1st February 2018

                                                                                DISAPOINTMENT AT LINCOLN

Scunthorpe Ladies played an away match against a quality Lincoln team in their fifth fixture in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League (Trudy Bates). The visiting Scunthorpe team soon found themselves trailing overall their Lincoln opponents early in the game by 42 to 11 shots. As this encounter continued the home team started to extend their lead managing to secure a lead of 72 to 30 shots by the mid-point of the match had been reached. The Lincoln team continued to maintain their advantage eventually winning the game overall by a comfortable 16 to 0 points (143 to 68 shots).

Scunthorpe’s Shirley Burnett, Marion Addey, Sue Bennett and Eleanor Nicholson soon found themselves trailing early in their match by 5 to 1 shots. As the game progressed the home rink maintained their advantage by bowling extremely well and eventually holding on to seal the rink victory for Lincoln by 25 to 17 shots.

The Scunthorpe four of June Deboer, Sandra Newlove, Rita Davey and Marjorie Nash were also trailing their Lincoln opponents early in their match by 12 to 3 shots and had dropped further behind by the halfway stage of the match to trail by 22 to 5 shots. Continuing to stick to their task the Scunthorpe rink managed restrict the Lincoln rinks scoring rate for most of the second half of the match but they were unable to stop the Lincoln quartet from securing the rink victory by 31 to 15 shots.

The visiting four of Sylvia Lammas, Elaine Roots, Josey Rayner and Joan Bolton found themselves trailing early in their match by 7 to 0 shots and as the battle continued the Lincoln quartet increased their lead late in the second half. Although the Scunthorpe four played well the home rink continued to press their home advantage eventually taking the victory by 28 to 12 shots.

Fran Margetson, Phyllis Morris, Jackie Pettitt and Gill Borrill for Scunthorpe started their match by trailing their home opponents by 8 to 3 shots. The Scunthorpe quartet bowled well but were unable to reduce the Lincoln quartets lead of 14 to 6 shot as the halfway point of the match was reached. The situation unfortunately did not get any better for the visitors in the second half of the game as the home four maintained their advantage and eventually ran out the winners by 28 to 11 shots.

The final Scunthorpe rink of Heather Macfall, Joan Spilman, Linda Salmon and Margaret Dargue trailed their Lincoln opponents early in their match and were unable to stop their opponents from increasing their lead to 17 to 5 shots by the halfway stage of the game was reached. As the match progressed on it only got worse for the visitors as the Lincoln quartet in full flow extended their lead and eventually secured the rink victory by 31 to 13 shots.

                                                                                          DEFEAT FOR SENIORS
In their next fixture Scunthorpe’s Men played an away match against Louth in the Lincolnshire County Men’s Over 60’s League. The visiting Scunthorpe team set off well building an early overall lead of 23 to 17 shots but were unable to stop the home Louth team from pulling back and then taking the lead by 57 to 40 shots as the match continued. The Scunthorpe team fought hard but could not stem the flow of shots that the home team were scoring and with some excellent play the Louth team maintained their advantage to lead by 92 to 79 shots. The home team never let their foot off the pedal as they continued on to eventually secure the victory by 14 to 4 points (104 to 90 shots).

Mike Parsons, Mike Roots, Ian Pringle and Neil Rowe for Scunthorpe trailed their opponents (3 players) by 6 to 1 shots early in their match and by the halfway stage in the battle they found themselves trailing by 14 to 4 shots. However the Scunthorpe rink started to reduce the Louth rink’s advantage during the second half of the encounter and eventually managed to take the lead and hold on to secure the victory by 21 to 18 shots. Unfortunately the Louth rink had 25% of their score deducted after playing with a player short and playing with additional bowls.

The Scunthorpe rink of John Rayner, Robert Bugg, Tom Whiteley and Ray Robinson built themselves an early lead of 6 to 1 shots but then disaster struck as their home opponents scored a total of 15 shots over five consecutive ends to lead by 16 to 6 shots However the Scunthorpe quartet stuck to their task and followed it by scoring a total of 10 shots over the next four ends to level the scores at 10 shots each and continued to play well to eventually run out winners for Scunthorpe by an excellent 25 to 19 shots.

The visiting four of Bill Jackson, Alan Rymer, John Hopkinson and Jim Davidson developed themselves an early lead of 5 to 1 shots. As the match progressed on the Louth rink edged back level and an evenly balanced battle continued with the Louth rink just winning the match by 18 to 17 shots. The Scunthorpe quartet of Dave Batchelor, Keith Ellis, John Downs and Terry Newton found themselves leading in their game by 8 to 2 shots and maintained this advantage until the two thirds stage in the match. At this point the Louth rink pulled the scores back to level and then went into the lead and held on to eventually seal the victory by 22 to 17 shots.

