Over 60s Bowlers crowned champions

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The Skegness Men’s over 60s A team returned to the First Division Of the Lincolnshire Men’s 60s Bowls League as champions after a vital 13 points to 5 win saw them score 102 shots to the home team Sleaford’s 89.

In their final league match of the season it was the eight score aggregate points that secured the title against Sleaford, who were the only team able to deny Skegness and head the table themselves.

Dave Conroy, Ken Startin, John Thorold and George Curley were the major Skegness contributors with a 25-10 winning card, supported by Mac Holland, Maurice Kemp, Barry Read and Derek Tasker 22-16 and the drawing rink 22-22 of Roy Rout, Brian Kilby, Dennis Garatt and Maurice Thorold keeping the home teams score to a minimum throughout the match.

This win highlights the work of Captain Dennis Garratt in keeping the team together during the season and finding available replacement players when required.

Skegness Men’s over 60s B team visited Lincoln and introduced two new bowlers into the team; Alan Ayling and Michael Chapman who both acquitted themselves well.

In the 14-4 points loss 117 shots to 89 to Lincoln’s C team, Alan featured on a winning rink with Ray Houlgrave, Jack Bray and John Sampson when scoring 26 to the home team’s 12,

Backed up by a 26-22 win from regulars Rob Rankin, Keith Findley, Mac McAlindon and David Hudson.

A visit to Lincoln for a Men’s Lincolnshire League Division Two match put paid to any hopes Skegness Men had of a quick return to the top flight. Having featured in the challenge for the league title all season, a devastating 18-0 points 132 shots to 78 by a strongly enhanced Lincoln team confirmed another season in the Second Division for the Skegness squad.

The finalists have been decided in the Reeves Trophy club competition.

Roy Witherington and Margaret Humphreys scored nine shots in four ends which put them on the road to an 18-8 win when playing Barry and Lin Read.

Roy and Margaret will meet Peter and Sue Sharp, who drew level with six shots scored on the 13th end in their match with Mac and Jackie McAlindon. This inspired them to go on to a 24-17 win and a place in the final after a positive display.

An excellent Jim Dunn Trophy win came from second division team Castaways (Sue Walker, Ronne Peach and Graham Hill) when eliminating first division team Dodgers 23-13.

In the same competition, Spinner’s (June Housley, Colin Scott, and Gloria Allen) raised their game in a 25-12 win over title challengers Rocky’s.