10th January 2019


Scunthorpe’s Men’s Over 60’s team made the long away trip to play a difficult Spalding team in their next Lincolnshire County Men’s Over 60’s League fixture of the season. After their previous comfortable win at home the team were looking to continue their form with another positive result and bring points home.
The match started with the Scunthorpe team settling to the away green well and securing an early overall lead of 29 to 25 shots. The visiting team continued to build on this advantage by maintaining it at 50 to 47 shots by the halfway stage in the match. With just three ends remaining to be played the visitors in devastating form had increased their advantage to 83 to 78 shots and went on to eventually take the victory by an impressive 16 to 2 points (102 to 92 shots).
The best Scunthorpe rink of Bill Jackson, Tom Whiteley, John Moore and Rob Skinner soon found themselves leading their Spalding opponents by 10 to 0 shots and this lead was maintained at 13 to 4 shots as their encounter reached the halfway stage of the match. In the second half of the game the Spalding rink fought well and eased their way back into the match to trail the Scunthorpe quartet by just 16 to 11 shots. However the Scunthorpe rink kept the game tight and managed to maintain their lead by producing some awesome bowls holding on and finishing with a victory by 23 to 18 shots.
Scunthorpe’s Ron Kelly, Ian Robinson, Mike Parsons and Terry Newton eased themselves with some excellent play into the lead from the off with an early 6 to 3 shots lead. Continuing to bowl well and holding off the Spalding rinks pressure the visiting Scunthorpe rink carried on producing excellent bowls and maintained a reduced lead of 9 to 8 shots by the halfway stage of the battle was reached. As the encounter continued into the second half the Scunthorpe quartet stepped up the pressure and edged into the lead by 19 to 16 shots. The Spalding rink continued to play quality bowls but it was the Scunthorpe team that held on to secure the victory by 19 to 16 shots.
The Scunthorpe quartet of Roy Coultard, Dave Saxby, John Downs and Dave Copley found themselves trailing early in their game after some competitive play by 8 to 5 shots. However their Spalding opponents were in exceptional form and by the mid-point of the match had been reached they were leading by 14 to 10 shots. The Scunthorpe four still playing well steadily caught their opponents up and then took the lead by 20 to 17 shot in the second half of the match. Although the Spalding rink tried to retake the lead their Scunthorpe opponents withstood the pressure and held on to secure the victory by 23 to 21 shots.
Vinny Bolton, Stan Shellard, Alan Rymer and Neil Rowe for Scunthorpe found their opponents in good form and soon were drawing with their home opponents by 5 shots each. The home Spalding quartet bowled well but they could not stop the visiting Scunthorpe rink from putting their foot on the accelerator pedal and taking the lead and extending it to lead by 16 to 12 shots as this game reach the three quarter stage. Even though the Spalding rink continued to try to claw some of the shot deficit back the visiting four still continued to pile the pressure on eventually securing a rink draw of 19 shots each.
The final Scunthorpe quartet of John Rayner, Robert Bugg, Brian Ryles and Neil Poole faced home opponents who not only found the green straight from the off but also played some awesome bowls not allowing the visiting rink any kind of foothold early in the match. With a mid-point of the game lead for the Spalding rink of 11 to 7 shots it became a game of catch-up for the visiting rink for the rest of the match. Still producing some good bowls the Scunthorpe visitors did not give up and eventually edged into the lead on the penultimate end of the game and then held on to secure a draw by 18 shots each.

John Fleming

Tony Nicholson

Midweek Triple Division One has the team of Alex Mullin still in the top spot on 20 points with a 5 point advantage over the team of Peter Collins on 15 points followed by the squads of Gez Holloway also on 15 points in third spot. Tom Whiteley’s team is in fourth place on 14 points followed by the teams of Graham Lewis and John Hopkinson both on 13 points.
A fixture between Graham Lewis’s team and Chris Read’s team produced a superb finish for one team. Straight off into an early lead of 6 to 0 shots went the Lewis squad slotting immediately into their stride by playing some excellent bowls. Then the Read rink settled down and started to play a number of quality bowls that helped them ease their way back to take the lead by 7 to 6 shots as the halfway point in the encounter was reached.
As the match moved into the second half of the battle the both trios maintained an evenly balanced game as they moved the scores on to 10 shots each with just four ends left to play. Then the drama started to play out as the Lewis trio won the next of these final ends scoring a single shot to trail their opponents by 12 to 11 shots. The last two ends produced some quality bowls from both rinks but on the final reckoning it was the Chris Read rink that won these ends and scored a total of 4 shots to secure the match victory 16 to 11 shots.

