18th January 2018

ONLY TWO FOR SENIOR

Scunthorpe’s men were prepared for a tough encounter when they played an away game against Lincoln ‘B’ in their next fixture in Lincolnshire County Men’s Over 60’s League. The Scunthorpe squad in great form after two consecutive victories soon found themselves trailing overall early in the match by 24 to 21 shots and by the mid-point of the encounter the home Lincoln team had extended their lead to 55 to 40 shots. As the match progressed the Scunthorpe team tried to get some sort of foothold in the game but their Lincoln opponents were in tremendous form and extended their lead with some quality team play to eventually secure the overall victory by 16 to 2 points (118 to 87 shots).

The Scunthorpe four of Vinny Bolton, Mike Roots, Ian Pringle and Alex Mullin started extremely well and soon found themselves leading early in their game by 9 to 1 shots. The Lincoln rink seemed very unsettled by the quality of the visitors play and consequently they were unable to pull the score back trailing by 17 to 6 shots by the mid-point of the match. The Scunthorpe rink worked hard to maintain their lead and managed to stop the Lincoln quartet from getting any foothold in the match. As the match drew to a conclusion it was the Scunthorpe four that finally ran out the winners by a comfortable 29 to 19 shots.

Scunthorpe’s John Rayner, Graham Lewis, Tom Whiteley and Ray Robinson started confidently by settling into the contest well in early stages. As the match progressed the home Lincoln rink created themselves a lead of 6 to 4 shots and by the mid-point of the battle the home four had extended their lead to 11 to 9 shots. Moving on into the second half of the game the Lincoln rink stepped on the accelerator pedal and produced some extra form to extend their lead to 23 to 13 shots. However the Scunthorpe quartet never gave up in this match and continued to fight on reducing the home rinks advantage but eventually losing to the home Lincoln rink by 23 to 18 shots.

Bill Jackson, Stan Shellard, Ian Robinson and Dave Saxby for Scunthorpe soon found themselves in their match leading their Lincoln opponents by 7 to 2 shots. As the match progressed on the visitors maintained their advantage at 11 to 7 shots as the mid-point of the encounter was reached. The Scunthorpe quartet kept their foot on the accelerator pedal as they moved into the second half but unfortunately they were unable to stop the Lincoln rink from easing their way back into the match. The Lincoln four gradually reduced the Scunthorpe rinks lead in the final ends eventually taking the lead and holding on to secure the victory for Lincoln by 25 to 20 shots.

Scunthorpe's Dave Batchelor, Alan Rymer, Keith Ellis and John Hopkinson soon found themselves trailing to their Lincoln opponents by 5 to 1 shots. However as the home rink started to settle to the green they upped their game and extended their lead to 14 to 2 shots as the halfway stage of the match was reached. In the final ends of the encounter the Scunthorpe quartet were not able to stop the Lincoln rink from increasing their lead  to 21 to 5 shots and then holding on to eventually take the victory for Lincoln by 22 to 9 shots. The Scunthorpe quartet of Ron Kelly, Robert Bugg, John Moore and Phil Boulton were trailing early in their match by 10 to 0 shots. At the three quarter point in this difficult duel the Lincoln rink had increased their lead and then proceeded to maintain their awesome form to lead by 21 to 6 shots. The Scunthorpe quartet tried extremely hard to reduce the home rinks advantage in the game but struggled to stop an in-form Lincoln four from taking the victory by a comfortable 29 to 11 shots.

                                                                                           MAGNIFICENT MIXED                                          
Scunthorpe’s Mixed team faced their next fixture in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League at home against a strong Lincoln ‘A’ team in a fixture that always proves to be difficult to secure points from. The match started with the home Scunthorpe team settling straight into the game and building themselves an early overall lead of 28 to 25 shots. However by the mid-point of the match the home Scunthorpe squad had maintained their lead at 51 to 49 shots. As both teams progressed on into the second half of the encounter the Scunthorpe team continued to produce excellent form holding on to their lead of 76 to 74 shots. In the final stages of the battle the Scunthorpe team bowled exceedingly well and slightly increased their lead and it was a confident Scunthorpe team that held on to it to finish up the winners by 16 to 2 points (107 to 102 shots) leaving a disappointed Lincoln squad to reflect on the closeness of the defeat.

Marion Addey, Alan Rymer, John Moore and Joan Bolton for Scunthorpe played some excellent bowls to take an early lead of 10 to 5 shots and extended their advantage to lead by 16 to 9 shots by the halfway point in the match had been reached. However a strong second half of the game from the Scunthorpe rink as they maintained their excellent form spurred them on eventually running out the winners by an impressive 28 to 17 shots.

