First maximum recorded
The weather did its best once again to interrupt a session of the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League Bowling Club but the two latest sets of fixtures went ahead and saw the first maximum on the card, along with four scores of 86, three of them on Saturday.
The weekend’s opening afternoon had that once in a season where the teams involved play their opponents twice and the biggest benefactors were leaders Seven-Up who were handed 30 points due to Govags being a player missing.
They did however impress in the games played which resulted in them extending their average points lead and are currently on 84.2, with their closest rivals back on 77.2. Winning both clashes by five games to one Seven-Up dropped just four points each time, whereas the westerners could only manage a total of 83 from the afternoon.
Also showing their intention to challenge at the top are RBM, they began with a 6-0 win on games and 90 points to their credit, before dropping only four points in their second outing. Opponents Bits n Bobs struggled to just 40 first time around, but then improved to 52 and went very close to snatching a three-all on games as the weather deteriorated in the last half hour.
Sunday’s results were much closer and began with Castletown Corkers winning by a margin of just four against Erin Porters; this was followed by Beachcombers beginning a successful outing with a 77-71 victory over Parkers, both ending three-all on games, but it is points that count in the end.
Strong winds played their part in this session, but did not stop Beachcombers who stormed into equal third spot with an 86 against the Porters. Finally Corkers repeated their slender four points win from earlier when they made it a poor afternoon for Parkers, who now sit in the bottom half of the table.
A dry Wednesday afternoon resulted in a healthy entry of 43 compete in two sets of triples at the round robin, from which the black jack winners were Mike Skelly, Jackie Elliott and Steve Parker. Runners-up were Peter Karran, Philippa Taylor and George Brew; while third went to Sefton Dent, Gordon Corrin and Dave Corkish.
The other section was a close affair with the outcome being settled by a roll-up in favour of Edwina Reid, Geoff Mayles and Les Halsall. Just missing out were Louis Callister, Dot Mylchreest and Derek Allen, with third place going to Pauline Worrall, Bernard Thackrah and Mavis Franks.
With the league fixtures up to date there will be a round robin this Saturday, weather permitting, entries close at 1pm.