ABM SKITTLES CLUB Wallingford Sports Park | Hithercroft Road | Wallingford | OX10 9RB
WINTER LEAGUE
Week 21 Results
Week 21 Top Scorers
Week 21 Commentary
Newcomers came up against the wounded beast that was Last Six this week, and it wasn't pretty. The Six pulverised them, scoring 198 pins to 137 and taking all the points from Monday's encounter. It was one-way traffic, with all legs won comfortably, and five scores of 32 or more for Last Six, the best of them Chris Child (36) and Jez Denton's spare-free 40. John Underhill's 30 was Newcomers highest effort. This left Lads' Night Out with a tall order against Big 'Uns on Wednesday - anything other than a whitewash would see them losing ground on the leaders with games fast running out. They made a decent fist of it, winning the first four legs in this game with 38 pins their lowest score. Big 'Uns were very much in the game though, just missing out in the 2nd 39-37 and keeping Lads honest in the rest. They eventually got their just reward in the last, winning 38-36 and deflating the LNO balloon. Tom Morgan scored an excellent 39 and is now knocking on the door of the top 3 in the averages; Nick Cooper hit Big 'Uns best (32). This result means the gap at the top is now 5 points, which looks like a big lead with just 2 games to go. Nikkers moved up a place to 6th this week after a big win over Late Knights. Both teams started well, with Nikkers taking the 1st 36-34, and scoring 36 more to win leg 2. Knights were thirsty though and came out on top in the beer leg 33-32. They followed this with their best leg of the evening (35) but Nikkers managed 39 to take the match, and strolled the last 36-24. Pete Ward toppled 34, but was topped by Graham Meacham's 35. Two close games on Thursday - first up, Maclean Smilers lost out to Gutter Nutters 6-4 in a low-scoring affair. Nutters drew first blood, but Smilers sneaked the 2nd 29-28, before Nutters walked the beer leg 35-25. It was all square after 4 legs, Smilers hitting their best (33) on the way but the decisive 5th saw Nutters smash their highest (36) and take the match. Nathan Rickards hi-scored with 33, whilst Dave Quinn & Mal Gillan posted 30 each. Alsorts & Best Sellers shared the spoils in the last game this week, which went right to the wire. It was a slowish start from both teams, with Sellers snatching the points in leg 1 by just one pin, and they doubled- down scoring 39 to go 4 points up. Alsorts steamed into the contest in the beer leg, Stephen Rogers smacking a 13 spare on the way to 43 pins, and they were on level terms soon after, taking the 4th 36-33. This left another 5th leg decider of the night, and it swung this way and that - Alsorts were ahead at the midway point, but trailed by 2 by the time it came down to the anchors. The pressure was felt by both sides, with 5 & 3 scored and the leg was drawn and the points shared, meaning Alsorts stay 3rd just 2 points ahead of Best Sellers in the table. Rob Wadsworth crashed 37 down, whilst Mark Grainger's 34 keeps him ahead in the averages, though it is closer than he might like, with just 7 pins in it with a maximum of two games to play… It's the Easter break now (though there is one game on Monday night), but Dave Quinn has organised a pre- Easter tournament for Thursday 28th March for those in need...
ABM Skittles Club celebrates it’s 60th Anniversary in 2024 and, to mark the occasion, we are holding a very special event on June 21st and 22nd THE WALLINGFORD FESTIVAL OF SKITTLES Click here for more details…
40 Jez Denton - Last Six 39 Tom Morgan - Lads' Night Out 37 Rob Wadsworth - Best Sellers 36 Chris Child - Last Six 35 Graham Meacham - Late Knights