Week 5 of Season 2 – Week 5 of the drop singles was the best ever attended week again… this week 24 bowlers played. Unfortunately we didn’t get the playing conditions we are used to. The approaches were sticky and the oil pattern certainly wasn’t the usual league pattern. But I’ve all ready spoke to the Chief tech, he agreed about that both the issues needed to be looked at urgently. They are going to try a new “approach” on the approaches, and with regards to the oiling machine James will have a look at the configuration and strip it down and make sure its working as it should for next week. In my opinion it’s good and heartening to know that if we, as bowlers and a league have a problem we can voice our concerns and that they are actually listened to and acted on. We’ve all bowled at centres where if we complained about sticky approaches it would fall on death ears, whereas if we reported it a “tech” is straight out with the spray and towel.
Anyway onto the bowling.
A couple of new bowlers this week… Karen Parslow, Big Mac, Jordan the hit man Hart, Duncan Lee, and Gazza Waghorn.
High game… there weren’t many of them. Karen Parslow finally found her feet, and they were at the end of her legs where she left them.. but after a shaky start Karen finished off her block with a 203, and Ray Lay opened the 10th to give him a 203 as well.. so they shared the high game pot. The High series pot went to Darren Fox, who bowled less rubbish then everyone else and shot a 714 for the high series pot. Top of the league is now Gerry Wrathall 9pts ahead of Roger Hurst in 2nd and 10pts ahead of Anna Yang in 3rd.
High game went to Kevin Creamer with a 246, but he had to share the high series pot with Craig Barrett with both bowlers hitting a 795 series. Not an 800 in the house. Alan Keddie is top of the shop with 241pts with Kev Creamer in 2nd on 221 and Paul Loberman in 3rd with 218.
Week 4 of Season 2 – and it the highest attendance yet, with 22 bowlers taking part. New bowlers joining this week were the Aylesbury Ace Fliers Matt Trotter and Darren Fox
Championship – top point scorer on the night was Hayden Hewitt, but he didn’t win a pot as both the high game and high series pot was won by former Senior Bowler of the year Ray Lay. Ray had a 226 high game and 796 series to win £22. Ray’s not long back from Hip Surgery, but signs are starting show then he could be in line for promotion to the premiership next season. In the overall lead is still Paul Spence with a 19pt game to Gerry Wrathall in 2nd
In the premiership. When Matt trotter said he hadn’t bowled for 18 months, I think everyone knew that was really going to be a problem and he proved it by scoring the most points and hitting a 938 series. But pipping him by 1 pin to win the high series pot was Alan Keddie. Ked’s also won the high game pot with a 266, which means it’s the 3rd week in a row he has clean swept both pots. Craig Barrett also had a 931 series. Keddie is now top of the league and is 18pts ahead of Paul Loberman in 2nd and Kev Creamer in 3rd.
So onto week 5 – anyone can come and join the league at any stage. Registration is from 7.30 and we start bowling at 8pm.
Week 3 of Season 2 – This week was a tester. Lane machine wasn’t stripping the lane off… which meant a longer oil pattern and oil on the pin decks. But the lanes were far from unplayable as you will see from some of the scores. Its just meant you had to be clean off the hand, maybe slow your pace down and make sure you made your spares and you concentrated… if any of these things slipped you got found out. Sometimes high scores aren’t a “given” they have to be earnt.
In the championship Paul Spence opened up with a 223, but then like I said if you got lazy you got punished and he had a 2nd game of just 103, but he refocused for a 198 and 229 – and that 229 won him the high game pot. Gerry Wrathall had the right idea. He kept it simple hitting the head pin and sparing everything and he had a 783 set which won him the series pot. Paul continues to lead the league, with Gerry in 2nd and Sal Spence in 3rd.
In the Premiership it was another dominating display by Alan Keddie, Keds shot the front 9 and ended up with a 279 for the high game pot and ended up with a 882 set for the high series pots as well. Kevin Creamer continued his good start to this season with a 839.
Though not his greatest night on the lanes Paul Loberman leads the league by 2pts from Kev in 2nd and Ked’s in 3rd.
Hopefully the lanes will be back to “normal” and we can all throw it from coast to coast.
Week 2 of Season 2 – 17 bowlers this week… we welcomed a new bowler Harald Grau who played in the premiership. There was some high scores this week.
Championship – Hayden Hewitt put his recent tournament nightmares behind him to bang in a big 853 set with a high game of 244 – which won him both pots £22. Paul Spence continued his good form and has a commanding lead at the top of the division, with his Mum Sal Spence in 2nd but she’s already 15points behind Paul.
Premiership – Alan Keddie stayed upright for 4 games and smacked in a 954 set that included a 279 and 276. That won Ked’s both pots £12.. Paul Loberman had a 278 for a 932 set and Kev Creamer also had a 278, some good scoring and some high games, but we still await our first 1000 set and our first 300. Lobbers is leading the league with Kev in 2nd and Alan in 3rd
The league happens every Monday at Dunstable – registration is from 7.30 and we bowl at 8.00 and you can join the league at any point.
A new season in the drop in Singles League – a couple of new bowlers Roger Hurst and making his long awaited return to the game of skittles was Lee Bradley (bradders)
In was a strange night… a lot of people found the lanes tricky, but then there were a couple of bowlers who found them the opposite and put in some great performances.
In the Championship – Rob Yandell with freshly de-waxed ears put in a great performance shooting 763 to be the early league leader. But the pot money went to Paul Spence who finished off his set using Ice Man’s bowling balls and shooting a 233, 246 for a 812 set and winning both the high game and high series pot and £20
In the Premiership – Alan Keddie took a tumble in game 2 and had to withdraw, but Ice Man’s balls were on fire ! – Ice Man, the general Duke shot a 922 set with a high game of 268 to win both the high game and high series pot.
This league needs more bowlers ! – The championship looks healthy, but the premiership needs more of you elite stone chuckers to show up and get out there.