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Pirates top bowls league

Douglas Bay Pirates took a commanding lead in the Cherry Orchard League at the NSC on Sunday after a 7-0 victory over Ramsey Rebels.

Josh Ffrench and Stephen Gale won the pairs for the Pirates with a 13-7 victory, before Gale added another two points after winning the singles 18-1.

The triples was much closer but the Pirates held on to an 8-7 win to complete the victory and move nine points clear at the top.

Ballaugh stayed in second place despite losing 4-3 to Laxey Minors, who move up to third.

David Cottier and Peter Coward won the pairs 11-7 for the Minors and Seamus Whelan took the singles 8-7 to give them a 4-0 lead in the game.

But an impressive display from Ann Gale, Dave McTaggart and Richard Faragher saw Ballaugh bounce back in the triples with an 11-2 victory to take two points and the bonus point.

Colby Cosmos had an impressive 5-2 win over Ronaldsway Blockbusters.

Ann Hollingworth and Pauline Kelly won the opening pairs 17-4 for the Cosmos and Hollingworth then won her singles 10-8.

Blockbusters fought back in the triples though to record an 11-6 win but Cosmos came out on top in the match 5-2.

The overall standings after four weeks are:

1. Douglas Bay Pirates - 24 points
2. Ballaugh - 15 points
3. Laxey Minors - 11 points
4. Ronaldsway Blockbusters - 10 points 5. Ramsey Rebels - 10 points
6. Colby Cosmos - 9 points 7. Castletown Super Threes - 5 points

This coming Sunday it's the Ronaldsway Fours at the NSC.

Anyone wishing to enter a team should call Chris Holland on 471827.

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