No skittles will be played until the restrictions forcing the closure of all pubs & clubs is lifted. The Committee will review the situation after Easter & will keep all team captains informed of any developments. In the circumstances any competitions which are scheduled to commence from 6 April 2020 onwards are cancelled. We would ask that team captains do not contact the Fixture Secretary during these difficult times as he is unable to provide any information as to when skittles might resume.
In the light of the guidance issued by HM Government this afternoon, to avoid social gatherings pubs & travel to stop the virus, it has been decided by the officers of the Dorchester & District Skittle League to suspend all skittles with immediate effect. As the situation is changing day by day we cannot give you any indication as to when skittles may resume or whether the season will be completed. We will keep you informed of any developments once contingency plans are made & it is deemed safe for a normal way of life to resume.
Swan Abbots and Puddletown Nomads remain joint leaders in Section D after both won last week. Swan Abbots all but ended Unpredictable Strimmers chances of promotion winning by 47-pins, while Nomads won by 27-pins against Strugglers. Plodders are a point behind in third place but have a game in hand. Abbots have their bye this week, while Nomads host Strimmers and Plodders host Ship Wrecked.
Games to play
Swan Abbots – 34pts – BYE Plodders (H) Fumblers (A)
Puddletown Nomads – 34pts – Unpredictable Strimmers (H) Huntsmen (A) BYE
Plodders – 33pts – Ship Wrecked (H) Swan Abbots (A) Unpredictable Strimmers (H)
Unpredictable Strimmers – 30pts – Puddletown Nomads (A) BYE Plodders (A)
We recommend during games that you regularly wash your hands between hands. Please remember to advise all your players and don’t forget to make sure your sticker up is also looked after.
With leaders Devils having their bye it gave Oakettes a chance to close the gap, and the Bere Regis outfit won away to Breezers by 4-pins after going into the last hand 4-pins down themselves. Both teams below Oakettes won, Crackerjacs standout performer was Angie Courtney hitting 68 in their 35-pins win away to Ladybirds. Vixens who could still finish second won by 11-pins at home to Mix Ups. Next week’s big match sees leaders Devils play away to Crackerjacs.
Games to play
DEVILS – 37pts – Crackerjacs (A) Al-Colli-Frolics (H) Oakettes (A)
OAKETTES – 33pts – Wonder Women (H) Colliton Ladybirds (A) Devils (H)
CRACKERJACS – 31pts – Devils (H) Woodpeckers (A) The Easy Beats (H)
VIXENS – 30pts – Hot Cheese Stampers (H) Breezers (A) Wonder Women (H)
Top score in the Ladies League was Angie Courtney of Crackerjacs with 68 on alley two at the Colliton Club. The highest team score was 386 by Crackerjacs. The highest hand was 67 by Vixens on alley two at the Trinity Club. The highest stick up was 18 by Angie Courtney which has only been hit by two other players in the Ladies League this season.
Tonight’s match between Chaldon Chuckers and Fumblers will be the last ever D&DSL match at the Frampton Arms, Moreton. The alley was first used in the league in 1985 but will no longer be in use due to changes at the pub which will see the building redeveloped.
The remaining fixtures at the venue have been moved as follows
Merrymen v Dribs ‘n’ Drabs – Thursday 19 March – Three Compasses, Charminster
Chaldon Chuckers v Merrymen – Thursday 26 March – New Inn, West Knighton
Merrymen v Bull & Heifers – Thursday 2 April – Three Compasses, Charminster
The following teams have entered the Sticker up Cup which will be held at the Colliton Club on Thursday 30 April – Book in by 7.20pm for 7.30pm start.
If any stickers up from the teams below have to withdraw from the competition before the date please could they in form the fixture Secretary.
Section A – Alcotops, Barmy Army, Colliton Imps, Essentials, Half Pints, Jolly Green Giants, Patriots, Puddletown Wanderers, Royal Oak Wanderers, Skimmers
Section B – Heathens, Hotshots, Mrs Browns Boys, Swankers, Vic Reeves
Section C – Colliton Spares, Colliton Supertramps, Colliton Rebels, Magpie Imps, Misfits, Top Pins, Wareham Legionaires
Section D – Bull & Heifers, Chaldon Chuckers, Dribs ‘n’ Drabs, Funseekers, Huntsmen, Ship Wrecked, Strugglers, Swan Abbots
Ladies – Devils, Crackerjacs, Hot Cheese Stampers, Vixens, Wonder Women
Top score in the Open League was Luke Short of Barmy Army with 74 at the Three Compasses, Charminster. The highest team score was 478 hit by Swankers at the Bulls Head, with 16 year old Fabian Fox hitting 73, and the Section B outfit also hit the highest hand of the week with 85. The highest stick up was 18 hit by two players, Mike Bolton of Royal Oak Wanderers on alley one at the Trinity Club and Jack Gillham of Swankers at the Bulls Head.
Skimmers and Breakaways both won last week to take a 3 points lead at the top of Section A, Skimmers overcame a potential banana skin winning away to Puddletown Wanderers hitting 428 which is the highest score hit with the new pins that Wanderers use. Breakaways won away to Half Pints by 25-pins which almost puts the Half Pints out of the title race. Jolly Green Giants had their first win in six games and trail the leaders by 3 points as do Royal Oak Wanderers. Essentials lost ground on the leaders when they were beaten by 47-pins at the Three Compasses by Barmy Army. Breakaways will be weary of Barmy Army’s recent return to form when they host them in the match of the week in Section A on Friday. Colliton Imps home defeat by Dewlish Monsters ended any faint hopes they had to stay in the title race.
Games to play
Skimmers – 30pts – Alcotops (H) Half Pints (A) Barmy Army (H) Colliton Imps (A)
Breakaways – 30pts – Barmy Army (H) Colliton Imps (A) Dewlish Monsters (H) Essentials (A)
Jolly Green Giants – 27pts – Half Pints (H) Barmy Army (A) Colliton Imps (H) Dewlish Monsters (A)
Royal Oak Wanderers – 27pts – Patriots (H) Puddletown Wanderers (A) Alcotops (H) Half Pints (A)
Essentials – 26pts – Colliton Imps (H) Dewlish Monsters (A) Hammers (H) Breakaways (H)
Half Pints – 25pts – Jolly Green Giants (A) Skimmers (H) Colliton Wide Boys (A) Royal Oak Wanderers (H)
At the bottom Colliton Wide Boys took a giant step towards safety by beating Patriots at the Goldies by 25-pins. This week Wide Boys host Puddletown Wanderers and a victory would leave them almost safe. The other three teams at the bottom all face tricky away games this week, Patriots play Royal Oak Wanderers, Hammers face Dewlish Monsters while top play bottom when Skimmers host Alcotops at the Bulls Head.
Games to play
Colliton Wide Boys – 16pts – Puddletown Wanderers (H) Alcotops (A) Half Pints (H) Barmy Army (A)
Patriots – 14pts – Royal Oak Wanderers (A) Hammers (A) Puddletown Wanderers (H) Alcotops (A)
Hammers –14pts – Dewlish Monsters (A) Patriots (H) Essentials (A) Puddletown Wanderers (H)
Alcotops – 12pts – Skimmers (A) Colliton Wide Boys (H) Royal Oak Wanderers (A) Patriots (H)