Louth Bowls: Fast Shippers snatch title from Rockset

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The latest league title to be decided at Louth Indoor Bowls Club was the Evening Fours when the top two teams went up against each other.

The outcome of a tight tussle saw second-placed Fast Shippers beat Rockset 15-11 to take top spot and secure the title by a point, leaving a deflated Rockset to settle for the second spot.

* The runners-up place is up for grabs in Division Two of the Morning Triples where the current holders of that position, Fledglings, were thrashed 26-6 by champions Webbos.

Doves moved level on points with wins over Louth (18-8) and Saints (14-10).

* Simon Reeson and Liz Draper secured the runners-up spot in the Australian Pairs with a 17-5 win over John Williams and Barbara Shufflebotham.

They stayed three points clear of Horace Cope and Brenda True who beat Mally Hewson and Alan Houghton 18-12.

In Division Two, Mike Norton and Anne Burchell went top and ensured a top-two finish with back-to-back victories.

They scraped through a close tussle with Barry and Pat Jordan 18-12 before beating Patrick O’Mahony and Judith Walker 22-12 to open a two-point gap.

* An important game in the Tuesday Mixed Pairs saw leaders Harry Putland and Tina Reeson defeat second-placed Colin and Carol Smith 16-12 to go four points clear and clinch the title barring mathematical calamities.

Paul Radford and June Brougham became Division Two champions despite not playing as the second, third and fourth-placed duos all lost.

Any of the top three could have won the division, but eventual runners-up Graham Wood and Eileen Rayner were beaten 16-5 by Robin Barrow and Sue Gurbutt, while third-placed pair George Foster and Sandra Siddle lost 18-12 to Mike Norton and Wendy Fernie.

John Readman and Pat Wolley had an outside chance of nicking the runners-up spot, but they were thumped 17-6 by Terry Cornwall and Barbara Shufflebotham.

* The winter season draws to a close this week with the finals of the club knockout competitions this weekend followed by the trophy presentations on Sunday evening.