Week Two in Canada Life International Bowls Leagues

The second round of fixtures took place in Canada Life International Sponsored Division One on a wet Monday evening, as early leaders Marown A maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 7-3 victory following a 7-3 home win over Onchan A, with 18 chalks separating the teams (152-134). For the home team Neil Withers came through a battle with Matthew Quirk 21-19, Colin Kelly recovered from a 6-10 deficit to win 21-15. Impressing for the visitors were Neil Dunwell, who beat Paul Kelly 21-13, Reg Temporaza won 21-15 against John Gelling, whilst Peter Slinger used all his experience as he came back from 13-17 to edge home 21-19 against Glenn Boland.

Castletown A welcomed South Ramsey A to the Crofts, with the visitors 4-0 after the first four games, however this didn’t tell the whole story. Dido Kelly and Jordan Cain prevailed 21-17 against Nathan Cooil and David Quayle respectively, whilst Glynn Hargraves trailed all game against Nathan Hamilton, then finished strongly to win 21-19. In the second half of the match Bob Clark returned to the fold as he won 21-6 against George Foy. Town then picked up three wins with captain Jordan Drewett leading the way 21-9 against Peter Collister, Aaron Richardson held off a fightback from James Teare to win 21-17, with Ian Watson pulling off the most impressive result of the night as he beat David Bradford 21-13, resulting in a 3-7 victory for South Ramsey with 13 chalks separating the two teams (131-144).

Peel A got their first win of the season as they beat Port St Mary A 8-2 at home, with three close games as Dave Saxon beat Mike Ashmole 21-20, Tommy McMeiken had enough in the tank to hold off Trevor Quayle 21-17, whilst George Gadsby beat Wayne Roberts 21-19.

Douglas A took on Marown B at the Villa, as they played the closest match of the week as the home team edged it 6-4 on the night thanks to taking the aggregate by three chalks (138-135).

North Ramsey A came away from Crosby with a 4-6 victory on Tuesday evening as they took the aggregate by 14 chalks, helped by Steve Walmsley’s 21-9 win over Peter Kelly.

In Division Two South Ramsey B got their campaign up and running with a 9-1 home win over Finch Hill A, with Brian Aspden preventing the whitewash with a 21-17 victory over Eddie Carlyle.

Onchan B inflicted a 9-1 defeat on Castletown B, as the Town men sit on three points after two games.

Douglas B sit on 17 points at the top as they won 8-2 at home to North Ramsey B, whilst Noble’s A rearranged their game from Monday evening to Tuesday as the visitors Ballaugh A came away with the spoils following their 3-7 victory.

In Division Three South Ramsey C bounced back from their opening day defeat to beat their lower ranked D team 10-0.

Home wins to a 6-4 score line were the order of the evening, as Peel C, Port St Mary B, and Ballaugh B beat Noble’s B, Noble’s D and Marown D respectively.

In Division Four Noble’s E (pictured) continue to impress, as they won 6-4 at home to Peel D, with eight chalks separating the two teams (143-135). Douglas C managed to see off their D Team 8-2.

Elsewhere North Ramsey C took a 1-9 victory over Castletown C in their first fixture of the season, having sat out the first round of fixtures, whilst Ballaugh C went on to beat Finch Hill B 2-8 away from home.