Indoor Bowling: Ladies see off Scunthorpe in Mason Trophy


Skegness Ladies excelled in their first round National “Mason Trophy” Over 60s Rinks Competition in which they met Scunthorpe Ladies.

Playing at home lead bowler Margaret Humphries enjoyed a great game and set the pace together with Jean Veal, Brenda Rice and Alice Salmon by winning by 32 shots to 12.

Adding to this win the away rink at Scunthorpe of Lynne Rigby, Janet Holland, Val Huggins and Muriel Coulson took control after the fifth end to record a creditable 23-16 win.

The total score was Skegness 55, Scunthorpe 28. In the next round Skegness will meet either Horncastle or Lincoln.

In a Men’s Lincs County Over Sixties Division Two match between Skegness and Horncastle, both teams won the same number of rinks and drew the other.

With five points each it was once again the aggregate points that eluded Skegness as the all-important eight points went to Horncastle in a 97-83 victory, 13 points to five.

Skipping narrow wins for Skegness were Ray Houlgrave 18-16 and Clive Baxter 17-16 with Captain John Clarke achieving a 18-18 draw.

Mary Banks, Jackie McAlindon, Dave Warren and Ken Startin 22-12 were the only winning Skegness rink in a Lincs First Division Mixed League Match away at Boston against a strong team. The final result was Boston’s 111 shots and 16 points to Skegness’s 81 shots and two points.

John Mountain represented Skegness in the National Men’s Champion of Champions Singles Competition. Travelling to Lincoln to meet former World Men’s Singles Champion Billy Jackson in the first round, John faced a stiff task.

Undaunted John got off to a good start, winning five of the first six ends. With the score 9-5 Billy retaliated, winning the next four ends and was never headed again - winning the tie 21-13.

Skegness entertained a touring team from the Grange Alfreton in a Saturday friendly match.

It was a very close game of six rinks, with the home club winning by just four shots 106-102. Roy Sylvester led Roger Hardstaff, Barbara Morley and Ann Ladums to a 22-12 win.

The rinks of Bob Heavey (16-15), Frank Mumby (19-14) and Tim Law (18-17) contributed to make the difference between the teams.