BOWLS: Sleaford club lose narrowly to Patrons

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Sleaford Indoor Bowls Club once again enjoyed the company of Humberside Patrons in a friendly match that has been played at the club over many years, and is set to continue.

On this occasions the visitors gained the bragging rights in a 108-118 victory.

Nigel Moxon joined by Eileen Chambers, Dave Chambers and Alan Horne were neck and neck with their opponents for five ends, then the Humberside set took a slight lead only to be pulled back to 10-10. Then Sleaford pulled away to lead 14-11 but three solid ends from Humberside, picking up 10 shots, resulted in a 16-21 defeat.

Keith Richards’ set of Di Watson, Carol Wallis and Les Richardson matched their opposite set for the first five ends, then began to totally dominate the game with heavy scoring to lead 23-6. But this sudden burst of bowling seemed to motivate Humberside who stepped up their game to score 14 shots without reply to almost overtake Sleaford, however the home team had just a little bit more in the tank, scoring three on the last end to win 27-20.

Larry Davies with Betty Bowyer, Sylvia Goate and Mike Goate were involved in a very even game until the last three ends when they picked up six shots to win 18-13.

Pauline Hansen’s set of Angeline Taylor, Yvonne Paul and Andrew Morris were never able to take the lead and lost heavily 11-28.

Terry Wallis with Norman Stock, Barbara Leonard and Gloria Davies won the first end but were placed under constant pressure by the visiting team and never hit the front, losing 13-24.

Steve Traynor’s set of Elaine Traynor, Ken Searle and Lillian Searle produced some heavy scoring from the 11th end onwards to produce a 23-12 victory.

Club competitions: Over 65s pairs – Alan Clark and Bob McKie beat Heather Duffy and Monica Dabbs 12-9; Over 60s trips – Aubrey Bristow, Richard Pearson and Tony Stanley beat Ray Bales, Joan Bales and Terry Wallis 18-7, Sheila Methven, Sheila Pratt and Margaret McKie beat Laurie Bonello, Terry Curran and Brian Coyne 12-11, Dave Chandley, Fred Collin and Chris Bradley beat Charlie Ridley, Sue Dilley and Bob McKie 23-5, Andrea Davies, Patricia Rands and Lillian Searle beat Richard Musson, Peter Annison and Gillian Annison 13-9; Mixed Pairs – Anita Briggs and Fred Collin beat John Maury and Sheila Pratt 21-8, Trevor Bannister and Carol Richardson beat Chris Bradley and Barbara Barnes 18-14; Open Pairs – Steve Traynor and Les Richardson beat Richard Barnes and Ross Harwood 0-18/8-6 then 2-1 on the tie-break.