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Peel A Hit Top Spot Again – Mixed Week for Marown A

All three divisions held the first ‘double’ week of the season with a couple of shock results in division one, with a shock result going against Marown A on Monday night and the other that went in favour of the Crosby men on Wednesday evening. 

On Monday evening Marown A made the short trip West to take on Peel A, with the home team making the most of home green advantage to win 8-2 taking out Marown’s ‘big three’ in the process, with Tommy McMeiken beating fellow left hander Colin Kelly 21-20, Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly beating Paul Dunn 21-19 and George Gadsby defeating Neil Withers 21-17. Winning for the visitors were Juan Killip who performed well to beat Andy Kennish 21-17 and Phil Kelly who won 21-14 against Gary Smith. 

The Crosby men bounced back brilliantly on Wednesday evening with their second away fixture of the week against the teams above by them, with a 3-7 away win over South Ramsey A on a superb green with the visitors just edging the aggregate by a solitary chalk (148-149). Winning for the home team were Tony Dugdale who beat Paul Kelly 21-14, Chas Grills who recovered from a 1-11 deficit to run out with a 21-15 victory over Matthew Keggen, whilst Stefan Kelly beat Phil Kelly 21-15. The vastly experienced Crosby men won the big games with Paul Dunn playing a brilliant last bowl to win 21-19 against Peter Collister, Juan Killip did likewise against James Teare to win 21-19 with Teare counting two for game, whilst Neil Withers held off Glynn Hargraves to win 21-18. Colin Kelly ensured Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly couldn’t get the two chalks the home team needed for the aggregate running out from 13-16 behind to win 21-16 to seal a great result and performance for the current league champions. The result leaves Marown still very much in the mix having played most of their tough fixtures away from home in the first half of the season, they are well placed to go on a good run.

Peel A hit the top once again, however they will have been disappointed to win 4-6 on Wednesday evening against Douglas A at the Villa with the home team wins coming from Andy Cannell who beat Gary Smith 21-16, Gordon Wynne-Smythe who won 21-17 against George Gadsby, Keith Rise seen off Darren Young 21-19, whilst Merv Sayle inflicted a third league defeat of the season on Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly 21-20.

Castletown A had a poor 7-3 away defeat on Monday evening against Douglas A, followed up by a 4-6 away win over Ballaugh A on Wednesday evening. Nathan Hamilton and Bob Clark continue to fly high in the league merit with six wins from seven games. Ballaugh A won’t be disheartened by their weeks work despite also losing 3-7 at home on Monday.

Port St Mary A currently sit in third place tied on points with Marown A, they seem to ticking over nicely despite the uncertainty over their future, they recorded a ruthless 10-0 win over Peel B on Monday evening, then followed this up with an 8-2 home win over bottom of the table Noble’s A.

In Division Two South Ramsey B dropped from top spot to sit in second this week following a somewhat disastrous 5-5 away draw against Finch Hill B who prior to this fixture had only taken six points all season. Whilst the visitors only won three games on the night, they took the aggregate by 14 chalks (124-138) to snatch a draw. 

Castletown B had a solid week hitting the top of the league after two 8-2 home victories over Port Erin A and Douglas B opening up a two-point lead at the top, whilst Marown C had a poor week losing 6-4 away to Peel C on Tuesday night and then 8-2 away to Onchan B the following evening, however Walter McCarthy kept his 100% record for the season with two comfortable wins.

Two On The Trot For Withers & Dunn

Peel hosted the Lancaster Cup men’s doubles on a fine Saturday afternoon on a vastly improved playing surface with 30 pairs taking part.

At the end of the competition it was the Marown duo of Paul Dunn and Neil Withers (+3) who carried on their good run of form seeing off the Douglas pairing of Paul Cowley and Bob Callow (+8) who had performed brilliantly throughout the entire day to reach the final and can be proud of their efforts with Cowley leading well at the front and Callow pulling out some great bowls at the back, however the Marown pairs quality came through with some good lead bowls and strikes which came off recovering from a 3-10 deficit to ensure they took a 21-15 victory in the final. The winning pair received the Lancaster Cup and shared the £200 first prize, whilst the runners up could console themselves with £100 between them.

