Skegness Indoor Bowls Club

In Lincolnshire Mixed League Division Two, a quick return to the top division for Skegness looked a real possibility but the pressure of rearranged games on two consecutive days over last weekend proved too much for the indoor bowlers.

Away at Grantham on Saturday, both teams won on two rinks and drew on the other, but with higher rink scores it was bottom of the table Grantham who took the eight aggregate points with 100 shots to the visitors’ 89 to win 13-5.

Ken Startin, Dave Warren, Brenda Rice and Mary Banks were top scorers for Skegness with a 27-6 card. Sunday’s visit to Scunthorpe put paid to any hopes of promotion for Skegness as the home team won on all rinks 106 shots to 59, 18 points to nil.

Skegness Men’s Over 60s ‘A’ team overcame Dunholme IBC at home in their fight to avoid relegation from Division One with a 116 shots to 80 win, 14 points to four.

Dave Conroy led Ken Startin, Bert Crofts and John Thorold to a huge 39-7 win which set the standard. Survival now depends on a visit to Spalding on Thursday for a vital match. Skegness are just two points ahead of Spalding and it is a must win situation for both teams with several players not available, which has presented captain Dennis Garratt with a dilemma as the game clashes with a rearranged fixture for the Skegness ‘B’ team who are at home to Long Sutton on the same day.

For Skegness Over 60s ‘B’ team, winning on three of the five rinks played in their game away at Long Sutton was not enough to win the match as they lost the vital aggregate points when two Skegness rinks suffered large losses. The final score was Long Sutton 116 shots 12 points to Skegness’s 86 shots and six points.

Entertaining Peterborough Indoor Bowling Club at Wainfleet Road, the Skegness weekend squad played well when keeping up the momentum as the visitors scored well in the middle of the game to win 107 shots to 88.

Each club won on three of the six rinks played. For Skegness, Barbara Moorley, Terry Walker and Roy Sylvester were the top scorers, 25-6, well supported by Sue Walker, Anne Bramley and Keith Findley 22-9 and Peter Hawkyard, Peter O’Leary and Gloria Allen who recovered from a slow start to score 15 shots in the last four ends to win 20-10.

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday April 19, commencing at 7pm and the Club Finals Week starts at 6.45pm on Sunday, April 21. Matches are played on each evening, until Friday and spectators will be most welcome.