Douglas Bay Pirates produced an excellent display of bowls to move clear at the top of the Cherry Orchard League thanks to a 9-0 win over Erin Elite at the NSC last Sunday.
The Pirates started with Eric Maddocks winning the opening singles 19-11 before Michael Collister beat Steven Durcan 15-8 and Stephen Gale winning 14-11 against Bernie Durcan. In the final triples game the Pirates scored a 5 on the first end to put themselves in control, eventually running out 13-3 victors and moving 5 points clear in the league.
Ronaldsway Blockbusters move back up to 2nd after a 7-2 win over Laxey Minors. Chris Holland won her singles game 11-4 over Archie Collister before Maureen Trustham gave Seamus Whelan a scare, Whelan eventually winning 9-7. Laxey got their first win thanks to Wyn Collister beating Collin Holland 16-11. The triples saw the Blockbusters regain their dominance with a 12-3 win.
Douglas Destroyers took advantage of Erin Elite’s loss and moved up to third place with a 7-2 win over Ballaugh. Richard Faragher won the first game for Ballaugh with a 14-6 win over James Teare but Eddie Brew beat Dave McTaggart by the same score and Jayne Smith put the Douglas side in front with a 19-4 victory. The triples went to the wire with Douglas Detroyers scoring two on the last end to take the game 6-5.
The closest game was at the foot of the table between Ballaugh B & Colby. Matt Quayle got Colby off to a flyer with a 19-2 win and Sylvia Maddrell added to it with a 16-8 victory in her singles before Ballaugh B started their fightback. Tony Quine took the final singles game 15-8 before the triples game went the way of the northerners 10-8. The two big wins for Colby in the singles saw them claim the bonus point and the match 5-4.
The full table after 4 games is:
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Next week is the Ronaldsway Fours with Ann Gale, Dave McTaggart, Chris Holland & Collin Holland hoping to retain their title.