The first three of the Louth Indoor Bowls Club knockout finals were staged at the end of last week and there was a superb contest for the 2-bowl Singles between brothers Russell and Simon Dent which lasted for 30 ends.
Russell led from the start but couldn’t shake off his opponent and even when opening an 18-12 lead after 23 ends Simon hit back to close the gap to 19-18 before Russell reached the required 21 shots with two singles.
The Men’s Triples proved almost as good with fortunes swinging one way then the other. The trio of Barrie Robinson, Mike Leverton and Jonathan Darley hit a purple patch to go from 7-4 down to a 13-7 ahead, only for opponents Tony Musson, Ernst Jensen and Harry Putland to level the score three ends later. But Robinson’s team won the final three ends for a 19-13 victory.
The Ladies Fours was perhaps not quite so exciting by comparison with the team of Wendy White, Carol Kelly, Lu Woods and Val Sherry just having the edge after the early stages but then needing to hold off a late fightback from Jean Dracass, Pam Cowling, Gill Leverton and Jean Holdsworth to finish 19-15 winners.
In the leagues the battle still rages in the Ladies Triples with three teams in contention for top spot. Anglers have a one point advantage after beating bottom team Kerbys 17-10, but have now completed their fixtures. Follies are second on shots difference but missed going top when beaten 16-5 by fourth-placed Jayees, who still have an eye on the runners-up spot.
Third-placed Flyers maintained their two-point advantage with a 17-9 win over Tyros. In their final set of games this week the second, third and fourth placed teams each play one of the bottom three.
In division 2 of the Evening Triples the battle of the top two saw Questors beat Wild Cards 14-12 to clinch top spot with two games remaining. Third-placed Badgers are now three points behind after beating Spire 22-11 and could pinch the runners-up spot if Wild Cards slip up again.