Leaders Drop Vital Points in All Three Divisions

In the Canada Life International Sponsored Division One this week South Ramsey A hosted Marown B on a tricky green. Whilst the home team won 7-3 on the night, they will have been hoping for a bigger home win to keep the chasing pack at arm’s length. For the home team captain Glynn Hargraves was the best winner with a 21-9 victory over Karl Parker, with the four wins for the home team being to 10, 11, 12 and 13 proving these were comfortable. For the Crosby men John Gelling got the first of their three wins, with a solid performance over Bob Clark as he won 21-16, with Jerome Surridge securing the best win of the night with a 21-8 win over Jordan Cain, whilst Glenn Boland had enough in the locker to edge out Stefan Kelly 21-20. Marown B are proving to be a formidable outfit; they are in my eyes the best B Team that I have come up against in my 30 years of bowls.

Marown A snatched the opportunity to claw some points back on South Ramsey A as they seen off Onchan B 9-1 at Crosby. Colin Kelly was their best winner as he beat Mark Kelly 21-3, with Harry Barton also winning to single figures as he beat Mike Alexander 21-9. The lone winner for Onchan was Jamie Clague with a resounding 21-13 win over Phil Kelly, whilst Steve Parker just lost out 19-21 to Sam Clague.

Douglas A performed well on their travels this week as they beat Port Erin A 2-8 at Breagle Glen. Captain Merv Sayle was their best winner with a 21-11 victory over Seamus Whelan, with Gordon Wynne- Smythe managing to hold off David Cain 21-19. ‘Deadly’ Derek Allen lived up to his name as he won 21-5 against Alistair Lothian for the home team.

Onchan A will feel they slipped up at home to Castletown A as they only won 6-4 on the night. Peter Slinger and Matthew Quirk both won 21-9 against Ian Watson and Mark Moorley respectively. For the visitors four points would have been a bonus on the night as Nathan Cooil won 21-13 against Will Penhallurick, a result matched by Derek Lewney who rolled back the years with his win over Phil Kerruish. Their other two wins were hard fought with George Foy beating Neil Dunwell 21-18, whilst Peter Oates won 21-19 against Mike Thomas.

Peel A took on Peel B, with the higher ranked team winning 7-3. The three winners for the B team were Robert Middleton who beat Tom Kelly 21-11, Andy Mackie won 21-14 against Dean Kelly, with Dougie Allan getting the third win as he beat George Gadsby 21-19. Brian Lindsay just missed out on gaining an extra point for his team as he lost 20-21 to Dave ‘Barney’ Kelly.

North Ramsey A couldn’t make home advantage count as they lost 4-6 at Mooragh Park to Port St Mary A, with the aggregate going in favour of the visitors by seven chalks (131-138). Paul Skelly and Wayne Roberts both won 21-9, with Trevor Quayle having to battle all the way for his 21-19 win over Steve Walmsley. The home team did get some big wins, with Paul Allison winning 21-8 against Nathan Hamilton, Rob Monk beat Jordan Drewett 21-9. Allan Callow and Gary Merrill both had to dig in to pick up their wins.

In Division Two South Ramsey B still head the table, however the teams below them continue to close the gap, following their 4-6 away win over Peel C. Edward Carlyle was the best winner on the night with a 21-5 win over Bob Berry, with Steven Waters seeing off Harry Kelly with relative ease thanks to a 21-9 win. All four losses for the visitors could have gone the other way with Austin Hart and Tony Dugdale both losing out 18-21 to Jeff Wilson and Jimmy Corlett respectively, with Chas Grills losing out 19-21 to Tony Carroon, as did Alan Moore to Phil Clarke.

Marown C now occupy second place thanks to their 9-1 home win over Onchan C. Kevin Kelly, Walter McCarthy and captain Stephen Rundle led the way for the Crosby men with single figure wins. For Onchan Roger Payne made sure it wasn’t a whitewash with his 21-12 victory over Stephen Storey.

Ballaugh A will have been pleased to come away from the Villa with a 2-8 win over Douglas B. John Maddrell was their best winner as he beat Les Quayle 21-7, whilst John Keenan got over the line 21-20 against Keith Fearnley. For the home team Mark Kneen won 21-8 against Barry McDonald.

Noble’s A look to be consolidating their place in Division Two as they beat Port St Mary B 8-2 at home. All wins for the home team were in double figures, with a 21-17 victory for Martyn Hobson over Ray Maddrell and Mark Quinns’ 21-19 win over Rod Swift proving less comfortable. For the Port men Bernard Thackrah was their best winner as he beat John Andrew 21-10, whilst Peter Collins won 21-18 against Dave Naughton.

Castletown B are 10 points off third placed Ballaugh A, following their 8-2 home win over Finch Hill A. John Matheson won 21-8 against Paddy Murphy, with Collin Holland performing well to beat Dave McCabe 21-14. For Finch Tony Epifani brushed aside Dave Faragher with a 21-6 win.

North Ramsey B gave a glimmer of hope to second placed Noble’s B in Division Three, after they could only muster a 6-4 home win over Finch Hill B. Stephen Oates was the surprise package of the night as he beat Ray Skelly 21-8. Two single figure wins from Mike Skelly and Andrew Honour ensured the aggregate went in favour of the home team.

Noble’s B capitalised on the points dropped by North Ramsey B as they swept aside Douglas D 0-10 on a tricky Villa green. Michael Johnson beat Clark Kelly 21-4, whilst Young Player of the month Alex Hampson continued his good form as he beat bob Banning 21-19. Greg Brew was the closest to picking up a win for Douglas, only to lose out 20-21 to Phil Salmon.

Marown D certainly can’t be written off just yet as they sit in third place, nine points behind Noble’s B after a 3-7 away win over Ballaugh C. Winning big for the visitors were Keith Watterson and Rob Bell, while Steve Cain and captain Steve Rough had to work hard to secure their wins. For the home team Paul Cubbon was the best winner as he beat Richard Bregazzi 21-7.

Port Erin B managed to field a full team this week as they beat Peel D 8-2 at home, with Trevor Barker the only single figure winner on the night as he beat George Gosden 21-9. For Peel Kevin Murray won 21-16 against Alan Crebbin, whilst Andy Jackson beat Robert Woodford 21-13.

South Ramsey D won 8-2 at home to Castletown C, with the battle of the juniors going in favour of the more experienced Ryan Hargraves as he beat Sam Quayle, with the latter getting off to a great start as he performed admirably only to lose out 21-17. Four single figures victories for the home team demonstrated their dominance on the night. For the Town men Thomas Keggen won 21-20 against James Moore, whilst David Quayle won 21-13 against Jay Moore.