A first round win in the national men’s “Denny Plate” competition of 100 shots to 60 against Doncaster IBC earned Skegness the opportunity to progress against North Cave, a South Yorkshire club.
Playing at home against Doncaster and setting the standard George Curley, John Thorold, Ken Startin and Dave Conroy lead throughout to win 29-9. Finding firm opposition in the early ends, John Mountain, Mick York, Maurice Kemp and Alan Irving eventually gained the advantage, winning 26-12.
Away at Doncaster support came from Neil Salmon, Carl York, Mac Holland and Brian Hawes, who won 22-13, while Derek Tasker, Dave Warren, Alan Brummitt and Bryn Foxon lost by just three shots, 23-26.
But the “Denny Plate” aspirations of Skegness ended on Saturday when North Cave took advantage of a strong rink at home, which won 30 shots to 11.
Skegness’s home rinks both won by the slenderest of margins, which didn’t help add to the final score of Skegness 63, North Cave 81.
Meanwhile, Skegness Ladies met a strong Lincoln “A” team in the second round of the national “Mason Trophy”, a competition played on the basis of one rink at home and one away.
At Wainfleet Road the rink of Lynne Rigby, Janet Holland, Val Huggins and Muriel Coulson scored five shots on the 10th end to level the scores at 11-all, and then took a one shot lead.
However this advantage was short-lived as Lincoln took control at both venues to win the match 42 shots to 25.
For a Lincolnhire County Mixed League First Division fixture Skegness travelled to Horncastle where a devastating 38-7 win by a home rink gave Skegness no chance of securing the important aggregate points. The final score was a 14 points to 4, 110 shots to 75 win for Horncastle.
Replying with a 16-13 rink win for Skegness were Neil Salmon, Jacob Joyce, Brenda Rice and Alice Salmon, while Margaret Humphries, Dot Small, Carl York and Roy Witherington won by the same margin, 21-18.
At club level Rob Rankin skipped Mac and Jackie McAlindon to a good first round 21-9 win in the “Deacon Trophy” over Neil Salmon, Brenda Rice and Alice Salmon.
Other results included success for George Curley, Jean Veall and Alan Irving, who were never headed in their match with Lynne Rigby, Muriel Coulson and Bryn Foxon, winning 16-10. Frances Hopkins, Dave Warren and Ken Startin proved too strong for Sue Walker, Roy Brummitt and Steve Wiltshire in a 23-11 win.