Losing out in the semis to the winners were the heavily fancied Stefan Kelly (South Ramsey) and Bob Clark (Castletown) with the score tied at 10-10 before eventually losing out 13-21, whilst in the other semi it was the end of the challenge from Dave McCabe (Finch Hill) and Nathan Cooil (Castletown) to Cowley and Callow 10-21.

Falling at the quarter final stages were last weeks Mooragh Park winners Wayne Roberts and Trevor Quayle (Port St Mary) 19-21 to McCabe and Cooil, home pair Andrew Cover and David Proctor lost 20-21 to Cowley and Callow, whilst another home pairing Philip ‘Pip’ Pemberton and Paul ‘Pooky’ Quirk lost 17-21 to Dunn and Withers. Onchan men Neil Dunwell and Mike Thomas were defeated 16-21 by Kelly and Clark.

The presentation was made by Peel Bowling Club chairman Dougie Allan, who thanked the sponsor David Lancaster, the team who ran the competition and all the club members who had helped throughout the day.

South Edge Ahead after Tough Fixture

There were a number of close fixtures in division one this week with league leaders South Ramsey A visiting Onchan A in a high quality match with close scores in all but one game. For Onchan Kevin Quirk seen off Chas Grills 21-16, Peter Slinger managed to get over the line 21-19, whilst Matthew Quirk played well to beat Stefan Kelly 21-8. For the visitors Alan Moore beat Frank Watson 21-15, Glynn Hargraves recovered from a 14-18 deficit to run out with a 21-18 win after a tough battle. Second half winners for South Ramsey were David Bradford who beat Phil Kerruish 21-15, Dido Kelly won 21-17 against Jordan Cain in a great game to watch, whilst James Teare beat Mark Kelly 21-15 to seal a 3-7 win with the northern team taking the aggregate by just five chalks (143-148).

The closest match of the night was between Castletown A & Peel A at the Crofts, with Peel taking the win 6-4, winning 5-3 on games, but tying on chalks (133-133) after suffering two heavy defeats. For the home team Nathan Hamilton continued his solid start to the season and in doing so inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Tommy McMeiken 21-6, Jordan Drewett beat George Gadsby 21-9, whilst Aaron Richardson did well to beat Ste Kelly 21-13. For the visitors Peter Greenlees beat Ian Watson 21-18, Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly got back to winning ways defeating Bob Clark 21-19, with wins from Tom Kelly & Gary Smith being comfortable, whilst Darren Young recorded the biggest win of the night with a 21-4 victory over Nathan Cooil.

North Ramsey A hosted Port St Mary A at Mooragh Park with the home team taking a 7-3 win in another close encounter on chalks (133-132), with Rob Monk somewhat surprisingly turning out for his former club having plied his trade at Onchan for three seasons. Monk made his return after nearly two years out of the game and recorded a fine 21-13 win over Trevor Quayle.

Marown A hosted Ballaugh A at Crosby with the home team recording an 8-2 victory, will have been disappointed to lose two close games with John Gelling losing 18-21 to Richard Hainge, whilst Phil Kelly lost 19-21 to John Keenan. All of Marown’s wins were never in doubt with six single figure victories. Marown remain in third place, closing the gap to the top to just three points.

Noble’s A were well beaten 1-9 at home with Mark Kneen preventing the whitewash with his 21-11 win over John Kelly. For the visitors James Kelly just edged out Steve Cook 21-20. Douglas A got their first win of the season with a 2-8 away win over Peel B. Ian Moore just missed out on an extra point for his team losing 20-21 against Dave Smith, whilst Keith Rise and Shaun Seal both won 21-19 against Dougie Allan and Michael Kavanagh respectively.

