Ladies Night League Returns
The Ladies Crown Green Bowling Night League returned this week and welcomed a new team into the competition with Castletown B making it 13 teams in the league. The odd number does mean one team sits out each week and last years and seven times champions Port StMary were the first to sit out.
Newcomers Castletown B had a tough start losing 89-185 (1-8) to Nobles with Tracey Moore beating Joyce Ogden 21-17 to ensure there was no full house on the card. Sheila Preston also came close losing 21-18 to Lisa Boland.
Last years runners up South Ramsey faced Ballaugh at home and with six players winning to single figures underlined their title credentials winning 173-68 (8-1). The only winner for Ballaugh was former South Ramsey player Gill Dixon winning 21-5.
Castletown haven’t been outside of the top 3 since 2012 and made a good start beating Douglas away 153-120 (5-4). Paula Garrett, Hilary Kermode, Sue Peach and Anne Oates all won to single figures on the night.
Onchan who have finished bottom the last two seasons welcomed Port Erin to Onchan Park. Onchan have introduced a lot of new bowlers over the last two seasons and their improvement was shown by picking up their first win since June 2016 winning the match 150-142 (6-3).
Peel picked up a fine away win at Crosby beating Marown 165-144 (5-4) with Heather Horsburgh and Cath Parker winning to single figures for the away side.
The tightest match of the night came down south as Purt Le Moirrey faced Mooragh Park. The match finished with Mooragh Park winning by a single chalk 150-149 and 6-3 on games. Cath Parker edged her game against Linda Dawson 21-20 which looks crucial on paper.
Next week is a double week with matches on Wednesday and Friday. On Wednesday tie of the night sees Peel Sunset host South Ramsey whilst on Friday Nobles welcome Castletown A.
Champions Port St Mary will kick off their campaign with matches against Purt Le Moirrey and Ballaugh.