Nerves begin to jangle at the top of indoor bowls league

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With only three weeks to go in the Dorothy Southworth Indoor Bowling League at Clitheroe’s Roefield Leisure Centre, nerves are beginning to jangle at the top of the table.

There were two massive games in the latest round of fixtures, and the outcomes could have a determining effect on who finishes as champions.

Firstly, champions Waddington Red were beaten by neighbours The All Blacks, but the final points score of 4-2 could have been a maximum defeat had mat two, with Kevin Ryder, John Hammond and George Rushton, got home by a single shot against Don Eastwood, Clive Bater and Eddie Houghton. This was after Jeff Cowling, David Openshaw and Peter Cunliffe earned a comfortable win on mat one against Waddington’s Ian Jackson, Ken Barker and Jim Tierney 23-14.

The Tigers’ game with Sabden was one of the closest in the short history of the league with The Tigers getting home on both mats, by just a single shot (18-17) on mat one, and two shots (16-14) on mat two, and so taking the aggregate by three shots, thus recording a maximum 6-0 points victory. This now puts Tigers in prime position to take the title as they are now only two points behind champions Waddington Red but have a game in hand.

Hurst Green and Waddington Blue posted maximum wins and The All Blacks completed a successful week by recording a 6-0 victory over Clitheroe White.

Longridge pulled off a 4-2 victory over Read and The Wanderers overcame Clitheroe Blue 5-1 after a titanic struggle.

Results: Clitheroe Blue 1, Wanderers 5 - 36-42 (18-24, 18-18); Sabden 0, Tigers 6 - 31-34 (17-18, 14-16); Hurst Green 6, French Connection 0 - 34-24 (15-14, 19-10); All Blacks 6, Clitheroe White 0 - 39-27 (17-13, 22-14); Read 2, Longridge 4 - 32-37 (10-26, 22-11); French Connection 0, Waddington Blue 6 - 23-45 (14-20, 9-25); Waddington Red 2, All Blacks 4 -32-40 (14-23, 18-17)