Skegness Indoor Bowls Club, report by Dave Newman.
Skegness retained top spot inhe Lincolnshire County Men’s League Second Division after a visit to Grantham.
A 14-4 points win and 98 shots scored to Grantham’s 85 gave the Skegness squad a seven point lead with two games in hand over second-placed Long Sutton. Captain Brian Hawes showed the way as he guided Roy Brummitt, Ray Tasker and Dave Warren to a 32-9 rink win, being supported by rinks skipped by Ken Startin 19-16 and Brynn Foxon 17-14.
Lincolnshire, playing Durham in the men’s national Liberty Inter County Trophy at York, were involved in a very close battle for a place in the semi-final of the competition. With the total scores level at 98-98 and a rink which included Skegness bowler Gary Morris playing with Lincoln’s Danny Brown, Alan Watts and Kevin Rands still completing their final end, it was Lincolnshire who scored the one shot necessary for a 99-98 victory. Lincolnshire will now meet Leicestershire in the semi-final.
Skegness representatives in county competitions met with mixed fortune, winning through to the last 16 of the Men’s Rinks. John Mountain, Johnny Morris, Brian Hawes and Gary Morris beat a Sleaford IBC rink skipped by Trevor Bannister 22 shots to 11. Mandy Brummitt and Bryn Foxon left the Mixed Pairs to Lincoln pair Sheila Plaskitt and Kevin Rands.
In club competitions, Brynn Foxon, Peter Hopkins, and Sue Walker held off a determined challenge from Graham L. Simpson, Dave Briggs and Louise Brooks by 16 shots to 14 to progress to the next round of the Deakin Trophy. Meeting John Mountain in the club Men’s Singles, Gary Morris led by 10 shots as John found his form to eventually trail by just one shot at 16-17. This inspired Gary to win the next three ends and take the game at 21-16. In the same competition, Derek Tasker scored four shots with the scores level at 13-13 in his match with Albert Sheperd - these four shots were the deciding factor as Derek went on to win 21-16.
Nine shots scored on the first four ends by Brian Hawes and Dave Conroy set Ken Startin and Dave Warren a tough task in the Men’s Club Pairs to which they responded well by winning the next four ends to keep the scores tight but two fours from Brian and Dave during the match helped secure the tie 24-14.
Spilsby Bowls Club visited Skegness recently for a friendly match, in a 63-59 win for the home side. The two winning rinks were skipped by husband-and-wife duo Terry and Sue Walker.
Terry with Frances Hopkins and John Sampson won by 24 shots to 16, as Sue with Mary Banks and Bernard Hill had a six shot advantage 18-12. For Spilsby Dave Goodrick with Martin Holland and Dave Mowbray won 15-10 as Margery Hancock, Esme Marsden and Mike O’Brien also won 16-11.