There were some very close matches in the club and national competition heats when Skegness Bowls Club met Lincoln in the Men’s National Over 60 Rinks competition.
Skegness were represented by John Mountain, George Curley, Dave Conroy and Brian Hawes, who found the going tough as they struggled to score in the early stages.
It was not until the 15th end on which they scored a necessary five shots to take a one shot lead at 14-13, but after Skegness scored a further shot, Lincoln bounced back scoring three in two ends for a one shot lead at the 18th end of 21.
Again Skegness levelled the match 16-16 and with just one shot on each of the last two ends it was Skegness who progressed to the next round, winning 18-16 after a dour struggle.
Skegness’ Over 60s Men were again in action on Monday when playing Stamford in the National Men’s Over 60s Double Rink competition played via one rink at home and one rink away.
At home Dave Conroy, Ken Startin, Maurice Kemp and George Curley were never at a disadvantage in their game and had a purple patch with six ends in which they scored seventeen shots to eventually win 31 shots to 16.
They were very well supported at Stamford by Mac Holland, Bryn Foxon, Barry Read and John Thorold who maintained a good start to win 26 shots to 19 and make the final score 57-35, which put Skegness through to the next round, to be played against Horncastle before November, 28.
Relegated to the Second Division and hoping for a quick return to the higher division of the Lincolnshire Men’s Over 60s league the Skegness A team met Skegness B team at Wainfleet Road on Wednesday.
It was the 22 shots to 12 win from the A’s Malcolm Sands, Ray Tasker, Ken Green and Mike Bezzano that made the difference in a 16-2 points win 107 shots to 83 for the A team, but the men of the match title must go to a rink that included octogenarians Bert Crofts and Maurice Kemp who played with John Brown and Mac Holland.
This rink struggled to score but a revival in the last five ends highlighted their stamina as they scored 15 shots to snatch a 24-21 win.
The B teams only rink win came from reliable regulars Rob Rankin, Dave Goodrick, Mac McAlindon and Keith Findley 16-14.
With the scores level at 19-19 and requiring twenty one, Bryn Foxon ended the successful winning run of Mick York when scoring two shots to take a first round Open Singles tie 21-19.
There was another close encounter when Peter Sharp met Dave Warren in the same competition as Dave lead the way for Peter to reverse the situation.
With the scores level again at 15-15, it was Dave Warren who won the race to 21 by just one shot for a 21-20 success.
Eleven shots scored in four ends by John Mountain in his match with Mac McAlindon made the difference to his 21-6 Open Singles victory.
Alice Salmon had a new partner, Neil Roby for her Conroy Trophy tie against Mick and Carl York,
And it was successful debut for Neil as he and Alice scored well to win the match by twenty six shots to twelve.
Former Club Ladies Singles Champion Jackie McAlindon eased into the next round of this year’s event after a 21-5 win over Louise Brooks.