Rayner Finals Line-ups Decided

All four semi-finals of the Plumbmaster Rayner Shield & Rayner Plate competitions took place on Thursday evening.

In the Rayner Shield Marown C hosted North Ramsey A at Crosby, with the visitors’ favourites based on league position of the teams and the Mooragh men comfortably beating the Crosby men 9-1 recently albeit with home advantage. This time round Marown made home advantage count as they secured a 4-4 draw on games with the match then being decided on chalks as the home team reached their first ever Rayner Shield final as they won by 10 chalks (146-136).

Two single figure wins for the home team were ultimately the difference as captain Stevie Rundle led the way with a 21-9 win over Allan Callow, whilst Sam Clague won 21-7 against Steven Waters. Also winning for the home team were the Kelly brothers as Tom beat Gary Merrill 21-16, whilst younger sibling Kevin won 21-20 against Jimmy Moffatt. For the visitors Paul Allison beat Jamie Joughin 21-8, Steve Walmsley won 21-15 against Peter Kelly. Rob Monk had to work hard for his 21-19 victory over Dan Smith, whilst John Cannan edged his game with Steve Rough 21-20.

In the other semi-final fixture Onchan A hosted South Ramsey A, with the visitors booking their place in the final with a 2-6 (116-160) win on the night. Two 21-3 wins for the Ramsey men from John Kennish and David Bradford ultimately meant they had to win two more games, unless they suffered heavy defeats themselves, however the visitors went on to win four more games as Bob Clark beat Reg Temporaza 21-18, a result matched by Peter Collister against Will Penhallurick, Jordan Cain won 21-17 against Matthew Quirk, whilst South Ramsey captain Glynn Hargraves beat Phil Kerruish 21-15. For Onchan Kevin Quirk had to dig deep for his 21-19 win over Stefan Kelly, whilst Onchan captain Peter Slinger won 21-15 against Alan Moore.

The Plumbmaster Rayner Shield final will be held on Friday 4th August between Marown C and South Ramsey A with the venue to be confirmed.

The Rayner Plate semi-final between Peel B (+20) and Marown B (+15) in the Sunset City was finely balanced with the home team holding just a five chalk start on the night. The match result on games ended 4-4, however the result in the Plate is decided purely on chalks as the home team won by just six chalks (160-154).

For the home team Dewi Bartlett beat Walter McCarthy 21-14, Dougie Allan secured a fine 21-9 victory over Harry Barton, whilst Peel captain Paul Quirk won 21-15 against Karl Parker. For the visitors Brian Kelly beat Rob Middleton 21-17, Matthew Keggen won 21-16 against Dave Smith, Darren Kerruish got the better of Geoff Rice 21-12, whilst Juan Killip claimed a comfortable 21-11 win over Andy Mackie.

The match came down to the final game on the green between Mick Kavanagh and John Kelly with the score at 19-16 to the Peel man, Kavanagh became the unlikely hero on the night as he secured the win for Peel without the handicap coming into play. In very unusual circumstances Kavanagh was counting for one with all three bowls played close to the jack when his teammates informed him to carry his second bowl up as it would secure the win, however Kavanagh wanted to score another for game. After a bit of discussion Kavanagh did indeed carry his second bowl up to secure their passage to the final before going on to claim a 21-17 victory against Kelly to seal the result.

First Division side South Ramsey B (+25) were drawn at home to second division team Ballaugh A (+45), despite the home team winning 5-3 on games they weren’t able to claw back the 20 chalk deficit that they had to make up as they lost by 13 chalks (166-179).

For the home team Tony Dugdale beat Nigel Tebay 21-12, Tony Hart and Ben Dugdale won 21-14 against Phil Quayle and Mike Spooner respectively, Eddie Carlyle beat Gordie Moore 21-11, whilst Christian Caley edged his game with Tony Quine 21-20. For the visitors all three wins were comfortable which helped their cause securing the chalks and their place in the final as John Maddrell proved he is still a tough opponent with his 21-10 win over Toby Hart, whilst Patrick Grant and John Keenan won their games 21-13 against Austin Hart and Bryan Corner respectively.

The Plumbmaster Rayner Plate final will be held on Friday 11th August between Peel B and Ballaugh A with the venue to be confirmed.

League Bowls

There was some disruption to matches scheduled to be played in Canada Life International League on Monday evening due to heavy rain this resulted in several matches being postponed.

