In-form Thornton sets the pace in BIG Smash comp

First win: Stewart Turnbull defeated Gareth Jones in the BIG Smash League JON GRANGER
First win: Stewart Turnbull defeated Gareth Jones in the BIG Smash League JON GRANGER
16 June 2017 2:59PM

ANDY Thornton leads the way after two rounds of the BIG Smash Bowling League – as the only player to have played two or more games and won them all.

Thornton was able to watch from the sidelines as his rivals took points off each other in the second round of matches, with some shock results on the Dalton Cricket Club green.

Liam Howard made his entrance with one win and one defeat – each with bonus points – to move second, while Stewart Turnbull and Roy Moxham both took their first victories of the campaign.

Howard started off the night with 19-15 defeat against Barry Lowden.

Lowden started well, eased into a length and leading 5-1 after four ends, before Howard took four points from the first power end to draw level.

The Walney bowler went ahead once more as he took four of the next five ends, including the power end, to lead 11-7, before taking three of the next four for a 15-8 advantage with six ends remaining.

However, Howard dug his heels in and found another gear, winning the third power end and the following four to draw level once more going into the final power end.

Howard led the jack out, but Lowden claimed the spoils for his first win of the season.

Moxham took his maiden success with a maximum points haul from a 26-10 win over Danny Rogers.

Moxham hit the ground running, winning the first power end for a 6-1 advantage, which he extended to 9-4 after nine ends.

Four points from the power end put him further in front, before a comeback from Rogers saw him close to 14-10.

Moxham went into overdrive from there on in, taking all the points on offer for a major success.

Turnbull overcame bottom-placed Gareth Jones 18-14 for a three-point haul and his first success of the competition.

Jones started strongly, winning the first two ends of the match and claimed four points from the power end for a 6-2 lead.

Turnbull bossed the next part of the match to cut the gap to 8-5 and a four-point power end put him ahead for the first time.

Points now went back and forth, before Turnbull edged further ahead at the third power end and led 18-11 with two ends to go to ensure the win.

Jones fought back to claim a losing bonus point.

Howard made up for his defeat to Lowden with victory over Rogers as both men played their second match of the night.

The points were shared from the opening four ends, with Howard 3-2 up, before falling 4-3 behind as Rogers took the power end.

Howard went into attack mode, claiming the next four ends to lead 8-4, only for Rogers to enjoy the power end once again and cut the gap to two.

As the rain came down, there remained little to separate the pair, Howard leading 11-10 after the third power end, with the result too close to call.

Howard took the next two ends and was 15-11 in front going into the last power end – with Rogers needing a maximum haul for a draw.

He could not take it, with Howard claiming the win 19-11 for all four match points.

Leader Thornton returns to action on Thursday for the third round of games, as he plays Turnbull.

Matches start at 6.30pm, with the fixtures as follows: Jones v Howard, Perry v Lowden, Thornton v Turnbull, Perry v Moxham.

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