In Division Two the Roy Janney team on 20 points is residing in first place in the table just two points clear of the second placed team of John Parrott on 18 points followed by Peter Blake’s team in third place also on 18 points who is shadowing them closely.
A 2 shot victory occurred in a match between the teams of Derek Tate and Roy Janney that strangely turned into an encounter in which one team won most of the ends in the first half and the other most of the ends in second half of the game. This match started with the Tate rink playing extremely well swinging the game in their favour with an early lead of 4 to 0 shots. As the game continued the Janney trio hit back by scoring a 4 shots end to level the scores at 4 shots each.
However the Tate rink maintained their early form into their game as they then scored a total of 5 shots over the next three consecutive ends extending their lead to 9 to 4 shots as the mid-point of the match was reached. At this point of the encounter the tables suddenly turned as the Janney rink won the next end scoring a total of 2 shots to trail by 10 to 6 shots. Then continuing their current form the Tate rink managed to win the next two out of three ends and scored a total of 2 shots to their opponents single shot maintain their lead at 11 to 7 shots with just two ends to play.
This next end continued to produce quality competitive play as the Roy Janney rink dug in and won the end scoring a two shots and followed it up by winning the final end scoring another 2 shots to secure the match victory by 12 to 11 shots after a remarkable match.

The Division Three table has the Bernard Sims team on 20 points leading the pack over second placed George Peter Dawson’s team that is also on 20 points. Following in third place is the Martin Hammond team and in fourth place is the Jim Sugden team both on 18 points.
A match between the teams of Peter Dawson and Shirley Parrott produced a stunning last end to finish a closely fought match. The Dawson rink set off well producing some excellent bowls and securing an early lead of 6 to 2 shots but they were unable to stop the Parrott rink form pulling back to level the scores at 7 shots at the halfway stage of the battle. Moving into the second half of the match the Parrott trio then continued their new found form and started to produce some excellent bowls that assisted them in taking the lead by 9 to 7 shots.
Then back came the Dawson rink to level the scores at 9 shots each and then the scores moved on to 11 shots each with just a single end left to play. The final end produced some excellent play from both rinks but it was the Peter Dawson trio that won the end scoring 4 shots to secure the victory in this excellent game by 15 to 11 shots.

Its a measure

Total concentration

The Evening Pairs Division One still has Neil Poole leading on 14 points shadowed by John Whitwell, Dave Copley and Geoff Lamplough second, third and fourth places respectively all on 14 points.
It was an evenly balanced battle of attrition when the pairing of Neil Poole and Phil Parker met the pair of Chris Smith and Dave Ryles. This duel produced some real quality bowling from both pairs but it was the Poole/Parker duo that developed themselves the single shot early lead of 4 to 3 shots. Continuing this close encounter both pairs maintained their quality of play producing scores of 4 shots each and 7 shots each as they reached the halfway point in the match.
As this excellent match progressed into the second half of the battle both pairs were now involved in a highly competitive duel and the scores moved on to 11 to 9 shots now in favour of the Smith/Ryles duo. With two ends to complete in the game it was now the turn of the Poole/Parker duo to win the next end and score 2 shots to draw level in the match at 11 shots each. During the final end of this interesting battle and after an encounter that had produced some awesome bowling from both pairs it was the Chris Smith and Dave Ryles pairing that won the end scoring 3 shots to secure a deserved victory by 14 to 11 shots.

In Division Two Mike Parsons on 21 points has edged into the top spot with just a single point separating him from Adrian Wardle in second place on 20 points who in turn is followed by Gez Holloway on 18 points in third spot.
A match between the pairs of Adrian Wardle partnered by Ray Brown and Dave Portanier partnered by Steve Monaghan (John McArthur’s team) produced a game that developed into an excellent duel. The Portanier/Monaghan pair set off well developing themselves an early advantage of 9 to 5 shots and proceeded to extend their lead to 12 to 7 shots as the halfway stage of the game was arrived at. As this fascinating encounter continued the Portanier/Monaghan pairing still playing some excellent bowls had extended their lead to 17 to 7 shots by the three quarter stage of the match was reached.
With five ends left to play it was then the turn of the Wardle/Brown pair who were bowling well to win the first two of these final ends scoring a total of 7 shots to trail by 17 to 14 shots. With some great bowls being delivered in the final ends by both pairs it was the Adrian Wardle and Ray Brown duo that managed to win next two and the final end scoring a massive overall total of 7 shots to secure the victory by 21 to 17 shots.

  That's short

Ray Brown

In the Evening Singles League there has been no games played due to the Christmas and New Year closure. The current situation in this League sees Phil Parker leading on 30 points followed by Adrian Wardle on 27 points in second spot. Alex Mullin is in the chasing pack in third place and Duncan McIntosh is in fourth place and both are on 24 points.


The Annual General Meeting of the Scunthorpe and District Bowls League (Outdoor League) will be held at the Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Centre on SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2019 at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start.

Jim Seal

A quiet moment

                                                                               FORTHCOMING EVENTS

             Thursday January 10th        Scunthorpe Ladies play at home in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League
                                                                      (Trudy Bates) against Horncastle commencing at 1.00pm.