Ruskington bowlers hit form in leagues, but suffer cup exits

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Ruskington Bowls Club won all four of their league matches last week, but had no joy in knockout cup action, losing both ties.

An eight-point win over North Scarle lifted them up to second in the City (Evening) League Division C.

Tony Codd’s set of Keith Pilbeam and Les Warren lost a close game, 14-15, by a single on the final end, but Paul Butterworth with Isabel Drain and Les Wilkinson dominated their game, taking 13 of the 21 ends to win 24-12, and George Glover’s crew of Jock Mitchell and John Hurst won 19-12.

* Ruskington faced holders and county powerhouses St Giles in the Jubilee Trophy and couldn’t interrupt their progress, losing all four games and the aggregate 53-102.

* Despite some good games Ruskington failed to reach the final of the Ron White Shield last Wednesday.

* A return to action in the Cliff League on our green at home to Hykeham B brought them eight valuable points in a league in which they are struggling.

John Booth’s set of Jock Mitchell and Lorraine Clifton lost 12-19, never recovering from dropping a five on the third end.

But Tony Codd, with Les Wilkinson and Paul Butterworth, did much better and won 26-12 after picking up 11 shots over the final five ends, and Jim Matson skipped Les Warren and George Glover to a 17-7 victory.

* In The City (Afternoon) League one huge rink win gave Ruskington six points at home to Collingham.

Les Jenkins, with Les Wilkinson and Graham Croft, lost a tight game 18-24 after dropping five over the last two ends, and John Booth’s set of Jackie Ray and Angela Goddard also lost a close encounter 15-18.

But Tony Codd was well supported by Carol Croft and Isabel Drain to dominate their game and earn a 35-4 rout, losing just three ends.

* Hosting Kirton B, Ruskington edged the match five points to three to lie tied at the top on the Coningsby League.

Paul Oke, with Les Wilkinson and Paul Butterworth, had a good 26-14 win, and Waylon Clarke, with Jock Mitchell and Lorraine Clifton, drew 15-all after losing four shots over the last three ends.

And Jackie Ray, with Les Warren and David Miller, lost 14-19.