One-all in big clashes
An afternoon of two halves is the only way to describe Saturday’s action between the leading two in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League, as they went head-to-head twice in the one session.
Mooragh Lakers began with the smallest of margins over opponents Seven-Up and after a convincing victory over their rivals in the opening clash they extended that gap to 22 points.
The two sides then faced each other once again, but what a turn around as Seven-Up narrowed that advantage back down to just seven points with almost a reverse of the first encounter.
The biggest benefactors, without even playing, were Louie’s Angels who moved to the top of the standings as both competing teams saw their averages tumble.
Also enjoying the perfect weather were Outsiders who racked up a total of 236 points from their two outings against Bowl Rollers, who themselves only won two individual games but averaged almost 100 points.
Results for Saturday, October 22: Mooragh Lakers 120 (4), Seven-Up 99 (2); Outsiders 119 (5), Bowl Rollers 108 (1); Seven-Up 110 (4), Mooragh Lakers 95 (2); Bowl Rollers 91 (1), Outsiders 117 (5).
Sunday saw the season’s sixth maximum scoreline when Unstopabowls left Castletown Corkers trailing home with the lowest score to date.
This while Govags notched up their first success with victory against Castletown Cannons, the teams being separated by just 10 points.
Unstopabowls then took their average to within touching distance of the leaders and into third spot, when they dropped just one game in a victory over Govags.
Finally the two Castletown sides faced each up to each other, with the Cannons coming out on top by four games to two and leaving their stablemates at the bottom of the table.
Match details (Corkers first): Linda Richman 12, John Alderson 21; Rob Sayle 9, James Drinkwater 21; David Quayle 11, Alan Phair 21; Kevan Osborn 21, Bob Daggett 11; Byron Mercer 12, George Peach 21; Tracy Moore and Sonya Mercer 21, Peter Curtis and Elaine McElroy 17. Result: Corkers 86 (2), Cannons 112 (4).
Other results for Sunday, October 23: Castletown Cannons 104 (2), Govags 114 (4); Unstopabowls 126 (6), Castletown Corkers 65 (0); Govags 89 (1), Unstopabowls 119 (5).
An entry of 48 took part in the midweek round robin session, with triples once again being the option for the three gangs.
Comfortable winners from the black jacks were Derek Clarke, Janet Monk and Bernard Thackrah; with second going to David Galbraith, Graham Ogden and Jeff Wilson.
Vicky Lloyd-West, Elaine Moore and Tricia Bull triumphed in the red section, ahead of Derek Allen, George Brew and Paula Firth.
In the yellows, the winners were Steve Parker, Barbara Young and Jean Thackrah, with runners-up being Marg Tasker, Pauline Worrall and Alan Moore.
With league games on schedule, there will be a round robin this Saturday (weather permitting), followed by a set of fixtures on Sunday.