In division two Finch Hill A used home advantage to beat Castletown B 6-4, taking the aggregate by nine chalks (139-130). South Ramsey C pulled off a surprise 3-7 away win over Port Erin A, which could have ended up 9-1 to the visitors who lost two games 19-21 with Seamus Whelan and Bernie Durcan both getting over the line against David Corkill and James Evans. Port St Mary B won 7-3 at home to Peel C with Derek Cain winning 21-10 against Paul Baker, whilst Derek’s son Will held his nerve to win 21-20 against Kevin Mort. For the visitors Mike Ashmole beat Rod Swift 21-9.

South Ramsey B hosted Onchan B on a tricky green with the home team maintaining their recent good form with an 8-2 home win. Tony Dugdale was ruthless with his 21-3 win over Paul Clinton, whilst Ben Dugdale went right to the wire with his 21-20 win over Bernie McPhee. For the visitors Mike Kelly continues to perform well in division two with a 21-7 win over Austin Hart, whilst Mike Thomas beat Ian Moore 21-8.

On Tuesday evening Marown C hosted Finch Hill B with the home team winning 7-3 thanks to good single figure wins from Walter McCarthy, Stewart Clague and Kevin Kelly for the Crosby team.

In division three Ballaugh B played their lower ranked C Team with the B taking a solid 7-3 win to ensure they stayed top. South Ramsey D had a tough home fixture against Marown D with the match finishing 5-5 with the visitors winning five games, however the home team won two games to single figures to ensure they took the aggregate on chalks. Steve Cain won his first game with a good 21-16 win over Ryan Hargraves.

Port Erin B hosted Douglas C at Breagle Glen with the home team crushing the visitors 10-0. Castletown C recorded a solid 8-2 home win over Onchan C, however only six chalks separated the teams (133-127) to show it was a closely contested match. 

Peel D slipped to a 2-8 home defeat against Noble’s B. For Peel Philip ‘Pip’ Pemberton was ruthless with a 21-0 win over Stan Cooper, whilst team mate Andrew Cover beat Terry Bates 21-16 with both players showing they are ones to watch out for. For the visitors’ Junior player Alex Hampson picked up another win getting over the line 21-20 against Richard Callister.

South And Peel Share Top Spot – Marown Slip to Third

In the first division the match of the week was between Onchan A and Peel A at the Park, with the visitors taking a 4-6 victory courtesy of winning by a solitary chalk (136-137). For the home team Matthew Quirk made his first outing of the season with a 21-7 win over Gary Smith, Phil Kerruish beat George Gadsby 21-17, Reginald Temporaza defeated Tom Kelly 21-16, whilst Jordan Cain pulled off a great 21-7 win over Dave ’Barney’ Kelly. For the visitors Tommy McMeiken beat former Peel man Frank Watson 21-5, Darren Young beat Mark Kelly 21-12, Andy Kennish won 21-16 against Peter Slinger, whilst Ste Kelly beat Kevin Quirk 21-19. The result leaves Peel joint top with South Ramsey A on 33 points.

South Ramsey A recorded another 2-8 away win against local rivals Mooragh Park, a result on another night which could have been 10-0 with Chas Grills losing out 17-21 to Gary Merrill, whilst Alan Moore lost 19-21 to Allan Callow.

Marown A sit in third place four points behind the leaders after a hard fought 6-4 home win over Castletown A, with Sam Clague inflicting a first league defeat of the season over Manx Champion Paul Dunn 21-18. Jordan Drewett won 21-10 against Phil Kelly, Nathan Hamilton beat Juan Killip 21-11, whilst Bob Clark continued his fine form with a 21-9 win over Paul Kelly. Three of the home wins were to low single figures from Colin Kelly, Neil Withers and Matthew Keggen over Aaron Richardson, Ian Watson and Dean Kinley respectively.

Port St Mary A are going along nicely after their 8-2 home win over Douglas A, whose search for a first league win of the season goes on, whilst Noble’s A picked up their first league victory of the current campaign with a 7-3 home win over Ballaugh A. Peel B hosted Marown B in the Sunset city with the home team edging the match 6-4 taking the aggregate by 12 chalks (145-133).

