17th January 2019

LADIES IN EXCELLENT FORM

Scunthorpe ladies faced their next fixture in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League (Trudy Bates) at home against a tricky visiting Horncastle team a fixture that often proves to be difficult to obtain points from. The Scunthorpe team settled straight into the game and exploded into action building themselves an early overall lead of 41 to 6 shots and by the mid-point of the match had extended it to lead by 66 to 23 shots. As they progressed into the second half of the encounter the Scunthorpe team maintained their awesome form increasing their advantage to a 104 to 40 shots lead. In the final stages of the game although the visiting Horncastle team bowled well and made every effort to recover some ground it was a confident Scunthorpe team that extended their lead to finish up the winners by comfortable 16 to 0 points (136 to 65 shots).

Sylvia Lammas, Sandra Newlove, Mo Regan and Joan Bolton for Scunthorpe played some excellent bowls to take an early lead of 13 to 0 shots and managed to extend their lead to 26 to 8 shots by the three quarter point in the match had been reached. A strong final part of the game from the Scunthorpe rink coupled with maintaining their excellent form provided them with an impressive victory by 38 to 11 shots.

Scunthorpe’s rink of Heather Macfall, Pam Saxby, Joan Spilman and Margaret Dargue soon found themselves leading their Lincoln opponents early in their match with a score-line of 8 to 0 shots. As the game continued the home quartet were in great form and continued to increase their lead in this encounter to 15 to 4 shots as the mid-point in this game was reached. In the latter ends in the match the Scunthorpe four maintained their pressure on the visitors and slightly extended it to run out the winners by 27 to 11 shots.
Linda Salmon, Phyllis Morris, Marilynne Harrison and Gill Borrill for Scunthorpe started well leading their visiting opponents and securing a lead of 10 to 1 shots. The Scunthorpe rink continued to pressure the Horncastle rink in the match and edged their way further into the lead by 15 to 4 shots. However they were unable to maintain it as the visitors reduced the home quartet’s lead in the second half of the game. A confident Scunthorpe team eventually held on to secure the victory by 26 to 12 shots.

Scunthorpe’s Margaret Saunby, Janet Dockrill, Fran Margetson and Josey Rayner started well in their match and were able to ease themselves into a mid-point of the match lead of 14 to 1 shots and managed to extend it with some quality bowls to lead by 19 to 5 shots. As the battle continued the home quartet maintained their lead over their Horncastle opponents to eventually run out the winners by 20 to 12 shots.

The final Scunthorpe rink of Jenny Rowe, Sue Bennett, Rita Davey and Eleanor Nicholson started by matching their Horncastle opponents at 4 shots each early in their match but by the halfway point in the battle had been reached the home quartet had taken the lead by 10 to 9 shots. However in the second half of the game the Horncastle rink opened the throttle and retook the lead by 15 to 14 shots. The Scunthorpe quartet never gave up and carried on trying eventually regaining the lead and holding on to run out he victors by 25 to 19 shots.   

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Mark Pruett


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A decisive one shot

DOMESTIC LEAGUES ROUNDUP
 
In the Veteran Rinks Division One Ron Kelly’s team on 17 points remains at the top of the table only a single point clear of the Josey Rayner team on 16 points in second place. The team of Peter Collins is in third place on 15 points followed by Gordon Bissett in fourth place on 14 points.
The Paul Hutchinson team took on the team of Sandra Newlove in a clash that produced an extremely close finish. Both rinks set off well in an evenly balanced encounter that produced an early score-line of 3 shots each. At this point in the battle the Newlove squad started to hit back as they upped the tempo and as the halfway stage of the match was reached the Newlove quartet had taken the lead by 9 to 3 shots. However in this intriguing game it was now the turn of the Hutchinson rink to claw back the deficit to trail by just 10 to 9 shots with just two ends to play in the match.
The first of these ends changed with almost every bowl played but the result was that Hutchinson rink won the end scoring 2 shots to retake the lead by 11 to 10 shots. In the final end and after both rinks had delivered some very competitive bowls it was the Sandra Newlove four that won the end scoring a single shot to leave the result of this excellent game a draw of 11 shots each.

