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Bowls Algarve Winter League

CPO Cats made a routine job of confirming their top spot in the League by beating Rangers 8-0. 

Cats have topped the League since the first game of the season and thoroughly deserve their success for the second year running.

Second place Greens, who picked up the pace in the second half of the season, had a disappointing day against Gladiators losing 8 points to nil and finishing as runners up on 82 points.

This was a good win for Gladiators but they finished the season in seventh place on 61 points, interestingly with a better shots’ difference than the three teams above them which indicates a few narrow defeats. 

Harlequins also had a good win by 8 points to nil at PDF against Huntsmen and they climbed back into third place just ahead of the chasing pack.

Tigers shared the points with Foresters at PDF and finished in fourth place on 72 points which is where they have been hovering for some weeks. Amigos had a rest day and finished on 69 points in fifth place which is perhaps disappointing for them as they were challenging the leaders earlier in the season.

Foresters finished the best of the PDF teams on 68 points in sixth place and Huntsmen and Rangers stayed in the bottom two places in eighth and ninth respectively on 27 and 23 points.

Although the Winter League was in a reduced format this year, competition has been as keen as ever and the standard of bowling achieved by Bowls Algarve is good as evidenced by the success local bowlers have against visiting teams.

The Mid-Week League, which is a bit less competitive, has also finished and, as anticipated, Alvor Diamonds finished top with the two CPO teams behind them followed by the two teams from PDF trailing some way behind and Aces, the other Alvor team, finishing bottom.

The winter programme will finish with the finals of the inter Club Competitions, which are being held at Alvor tomorrow (Saturday), which promises to be a full day of first class bowling.

Graham Worrall