Manx Short Mat Bowls Association

Pirates close in on Blockbusters in the Cherry Orchard League

Douglas Bay Pirates were the big winners in last Sunday’s Cherry Orchard League as the beat leader Ronaldsway Blockbusters 7-2 to leave themselves a point behind with two games to play.

The Pirates took the opening game of triples 8-6 thanks to Stephen Gale’s last bowl taking a 3. Collin Holland hit back for the Blockbusters in the singles, this time he took 2 on the last end to secure a 7-6 victory. The Pirates then pulled away, first with Michael Collister winning his singles 8-5 and the Stephen Gale winning 10-4 to complete the victory for the Pirates.

Ballaugh kept themselves in touch in third place after a 6-3 win over Andreas. Mike Buckeridge got Andreas off to a great start with a 12-8 win in the singles before Tony Quine & Ann Gale drew there game 9-9. Richard Faragher then got Ballaugh’s first win with a 10-4 victory. Ballaugh came out on top in the triples, winning 11-7 to take the bonus point which leaves 4 points behind the Pirates in the table.

Port Erin New Kids continued their impressive debut with a 7-2 win over Colby Cosmos. Sylvia Maddrell got Cosmos’ only win with a 15-3 victory before Bernie Durcan won 17-2 and Steven Durcan won 10-7. The triples went to the wire and thanks to a brilliant last bowl by Steven Durcan, the New Kids ran out 6-5 winners.

The table with two games remaining is:
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Next week is the final games of the Haldane Fisher League with the Rockets 9 points clear from the Douglas Sharks.