Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Championships

With the Indoor Bowling Championships moving into the second week of the qualifying rounds we saw the Pairs being played and producing some shock results.

In a very tight match we saw some great bowls in the quarter final match between reigning Champions Clive and Mark McGreal and the less experienced pairing of Mike Ashmole and Peter Greenlees which ended in a victory for the latter pair. The next of the quarter finals again went to the less experienced  players at  Indoor Bowls with Shaun Seal and Ian Moore defeating Bernice McGreal and Janice Pilling while the in form pair of David Quirk and Dee Lewis beat Jimmy Sansom and Phil Kerruish. In the final match of the night we saw Mike Skelly and Phil Watterson beaten by Marcia Pearson and Muriel Cain.

The semi finals on the following night started with the question being would Ashmole and Greenlees retain their previous nights great form against Seal and Moore but with the latter pair starting well and piling on the pressure it was the Seal/Moore pairing that qualified for the Final. In the other semi final Marcia Pearson and Muriel Cain started as favourites against David Quirk and Dee Lewis but with Quirk playing some good lead bowls and  ‘skip’ Lewis coming up with some fantastic saving shots they proved to be too good on the night for the Pearson/Cain duo.

The Pairs Final then on the 1st February sees Shaun Seal and Ian Moore take on David Quirk and Dee Lewis and we hope to see a great match with the question being can the very experienced David Quirk use his great knowledge of the game to bring his team victory or will the Seal/Moore pair who currently lead the Second Division Pairs League manage to snatch the win from their Premier Pairs League opposition?

Whatever happens on Finals Day great credit must go Dee Lewis, Shaun Seal and Ian Moore who are all relatively new to Indoor Bowling and have made great improvements in their skill levels this season.

The event continues through the week with more Men’s qualifying on Wednesday evening and then both Ladies and Men’s Quarter Finals on Thursday and all Semi Finals on Friday.

There has been a slight amendment to the time schedule for Finals Day on this Saturday 1st February with the Triples Event now starting at 12-15 pm, the Pairs at 2-15pm and both Ladies and Men’s Singles being played at 4-00 pm. These timings may vary slightly and it is hoped to have a short break between the Pairs and Singles matches.

Isle of Man Indoor Bowls Championships – triples report

As we move through the three weeks of our 2020 Championships we have had some great bowling and the spectators who came to watch the Semi Finals of the Triples Competition were certainly not disappointed by the standard of play.

The match between Clive and Bernice McGreal and Janice Pilling and Alan Franklin, Phil Smith and Win Collister saw some quality bowling with the McGreal/Pilling trio going into a 10 – 0 lead over their competitors only to find themselves then being 11 – 10 down and having to take the last end for  a 12-11 win.

The other Semi Final saw Steve Cook, Edward Carlyle and Tony Dugdale meet Jimmy Sansom and Paula and Stuart Garrett in a match that is undoubtedly one of the best games that I have ever watched and saw both teams play some outstanding bowls.

This Game kept those watching on the edge of their seats and biting their fingernails as it ended level and went to a sudden death one end Play Off which produced even more fantastic bowls and saw the team of Jimmy Sansom and Paula and Stuart Garrett win but great credit must go to their opponents for playing so well and pushing them all the way.

After watching two great Semi Finals I would recommend that if you have the time available that you pop down to the NSC Bowls Hall on the afternoon of February 1st to watch Finals Day to watch the Triples, Pairs and Ladies and Men’s Singles Finals.

Close at the top in Premier Pairs

The Indoor Bowls New Year started with a one week continuation of the League Programme before going into a three week break for the 2020 Isle of Man Indoor Bowling Association Championships.

Premier Pairs

In the opening week we saw the top three in the Premier Pairs taking wins with Cheesemakers, Villans and Young Guns all taking wins leaving the top three positions as Young Guns Top with 30 points, Villans second with 29 points and Cheesemakers still very much in contention with 27 points.

First Division Pairs

The First Division Pairs saw leaders Villa Boys held to a draw by Unbelievabowls while second placed Spinners beat Enigma 4-0 and Kencoe also won 4-0 against the 1 in 4 Team. This leaves Villa Boys still in top spot with 36 points with Spinners second on 32 points and Unbelievabowls third on 18 points.

Second Division Pairs

In the Second Division Pairs Colonicles have unfortunately had to withdraw from the League so all their results for the season have been withdrawn from the League Tables. In last Fridays matches we saw Sunset Rollers beat Girl Power 4-0, Cowley Cannonballs beat Sensibles also 4-0 and Woodbourne Reds and Reckless Rollers played out a 2-2 draw which leaves Sunset Rollers top on 30 points, Reckless Rollers second on 24 points and Cowley Cannonballs third on 21 points.

Tuesday Morning League

The Tuesday Morning League saw leaders Villans beat Maxums 6-0, Onchan Royals beat Cushags 4-2 and Ramsey Raiders  also beat Early Birds 4-2. The  remaining two games saw Hillbillies lose 4-2 to Ellan Vannin and Thru the Gap beat Smooth Matters 6-0. The top three in the League after this are Villans top on 59 points with second placed Cushags having 43 points and Onchan Royals third with 41 points.

Premier Teams

In the  Premier Teams we saw leaders Villans have a bye and second placed Cheesemakers beat DNA 4-2, Birdies beat Saltire 6-0 and a great performance from Ramsey Raiders saw them take a 5-1 win over TBC. The league positions after this are Villans top on 46 points, Cheesemakers second on 40 points and Birdies now moving into third place with 28 points.

