The game of the week in The Mill Division One was between leaders Eastenders and second placed Holland Fen.
Eastenders stretched their lead at the top as M. Whyers, J. West and A. Reeson crushed the opposition 26-6, backed up with a close 19-17 from P. Flatters.
Third placed Carlton Road lost 6-0 to fourth placed A40. J. Cammack won 19-14 and J. Gott 17-15 in a close game.
Invaders beat IBC 6-0, with R. West winning 19-16 and S. Whyers 25-12.
Jolly Farmers beat bottom team Freelanders 6-0 with a D. Allen 23-16 victory and a close 16-15 from J. Maury.
Halfpints recorded a 5-1 result over Royal Mail, I. Clark won 19-16 for Halfpints and K. Sharp scored a last end count of two for Royal Mail’s point.
In T&B Containers Division Two, Patriarchs’ trio of R. Clare, A. Woods and R. Woods won 21-12 to take a 4-2 win with Bowlers reply only 19-15 from S. Skelton.
N. Barnes returned a 24-12 score for Swineshead but a 27-11 from Stroller’s A. Everitt sealed a 4-2 win for Strollers.
Golfers are rising up the table after a 6-0 victory over Breakaways, with N. Ablard winning 19-15 and D. Marshall scoring 20-7.
Parthians were brought down to earth this week by Amateurs, a 22-18 from M. Greet and a 14-14 draw between A. Nixon and P. Sharp giving Amateurs a 5-1 result.
Bottom team Boston Park went down 6-0 to mid table Norprint, B. Barton 24-14 and M. Pack 20-12.
The Crowns made up ground on Feathers with a close 6-0 result, B. Houghton winning 20-17 and P. Copeland 15-14.
In three rearranged snow games Parthians returned to winning ways with a 6-0 result over Norprint, P. Sharp 19-11 and P. Bedford 24-10.
The Golfers found themselves under par when playing Strollers, a 20-10 from D. Marshall not quite enough to match the 22-11 reply from A. Seaton to give Strollers a narrow 4-2 win.
Boston Park recorded a rare victory over Amateurs, Arnold Pape winning 22-13 but K. Cook let slip a 15-6 lead to lose 16-17 against M. Greet leaving Park with a 4-2 score.
Top against bottom in Cammacks Division Three went by the form book, Poachers beating Hotspurs 6-0, J. Sellars 19-13 and M. Dodes 37-7.
In the battle for second place Sibsey nosed ahead thanks to a 4-2 win over Central, a 29-14 win from H. Best bettering M. Nicholls 25-13 reply.
The Burtons put the skids under The Autos, a 20-9 from C. Hill beating the 18-15 reply from N. Wright.
Shipmates jump into a mid table position after beating Traders 6-0, J. Bristow 22-15 and S. Smalley 19-8.
High Flyers took a 5-1 win over Vikings, A. Tabor 20-14 and a 15-15 between E. Lewis and P. Jacklin.
BBC took the lion’s share of the points when taking on Fairways, a huge 28-6 from T. Vere and an 18-18 draw between D. May and A. Hall.
○ There was a fantastic weekend in the Planetbowls Boston Open, including two of the world’s top 16 players, Nicky Brett and Simon Skelton.
On Friday local players played two rounds, winning through were Spalding’s Calvin Leuty and Graham Smith, Lincoln duo Billy Jackson and Danny Brown, Nigel Eagle from Peterborough and Long Sutton’s Ron Flowers.
Saturday saw bowlers from Tyneside to Devon converge on the club. First, Nicky Brett scraped through against Matt Hyde 8-3, 6-5.
Simon Skelton went through to the second round after a 2-1 tiebreak against Chris Rodgers, after edging the first set 5-4, he heavily lost the second 0-11, but then regained his composure to win the tiebreak with his last bowl of the third end, 2-1.
Wey Valley Open champion Phil Last beat Neil Smith 1.5-0.5 after winning the first set 9-4, he was 7-4 down going to the last end of the second set, and drew 3 bowls within inches to claim a 3 and win the match.
The first round draw saw City of Ely brothers Edward and Robert Elmore play each other, the elder brother Robert claimed the first set 10-4, however Edward fought back to win the second by the same shoreline, younger brother Ed went on to win the tie break 2-0.
Simon Skelton went on to beat Planetbowls Bounty Les Gillett in the second round, after drawing the first set a low scoring 4-4, he won the second 7-5 to claim his £50 reward. But his run was short lived as he lost 2-0 to Neil Hope of Leicester.
Hope just lost out 2-0 in the quarter final to longest traveler, Torquay’s Danny Denison. The other quarter finals saw no tie breaks, as Billy Jackson won comfortably 2-0 against local Boston player Scott Whyers.
Andy Easy claimed a 2-0 victory over Lincoln’s Danny Brown. Nick Brett won a hard fought game against Spalding’s Calvin Leuty, after winning the first set 7-4, drew the second set 6-6 to win 1.5-0.5.
Both semi finals were taken to a tie break, where Danny Denison beat Billy Jackson, after losing the first set 7-2, he fought back to win the second 8-2, before going on to win the tie break 2-0. In the other semi, Nicky Brett won the first set comfortably 10-0, against club mate Andy Easy, but didn’t have it all his own way in the second set with Easy fighting back to take to it to a tiebreak, however Easy’s fight back was short lived as Brett took the tie break 2-0.
The final was between Nicky Brett and Danny Denison. The score line was 1-1 after 2 ends, but Danny scored a 3 to take an early 4-1 lead and took the mat up, but ended up dropping a 3. With the score line at 4-4, Danny then went on to claim another 3 on the 5th end to lead 7-4, he retried his previous tactic of taking the mat up, however dropped 2 to have his lead trimmed to 7-6. An exciting last end saw Denison ditch the jack with his second bowl, however Brett managed to draw to the edge of the ditch with his final bowl to secure the tied set. The second set followed a similar patter with a score of 6-4 to Brett after 4 ends, with Danny holding a close 1 but, trying to draw another, gave the shot away to trail 7-4 with two ends to play. He recovered a single on the 6th end but failed to get the 2 he needed to force a tiebreak, losing the second set 8-5.