Louth indoor bowls: Yorkies fight back to take top spot

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There were several excellent games affecting both ends of the Morning Triples League at Louth Indoor Bowls Club last week.

Leaders Highgate Wanderers have hit a rocky patch and suffered another defeat, 14-13, against Otters for whom Bobbi Mumby-Croft had a good game alongside husband Keith and team-mate Martin Oldfield.

Highgate slipped to second, one point behind Yorkies who recovered from 12-4 down to beat Mudlarks 14-13 thanks to a score of seven and then two shots on the final end.

Third-placed Jays failed to take advantage of Highgate’s loss and remained three points off the top after also losing 14-13 to Matelots’ trio of Janet Mattocks, David Dickson and Brian Leggett.

It was a bad week for Two Plus One who suffered two defeats and slumped to the bottom of the table. They were beaten 13-6 by Wasps and then lost a tight game 11-9 against Matelots.

These results allowed Puffins to climb off the bottom rung thanks to a 15-12 win over Rustics.

* In Group A of the Australian Pairs, the top three duos all won with Paul Smith and Mike Norton retaining their one-point lead thanks to a 16-3 win against Pete and Gill Fletcher, a scoreline which doesn’t reflect the closeness of the game.

Dave Warren and Barrie Scott overcame a slow start to beat Charlie Briggs and Anne Malcolm 22-10 to stay second on shots difference from Terry Cornwall and Bernice Culham who beat Wendy Porter and Pam Cowling 23-14.

Rachael Stanley and Malcolm Pearce lost ground and were grateful for three shots on the final end to salvage a 13-13 draw with Linda and Martin Oldfield.

* There was an important result in the Evening Pairs where Russ Dent and Deb Castle grabbed a last-gasp victory over Dave Gladding and Ryan O’Connor to open a three-point gap at the top.

The leaders had trailed 15-9, but scored a four and a three over the last two ends to mug their opponents and scrape a 16-15 win.

* Members should ignore any 2017/18 winter fixtures which have appeared on the club website. These are not official releases and are subject to change.