A40 close in on bowls league’s top three

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A40 are striving to finish in the top three of the Orchard Podiatry Division One of the Boston Indoor Bowls League - and they closed up the gap on their rivals Carlton Road to two points this week.

Matched against Royal Mail, they secured all six points with rink wins of 26-13 and 25-14.

Meanwhile, Carlton Road let two points slip to bottom-of-the-league Swineshead.

Doing well for Swineshead were Phyl Bourne, Pam Dawson and Norma Barnes who came from 11-14 down against Geoff Parker to win 18-14.

Carlton Road replied with the Vinter, Rylott and Rylott rink winning 20-12 for two points.

The top two both had comfortable wins, with Eastenders claiming maximum points through Simon Reeson (19-12) and Adrian Field (22-14) and second-placed Holland Fen beating Jolly Farmers thanks to Keith French (29-8) and Martin Tomlin (25-23).

Invaders versus Punchbowlers went with the form book, Invaders successful 23-19 and 28-12.

IBC produced a win against Halfpints.

Halfpints’ George Hardstaff won 27-14 but Dennis Ellis, Derek Smith and Richard White replied to win 31-15 for two points.

In the T&B Containers Division Two, the Crowns were back to winning ways with a maximum-points haul against Central.

John Adock won 20-12 and Peter Copeland was successful 18-14.

Poachers versus Patriarchs was billed as a must-win contest for Poachers if they were going to stop Patriarchs running away with the Division Two title.

But Patriarchs’ Alan Bristow (20-15) and Shamus Rooney (17-16) won to secure the points.

The Burtons versus Strollers game went to the Burtons courtesy of Dave Bailey’s tied 15-15 contest and Chris Hill’s victory (25-14).

Second-placed Feathers fell to the Golfers and were only able to pick up two points.

Geoff Dawson won 23-14 for the Feathers, but this was surpassed by Dave Gill, David Marshall and Graham Scarboro, who replied 17-7.

Boston Park were short in numbers but did not deter them and they won the aggregate points from Amateurs thanks to Ron Thacker, Nigel Taylor and Ken Cook who won 25-10.

Parthians had a good result this week, winning five of the six points at stake.

Phil Sharp won 17-10 against Breakaways and Pete Bedford tied with Gordon Gallichan 18-18.

In the Cammacks Division Three, the top two both won maximum points, the gap between them remaining at just two points.

Red 5 won with plenty to spare against bottom team Nomads.

Autos, in second, were matched against U3, skips Bernard Skelton (18-11) and A. Townsend (17-11) bringing home six points.

Shipmates had a poor result against Traders, skips Smalley and Parker winning 20-14 and 14-12.

Fairways versus Vikings saw all the points going to the underdogs.

Fairways’ Heather Scarboro, with Chris Gill and Lorna Locking, won 30-10 and Anthea Hall, playing with Hazel Smith and Jackie Ward, triumphed 20-15.

Highflyers and Sibsey shared the rink points with Sibsey having the upper hand to win the aggregate points, Alan Dunnett triumphing for the team with a win of 19-13.

The Cosmos and BBC game saw the lion’s share of the points going to higher-team Cosmos.

For BBC Ted Vere won 19-16.

Replying for Cosmos, Bob Thompson won 10-17.