This last week of the 2018 Season saw the outdoor league matches completed with only one outstanding Division Three match played and a Division Four match abandoned due to the weather.

Division Three Result: Brigg ‘B’ 12 Scotter ‘B’ 0.


APRIL/MAY signalled the beginning of the new 2018 Outdoor Season with a number of the First Division teams getting the league off to a flying start on Monday 1st May. The outdoor programme really swung into full action with some great weather as the week unfolded with 30 matches across all divisions played by the end of this opening week. First Division Cemetery Road secured a full house of 12 points in its first home match while Messingham ‘B’ in division Four collected a full house of 12 points along with Winterton and Bottesford ladies securing full houses of 6 points in their first matches. Railway Sports had shown its -intentions and taken an early lead in Division One, Barton Park was leading Division Two and Scotter ‘B’ was heading Division Three while Messingham ‘C’ led Division Four and in the Ladies Division Bottesford was in the top position setting the early pace.

The Annual Champions (Cemex 2017 season) versus the Rest match was played at the Cemex green, South Ferriby. The Rest team included players from each of the other Division’s 2017 winning  teams along with a rink representing the League’s Management. The Champions (Cemex) won the challenge match by a comfortable total shots score of 118 to 74 shots and securing four rink wins out of the five.

JUNE brought some weeks of extremely hot weather and by the end of the month Shires was leading Division One. In Division Two Cemetery Road ‘B’ had crept into the lead only three points ahead of Messingham ‘A’ while in Division Three Scunthorpe ‘B’ had taken the lead in the table with a string of excellent results. Division Four saw Cemetery Road ‘C’ leading the way just 3 points ahead of Messingham ‘C’ in second place. Finally in the Ladies Division Shires had quietly crept into first place with a lead of 6 points over second placed Bottesford.

JULY saw the League fixture programme continuing without any major disruptions for the weather. By the end of the month Division One was starting to show a serious chase for the title by Shires now established at the top of the table with a 22 point lead over Railway Sports in second position. Epworth ‘A’ had climbed into the top position in Division Two whilst in Division Three Belton ‘B’ was holding onto the lead with a 10 point advantage over Messingham ‘B’ in second place. Division Four saw Cemetery Road ‘C’ hanging on to the lead by just 2 points over second placed Messingham ‘B’  who were turning in some excellent results. In the Ladies Division Shires had established itself in the lead and was now intending to stamp its authority on the division with a 13 points lead over nearest rivals Bottesford in second spot.

AUGUST is the month when the end of the season is in sight and the promotion and relegation issue suddenly becomes a reality so it is important that a good finish to the season is essential by clubs. Towards the end of the month in Division One, Cemetery Road secured the top spot with a gap of just 3 points over second placed Shires and defiantly maintained its grip on the championship with both teams having one match to play. Division Two saw Epworth ‘A’ maintaining its place at the top of the table after securing a consistent run of important victories with Messingham ‘A’ settling into second place. While in Division Three Belton ‘B’ was in first place at the top of the division with a lead of 32 points over second place North Kelsey. In Division Four Cemetery Road ‘C’ was holding on at the top of the table with an in-form surge of excellent results followed by Messingham ‘C’ in second place. In the Ladies Division Shires had already secured the Championship over second placed Bottesford still battling on against Cemetery Road, Scunthorpe and Winterton for a second place finish.

SEPTEMBER saw the end of the outdoor season with clubs completing their fixtures in what has turned out to be an excellent season for weather. Most results had been received and the final positions in the Divisions were nearly complete. Cemetery Road after a remarkable season won the Division One title with 190 points, Epworth ‘A’ took the Division Two title with 140 points and Belton ‘B’ secured the Division Three title with 163 points. The Division Four championship was won by Cemetery Road ‘C’ with 154 points while Shires secured the Ladies Division title with a total of 58 points.

The Finals of the Scunthorpe & District Bowls League individual knockout competitions were hosted by Shires Bowls Club. The finals provided some excellent quality bowling with the President of the League Mrs Rena Markham (Shires) presenting the trophies to the winning recipients.