Scunthorpe’s Vinny Bolton, Stan Shellard, Graham Lewis and Phil Boulton set off well developing themselves a lead of 6 to 2 shots but were unable to stop the Louth rink from pulling back to level and then continuing on to take the lead that they held onto to seal the  victory by 27 to 10 shots.

                                                                                     NO TEA PARTY AT BOSTON
In the Lincolnshire County Men’s League match Scunthorpe faced a tough away match against south of the county Boston. This fixture has often proved to be an extremely difficult encounter to obtain a positive result from but despite this the Scunthorpe team were in a quietly confident mood. When eventually the match started it was the home Boston team that slotted straight into their stride securing an early overall lead of 32 to 16 shots over the five rinks.

The Boston team producing consistent quality bowls continued to extend their advantage to 68 to 32 shots by the halfway stage in the match had been reached. However the visiting Scunthorpe team tenaciously plugged away trying desperately hard to claw back some of Boston’s advantage but unfortunately they were unable to make any significant inroads into the home team’s lead. As the game drew to a close the Boston team extended their advantage finishing with an outstanding victory of 16 to 2 points (161 to 87 shots) and securing wins on four out of the five rinks leaving a disappointed Scunthorpe team contemplating on their missed chances.

The successful rink for Scunthorpe of Vinny Bolton, Robert Bugg, Graham Lewis and Jim Davidson were involved in a battle in which they built themselves a lead and gradually extended it throughout the match. During the latter stages of their match the home rink managed to reduce the visitor’s advantage but the Scunthorpe quartet held on to eventually secure an outstanding win by 24 to 16 shots.

Scunthorpe’s rink of Chris Read, John Painter, Darren Barnard and Paul Johnson trailed their opponents for the whole of their encounter but despite that they stuck to their task and produced some excellent bowls against an in-form Boston quartet that went on to win by 33 to 12 shots.

Ray Morrell, Mike Parsons, Neil Poole and Phil Parker for the visitors soon found their home opponents in very good form struggling to match their quality play and eventually losing to the Boston rink by 35 to 15 shots. The Scunthorpe rink of Bill Lennox, David Horton, Mike Roots and John Downs never quite managed to get on terms with their home opponents and found themselves fighting off the back foot for the whole of the match eventually losing to their Boston opponents by 36 to 14 shots.

The final rink of John Rayner, Ray Brown, Steve Miller and Phil Boulton found their opponents in devastating form and struggled to gain any kind of real foothold in the game. Although the Scunthorpe quartet tried hard to reduce the home rinks advantage they eventually lost to a quality Boston four by 41 to 2 shots.

In the Veteran Rinks Division One the Peter Collins team on 30 points is holding on to the top spot with Ron Kelly’s team in second place on 26 points followed by the teams of John Painter on 22 points and Josey Rayner on 18 points making this an intriguing chase for the title.

A dramatic first half of the match and second half for the other team became the deciding factors in a match between the Bernard Sims team and David Gaymer’s team. The match commenced with both teams starting well producing an early score-line of 3 shots each and both rinks looking in great form. However the Gaymer rink continued to bowl well and by the halfway stage of the match they had eased their way into the lead in the game by 5 to 3 shots. On the next end the drama unfolded as the Gaymer quartet with some excellent bowling managed to score 3 shots to and followed that up by scoring 5 shots and a single shot on the next two ends to lead by 14 to 3 shots. At this point in this encounter the Sims quartet suddenly sprang into action by winning the next four consecutive ends and s

oring a total of 9 shots to trail by 14 to 12 shots. On the next end it was the Gaymer rink that took control winning the end and scoring a single shot while the Sims rink won the final two ends scoring a total of 3 shots to secure a draw of 15 shots each after a remarkable match in which both teams won 8 ends each.


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Tuesday Afternoon Bowls Drive Action

A very close miss

In Veteran Rinks Division Two Peter Bennett’s team on 24 points is established in first place in the Division 2 points clear of the Peter Dawson team on 22 points in second place followed by Chris Cooper’s team on 19 points in third place.

