Slimbridge Front Pin Summer Skittles League

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First published in Gloucestershire Sport

THE final week of the Slimbridge Front Pin Summer Skittle League saw two teams battle it out for top spot and the title.

The Geriatrics, who have led for most of the season, faced third-placed Shake Hands, whilst Snorts FC took on the winless Breezers.

Snorts FC took maximum points, however they had a scare in the second half as they trailed for the first three legs.

The first half was a one-sided affair as the eventual winners led all the way; Steve Tilley finishing with a 13-spare in his total of 60 as they opened up a 102-pin advantage.

The Breezers started strongly in the second half; Martyn Jones scoring 47 and Alison Smith 45. However, two strong middle legs from Snorts FC allowed them to wrestle the lead. The Breezers eventually lost the half by 14 pins and the game by 116 pins.

Shake Hands started strongly, Robert Sims hitting 13 and nine spares in his total of 58 as they opened up an early 11-pin advantage. Kelvin Summers hit a 14-spare in his total of 62 as the Geriatrics fought back to lead by four pins.

However, a strong seventh leg from Shake Hands saw them hold a six-pin advantage entering the final leg. Scoring a total of 23, the Geriatrics required 30 to take the half and looked set for the points; however anchor Howard Stockman was only able to score five resulting in the half being tied.

The second half again saw Shake Hands lead by seven pins after three legs; however a 14-spare from Anthony Jellings allowed the Geriatrics to gain the lead which they held on to, winning the half by 15 pins and taking five points.

However, the damage had already been done for the defending champions as the tied first half and maximum points for Snorts FC saw the latter take the title by a point.

In the other game to take place the Bowmen faced Slimbridge RBL. The former were always ahead. Chas Vincent and Richard Day both scored 43 in the first half for the Bowmen, the latter including a 13-spare, the only spare in the game, as they opened up a 27-pin advantage.

The second half was a much tighter affair, Lorna Price scoring 55 for Slimbridge RBL as the Bowmen led by only seven pins entering the final leg. However, a low scoring seven-leg from Slimbridge RBL saw the Bowmen requiring a solitary pin to take maximum points, which they achieved as Robert Hill hit a four in his total of 50.

The season concludes with the Individual Pairs and Singles competitions over the next two weeks.

Results: Slimbridge RBL 247 (0) (Lorna Price 55), Bowmen 297 (6) (Robert Hill 55); Shake Hands 365 (1) (Robert Sims 58), Geriatrics 380 (5) (Kelvin Summers 62); Breezers 217 (0) (Martyn Jones 47), Snorts FC 333 (6) (Steve Tilley 60); The Dons - Bye.

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