Back on track

The league programme in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League Bowling Club is back on schedule after a set of fixtures, which had been postponed previously, went ahead at the third attempt.

Two of the teams participated on both days and as it turned out for Erin Porters and Bowl Rollers, completely different weather-wise – first one dry, snow showers and a bitterly cold wind, then on Sunday heavy rain.

The wet conditions not helped by the fact that the roof of the shelter was destroyed earlier in the week by storm Jonas, an event, which meant the cancellation of the midweek round robin, whilst the damaged sections were cleared away.

Erin Porters were involved in three close encounters, two of which went in their favour and all points gained helped in them moving up one position in the table.

All in all it turned out to be a mixed bag of results for the southerners after they lost both clashes on Saturday, before winning twice the following day.

Three points was the margin when they missed out to Mooragh Lakers, both scoring good totals, but then surprisingly they went down by 12 against Bits n Bobs who had earlier lost to Bowl Rollers.

Twenty-four hours later Porters were pushed all the way by Govags, but came through by seven points and they followed this up with a great win over Titans, 118-112. A score, which saw them move above their opponents in the standings.

Bowl Rollers also had an up and down weekend, they improved their average on the first day, but saw it drop down after the Sunday session, ending lower than before the opening fixtures.

Mooragh Lakers meanwhile consolidated third spot, being one of a number of sides who saw their average climb, Govags with an increase of 2.4 were best, followed by Bits n Bobs 1.4, Porters 1.1 and Titans just 0.5.

This leaves the teams in fourth to seventh separated by only 30 points and leading the gang are Louie’s Angels on 2003, next come Parkers 1980, Porters just five adrift on 1975 and a further two back are Titans on 1973.

Results for Saturday, January 30: Bits n Bobs 99 (1) Bowl Rollers 120 (5), Mooragh Lakers 119 (4) Erin Porters 116 (2), Erin Porters 107 (3) Bits n Bobs 119 (3), Bowl Rollers 98 (1) Mooragh Lakers 115 (5).

Results for Sunday, January 31: Bowl Rollers 93 (2) Titans 115 (4), Erin Porters 114 (3) Govags 107 (3), Titans 112 (2) Erin Porters 118 (4), Govags 116 (4) Bowl Rollers 90 (2).

The top 12 individuals in the running for the Derek Killey memorial trophy are as follows, the positions are based on the average points in brackets calculated from the amount of games played by their teams:

1,Glynn Hargraves, Mean Machine332 points (20.8); 2,Alan Moore, M.Machine329 (20.6); 3,Jenny Moore, Lakers410 (20.5); 4,Mike Thomas, Parkers365 (20.3); 5,Stefan Kelly, M.Machine321 (20.1); 6,Nigel Thomas, Seven-Up 319 (19.9); 7,Robert Monk, Lakers398 (19.9); 8,Lyn Bolton, Titans 352(19.6); 9,Adrian Skinner, Lakers 389(19.5); 10, Margie Tasker, Louie’s Angels344 (19.1); 11,Steve Parker, Lakers 380(19); 12,James Teare, Lakers 380(19); 13, Rosie Winckle, Rollers 332(18.4); 14,Rob Cowley, Parkers 331(18.4); 15,Derek Allen, Porters 330(18.3).

As you can see the overall title is between a number of players, whereas in the lead for the Geoff Osborn memorial trophy, awarded to the top lady, is the current holder Jenny Moore, followed by Lyn Bolton, Margie Tasker and Rosie Winckle.