Marown A and Onchan A Clash at Crosby

League action in Canada Life International Division One took place on Friday evening last week with the match of the week undoubtedly at Crosby between Marown A and Onchan A with the home team edging it 6-4 and winning by just seven chalks (134-127). For the home team two 21-7 wins from captain Paul Dunn and Colin Kelly over Mike Thomas and Reginald Temporaza respectively helped their cause, whilst Paul Kelly wasn’t far behind with a 21-11 win over Will Penhallurick. Dean Kipling had to battle for his 21-18 victory over Kevin Quirk. For the visitors Peter Slinger put in another solid performance with his 21-6 victory over Sam Clague, with Phil Kerruish their next best winner 21-13 against Neil Withers, Matthew Quirk beat Harry Barton 21-15, whilst Andy Kennish won 21-16 against Phil Kelly.

Douglas A hosted Peel A at the Villa, with the match being keenly contested, the visitors won 4-6 and by nine chalks (142-151). For the Villa men Gary Conwell and Andy Cannell both dug deep to win 21-18 against George Gadsby and Tom Kelly respectively, whilst Stevie Kelly returned to the fold to win 21-7 against Shaun Seal. Dave Smith got home 21-17 against Willie Cowley, with Dean Kinley holding his nerve with a 21-20 win over Merv Sayle.

Peel B returned to their home green with the club recently playing at Noble’s for a short period, however the visitors South Ramsey A came away with a solid 2-8 victory. Winning for the home team were David Proctor who was 15-20 down to Alan Moore with the latter lying game Proctor saved game and ran out with a 21-20 win. Also winning for Peel was Philip ‘Pip’ Pemberton who held off Stefan Kelly 21-13. For the visitors Peter Collister was the best winner 21-8 against Andy Mackie, with Steven Waters, who was stepping up from the B team next best with a 21-9 win over Brian Lindsay. Bob Clark managed to get over the line 21-19 against Dougie Allan. South Ramsey have now extended their lead to five points over Marown A.

Castletown A beat Port Erin A 8-2 at home with Juan Kermode their best winner 21-7 against Peter Hulley, at the other end of the spectrum George Foy beat David Cain 21-20. For the Breagle men Derek Allen won comfortably 21-12 against Town captain Ian Watson, with Steve Durcan their other winner 21-19 against Peter Oates.

Another close contest took place at Mooragh Park between North Ramsey A and Marown B with the visitors taking the spoils 4-6 and matching their A team by taking the aggregate by seven chalks (123-130). Both teams had two single figure winners with Brian Kelly beating Paul Cannan 21-5, whilst Juan Killip beat John Corteen 21-6. For the home team Allan Callow impressed with a 21-7 win over Glenn Boland, whilst Rob Monk won 21-9 against Darren Kerruish.

Port St Mary A hosted Onchan B at Breagle Glen with the home team winning 7-3. Home captain Wayne Roberts was the best winner 21-9 against Denis Maxwell, whilst their other four wins were comfortable. For Onchan Steve Parker was their best winner as he beat Nathan Hamilton 21-8, with Mark Kelly winning 21-19 against Dan McCabe.

In Division Two pacesetters South Ramsey B had a setback at home to Marown C, with a 3-7 defeat although they still have an eight point lead. For the home team Tony Dugdale did his best to lead from the front with a 21-6 win over Conor Keenan, whilst their other two wins were not so comfortable with Bryan Corner winning 21-19 against Steven Rough, whilst captain Ben Dugdale crept home 21-20 against John Kelly. For the visitors Jamie Joughin was the best winner 21-11 against Austin Hart, with their closest wins being slightly more comfortable with Kevin Kelly beating Eddie Carlyle 21-17 and Stephen Rundle won 21-8 against James Moore. Walter McCarthy impressed with a 21-14 victory over Chas Grills.

Ballaugh A didn’t manage to fully punish the slip up from the league leaders, with a 6-4 home win over Castletown B. Richard Hainge recorded his best win to date with a 21-1 victory over Dave Hollingworth. The visitors earned two of their points thanks to hard fought 21-19 wins from John Matheson and George Peach over Gordie Moore and John Maddrell respectively.

