Louth Indoor Bowls: Mixed B lose county opener

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Louth Indoor Bowls Club Mixed B team played their first county league match of the season when hosting Skegness.

But it was the visitors who took the lion’s share of the points, winning 118-91 on aggregate shots. The main damage to Louth came from the rink which lost 32-15, while the other four rinks were pretty evenly contested.

The only success came from the foursome consisting of Rob Lamb, Ken Hasnip, Bernice Culham and Irene Bailey which won 23-21. Veronica Ball’s rink lost by two shots, Kevin Stamford’s rink went down by three shots, and there was a seven-shot defeat for the rink skipped by Keith Greenhill.

* The club’s ladies were unlucky to lose their Yetton Trophy match against Skegness by just two shots.

In this national competition, where clubs play two rinks at home and two away simultaneously, the result was in doubt until the final few bowls.

There was little to separate the teams at the midway point, but Skegness then opened up a 15-shot lead after 15 ends with both Louth home rinks lagging behind. But then came a fightback.

The away rink skipped by Val Sherry won their final six ends to register an impressive 35-8 win, while the other away rink, skipped by Sylvia Stainton, lost by just six shots.

Sadly, the two rinks at Louth couldn’t manage to turn their games around with one rink dropping seven shots over their last two ends as Skegness won on aggregate by 82-80.

* On Saturday the club’s men are involved in a similar national competition when they take on Doncaster in the Denny Cup, and on Tuesday the men are again in national competition against Horncastle in the Over 60s Double Rink match.

* Results at club level brought a surprise 12-6 defeat for Evening Triples League leaders Leglites against bottom team Wild Cards, but they stayed one point clear after a 15-5 win over Questors.

Chalkers made no mistake in their game against Wild Cards, winning 23-6 to stay second on shots difference ahead of Jackos who edged a 9-7 win against Alford.

In Division Two, Fast Shippers took over top spot on shots difference thanks to a 26-8 win over Legends as rivals Stags did not play.