After a week off for the festival which also marked the halfway stage of the seasons fixtures usual business was resumed in the Ellan Vannin Fuels sponsored Mens league.
As far as South Ramsey A were concerned it was positively usual business resumed, as they hosted Douglas A and handed out a 10-0 defeat to the visitors, the charge once again led by John Kennish with a 21-4 defeat of Mike Cain, it is hard to look beyond South Ramsey when forecasting champions at this stage of the season, but as we all know bowls can be unpredictable at times.
Marown are the closest challengers and made no mistake in keeping the points gap down to 11, as they also had a 10-0 victory at home against Ballaugh A, Colin Kelly led the way with a 21-1 demolition of Bob Unsworth the win also included single figure victories for Paul Dunn, Neil Withers, Matthew Keggen and Phil Kelly showing they are still formidable opponents and will close the gap should the leaders falter.
Onchan were lying in fourth spot before making the trip to Mooragh Park for this week’s fixture and would have been looking to secure enough points to overtake Peel A who are on their free week. Onchan came away with a 7-3 victory which was enough to move them up to third, Matthew Quirk was top performer for the visitors with a 21-8 defeat of Garry Merrill but it was a creditable performance by the home side to secure 3 points which included a 21-19 victory for Tony Smart over Kevin Quirk and Steve Walmsey losing by one chalk.
Port St Mary A were at home to Castletown A and secured a 7-3 win, Trevor Quayle once again led the way for the home team with a 21-7 victory over Dave Hollingworth to maintain his impressive run of form, Derek Lewney turned in a great performance for the town with a 21-7 defeat of Juan Hargraves.
Port Erin A were the visitors against Castletown B and both are involved in a battle for points at the foot of the table, the match ended 6-4 to the visitors, Ron Williams 21-20 victory over David McCabe provided a vital point for Town that left both teams on 32 points at the end of the evening 6 points above bottom placed Douglas B, who in turn had a creditable 6-4 victory over South Ramsey B, again the importance of these points cannot be understated as they attempt to cling onto the teams above them.