Laxey Minors took up the top spot in the Cherry Orchard League last Sunday at the NSC after a convincing 7-2 victory over Erin Elite.
Archie Collister got the Laxey side off to a good start with a 21-5 win over Sheila Durcan. Bernie Durcan continues his impressive start to the season with an 11-8 victory against David Cottier for Erin Elite before Wyn Collister won 17-5 over Alison MIllard who was standing in for Steve Durcan. Laxey Minors then added the triples game with an 8-6 victory to take the match 7-2 and sit top of the Cherry Orchard League.
Douglas Bay Pirates remain close behind however after beating Colby 7-2. Sylvia Maddrell beat Tom Kelly 17-5 in the opening singles game for Colby but Stephen Gale leveled things up with a 13-6 victory over Ann Hollingworth before Michael Collister put the Pirates into the lead with a 23-5 win over Rita Woodworth. In the triples the Pirates ran out 12-5 winners to stay second in the table, just 4 chalks behind Laxey Minors.
Ronaldsway Blockbusters drop down to third after a 6-3 victory over Douglas Townies. Josh Ffrench beat Bernie Kaighin 16-10 before Chris Holland had a 25-0 victory over Stephen Bradley for the Blockbusters. Jayne Smith managed to get 2 points back for the Townies with a 12-4 win over Seamus Whelan. The Blockbusters looked like they were going to take the triples, leading 8-2 but a late comeback from the Townies saw them level the game at 8-8 and finish the match 6-3.
In another close match Douglas Destroyers & Ballaugh played out a 4-4 draw. Harry Minor took the opening singles with a 12-8 victory over Richard Faragher before Ann Gale beat James Teare 16-8. Tony Quine then beat Eddie Brew 9-8 for the side form the north. The Destroyers hit back in the triples to win 11-6 but that meant the chalks were level so no bonus point awarded and the match was tied at 4-4.
The full table after round 2 is:
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