It's a knockout for Scunthorpe indoor bowlers in Denny Cup
Scunthorpe's men played a National Knockout Inter-Club Championship (Denny Cup) game (two rinks at home and two rinks away) against an extremely strong Lincoln team.
The home rink for Scunthorpe of Tony Hebblewhite, Rob Skinner, Steve Burton and Paul Grimbleby started well in their match, managing to develop an early 10-1 lead.
Unfortunately they were not able to halt the steady resurgence of the visiting Lincoln rink that clawed back the deficit and eventually took the lead 15-14.
With some quality bowling produced by both rinks it was the home rink that managed to edge their way back into the lead, eventually winning the match by 18 to 16 shots.
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The other home rink of Neil Rowe, Tom Whiteley, Phil Boulton and Ray Robinson found themselves 12-0 down early in the game to opposition who were really on top form.
The Scunthorpe quartet battled on, unable to make any real impact in a match that was totally dominated by the visiting Lincoln rink who were playing consistent quality bowls.
The visitors continued to pressure the home rink who found it extremely difficult to cope with quality of the Lincoln four who eventually won by a comprehensive 30-10 shots.
One of the two travelling rinks to Lincoln of Dennis Rhodes, Chris Brumpton, Adam Rhodes and Paul Johnson set off very well in their match, developing an early lead of 9-4 shots.
As the game progressed, the home Lincoln rink edged their way back into the game and into a halfway lead of 12-10 shots.
They kept the pressure on the visitors with some quality play and although the visitors produced some good bowls, it was the Lincoln rink that eventually ran out 22-16 winners.
The other Scunthorpe travelling rink of John Rayner, Derek Leeson, Graham Teal and Phil Parker matched their opponents well in the early stages of their encounter with an early scoreline of 4 to 3 in favour of the Lincoln quartet.
As their duel continued, it was the home rink that started applying the pressure and they extended their lead, finally running out the winners by 22 to 12 shots.
The final result overall was a comfortable victory for the strong Lincoln team and a place in the next round of the competition.