Rothbury win local battle

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Alnwick Bowling Club

OVER the years, Rothbury has slowly climbed up the Northumberland Bowling Association Clegg leagues and probably enjoyed the result last Thursday more than most.

In a rearranged game, they entertained local rivals Alnwick in the first meeting of the two in this league. In the end, it was a resounding defeat for Alnwick on the visitors’ green, losing out 12-2 and by 83 shots to 59

Alnwick and Rothbury share the same number of points, both on 95, 10 behind second-place Walker but they both have a game in hand. Alnwick are in third place and Rothbury fourth, thanks to being 66 shots ahead.

That was mainly due to their 114 shots to 53 win over Tynemouth the previous night on the home green when they took all the points, winning 14-2.

There was no good news either from Division One of the Nines league where Alnwick were also well beaten by Walker, with all the points going to the home side.

There were smiles, however, from the North Northumberland League team who travelled to Seahouses and came away with six of the eight points available to keep up their league challenge.

The weather at the weekend wiped out two games. In the first, the Helen Thompson mixed pairs on Saturday saw two games played before the heavens opened and the competition will now be completed in August.

Alnwick were due to play Sunderland and District in a friendly on Sunday but a flooded green put paid to any hopes of a game, despite the visitors turning up and waiting for two hours after the game was due to start.