Semi-finals drama for Skegness bowlers

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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 twelve 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 to enter the last end just one shot down at 22-23 only to eventually disappoint the Skegness Ladies with a further four shots for a 26-23 victory.

By winning maximum points in their last two Lincolnshire men’s over 60s Division One matches Louth Indoor Bowls Club men put Skegness men’s over 60s ‘A’ team under extreme pressure to remain in the top flight.

Requiring eight points from their last league match Skegness were hampered further as a team member called in sick just prior to the journey to Scunthorpe where the home team were in fine form, winning by 94 shots (15points) to 78 shots (3points) to relegate Skegness ‘A’ to the second division.

Already struggling in the Second Division Skegness ‘B’ Men’s Over 60s team faced two matches in a week, the first against promotion hopefuls Hornastle away.

The Skegness team played well to win three of the five rinks but big scores from Horncastle’s two winning rinks gave the home team the aggregate points in a 88 shots(12points) win to 81 shots (6points).

At Spalding the Skegness men were overwhelmed by the home team, 121 shots (16points) to 57shots (2points).

A return to the Second Division of the Lincolnshire Mixed League was confirmed when Skegness entertained Spalding at Wainfleet Road last Saturday, winning on just one rink was not enough in the 106 shots (16 points) to 68 (2points) defeat.

With just one match left to play Skegness will remain at the bottom of the league.