The Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club were comprehensively beaten by the Victory Club from Portsmouth in the 4th round of the Mens Over 60’s Double Rink.
Victory took command of the match from the early stages and the Island side were never able to recover and to get themselves in to the game.
Playing away the rink of John Wilkins, Phil Brooks, Peter Furmidge and Ron Leleux trailed from the start against Barry Stark’s four. They were 12 shots to 1 down after only 5 ends and by the halfway stage had a 20 shots to 2 deficit.
The home quartet of Alan Cawdell, Richard Jeffery, Ian Morey and Bob Mortlock trailed by 2 shots after 5 ends but by 10 ends had crept in to a 10 shots to 8 advantage against Colin Thresher’s rink. The advantage was not to last. The score coming through from their home match gave the visitors inspiration. They took control of the match to record a 22 shots to 11 success. Their home side had a 23 shots to 7 win to give Victory a commanding 45 shots to 18 win and a place in the last 16.
In the area semi final of the National Mixed Pairs Gay Allen and Jack Berry took on Jean Arnaud and Ben Paulley of Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Club.
The match was played at the New Milton Indoor Club, being a neutral green, which is much shorter than most greens.
The opposition got off to the best start and led 10 shots to 5 at the halfway point. A 6 on the next end increased their lead to 11 shots but over the next 3 ends the Islanders reduced the deficit to only 3 shots. That was the end of their comeback as the Bournemouth duo scored on each of the remaining ends to win 24 shots to 13 to put themselves in to the area final.
In the Ladies National Pairs, Pauline Proud and Anne Bernard played at Victory against Jackie Watts and Kath Patrick.
The game was close for a long time with the home side leading 12 shots to 11. They built on their slender advantage to progress in to the next round by 18 shots to 12.