19th October 2017

MEN SHOW EXCELLENT FORM

In their first match of the new season’s programme Scunthorpe Men played a home fixture against a Spalding team littered with international talent in the Lincolnshire County Men’s League. As the match commenced the home Scunthorpe team soon found their opponents had taken an early overall lead of 23 to 17 shots but they were soon able do something about it as the Scunthorpe team not only drew level but went on to take the lead by 52 to 38 shots by the mid-point of the match had been reached.

Struggling to halt the home teams scoring rate the Spalding team fought on producing some competitive bowls that eventually managed to steady the home rinks score. With six ends across all rinks still to play the Spalding team slowly turned the tables on the Spalding team as they started a dramatic fight that reduced the home team’s overall lead to 80 to 72 shots. Over the final three ends the visiting Spalding team playing some quality bowls scored a total of 21 shots to the Scunthorpe team’s total of 18 shots. The Scunthorpe team’s resilience had shone through as they maintained their lead to take an exceptional victory by 14 to 4 points (98 to 93 shots).

The Scunthorpe rink of Keith Marshall, John Painter, John Hopkinson and Jason Norris found themselves leading early in their match by just 6 to 5 shots and continuing to play well held off the Spalding rink to extend their lead to 12 to 6 shots by the halfway stage of the match had been reached. Still maintaining their excellent form the Scunthorpe quartet carried on extending their lead and proceeded to control the match. As the final ends were played out the Scunthorpe quartet held their form and eventually ran out the winners by a comfortable 27 to 13 shots.

Chris Read, Mike Parsons, Neil Rowe and Rob Skinner for Scunthorpe found themselves leading their Spalding opponents by 4 to 2 shots early in their match and bowling well the Scunthorpe four steadily extended their lead to 10 to 5 shots by the halfway stage of their match. The home four continued to produce some awesome form in the second half of the battle and with 3 ends to play in their encounter they were leading by 15 to 10 shots. As the final bowl of their match came to rest it was the Scunthorpe rink that maintained enough form to eventually run out the winners by 20 to 16 shots.

The Scunthorpe four of John Moore, Norman Anderson, Ian Robinson and Warwick Wooldridge soon found themselves trailing to their Spalding visitors by 5 to 2 shots early in their match. However they were able to settle down and not only draw level but took the lead by 13 to 10 shots as they reached the mid-point of their game. The Spalding quartet continued to fight hard and successfully reduced the scores to 18 shots each with four ends left to play As their match finished it was the Scunthorpe four that held their nerve and eventually sealed the victory by 22 to 20 shots.  


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John Hopkinson

Scunthorpe’s Vinny Bolton, Robert Bugg, John Downs and Peter Cox soon found themselves trailing their opponents early in their match by just 4 to 3 shots but with some quality bowls were able to take the lead by 9 to 8 shots as the match reached the halfway stage. The visiting Spalding quartet then started to produce some excellent bowls to draw level at 12 shots each as the match reached the three quarter stage. Although the Scunthorpe rink fought well they were unable to stop the visitors from securing a lead of 14 to 13 shots with three ends left to play in the match. The home four played some excellent bowls in these final ends but they could not stop the visiting Spalding quartet from eventually securing the victory by 19 to 16 shots.

The final home rink of Barry Holliday, Steve Miller, Neil Poole and Phil Parker soon found themselves trailing their visiting opponents in the early stages of their match by 7 to 2 shots. With some excellent form the Scunthorpe rink were now firing on all cylinders pulling back the Spalding quartet’s lead to just 9 to 8 shots. Playing a visiting rink that was producing awesome bowls the Scunthorpe rink found it increasingly more difficult to get a real foothold in the match. Unfortunately this match was always going in one direction even though the home four pulled a few shots back in the middle stage of the encounter they still were unable to take the lead. As the second half of this battle progressed on the visitors started to steadily increase their lead eventually finishing the battle with a victory for the visitors by 25 to 13 shots.

