Peel Close Gap On Leaders
League Leaders Port St Mary sat out from Tuesdays round of fixtures in the Ladies Over 60s Bowling League allowing their rivals to close the gap. With Port St Mary holding a 133 point lead and the maximum score is 124 Port St Mary knew they would be top no matter what unfolded on Tuesday.
Peel Sunset welcomed a Villa side who were unfortunately a player short on the day. Peel players Cath Parker and Lynda Wilson won 21-6 and 21-2 respectively to set up Peel for the win. Heather Horsburgh and Pat Robertson also won. Villa did manage a sole winner with Muriel Cain beating Mary Moffatt 21-12 to prevent a full house. The match finished 117-56 (5-1). Peel close within 16 points of top spot with a tricky tie against Marown to come on Thursday.
Marown sit second owing to them playing a game more than Peel. Tuesday they travelled to Port Erin with the home side inflicting only Marowns fourth defeat of the season. Port Erin turned on the style to win five of the six games with three games finishing to scores of 18 and 19. Home player Jacqui Elliott top scored on the day winning 21-10. Marown did pick up their only win from Philippa Taylor. The match finished 116-100 (5-1).
Marown and Peel then faced off on Thursday with Peel hoping to further close the gap. Marown quickly bounced back from their earlier loss to record a 28 point victory 118-90 (4-2). Philippa Taylor top scored beating Lynda Wilson 21-8 with wins also for Mary Alderson, Maureen Quilliam, Margaret Scarffe.
Port St Mary in their game on Thursday had a comfortable full house victory over Mooragh Park B 126-33 (6-0). The result places Port St Mary 52 points clear of Peel.
Onchan remain fifth after two wins this week. On Tuesday they won away against South Ramsey 75-97 (2-4). Lynda Clarke and Libby Andrade both won to single figures whilst South Ramsey’s Elaine top scored for the away team winning 21-4 over Maureen Payne. On Thursday Onchan defeated Douglas 113-89 (4-2). Lynda Clarke top scored winning her game 21-5.
Nobles are sixth 11 points behind Onchan following their matches. Tuesday Nobles travelled away to face Mooragh Park B with Nobles winning the match 66-119 (2-4). Sylvia Kennuagh and Josie Harding both won 21-5 for Nobles but Mooragh did pick up two wins from Pat Lenton and Maureen Hamilton. Thursday Nobles were visited by South Ramsey and won four of the games including Sylvia Kennuagh beating Elaine Moore 21-12. Souths winners were Sue Collier and Moira Anderson with the match ending 112-96 (4-2).
Port St Mary B suffered a home defeat to Mooragh Park A on Tuesday. Mooragh were a player short handing Port St Mary the advantage but producing a fine away performance won all the remaining games to pick up a 15 point victory 90-105 (1-5). Port St Mary B were unable to bounce back from defeat as they travelled to Ballaugh on Thursday losing a tight game by only six chalks. Despite Chris Holland winning 21-6 the home side won four games and tallied up enough chalks to take the win 109-103 (4-2).
Castletown made it three wins on the bounce taking a full house against Ballaugh 126-61 (6-0) in their match on Tuesday. Thursday saw Castletown travel to Villa and slip to their eighth defeat of the season losing 99-82 (4-2). Mary Black and Muriel Cain won 21-7 and 21-3 with Castletown’s wins coming from Anne Oates and Joy Stephens. Sue Peach nearly made it three wins each just losing her game 21-20 against Joan Murphy.
Breagle unfortunately were a player short in both their matches losing on Tuesday away to Douglas 117-62 (5-1). Jan Osborne beat Steph Swift 21-9 whilst Sue Caley defeated Carole Fayle 21-4. Breagle avoided a whitewash with Kay Primrose-Smith winning 21-12 against Wendy Cowin. Thursday saw Breagle face fellow home-greener’s Port Erin. Despite wins for Breagle from Gwen Tuck and Kay Primrose-Smith, Port Erin controlled the match, and single figure wins from Jacqui Elliott, Jean Thackrah and Sylvia Shelebourne setup a Port Erin win 62-110 (2-4).
Port St Mary and Peel Sunset lead the way and it looks to be a two horse race now for top spot. Philippa Taylor leads the way at the top of the merit with Elaine Moore only nine chalks behind. Next week there is only one set of league fixtures with the JMS Shield Semi Finals taking place on Thursday.