Louth bowlers move step closer to County League title defence

Louth Indoor Bowls Club’s Mixed A team enjoyed a good aggregate shots victory away at Scunthorpe in their quest to retain their County League Division One title.

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The visitors travelled without three regular lady players, but nonetheless won on three of the five rinks and drew another in a 98-89 victory.

The best winning margin for Louth was produced by the rink of Colin and Carol Smith, with John Welsh and Brenda True who had a comfortable win, while there were victories for the rinks skipped by Simon Reeson and Mike Norton.

Allan Dent’s rink did very well to fight back to gain a draw.

With rivals Spalding losing at Stamford, Louth extended their lead at the top of the table to 10 points, with each team having one game to play, and a maximum of 18 points to play for.

* Derek Blow and Paul Wright clinched the Thee-Bowl Pairs League Division Two title with a 21-15 win against Jane and Ron Conway.

They have now completed their fixtures, and although second-placed pair Sue Gurbutt and Tim Prescott have two games to play, they remain six points adrift despite a 27-7 victory over Denise Day and stand-in partner Fred Bradley.

* Tornados are just one win away from securing the second division title of the Morning Triples League after making it 14 wins on the trot.

They enjoyed a comfortable victory over Backwoodsmen to open up a nine-point lead.

There is a three-way battle for the runners-up spot, with Otters moving into second place on shots difference, replacing Jaywalkers who they beat 14-9.

Louth are a point further back after being another victim of the Tornados’ successful run.

* It’s getting closer at the top of the Evening Fours League where Fast Shippers beat Wayouts 22-8 to move within a point of leaders APS who didn’t play and now, perhaps crucially, have a game in hand.