Ladies knocked out in nail-biting finish
SCUNTHORPE ladies played their first match in the prestigious National Inter-Club Championship (Yetton Trophy) knockout competition against a ladies team from Horncastle.
With two rinks playing at home and two rinks away, the Scunthorpe team were hoping for a reasonable run in the competition.
The home rink of Ruby Heatley, Pam Saxby, Chris Boulton and Marion Swift found themselves trailing early 5-3.
It was 8-6 to the visitors at halfway with both rinks swapping shots.
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At this point the Horncastle rink extended their advantage to 17-11, eventually running out winners 18-13.
The other home rink of Sylvia Lammas, Heather Mackfall, Margaret Dargue and Joan Bolton also found themselves 5-3 down to their visiting Horncastle opponents in the early stages and despite some excellent bowling they went on to lose to the visiting rink 27-20.
The first of the away rinks for Scunthorpe – Greta Deboer, Mo Regan, Pat Kelly and Eleanor Nicholson – took an early 4-2 and extended it with some consistent quality bowling.
Increasing their advantage, the Scunthorpe four maintained their control to run out the 25-11 winners.
The final visiting rink of Margaret Saunby, Shirley Burnett, Rita Davey and Josey Rayner started well taking an early lead of 7-5 but were unable to sustain it and found themselves trailing the home Horncastle rink 11-8 at halfway.
Finding it difficult to claw their way back into the lead the visitors continued to bowl well but the Horncastle four went on to win 18-14.
The collated scores produced a victory for the Horncastle team 74-72 and a disappointing defeat for Scunthorpe.