Weekend of close encounters

There were some very close outcomes and a first win for newcomers Spare Parts over the latest two days of the Manx Petroleum sponsored Outdoor Winter League Bowling Club as they almost avoided the heavy rain that swept across the Island.

Saturday began with players competing in short shirt sleeves in warm dry conditions, but ended in a downpour that no doubt spoilt the session for those still in action.

Just two points separated the teams in both of the opening contests – RBM got the better of Castletown Corkers by 72-70, while Bits n Bobs overcame Beachcombers by 79 points to 77.

Corkers then improved their tally with success over Bits n Bobs; before RBM recorded the highest score of the afternoon with an easier than expected win over Beachcombers.

Sunday’s action began with Incredabowls being held to a three-all on games by Castletown Cannons and even though their points margin was better by 14 they slipped down a position behind Louie’s Angels who themselves romped to an 84-48 success over Spare Parts.

The two victors then went head-to-head, with non-participating leaders Seven-Up being the only winners, as Louie’s Angels and Incredabowls shared a fairly low scoring 69 points apiece, which leaves their rivals with an early advantage.

New side Spare Parts then got the better of the Cannons to record their first success and do enough to sit above their opponents in the average points standings.