BOWLS: Sleaford IBC defeat Boston counterparts

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Sleaford Indoor Bowls Club played host to Boston IBC in a friendly game.

Although the emphasis was on the friendly and social side, Boston are none the less always competitive and the bigger club are usually able to produce a fairly strong team.

But on this occasion the Sleaford team, led by captain Helen Quirke, were up to the task and produced a 120-88 victory, winning on five out of six rinks.

Terry Curran’s set of David Chambers, Barbara Clarke and Alan Horne started strongly, taking a six point lead which the opposition clawed back to go ahead 10-17, before the home set rallied to run out 22-18 winners, scoring 12 shots over the last five ends. Helen Quirke supported by Eileen Chambers, Mike Goate and Sylvia Goate were engaged in a close match in which neither team dominated but the Sleaford set finished with four shots on the last end to win 21-15.

Steve Traynor joined by Elaine Traynor, Norman Stock and Lorraine Falkingham were always chasing the Boston set to no avail, losing 11-15. Terry Wallis had Ken Searle, Barbara Polley and Lilian Searle giving a solid performance to win 25-15 which on another day would have given them the winning rink prize.

Keith Richards’s team of Diane Watson, Carol Wallis and Rose Clapton were neck and neck with the opposition until the 18th end, then picked up six shots over the next two ends to win 20-15. Pauline Hansen’s set of Betty Bowyer, Yvonne Paul and Andrew Morris were Sleaford’s winning rink of the day, on countback with a superb 21-10 victory and solid, consistent bowling.

Club competitions: Don Offley Open singles – Hank Smyth beat Steve Traynor 4-8/9-6 then 2-0 in tie-break;

Over-60s Pairs – Linda Wills and Kath Lake beat Richard Pearson and Larry Davies 25-5, Alan Horne and Brian Jenkinson beat Peter and Gillian Annison 16-11, Elaine and Steve Traynor beat Carol and Terry Wallis 15-12; Ladies’ Pairs – Helen Quirke and Joyce Bannister beat Anita Briggs and Sheila Methven 13-9, Kath Lake and Gill Dwyer beat Gillian Annison and Rhoda Wing 13-9, Pat Rands and Andrea Davies beat Carole Richardson and Gloria Davies 15-14; 4-3-2-1 – Fred Collin and Dave Chandley beat Kim Callow and Brian Jenkinson 71-49, Terry Curran and Brian Coyne beat Gareth Hubbard and John Dawson 80-70; Men’s Pairs – Ian Cliff and Peter Annison beat Les Richardson and Steve Traynor 11-9, Nick Barnatt and Trevor Bannister beat Roy Barnes and Chris Bradley 22-11.