Dennis takes over the reins as seniors lose close contest

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Skegness Indoor Bowls Club

SKEGNESS men started their county leagues campaign with the over 60s A team entertaining Boston.

Old club stalwart Dennis Garratt graciously picked up the reins of the much unwanted captaincy and led the way with a personal rink win, but only Dave Conroy’s rink could follow suit and a close match was lost four points to 14.

The result could easily have been reversed, as going into the last end there was only one shot in the aggregate, but an 8-2 scoreline to Boston over the five rinks meant a final score of 95 to 102.

The men’s county side made the long trek to Stamford on Sunday and were slightly unfortunate to be on the wrong side of a 14-4 scoreline.

With Bryn Foxon’s rink winning, the rinks of Ken Startin and captain Brian Hawes drawing, and Ray Storey’s rink going down by a single shot, a better result was so close at hand.

In the club leagues, Hopefuls continued their winning ways to remain atop of the ladies league, closely followed by Diamonds, who overcame Genesis, thanks mainly to a seven, coming from 4-11 down to seal a sparkling victory.

The football league produced a scoreline reminiscent of a Rugby match as Leyton Orient crushed Wigan 40-5.

Reigning champs Spurs remain unbeaten and are already opening a gap at the top.

Ike’s Hopefuls are showing strong early season form in the EBA league, with comfortable wins over champions Layabouts and the highly fancied Plebs.

Help top the trips division one after excellent wins over Plebs, Pals and Newbys, while reigning champs Willads are still lamenting the sad loss of their inspirational captain over the close season.

However, they may have turned the corner after managing to open their account at the fourth time of asking.

In division two, the top two played each other, with Challengers beating Figmants 16-12, and both are expected to feature strongly throughout the season.

Every encouragement should be given to new team Neighbours, who continue to struggle and have yet to settle in their new surrounds.

In the afternoon league division one, Earwigs have crawled to the top with four wins out of five, but unbeaten Comets are snapping at their tail.

In division two, Neighbours got off the mark, stealing a 10-9 victory over two-man Tinkers.

This week, it will be the turn of the over 60s B team to start their county campaign at home to Lincoln C today, Wednesday, October 5, at 10.30am, and the ladies will get their turn tomorrow, Thursday, October 6, away to Boston, starting at 9.45am.