Eastenders claim the Boston Indoor Bowls League title... just

The Eastenders team celebrate.
The Eastenders team celebrate.

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.