Pirates extend lead in the Cherry Orchard League

Douglas Bay Pirates remain on course to defend their title in the Cherry Orchard League after a 7-0 win over third place Erin Elite.

Michael Collister & Stephen Gale took the opening pairs with an 11-9 victory over Sheila & Bernie Durcan before Gale own his singles 17-5 again Brendan McLaughlin, and despite being short a player in the triples, the Pirates came through 11-6 to claim a 7-0 victory.

Ronaldsway Blockbusters remain in second place but lost pace on the Pirates after they won 5-2 against Castletown Oddballs. Seamus Whelan & Collin Holland got the Blockbusters off to a perfect start with a 15-1 victory over James Teare & Zawar Hussain and Chris Holland added the singles with a 12-9 win against Dave McCabe but the Oddballs hit back in the triples with McCabe playing an inspired final bowl to win the game 8-6.

Ballaugh B won the local derby against Ballaugh 7-0. Pat Mason & Tony Quine took the pairs 16-4 against John Garret & Percy Faragher before Richard Faragher beat Patrick Grant 11-8 in the singles. The triples was a close encounter, finishing 6-5 to Ballaugh B.

The table with one game to play is:

Pos   Team Pld W T L GoalsDiff Pts
1 Douglas Bay Pirates 5 5 0 0 197:88+109 31
2 Ronaldsway Blockbusters 5 4 0 1 184:102+82 24
3 Ballaugh B 5 3 0 2 125:141-16 21
4 Erin Elite 5 2 0 3 140:115+25 18
5 Castletown Oddballs 5 1 0 4 101:160-59 9
6 Ballaugh 5 0 0 5 66:207-141 2

Next week see the top 2 go head-to-head to decide the title with Douglas Bay Pirates facing Ronaldsway Blockbusters. Castletown Oddballs face Ballugh and Erin Elite play Ballaugh B.