Scunthorpe’s rink of Vinny Bolton, Linda Salmon, John Downs and Chris Ellis found themselves leading their Lincoln opponents early in their match by 6 to 4 shots. As the game continued the home quartet started to produce some great bowls to maintain their lead at 18 to 15 shots by the three quarter stage of the match was reached. As this encounter continued on through the final ends the Scunthorpe four maintained their slight advantage and held on to eventually run out the winners by 25 to 21 shots.

Teresa Bennett, Sandra Newlove, Mike Roots and Ian Robinson for the Scunthorpe started well leading by 9 to 5 shots early in their game. However at the three quarter stage of their match the visiting Lincoln quartet had upped their game and taken the lead by 17 to 14 shots. Both rinks maintained an evenly balanced battle until the later ends of the match when the Scunthorpe four came through in the final ends to secure the victory by 20 to 18 shots.

Scunthorpe’s Chris Read, June Deboer, Dave Saxby and Eleanor Nicholson started tentatively in their match and were unable to stop their Lincoln opponents from easing themselves into an early lead of 6 to 1 shots.  By the time the mid-point of the match had been reached the Lincoln lead had been increased to 10 to 3 shots with some awesome bowling. As the battle continued the Scunthorpe quartet upped their level of play and eventually clawed back the visitor’s advantage eventually running out the winners in the final ends by 19 to 18 shots.

The final Scunthorpe rink of Mike Parsons, Ron Kelly, Edna Cook and Pat Kelly started by trailing their Lincoln opponents by 5 to 2 shots in the early stages of the game. By the mid-point in the match was reached the home four had eased themselves back to level the game at 8 shots each. However in the second half of the game the Lincoln rink opened the throttle and scored 20 shots to Scunthorpe’s 7 shots to run out he victors by 28 to 15 shots.    

In the Mixed Pairs 12.30pm (Mon) League Phil Boulton on 24 points has an advantage at the top of 6 points over second placed Pat Whittingham on 18 points closely followed by Dennis Chambers on 16 points who has climbed into third place and fourth place is currently occupied by Peter Bennett on 15pts. The most significant thing about teams this league is way in which the leaders are now starting to open up a six point gap over their nearest rivals.

A match between the pairs of Sam and Irene Glennie and Stan Shellard and Maureen Wilkinson developed into a game that produced an extremely close finish. The Glennie pair started well by storming into a comfortable early lead of 8 to 0 shots and by the mid-point of this match had maintained their lead at 10 to 1 shots. However at this point in the battle the Shellard duo were shaken into action and  upping their game they then proceeded to win the next four consecutive ends and scoring a total of 9 shots to level the scores at 10 shots each. With just four ends remaining in the match the battle continued with the Shellard duo keeping the pressure on the Glennie pairing and as a consequence won the first of these ends to lead by 11 to 10 shots.

However then it was the turn of the Glennie pair to lift their game by winning the next end and scoring 2 shots to retake the lead by just 12 to 11 shots with two ends left to play. The next end produced some exceptional bowling from both pairs but it was the Shellard pairing that won the end scoring  a single shot to draw level at 12 shots each. Over the last end of the match Sam and Irene Glennie produced some quality bowls to win the end and scored a single shot to secure the victory by a close 13 to 12 shots


It's about this short

Titch Seymour

One shot to us

The Mixed Pairs 2.30pm (Mon) League table sees Len Lammas on 19 points sitting in the top spot shadowed by the second placed Alex Mullin and third place Graham Lewis both on 18 points.

An interesting encounter took place between the pairs of Len and Sylvia Lammas and Marjorie Nash partnered by Tony Nicholson. The game commenced with the Nash/Nicholson pairing taking an early lead with some steady play of 7 to 1 shots but they were unable to extend their advantage as the Lammas pair fought back to level the match at 7 shots each. As this interesting encounter continued the Lammas duo then took the lead by 10 to 7 shots by the halfway stage of match had been reached. As the match progressed into the second half the Lammas partnership maintained their lead at 13 to 9 shots after securing three consecutive ends and now playing with confidence.

However with three ends left to play and the Lammas pair leading by 16 to 10 shots the Nash/ Nicholson duo started to deliver some excellent bowls  and won the next two ends scoring a total of three shots to trail by just 16 to 13 shots. After the final end had been completed it was again Marjorie Nash and Tony Nicholson that dug deep to win the end but scoring just a single shot to leave Len and Sylvia Lammas to take the victory by 16 to 14 shots.

In the Mixed Pairs 2.30pm (Frid) League it’s all change with Patsy Painter on 14 points in the top spot with Len Lammas also on 14 points in second spot followed closely by Dave Saxby and Graham Lewis both on 13 points in third place and fourth places.

