document Indoor Bowling Results Week 4 October 2019

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Photo of Les Holmes. Holmes is the lead player for Northern Lights in Division 1 of the Wednesday Fours. He also plays for Amethyst  in the Monday Evening Fours, Arriva in the Wednesday Evening Fours and Red Mist in Division 1 of the Friday Triples. He is one of the best lead players playing in the leagues as he has the ability to bowl a minimum 23 metre mark and then change the jack length to a longer  31 metre mark.

Division 1 of the Wednesday Fours in Halifax Bowling Club’s Autumn leagues saw some of the top sides in opposition. Northern Lights (Les Holmes, Steve Rothwell, Mick Walker, Michael Hutchinson) and Black Cats (Brian Winrow, Gordon Bradford, John Sharp, Paul Gill) played out a thrilling “nip and tuck” encounter. With both teams finding their length and line the “skip” for Black Cats Gill saved the day for his team in the early stages of the game as he ran the jack at two of the first three ends saving a “6” and a “3” to keep his team in the game. At the start of the last end Black Cats were leading 12-7 before Northern Lights scored a “5” at the last end for the sides to finish with honours even and share a 12 all draw.

Vixens (Geoff Normanton, Hew Clark, David Wood, Mick Carter) moved into second place in the division with a narrow 11-10 win over Illingworth (Marian Quick, Ken Sharkey, Stuart Baker, David Laycock).

One of the outstanding games in Division 2 of the Friday Triples as when the leaders of the division Untouchables (Philip Hallowell, Alan Horbury, Michael Calvert) were up against The Fridays (Alan Singleton, Barbara Crompton, John Crowson). The Fridays included two players new to league bowling in Singleton and Crowson, to play alongside the experienced  Barbara Crompton. Untouchables, playing with confidence, quickly moved into an early 5-2 lead before The Fridays scored a “4” and in a “nip and tuck” encounter the teams moved into 8 shots each at the half way stage of the game. With two ends to go The Fridays had a narrow 13-12 advantage before Calvert, the skip for the Untouchables bowled in the “shots” bowl with his last bowl of the end for the sides to draw level at 13 shots each. There was still 30 seconds left on the clock (the jack had to be thrown out by 4.25 p.m.) for the sides to play a vital last end. Horbury, the lead player for Untouchables led a “jack high” length bowl which stayed as the “shot” bowl before Crowson, the skip for The Fridays sent his final bowl down the rink and this bowl finished “jack high” on the opposite side of the jack to Untouchables bowl. With much anticipation the measures were called for and to Untouchables delight their bowl was “shot” by 2 milimetres over the Fridays bowl. Untouchables took the honours by 14 shots to 13 in a superb game.

Don’t be Short (Gary Robinson, Ron Bax, Val Bax, Michael Calvert) and Up the Edge (Tom Gasson, Keith Hatzer, Frank Higgins, Scott Smith) were involved in a superb game in Halifax Bowling Club’s Indoor Autumn season in the Monday Evening Fours. Don’t Be Short raced off into a 6-0 lead against the youthful Up the Edge, before Up the Edge fought back to level at 6 shots each. With Tom Gasson and “skip” Scott Smith quickly finding their “length and line” which can be quite difficult when changing from “outdoor crown” to “indoor “flat”. In a “nip and tuck” encounter the scores were level at 13 shots each at the start of the last end. Don’t Be Short had never been behind in the game until the final end when Up the Edge scored a single to take the game by 14 shots to 13.

First Timers (Mary Barmby, Morris Thorpe) gave their best performance in competitive indoor bowling as they gave the experienced Spring champions T. & A (Trevor Heley, Ann Heley) a scare in the Saturday “Plate”. The “Plate” is a Pairs league where the players play with four bowls and play for an hour.  The other Saturday Pairs league , the “Shield” the pairs play for an hour and a half. With both lead players, Barmby and Trevor Heley favouring a medium to full length jack, at the half way stage of the game, First timers held a 5-4 advantage. T. & A. fought back and at the start of the last end the scores were level at 7 shots each. At the final end the Spring champions showed their experience and scored a “4” while first Timers felt the pressure but can feel extremely proud of their performance. T. & A. retained their 100% record with a 11-7 success.

There  is a Monday morning session from 11.00 a.m.- 12 noon for anyone wishing to have a “taster session” of indoor bowling.


Don’t Be Short 13  Up the Edge 14

Madlams 23  One Direction 3

Rockets 11  Avengers 13



Pat & Pete 6  Little & Large 14

Dad & lad 5 2 B’s 8

C. Dogs 1  Bowl You Over 21

Valley Boys 5 Young Guns 7


Brookley 1  Sid 17

Stray cats 6 Bee Hives 5

46ers 10  Double D. 4



Endeavour 17 Rockets 3

Vixens 11  Illingworth 10

Northern Lights 12  Black Cats 12


Knockkelly stars 12  Yorkies 13

Guys & Dolls 7  Fair of Face 13

New Look 13  Jack High 13

Betta Blockers 11  Kingsley 3


The Jets 5  Gapp 16

Arriva 16  GBC 4

Up the Edge 15  Saxons 6

Light Relief 7 Clayton 23


SID 19 Avengers 8

Clayton 18 Madlams 10

Light Relief 8  Little & Large 17

True Grit 16  Hotpots 9



Red Mist 26  Sutty’e Heroes 8

New Patacakes 13 Hotshots 14

Rabbits  12  True Grit  20

Bob’s Kingdom 7  G. 2 + 1  16


Changers 8  Larks 13

Kingsley 4 Planes 18

Friends 10  Knockkelly Stars 14

The Fridays 13  Untouchables 14


C. Dogs 19  M.G.M. 8

D. & E. 4  H.L.I. 21

Clayton 34  Sisters


Wellhouse 14 Red Woods 8

Eskimos 16  Marbles 10


First Timers 7  T. & A. 11

Manjimups 9  Chatterbox 9

Here’s Hoping 8  2 A’s 2

Ponders 12 Ghurkas 6