Louth indoro bowls: Yorkies stay top as summit clash ends even

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The clash of the top two in the morning triples league at Louth Indoor Bowls Club last week saw honours finish even.

Yorkies and Highgate Wanderers battled out a 11-11 draw in the first round of matches, and both teams each won their second games, with Yorkies thumping bottom team Two Plus One 21-6 to hang on to a one-point lead.

Highgate had a tougher game, but came through 20-14 against In A Minute.

Two victories saw The Jays gain a little ground on the top two as they beat Otters 16-4 and then beat Mudlarks 15-6 to move within a point of the leaders.

* In Group A of the Australian Pairs, Paul Smith and Mike Norton maintained their three-point lead at the top with a steady 19-10 win over Martin and Linda Oldfield.

Dave Warren and Barrie Scott moved into second spot on shots difference after cruising to a 27-4 victory over Mo Dewar and Neil Castle.

Third-placed pair Malcolm Pearce and Rachael Stanley didn’t play, but can regain second spot if they win their catch-up game this week.

In Group B, Paul Hayman and John Williams remain four points clear after beating Marion Rose and Pam Thirde 34-3, while second-placed duo Tony Powell and Liz Draper were thankful for coming good on the final end to win 15-12 against Derek Blow and June Brougham.

* Evening Pairs leaders Russ Dent and Deb Castle weren’t in action, but were happy to see their three-point lead untouched.

Second-placed pair Terry Cornwall and Gill Fletcher lost their way over the final four ends to lose 13-12 against Gary Boswell and Barrie Scott.

John Williams and Dave Stringer could have pinched second spot, but they were edged out 11-9 by Pete Fletcher and June Brougham.