EASTENDERS beat second-placed Holland Fen to open up a strong gap at the top of Division One...
l Eastenders 42 (6) Holland Fen 31 (0): THE battle of the top two saw Holland Fen suffer their first defeat of the season, going down to leaders Eastenders. The Enders edged the game over the last ends played to win all the points as Adrian Field, Jonathan West and Matt Whyers (20-16) and Tony Powell, Ian Clark and Paul Flatters (22-15) won.
l Cosmos 48 (6): COSMOS closed the gap between themselves and Holland Fen after beating bottom team Woodhall. Skips Keith French and Les Feary won 27-15 and 21-11.
l Carlton Road 35 (5) A40 32 (1): CARLTON Road edged ahead of A40 after winning five of the six points at stake. For the Road, Roy Vinter skipped his rink to a win of 20-17 as Chris Gill tied 15-15 with Arnold Bennett.
l Freelanders 26 (0) Jolly Farmers 42 (6): JOLLY Farmers put in a good performance to beat Freelanders. Derek Green, John Maury and David Allen (25-12) and Dick Allen, Sue Hoyles and Joe Moore (17-14) won.
l Invaders 44 (6) IBC 30 (0): INVADERS came through a difficult contest against IBC as Peter Hoyles, Sandra Tebbs and Ian Tebbs (23-17) and Chantal Spencer, John Spencer and Scott Whyers (21-13) earned six point.
l Stumpers 25 (1) Royal Mail 48 (5): STUMPERS’ Gerry Myers, Tony Ballard and Bernard Skelton dropped a last-end count to tie with the Mail’s Keith Thorlby to tie 19-19. The Mail picked up the rest of the points thanks to Debbie Harrison, Alan Hill and Steve Todd (29-6).
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l Parthians 27 (2) Kirton 41 (4): KIRTON were given a tough game against fourth-placed Parthians. Pete Bedford won 15-9 to earn two points for Parthians, but Jeff Homewood, Jill Smith and Dorothy Hawkesworth won it for Kirton (32-12).
l Strollers 41 (6) Feathers 34 (0): FEATHERS, in second spot, faced a difficult game against Strollers. For Strollers, Mick Hippisley won 23-15 and Alan Everitt snatched a last gasp 18-16 victory.
l Swineshead 48 (6) Halfpints 26 (0): SWINESHEAD moved up to second following a fine success against Halfpints. Mary Hewinson won 23-17 and Fred Scrupps was successful 25-9.
l Golfers 30 (0) Norprint 38 (6): NORPRINT took all the points from the Golfers thanks to Ted Bloodworth, Margaret Broughton and Barry Barton (18-16) and Pam Vinter, Chris Avison and Tony Hall(20-14).
l Patriarchs 44 (4) Boston Park 36 (2): PATRIARCHS and Boston Park shared the rink points. Park skip Arnold Pape won 19-15 but Patriarchs’ Alan Woods took the aggregate points (29-17).
l Breakaways 30 (1) Punchbowlers 31 (5): CYN Bush, Malcolm McNeish and Tony Bush won 16-15 to claim a narrow victory as Dave Peacock, Ian Drury and Jeff Skelton tied 15-15 with Breakaways’ Ivan Dilley.
l Amateurs 49 (6) Burtons 27 (0): LEADERS Amateurs beat Burtons as skips Tony Nixon and Mick Greet won 25-16 and 24-11.
l Autos 29 (0) Crowns 39 (6): THE Crowns, in second, were matched against third-placed Autos. Lee Mulholland, Graham Mulholland and Peter Copeland (20-13) and John Adcock, June Bates and Brian Bates (19-16) ensured all six points.
l Highflyers 42 (4) Sibsey 34 (2): HIGHFLYERS, in fourth, shared the rink points with bottom team Sibsey, but Ivor Roberts, Robert Goodale and Anthony Tabor won the extra points (33-12). Replying for Sibsey, Kathy Dunnett, Charles Russell and Alan Dunnett won 22-9.
l Central 35 (4) Traders 34 (2): CENTRAL versus Traders should have seen Central winning all of the points, but a wonderful recovery for Traders from Barrie Hudson, Gordon Wells and Norman Stanley – who were trailing 10-20 – saw them win two points (21-20). Brian Hunn picked up the rest of the points for Central (15-13).
l Shipmates 28 (0) Vikings 45 (6): VIKINGS versus Shipmates saw the points going in the former’s favour. Skips Pete Jacklin and Doug Staples won 24-11 and 21-17.
l Fairways 36 (4) BBC 28 (2): FAIRWAYS gave themselves a boost this week with victory over BBC. Ted Vere won two points with a 16-15 success but the Fairways won thanks to Mavis Ablard, Barbara Slade and Carol Nundy (21-12).