Thursday 2nd September - Morning Triples

Due to the non-arrival of a player Falcons would have been short-handed for their game against league champions Jack Rabbits if Simon Reeson hadn't stood in and his presence initially inspired the Falcons team as they led 10-4 after seven ends but the Rabbits somehow plundered six shots on each of the next two ends to completely change the game and went on to win 22-11.

Ravens consolidated second spot with a simple victory over bottom team Mudlarks. Ravens lost the first two ends but won the next four to go 10-3 ahead and although Mudlarks cut the gap to 10-5 Ravens won all the remaining ends to finish 20-5 victors.

Third-placed White Rose didn't have a game and are now seven points adrift of Ravens but have a game in hand and the two teams face each other in the final round of games which could prove interesting.

Meridian eased any fears of finishing bottom with a 15-9 win against Dolly Mixtures. The first six ends were tight with Meridian ahead by one shot but they eased away over the next five ends and only a 3 for the Mixtures on the final end made the score respectable.

Wasps also gained a vital two points as they beat Wishfuls to move above Falcons who slip to next-bottom. Wasps were 12-0 up after just three ends and maintained the strangle hold as they cruised to a 24-7 victory.

The club will be open every day from Mionday 13th September ahead of the winter leagues which get under way on Monday the 20th.

A lady is still desperately needed to fill a vacancy in the Friday morning Mixed Pairs and players are also needed for the Morning Triples which are played on Wednesdays and Thursdays.




Wednesday 1st September - Australian Open pairs

The battle for the division one title hotted up in this latest round of matches with Alan Dent & Doreen Dyson moving into second spot on shots difference ahead of Tony Powell & Liz Draper who didn't have a game. But Malcolm Pearce & Mike Norton still top the table by two points but they have played a game more than their rivals. They won 21-8 against Barry & Ros Toyn but had to work hard for the victory as there were really good heads

Alan Dent & Doreen Dyson had an even more comfortable win against Dave & Lorraine Evans although the game didn't quite go the distance due to one player feeling off-colour.

Fourth-placed Keith & Pam Dennett are now out of contention for the title after having been held to a draw by Irene Bailey and Daniel Stanley (standing in for Ken Hasnip) but could still mathematically pinch the runners-up spot. The Dennetts had their noses in front early on but Irene & Dan won three successive ends to go ahead and led 11-8 after nine ends until Keith & Pam turned the game around with a 4 and a 3. But Irene & Dan won the final two ends with a couple of 2s to earn a 15-15 draw.

Pete & Gill Fletcher won 17-12 against Barrie Scott & John Clayton after a 6 had put them in a strong position at 14-6 ahead after seven ends.

There are just two rounds to play.

Australian Open Pairs division 2

The division's champions Roger Orme & Heather Masters weren't in action today and the focus was on who will finish second. Bernice Culham & Sandie Siddle currently occupy that spot but only just held on to it after a nailbiting finish to their game against Barry Bishell & substitute partner Steve Brown. It had been a tight game up to the seventh end with the score at 7-7 until Bernice & Sandie won the next three ends to open a 14-7 lead but Barry & Steve then won the remaining three ends including a 4 on the last end but it wasn't quite enough as Bernice & Sandie survived to win 14-13.

Two points behind in third place are Charlie Briggs & Richard Tyrell who also had a tight encounter with Pete & Wendy Neve. Charlie & Richard just kept their noses in front from the third end and held on to win 10-8.

Bob & Christine Tice moved up a place to fourth after they too got the better of a close game against Tony Hunter & Joe Yensen. The Tices had led 8-2 but Tony & Joe fought back to within two shots at 9-7 down but Bob & Chris won the final two ends for a 12-7 victory.

The first eight ends of the game between Wendy Porter & Vanessa Drewery and Kev Johnson & Malcom Cooper were topsy-turvy with Wendy & Vanessa taking a 4-1 lead then going 6-4 behind before regaining the lead at 8-6. But from then on they were outgunned with Kev & Malcom clinching a 16-9 win with a 5 on the final end.

Winter league update:

Alan Watson & Mally Hewson have been replaced in division 2 of the Australian Open Pairs by Bob & Jan Emmerson.