Two excellent results against rivals for the title left Ian Chappell’s team unbeaten in seven and top of the Monday Daytime Triples League at Gainsborough’s West Lindsey Indoor Bowls Club.
Chappell’s team cruised to a 14-9 triumph against Marlene Mays’s team after surging into a 7-1 lead early on, and then they battled back from 12-7 down against Brenda Taylor’s team to force a 17-17 draw which, with shots difference in hand, suited them nicely.
The Chappell trailblazers also beat Geoff Gray’s team 14-11, again after a fast start, but Taylor’s team suffered another slip-up when again throwing away a healthy lead against Joan Clifton’s team. They were 13-8 up before conceding eight in the last three ends to go down 16-13 and drop to fourth in the table.
Meanwhile Pat Flegg’s team leapt into second spot after an 18-12 eclipse of Trevor Gaines’s team made it three wins on the trot. And another team in form are Merv Pullin’s side, who stunned Ken Byfleet’s faltering team with a one-sided 18-5 triumph and followed up by defeating Trevor Gaines’s team 17-14 thanks to a magnificent fightback from 13-6 down that included a six.
In the Wednesday Daytime Sets League, leaders Rita Procter’s team suffered their first defeat in eight matches when beaten 4-2 by their nearest rivals, Keith Clark’s team.
However, because the reverse was by only four shots, they stay on top, courtesy of previous good results, which included a battling last-end 4-2 success over Pat Flegg’s team, who were unbeaten at the time, and then a 6-0 (12 shots) whitewash of Merv Pullin’s team.
Clark’s team are now level with the top dogs and have a game in hand after a run of five wins on the spin and 27 points out of a possible 30. They also brushed aside Flegg’s challengers, by an amazing 18 shots (6-0), having previously inflicted a similar 6-0 thrashing (19 shots) on Pullin’s team.
In third place in the table sit Bob Baines’s team, who are still unbeaten after seven matches. They have racked up four victories in a row, including two over rivals who were also undefeated at the time. They hammered Trevor Gaines’s team 6-0 (13 shots) and disposed of Geoff Gray’s team 4-2 (six shots) to put themselves in the perfect frame of mind for their next clash against Clark’s fellow high-fliers.
Gaines’s team also suffered a shock 5-1 (eight shots) defeat against Ted Mell’s team and duly dropped to fourth place, just ahead of Gray’s team, who are best of the rest.
Meanwhile the Gainsborough Bowls League won 126-11 at Scunthorpe in a representative friendly, winning four of the six rinks on a fast surface.