Sprake gives Layabouts nasty case of The Blues

The Blues skip Alan Sprake
The Blues skip Alan Sprake

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Layabouts (John Biggs) looked to have made a perfect start to the season as they led by seven shots after five ends against The Blues.

But it then went pear-shaped as Alan Sprake’s team won four ends on the trot and then scored a four on the final end to win by one.

That left Royals (Graham Moore) as the early leaders in division one after a 10-shot victory against Yankers (Jonathan Leggett).

Copouts (Roland Bloy) scored doubles on the final two ends to win by two against DRCC (Charlie Bailey).

In the Thursday early triples division two, Kackanders (Matthew Marchant) started their programme with a 15-shot win over Allsorts (Gary Snook).

Also making a good start were Jack High (Steve Robertson), who were comfortable 12-shot winners against Long Jacks (Dave Meyer).

Autumn triples winner Russell Gadd skipped his Slit End team to a 10-shot win over Moneyfields (Trevor Moore) and Mixers (Gareth Davies) won by one shot against Ice Creams (Terry Smith).

Captains Lot (Ian McIntyre) are setting the pace in the Tuesday league.

They won eight consecutive ends on their way to beating Leeways (Brian Jones) by nine shots.

On their heels are Post Office (Trevor Moore), though, who won by nine against Titans (Bill Bailey).

Cardsharps (Mel Dunbar) won the last five ends but it was not enough and they lost by five shots to the Iain Mackenzie-skipped Next.

Also scoring late were Odd Bowls (Dave Powe). They scored six in the final three ends, but Claret’n’Blue (Roland Bloy) had enough in hand to win by three shots.

In the very competitive Wednesday league, Combines (George Redding) followed up their runaway win when they came back from a five-shot deficit with a count of six to win by one against Assassins (Steve Harper).

Trophy-holders Griffs (John Rawlings) included three counts of four as they opened their campaign with a 16-shot victory against Park Lane (Alan Greenhouse).

Gilberts (Eric Purchase) got off to a flier as they won the first six ends on their way to a 12-shot win over Newcomers (Alvin Millard).

Trevors Pals (Bob White) enjoyed a seven-shot win against Hawkers (Mike Taylor) and The Royals (Les Wilkinson) won by two against Tangiers (Dennis Smith). Friday league trophy-holders New Team (Alan Sprake) made a poor start to the defence of their title, losing by five shots to Argyles (Terry Barton).

Early leaders are Toromos (Arthur Newland), who had a runaway 19-shot success against Jays (John Vincent).

Wickers (Dave Tiller) got off the mark with a three-shot win against Collegians (Les Watts). As did Standons (Mike Dunnington) – with a seven-shot success against Metros (Ken Morgan).

Spanners (Mike Carpenter) scored five shots in the final two ends to win by that amount against Biggles (Trevor Smith) and Waverley (Dave Wildman) won the final five ends to turn a six-shot deficit into a four-shot victory against Fareways (Ken George).

In the Tuesday day league, it is College Park (Gareth Davies) who are setting the pace thanks to a runaway 24-shot victory against Yard Short (Bob Burns).

Also delivering early points are Postman Pat (Paul Ellis). They enjoyed a 13-shot success against Jokers (Tony Miller).

Pirates (Dale Evers) set up an eight-shot lead but watched it dwindle to one before the final bell against Blacktop Boys (Graham Guy).

And Draymen (Ted Coward) got off the mark with a hard-fought one-shot win against Ever Ready (Adrian Dyer).