The teams in second, third and fourth spot of Boston Indoor Bowls League’s Orchard Health Group Division One all picked up maximum points this week.
But the leaders made hard work of their game and let a point drift away.
Fourth-placed Holland Fen defeated Strollers as skips Jim Gott and Ron Flowerswon 26-15 and 38-8 respectively.
In third spot, Eastenders beat IBC as Liam Reeson, Louise Catchpole and Paul Flatters won 20-10 and Mark Whyers, Matt Whyers and Andrew Reeson succeeded 22-16.
A40, in second, beat bottom team Norprint. Pauline Richardson won 20-13 and Jean Cammack earned a 32-12 scoreline.
Leaders Carlton Road faced fifth-placed Invaders and were on the back burners for most of the game.
The leaders snatched victory as skip Les Feary won 16-13 while, in the other rink, Nathan Dunnington, Sandra Tebbs and Scott Whyers were pehhed back by the Road’s Chris Gill as they tied.
Punchbowlers were short of players against Jolly Farmers. Sheila King won 33-12 whil the Bowlers replied with a 20-17 for Ian Drury.
In the T&B Containers Division Two, leaders Feathers relinquished the top spot when they fell on both rinks to Boston Park.
Geoff Harris succeeded 19-16 and Ron Thacker, Ken Cook and Nigel Taylor succeeded 24-16 to move up to second.
New leaders Red 5 beat Parthians thanks to Bob Lody, Neil Owen and Bill Hodges (17-13) and Colin Price, Mandy Cook and Dave Fox (22-17).
Breakaways moved themselves up the table with a maximum points haul against Amateurs. Skips Ivan Dilley and Gordon Gallichan won 20-13 and 20-14.
Poachers and the Burtons shared the rink points and also the aggregate points. For Poachers, Mick Dodes triumphed 24-13 and, replying for the Burtons, Dave Bailey won 8-19.
Autos and the Golfers also shared the rink points, but it was the lower team the Autos who secured the additional points when Margaret Gardner, Tom Freeston and Bernard Skelton won 18-9, which covered the reply from the Golfers’ Ron Hulley (14-17).
In the Cammacks Division Three, Vikings maintained their lead with a maximum points win over Highflyers.
Doug Staples (16-15) and Janet Loughran, Ray Loughran and Keith Stones (28-13) secured victory.
Shipmates were short in numbers for their game with Central, who took full advantage with skips Graham Mulholland and Brian Hunn winning 29-13 and 23-8.
Cosmos, in second, had a good win against Fairways. Katherine Rockhall, Andrew Dunnington and Jean Thompson succeeded 29-9 and Joe Carson, Ryan Eastgate and Bob Thompson (29-7) also won.
Bottom team Nomads would be very proud of their night’s work when they won the lion’s share of the points from Traders. For Traders, Sid Coultan won 11-17 but Nomads’ Ken Burr triumphed 19-12 to win the aggregate points by one shot.
Dynamics and the Rileys shared the rink points but it was the latter who took the extra points thanks to a win of 22-13 for Phil Stubley, John Hodgson and Simon Ingamells.
The first rounds of the national team events are now in full swing.
The Egham Trophy team safely won against Horncastle.
Can the Denny team, Yetton team and Top Club team win their games against Stamford Sleaford and Nottingham results will be in next week?