Defending champions are looking strong again

GAINSBOROUGH indoor bowls leagues round-up.
GAINSBOROUGH indoor bowls leagues round-up.

Deadly duo Ray Robinson and Tom Whiteley are looking good to retain the Monday Evening Pairs League title at Gainsborough’s West Lindsey Indoor Bowls Club.

For their 28-14 win over John Grooby’s team kept them in command at the top of the table, ahead of Jim Alsop’s team, who climbed to second after an overwhelming 31-5 victory over Ian Hatton’s team.

Surprisingly, Hatton’s side remain bottom of the table, but at least they recovered well to put up an excellent fight in their next match, which they narrowly lost, 11-10, to Keith Woffinden and Gordon Tucker.

In the Tuesday Evening Australian Pairs League, Phillip Pearson’s team are unbeaten after a comfortable 19-11 success against Susan Mawer’s team. But the most eyecatching result was provided by Ian Hatton’s team, who signalled that they could be title contenders by defeating Geoff Gray’s talented side 15-14.

Michael Proudly and Merv Johnson enjoyed a convincing 23-7 victory over Bill Turner and Lionel Jowitt, while the defending champions, Keith Woffinden and Gordon Tucker, recorded their first win of the new season by beating Brenda Allen’s team 19-7. Roy Enever and Tim Kempton have been plagued by inconsistency, but they were on their best form in recording an 18-11 triumph against Susan Mawer’s team, who remain bottom of the table.

In the Thursday Team League, Roses and Scotter fought out a terrific match that could have produced any outcome right up to the last bowls. Scotter won two of the three rinks, but Roses edged the points’ aggregate by two shots, so the result was a 4-4 draw.

It was a verdict that kept the league wide open and helped last season’s deposed champions, Marshalls, who have every chance of regaining the title. Misterton also have a squeak, although they would have to improve in previous form.

Action in the Friday Triples League saw Eric Dobbie’s champions stay top with a 20-12 win over Merv Johnson’s team. In a two-hour slog, Michael Proudley kept the losers in it with good, weighted woods, but it was a strategy doomed to fail. Johnson’s team also suffered a 17-16 defeat against Geoff Gray’s team, who were following up a previous 13-9 success against Gerald West’s team.

Meanwhile Ray Robinson’s team finally got their challenge under way with a vital 13-9 victory over fellow title contenders Gordon Tucker’s team.