Angels fly high

There were six scores just falling short of maximums last week in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League, two of them going to Louie’s Angels who became the early pacesetters at the top.

They dropped just four points from two outings and staked their intention to improve on the fourth spot they occupied at the end of last season.

First up were opponents Castletown Corkers, who managed to win two games but only by the closest of margins at 21-20; next Angels took on a new look Govags side and emerged with another total of 124.

Some consolation for the westerners was their winner, Vicky Lloyd-West, who has recently joined the winter club for the first time.

Parkers meanwhile will be another team aiming to improve on their last finish as they ended the campaign in the bottom half of the table.

In their first encounter they beat Govags with a total of 119, before leaving Corkers with the lowest tally of the afternoon in a 124 to 89 victory.

Results for Saturday, October 8: Parkers 119 (5), Govags 92 (1); Louie’s Angels 124 (4), Castletown Corkers 97 (2); Govags 96 (1), Louie’s Angels 124 (5); Castletown Corkers 89 (1), Parkers 124 (5).

Sunday’s programme began with what was perhaps the weekend’s surprise result, which saw Erin Porters overcome Outsiders by a margin of 12 in what was the first scoreline where both sides reached 100 points.

Also in action were Bits n Bobs and Bowl Rollers, with the outcome going in favour of the Rollers who fell just short of a maximum; they repeated the same total later against Porters who couldn’t carry their earlier form forward.

Match details (Rollers first): Shirley Whelan 21, Ken Clarke 18; Shirley Corrin 21, Jacqui Elliott 12; Lil Smith 21, Caroline Whitehead 13; Gordon Corrin 21 Chris Dent 15; Wendy Cowin 17, Bernard Thackrah 21; Terry Bates and Sylvia Kennaugh 21, Carol Kaye and Derek Allen 14. Result: Bowl Rollers 122 (5), Erin Porters 93 (1).

Outsiders finished the two days of action with a score just three short of a possible 126; they lost out in the doubles on 18 against Bits n Bobs who are also introducing some new players into winter bowls.

Remaining results for Sunday, October 9: Erin Porters 112 (4), Outsiders 100 (2); Bits n Bobs 80 (1), Bowl Rollers 122 (5); Outsiders 123 (5), Bits n Bobs 95 (1).

The first midweek round robin session attracted a great entry of 45, which was split into three groups of triples, with the eventual winners being Mike Skelly/Paula Firth/Tricia Bull; Pauline Worrall/Derek Allen/Derek Anscomb; also Bernard Thackrah/Rob Cowley/George Brew.

Just missing out in second were Philippa Taylor/Erwin Gelling/Mike Ware; Margy Tasker/Ken Clarke/Peter Karran and Roma Ware/Peter Kelly/Voirrey Curphey.