A dramatic final three end finish for one rink produced a result in an interesting game between the teams of Tony Betts and Hillary Cook. The match started with the Betts quartet slotting straight into their stride securing an early lead of 4 to 2 shots but then were unable to continue to extend it as the Cook rink eased their way back to take the lead by 9 to 6 shots as the halfway stage of the match was reached. However a determined Betts rink then upped their game and fought back to retake the lead by 11 to 10 shots with just three ends left to play in this fascinating match.

On the next end the drama unfolded as the Cook quartet with some excellent play scored a massive 6 shots and followed that up with another 3 shots to recover the lead by 19 to 11 shots. The final end provided some excellent play from both rinks but it was the Hillary Cook rink that won the end and managed to score a single shot to secure an excellent victory by 20 to 11 shots after a remarkable final three ends.

In the Veteran Triples Division One it’s tight at the top with only 4 points separating the top three teams providing an indication of the pressure on the top teams in this Division. The Graham Lewis team is currently residing in the top spot on 24 points shadowed by the second placed team of Neil Poole on 20 points followed by the team of Peter Collins also on 20 points in third place.

The match between Norman Anderson’s team and the team of Graham Lewis team developed into a remarkable battle in which one team was in control for most of the match but then lost it in the final two ends of this close finish.  The match commenced with the Lewis squad slotting straight into their stride and developing an early lead of 8 to 2 shots and continued this by hanging on to a reduced lead of 10 to 7 shots just after midway point of the game had been reached. With six ends to play in this match the Anderson rink suddenly burst into action scoring a single shot end and followed it up with another single shot end to trail by just 11 to 9 shots.

The Lewis quartet then managed to score a single shot over the next end to increase their lead to 12 to 9 shots. The final two ends in this intriguing match produced some pressure shots from both rinks but as the final bowl of this intriguing match came to rest it was the Norman Anderson squad that secured 2 shots on the first of these ends and followed it up with 2 shots to finish the match with a much welcomed victory by 13 to 12 shots.

In Veteran Triples Division Two the current leaders in this Division is the team of Mo Addlesee on 22 points followed by the teams of John Parrott on 18 points in second place and third placed Keith Sylvester also on 18 points and Meg Gall’s team in fourth place on 17 points. Only 5 points separates the top four teams in this Division making it an extremely interesting battle at the top.

A great finish for one team produced an extremely close finish when the teams of Susan Fox and Trevor Smith played one another. It was the Smith trio that started well building themselves a lead of 3 to 1 shots but they were unable to maintain it as the Fox trio fought back to take the lead at 7 to 5 shots as the match progressed on into the second half. With just three ends to play in this game the Fox trio maintained their quality of play and slightly increased their advantage to lead by 11 to 7 shots with just three ends left to play in the encounter. 

As the first two of these ends were completed dramatically it was the Smith trio that won both ends and scored a total of 4 shots to take the lead by 12 to 11 shots leaving just the final end to be completed in this remarkable match. Both rinks continued to battle it out throughout the last end and eventually it was the Fox trio that won the end scoring a single shot to secure a match draw of 12 shots each.


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Tuesday Bowls Drive enjoyment

It's this far away

The Australian Pairs 6.30pm (Mon) sees Rob Skinner’s team on 30 points leading the Division 2 points clear of nearest rivals Paul Johnson’s team lying in second place on 28 points. Following these two leaders are the teams of John Whitwell also on 28 points and Mo Regan on 26 points. A match played between the pairings of Steve Miller partnered by Brian Harrop (Neil Berry team) and Jim and Elizabeth Seal produced a battle that finished with just a single shot margin securing the victory.

This duel started off with the Miller/Harrop pair taking an early lead of 3 to 0 shots but they were unable to extend it as the Seal duo fought back to level the scores at 4 shots each by the time the halfway stage of the match had been reached. The Seal pair stepped up a gear and took the lead by 9 to 8 shots with just two ends of the match to play.

The final ends contained some excellent bowling as the Miller/Harrop combination battled back on the first of these ends scoring a single shot to level the scores at 9 shots each. However it was Jim and Elizabeth Seal that secured a single shot on the final end to secure the victory by just 10 to 9 shots.

Australian Pairs 12.30pm (Tues) still has the team of Linda Salmon perched in the top position on 18 points with only one loss so far. The team of John Moore sits in second place on 16 points with the teams of Vic Deboer and Neil Poole in third and fourth places also on16 points and following the leaders closely.