In the Mixed Pairs 12.30pm (Mon) the early leader is the Phil Boulton team on 8 points with the team of Dennis Chambers on 6 points in second place followed by the team of Sam Glennie and Peter Bennett both on 5 points.

Jean Watson and John Morrell (Sam Glennie team) played against Teresa Bennett and John Moore (Peter Bennett team) in a match that was an evenly balanced game for the first half of the encounter. Both pairs set off well matching one another with some steady bowling that produced an early 7 to 5 shots lead for the Bennett/Moore pair. By the time the halfway stage of the match had been reached the pattern of this encounter remained a close fought battle with the Watson/Morrell having not only drawn level in the match but had taken the lead by 9 to 8 shots.

As the game continued into the second half the Watson/Morrell duo upped their game and started to take control of the match steadily easing themselves into a lead of 13 to 9 shots. With some excellent play the Watson/Morrell pair won the next three consecutive ends scoring a total of 4 shots to lead by 17 to 9 shots with just a two ends left to play. However the Bennett/Moore pairing were not about to go down without a fight winning the next end and scoring a massive 5 shots pulling the scores back to trail by just 17 to 14 shots.

On the final end the Bennett/Moore duo played some great bowls to win the end scoring a 3 shots that produced a draw of 17 shots each after a real seesaw of an encounter.

Mixed Pairs 2.30pm (Mon) sees Marjorie Nash’s team topping the table on 8 points with the Len Lammas’s team in second position also on 7 points followed by the team of Jim Sugden on 5 points.

Jim and Margaret Sugden played a match against Ivy Cook and Bob Meldrum (Peter Cook team) that developed into an extremely competitive match for most of this interesting battle until the last three ends. The encounter started with the both pairs playing well but it was the Cook/Meldrum pair that edged into an early lead of 5 to 1 shots in the early stages of the encounter. By the time the match had reached the just over the halfway stage the Sugden pairing had put together some excellent bowls to pull the scores back to level the scores at 7 shots each making this an intriguing battle. At this point in the match both pairs continued to match one another bowl for bowl with some excellent competitive bowls delivered by both pairs.

As the match continued on towards the final ends the scores moved on to 13 shots each with just three ends to play in the game. Then the drama unfolded as the Sugden duo won the first of these final ends scoring 2 shots and followed that up by winning the penultimate end scoring a another 4 shots to take them into the final end leading by 19 to 13 shots.

The final end produced some excellent bowls from both pairings but again it was the Jim and Margaret Sugden combination that won the end scoring a single shot to secure the match victory by 20 to 13 shots.

Mixed Pairs 2.30pm (Frid) has Dave Saxby’s team leading the Division on 6 points followed by the Elaine Roots team on 5 points in second place followed by Jim Sugden’s team in third place also on 5 points.

The match between David and Maria Portanier against Steve and Julie Hutchinson produced a match that was evenly balanced until a second half that was controlled by one pair. The Portanier pair settled into their rhythm straight away building themselves an early advantage of 5 to 0 shots over their opponents during the first half of the battle. However the Hutchinson duo determined to do better battled hard to claw the deficit back by winning four out of the next five consecutive ends and scoring a total of 6 shots whilst their opponents scored a single shot.

As the game continued with the Hutchinson pairing leading by 8 to 6 shots it was the Portanier’s turn to win the next five consecutive ends scoring a total of 8 shots to retake the lead by 14 to 8 shots. With just three ends left to play and with both pairs now playing some consistent bowls the Hutchinson’s secured the next end scoring a single shot to trail by 14 to 9 shots. On the next of these final ends the Portanier pairing scored a single shot to extend their lead to 15 to 9 shots and just the last end to play.

The Hutchinson pair were not about to give this match up and battled extremely hard but were unable to shake their opponents out of their winning ways eventually losing the end by a single shot to leave David and Maria Portanier to secure the victory by 16 to 9 shots.


