Summer League 2002 - Week 11 Report
14th July 2002
Something was definately different as week 11 of the Monday league produced this session's worst crop of scores. Whether the teams were struggling to get to grips with the freshly oiled lanes or there were other forces at work, but hitting a single pin with the first ball was also quite prevalent in the early matches.
The first match bought together Wasters and Gowks, and it was the former who adapted best to the conditions and ran away with 4 -1 scorelines in the first two games. Gowks rallied in the third winning 3 points to 2 and regained their dignity a little, but trailled the overall scores with 6 to Wasters 14.
The other early match pitted Gutterlevel against Papa's Kids and, unlike their last meeting, this time it was the Kids who left Gutterlevel in their tracks. The first game was a 5 - 0 wipeout in their favour, while they won the second by 3 -2 including two halved points. The final game looked to be much closer but the Kids put on a great finish to take 4 of the available points. This produced the league's best result between two teams with a final scoreline of 17 - 3.
The final match found a depleted Hitmen & Her struggle a little against the vacancy scores. However, with the help of Ally Gray's 205 game in the second, and overall 553 series, they managed to gain 14 of the 20 points available.
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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