In division two the league is starting to take shape with South Ramsey B starting to get their act together, they sit in second place following their 8-2 win at home to Peel C in a well contested match, winning three close games with Austin Hart winning 21-17 against Kevin Mort, Edward Carlyle seeing off Jimmy Corlett 21-19, whilst George Brew edged it 21-20 against Mike Ashmole.

Finch Hill A held onto first place despite crashing to a 4-6 home defeat against Onchan B, losing out by just two chalks (136-138). Marown C are in fine form following their 7-3 win at home against Port St Mary B, whilst Douglas B are also in the mix after their 9-1 home win at the Villa over Finch Hill B.

Castletown B won 8-2 at home against South Ramsey C, with the home team having played a game less they are currently in mid-table as are Port Erin A who sat out this round of fixtures.

In division three Onchan C went joint top on 31 points following their 2-8 away win over South Ramsey D, with home captain James Moore winning 21-9 against Roger Payne, whilst 13-year-old Ryan Hargraves battled back from a 12-18 deficit against Sid McKnight to win 21-19.

Ballaugh C are level at the top with Onchan C, they came away from Breagle Glen with a 3-7 win over Port Erin B. Noble’s B claimed a 2-8 away win with Alex Hampson taking the bragging rights over fellow junior player Clark Kelly 21-17, whilst Castletown C won 7-3 at home to Douglas D with the new bowlers continuing to impress with David Beynon and Nick Firth (another returning bowler) both winning after starting in the league this season, whilst Juan Readshaw who has returned after a few years out of the game also won.

Marown D continue to impress with a 3-7 away win over Peel D, who had a familiar surname on their team sheet with Philip ‘Pip’ Pemberton, who is the son of Jimmy, having returned to bowls after playing as a teenager he won 21-9 against Rob Bell, whilst another new bowler Andrew Cover is another who has family links to bowls through his grandfather and is highly rated by club members lost 12-21 to Alan Gault.

Kelly Hits Top Form with Association Cup Win

South Ramsey Bowling Club hosted the Association Cup on Sunday with the competition attracting 63 entries. The green was in excellent condition with the green getting quicker throughout the day.

The quarter finals were well contested with home greener Glynn Hargraves losing out 18-21 to Marown’s Matthew Keggen, Bob Clark (Castletown) just lost 20-21 to Colin Kelly (Marown). Jordan Cain (Onchan) ended the challenge of Dave McCabe (Finch Hill) with a 21-16 win, whilst home greener David Bradford progressed with a 21-17 victory over the 2020 winner Sam Clague (Castletown).

In the semi-finals Bradford put paid to the run of Cain who had won the half mountain marathon the previous day, with a 21-13 win, whilst Kelly booked his place with a 21-18 win over Keggen.

The final got underway with Kelly winning the first eight ends in the corners, playing brilliantly with Bradford never far away, building what looked to be an unassailable 16-6 lead over Bradford, who got in with a single then cleared the jack off the green when lying one down on the following end, only to concede a two to trail 7-18. From there Bradford started to pull some points back to trail 12-18 only for Kelly to take two singles and within touching distance of picking up the title. Bradford got back in and headed for the corners playing them well to recover to 16-20 and was counting with two good bowls. Kelly made sure he reached and flicked away Bradford’s bowl and left himself counting for one to win the trophy he last won in 2019.

The presentation was made by competition committee officer Dave Kelly, who thanked South Ramsey for the excellent condition of the green, the club members for providing helpers and refreshments throughout the day and the competition committee for the smooth running of the competition.

Junior Manx Champion – Toby Is All Hart

A good entry of 23 junior bowlers from all over the island entered the Junior Manx Championship on Saturday, it was 16 year old Toby Hart of South Ramsey who came through the field to win. This was a fantastic entry, which could have been higher had some of the younger bowlers who attend the club sessions entered.

Once again there were more girls entered to play than boys, which was fantastic to see, with some great bowls played by all the juniors. What impressed me the most was how well the Juniors conducted themselves on and off the green all afternoon. The experience gained from playing in these competitions will help the younger bowlers, however it was the older Juniors who progressed to the latter stages.

