Onchan A Stun South Ramsey A
In Canada Life International Division One this week Onchan A inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Champions South Ramsey A, with the visitors tasting defeat for the first time since June last year as the Onchan men won 7-3 putting in a brilliant performance on a tricky green. For the home team Phil Kerruish rolled back the years to win 21-3 against James Teare, Matthew Quirk inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Dido Kelly 21-10, while Peter Slinger eventually got over the line 21-12 against Jordan Cain after leading 17-2. Peter Collister responded for the visitors with a 21-8 win over Mike Thomas. In the second half David Bradford clawed back another game with his 21-8 victory over Andy Kennish, with Bob Clark beating Neil Dunwell 21-14. Reg Temporaza led 17-5 against Glynn Hargraves before winning 21-14, while Will Penhallurick dug deep to beat Stefan Kelly 21-20 to secure the win by 13 chalks (135-122). Onchan fully deserved the win and now sit in third place, as they have quietly crept up the league, who remain top despite the defeat. Whilst South Ramsey have strengthened over the winter, it is far from a foregone conclusion that they will retain the league.
Marown A played their B Team on Monday evening with a lot of movement between the teams due to players missing or moving between the teams having a knock on effect. The higher ranked team still managed to come out on top with an 8-2 win, which could just as easily have been 9-1. Matthew Keggen stepped back in for the A, recorded a 21-4 win over John Kelly, which Neil Withers matched as he beat Kevin Kelly. Paul Dunn won 21-13 against Glenn Boland, while for the B Team Juan Killip just pipped Sam Clague at the post with a 21-20 win, while Peter Kelly picked up another point for the B as he beat Phil Kelly 21-17. The A Team now sit just a point behind the league leaders, while the B Team drop down to fourth place.
Port Erin A pipped Peel A 6-4 at Breagle Glen on Monday night, with the home team calling on three players from their B Team to field a full team. The players who came in did enough to secure the aggregate by a single chalk (146-145) with Peter Hulley losing out 15-21 to Dave Kelly, Ian Taylor lost out 11-21 to Peel captain Gary Smith, while Ed Benson stunned Tom Kelly 21-15. Seamus Whelan upset Dean Kinley with a 21-20 win, Bernie Durcan beat Dave Smith 21-13, while Derek Allen had a comfortable 21-13 win against Peter Greenlees. For the visitors Tommy McMeiken battled to a 21-17 win over Steve Durcan, while George Gadsby beat David Cain 21-19. The Breagle Glen men continue to close the gap on the teams above them as they are now just four points from safety.
Peel B had a better week, thanks to their 8-2 home win over Port St Mary A, with this just their third victory of the season as they are now just one point away from Onchan B, with their opponents on the night just three points ahead of them and not guaranteed to be safe from being dragged into a relegation scrap. Three of the home team wins were to 21-20 with Michael Kavanagh, Gordon Corrin and David Proctor all holding their nerve to beat Tim Williams, Tom Collins and Paul Skelly respectively. For the visitors Trevor Quayle got his revenge on Andy Mackie as he won 21-16, while Jordan Drewett will have been bouncing after picking up another victory with a solid 21-13 win over Dougie Allan.
Douglas A welcomed Onchan B to the Villa with the home team winning 8-2 to sit comfortably in the top half of the table. Winning for the visitors were Paul Clinton with a 21-13 victory over Ian Moore, while Mike Kelly beat Shaun Seal 21-18. For the home team Keith Rise won 21-8 against Mike Alexander, while Gordon Wynne-Smythe impressed as he beat Colin Spence 21-9.
North Ramsey A rounded off the action in Division One as they beat Castletown A 8-2 at Mooragh Park, with John Cannan beating Ron Williams 21-6, while Steve Walmsley beat Derek Lewney 21-8. For the visitors Willie Corkill beat Ray Skelly 21-13, captain Ian Watson won 21-16 against Paul Cannan, while Peter Oates just missed out 20-21 to Mike Skelly.
In Division Two Ballaugh A were up against their B Team with the higher ranked team taking the spoils 8-2. Winning for the B Team, were Dicky Watson who beat Patrick Grant 21-17, while John Looney won 21-7 against Steve Grant. The A team responded with big wins from John Keenan, who beat Percy Faragher 21-3, while Richard Hainge won 21-9 against Ray Parry.
