Royal Mail deliver title despair to Holland Fen in bowls league

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Holland Fen’s hopes of prising the Orchard Podiatry Division One title from the clasp of Eastenders was demolished by Royal Mail, who are in the lower regions of the table.

The stars for the Mail were Carol Clarke, Ken Jow and Keith Thorlby, who were 12-11 down at nine ends but scored 14 shots to two and went on to take a 25-13 lead and finished winning 26-17 against Mick Tomlin.

Meanwhile Mail’s captain Keith Sharp nearly left the Fenmen pointless but Keith French, trailing 17-15, counted on the last two ends to win 18-17 to salvage two points for the second-placed team.

Jolly Farmers, Carlton Road IBC and leaders Eastenders all picked up maximum points at the expense of Halfpints, Norprint Punchbowlers and Swineshead respectively.

Tina Reeson (Halfpints) battled well but missed out by two shots for two points while Tony Bush impressed for Punchbowlers.

A40 are still in with a chance of third spot. Matched against Invaders, Jean Cammack won 21-12 and Jim Gott came from 15-9 down to tie 15-15.

In T & B Containers Division Two, Patriarchs and Feathers are now looking certainties for promotion. They have a huge lead at the top and can afford to drop the odd points here and there, as they did against rock bottom Amateurs.

Pat Weaver won in style for the underdogs when she recorded a 23-12 success. It was not good enough for the aggregate points as Ray Woods replied 24-8.

Second-placed Feathers picked up all six points against second from bottom Central. Geoff Dawson and Ian Smith won 24-11 for Feathers as a 14-8 deficit turned into a 19-17 result.

Golfers, in third spot, finished the night pointless. Norman Ablard lost to Graham Mulholland 17-15 and Graham Scarboro was 11-6 ahead but fell to Colin Box 25-13.

The Burtons and Breakaways shared the rink points and also the aggregate points. For the Burtons, David Bailey won 17-8 while Lorraine Stevens of Breakaways succeeded 20-11.

Boston Park, trailing their opponents Strollers by 13 points, won all the points without much difficulty.

Alan Batchelor won 20-15 as did Ken Cook 32-7. Poachers had too much strength against Parthians, taking all the points fairly comfortably.

Richard Whitaker, Eileen May and Mick Dodes won 18-9 with Doreen Sharp, Alan Eastgate and Eric Ulyatt producing a 21-7 winning scoreline.

The top five in Cammacks Division Three all picked up maximum points. Red 5, who sit top, saw off the Fairways with rink wins of 17-12 and 29-6 for skips Dave Fox and Tony Beck.

Autos, who are just three points behind the leaders, were matched against Shipmates and rink wins of 21-16 and a close 14-13 were secured.

Cosmos, matched against Highflyers, saw the latter falling 18-13 and 21-12. BBC in fourth spot played against Sibsey, which proved a very close game but neverthe less the points went to the higher team with Ted Vere winning 18-17 and David May coming from 16-10 down to win 17-16.

Vikings were up against U3 and saw Ralph Sawer winning 20-11 while Doug Staples came from 11-14 down to win 15-14.

Traders and Nomads shared the rink points with the higher team Traders taking the aggregate points.

The combination of Burr Harrsion and Pinder won 16-11 for Nomads but this was surpassed by Barrie Hudson, Margaret Wells and Gordon Neal who established a big lead and went on to win 23-13.