BY STEVE HIBBERD
After a long summer break, league bowling is back on the Costa Blanca. QBC Pearls had an opening home fixture against Emerald Isles, which they eventually won 8-4. The 3 winning rinks were – G Carnell, V Campbell, F Roberts 21-18. G Philips, M France, Jason P 27-10. C Brazier, T Morgan, P Morgan 29-10.
Diamonds meanwhile were at Vistabella, where they took on the Drivers. Although the rinks of K Gordon, D Collings, T Voisey 23-13 & C Skinner, P Farrell, G Skinner 15-9, earned a hard fought 6-6 draw, an administrative error meant that a massive 6 points were deducted from their total. Rubies had a bye to kick off their season.
Then on Friday, Swallows had an afternoon match against San Luis Lions, which they won 10-2, courtesy of these 4 winning rinks – G Carnell, V Campbell, F Roberts 29-18. P Bevan, G Philips, Jason P 21-4. C Brazier, C Highland, P Morgan 25-5. T Morgan, C Dye, M Ward 25-6. An opening local derby between Swans and newly promoted Swifts finished in an honourable 6-6 draw.
Points scorers for the Swans were A Bowen, B Elliot, S Cooper 20-12. C Bowles, D Gould, K Bowles 18-15. D Benson, P Farrell, A Benson 20-13, whilst for the Swifts, it was J Cleal, B Miller, L Miller 24-14. C Skinner, S Jakeman, G Skinner 24-13.