SKEGNESS Indoor Bowlers have been involved in the early rounds of National Competitions with mixed fortune.
The Skegness Men’s squad took on local rivals Horncastle IBC in the National ‘Denny Cup’ and earned a narrow victory; 80 shots to 77 with very little difference between the teams. Scores of 31-13 by a rink skipped by Gary Morris and a 22-15 card by Bryn Foxon’s rink, negated replies of 19-17 and 30-10 from Horncastle. Skegness now meet North Cave on Saturday 3rd November.
The ‘Egham Trophy’, a mixed-rink national competition saw Skegness take on Lincoln IBC with two rinks of four at home and two away.
The Skegness rink of Gary Morris, Dave Conroy, Brenda Rice and Anne Bramley led by a close margin until the 12th end when the Lincoln four stepped up their game leading 15-12 after 15 ends eventually winning 22 shots to 14 at the distance as Skegness struggled.
The final score was a resounding win for Lincoln 99 shots to 57. With two teams Skegness contested the Over 60 Mens Inter Club Double Rinks in which the Skegness ‘B’ squad of Brian Hawes, Brian Kilby, Dennis Garratt and Maurice Thorold at home and Dave Conroy, Roy Rout, John Thorold and George Curley away took on Lincoln ‘B’.
At home Skegness could not match the strength of Lincoln and struggled trailing after ten ends 15 shots to four, whilst the Skegness away four led by just one shot nine shots to eight.
This was the pattern of the game with the final total score Lincoln 50 shots, Skegness 29. The highlight of this match was the creditable one shot 16-15 away win by Skegness against formidable opposition.
Skegness ‘A’ team against Scunthorpe included Mac Holland, Ken Startin, Gerry Armstrong and John Mountain who playing away trailed throughout losing 28-12 while valiant winning efforts at home 23-15 from Jim Orton, Barry Read, Maurice Kemp and Neil Salmon were not enough to ensure progress to the next round. The final score Scunthorpe 43 Skegness 35.
Louth Ladies visited Skegness in the County ‘Trudy Bates’ league on Wednesday, winning on three of the five rinks, drawing one and losing the other in a 91 shot to 83 win.
This was a disappointing day for Skegness, whose winning rink of Muriel Coulson, Anne Orton, Kath Chappel and Dot Small recovered well after losing seven shots on the first end to win 22-19.
Skegness weekend squad entertained Spalding last Sunday, the Skegness team included several new members in a 111-81 win. Leading scorers were Stephan Surrell, John Sampson and Dave Warren 24-9.