There was last-end drama in both of the Lincolnshire County Competition Semi-Finals involving Skegness Indoor Bowls Club members. At Grantham, Brian Hawes and John Mountain faced home-based international Matthew Orrey and his partner Martin Pullon in the Men’s Pairs event.
The Grantham pair considered favourites to win, led by eight shots to one but Hawes and Mountain stuck to their task and pulled the score back to level the score at nineteen shots all, after the final end.
In the extra end which was required to decide the winner, Skegness were two shots down as Hawes with his final wood regained a one shot lead which gave a 20-19 victory to Skegness.
In the County Final to be played at Boston Indoor Bowls Club on Sunday, April 13, John and Brian will play Robert Aves and Kevin Ekins of Spalding Indoor Bowls Club.
The Ladies’ County semi-Finals were held at Horncastle Indoor Bowls Club and Skegness interest centred on Alice Salmon, Brenda Rice and Mandy Brummitt in the Ladies Triples competition.
Spalding Indoor bowls Club’s Sylvia Wade, Betty Deaton and Judy Jackson provided the opposition.
Skegness started slowly but soon scored well with five shots to lead by 12 shots to five and on the ninth end scored a magnificent eight shots to take a twenty shots to nine advantage.
This gave the Skegness supporters high hopes of a final place, but not to be denied, Spalding eventually got back in to the game winning 26-23 at the death.