First Division Teams

First Division Teams leaders Spinners who have this season dominated the League saw their New Year start badly with a 4-2 loss to Maxums while Okay beat second placed Odd Balls 4-2, Smugglers beat Cowley Cannonballs 4-2 and Girl Power beat CAOS 4-2. League positions after this are Spinners top on 44 points, Smugglers second on 36 points and Odd Balls third on 34 points.

2020 Championships

With the 2020 Championships starting on the 13th January with the Triples Competition  the position at the time of writing this report is that we have reached the stage where we know the four teams who have qualified for the Semi Finals. In these we see Steve Cook, Edward Carlyle and Tony Dugdale play Jimmy Sansom and Paula and Stuart Garrett while in the second of these games we see Alan Franklin, Phil Smith and Win Collister play Janice Pilling and Bernice and Clive McGreal.

Finally may I close this week by sending best wishes from all in Indoor Bowling to Archie Collister who has not been too well recently and we all hope to see him back in the Bowls Hall very soon.

IOMIBA Championships 2020 conditions of play

ISLE OF MAN INDOOR BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIPS  2020

CONDITIONS OF PLAY

  1. Singles: Four bowls per player. Pairs: Four bowls per player.  Triples: Three bowls per player.
    The Laws of the Sport, Crystal Mark Third Edition will apply unless otherwise stated in these Conditions of Play.
  2. Prior to the start of a match, each player will be allowed two trial ends, each end being of two bowls per player.
  3. Players are not permitted to practice within 3 hours of the start of a match.
  4. Singles:
    i) Each match will consist of two sets, each set being played over 9 ends. The winner of each set will be the player with the most shots at the completion of the 9th  The winner of the match being the best of two sets. A set will be decided if, at any point, it becomes impossible for one player to draw or win the set given the number of ends left.
    ii) If the shot scores are tied after the last end of a set, the set is drawn. If the match is tied (two drawn sets or one set each) after the two sets have been completed, a match tie-breaker consisting of 1 end will be played to determine the winner. If the tie-breaker end is tied a further tie-breaker end will be played.
    iii)  In all cases a tied end will count as one of the 9 ends played.
  5. Pairs and Triples:
    i) Each match will consist of 10 ends.  A match will be decided if, at any point, it becomes impossible for one team to draw or win the match given the number of ends left.
    ii) If the match is tied after the 10 ends have been completed, a match tie-breaker consisting of 1 end will be played to determine the winner. If the tie-breaker end is tied a further tie-breaker end will be played.
    iii) In all cases a tied end will count as one of the 10 ends played.
  6. First to Play-Law 56.4
    i) At the start of the match the opponents should toss a coin and the winner of the toss has the option to either: place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl; or tell the opposing player / team to place the mat and deliver the jack and the first bowl (the opposing player/ team cannot refuse)
    ii) At the start of the second set (Singles only) the winner of the first set should place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl. If the first set is a draw, the winner of the last scoring end in that set should place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl.
    iii) First and any further ends of a tie-breaker: the opponents should toss a coin and the winner of the toss has the options as described in i)
  7. Play in all other ends: In all ends after the first but apart from an extra end, the winner(s) of the previous scoring end should place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl.
  8. Re-spotting the jack
    If a jack in motion passes completely outside the boundaries of the rink of play, or rebounds to a distance of less than 20 metres from the mat line, the end should not be declared dead. Instead, the jack should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at the appropriate spot described as follows and play should continue:
    i) If the jack passes outside the side boundary on the right of the rink, it should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at a spot on the rink which is 2 metres from the front ditch and 1.5 metres to the right of the centre line.
    ii) If the jack passes outside the side boundary on the left of the rink, it should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at a spot on the rink which is 2 metres from the front ditch and 1.5 metres to the left of the centre line.
    iii)  If the jack passes above the face of the bank that is within the side boundaries of the rink of play, it should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at a spot on the rink which is 2 metres from the front ditch and on the centre line.If the appropriate spot is partly or completely covered by a bowl, the jack should be placed as close as possible to the covered spot, in line with that spot and the corresponding spot at the opposite end of the rink, without touching a bowl.
  9. Visiting the head
    i) Players in Singles matches may only visit the head after delivery of their third bowl.
    In exceptional circumstances however, a player may seek permission of the Marker to visit the head before they deliver their third bowl.
    ii) The lead in Pairs may not visit the head. The skip may visit the head after their third bowl.
    iii) The lead and second in Triples may not visit the head.  The skip may visit the head after their second bowl.
  10. All touchers should be marked with spray chalk.
  11. Substitutions will be permitted for Pairs and Triples, but only in exceptional circumstances and with the prior approval of the Committee.  N.B. Substitutes are not permitted to play Skip.
  12. Players should be at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of their match in order to be present for the draw for rinks and so that trial ends can take place.  Any player not ready to play at their official start time for any match shall forego their right to play trial ends and then if they are not ready to play within 15 minutes after the official start time of their match shall forfeit the match to their opponent(s).

Notes:

All competitors and officials are expected to be aware of and abide by World Bowls Regulations including those relating to the Code of Conduct/Ethics and disciplinary issues.  Full details are available on the World Bowls website

www.worldbowls.com