Porters on the case
The latest weekend of action in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League had teams from the bottom half of the table compete over two days that saw seventh placed Erin Porters come away with the largest points total.
First up they took on their southern rivals Castletown Cannons and dropped just seven chalks in a comfortable victory, they then went straight back on to the green and defeated Bits n Bobs to take their points total to 236.
The fact that Bits n Bobs were a player short for the session didn’t help their cause and they also lost out to a Cannons outfit who recorded their highest score to date, an achievement that will help them in their battle to finish above stablemates Corkers who were due to play 24 hours later.
Results for Saturday, January 21: Castletown Cannons 93 (1), Erin Porters 119 (5); Erin Porters 117 (5), Bits n Bobs 84 (1); Bits n Bobs 101 (3), Castletown Cannons 113 (3).
The cold wind of the previous day had died down on Sunday as Bowl Rollers kicked-off the session with a close six chalk victory over Govags, in a set of fixtures that took the list past the 100 mark.
Match details with Govags first: Bob Berry 21, Shirley Whelan 19; Pat Robertson 9, Gordon Corrin 21; Jeff Wilson 19, Lil Smith 21; Peter Kelly 21, Terry Bates 13; Doug Allan 21, Sylvia Kennaugh 10; Mark Kelly and Linda Wilson 8, Rosie Winckle and Shirley Corrin 21. Govags 99 (3), Bowl Rollers 105 (3).
The westerners next convincingly beat bottom team Castletown Corkers by a margin of 43 points, before Rollers re-joined the action and recorded a second victory by defeating Corkers, who fared much better of the points front and are now 25 behind the Cannons.
Remaining results for Sunday, January 22: Castletown Corkers 76 (1), Govags 119 (5); Bowl Rollers 115 (4), Castletown Corkers 103 (2).
A group of 46 attended the latest midweek round robin, which meant a very busy afternoon out on the green, with eight jacks being used.
What a battle it turned out to be in the red triples with three gangs finishing on the same total and after a roll-up the trio of Graham Ogden, Carol Kaye and Mark Kelly were the winners.
Second spot went to Mike Skelly, Jeff Wilson and Doug Allan, and just missing out in third were Bernard Thackrah, Alan Phair and Dave Faragher.
Also played as triples was the yellow group from which Derek Allen, Shirley Whelan and Derek Clarke emerged as victors, ahead of Bernie McPhee, Joy Stephens and Tricia Bull.
The third winners were Peter Karran and Mike Ware, with second place in the doubles going to Janet Monk and Vicky Lloyd-West.