Skegness Indoor Bowls Club continue their successful start

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Continuing a successful start to the season, the Skegness Mixed League Squad won against Lincoln’s B team in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League Division Two.

The seasiders won by 15 points to three and 79 shots to 76 at Wainfleet Road, highlighting the importance of the aggregate points to any victory.

A 26-10 winning card from Carl York, Roy Witherington, Kath Chappell and Janet Holland secured the eight points and this was supported by wins of 17-13 from Ken Startin, Brenda Rice, Dave Warren and Mary Banks and 17-15 by Alan Brummitt, Brenda Manning, Mac McAlindon and Robyn Pearson.

Gary Morris had an early 8.30am start when he played in the Lincoln Open Singles Tournament.

The competition features top bowlers in a quest for the big cash prizes offered by the promoters Planet Bowls.

Accounting for international Rebecca Field, a former UK ladies’ indoor champion in the first round after a tie-break situation 2-1, Gary then beat Lincoln’s George Draper by the same margin before leaving the competition after a 2-0 defeat by Wayne Willgress of Norfolk, who lost in the semi-final to eventual tournament winner and England number one Greg Harlow.

The Planet Bowls organisation are presenting a full countrywide programme of open singles tournaments throughout the season and these are proving very popular with bowlers and spectators.

Seasoned Skegness campaigner John Mountain found 17-year-old James Staples of Scunthorpe a tough opponent, when winning by 21 shots to 18 in a National Men’s Champion of Champions tie, after a keen match in which Staples applied some pressure.

The Skegness representative in the Ladies’ Champion of Champions event, Alice Salmon, trailed in the early stages of her match with current Lincolnshire Ladies’ Singles Champion Mary Johnson of Horncastle, but recovered well to take the tie 21-18 and a place in the next round for a match against Joan Bolton of Scunthorpe.

Selected to represent Lincolnshire in the prestigious English Indoor Bowling Association‘s Liberty Trophy against Nottinghamshire at Boston on Saturday, November 22 are John Mountain, Brian Hawes and Gary Morris.

Coming back from a 15-2 deficit in the Lincolnshire County Men’s Pairs Competition father and son Mick and Carl York defeated Gary and Johnny Morris 25 shots to 20. Dave Warren and Pete Rusher won their tie against Derek Tasker and Peter Ord after scoring on six consecutive ends for a 19-17 victory.

Other competition results include Club Open Singles, Ray Tasker 21 Terry Walker 20; Mac McAlindon 21 Alan Irving 5; Peter Sharp 21 Louise Brooks 3; Club Men’s Singles Gary Morris 21 Ivan Storr 14.

A party of keen bowlers from Alfreton, Derbyshire, recently visited Skegness Indoor Bowls Club for a friendly match.

Playing on all six rinks, the score advantage changed at various stages.

Skegness claimed a 116-110 victory at the bell, the highest scoring Skegness rink including Ken Startin, Margaret Mott, Dave Farrar and Keith Law, whose 35-9 score proved the match winner.