LAST season’s champions and runners-up traded blows in an exciting and fluctuating Swan Studley Skittles League game which ended with champions Engineers finally coming out on top.
Engineers took the first leg by six pins against Lodge Farmers, only to find themselves seven points adrift after leg two when Lodge Farmers posted the best leg score of the game – 76 pins.
However, back came Engineers in the next leg to regain the lead by three pins. Lodge Farmers then responded well by winning leg four to take a narrow lead of just two pins going into the last leg.
The lead changed for the fourth and final time in the game when Lodge Farmers could leave Engineers only 60 pins to win, which Engineers managed comfortably.
After their shock loss to bottom of the table Swan the previous week, this was a return to winning ways for Engineers as they ended Lodge Farmers’ winning run of three games.
Brandon Kelso scored 38 for Engineers, who also had Luke Saunders and Maurice Wroe making 36 each. Lodge Farmers’ best were Graham Hingley with 38, Jason Kirk 37 (14-stack) and Tim Jones 36.
Team BG just cannot get going this season and, despite posting their best team total to date, they slipped to a fifth straight loss as opponents Swingers ended their own three-game losing run.
Team BG took the first two legs to hold a four-pin advantage, at which point Swingers turned the game on its head by winning leg three to open a nine-pin lead before extending their advantage to 12 after leg four.
Although Team BG won leg five narrowly, they could leave Swingers wanting only 56 pins to win the game, which was easily achieved.
For Swingers, Paul Clifton made his team’s highest individual score of the season with 41 pins, Steve Broadbent made 37 (ten-stack) and Ewan McDonald 34. Team BG’s top-scorers were Gail Stringer 37 and Alex Beard and Carl Baker 35 each.
Jumbo Jet Set made heavy weather of beating Well Developed, who were playing a man short in a mid-table game.
After leg one, Jumbos led by 14 pins to look well in charge before Well Developed responded well to win the next two legs to be only a single pin adrift.
However, Well Developed could not keep up the pressure and allowed Jumbos to extend their lead to 11 pins after leg four and further extend it when winning leg five.
Liz Hindson for Well Developed made her team’s highest individual score of the season with 41 (13-stack) and Ron Skidmore and Jim Child scored 34 each. Jumbos’ Len Quartly made 39 and Mick Stanton and Rob Rowberry 38 each.
Results: Engineers 8 (324) Lodge Farmers 3 (318); Team BG 4 (318) Swingers 7 (326); Jumbo Jet Set 8 (311 – ten players and 299 – nine players) Well Developed 3 (280 – nine players).