Wishful 19-11. There was nothing between the teams until just after the midway mark when The Roses grabbed a 4 for a 2-shot lead. Wishful hit back with a 3 but The Roses bloomed again with a 5 and went on to win the final three ends to secure victory. Unos moved level on points with Wishful, one point behind the new leaders, after edging a one-shot victory over Louth. This was another tight game through to the final end. Unos had scored a 5 to go three shots clear but Louth came back to level at 10-10 before Unos grabbed the winning shot on the last end. Sweeny Todd could have gone equal top but they were carved up by Legends who roared into a 14-0 lead after just four ends and went on to win 22-13. The battle of the bottom two teams did not have an effect on their positions and Try Hards remain on the bottom rung. They did what it says on the tin in a close contest against Bowldedash and were only three points adrift until their opponents won the final two ends for a 14-6 victory.

 

Monday evening EBF 2-bowls Triples

Half Pints made it four wins out of four with a comprehensive victory over Stags who never got going. The result will not be quoted here but let's just say that Half Pints' side of the scorecard was overflowing! There wasn't much cheer either for the losing teams in the other two games. Les Miserabowls did their best in the first half of the game against United but suffered a bad run of four ends and found themselves 24-4 down before eventually losing 29-9. Similar tale for Waltham Tigers who were still in the game at just 11-5 down against Jackos after nine ends but Jackos kept picking up shots and went on to win 24-11.