Manx Short Mat Bowls Association

Douglas Bay Pirates move clear in the Cherry Orchard League

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.