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RAY’S BOWLS REPORT

SPOTLIGHT ON: ‘THE CHAMPIONS versus THE REST’

The Scunthorpe and District Bowls League 2019 ‘Division One Champions’ Shires played the Annual ‘Rest of League’ team comprising of rinks from each of the other Division’s winning teams. This included rinks from the Railway Sports B.C., Bottesford B.C., Messingham B.C., Scunthorpe B.C. (Ladies) and included a rink representing the Scunthorpe & District Bowls League Management team. The match took place at the Shires green, Kirton Lindsey on a slightly overcast summer afternoon and on an excellent playing surface that produced some quality bowling from both teams. Although The Rest team played well they faced a Shires team that were in awesome form and dominated the early stages of the match overall.

With a display of extremely competitive bowling they secured themselves lead of 57 to 29 shots as halfway stage of the match was reached. As the battle progressed on into the latter half of the encounter the Shires team steadily increased their overall lead to 93 to 70 shots with just three ends to play. The visiting team’s fighting spirit was maintained through the final ends but the home Shires team were in awesome form and never let their foot off the accelerator pedal continuing to extend their lead. As the last bowls came to rest in the match it was a supremely confident home Shires team that secured the victory by a comfortable overall margin of 110 to 81 shots including 2 winning rinks and a drawn rink to each team out of the total five rinks. This brought this enjoyable match that was played in an excellent spirit to an end. It was an excellent result for the reigning champion’s team but the main victor was the game of bowls that was played and enjoyed in an excellent sporting and social manner. After the match the Scunthorpe and District Bowls League President Janet Longcake (Messingham Bowls Club) congratulated the Shires club on their comfortable victory and thanked them for the use of their green. The President also thanked the Shires Club for the excellent hospitality that included an extensive after match buffet. The host Club had given both the bowlers and spectators a very enjoyable and pleasurable afternoon, a real credit to the Shires Club.