Bowlers fall just short of qualification for nationals

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THE team of J. Mountain, G. Curley and B. Hawes came agonisingly close to qualifying for the national finals of the over 50s’ triples when they lost the inter-area play off by a single shot to Trevor Bannister’s Sleaford at neutral venue Boston.

Having led for most of the match the Skegness lads went into a tense last end all square, but the head built in Sleaford’s favour.

Skip Brian Hawes retrieved shot with his first wood, only for Trevor to snatch it back with his second.

With his last bowl Brian missed the pot by a whisker, when even the slightest touch would have given him shot, and the game was lost.

On the same afternoon the weekend friendly squad also visited Boston, only managing to win on two of the six rinks and losing the overall match aggregate.

The County League under 18 team of J .Coppins, R. Toone, J. Joyce and P. Oke gained a very creditable draw against a Spalding side skipped by county player R Huskinson.

There was another fruitless visit to Lincoln for the over 60s’ A team, with all rinks losing in a 140-81 defeat and no points gained.

Bad news in the Football League this week with four of the ten teams turning out one player short. Captains are encouraged to make every effort to field full teams.

Major results in other leagues this week were the defeats for leaders Hopefuls in the ladies league by third placed Genesis and for second placed Comets by leaders Cocktails in the afternoon league division one.

In the “Birds” league there were wins for Doves over Road Runners 24-11, Wrens over Kites 17-15 and a draw for Eagles and Ptarmigans 15-15.