Task too tough for Scunthorpe bowls ladies against Lincoln
SCUNTHORPE Ladies travelled to Lincoln to play what always proves to be a tough away fixture in the Lincolnshire County Ladies League (Trudy Bates).
It wasn't long before the visiting Scunthorpe team found themselves 33 shots to 17 down over all the five rinks.
With only two of the visitors' rinks leading, the task started to look difficult for the Scunthorpe team.
At the halfway stage of the match, with Lincoln still leading on three rinks, the home advantage had moved on to 58-33 in their favour.
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However, the Scunthorpe Ladies never threw in the towel and held their nerve.
Beginning to produce some great bowls, they started to claw back the deficit of shots.
Remarkably, the visitors scored a dramatic total of 23 shots to Lincoln's eight over the last three ends to finish up losing by only 10 points to six (113 shots to 97).
The Scunthorpe Ladies travelled back home with a feeling of satisfaction having only missed out on a draw by three shots on one rink against a strong Lincoln team.
The Scunthorpe rink of Sylvia Lammas, Mary Walls, Margaret Dargue and Joan Bolton won by a comfortable 32 shots to 13.
Jean Hardie, Mo Regan, Vicky Watts and Greta Deboer won 20-18.
M Lawrie, Shirley Burnett, Rita Davey and Josey Rayner triumphed 21-19, whilst Heather Mackfall, Jackie Pettitt, Pat Kelly and Eleanor Nicholson just lost out, losing by 19 shots to 17.
The final rink for Scunthorpe of Pat Painter, Glenda Martinson, Marie Johnson and Edna Cook lost to an extremely strong on-form Lincoln rink by 44 shots to seven.