Away success puts Skegness Over 60s in pole position

Bowls news.
Bowls news.

A trip to Grantham for a Lincolnshire Men’s Over 60s Division Two Match on Wednesday resulted in a 99 shots to 80 win, 14 points to 4 for Skegness A.

This put them on top of the division ahead of Stamford.

Of the winning Skegness rinks, George Curley, John Thorold, Ken Startin and Dave Conroy won well 33-9, with support from the other two winning rinks 23-9 and 17-9 this was in response to two good rink wins from the Grantham team of 27-11 and 26-15.

Stamford visited Wainfleet Road on Thursday to play Skegness B in a league fixture and raced away in the early ends, as Skegness worked hard to get into the game, drawing level and in what was to become a very close game taking a narrow lead.

The close contest continued until the final three ends in which Stamford recovered to take a 90 shots to 84 win, 14 points to four.

There were good rink wins from David Hudson, Rob Rankin, Mac McAlindon and Keith Findley 19-13 and John Clarke, Peter Hopkins, Alan Brooks and Dave Briggs 18-13.

The club men’s triples finalists have been decided, playing in the final will be Keith Findley, Mac McAlindon and Rob Rankin who gained a one shot victory 19-18 against Peter Hopkins, George Curley and Bryn Foxon.

The winners had originally joined the club together with limited bowls experience and have reached an excellent standard resulting in this win. Meeting them in the final will be Alan Irving, Brian Kilby and Les White who made good early scoring progress in the match with Ken Startin, Dave Warren and Bob Arnold to win by 17 shots to 13.

Ladies pairs contenders Alice Salmon and Mandy Brummitt took four consecutive three’s on their way to the final when beating Brenda Rice and Jean Veall 21-10. Bob Arnold stepped in to assist Dave Conroy, Ken Startin and George Curley to a men’s rinks final spot in their 23-13 win over Alan Irving, John Thorold, Brian Kilby and Gerry Armstrong.

The annual Captain’s Challenge for the Harry Sharpe Trophy played by men and ladies teams, selected by the captains Brian Hawes and Alice Salmon, saw a determined effort from the Ladies earn just two wins of the five rinks played in the 95 shots to 62 win for the men.

Muriel Coulson, Brenda Manning, Ann Ladums and Robyn Pearson won by 20-14, Ann Bramley, Jackie McAlindon, Louise Brooks and Mary Banks took five shots on the last end to win 17-14.

Skegness Indoor Bowls Club are taking part in a Just One initiative, by the Bowls Development Alliance to introduce interested friends and relations to bowling.

Club members are asked to bring along just one or more to a free open day at the indoor bowls club on Wainfleet Road between 1-5pm on Wednesday, March 11. Everyone is welcome to just come along.

There will be no formal coaching on the day just the opportunity to try and have a look round and be given any information regarding bowling and the club. Light refreshments will be available.