Taylor Singles, from left, runner up Steve Gardner, five times in a row winner Kevin Gray, with cup donor Craig Taylor.
Last Friday evening saw the first ranking tournament of the second half of the season the Craig Taylor singles taking place in the kirkwall Legion.
A lower than expected turnout of 39 players toed the oche in search of more points in the scramble to represent the league in the annual challenge matches versus the Shetland County team's with just over half the entries coming from B league players of which several collected points towards selection for their match.
By the semi final stage it was regular finalists Kevin Gray who had a tight win over Iain Linklater whilst the other semi final saw Steve Garner just pipping Ian Finlay in another tight match, the final itself was another cracking game with the players swapping legs at 3 all Steve was looking like taking the important 7th leg but Kevin had other ideas and a 115 checkout snatched the leg and he followed up with a 116 to win 5v3 it was another excellent display of composure from Kevin and really tough on Steve who actually outscored Kevin and had the higher average.
This Friday sees the under 30s singles take place also in the Legion with names in for 7.30pm.
In the league there were comfortable wins for the top 4 with Sanday winning 9v3 over the Muppets, legion 8v4 v the Bilco boys, Untouchables 8v4 against The Exiles and The Golf club whitewashed The Murrays 12v0.
In the B league Tankerness slipped of the top spot again loosing 8v4 versus a resurgent Young loons, The Toonies 8v4 over the QB and Sands 10v2 versus the Shandy Bass both moved above them whilst both the other games were postponed and should be rearranged at the earliest possible date.
Fixtures for next Monday 12th are: Exiles v Murray, Legion v Sanday, OGC v The Muppets and Bilco boys v Untouchables.
Tuesday 13th: Vikings v Young loons, Wooden Spoons v The Sands, Tankerness v Shandy Bass, Quoyburry v Murray Arms 2, and The Toonies v Ale Stars .
180s were scored by GB Moar, S Thomson,K Brumpton, E Ritch, J Alexander, C Taylor, T Shearer, S Moar, K Sarling, B Ward, W Small, R Ballantyne, K Holland, N Gray, G low , I Linklater 2, S Linklater 2, R Tulloch 2, B Dickinson 2, R Wilkie 2, W Monkman 3, I Finlay 3, S Garner 3, K Gray 4, R Stanger 5,
I Linklater and W Monkman 177, A Nicolson, E Lennie and P Foubister 171
High checkouts J Drever, M Montgomery and J Alexander 100, M Peace 101, R Norquoy 104, I Linklater 105, B Moar 107, A Finlay 108, T Shearer 110, A Moar 118, R Stanger 132, N Gray 140, J Flett 156, K Gray 104,115, and 116 .