Melton Town bowlers pip St James Park in inaugural match

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Melton Mowbray Town ran out close winners as they met St James Park, Radcliffe, for the first time on Saturday.

The game was close throughout, but Town crept ahead late in the match and held on to win by eight shots.

Two days earlier, Melton came unstuck against their old friends and rivals, Oakham, by 30 shots.

MELTON MOWBRAY TOWN 83 ST JAMES PARK 75

Rink scores: Alan Dawson, Andrew North, Vince Darling, Kevan Murray beat B. Kirk 22-20; Janet Evans, Todd Fox, Jenny McConnell, Les Woodcock beat B. Ford 17-16; Sid Greenstreet, Eric Morgan, Bob Johnson, terry Scholey beat Eric Walton 23-22; Mick Parker, Mike Pratt, David Poate, Harold Twigg beat A. Mitchell 21-17.

MELTON MOWBRAY TOWN 54 OAKHAM 84

Rink scores: Vince Darling, Beryl Brett, Rod Stanley, Les Woodcock lost to A. Jones 10-13; Janet Evans, Mike Pratt, Bob Johnson, Harold Twigg lost to Bob Hammond 13-21; Mick Parker, Eric Morgan, Kevin Hutchins, Jenny McConnell lost to R. Tarleton 13-24; Alan Dawson, Fred Thorpe, David Poate lost to C. Wallis 18-22.

* Belvoir Vale travelled from their Hose base to the coast to take on Mablethorpe in a mixed friendly on Sunday.

Vale won three of the six rinks, but lost by 32 shots on aggregate.

MABLETHORPE 108 BELVOIR VALE 76

Rink scores: Hilda Wiles, Clive Carrol, Ed Young, Sue Pymm lost to T. Craven 10-23; Clive Underwood, Winston Rawlings, Eileen Harrop, Josie Exton beat M. Graham 15-8; John Lambert, Paddy Marshall, Lawrie Pugh beat D. Dickson 17-15; Chris Gorman, Evelyn Underood, Gordon Crooke lost to G. Snowball 10-25; Geoff Harrop, Pat Wright, John Law lost to C. Shepherd 5-25; Viv Pugh, Peter Mason, Jill Lambert beat M. Wade 19-12.