Isle of Man show Manx spirit to claim home county victory

Isle of Man bowls team that travelled to Lancashire on Sunday (Photo: Gary Weightman)

Isle of Man bowls team that travelled to Lancashire on Sunday (Photo: Gary Weightman)

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The Isle of Man did themselves and the island proud on real Tynwald Day as they recorded their first home leg win in the Senior County Championships at Noble’s Park.

Indeed the Manx fell a mere six points short of an overall win on Sunday.

It’s hard to quantify how brilliant this performance is and also the scale of improvement the Manx side have shown in each of their three matches in the Crosfield Cup this season.

Every single one of the island team left everything they had on the green, both home and away and some of the performances were the best seen by players wearing their national covers.

Dean Kipling’s 21-1 annihilation of one of the game’s finest players, former Waterloo champion Alan Broadhurst, away from home is arguably the best individual showing by an island player.

As the first game off either green, it set the Manxmen up for an historic day.

Kipling’s performance earned him the Endsleigh Insurance Man of the Match award.

Over at Noble’s Park things were also going the way of the island as they chalked up six winners, three to single figures, to beat Lancashire by 21 points in the home leg.

Peter Slinger, Ian Moore, John Kennish, David Bradford, overall man of the match Jordan Cain and Glynn Hargraves were all victorious but this was a real team performance with every player fighting for every point to ensure the win.

Phil Kelly and Colin Kelly chipped in with wins away from home as the island came within six points of winning the overall match, narrowly dipping out as they lost by 27 chalks away from home.

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