Bowls: Louth master Sleaford in County League clash


Louth Indoor Bowls Club’s men’s over 60s team came off best in their county league match at home against Sleaford last week.

The home team enjoyed a comfortable win on one rink and although the other four rinks were closely fought the visitors only managed to gain one win and that by only a shot.

The best winning margin for Louth was the rink of Keith Kelly, Dave Roper, Tony Powell and Steve Moore with a 26-7 victory.

John Welsh’s rink won by eight shots and Horace Cope’s rink had a five-shot victory, while Colin Smith’s rink won by four shots.

* On the club scene there was another surprise win for bottom side Avengers in the Newcomers League as they beat luckless Pure Silk 22-6.

Aided by newcomer Brian Todd the league strugglers are now within four points of second-bottom Perishers who were thrashed 39-4 by Ditchers.

Pure Silk’s defeat cost them second spot as they were overtaken by Merrymen who beat Golfers 15-9 to open a two-point gap and move within three points of leaders Cheekies who didn’t play.

* Five teams remain in the hunt for the Ladies’ Triples title, but fifth-placed Tyros lost vital ground when beaten 16-8 by leaders Flyers. They kept their two-point lead over Follies who just managed a 12-10 win against Woodentops.

Canaries are two points further back after beating Jayees 19-11, while Anglers are joint-third after a low-scoring 9-3 victory over Birdies.

* In the Friday Mixed Pairs League, leaders Horace Cope and Joan Stones suffered a 19-9 defeat against Alan Watson and Wendy Blyth.

But they remained three points ahead of Barrie Robinson and Pat Willoughby who were also beaten, 18-11, by John Welsh and Veronica Ball.

These results allowed Harry Putland and Judy Robinson to move joint-second with a last-gasp 19-17 win over Tony Saunders and Irene Bailey who came back from 16-10 down to lead 17-16 only to drop three shots on the final end.

In Division Three, Peter and Joan Hill stayed a point clear at the top with a 19-12 win over Dave and Lorraine Evans, while second-placed Ray and Sue Green scraped a 15-12 win over Martin Smith and Betty Cuthbert.