In Division Two the Eileen Horton team on 20 points holds on to the top spot by just 2 points over the second placed Tony Betts team on 18 points who is shadowing them closely and waiting for any slip-up. Chris Cooper’s team lies in third place also on 18 points followed by the Bernard Sims, G Abbott and Neil Berry teams all on 12 points.
Neil Berry’s team took on the team of Eileen Horton in a game that produced an interesting competitive match that finished with the final end determining the result. The game started with both squads involved in an evenly balanced encounter that produced an early score-line of 3 shots each. At this point the Berry rink started to edge their way into the lead and by the mid-point in the match they were leading by 6 to 3 shots.
With both rinks now producing some consistent and competitive bowls as the game progressed on with them matching one another bowl for bowl and maintaining a reasonably evenly balanced game. With just three ends to play and the scores at 9 shots each the Horton rink scored a single shot and that was followed by the Berry quartet delivering some quality bowls to score 2 shots to take the lead by 11 to 10 shots.
With the final end to play both rinks were determined to win the match and after an end of exceptional bowling it was the Eileen Horton quartet that scored 2 shots to secure the victory in this close fought match by 12 to 11 shots.

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Intense concentration


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Wondering what shot to play

In the Veteran Triples Division One Neil Poole’s team on 22 points leads the Division but the Graham Lewis team on 20 points is snapping at his heels in second place. They are being chased by Steve Blakey’s team in third place also on 20 points.
A match between the teams of John Hopkinson and Warwick Wooldridge produced a single shot victory for one team after a reasonably evenly balanced match. Both rinks started well matching one another bowl for bowl producing a score-line of 4 to 2 shots in favour of the Hopkinson trio in the early stages of the match.
The Hopkinson squad maintained their stride and kept themselves into the lead by 6 to 4 shots as the halfway point in the match was reached. This was the springboard from which the Wooldridge trio started their resurgence of form scoring a total of 5 shots to the Hopkinson’s 2 shots over the next four ends to take the lead in the encounter by 9 to 8 shots. After some very competitive play from both rinks it was the Hopkinson trio that won the next end scoring a total of 3 shots to regain the lead by 11 to 9 shots leaving just three ends to play.
During these final ends both rinks battled hard but it was the Warwick Wooldridge rink that won the first two of these ends and scored a total of 4 shots to take the lead again by 13 to 11 shots. The Hopkinson trio with some excellent bowls scored a single shot on the final end to leave the Warwick Wooldridge rink to secure a hard fought victory by just 13 to 12 shots.

Division Two sees an extremely close battle building with the team of Ron Simpson on 13 points in the first place followed by the team of Martin Hammond in second place on 12 points who in turn is being chased by Ian Robinson’s and John Parrott’s teams in third and fourth places also on 12 points.
An extremely close finish occurred in a game between the teams of Mo Addlesee and Eddie Barker after a remarkable fight back in the last three ends of the match by one team. The Barker trio started off well taking an early lead of 8 to 1 shots but they were unable to build further on this early lead as the Addlesee rink with some great play eased their way back to trail by 11 to 6 shots as this encounter reached the halfway stage.
In the second half of the match the Addlesee squad continued their resurgence as they turned up the heat and managed to draw level at 11 shots each with just four ends remaining to play in the match. On the first of these final ends the Barker rink played some excellent bowls and won the end scoring a single shot to lead by 12 to 11 shots in this interesting match.
The next of these final ends produced some very competitive bowls from both rinks but this time it was the Addlesee rink that secured the end scoring 2 shots to take the lead in the game by 13 to 12 shots. On completion of the last two ends of this fascinating battle again the Mo Addlesee trio eventually won both ends collecting a total of 2 shots to finish this enthralling encounter with a well fought victory by just 15 to 12 shots.


