BOWLS: Louth unlucky to lose at Lincoln on final bowl

Bowls news.
Bowls news.

Louth Indoor Bowls Club’s Mixed ‘B’ team can consider themselves so unlucky to lose by just one shot in their county league match away against Lincoln ‘B’ at the weekend as the aggregate score was not decided until the very last bowl had been delivered.

There were two excellent rink wins for Louth with George Willoughby guiding Bill and Katy Krajnyak and Kathleen Kimpton to a 30-13 victory whilst Rob Lamb, David and Mary Wise and Bernice Culham won 32-14.

One rink finished all square at 20-each but sadly two heavy defeats of 32-14 and 31-17 just tipped the balance in Lincoln’s favour by 112-111. The extra eight bonus points on offer for overall victory seems a high price to pay when losing by the narrowest of margins.

Earlier in the week the line-up for first final of the club’s knock-out competitions was decided when Brian and Bernice Culham came good over the final stages of their Maiden Pairs semi-final to win 24-14 against Malcolm Pearce and Irene Bailey. They will play Malcolm and Dawn Wade.

In the Mixed Fours league, SOS increased their lead at the top to six points after beating nearest rivals Half A Mo by 19-11.

Third-placed Wickaholics are seven points further back but won 22-10 against bottom team Dreamers to hang on to a one-point advantage over Dunwicking, who just edged past next-bottom Smilers by 16-12. Falcons eased themselves away from the bottom two places with a last-gasp 11-10 win over Optimists.

There were comfortable wins for the top three duos in the Australian Pairs division 2 where Derek and Sylvia Woodforth eased to a 24-3 victory over bottom pairing the Brocklesbys.

Second-placed Jeff and Joan Baker remained one point behind after their 20-4 success against Ray and Barbara Parker who ‘subbed’ for Margaret Leggett and Sue Page. Jim amd Joan Foster also have the same points as the Bakers after a 22-12 win over Brougham and Morley, but crucially have a game in hand.