Skegness Indoor Bowls Club

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A packed programme of National Competition and County League matches commenced with Skegness Ladies meeting Stamford Ladies in the national Yetton Plate.

Playing two rinks at home and two away, a very close match resulted in a 80 shots to 71 win for Skegness to gain a place in the fourth round against Erewash Indoor Bowls Club.

It was the away rink of Alice Salmon, Brenda Rice, Dot Small and Mandy Brummitt whose 27-15 card made the difference, they were supported well on rinks skipped by Joan Usher (20-20) Jean Veall (18-19) and Anne Matthews (15-17) who kept the scoring close.

The spoils were divided in the Skegness Ladies County Trudy Bates League match at Horncastle on Wednesday afternoon, each team winning two rinks, losing two and drawing the other.

On this occasion it was Skegness who took the six aggregate points for an 11-5 points 104 shot to 93 win.

The rink of Ann Ward, Louise Brooks, Brenda Rice and Alice Salmon won 28-13, with a helping 20-11 win from Anne Matthews, Kath Chappell, Ann Ladums and Sue Walker. Last end pressure prevented a win from Mary Banks, Dot Small, Anne Bramley and Joan Usher as Horncastle scored four shots to draw 23-23.

Skegness Men’s Over 60’s “B” team travelled to Dunholme on Monday for a Division Two Match, they achieved only one winning rink which was John Clarke, Gordon Farr, Peter Ord and David Briggs in the 109 to 63 shot defeat 16 points to two.

The highlight of Skegness Over 60’s Men’s “A” team County Division 1 League Match away against Lincoln “C” was the 32-11 win from Dave Conroy, Ken Startin, John Thorold and George Curley but in spite of scoring a full house eight shots during their win, and John Mountain, Barry Read, Maurice Kemp and Brynn Foxon returning a 21-20 winning card. Lincoln “C” retained the upper hand for a 14-4 points 102 shot to 84 victory.

Playing in the County Junior Under 18s’ Singles Competition at Horncastle, Lizzie Cassidy who came fifth in her section won through to the finals to be held at Skegness Indoor Bowls Club on February 15.

Although not progressing further in this event nine-year-old Millie Chambers experienced bowls competition for the first time.

Together with Jacob Joyce both Lizzie and Millie have been invited to the County School of Excellence at Grantham.

A round-up of Men and Ladies Club Singles Competition ties: Alan Irving 21 John Canham 15, Roy Rout 21 Derek Tasker 12 Peter Sharp 21 Graham L Simpson 18, Dave Warren 21 Peter Ord 18, Terry Walker 21 Brian Kilby 14, Sue Walker 17 Joan Findley 21, Anne Bramley 21 Sue Sharp 20.

Club Chairman Peter Hopkins welcomed over 40 members and visitors to a taster session of Short Mat Bowling at Wainfleet Road last Sunday morning.

The club have purchased mats and equipment to enable members to play this popular version of indoor bowling and it is hoped to have designated sessions with formed leagues and tournaments in the future.