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Newly-promoted Strollers will be pleased with their points tariff from their opening game of the Boston Indoor Bowls League season against last year’s fourth-placed A40.

Jean Woods, June Bates and Bernard Woods won 17-14.

Meanwhile, Lewis Skinner, Maggie Kisby and Gill Grant were leading 1-7 at six ends played. Strollers’ Mick Hippisleyscored 11 shots without reply to lead 12-7, before A40s trio recovered and picked up a last-end count of three to win 15-17, the overall win going to the promoted team.

IBC took all the points against Royal Mail, skips Ted Bourne and Richard White successful 19-16 and 21-19.

Defending champions Carlton Road saw off the challenge of Punchbowlers with wins of 23-12 and 25-9 for skips Chris Gill and Les Feary.

Holland Fen, with Jim Gott in the team following his move from A40, secured maximum points from Invaders. Bazza Wilson, Ron Flower and Gott didn’t win too convincingly as Invaders’ Scott Whyers picked up a count of five, which closed the score to 19-18 in the Fenmen’s favour, before sealing a 22-18 win.

Alex Tomlim, skipping for Ab French and George Hardstaff, had a comfortable 20-11 lead at 17 ends and ran out 20-17 winners.

Norprint gave title favourites Eastenders a serious challenge at the half way stage when they were seven shots behind overall. Printers’ Dick Vinter tied 16-16 but Jeff Nicholson, leading 9-11 at 13 ends, fell away to lose 24-11 to the Enders’ Adrian Field, Tony Powell and Keith Tointon.

With Richard Vinter jnr back on the bowls circuit and joining the Enders they will be hard to beat this year.

T&B Containers Division Two

Autos began life in the higher league against Boston Park, but finished second best.

Claire Britchford, who had a very good season last year for the Park, won 18-13 and Geoff Harris just hung on to win 16-15.

Amateurs would be pleased with their overall win against Red 5. Captain Tony Nixon skipped his rink to a 17-9 success, which won the aggregate points by two shots. Dave Fox replied for Red 5, 8-14.

The Poachers versus Patriarchs game was very high scoring. Eric Ulyatt, for the Poachers, won 26-11, which in most games would have been good enough for the extra points. Replying for Patriarchs, Shamus Rooney, Alan Woods and Ray Woods succeeded 11-29.

Breakaways put out a really strong team against the Burtons and it paid dividends, with Mark Brown winning 28-7 and Derek Butwright successful 23-13.

Parthians, matched against the Golfers, secured an overall win. Doing the damage for Parthians was Diane Bedford, Ann Martin and Pete Bedford with a win of 33-5.

Replying for the Golfers, Barry Williamson, Ron Hulley and Norman Ablard - 10-17 ahead -hung on to win 13-17.

Feathers, on a bye week, and maybe the Breakaways look like they could be favourites for promotion.

Cammacks Division Three

Central - looking for a swift return to Division Two - just had the edge over Vikings, Brian Hunn winning 23-10 which won the aggregate points by four shots.

Cosmos were a player short but BobThompson and Joe Carson were able to deliver a win of 16-13 against U3.

The rest of the points were won by Jean Thompson, Katherine Rockall and Alan Dunnington, who won 26-7.

Dynamics and Traders shared the rink points with the aggregate points going to the Traders, thanks to Barrie Hudson, Margaret Wells and Gordon Neal winning 21-10.

The Fairways, who sometimes come back from their summer golfing exploits making an unsteady start on the bowls carpet, won on both rinks against Shipmates; 15-12 for Carol Nundy and an emphatic 22-7 for Heather Scarboro.

Sibsey have changed their name to The Rileys, and they began the new season with a maximum points win against Highflyers.

Peter Sharman, leading 13-1 at eight ends, dropped a hot shot on end 11 and, with 17 ends gone, he had been hauled back and the score was 17-17.

He picked up a valuable count of three on the penultimate end which saw him home 20-18. Alan Dunnett was really never troubled and he won 20-11.