Losing out at the quarter final stage were Sam Colquitt (Marown), who lost 6-21 to Toby Hart, Grace Gawne (Onchan) who was defeated 9-21 by Madison McMullan (Mooragh Park), whilst Aalish Howarth agonisingly lost out 20-21 to Mooragh Park teammate Victoria Johnson, whilst Shannon McMullan (Mooragh Park) had to sit out the quarter final as her opponent went home due to feeling unwell

In the semi-finals Toby Hart was up against Madision McMullan, with Toby playing well to take an assured 21-10 win and in doing so reversing the result against the same opponent as last year at the same stage of the competition. In the other semi-final the sit out from the previous round for Shannon McMullan did not have a detrimental effect, with Shannon taking a 21-15 victory over teammate Victoria Johnson.

In the final on the balance of play over the day Hart started as favourite against McMullan, with the latter having the experience of winning the title in 2019. Hart started off well to take a 4-2 lead, McMullan played brilliantly to build up a 13-6 advantage with some great lead bowls to put Hart under pressure. Hart kept his composure really well digging in to go on to take eight of the following nine ends to jump into a 17-14 only for McMullan to hit back with two great bowls to trail by one chalk at 16-17. The match looked finely poised, with the potential of going to the wire, however Hart finished strongly scoring two doubles to win 21-16 and claiming his first Junior Manx Championship win.

The presentation was made by Association Press Officer Glynn Hargraves, who thanked all the juniors for taking part, Steve Moore for running the competition, Douglas Bowling Club for providing the refreshments and measurers and the team who had prepared the green.

Onchan B Stun Port St Mary A

The Rayner Shield got underway with the biggest shock of the week at Port St Mary in the preliminary round fixture between first division side Port St Mary A and second division Onchan B. The matched finished 4-4 with the four away wins coming from Bernie McPhee, who beat Wayne Roberts 21-10, Colin Spence who secured a hard fought 21-20 victory over Paul Skelly, whilst Mike Kelly beat Tom Collins 21-12, with Will Penhallurick seeing off Paul Russell 21-15. The match win was secured by just three chalks (141-144) with all the visitors reaching double figures to ensure they progressed to the next round with the home team now facing another year in the Rayner Plate.

In the first round, three teams won 8-0, with South Ramsey A seeing off Onchan C at the Park, with Jamie Clague impressing despite losing 15-21 to Peter Collister. Noble’s B were defeated by Douglas A at home, whilst Finch Hill A won at home against Ballaugh B.

There were five results which ended up 7-1, with Port Erin A beating Douglas C at Breagle Glen with Greg Brew preventing the whitewash with a fine 21-19 win over Steve Durcan. The other four wins were all away wins from first division teams all against lower league teams, with Peel B seeing off Marown D, Marown A overcame Port St Mary B with the result not reflecting how close some of the games were, with current Manx Champion Paul Dunn winning 21-17 against Andy Sykes, whilst Phil Kelly & John Gelling both won 21-20 against Derek Cain & Ken Karran respectively. Ballaugh A beat their C Team with Ray Parry recording a stunning 21-9 win over Barry McDonald, whilst Onchan A didn’t have to travel far for their win over Finch Hill B.

Elsewhere Marown C lost out 3-5 at home to Peel A, however there were a few interesting scores with Jamie Joughin beating Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly 21-14, Stephen Rundle seeing off Peter Greenlees 21-13, whilst Kevin Kelly took home the bragging rights after his 21-12 win over older brother Tom Kelly. Douglas B took a couple of games off Castletown A with Steve Gregg beating Dean Kinley 21-11, whilst Pat O’Donohue is still proving to be a tough opponent seeing off Jordan Drewett 21-18 in a 2-6 away defeat.

