Advantage Mean Machine
Mean Machine extended their advantage at the top of the table in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League Bowling Club over a weekend which saw both days go ahead, albeit in far from perfect conditions.
Saturday’s participants got a real soaking for their efforts with two from the leading six maintaining their positions behind the front-runners at the end of a very wet afternoon.
Highest scorers from the opening fixtures were sixth placed Erin Porters, who dropped just five points against Govags; this while Titans, who were one place ahead, also lost just one game when they took on Bowl Rollers.
Porters and Titans then went head to head in a clash, which ended three-all on games and with a slender five points winning margin for the latter, which proved crucial 24 hours later.
The final encounter saw the Rollers cope with the conditions better than opponents Govags, who were unfortunately not helped by being a player short.
Results for Saturday, November 14: Titans 119 (5) Bowl Rollers 91 (1), Govags 84 (1) Erin Porters 121 (5), Porters 98 (3) Titans 103 (3), Rollers 114 (5) Govags 89 (1).
The weather didn’t look very promising for Sunday’s session, but to be honest it couldn’t have been much worse than 24 hours earlier and went ahead in dry and breezy conditions.
The top two sides kicked off proceedings and the clash ended with an 11-point advantage to Mean Machine who inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Seven-Up.
Third placed Louie’s Angels were also competing, and they began with a comfortable five games to one victory over Castletown Cannons to maintain the pressure on the two above them.
The question was, how would Seven-Up recover from that defeat, well very well was the simple answer as they brushed aside the Angels, leaving them trailing with a total of just 79 and as a consequence they slipped down two places to fifth behind Mooragh Lakers and Titans.
Mean Machine meanwhile lived up to their name and notched up the season’s seventh maximum; this against a Cannons outfit who struggled with the difficult conditions.
Results for Sunday, November 15: Seven-Up 106 (2) Mean Machine 117 (4), Castletown Cannons 71 (1) Louie’s Angels 119 (5), Angels 79 (1) Seven-Up 115 (5), Mean Machine 126 (6) Cannons 59 (0).
This Sunday will feature a set of matches postponed from November 8, involving Castletown Corkers, Parkers, Bits n Bobs and Mooragh Lakers, so unfortunately there will be no round robin, as was the case last Wednesday due to rain.