County hopefuls showcase skills at Horncastle IBC

One group of last-16 competitors.
One group of last-16 competitors.

Horncastle Indoor Bowls Club hosted the Lincolnshire Women’s Indoor Bowling Association’s last 16 and quarter-finals of the county singles on Sunday.

Ladies from over all over the county were welcomed to the club by Horncastle IBC President Judy Moody and Lesley Holmes, the county competition organiser.

County bowls hopefuls line up.

County bowls hopefuls line up.

Representatives from Horncastle, Boston, Spalding, Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Skegness, Grantham and Long Sutton came together to compete for a place in the semi-finals, which will be held later this month.

There were some very close matches, including Horncastle’s own Mary Johnson who, after three-and-a-quarter hours of action, lost 21-19 to semi-finalist L. Mountain.

Those going through to the semi-finals and finals are Ruby Hill (Spalding), Pat Thompson (Grantham), Lyn Mountain (Lincoln) and Sue Hoyles (Boston).

Horncastle IBC’s Paul Bark has qualified through to the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire Indoor Bowling Association sets singles after a quarter-final win over Lincoln’s Billy Jackson 2-1, easing through on the tie-break.

In the second round Paul defeated Ron Flower 2-0.

Horncastle’s Tracy Nunn lost to Lincoln’s Billy Jackson 2-0.

Inter-club results:

Men’s LIBA OVER 60s: Horncastle 99 (12) Grantham 93 (6) - G. Lancaster won 26-19; J. Day lost 17-21; D. Wells won 18-14; T. Tasker lost 17-19; N. Rodgers won 21-20.

Stamford 120 (14) Horncastle 79 (4) - D. Ludlow lost 5-24; N. Rodgers won 21-20; D. Wells lost 10-27; J. Day lost 14-23; G. Lancaster won 29-21.

Club Competitions:

Novice Pairs - R. Bixley & D. Benson 21 T. Beech & A. Lyon 8.

Men’s Singles - S. Stephens w/o T. Scholey.

101 Singles - S. Plummer 31 J. Scholey 101; Sam Ellis 101 D. Benson 43; S Plummer 68 J. Scholey 101.

Men’s Pairs - C. Elliott & P. Smith 20 M. Cowman & G. Elston 22; G. Lancaster & N. Burton 16 A. Kershaw & K. Taplin 18; A.J. Day & D. Benson 7 Lee Boucher & S. Boucher 29, George Burn & Tracy Nunn 10 K Jackman & P. Bark 23.

On Sunday Horncastle IBC will host its annual Bowls Gala Day and Craft Fair.

The event will raise money for Cancer Research.

Doors open at 10am and the gala and fair will run until 5pm.