Leaders Eastenders only just nicked the aggregate points in the Orchard Podiatry Division One of the Boston Indoor Bowls League after being tested by Invaders.
Katie Tointon, Adrian Field and Paul Flatters were losing 9-10 at 12 ends, but scored six shots without reply and went on to win 18-12.
However, Invaders’ Scott Whyers replied with a score of 19-14 for two points in a week where second-placed Holland Fen picked up a maximum to close the gap by two points.
Third-placed Carlton Road won the aggregate points against Royal Mail thanks to a 43-10 scoreline from Chris Gill, but Joan Sharp, Jill Smith and Keith Sharp won two points from their opponents with a successful 19-14.
Punchbowlers, in the bottom berth, were left disappointed with their result against fifth-placed Halfpints which resulted in a 5-1 win for the higher team.
Ian Drury for the Bowlers tied 17-17 and Tony Bush fell on the last two ends and lost 18-17 in a very close overall game.
Swineshead were no match for A40, who recorded winning scorecards of 23-9 and 31-10.
IBC put a strong rink together for their game against Jolly Farmers, which won them the lion’s share of the points.
Steve Shaw, Richard White and Mick Asplen were successful 23-8, which covered the reply from Farmers’ Sue Hoyles.
In the T & B Containers Division Two, second-placed Feathers came up against a resilient Burtons team, who began six places below them in the league.
Brian Sansam, for Feathers, won a close game 14-17 but Dave Bailey swept home 25-16 for the Burtons for the extra points.
The leaders Patriarchs are looking like they will be making a return to the top division with skips Ray Woods and Alan Bristow successfuln 31-11 and 24-11 against Boston Park.
Poachers, in third spot, moved closer to the top with maximum points against the Golfers.
Eric Ulyatt and Mick Dodes claimed wins of 26-17 and 29-14.
Breakaways shared the rink points with third-from-bottom Central.
Central earned a 21-6 result but it was to no avail as Gordon Gallichan replied 8-27.
Parthians captain Keith Nix battled well to win against the Crowns, picking up counts of 2-2 on the last two ends to win 19-18.
Peter Copeland replied with a comfortable 19-8 success for the extra points.
Strollers let a point drift away against Amateurs.
Mick Hippisley, Jean woods and Bernard Woods won 22-16 while, replying for Amateurs, Mick Greet picked up a last-end count of three to tie 18-18.
The Cammacks Division Three saw Autos consolidate their top spot when they picked up all six points against third-placed Vikings.
John Homewood won 17-15 and Bernard Skelton was successful 21-14.
Red 5, in second, tied with BBC.
Red 5’s Tony Beck came from 15-7 down against Bill Mortlock to tie 15-15 while Dave Fox, trailing 17-14, picked up a last-end count of three to tie 17-17.
Mid-table Highflyers and Traders shared the rink points with the Traders’ Gordon Neal winning the aggregate points as he was successful 31-13.
Nomads will be hoping 2015 will see them putting wins on the league table.
Matched against Cosmos they fell 34-12 and 19-7.
Fairways and Sibsey also shared the rink points, but it was Fairways’ Lorna Locking, Barbara Slade and Anthea Hall who were successful 25-7, which ensured the extra points for Fairways.
U3 must be thinking the festive period is a good time to play bowls as they have picked up two maximum points over this period.
Matched against Shipmates, Bob Lody and Gordon Taylor were successful 24-13 and 18-11 respectively.
Boston Indoor Bowling Club’s Christmas Tournament, sponsored by Marstons Brewery, was won by Jean and Bob Thompson, Brian Martin and Michael Rigby.