Outsiders suffer first defeat

There was a mixed bag of results over the latest two days in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowling League amongst which Parkers finally won – twice; and Outsiders lost for the first time, dropping some crucial points in the process.

Saturday had a set of re-arranged fixtures and it was a winning afternoon for Parkers who were occupying 10th spot in the table at the start of play; they began with a convincing victory over Bowl Rollers and dropped just four chalks. Shirley Whelan was the only winner for the Rollers.

Next up Parkers took on Erin Porters, who had also begun with a comfortable win when they played Castletown Cannons, this tussle ended 3-3 on games and with a 13-point margin, however it could have been a lot worse for the southerners as they trailed 8-17 in the final game, but fought back for a 21-19 success.

The Rollers got themselves back on track in their second encounter and dropped just one point against Cannons, for whom James Drinkwater sneaked home 21-20 to avoid a whitewash, whilst in their earlier defeat it was the pairing of Sheila Preston and Barbara Young who were victorious.

Results for Saturday, November 4: Bowl Rollers 89 (1), Parkers 122 (5); Erin Porters 115 (5), Castletown Cannons 89 (1); Parkers 114 (3), Erin Porters 101 (3); Castletown Cannons 77 (1), Bowl Rollers 125 (5).

Two of the Saturday gang were back the following afternoon as things got back on schedule and Bowl Rollers started where they left off 24-hours previous, whilst Erin Porters fell just short of an opening win.

Both sides won three games against their top three opponents, Rollers inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Outsiders and Porters went down by just nine points against Seven-Up.

The two contenders upped their games next time out, when they won 5-1; Seven-Up dropping just one chalk in a 40-point advantage victory over Rollers, while Outsiders ended the day down one place in third after beating Erin Porters.

Derek Allen was the sole winner for Porters and for Rollers it was Gordon Corrin.

Results for Sunday, November 5: Outsiders 100 (3), Bowl Rollers 105 (3); Seven-Up 116 (3), Erin Porters 107 (3); Erin Porters 105 (1), Outsiders 122 (5); Bowl Rollers 85 (1), Seven-Up 125 (5).

For the third midweek round robin on the trot, there was an entry of over 50 and once again triples were the order of the day.

Brian Kelly, Lil Smith and Mark Kelly topped the black jack section ahead of Eddie McAvoy, Derek Allen and Doug Allan.

Joy Stephens, Bernard Thackrah and Tricia Bull were the victors in the yellow group, with second going to Geoff Mayles, Lynda Wilson and Marg Tasker.

Finally the red jack winners were Roy Murphy, Kevin Firth and Derek Cadamy, with the runners-up being Christine Sims, Maureen Quilliam and Bryan Corner.