The Scunthorpe & District Bowls League’s ‘Presentation Evening’ incorporating The Scunthorpe Triples League will be held at Redbourn Social Club on Friday 5th October 2018 from 7.00pm until midnight. Entertainment will be provided by the legendary local band ‘The Moggies’ singing a mixture of 60’s to present day material along with ‘Sounds Incorporated Disco. Tickets cost £7.50p per person and will include Pie, Chips and Peas supper with various Pre-booked options available. Posters for this event are now displayed at all Clubs and Tickets for this event should be obtained through your Club Secretary.


Would Clubs please return any League trophies to SDBL Secretary Vince Hardie or return them to the Indoor Bowls Centre reception office by Monday 17th September 2018 at the latest.


The 2018/19 Indoor Bowling Season commenced with the Carlton Street Indoor Centre opening its doors on Monday 3rd September allowing bowlers to take up the chance to practice before the real competition of the leagues start. The full domestic league programme started week commencing Monday 10th September and the Club team competitive matches will be starting with the Annual Ladies Challenge match away against North Cave on Sunday 23rd September commencing at 12.00pm. The first Lincolnshire County League game will be a Mixed Division Two away match against Louth ‘B’ on Sunday 7th October commencing at 2.00pm.

SPOTLIGHT ON....INDOOR FRIENDLY MATCH – Scunthorpe v New Earswick.

A Scunthorpe Indoor Mixed Team started the new indoor season off with a home friendly fixture against a team from New Earswick near York. At the start of the match the home rink of Heather MacFall, Gordon MacFall and Alex Mullin set off well developing an early lead of 4 to 0 shots to which their visiting opponents had no answer for and by the mid-point of the match the Scunthorpe trio had extended its advantage to lead by 8 to 0 shots. Again the home rink turned up the heat producing some quality bowls and continued to extend their advantage to lead by 15 to 2 shots by the three quarters stage of the match. The New Earswick rink fought hard to try claw back the deficit but to no avail as the home trio just piled on the pressure as the match reached its final stages. During the final ends both rinks produced some excellent bowls but it was the home Scunthorpe trio that continued its scoring rate to eventually secure the victory by 20 to 3 shots. Scunthorpe’s rink of Shirley Burnett, Dave Batchelor and Alan Rymer soon found itself leading its New Earswick opponents by 5 to 1 shots early in the match. Continuing with some steady bowling they started to increase the pressure on the opponents steadily extending the lead at the halfway point in the game by 8 to 2 shots. Although in this interesting encounter the visiting New Earswick trio started to produce some excellent bowls they could not stop their home opponents from increasing their lead to 10 to 2 shots with just three ends remaining to be completed. Although the visitors stuck to their task and tried hard to claw some shots back they were unable to stop the Scunthorpe trio from securing the victory by 13 to 3 shots. Situations were reversed as the Scunthorpe rink of John Rawlinson, Sandra Newlove and Ian Robinson found themselves leading their visiting opponents early in the match by 3 to 1 shots. Then suddenly the visiting New Earswick rink struck back and started to produce some excellent form that secured the lead and then extended it to lead by 6 to 3 shots as the game reached the halfway point. The visitors now playing some excellent bowls continued to pressurize the home trio and as the three quarter stage of the match was reached the visitors were leading by 13 to 4 shots. With the home rink scoring only a single shot over the final three ends of the match to New Earswick’s total of 3 shots the match finished with the visiting trio securing the rink victory by 16 to 5 shots.  Scunthorpe’s rink of Titch Seymour, John Davison and Ken Seymour soon found themselves trailing their visiting New Earswick opponents early in the match by 9 to 1 shots. The home rink continued to try to unsettle their opponents but they were unable to stop the New Earswick trio from extending their advantage to lead by 9 to 1 shots by the halfway point in the battle. In the second half of the match the Scunthorpe three managed to lift their game considerably and with some very accurate bowling stemmed the scoring rate of the visitors who maintained their lead of 13 to 5 shots with just three ends remaining to be completed. The final ends of the game produced some excellent play from the visiting rink that went on to eventually run out the only rink victors for the New Earswick team by 16 to 5 shots. These individual rink results when collated together produced a very close 43 to 38 shots victory to the home Scunthorpe team.