Heavy Rain Causes Disruption to Fixtures

Wednesday evenings league action in Canada Life International Division One was unaffected, despite the heavy rain earlier in the day with all scheduled matches going ahead, with the rain only setting in once again when fixtures were taking place.

League champions South Ramsey A continued their solid start to hit top spot as they played in their first home game of 2023, seeing off Marown B with a 9-1 victory. Four games were won to single figures by David Bradford, Bob Clark, James Teare and Peter Collister. Not having it all their own way were Glynn Hargraves who beat Karl Parker 21-15, Jordan Cain recovered from a 12-16 deficit to beat Matthew Keggen 21-18, whilst Alan Moore had to dip deep for his 21-19 win over Juan Killip. The last game on the green resulted in John Kelly picking up the visitors only win of the night with a well deserved 21-14 victory over Stefan Kelly.

Marown A played their second home game of the season hosting Peel A, who were missing three of their regular first team. The Crosby men brushed aside their opponents with an 8-2 win to remain in second place. Captain Paul Dunn was the only winner to single figures as he beat George Gadsby 21-8. Having to work hard for their wins were Peter Jones who beat Gordon Corrin 21-19 and Paul Kelly who recovered from a 14-18 to get past Stevie Kelly 21-20. The two winners for the visitors were Tommy McMeiken who got home 21-15 against Glenn Boland, whilst Philip ‘Pip’ Pemberton beat Phil Kelly 21-19.

Onchan A hosted a much-improved South Ramsey B at the Park, with the hosts winning 7-3. For the visitors Tony Hart made his first start of the season count with a 21-7 win over Neil Dunwell, Austin Hart beat Jamie Clague 21-11, whilst Tony Dugdale held off Phil Kerruish 21-18. Winning to single figures for Onchan were Kevin Quirk and Reg Temporaza over Christian Caley and Ben Dugdale respectively.

Peel B remained in third place after their 6-4 home win over Castletown A, with Dave Smith and Paul Quirk claiming comfortable wins for the home team, helping them claim the two-point aggregate by nine chalks (144-135). For the Town men Ron Williams was the best winner as he beat Jeff Wilson 21-8, Nathan Cooil won 21-14 against Brian Lindsay. David Quayle won 21-18 in a close game with Michael Kavanagh, with Aaron Richardson edging his game 21-20 with Rob Middleton.

Another close game was played out at the Villa between Douglas A and Port St Mary A, as the home team crept home with a 6-4 win by just eight chalks (130-122). Gary Conwell continued his return to form with a 21-3 win over Dave Saxon, Keith Rise won 21-10 against Robbie Cooil, whilst Shaun Seal inflicted a 21-13 defeat on Paul Skelly. For the Port men Wayne Roberts returned to winning ways with a 21-5 win over Merv Sayle, Trevor Quayle bounced back with a 21-12 win over Jimmy Sansom, with Tim Williams seeing off Mark Kneen 21-14.

Marown C welcomed North Ramsey A to Crosby on Thursday evening as the teams played out a 4-4 draw, however the Crosby men took the aggregate by 18 chalks for a 6-4 win. Sid Bolton made his debut for Marown with a 21-3 win over Tony Smart, with Kevin Kelly and Stephen Rundle both winning 21-10 against Adrian Skinner and Gary Merrill respectively. For the visitors Steve Walmsley was their best winner as he beat Peter Kelly 21-11, Paul Allison beat Jamie Joughin 21-14, whilst Rob Monk and Allan Callow both won 21-16.

In Division Two Finch Hill A went top with a 9-1 home win over North Ramsey B, with the Finch men just missing out on a whitewash by just three chalks as David Callow beat Pat Maher 21-18. Four single wins for the home team keeping the visitors to 93 chalks showed the dominance on the night.

Noble’s B came back down to earth after their first game victory with their 2-8 home defeat to Onchan B, with the visitors a player short this awarded a Phil Salmon a welcome walkover, whilst Stephen Corkill picked up their second point of the night as he held off Mark Kelly 21-19. For Onchan Bernie McPhee and Steve Parker were pushed close before prevailing 21-17 against Noel Ash and Grahem Moore respectively.

Port Erin A got a first win of the season under their belt thanks to a hard fought 7-3 home win over Douglas B as they edged the chalks (151-147). For the Breagle men Seamus Whelan beat Kevin Firth, whilst teammate Mark Stockham also won to the same score against Paddy Murphy. For the visitors Geoff Mayles was on the right side of a 21-20 as he beat Ed Benson.

Castletown B hosted Onchan C at the Crofts, with the home team claiming a 7-3 home win as Ian Watson, Ross Moore and John Matheson all won their games to single figures. Responding for the visitors were Denis Maxwell and Bernard Galka who both claimed single figure wins of their own.

Just three fixtures scheduled for Tuesday evening went ahead as each of the away teams claimed victories with the heavy rain any home advantage will have been lost. In Division Three Douglas C came away from Finch Hill B with a 3-7 win with the home team being a player short this could ultimately have cost them the aggregate as they lost by 17 chalks. Winning to single figures for Finch were Sam Stannard-Duke and Chris Thompson, with Sefton Dent getting their third win as he beat Juan Readshaw 21-14. Each of the wins for the visitors were comfortable.

Marown D came away from the Villa with a 2-8 victory to get their season up and running, as they kept the home team under 100 chalks (94-147) helped by big wins to single figures from Richard Bregazzi, Jay Waters, James Kelly and Eddie Rough, with Greg Brew and Dave Corkish winning for the Villa men.

Newly formed Noble’s D impressed as they picked up their first victory of the season winning 3-7 away to Port Erin B on the night, helped by claiming the aggregate two points as they won by 11 chalks (119-130) despite suffering two single figure defeats. Winning for the Noble’s men were Roy Moore, Jay Elliot, Andrew Bell and Charlie Bell with Steve Colquitt the lucky recipient of a walkover.

Ballaugh B picked up their second win of the season on Wednesday evening as they lead the chasing pack following their 8-2 home win over Port St Mary B, with Richard Green and John Looney winning to single figures, whilst Dicky Watson just missed out on another point for the home team as he lost 20-21 to Derek Cain.

The remaining fixtures were played on a pleasant Thursday evening with South Ramsey D making the trip to Douglas as they took on Noble’s C. The visitors took a 4-6 win on the night with visiting captain Franz ten Donkelaar the only winner to single figures as he won 21-7. Nigel Hinds, who is the son of Colin Hinds impressed with a 21-13 win on his debut over Chris Brown, Paul Moore beat Robert Snape 21-19, a result matched by Lee Greggor who crept home against Billy Blair. Lee’s Dad Andy joked that the ‘bowling gene’ must have skipped a generation following his 14-21 defeat to Ryan Hargraves. Frank Feeney beat debutant Mike Caley 21-15.

Peel D didn’t have far to travel as they made the short trip to take on Ballaugh C (report to follow)…