Chasing pack close in on Holland Fen in the bowls league

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What a difference a week can make.

Holland Fen seemed to have made a decisive move in Division One of the Boston Indoor Bowls League - but after a double week a three-horse race has opened up.

Third-placed Carlton Road’s tight 6-0 victory over the Fenmen (L. Feary 17-16, C. Gill 21-16) opened things wide up.

Second-placed Eastenders are back in the mix after beating IBC 6-0 (A. Field 25-10, S. Reeson 22-14).

Holland Fen finished the week with a 6-0 win over Invaders (K. French 16-15, M. Tomlin 34-5).

The Fenmen are now eight points ahead of the Enders and 15 above Carlton Road, but both have a game in hand.

Struggling Invaders went down 5-1 to Royal Mail, K. Sharp winning 26-13 and K. Thorlby drawing 19-19 with S. Whyers.

Half Pints just kept A40 behind them in the table with a 4-2 win, A. West’s 22-14 just beating D. Wilson Rogers’18-15 reply.

Jolly Farmers look like finishing a creditable fourth after a 6-0 win over Swineshead (J. Maury 17-11, J. Moore 24-16).

There was a small setback for Division Two leaders Norprint this week with a close 6-0 loss to Punchbowlers (I. Drury 16-15, J. Skelton 21-19), but this still gives them a 13-point advantage over their conquerors with just four games left.

On level points in second are Poachers after a 4-2 defeat by Strollers, M. Dodes’ 21-10 not enough to match the huge 28-5 from A. Everitt.

Parthians’ challenge has faded away after a surprising 6-0 defeat to Boston Park (K. Cook 20-18, R. Patchett 19-5), which lifts Boston Park off the bottom.

Back to the bottom are The Crowns, who lost 6-0 to Breakaways (I. Dilley 20-17, G. Gallichan 19-14).

Golfers keep up the chase in fourth after a 4-2 win over Patriarchs, N. Ablard’s 23-19 just one better than R. Woods’ 16-13 reply.

Feathers’ good run continued with a 6-0 win over Amateurs (G. Dawson 15-13, B. Sansam 18-12). Could they turn the leaders over next week?

It looks like going down to the wire in Division Three with the top two trading 6-0 wins this week.

The Burtons beat Shipmates (D. Bailey 21-9, C. Hill 25-9) while Central beat U3 (M. Nicholls 27-7 and B. Hunn 21-15).

Hotspurs jumped back into third, but a long way behind after a 4-2 win over High Flyers, a comprehensive 27-5 from A. Hughes covering B. Trigg’s 19-11 reply.

The Autos’ 4-2 win over Sibsey saw A. Townsend’s 24-11 being more than enough to beat A. Dunnett’s 16-14 reply.

When the two teams with the worst recent form met it was BBC who took a 6-0 win over Traders (T. Vere 21-11, J. Smith 24-9).

Vikings and Fairways shared rink wins but the 23-15 from P. Jacklin was enough for a 4-2 for Vikings with H. Scarboro claiming a 17-16 with a last end count of four.