ABM SKITTLES CLUB Wallingford Sports Park | Hithercroft Road | Wallingford | OX10 9RB
A couple of crushing victories in the games this week, along with a defeat for the league leaders and things are tightening up! Nikkers, stung by mention of their lack of wins this season, put in a quality performance to beat Lads' Night Out 6-4, with only a pin difference between the teams. There were three 9s in a quality first leg, with Nikkers eventually taking the spoils 39-36. Both teams flagged in a low scoring second which also went to Nikkers, with LNO finally getting some points in the beer leg thanks to a couple more 9s. This fired up the leaders and they took the 4th to even up things up. However, Nikkers had plenty left in the tank, and took the 5th leg 36-34 to win the game. Tom Morgan smacked 36 & Bryan Archer 34 for the Lads, whilst Mike Axenderrie top-scored for Nikkers with 31. Last Six saw an opportunity and grabbed it with both hands, putting Big Uns to the sword on Thursday night in a 9-1 win. The Six started slowly, hitting their lowest total in the first but taking the leg 33-30. Big Uns, 2nd place at the start of the week, showed some of their early season form in the next, with John Norris hitting the first of two 9s to peg 36, but their opponents matched them and the leg was drawn. After that, Last Six accelerated away, winning the last 3 legs comfortably to close the gap at the top of the table. Jez Denton hit his best score of the season so far (36), backed up by Mick Keeler's 34, and John Norris' 34 was the best of the Big Uns. Remnants were the week's other big winners, whitewashing Late Knights and jumping three places in the league. It was mostly a walk in the park for Remnants who finished 33 pins to the good, but the beer leg was won by a single pin 25-24 with neither team in the mood for a drink, seemingly. Anne Walters top-scored with 32 for Remnants. Best Sellers stay 3rd in the table and fought off a strong challenge from Spare Ribs to win out 6-4. It was a match of fine margins, with Ribs taking the first two legs, the 2nd by just 1 pin. Sellers returned fire, winning the beer leg and the 4th (35-34), before powering to a big finish to take the match. Rob Wadsworth smacked 35 in this one. Alsorts defeated Maclean Smilers 6-4, though Smilers remain 5th. A tight first leg went to the Sorts 37-36, and they were 4 points up soon after. Another low-scoring beer leg (29-26) allowed Smilers back in, and they doubled down taking leg four, 36 to 35. There was no contest in the 5th and deciding leg - Alsorts equalled the season's high with 48, helped by an 11 spare from Mark Grainger, but Smilers went with a whimper only pegging 22. Mark finished with 36, and Martin Orme supported with 35, while Nathan Rickards chalked up 31. The other game this week ended in a draw, with Gutter Nutters and Newcomers sharing the points. The match ebbed and flowed, and it was all square by the end of the drawn beer leg. Nutters took leg 4 with ease, but Newcomers still had fight for the decider. It was the highest scoring leg of the night - Stuart Deeks cleared all 9 in anchor to turn up the heat on Newcomers, but John Underhill did the necessary and it was 5-5. 32 was the best effort of the night - Dave Collins, Dan Gillan & Stuart Deeks all managed it. Newcomers will be hoping their form continues when they take on Last Six this week…
Week 8 Results
Week 8 Top Scorers
Week 8 Commentary
36 Jeremy Denton - Last Six 36 Tom Morgan - Lads' Night Out 36 Mark Grainger - Alsorts 35 Martin Orme - Alsorts 35 Rob Wadsworth - Best Sellers 34 Bryan Archer - Lads' Night Out 34 Mick Keeler - Last Six 34 John Norris - Big Uns
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