Noble’s A took four points off visitors Douglas B in their 4-6 home defeat with wins from Mark Bradshaw, Dave Naughton, Juan Qualtrough and Martyn Hobson. For the visitors Gary Conwell won comfortably 21-6 against Jay Elliott, while Stuey Garrett wasn’t far behind as he won 21-9 against Jim Collister.
Marown C had a tricky look away game against Peel C, so it proved as their promotion charge took a hit as they suffered an 8-2 defeat. The home team had three single figure wins from Paul Baker, Alan Cromwell and Tony Carroon. The two winners for the Crosby men were Conor Keenan who won 21-10 against David Allwood, Jamie Joughin beat Jimmy Corlett 21-7, while captain Stephen Rundle just missed out 20-21 to Phillip Clarke.
Port St Mary B took on Castletown B at Breagle Glen with the visitors coming away with a 2-8 win, with their cause helped by two 21-20 win from Billy Jones and Ross Moore, who beat Nicholas Peterson and Ken Karran respectively. Winning for the Port men were Colin Leece who beat Ray Harris 21-10 and Dave Saxon who beat Philip Taubman 21-18.
Finch Hill A paid a visit to the Park as they took on Onchan C, with the home team taking the spoils 7-3 in a high scoring contest with the chalks finishing 158-143. The three winners for the visitors were close with Dave Jones beating Brian Aspden 21-17, Les Brookes won 21-18 against Ken Clarke, while Tony Epifani won to the same score against Paul Callister. The result leaves Finch Hill in seventh, a long way off the hunt for promotion, while Onchan dragged themselves away from the danger zone to sit five points clear of the relegation spots.
League Leaders South Ramsey B had their match rearranged with their C Team from Monday to Friday evening, with those present raising a toast following the recent passing of a valued club member Martin Caley. The lower ranked side put in a good performance despite having to draft in three players to help out on the night with Franz ten Donkelaar impressing with a 21-20 win over Eddie Carlyle, Tony Hart recovered from a 2-13 deficit to beat Steven Waters 21-16. Dave Corkill was the best winner for the C Team as he won 21-13 against Sid Bolton who was previously undefeated, while Lee Dawson got home 21-18 against Chas Grills. The battle of the Hart brothers was won by Toby who beat older brother Austin 21-19, with Austin recovering from a 13-20 deficit before losing out. The B team managed to secure the aggregate by 21 chalks (149-128) thanks to three single figure wins from Alan Moore, Tony Dugdale and Bryan Corner over Ryan Hargraves, Robert Snape and Paul Routledge respectively to ensure they kept their unbeaten record for the season with a 5-5 draw.
In Division Three North Ramsey B won 9-1 at home to Ballaugh C as their charge for promotion stayed on course. Lee Christian was the best winner for the home team with his 21-9 win over Maurice O’Reilly, with three of their wins being keenly contested. Geoff Porter won 21-18 against Paul Cubbon, while Andrew Honour and Steve Kelly both won 21-20 against Brian Lace and Peter Corlett respectively. The lone winner for Ballaugh was Mark Dimsdale who is performing well in only his second season as he beat John Piekalns 21-10.
Marown D hosted Peel D at Crosby with the home team winning 7-3 to remain in second place. James Kelly won 21-20 against Andy Jackson, while single figures victories from Chris Williamson, Jay Waters and Alan Gault helped seal the win. For Peel Kevin Murray was their best winner 21-11 against Keith Watterson, Colin Moore beat Sam Colquitt 21-13, while Will Mitchell won 21-19 against Richard Bregazzi.
Douglas D faced off against their C Team at the Villa with the higher ranked team ensuring there was no upset on the cards as they took a 2-8 win. Nick Firth impressed with a 21-12 win over the experienced David Pease as he stays in the mix for the individual merit, William Cowley edged it 21-20 against Dave Corkish, while the D Team responded with their own 21-20 win with Greg Brew seeing off John Ferguson. Junior bowler Clark Kelly impressed with his 21-10 win over Ashley Halsall.
Noble’s B had a short trip down the road as they played Finch Hill B with the winners staying in touch at the top to remain in third place thanks to a 3-7 win. Home team winners were Sam Stannard-Duke and John Harris who both won comfortably, while Kevin Stannard who had to battle for his 21-19 win over Terry Bates. For Noble’s all five of their wins were comfortable with Michael Johnson the best winner as he won 21-6 against Peter Smith.
Castletown C took on Port Erin B at the Crofts, with both teams being short of players it resulted in the rather unusual score of 3-6 to the visitors, who had four single figure wins from Alan Crebbin, Mark Stockham, Christopher Dent and Nigel Haymes.