Crunch win for T4 in Pairs League

Alan Crookes and Ray Hargreaves are now in a comfortable position to win the Thursday Daytime Pairs at West Lindsey Indoor Bowls Club after a crunch win over one of their rivals.

The T4 duo had a battle with rivals Eric Dobbie and Dave Childs and it looked as T8 would edge it, but an accidental movement of the jack ruined their chances and T4 won 17-15.

T4 went on to win 24-10 against Barbara Coy and Joan Goshawk (T3) and T8 then won 18-10 against Dave Ward and John Grooby (T7).

Team T2, Mike Pilkington and John Hunt, made it seven in a row by beating Rita Procter and Susan Mawer’s T6 17-11. However, T2, Malcolm Moody and Hunt playing, then missed their chance to close on the leaders by losing 20-14 to T1, Keith Clark and Pip Pearson.

Peter Taylor and Barry Grocock, T5, now look destined to finish bottom after missing a golden opportunity to beat one of their near rivals.

Peter and Barry led Barbara Coy and Marjorie Ward, T3, by 13-3 but T3 recovered to win 15-13.

In the Friday Mixed Triples Geoff Gray’s F1 are still the leaders despite losing to the handicap because their previous main rivals, Peter May’s T2, have lost their last two matches to drop to third.

F1 just lost 16-15 trying to give Doreen Bee’s F4 eight shots.

F1 got a three on the first end but then crucially lost the next three ends to give themselves a huge task.

Previously F1 successfully gave four shots to Peter Taylor’s F5 and won 16-13.

Peter May’s Team F2 also tried to give eight shots to F4 but lost 20 -12, despite only losing 10-12 after six ends.

Brenda Allen’s Team F8, in second place, are the team in form.

They gave Andrew Sheardown’s F6 five shots and won 15-13, losing the last end, and then beat Audrey Rogers’ F3 19-10, receiving one shot, effectively winning it in the first three ends by scoring 11 shots.

Audrey Rogers’ F3 drop to sixth despite only having to give five shots to Barry Grocock’s F9 who were bottom at the time, but F3 lost 21-16 by conceding six on the last two ends.

F9 played Andrew Sheardown’s F6 on level handicap but F9 won surprisingly easily by 26-12 to leave F6 on the bottom.

The Gainsborough Bowls League had an indoor friendly at Lincoln on Sunday over six rinks.

Lincoln won 140-110 but this was a creditable effort on a much faster surface than at the Gainsborough Leisure Centre and the rinks were narrower.