Noble’s A will have had their spirits lifted following their first win of the season with their visit to the sunset city resulting in a 2-6 victory over Peel C. For the away team Mark Quinn defeated Bob Berry 21-20, a result matched by Les Brookes with his win over Brian Lindsey, whilst David Pease also just made it home to the same score against Ian Pendlebury. Stephen Hampson won 21-17 against Mike Ashmole, whilst Steve Cook recorded a 21-4 win over Jeff Wilson, with Tommy Collister winning 21-11 against Paul Baker.

The first set of fixtures were rounded off on Thursday evening. It was second division Castletown B who travelled to Crosby to take on first division Marown B with the visitors securing a fantastic 3-5 win to progress to the next round. Winning for the visitors were Peter Oates, George Foy, George Peach, Ron Williams and Juan Kermode.

All teams who lost in the first round now go into the Rayner Plate, with handicaps applied based on previous years league positions.

All Change At The Top

In division one Peel A hosted Noble’s A on a fine evening for bowling, with the hosts handing out a 10-0 whitewash to the visitors to go top of the league. The biggest win of the night came from Tommy McMeiken who beat Martyn Hobson 21-1. For the visitors Mark Quinn lost out 18-21 to Peel captain Gary Smith, whilst Dave Naughton pushed Tom Kelly all the way before losing 20-21.

The most interesting tie of the night was between Douglas A and Marown A, who visited the Villa. The Crosby men would have been disappointed not to come away with a 2-8 away victory, however the Villa men had other ideas to win four games on the night losing out 4-6 with Ian Moore seeing off former teammate Paul Kelly 21-20, whilst Merv Sayle beat Matthew Keggen to the same score. Shaun Seal recorded a good 21-16 win over John Gelling, whilst Andy Cannell made light work of Juan Killip with a 21-9 victory. All the wins for the visitors were comfortable, with Colin Kelly taking the biggest win of the night 21-6 over Gary Conwell.

South Ramsey A jump up into second place following their 9-1 home win over Peel B, with five of the home team winning to single figures. The whitewash was spared by the hero of the night Dave Smith, who edged home 21-20 against James Teare.

The new look Castletown A hosted Onchan A at the Crofts with the matched tied on games 4-4 they took the aggregate on chalks by six (133-127) to record a 6-4 win against a team they will be looking to get close to this season. Bob Clark continued his run of form to lead the way for the Town men with a 21-8 win over Jordan Cain, backed up by Jordan Drewett, Dean Kinley and Sam Clague who beat the vastly experienced Phil Kerruish 21-10. Colin Spence stepped in to beat home captain Ian Watson 21-13, Kevin Quirk and Reginald Temporaza returned to winning ways with Peter Slinger also winning.

Port St Mary A visited Crosby to take on Marown B, with the visitors pleased to come away with a 3-7 victory. For the visitors Trevor Quayle just got over the line 21-20 against Bobby Thorne, Robbie Cooil took a fine 21-13 over new signing Glenn Boland, Wayne Roberts inflicted a 21-4 defeat on Peter Kelly. For the home team John Kelly made his return winning 21-19 against Tim Williams, whilst Darren Kerruish held his nerve to beat Tom Collins 21-20. The most notable result of the night was Brian Kelly’s outstanding 21-12 win over Paul Skelly.

Ballaugh A got their first win of the season under their belt, beating local rivals North Ramsey A at home with a 7-3 win. Young Patrick Grant did enough to see off Gary Merrill 21-20, whilst Barry McDonald kept up his 100% record for the season, whilst Richard Hainge recorded his first ever top flight win with a 21-12 victory over John Cannan.

In division two Finch Hill A took on their lower ranked B team, with the A showing their dominance with a 9-1 win. Four of the wins were to single figures with the other three victories being comfortable. Stephen Oates was the only winner for the B Team with a 21-16 win over John Harris.

Port Erin A had a mini disaster away to Onchan B with a 4-6 away loss, however Harry Minor and Bernie Durcan both managed to keep their winning run going to maintain their perfect records.

South Ramsey B are starting to get their act together, they took a solid 3-7 away win against Port St Mary A which could just as easily have been 10-0, having lost two games 18-21 and a further game 19-21. Edward Carlyle continued his good form, whilst I can’t see Tony Dugdale losing many games in division two this season.

