Sabden take over as league leaders

Sabden are the new leaders
Sabden are the new leaders

Sabden have taken over as league leaders in the Dorothy Southworth Indoor Bowling League at the the Roefield Leisure Centre in Clitheroe.

In a week that saw two local derbies played out between the teams from Waddington and Clitheroe, Sabden took their chance, and with a convincing win over luckless Longridge Commodores, regained top spot in the league.

The first of the derbies between Clitheroe White and Clitheroe Red was the proverbial game of two halves with the Blues, skipped on mat one by Bob Warburton, overcoming John Spencer’s trio by 23 shots to 16.

The game on mat two saw a convincing win for Colin Banks’ White squad by 29 shots to 8 - thus giving the Whites the extra two points with a better aggregate shot total 45-31.

The second of the derbies proved to be a one-sided romp for Waddington Red over their Blue neighbours. Bill Rome’s triple winning on mat one by 19 shots to 6, while John Cropper’s rink weighed in with a 23-13 victory and a comfortable 6-0 return.

Once again, however, West Bradford, after showing early form, slumped to defeat - their second in successive fixtures - this time at the hands of Hurst Green, who were looking for their first win of the season.

With Bernard Riley and Barbara Garstang leading consistently well on mat one, skipper Michael Embury, who incidentally had got out of his sick bed to play, came home by 18 shots to 11 against West Bradford’s experienced skip Tom Bradshaw.

Mat two saw the performance of the day from Hurst Green’s lead Jim Turner.

End after end saw Jim drawing close to the jack, and try as they might, West Bradford simply had no answer to his consistent accuracy.

The Hurst Green triple running out 22-14 winners - and in taking the overall aggregate by 40 shots to 25, inflicted a surprise defeat on West Bradford and gave Hurst Green a very much deserved first win of the season 6-0.

The final game saw Sabden re-establish themselves as front runners in the league with a workmanlike performance against Longridge Commodores.

Dave Cunliffe’s 26-13 victory on mat one was supplemented by a 17-11 win from Peter Warburton’s triple on mat two, thus giving the Treacle Miners a 43-24 margin, and with that a table-topping six-point victory.