A fine display of precision bowling by former World Champion Billy Jackson ended the final aspirations of the Skegness rinks squad of Gary Morris, Johnny Morris, Brian Hawes and John Mountain in the Semi-Final of the Lincolnshire Mens Rinks Competition.
Jackson was together with Danny Brown, Kevin Rands and Don Skayman representing Lincoln Indoor Bowl club. They led from start to finish to win 22-8.
At the same Spalding venue Skegness Mixed Pairs representatives Bryn Foxon and Mandy Brummitt led 14 shots to eight after ten ends in their match with Ron Flowers and Wendy Featherstone of Long Sutton Indoor Bowls Club.
The Long Sutton pair replied, scoring nine shots in just three ends to lead 17-14. A spirited response from Skegness proved not to be enough as Sutton went on to win 22-18.
Already relegated to the Second Division of the Lincolnshire Men’s County League, Skegness met Spalding at Wainfleet Road in the final match of the season.
Leading on four of the five rinks played for the majority of the match, Skegness could not maintain that form as they slipped away in the closing stages to lose 87 shots to 92, and won on just two rinks. John Mountain, Jacob Joyce, Ken Startin and Jim Orton won 21-15, and Maurice Thorold, Dave Warren, John Canham and Dave Conroy 19-16.
Representing Lincolnshire in the Semi-Final of the National Over 60s League against Yorkshire at Alfreton, the Skegness rink of George Curley, Dave Conroy, Mac Holland and Brian Hawes drew. And with three Lincolnshire rinks winning hopes were high, but with the other Lincolnshire rink losing by a huge margin, the aggregate score and the match and place in the final went to Yorkshire. A disappointing result.
The Club Coaching Trophy is played for by new members who have attended the weekly coaching sessions.
In the first round matches Angela Humphries and Janet Hill produced a ding-dong battle. It was the first player to 21 shots. Each of these ladies had high scoring ends and after twenty ends the scores were level at 20 all. Scoring just the one required, Janet goes through to the next round.
Joining Janet will be Louise Brooks, who cruised through her match with Bernard Hill 21-6, and Robert Good, who settled down to win 21-10 after his opponent Diane Appleton had set the pace.
Representing Skegness in the National Mens Rinks Competition played at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Club, Gary Morris, Johhny Morris, Brian Hawes and John Mountain met a rink from Adur a West Sussex club in the first round.
Keeping scores tight the Skegness men led after 15 ends 15-12 and hopes were high, but at 18 ends Adur took the advantage 17-16 and, with just three ends to play in which they prevented Skegness scoring again, they won 22-16.