Noble’s A had a great week thanks to their 9-1 home win over Ballaugh B as they continue to find their feet, with single figures wins from Mark Bradshaw, Dave Naughton and Michael Johnson. With one comfortable win and three further wins being a lot closer from Stephen Hampson, Jay Elliott and Martyn Hobson. Preventing a whitewash for the visitors was Mike Buckeridge with a 21-16 win over John Andrew.

Port St Mary B and Peel C played out a true draw at Breagle Glen as both teams won 4-4 and scored 135 chalks each to split the aggregate for a 5-5 match result. Only one game was kept to single figures with Tony Carroon winning 21-8 against Port’s Bernard Thackrah.

Douglas B had a short journey home taking on Onchan C at the Park, as they won 3-7 with three single figures wins from Stuart Garrett, Geoff Mayles and Bob Callow. For Onchan two 21-19 wins from Ken Clarke and Ray McMullen over Steve Cook and Keith Fearnley, backed up by Roger Payne who won 21-10 against Les Quayle helped them earn three points on the night.

Finch Hill A slumped to a 4-6 home defeat to South Ramsey C despite drawing 4-4 on games, bigger wins from the visitors saw them take the aggregate by 11 chalks (137-148). Brian Murphy was the best winner for Finch with a 21-9 win over Ian Moore, Sefton Dent won 21-17 against Tony Hart, whilst a further two 21-19 victories followed from Dave Jones and Dave McCabe. For the visitors Lee Dawson was the biggest winner on the night winning 21-8 against Tony Epifani.

In Division Three North Ramsey B continue to show no mercy as they won 9-1 at home to Castletown B with four single figures wins and a walkover keeping the visitors to just 59 chalks. The lone winner for Castletown was Thomas Keggen who beat Adam Greenwood 21-12.

Noble’s B kept in touch with their 2-8 away win over Peel D. Single figure wins came from Grahem Moore and Stephen Corkill, whilst Michael Cooper and Stan Cooper both had to work for their 21-19 wins. The two winners for Peel came from Will Mitchell who beat Junior bowler Alex Hampson 21-14, whilst Andrew Cover beat Barry Salmon 21-17.

Douglas C won 9-1 at home to Port Erin B with their cause helped courtesy of three walkovers with the visitors only able to field five players on the night. For the home team Juan Readshaw beat Christopher Dent 21-8, Nick Firth continued his good form with a 21-19 victory over Ed Benson, whilst Ben Mowle impressed with his 21-6 win over David Beynon.

Elsewhere South Ramsey D took a 6-4 home win over Douglas D, with Junior bowler Ryan Hargraves winning 21-16 against Mark Clarke, whilst Peter Kennaugh stepped in at short notice to beat James Teare 21-11. For the visitors Greg Brew won 21-10 against Billy Blair, whilst Bob Banning performed well to beat Richie Davies 21-13.

The final match of the week was between Finch Hill B and Ballaugh C with the Finch men winning 7-3. Father and son were the best winners for the home team with Kevin Stannard winning 21-7 against Jamie Hinchcliffe, whilst Sam Stannard-Duke won 21-5 against David Dobbie.

Mixed League Championship

In Championship Group A, South Ramsey A won at 8-1 at home dropping just two chalks (187-141), whilst Castletown A lost by nine chalks (146-155) in their 4-5 defeat.

In Group B Marown A also won 8-1 at home to Port Erin (187-112) to stay on course to reach the final whilst Port St Mary A slipped to defeat by just three chalks (154-157) at home to Douglas A with the visitors winning five games.

Mixed League Plate

In the Plate competition in Group A, Nobles won by 41 chalks (174-137) at home to Castletown B as they won 5-4 on games, whilst Peel won 2-7 away from home by a 48 chalk margin (123-171) against North Ramsey B.

In Group B, Ballaugh hosted South Ramsey B with the home team winning 7-2 on games and by 46 chalks (172-126) as they remained on course to progress. Douglas B won by 30 chalks (171-141) at home to Marown B as both teams once again fielded mostly new and junior bowlers.