Marown C having beaten South Ramsey B 7-3 on their own turf the previous week would have been expecting to do as well if not better against the lower ranked C Team with another visit north, however the home team showed their B team how to do it seeing off the visitors 7-3, whilst Peel C hosted Douglas B in a tight encounter with the home team taking a 6-4 win.

In division three Ballaugh C went top on 24 points from three games after their 9-1 home win over Peel D, whilst Ballaugh B sit in second following their 2-8 away win over Douglas D. Onchan C currently sit in third, hosted Port Erin B, with the home team claiming a 7-3 victory.

Marown D continue to impress sitting in fourth and claimed another win courtesy of an 8-2 home success over Douglas with Jay Waters leading the way with a 21-1 win. Castletown C rounded off the weeks round of fixtures with a 3-7 away win over Noble’s B.

Barney Works Up a Thirst to Win Association Singles

Ballaugh Bowling Club hosted the Association Singles on Sunday afternoon with the competition attracting 53 entries. The green has continued to improve and was in excellent condition for those taking part in what started in very wet conditions, however as the day went on the conditions improved to end in glorious sunshine.

Losing out in the quarter finals were Glynn Hargraves to South Ramsey teammate David Bradford 13-21, Derek Allen (Port Erin) to the same score with his defeat to Bob Clark (Castletown), whilst Neil Withers lost out to Marown teammate Matthew Keggen 19-21, with Phil Kerruish (Onchan) being beaten by Peel man Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly to the same score.

In the semi-finals Bradford, who had played consistently well all day was up against Clark, with the former continuing to play extremely well, however Clark had an answer for everything playing some great bowls to turn two down into a two for himself on more than one occasion with Bradford only being guilty of playing too well, it was Clark who edged a fantastic game 21-20 to take his place in the final. The other semi-final was also close throughout, with the game not up to the standard of the first semi-final it still had plenty of good bowls with Kelly doing enough to get over the line 21-19 against Keggen to reach the final.

In the final Kelly upped his game considerably to take eight of the first 11 ends playing his favourite corners, whilst keeping his opponent to singles throughout the match. Clark had no answer for Kelly, who went on to score two quick-fire doubles to seal a resounding 21-10 victory to claim the Association Singles title and the winner’s prize of £100 for his efforts  

The presentation was made by Association Competition Committee Officer Steve Moore, who thanked Ballaugh and their club members for hosting the competition and providing refreshments throughout the day.

Peel A Close the Gap on League Leaders Marown A

Week two in division one had the weather play a factor with strong winds on Monday evening making for difficult bowling conditions with Onchan A hosting pace setters Marown A at the Park with the visitors taking the spoils with a 3-7 win. The five winners for the Crosby men were all comfortable with low double figures victories, with the biggest win from Juan Killip who inflicted a rare home defeat on Kevin Quirk 21-10. Winners for the home team were Jordan Cain with a 21-8 win over Matthew Keggen, Mike Thomas recorded a 21-16 victory over Phil Kelly, whilst captain Peter Slinger just got the win 21-20 over John Gelling.

Peel A sit in second place following their tricky away fixture against North Ramsey A, who now have their destiny in their own hands having recently taken over the maintenance of their bowling green, they will look to get their green back to its best over time. The visitors came away relatively unscathed with a good 2-8 victory thanks to Tommy McMeiken winning 21-19 against Ray Skelly, whilst George Gadsby inflicted a second consecutive 21-20 defeat of the season on Tony Smart. Winners for the Mooragh men were Gary Merrill with a 21-15 victory over Gary Smith, whilst John Cannan continues to be tough to beat at home with a 21-19 win over Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly.

