Eastenders have been crowned the Orchard Podiatry Division One champions of the Boston indoor Bowls League... by a point.
The title went down to the wire on the last night as Eastenders - who held a narrow three-point lead over Holland Fen, but had a lesser shot difference - beat A40 4-2.
K. Tointon, M. Whyers and S. Reeson ran out 26-10 winners, bettering the 19-15 response from J. Gott.
Holland Fen did all that they could by winning 6-0 in a tricky test with Jolly Farmers (M. Tomlin 26-8, K. French 22-14).
Carlton Road finished in third after a solid 6-0 win over Invaders (R. Vinter 23-14, G. Parker 18-10) and Half Pints had a slack end to their season.
They lost 4-2 to bottom side Swineshead - S. Lawrence’s 19-15 beaten by N. Barnes’ 18-11 - and drew 3-3 with second-bottom IBC, W. Phoenix’s 21-13 matched by R. White’s 18-10.
IBC beat Royal Mail 4-2, T. Bourne’s 13-9 bettering A. Hill’s 20-18.
Norprint and Punchbowlers were already crowned champions and runners-up of Division Two before the final week and will both be playing in Division One next year.
Punchbowlers beat Amateurs 5-1, T. Bush winning 26-17 and J. Skelton and M. Greet drawing 12-12, while Norprint were hammered 6-0 by Breakaways (G. Gallichan 43-6, I. Dilley 18-11).
Golfers and Poachers met to decide third and fourth places, with Golfers taking all six points and third place (D. Marshall 29-12, G. Scarboro 24-19).
Parthians beat Patriarchs 4-2 as K. Nix’s 29-8 edged out C. Baxter’s 23-12 and The Crowns continued their good end of season form with a 4-2 win over Strollers, P. Cumberworth’s 26-16 bettering D. Butwright’s 22-15.
Feathers finished mid table and signed off with a 6-0 win over Boston Park (B. Sansam 22-11, S. Van Bierendonk 22-18), who finished bottom.
The Division Three title went down to the last night, where second-placed Central scored a 5-1 victory over five-man Sibsey, M. Nicholls winning 31-8 and F. Epton levelling at 13-13 with C. Russell.
This left The Burtons needing only two points against Hotspurs to take the title, but things did not go well.
A. Hughes’ 24-8 and D. Fox’s 19-14 earned Hotspurs a 6-0 success, handing the title to Central.
Traders stopped Shipmates from claiming fourth place with a good 6-0 win (S. Coultan 17-15, N. Stanley 24-15) and BBC stayed above Vikings with a 6-0 win (D. May 17-9, B. Mortlock 16-13).
The Autos finished with a 6 -0 win over Fairways (B. Skelton 21-12, G. Slack 16-9).
Bottom team U3 drew 3-3 with High Flyers, N. Owen’s 19-18 matching R. Goodale’s 17-16.