LAST week was a miserable time for Melrose SSC in the Gainsborough Bowls League when they saw their championship hopes badly damaged and their two main rivals both take advantage of their slip-ups.
On Monday Melrose hosted Marton GB and, while the home side always looked like winners, the visitors battled well on two rinks and in a match that Melrose hoped to win 10-0 they had to settle for a 6-4 (93-46) victory.
Melrose then visited Marshalls Sports on Wednesday and the result of the match was always in doubt but crucially Melrose failed to find their normal good finish and they just failed to close the gap to enable Sports to win 8-2 (78-74).
Scotter 1 comfortably beat visitors Lincoln Co-op 8-2 (96-70), but on Wednesday Scotter faced one of their tougher games at Beckingham. However, unlike Melrose they came through with flying colours, winning 8-2 (83-60) to stretch their championship lead to eight points.
Marshalls A overtook Melrose with two good wins. First, they hosted Rose A and thrashed them 10-0 (119-50), then they visited Scotter 2 and comfortably overcame their hosts 8-2 (83-65).
Beckingham visited Owston Ferry and in a close match it was Ferry was just won 6-4 (74-71). Ferry then visited Rose A and this produced another close match but the home side won 6-4 (78-66) to stay off the bottom.
North Wheatley hosted Marshalls Sports and comfortably beat the visitors 8-2 (90-68), but they went down away to Lincoln Co-op 9-1 (86-61).
Misterton responded to the shock of finding themselves bottom by winning consecutive matches against fellow strugglers to climb four places, easily beating visitors Scotter 2 8-2 (92-64) and then visited Marton GBand winning easily 8-2 (85-60).
Owston Ferry left their league form behind when they played Scotter 1 in the Millennium Trophy semi-final (two rinks at home and two away). They didn’t just win at home, they also won both rinks at Scotter to win 62-46.
Owston Ferry play Marshalls A in the one venue final at Melrose SSC (behind Melrose Social Club) on Sunday 7th August at 2pm.
The final of the individual competitions is at North Wheatley on Sunday 21st August.