Steve Palmer and Dave Batchelor faced an encounter against Ray Robinson and Tom Whiteley in a match that turned out to be an excellent close fought battle by both pairs. The battle started off with both teams playing some good bowls but it was the Palmer/Batchelor pairing that eased into an early lead of 9 to 0 shots. As the match settled into an interestingly contested battle the Robinson/Whiteley pair dug in and fought back and as the encounter progressed on they levelled the scores at 12 shots each with just three ends to complete in this real duel. 

With three ends remaining to complete it was the Palmer/Batchelor duo that scored a single shot on the first of these to give them a lead of 13 to 12 shots. Following this the next end was won by the Robinson/Whiteley pairing scoring 2 shots to take the lead for the first time in the match by 14 to 13 shots.

The final end produced some very competitive bowling but as the last bowl of the match came to rest it was the Palmer/Batchelor pair that scored a single shot to secure a hard fought draw of 14 shots each.

                                                                         INDOOR EBF QUARTER FINAL SUCCESS
The Lincolnshire County Indoor EBF Mixed Pairs Quarter and Semi-Finals were held at Scunthorpe last weekend. Qualifiers from all indoor Clubs in Lincolnshire met at the Scunthorpe Indoor Centre and provided a feast of quality bowling.

Scunthorpe’s representatives in these finals were Wendy Brown and Tom Whiteley who put up a excellent performance. In their Quarter Final match they played against Andy Hall and Janet Wright from Dunholme and after a close evenly balanced game throughout the Scunthorpe pair produced some quality bowls in the final ends of the match to take the victory by 22 to 15 shots. In their Semi-Final the Scunthorpe pairing were matched up against the Boston duo of Jonathan West and Chantel Spencer.

After a dominating performance by the Boston bowlers who produced a display of awesome bowling and though the Scunthorpe pair played well it was the Boston duo that went through to the County Finals by 25 to 3 shots. The other Semi-final results were Trevor Bannister and Carole Richardson (Sleaford) 21 Tony and Joyce Asher (Grantham) 6.  

                                                                                LATEST ON CLUB COMPETITIONS                   
Internal Club Competitions (Quarter-finals except where stated)
Men’s Singles – V. Deboer v P. Johnson, P. Parker v A. Mullin, P. Cox v N. Poole, M. Hopkins v W. Lennox
Men’s Pairs – W. Wooldridge v P. Grimbleby, D. Saxby v D. Pennell, D. Barnard v R. Skinner, P. Cox v T. Whiteley
Men’s Triples – W. Lennox v A. Mullin, D. Saxby v N. Poole, R. Skinner v W. Wooldridge, D. Portanier v P. Johnson
Men’s Rinks (Semi-finals) – P. Cox v R. Skinner, A. Mullin v P. Grimbleby
Open Over 60’s Singles – D. Saxby v A. Mullin, P. Cox (thro to Semi-finals), M. Hopkins v W. Wooldridge, I. Pringle v V. Deboer
Open Over 60’s Pairs  – D. Saxby v I. Pringle, A. Mullin v W. Wooldridge, M. Hopkins v T. Whiteley,  P. Boulton v N. Rowe
Open Over 60’s Triples (Semi-finals) – W. Wooldridge v I. Robinson, A. Mullin v N. Rowe
Ladies Singles – R. Heatley v W. Brown, T. Bennett v S. Wooldridge, S. Bennett v J. Bolton, J. Rowe v G. Wndsor
Ladies Pairs – J. Bolton (thro to Semi-finals), G. Borrill v T. Bennett, C. Ellis v J. Rowe, F. Margetson v S. Wooldridge
Ladies Triples (Semi-finals)  – J. Bolton v F. Margetson, J. Rowe v S. Wooldridge
Ladies Rinks (Semi-finals) – S. Wooldridge v J. Bolton, F. Margetson v J. Rowe
Mixed Pairs – C. Ellis v T. Bennett, J. Deboer v W. Brown, A. Wardle v R. Skinner, C. Smith v P. Grimbleby
Mixed Rinks  – A. Mullin (thro to Semi-finals), S. Miller v N. Poole, P. Johnson v W. Wooldridge, R. Skinner (thro to Semi-finals)
Open Australian Pairs S. Wooldridge v P. Johnson, D. Portanier v W. Wooldridge, A. Wardle v A. Mullin, I. Pringle v T. Whiteley

                                                                               FORTHCOMING EVENT

Saturday February 3rd    Scunthorpe Men play at home in the in the Lincolnshire County Men’s League   against Lincoln commencing at 1.00pm.

Friday February 9th        Scunthorpe Men play at home in the Lincolnshire County Men’s Over 60’s  League against Lincoln ‘B’ commencing at 10.30am.