South Ramsey keep ticking along quietly with a rewarding visit to the opposite end of the Island to take on Port St Mary A recording their second 8-2 win of the season. Winners for the home team were Trevor Quayle who won 21-7 against Chas Grills, with Dan McCabe not far behind with his 21-10 victory over Alan Moore. South Ramsey responded with three single figures wins from Dave ‘Dido’ Kelly beating Paul Russell 21-5, whilst David Bradford & Glynn Hargraves matched each other with their 21-7 wins over Paul Skelly & Tim Williams respectively. Peter Collister continued his fine form with a good 21-11 win over Wayne Roberts.

Promoted teams Peel B & Ballaugh A met in the Sunset City with the home team recording an assured 7-3 win, which on another night could have been 9-1 with Gordon Corrin losing out 19-21 to Barry McDonald, whilst Robert Middleton just missed out 20-21 to John Maddrell, Paul Quirk was heavily defeated 6-21 by Philip Quayle. For the home team captain Paul ‘Pookie’ Quirk continues to impress and is not looking out of place in division one with a 21-14 win over the experienced John Keenan.

Noble’s A hosted Castletown A and will have been pleased to take four games from the visitors with Les Brookes, Dave Naughton and Sam Stannard-Duke all winning 21-14, whilst Martyn Hobson will have been delighted with his 21-13 win over Nathan Cooil. A lot of credit must go to the Noble’s men with four of the players having never played first division bowls, yet all four are giving a good account of themselves as they look to gain experience. For the visitors Bob Clark recorded an unbelievable 21-0 win over Tommy Collister, which must be a first with Tommy always being the standout performer at every club he has played for. Sam Clague returned to winning ways with a 21-8 win over Mark Quinn, captain Ian Watson beat Stephen Hampson 21-14, whilst Nathan Hamilton continues his good start to the season with a 21-10 win over Steve Cook.

Marown B reversed their 2-8 defeat from the previous week with an 8-2 home win over Douglas A with two changes made from the last team with Bobby Thorne coming in to record a 21-14 win over Andy Cannell, whilst James Kelly also came in and just missed out 20-21 against Shaun Seal. Stephen Rundle stayed with the B Team this week and got his reward with a 21-20 win over Ian Moore, whilst Karl Parker beat Gary Conwell 21-7, with Brian Kelly winning 21-8 against Gordon Wynne-Smythe. The second winner for Douglas was Jimmy Sansom, who would have been pleased to take a 21-10 win over Glenn Boland.

In division two Marown C pulled off the shock of the night with a 3-7 win away to South Ramsey B, who continue to make life hard for themselves in their quest for an immediate return to division one. Winning for the visitors were Kevin Kelly who recorded his second win in five days on the same green, this time seeing off Christian Caley with a 21-12 win, Jamie Joughin performed well to win 21-13 against Austin Hart, whilst Carey Dewhirst just got home with a 21-20 win over Steven Waters. Winning for the home team were Edward Carlyle who has returned from an injury over the winter to beat Matt Derrick 21-12, ably backed up Bryan Corner and the ever reliable Tony Dugdale.

Port Erin A continue to set the pace at the top of division two with their second 9-1 win of the season, this time seeing off Finch Hill B at Breagle Glen. For the home team Harry Minor, Derek Cadamy, Bernie Durcan and David Cain all won to single figures, with Brian Murphy sparing the whitewash with a surprise 21-19 win over Steve Durcan.

Finch Hill A sit in second place following their 8-2 home win over Peel C, with Onchan B performing well to record a 3-7 away victory over Castletown B with Will Penhallurick continues to impress in division two having only taken up the game last year, he took a 21-15 win over George Peach. Douglas B won 8-2 at home against Port St Mary B with single figure wins from Andy Foster, Steve Gregg & Willy Cowley. In division three only a point separates Ballaugh C and their higher ranked B side who sit at the top, with the B winning 7-3 at home against Castletown C, whilst the C bettered this with a 1-9 away win over Douglas C. South Ramsey D won 7-3 over Douglas with all five wins being to single figures. Marown D recorded their first ever win with 7-3 home victory over Noble’s B, with the visitors Junior player – 12-year-old Alex Hampson impressing with a 21-20 win over Steve Cain. Finishing off the round of fixtures Onchan C won 3-7 away to Peel D.