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David Portanier


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Short again!

In the (BC Roofing) Australian Pairs 6.30pm (Mon) the Paul Johnson team holds on to the top spot on 30 points followed by the team of John Fleming on 22 points in second place but having played an extra game. The teams of Rob Skinner and Richard Waltham both on 22 points are in third and fourth places.
John Fleming partnered by Warwick Wooldridge played Bob Harmer and Gill Borrill in a match in which one team pulled back in the second half of the game to take the victory. At the start of the game the Harmer pair started well developing themselves an early score-line of 3 to 1 shots lead. As this encounter moved on the Harmer duo injected some extra form into the match and accelerated into a lead of 6 to 1 shots as the halfway stage of the match was reached.
Dramatically then the Fleming combination hit back by winning the next end scoring a total of 3 shots to trail by 6 to 4 shots. However the drama had not finished yet with the scores at 8 to 5 shots still in favour of the Harmer pair the Fleming pair with just three ends left to play scored 6 shots on the next end to take them into a lead of 11 to 8 shots. This was followed up with a single shot end to the Fleming pair to lead by 12 to 8 shots.
The final end included some highly competitive bowls from both pairs but as the last bowl came to rest it was the Bob Harmer and Gill Borrill pairing that scored a single shot to leave John Fleming and Warwick Wooldridge duo secure the victory of this epic battle by 12 to 9 shots. 

Australian Pairs 12.30pm (Tues) sees John Moore’s team heading the table on 23 points with the Ray Robinson team on 20 points in second place and having played one less game than the leaders. Shadowing them closely is the teams of Linda Salmon also on 20 points in third place and Joan Bolton on 16 points in fourth place patiently waiting for any slip-up by the leaders.
A match played between Vinny Bolton partnered by Steve Blakey against the pairing of Ray Robinson and Tom Whiteley ended with a final two successful ends for one pair. The Robinson pair started well securing an early lead of 10 to 4 shots but they were unable to extend it as the Bolton duo clawed the scores back to 12 to 8 shots still in favour of the Robinson pair.
The second half of the game saw both pairs in great form as they moved the scores on to 15 shots each with just two ends to complete in the match. Again this match turned with the Robinson pair winning the first of these final ends and scoring a single shot to lead by 16 to 15 shots.
With just one end left to play both teams set about this remaining end with tenacious determination producing some extremely competitive play. After an exciting end of bowls it was Ray Robinson and Tom Whiteley that won the end and scored 3 shots to secure the match victory by 19 to 15 shots

The Australian Pairs 4.30pm (Tues) league is being headed by Paul Wilkinson on 19 points followed by Keith Sylvester on 14 points in second place. The teams of Ken Seymour and Mal Torn are also both on 14 points in third and fourth places followed by Barry Moore in fifth position on 13 points.
A match between Marion Addey partnered by Kev Robinson and Wilf Wilson and John Close (Keith Sylvester team) produced an extremely dramatic finish in the game. Initially the Addey pair got off to an excellent start by taking an early lead of 4 to 0 shots. However they were unable to retain their early lead as the Wilson pair started to win the ends and clawed the scores back to take the lead by 9 to 4 shots by the mid-point of the match was reached.
The second half of the match was controlled by the Wilson pairing who played extremely well to extend their advantage to lead by 18 to 9 shots with just two ends to play in the match. The next end produced some competitive play from both pairs but in the end it was the Addey duo that scored 3 shots to trail by 18 to 12 shots. However some excellent bowling from the Wilf Wilson and John Close pair proved good enough to win the end scoring 2 shots to take the victory by 20 to 12 shots.

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Taking a closer look


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Following the bowl

                                                                               FORTHCOMING EVENTS

                Sunday January 20th      Scunthorpe will host a National Under 25s match between Scarborough
                                                                    and Spalding
commencing at 11am.

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


               Friday January 25th        
Scunthorpe Ladies play away in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League
                                                                    (Trudy Bates) against Lincoln commencing at 1.30pm.