Monthly Archives: November 2014

RB hit the top

Sunday’s games got the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League Bowling Club programme back on track, with them playing a set of fixtures that were postponed a few weeks earlier.

Another very wet spell spoilt things for the opening session on Saturday and with more showers during the afternoon, the results threw up a few surprises.

First up it was Rule Breakers who recorded their seventh 120 plus result when they defeated Mooragh Lakers.

Castletown Corkers meanwhile pulled-off the first surprise of the day when winning four games against leaders Seven-Up, only to miss out by a margin of two on the all-important points front, both teams just passing the 100 mark.

Things didn’t get much better for Seven-Up next time out and they struggled to a low score of 89 when they took on Rule Breakers, who themselves dropped just eight points. As a consequence the two sides swapped places in the league table.

Finally two teams who occupy places in the top six remained as they were after Lakers came out ahead of Corkers by a margin of 20.

Results for Saturday, November 22: Mooragh Lakers 106 (1) Steve Parker, Rule Breakers 120 (5) John Kennish; Seven-Up 103 (2) Alec Taylor, Castletown Corkers 101 (4) Sid Bolton; Rule Breakers 118 (5) Alan Moore, Seven-Up 89 (1) Philippa Taylor; Castletown Corkers 94 (2) Sid Bolton, Mooragh Lakers 114 (4) James Teare.

Two of the teams returned on Sunday for a set of fixtures postponed from earlier in the month and what a difference weather-wise from the original date.

Coming out fighting after a poor session just 24 hours earlier were Seven-Up and they notched up their first and the season’s sixth maximum, unfortunately the losers, Castletown Cannons could only manage a total of 68.

In the meantime third placed Louie’s Angels had their wings clipped by Mooragh Lakers who recorded an above average score to close the gap on their opponents.

Lakers followed this with a five games to one success against Cannons, whilst Seven-Up completed a good day by notching up a comfortable victory over Louie’s Angels.

The outcome of the day’s results shows Angels slip two places in the standings below Bowling for Soup and Mooragh Lakers. Seven-Up remain in second, however Cannons slip into bottom position.

Results for Sunday, November 23: Louie’s Angels 100 (2) Trish Bull, Mooragh Lakers 118 (4) Jenny Moore; Castletown Cannons 68 (0) Joyce Kiernan, Seven-Up 126 (6) Philippa Taylor; Mooragh Lakers 111 (5) Lilian Slinger, Castletown Cannons 90 (1) Alan Phair; Seven-Up 114 (5) Kevin Quirk, Louie’s Angels 91 (1) Matthew Keggen.

A good entry of 39 attended the latest midweek round robin and from two gangs of triples the winners were John Lightfoot, Bernie McPhee and Derek Allen; also Jo Smith, Sheila Preston and Dave Faragher.

Just missing out in second were Derek Anscomb, Bernard and Jean Thackrah; Derek Clarke, Shirley Corrin and Doug Allan. Third places went to Erwin Gelling, Ken Karran and Rob Monk; along with Mike Skelly, Louis Callister and Trish Bull.

All change – well almost

The latest groups of fixtures played over the weekend resulted in positional changes for all but the leading three in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League Bowling Club.

Things kicked-off with Mooragh Lakers just falling short of a maximum by the closest of margins, while Seven-Up followed them home just two points behind with a 123 on the card. Their opponents Bits n Bobs and Roller Bowlers both struggled with scores in the mid eighties.

Seven-Up then improved their average and lead at the top when they dropped just five points against Bits n Bobs who unfortunately moved in the opposite direction and ended the day at the bottom of the table.

This result means that Seven-Up have recorded five 120 plus totals, however they have as yet to hit that 126 points target.

Finally Lakers were pushed all the way by Roller Bowlers and with another tally over the 100 mark moved up two places to fourth in the standings – if only for 24 hours.

Results for Saturday, November 15: Mooragh Lakers 125 (5) LilianSlinger, Bits n Bobs 86 (1) Kim Hargraves; Seven-Up 123 (5) Alec Taylor, Roller Bowlers 85 (1) Shirley Corrin; Roller Bowlers 91 (2) Lil Smith, Mooragh Lakers 104 (4) Steve Moore; Bits n Bobs 74 (1) Geoff Mayles, Seven-Up 121 (5) Derek Clarke.

High flyers in the opening set of games on Sunday were Louie’s Angels as they notched up their first and the season’s fifth maximum score, opponents Govags pushed them all the way and had two losers on 19.

Unfortunately being two players short meant that Castletown Cannons were lacking fire-power when they took on Bowling for Soup, however I am sure they will have been pleased to have avoided a whitewash.

Next up was the biggest clash of the weekend with fifth placed Bowling for Soup being a little too hot for Louie’s Angels who were third, as a result the victors moved up one position and are now only eight points behind their opponents.

The final outcome of the session went in favour of Govags due mainly to Cannons not being able to field a full team, although the losers did win three of the four games played.

