Seven-Up hit form

Fourth-placed Seven-Up were the highest scorers over the weekend in the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter Bowls League and have closed the gap on the leading three, helped by notching up another maximum.

They did this on a murky Saturday afternoon at the expense of basement side Bits n Bobs and therefore took their full-house tally to two and the overall total so far to 14. Unfortunately for Bits n Bobs six of those have been against them.

Two other sides from the bottom half of the table fought out the closest contest of the sessions with the victory going to Castletown Corkers by a single point against Bowl Rollers, even though they lost 4-2 on games.

Corkers next doubled their winning tally for the afternoon and the season, with a successful outcome in their fixture with Bits n Bobs.

The final encounter saw Seven-Up surprisingly drop five points when they took on Bowl Rollers, however their total from the two fixtures took them within touching distance of the top three.

Results for Saturday, December 1: Seven-Up 126 (6), Bits n Bobs 69 (0); Castletown Corkers 107 (2), Bowl Rollers 106 (4); Bits n Bobs 100 (1), Castletown Corkers 117 (5); Bowl Rollers 87 (1), Seven-Up 121 (5).

Sunday saw a set of fixtures repeated from a couple of months ago and there were some interesting points differences at the end compared to the first time they met.

Erin Porters took a giant step to close the gap on seventh-placed opponents Govags, beating them convincingly by a margin of 35 points.

This while A-Team (third) and Louie’s Angels (fifth) fought out a low scoring battle that saw them drop 58 chalks between them, although A-Team did emerge as victors to keep their unbeaten run going.

Porters couldn’t match their opposition in the next outing, however they ended the day on plus 11 points, whereas A-Team were down 17 on the scores recorded back in October.

As for the other two sides, Angels were comfortable winners over Govags, but both left with much lower totals also – Govags down 33 and Angels 25 less.

This all left A-Team on an average of 117.4, with Seven-Up close behind on 117, but slipping further adrift of the leading four are Angels on 112.1.

Results for Sunday, December 2: Govags 86 (1), Erin Porters 121 (5); A-Team 104 (4), Louie’s Angels 90 (2); Erin Porters 100 (2), A-Team 117 (4); Louie’s Angels 121 (5), Govags 93 (1).

Entries close soon for the J&M Lee memorial drawn doubles competition, which will take place on Saturday, December 22. All proceeds from the day and the tombola draw that is now available will be donated to the RNLI.

Prizes for this event from members will be very much appreciated.

There are just one set of fixtures this coming weekend, so a round robin session will take place on Sunday with the usual 1pm prompt start.