Cons steal early lead in Division 3
Roose Cons A made it two from two in Division 3 of the Furness and District Bowling League sponsored by John Sharples Letting Agents, this week winning 9-1 at home to West Mount A, a result which sees them set the early pace.
It was a comfortable night for the Cons, with the 7 winners all winning to scores of 12 or less, Graham Gedling 21-5 and Phil Kelly 21-9. It wasn’t quite such a comfortable night for Danny Graham though as he was beaten by West Mount’s ‘ringer’ Alan Birkett 21-19 in a game where both players pulled out some quality woods at crucial times. This was soon forgotten in the post match debrief though as Danny was the subject of the majority of the jokes.
At this early stage Lindal A are the only other team unbeaten in the division showing how competitive this new format could well prove to be. Visiting the tricky North Scale green they will be delighted to have returned with an 8-3 victory. Keith Johnson (left) was in unbelievable form for the village side in his 21-3 win with Lindal stalwarts Kev and Paul Rooney winning to 11 and 14 respectively. For the Scale Kristian Ogilvie is currently winning games like his beloved Rangers…comfortably, his 21-8 victory this week being the best of their wins. Glyn Stevens and Jack Mitchell scoring their other points.
A strong looking King Alfred B entertained Barrow Island and so perhaps it was no surprise to see them record a 9-1 win. Alan ‘Bones’ Mason led the charge 21-4, with Gary Hall (21-6), Dave Whitehead (21-9) and Peter ‘The Jokebook’ Roberts (right) (21-9) all winning to single figures. Top man Brian Linklater was outstanding for the Island in his 21-11 win to stop the whitewash.
An Askam A side jam packed with experience were too strong for their opponents Hawcoat Park B, taking the game 7-3. One of the younger members of the team Kenny Knowles led from the front winning 21-8, William Coates and John Hamilton backing him up with their own 21-10 victories. For Hawcoat Alan Artis (21-7) and Dave Hodgson (21-9) made sure the game stayed competitive with their good wins.
Walney Park A and Glaxo A fought out a close game on the Island green, but thanks to good wins from the alliterative pair of David Dent (21-12) and Michael Moorby (21-8) they took the aggregate points and the game 7-3. Jeff Benson turned back the clock winning 21-7 for the works side with Eric Worsley and Mike Speight recording their other wins.
The early games in Division 4 are also hinting that it could a close race between a few teams for the title.
Roose Cons B really do have a strong looking outfit with plenty of experience, which West Mount found to their cost this week, Roose winning 9-1 with 5 of their wins being to single figures. Rob Keegan was unstoppable, winning 21-1 after the 245th club change of his career, Mike Irvine (21-4) and Jeff Howard (21-5) being just as impressive. Seymour Benson stopped it being a complete “Shop of Horrors” with his 21-15 victory at top man for the Mounties.
It was a complete reversal for the Cons C Team, who suffered a 10-1 defeat at home to King Alfred C. Sadly they had to give a game away and with Barney Cleasby (21-1) and Tony George and Cliff Callister (both 21-8) recording great wins it was left to Bob Maltman to spare Roose’s blushes with his 21-18 victory.
Salthouse have been proactive in recent years, bringing some new blood into the game and their B team are showing signs of that paying off with some of that new blood winning on a regular basis and visiting West Shore B they won 9-2. Mike and Mark Singleton (both right) are two of those that have improved rapidly and once again both recorded wins this week, to 14 and 16 respectively, although both were in the shade of Ron Crompton who won 21-11. Only 5 points separated the teams in the aggregate, showing that many of the games could have gone either way, the closeness also helped by the Shore’s two winners being comprehensive ones, Colin Jones to 6 and John Shipley to 10.
Hawcoat Park C put last weeks defeat behind them as they cruised to a 7-3 win home to Walney Park B. Tony Lashmar won 21-4 to lead the way, with Keith Mallinson and Mike Kittley both winning 21-7 to back him up. The Park had a couple of experienced heads come in at the bottom to steady the ship, Dougie Millburn and Jeff McDougal both finding themselves in the winners enclosure along with Leo Clarke who really has started the season strongly.
The battle of Dane Ave took place this week, as Coop’s B and C teams faced up against each other. In a competitive game they tied the games 4 apiece but the B team took the game 6-4 thanks to securing the aggregate points by just 5 chalks. Ron May’s 21-11 victory helped set that win up whilst Dave Benn’s (left) 21-14 win means he has already beaten his son Jonny’s record over the past couple of the years. Mike Bram was in awesome form for the C team winning 21-12, whilst Jack Huitson will be delighted with his 21-15 defeat of an experienced opponent.
Lindal 8 Askam 2, Police 3 Walney Park 8, West Shore 1 King Alfred 10, Coop 7 Salthouse 3, Dalton CC 4 Hawcoat Park 7.
Glaxo 10 Kirkby 0, King Alfred A 9 West Shore A 1, Kirkby A 8 Roose Cons 2, Hawcoat Park A 9 Red River 1, Salthouse A 8 Coop A 2.
Roose Cons A 9 West Mount A 1, North Scale 3 Lindal A 8, Walney Park A 7 Glaxo A 3, King Alfred B 9 Barrow Island 1, Askam A 7 Hawcoat Park B 3.
Coop B 6 Coop C 4, Hawcoat Park C 7 Walney Park B 3, Roose Cons B 9 West Mount 1, Roose Cons C 1 King Alfred C 10, West Shore B 2 Salthouse B 9.