In Division One, Marown A went ahead with their fixture at home to South Ramsey B as they claimed a routine 9-1 victory. Five games were won to single figures by Paul Dunn, Neil Withers, Colin Kelly, John Gelling with Peter Jones the biggest winner as he won 21-1 against Tony Hart. The lone winner for the Ramsey men was Toby Hart who won 21-19 against Phil Kelly, whilst Ben Dugdale came next closest to picking up a point as he lost 18-21 to Glenn Boland.

A very heavy Castletown green resulted in their A team winning 6-4 against Marown B, with Nathan Cooil and Jordan Drewett losing out 20-21 to Walter McCarthy and Harry Barton respectively, Chris Lever was beaten 19-21 by John Kelly as the home team missed out on picking up a further three points. For the home team Ian Watson edged home 21-20 against Matthew Keggen, with the other three wins being comfortable. The win lifts Castletown off the bottom of the league and into safety in 10th place.

Peel B won’t have been too unhappy with their 4-6 home defeat as they took four wins on the night. Three close wins were claimed by the Peel men as Michael Kavanagh beat Jamie Clague 21-17, Dougie Allan beat Mike Thomas 21-18, with teammate Dewi Bartlett winning to the same score against Neil Dunwell. For Onchan Reg Temporaza won comfortably 21-8 against Andy Mackie, whilst Kevin Quirk beat Geoff Rice 21-17, whilst Matthew Quirk beat Rob Middleton to the same score.

Marown C suffered a 3-7 home defeat to Peel A, with Stevie Kelly making his return to the fold with a 21-11 win over Jamie Joughin, whilst another man to return to the fold Peter Greenlees won 21-17 against Steve Rough. For the Crosby men Sam Clague beat Pip Pemberton 21-11, Tom Kelly won 21-17 against former teammate George Gadsby, whilst Kevin Kelly held off David Proctor 21-18.

Douglas A rearranged their home fixture with North Ramsey A to Friday, with the weather not much better than Monday evening when the fixture was originally due to be played. The home team did however manage to take a 7-3 win, edging the aggregate by just four chalks (143-139). For the Villa men captain Mervin Sayle held off Steven Waters 21-18, Ian Moore beat Gary Merrill 21-16, whilst Stuart Garrett stepped up to the A Team to defeat Allan Callow 21-19. For the visitors Rob Monk beat Andy Cannell 21-15, Steve Walmsley had a comfortable 21-14 win over Keith Rise, whilst Paul Allison was the best winner on the night as be won 21-9 against Jimmy Sansom.

South Ramsey A rearranged their home fixture with Port St Mary A to Wednesday 19th July.

In Division Two Finch Hill A hit 100 points for the season as they came away from South Ramsey C with a 3-7 win. Winning for the home team were David Corkill, Paul Routledge and Richard Davies. For the visitors Stephen Oates was only winner to single figures as he beat Tony Marler 21-9, whilst the other four wins were comfortable.

Ballaugh A slipped to a 3-7 away defeat to Onchan B, as captain Philip Quayle was beaten 20-21 by Roy Corlett, Mike Spooner won 21-10 against Mark Kelly, John Keenan beat Paul Callister 21-16, whilst Nigel Tebay won 21-18 against Neil Richmond. The other four wins were comfortable for the home team with Colin Spence beating Steve Grant 21-10 and Steve Parker winning 21-13 against Richard Hainge.

North Ramsey B won 7-3 at home to Douglas B despite suffering two heavy defeats with Paddy Murphy beating Adam Greenwood 21-8, David Pease won 21-9 against Joe Kneale. Nick Firth picked up the third win for the Villa men as he edged home 21-20 against Tony Smart, with the home team claiming a win to the same score as John Corteen beat William Cowley. Lee Christian was the only winner to single figures for the Mooragh men as he beat Geoff Mayles 21-8.

Peel C had a good week as they beat Onchan C 9-1 at home, with Neil Taylor preventing the whitewash with his 21-14 win over David Allwood. Four single figures wins for Peel kept the visitors down to just 86 chalks.

Port Erin A were due to be at home to Nobles A, however the fixture did not go ahead, with a new date to be agreed.

In Division Three a better evening of weather was enjoyed by bowlers as Port St Mary B hit top spot on 95 points as they came away from Finch Hill B with a 2-8 win.

Noble’s D sit in third place on 88 points following their 8-2 home win over Peel D, whilst Noble’s C continue to tick along nicely as they beat Port Erin B 3-7 at Breagle Glen.

Douglas C & D faced off at the Villa with the higher ranked team winning 8-2. Marown D had a positive result away to Ballaugh C with the visitors coming away with a 2-8 victory.

Ballaugh B sit joint top on 95 points as they beat South Ramsey D 7-3 at home on Thursday evening in their fixture which was due to be played on Monday, as this fell victim to the weather.