Current champions Ray Robinson and Tom Whiteley survived a scare to preserve their unbeaten record in the Monday Evening Pairs League at West Lindsey Indoor Bowls Club.
Ian Hatton’s team pushed them to the limit before Robinson and Whiteley emerged with an 18-17 win by the narrowest of margins. Keith Woffinden and Gordon Tucker are chasing the champs, but they too had to graft to beat the bottom team of John Grooby 14-10, while Eric Dobbie’s team rose to third place after beating John Alsop’s team 17-11.
In the Friday Evening Triples League, it was the turn of Eric Dobbie’s champions to struggle as they made hard work of a 14-12 triumph against Gerald West’s bottom team, who led 11-2 at one stage before a displaced jack that baffled the underdogs and some classy bowls from skip Dave Childs turned things round. Elsewhere Ray Robinson’s team enjoyed an easy 20-7 win over Geoff Gray’s team to stay on top of the table, while Gordon Tucker’s team celebrated a surprisingly easy 23-8 victory over Merv Johnson’s team.
It was nornmal service in the other two leagues as Thursday Team League champions Roses passed their latest test by beating Misterton 6-2 ahead of a crunch match with closest rivals, Scotter, next week.
Philip Pearson’s team continue to make light work of their opponents at the top of the Tuesday Australian Pairs League. They inflicted a 31-7 defeat on Roy Enever and Tim Kempton, who were never at the races, before doubling up against Geoff Gray’s team, 22-14.