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The Ladies League sees the Meg Gall team on 6 points leading the Division with nearest rivals the Sue Wooldridge’s team lying in second place also on 6 points. Following these two leaders are five teams all on 4 points.

A match played between the teams of Marjorie Nash and Barbara Sims produced a very interesting battle that resulted in a very close finish to the match. This duel started off with the Sims rink taking an early lead of 8 to 3 shots and as the match continued they increased their lead to 14 to 5 shots as the game reached the halfway point. As this battle moved into the second half the Nash trio suddenly started to produce some extra form winning the next three consecutive ends and picking up a total of 5 shots to trail by just 14 to 10 shots.

With just three ends of the match to play it was the turn of the Sims rink to score a single shot to extend their lead to 15 to 10 shots. However then back came the Nash rink with some great bowls to level the scores at 15 shots each by winning the next end and scoring a total of 5 shots. The final end produced some quality bowling from both rinks as they delivered some extremely competitive bowls between them.

As the final bowl came to rest in this battle of attrition it was the Nash rink that held their nerve and scored 2 shots to take a welcomed victory by 17 to 15 shots.

In the Evening Triples League Paul Johnson’s team on 8 points still lead the Division and have extended their advantage to 2 points over second placed Rob Skinner’s team on 6 points who is followed by Chris Ellis’s team in third place on 5 points.

The match that took place between Peter Cox’s team and the team of Paul Johnson turned out to be a real battle throughout finishing with only 2 shots difference between both rinks. The game started with the Cox trio firing on all cylinders and taking a deserved early lead of 5 to 0 shots but they were unable to maintain the momentum as the Johnson rink started to fight back. As the game continued with some fine play the Johnson rink stuck to their task and eventually levelled the match at 9 shots each by the three quarter point of the game had been reached.

The Johnson squad were now starting to look more comfortable as they as they played some excellent bowls to ease their way into the lead by 13 to 9 shots. With two ends to go in the match the Cox trio were now in a determined mood to stem their opponents scoring rate and managed to score a single shot on the first of these final ends.

After a last end in which both rinks delivered some awesome bowls the Peter Cox trio followed their previous end success up by securing just a single shot to leave the Paul Johnson rink to secure the match victory by 13 to 11 shots.

                                                             FORTHCOMING INDOOR EVENTS

Saturday October 21st        Scunthorpe Men play two rinks at home and two away in the National Inter-Club Competition (Denny Cup) against North Cave commencing at 10.00am.

Sunday October 22nd          Scunthorpe Mixed play away in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League against
Stamford commencing at 1.10pm (coach departs Indoor Centre at 10.15am).

Thursday October 26th       Scunthorpe Men play away in the Lincolnshire County Men’s Over 60’s League against Boston commencing at 10.00am (coach departs Indoor Centre at 07.45am).

Thursday October 26th       Scunthorpe Ladies play at home in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League
 (Trudy Bates) against Lincoln commencing at 1.00pm.

Saturday October 28th        Scunthorpe Men play away in the Lincolnshire County Men’s League against  
 Lincoln commencing at 1.30pm.

Sunday October 29th           Scunthorpe Mixed play two rinks at home and two rinks away in the National 
Mixed Inter-Club Competition (Egham Trophy) against Horncastle  commencing at 10.00am.

Wednesday November 1st  Scunthorpe Ladies play away in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League (Trudy
Bates) against Horncastle commencing at 1.30pm (coach departs Indoor Centre at 11.45am).

Saturday November 4th      Scunthorpe Ladies play two rinks at home & two away in the National Inter-Club Competition (Yetton Trophy) against Lincoln commencing at 10.00am.

Sunday November 5th         Scunthorpe Mixed play at home in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League against Horncastle commencing at 1.00pm.

Tuesday November 7th        Scunthorpe ‘B’ Men play 1 rink home and 1 rink away in the National Inter-  Club Men’s Over 60’s Double Rinks against Louth commencing at 10.00am.