Ladies give favourites a scare in cup clash

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Skegness Indoor Bowls Club

Jim Orton’s rink got off to a flyer, winning comfortably 29-8, while John Clarke’s set were always struggling and lost 11-22.

The remaining three rinks were much closer affairs, with the battles being won and lost on the last ends.

Alan Brummitt (19-17), and Bryn Foxon (19-14), recorded victories, and Alice Salmon (15-17) lost to Paul Flatters.

With an aggregate score of 93-78, Skegness claimed the lion’s share of the points, 14 to four, and maintained their winning start to the season.

In the national Yetton trophy, Skegness ladies were drawn against the powerful Lincoln side – former winners of the competition and strong favourites.

A fine performance saw Lincoln being put under severe pressure.

However, strength in depth prevailed and, despite sharing rink wins two apiece, Lincoln claimed their place in the next round with a 78-71 victory.

Skegness will now enter the plate competition, where they will play Scunthorpe.

The men’s champion of champions competition saw Skegness representative George Curley pitch his skills against Rob Audis from Dunholme, but it appears George left his driver in the bag and succumbed 13-21.

In the ladies champion of champions, Brenda Rice was due to play England international and commonwealth games gold medallist Amy Gowshall, from Louth, but Amy had to concede the game and Brenda now faces a trip to Lincoln to play another England international, Penny Strong.

In the ladies singles, Anne Bramley beat Jean Veall 21-8, with Jean unable to recover from a slow start, being 13-0 down.

Alice Salmon and Jackie Brothwell were 14 apiece, but a final flourish of two, three, two saw Alice home at 21-14.

In the Fred Bray trophy, there were wins for Man Utd (32-14), Forest (24-11) and Orient (18-17).

The club provides coaching sessions, mainly for beginners and relative novices, on Saturday mornings, at 9.30am, at a cost of £2 for a two hour session.

For more information or to book a place, contact 01754 767210.