Close battles for League Titles

The latest round of the Copyshop Indoor Bowls Leagues has seen some close battles develop for the top spot especially in the ‘Teams Leagues’. In the Tuesday Morning League leaders Villans beat Thru the Gap 4-2 while second-placed Dragons beat Maxums 6-0. In the remaining games Onchan Royals beat Early Birds 6-0, Jacks On A Roll beat Castletown Crofters 4-2 and Ramsey Raiders lost 0-6 to Hillbillies. This means that Dragons now take the lead with 63 points, Villans drop into second place with 62 points and Onchan Royals are third with 57 points.

In the Premier Teams Bay City Bowlers beat Ramsey Raiders 4-2, Saltire lost 0-6 to Cheesemakers and Villans lost 2-4 to Dragons while in the remaining match Ramsey Wallys beat Birdies 4-2. The outcome of this is that Cheesemakers have played all their games and currently lead on 57 points followed by Dragons on 56 points and Ramsey Wallys on 54 points with the latter two teams still having one more game to play.

The First Division Teams League is also close at the top and here we saw Team Caos beat OK 4-2, Odd Balls lost 1-5 to Maxums and Optimists beat Castletown Crofters 4-2. Although this means that Optimists following a recent show of good form have moved into first place on 45 points having played all their matches. In second place are Spinners also on 45 points but they have an outstanding match against Odd Balls still to play and in third place are Maxums with 40 points.

In the Premier Pairs, the leaders Dragons beat Villa Boys 4-0 while Tee Pegs and Blues Brothers drew 2-2. The remaining two matches between Young Guns and Ramsey Raiders and Villans and Cheesemakers also ended in 2-2 draws meaning that Dragons hold first place with 46 points followed by Cheesemakers on 31 points and Villans on 28 points.

A strong performance from the Castletown Crofters pairing of Ron Williams and George Peach saw them beat How Much? 4-0 in the First Division Pairs. Spinners and 1 in 4 drew 2-2 and there were 4-0 wins for Ramsey Wallys against Stan and Ollie and TOU against TinJo. All this means that Ramsey Wallys top the league with 39 points followed by Spinners with 34 points and Castletown Crofters with 32 points.

The Friday Afternoon Pairs saw Em and Bee beaten 4-0 by Celtic Thunder, Lenton Athletic beat Woodbourne Reds 4-0 and Sunset Rollers lost 0-4 to High Jacks. Dragons still lead on 36 points with Celtic Thunder on 30 points and High Jacks have 26 points in third place.

The Singles League saw a close game between the unbeaten leader Muriel Cain and Win Kewley with Muriel eventually running out with a 13-11 win. Rob Matthews beat John Kewley 11-8, Alan Franklin lost 8-19 to Dee Lewis and Marilyn Ellison beat Mike Moyer 11-9. This means that Muriel Cain tops the league with 34 points and the battle for second place is now getting interesting with John Kewley in that spot on 22 points followed by Dee Lewis and Rob Matthews also on 22 points.