Summer League 2002 - Week 12 Report
21st July 2002
For the second week running the scoring in the Monday Night League was unfashionably low and, once again, only one bowler, Gutterlevel's Linda Clarke, broke the 200 pin barrier with a 245 game. She also achieved a 625 series - the best female game and series of the league so far.
Her scores came in the first match as Gowks faced Gutterlevel. The first game saw Gowks pip 3 of the 5 points, followed by Gutterlevel reversing the scores in the second to draw level. A fine team effort in the final game, including Linda's scratch 209, saw Gutterlevel rally to a 5 - 0 win. This helped them to a 14 - 6 victory overall.
The other early match found Wasters and Hitmen & Her doing battle, and it was nip and tuck all the way as almost half the points were won by less than 15 pins. The honours went to Hitmen in the first as they took 4 of the available points and they also managed to stay ahead in the other two games with 3 - 2 scorelines. This left the total scores showing Hitmen & Her with 12 to Wasters 8.
The final match of the night was between Papa's Kids and the vacancy scores. Like many before them they struggled in the first game but, determined not to lose face, they pulled out some better scores in the other two games to finish with a 12 - 8 win.
As the league enters the last four weeks a small gap has opened up in the league table, but there are still only 29 points between 1st and 5th places so it's not too late for a last minute turnaround.
The start of the Monday Night Winter Tenpin League was a muted affair as uncertainty over the number of teams competing bought some confusion to the proceedings. Things were not helped by a new team, a number of member changes, missing team members, and the Secretary's minor blunder in providing incorrect handicaps for the early session bowlers! However, even with these taken into account, the bowling ran relatively smoothly.
Monday night saw the start of the Summer Tenpin Bowling Leagues with the new computer animations causing much amusement amongst the bowlers. The first match found Papa's Kids taking on Gutterlevel and, despite a few closely fought individual points, Gutterlevel managed a 15 to 5 point win, with new team member Dave McGillvray putting in a solid performance.
The second evening of the Monday Night League saw the majority of bowlers settling back into a steady rhythm with generally average results. The first battle fell between Hitmen & Her and Wasters.
Monday night signalled the last round prior to most bowler's handicaps re-establishing and some good performances were on offer. The first match saw Gowks take on Papa's Kids in a cat-and-mouse game which resulted in a 10-10 draw.
Round 4 of the Monday Night Tenpin League saw the number of 200+ games almost hitting double figures. The first of these came from Roddy Bremner of Hitmen & Her with a 204 game as they did battle with Gowks - his team comfortably taking all the first game points.
Whether due to the heat or the long Jubilee Weekend, the 5th round of the Monday Night Tenpin League bought yet another crop of good scores with last week's nine 200+ games topped by one this week. In match one, Papa's Kids played Hitmen & Her and between them managed to produce half of the night's 200+ totals.
Monday night saw yet more records being broken. It contained the first 20 - 0 scoreline (albeit against the vacancy scores) and a staggering fourteen 200+ games (including two 600+ total pin series).
Despite the heat, week 7 of the Monday Night League provided yet more high scores and some very close games. First up was Gowks versus Wasters.
At the midway point of the Monday Night Summer League the recent run of high scoring games was smashed by a a three-game scratch series of 621 which is going to be difficult to beat. The games, a 251, 229 and 189 which total 669, were all bowled in the first match between Hitmen & Her and Gowks.
As the Monday Night League entered the home straight, high scores were still being thrown and the evening air was filled with over 150 strikes. In the first match Hitmen and Her were drawn against Papa's Kids with the first two games being very closely fought.
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