Bernard and Barbara Sims played a match against Jim and Margaret Sugden in an encounter that resulted in an excellent finish to the match. The Sims pair started the match well by slotting straight into their stride and developing themselves an early lead of 7 to 1 shots. However the Sugden duo then settled into the match and won the next three consecutive ends scoring a total of 4 shots to trail in the game by just 7 to 5 shots as they reached the halfway point in the match.

As this interesting battle progressed into the final half both pairs were starting to match one another producing an evenly balanced game. This pattern of play continued through most of the second half of the battle with the Sims pair easing into the lead by 9 to 8 shots. A sudden insertion of excellently played shots by the Sims combination extended their lead to 13 to 9 shots with just three ends to still to play. The first of these ends with some excellent play from both pairs brought a single shot to the Sugden duo reducing the Sims pairs lead to just 13 to 10 shots. On the next end it was the Sugden pair again that produced the goods to win the end and scored a total of 2 shots to trail the Sims by 13 to 12 shots going into the last end.

With some quality bowls played by both pairs on the final end dramatically it was Jim and Margaret Sugden that won this last end of the encounter by scoring a single shot to finish this excellent game with an honourable draw of 13 shots each.


That's very close

Ian Robinson

We're one shot

The Ladies League sees the Pat Kelly team on 15 points hanging on to the top spot just a single point clear of nearest rivals Gill Borrill’s team on 14 points lying in second place. Following these two leaders is the third placed team of Sue Wooldridge on 13 points followed by the team of Chris Robinson on 12 points in fourth  place.

A match played in this league this last week involved a clash between the team of Mary Walls and Sandra Newlove’s team. This match started off with the Walls team shooting straight into an early lead of 5 to 0 shots but they could not capitalise on this early advantage as the Newlove rink fought back to trail by just 5 to 4 shots by the halfway stage of the match had been reached. The Newlove trio dug their heels in and with some excellent play maintained an evenly balanced battle as the game moved into the second half of the encounter. By the three quarter point in this intriguing match had been reached the Sims trio’s lead had been reduced down to just a single shot with just three ends remaining to complete.

Then the game took a dramatic change as the Sims rink were stirred into action winning the next end and scoring 2 shots to re-establish their authority in this intense battle with a lead of 8 to 5 shots. The next end brought a 2 shot score for the Newlove squad who were still bowling well and determined to try and win this game. The final end produced it’s drama and pressure for both rinks but on the final reckoning it was the Sandra Newlove rink that won the end and scored a single shot to seal an 8 shots each draw in this very competitive encounter.

The Evening Triples League leader is Chris Ellis on 17 points now just a single point clear of nearest rivals Mark Pruett and Tom Whiteley both on 16 points followed by Rob Skinner on 15 points lying in fourth place.

A match between the teams of Adrian Wardle and Chris Ellis produced an encounter that was comfortably controlled by one team. Both rinks set off well delivering some excellent bowls and maintaining an evenly balanced game in the early stages that produced an early score-line of 5 to 3 shots shots just in favour of the Ellis rink. The Ellis trio then started to open the throttle slightly as they won the next two consecutive ends scoring a total of 5 shots to lead by 10 to 4 shots as the halfway stage of the game was reached. The Ellis rink continued to increase their advantage as the match moved into the second half to lead by 16 to 4 shots. The Wardle rink continued to battle on and won the next two consecutive ends scoring a total of 2 shots to trail by 16 to 6 shots against a rink that was now starting to produce some awesome form.

As this match continued the Ellis trio won the next end scoring 2 shots to take them into an unassailable lead of 18 to 6 shots with just two ends left to complete in the match. On the penultimate end of this match the Wardle rink still battling on and scored 2 shots to go into the last end trailing by 18 to 8 shots. The final end produced some excellent play from both rinks but again it was the Wardle trio that won the end scoring another 2 shots to leave the victory to the in-form Chris Ellis rink by a comfortable 18 to 10 shots.

                                                                    FORTHCOMING EVENT

Saturday January 20th     Scunthorpe Ladies play four rinks at Newark Indoor Bowls Club in the Quarter finals of the National Inter - Club Competition (Yetton Plate) against Erewash Indoor Bowls Club (Derbyshire) commencing at 12.30pm.

Sunday January 21st         Scunthorpe Mixed play away in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League against Spalding commencing at 2.00pm. (Coach leaves the Indoor Centre at 11.30am)

Wednesday January 24th  Scunthorpe Over 60’s Men play away in the Lincolnshire County Over 60’s Men’s League against Louth commencing at 10.30am.

Friday January 26th          Scunthorpe Ladies play away in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League (Trudy Bates) against Lincoln commencing at 1.30pm.

OUTDOOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Scunthorpe and District Bowls League (Outdoor League) will be held at the Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Centre on SATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2018 at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start.