ABM SKITTLES CLUB Wallingford Sports Park | Hithercroft Road | Wallingford | OX10 9RB
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Week 18 Results
Week 18 Top Scorers
Week 18 Commentary
No change at the top this week but the battle for third is well and truly on, with three teams separated by just 2 points. The first game of the week was a fantastic contest, with Nikkers trading blows with leaders Last Six. Six started well, taking the first leg 36-33 but Nikkers squeaked a tight 2nd thanks to a solid team effort, winning 38-37. It was all square in the beer leg with points and beers shared between the teams, 38 pins each. Last Six got back in front in leg 4, winning out 37-32 to go into the last with the advantage. Nikkers started the decisive leg strongly, holding a 3-pin lead after four had played, but Six used all their experience to haul themselves back, finishing with a 9 from Jez Denton. This left Derek Wilkins needing 8 to draw the match, but a 7 meant a second tied leg, and the match went the way of their opponents 6-4 (184-177). Captain Graeme Hemming hit a fine 37, with Jez finishing with 36; Derek managed 32 for Nikkers. Lads' Night Out closed the gap at the top to 2 points with an 8-2 defeat of Gutter Nutters. Nutters were quick out of the blocks, with captain Dave's 9 at anchor easing them to a 36-31 win in the first. Lads' got going in the second, winning out 42-39 in the highest scoring leg of the night. The beer leg was closer still, all square going into the anchors before LNO won out 39-37. Both teams seemed to tire in a low-scoring 4th (30-26), but Tom Morgan smacked a decisive 14 spare in leg 5 and the game was won 8-2. Tom finished with 36, backed up 34 from Ali Jinks; Graeme Gillan toppled 34 for Nutters. Big 'Uns clung on to 3rd place, but Alsorts are just a point behind after their big 8-2 win, smashing 190 pins in the process. Alsorts started well and won the 1st comfortably, 37-25. Leg 2 was tight with near identical scores between bowlers, Big 'Uns just losing out 32-33, and the match was over in the beer leg, Alsorts taking 5 out of 6 drinks on the way to 42 pins. Big 'Uns struck a blow in leg 4, hitting their best total of the evening to take the points 41-40, but the pendulum swung in the last, Alsorts winning out 38-33 for a big victory. Mark Grainger's got one hand on the top-average crown after another 37 pin haul, which was matched by Simon Osborne and backed up by 36 from Martin Orme; Barry Purnell & Bert Lovegrove managed 32s for Big 'Uns. Best Sellers are still in the hunt after beating Remnants 8-2. Sellers took the first 34-29, before Remnants produced the best leg of the game (39) to win leg 2. The beer leg was another 34-29 Sellers win, before Ian Saunders rattled off a 15 spare to win the fourth 38-34. This broke Remnants spirit and the last leg was won easily 36-27 to wrap up the 8 points. Ian joins three other players on the high-spare podium and finished with 38, Rob Wadsworth backed up with 33. Maclean Smilers managed the other big win this week, emerging victorious 8-2 against Late Knights in one of two battles lower down the league and moving up a place in the process. Smilers were always in the box seat, winning three straight legs to take the match by the end of the beer leg. They tired in leg 4 and the Knights got their first points on the board, winning 32-24 before improving their pin count in the last leg. Smilers produced something remarkable though, with spares from Virginie Keller (14) and Huw Thomas (11) to equal the season's best leg score of 48 pins and win out 8-2. There were a few PBs for Smilers, but Virginie's 35 was the best of the bunch; this score was matched by Colin Mercer, backed by Penny Meacham's 33 for Knights. Last game honours again go to Newcomers, who beat Spare Ribs 6-4 despite losing out in the pins 145-150. Ribs went ahead in this one, taking leg 1 32-26 despite a blank from captain Nye, but strong scores in the 2nd saw Newcomers peg 2 points themselves (36-28). They carried on in the beer leg, taking 5 drinks alongside 2 more points, but collapsed in the 4th to match the season's lowest leg (18) and the match was all-square. Ribs were in control in the decisive 5th, but excellent scoring in the lower order from Newcomers put the pressure on regular Rib A.N. Other, making a 10th appearance of the season. They could only manage 1 and the game was gone. Owain Harvey top-scored in the contest with 33. To come next week, the season's televised decider (maybe?) between Last Six & Lads' Night Out on Wednesday night…
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38 Ian Saunders - Best Sellers 37 Graeme Hemming - Last Six 37 Mark Grainger - Alsorts 37 Tom Morgan - Lads' Night Out 37 Simon Osborne - Alsorts 36 Jeremy Denton - Last Six 36 Martin Orme - Alsorts 35 Virginie Keller - Maclean Smilers 35 Colin Mercer - Late Knights