Another triumph for charity

With the league action taking its Christmas break there was just one event over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling Club and that was the J&M Lee memorial doubles.

A competition set up last season in memory and past president Jack Lee and his wife Margaret.

An entry of 34 was split into two groups with the yellow jack section having nine pairs and played over five ends per game, with the eventual winners being Mike Alexander and Jenny Moore.

Just missing out were the duo of Jo Smith and George Brew, they completed their group stage just one chalk behind the winners, with two more pairs a further point back.

The black jacks had eight doubles competing over five ends, with the clear winners being Steve Parker and Doug Allan; whilst in second position were the combination of Lynda Wilson and Wayne Roberts.

With the light fading fast on a day that was just 24 hours prior to the shortest one of the year, it was decided to play the final between the group winners over four ends.

First blood went to the Parker and Allan duo with a two, this was followed by two singles to build a 4-0 lead with just one end remaining, in which the challengers Alexander and Moore were lying on for three with the last bowl to play.

Everybody watched in anticipation to see if Moore could bowl in a fourth to tie the game and ultimately take it to an extra end shoot-out, however it was not to be and with just a three scored the shield was won by Steve Parker and Doug Allan.

At the end of a great afternoon it was announced that the fantastic sum of £275 had been raised towards Peel RNLI, a cause that was always foremost in Jack and Margaret’s lives.

This follows the great amount of £333 raised just last month for Children in Need and will not be the last charity fund raiser, as the club plan to hold another one in 2020, on a date yet to be finalised.

There will be one final round robin session this year and this will take place on Sunday December 29th, 1pm prompt start.

The league fixtures for the club will recommence on Saturday January 4th, with the midweek round robins starting four days later.