Hectic spell sees champion’s visit

A busy time for Skegness Indoor Bowls Club saw the visit of a former World Champion.

Success came for the Men’s County Over 60s League teams and Mixed League Squad, the highs and lows of County Competition for the Ladies and the latest rounds of club competitions.

Representing Lincoln, former world singles champion Billy Jackson and partner Danny Brown met Paul Bark and Keith Jackman of Horncastle in the National Area Final of the men’s pairs competition on the neutral green of Skegness.

It was the Horncastle pair who made the running but at nine ends the scores were level 8-8. Winning the next five ends Horncastle led 16-8. Lincoln then took over responding to the pressure to score 11 shots to lead 19-16 at nineteen ends and with just two ends to play. Not to be out done, Horncastle scored a vital three shots to level the scores 19-19 going into the last end.

In an exciting final end Horncastle took the winning shot to end the match as victors 20-19 and earn a place at the National Finals at Nottingham IBC on April 6.

Skegness Ladies’ Alice Salmon, Brenda Rice and Mandy Brummit were joined by Jean Veall to play Dunholme in the Lincolnshire Ladies Rinks Competition at Horncastle. Conceding just four shots in the first eight ends Skegness won the remainder to take the tie 26-4.

Having enjoyed success against a strong Lincoln rink in the previous round, Alice Salmon, Mandy Brummit and Brenda Rice met another in the quarter finals of the Lincolnshire Ladies Triples at Sleaford.

Battling all the way, Skegness led right up until the seventeenth end 14-13, when in the eighteenth, the Lincoln rink of Jill Edson, Jane Squires and Yvonne Sheldon scored one shot to level the game and force an extra end.

It was a superb bowl by Lincoln Skip Edson which scored the winning shot to win the place in the semi-final 15-14, but the Skegness Ladies should be proud of their part in a match that was worthy of a final.

Two Men’s Over 60s matches played on the same day ended in wins for Skegness. At home the ‘A’ team defeated Lincoln ‘B’ 14-4 and 114 shots to 86, the 36-10 win by Ken Startin, Barry Read, Bert Crofts and George Curley played a major part.

The ‘B’ team away at Stamford won by 97 shots to 94, a 12-6 points win in which David Hudson, Rob Rankin, Roy Sylvester and Peter Reeson excelled when winning 32-5.

Having missed games due to the weather, Skegness returned to the Lincolnshire Mixed League Second Division with a 14-4 points win over Dunholme.

A 37-7 win from the rink of John Clarke, Anne Matthews, Jean Veall and David Briggs, earned the aggreagate points.

John Mountain won his Club Men’s Singles semi-final against Bob Arnold 21-14 and awaits the result of a match between Alan Irving and George Curley to decide his opponent.

Two high scoring ends secured the match and a Club Men’s Pairs final place 20-7 for Johnny and Gary Morris against Alan Brummitt and Neil Salmon.

Skegness Men’s County League team continues in the doldrums after two recent league matches against Spalding and Boston ended in defeat.