Results for Sunday, November 16: Louie’s Angels 126 (6) Marg Tasker, Govags 93 (0) Allan Cromwell and Peter Kelly; Castletown Cannons 80 (1) Peter Curtis, Bowling for Soup 115 (5) Nigel Thomas; Bowling for Soup 124 (5) Nigel Thomas, Louie’s Angels 103 (1) Matthew Keggen; Govags 106 (3) Allan Cromwell, Castletown Cannons 89 (3) John Alderson.

Please note there will be no round robin on Sunday, November 23 due to rearranged fixtures.

A gang of 29 braved the elements with rain forecast ahead of the midweek round robin and topping the triples section at the conclusion were Roy Murphy, Viv Rush and Trish Bull, also finishing on the same points and ending as runners-up were Gordon Corrin, Peter Daugherty and Alan Kennaugh.

The remainder were paired up and the leading duo of Bernie McPhee and Shirley Corrin finished ahead of Dave Faragher and Pauline Worrall.

Breakers rule with two maximums

Just one set of fixtures took place over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League Bowling Club after Saturday’s session was washed out, but the following day Breakers ruled supreme once again and notched up maximum points.

Those due to participate did show up for the first session, but it was decided by the captains and players to postpone the fixtures due to the inclement weather, these games will now be played on Sunday 23 November.

At kick-off time on Sunday things weren’t much better as a heavy shower of rain didn’t help matters, especially with an already soaking wet playing surface, but eventually the sun shone as did Rule Breakers.

Firstly they beat Parkers by a margin of 39, before defeating Erin Porters with a gap of 55. Those two scores mean that Breakers have scored maximums in 50% of their fixtures, notching up 503 out of a possible 504 points over the past two weekends – but they still trail Seven-Up on average points.

Castletown Corkers also handled the conditions better than their opponents and they recorded two victories, both 4-2 on games. First up they beat Porters; then were successful against Parkers, both losing teams slipped down the table.

The league leaders meanwhile have an average of 121 and the nearest challengers are on 119.4; following the top two are Louie’s Angels on 113.7 and Corkers holding on to fourth with 110.8. More details can be found on

Results for Sunday 9 November: Parkers 87 (0) Peter Karran, Rule Breakers 126 (6) Glynn Hargraves; Erin Porters 93 (2) Mavis Franks, Castletown Corkers 111 (4) Dave Hollingworth; Breakers 126 (6) Alan Moore, Porters 71 (0) Mavis Franks; Corkers 110 (4) Lyn and Sid Bolton, Parkers 96 (2) Jo Smith.

In contrast the midweek round robin session had perfect weather with the 39 entrants being split into two groups of triples. Winners of the black jacks were Bob Berry, Jean Thackrah and Pauline Worrall; while in second it was Elaine McElroy, John Lightfoot and Peter Kelly.

The yellow section was decided by a roll-up after just two points separated the top four. Eventually taking the honours were Jo Smith, Steve Moore and Doug Allan, who just sneaked it ahead of Bob Daggett, Les Halsall and Alec Taylor.

Almost a double maximum

League champions, Rule Breakers, came agonisingly close to a first double maximum during the latest session held in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League Bowling Club, dropping just one point from the two fixtures.

Once again a downpour of rain just a few hours prior to the action made the playing surface a little heavy, but nevertheless there was some great bowling on view and the first card saw Breakers drop only one chalk in their defeat of Bits n Bobs.

Also competing were Castletown Corkers and they scored above their average in a comfortable victory over an out of sorts Roller Bowlers.

Things didn’t get any better for the Bowlers in their next outing and they departed with the lowest total of the afternoon, while opponents Breakers recorded their second maximum of the campaign and closed the gap at the top in the process.

Castletown Corkers then popped up with their second best result to date and dropped only five points in a five games to one success over Bits n Bobs, this saw them jump up two places in the table.

Results for Saturday 1 November: Rule Breakers 125 (5) Alan Moore, Bits n Bobs 87 (1) Edwina Reid; Castletown Corkers 111 (4) Derek Lewney, Roller Bowlers 96 (2) Sefton Dent; Roller Bowlers 84 (0) Rosie Winckle, Rule Breakers 126 (6) John Kennish; Bits n Bobs 97 (1) Geoff Mayles, Castletown Corkers 121 (5) Dave Hollingworth and Lyn Bolton.

Saturday saw the first weekend round robin take place and 23 entrants had a race against the weather to complete the session. Winners in the doubles were Philippa Taylor and Lil Smith, followed by Bernard Thackrah and Derek Cadamy.

The triples however had a much closer outcome and winning by the closest of margins were Louis Callister, Trish Bull and Ben Dugdale; and after a roll-up,in second were Caroline Whitehead, Rita Callister and Alan Moore.

Prior to this the regular midweek event saw another good entry of 42, which was split into three groups. Triumphant in the doubles were Philippa Taylor and Gordon Corrin who were just ahead of Bob Berry and Rita Callister.

Winners of the black jack triples were Derek Clarke, Peter Kelly and Joan Ryder; while in the yellow gang it was LilianSlinger, Viv Rush and Erwin Gelling.

Runners up were Caroline Whitehead, Shirley Corrin and Jean Thackrah; along with Dave Faragher, Jack Lee and Jo Smith.