Rare bowls win for Swineshead

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Boston Indoor Bowls League Bottom team Swineshead enjoyed a rare win in Division One of the Boston Indoor Bowls League.

A big 29-9 from J. Vinter, P. Dawson and N. Barnes was just good enough for a 4-2 win against Half Pints after S. Lawrence replied with a 30-11.

Jolly Farmers held up Holland Fen’s title charge a little after J. Maury’s 23-6.

But a 38-7 reply from C. Palmer, A. French and K. French made sure Holland Fen took a 4-2 win.

Taking advantage this week were leaders Eastenders who came through a tough game with A40 with a 6-0 win (A. Reeson 25-13, P. Flatters 23-20).

Third placed Carlton Road made up a point with a 5-1 win over Invaders, G. Parker winning 19-9 and C. Gill scoring a last-end single to snatch a draw against R. West.

IBC are probably lucky that it looks like only one team will go down this year as a 6-0 defeat by Royal Mail (K. Sharp 32-18, K. Thorlby 14-13) leaves them with only Swineshead below.

Norprint’s Division Two challenge hit another buffer, but each time they lose so does the team in second, so they still hold a healthy lead.

This week it was Parthians who lowered the leaders’ colours with a 6-0 win (K. Nix 22-15, P. Bedford 17-14), but true to form second-placed Punchbowlers also lost 6-0 to Breakaways (J. Stevens 17-13, G. Gallichan 22-12), leaving the way clear for Golfers to re-take second with a comprehensive 6-0 win over Amateurs (D. Marshall 25-9 and G. Scarboro 31-8).

Poachers are lurking just behind this group and secured a 6-0 win over Boston Park with wins of 23-12 for J. Sellars and 18-17 for E. Ulyatt.

The Crowns stay rooted to the bottom after a 6-0 defeat by Patriarchs (R. Woods 18-11, A. Bristow 36-7) while Feathers are just far enough off the top to put a few wins together and beat Strollers 6-0 (B. Sansam 40-11, G. Dawson 17-4).

The top two in Division Three met again this week on a double fixture, and for the second time it was Central who came out on top this time with a 4-2 after a 17-11 win for M. Nicholls bettered the 16-15 reply from D. Bailey.

All was not rosy for Central as two nights before they suffered a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Traders (G. Neal 15-12, S. Coultan 14-12) and then had to sit and watch as The Burtons cruised to a 6-0 victory over High Flyers (C. Newham 21-13, C. Hill 25-14).

The Burtons now sit at the top with a narrow two-point lead.

Hotspurs suffered a rare defeat and lost the chance to make ground on the top two as The Autos carried on their good run, wining 6-0 (B. Skelton 19-11, G. Slack 18-15).

Sibsey leapt back above BBC with a fine 6-0 win (H. Best 24-12, A. Dunnett 21-3).

Fairways stopped the slide a little with a 3-3 draw with Shipmates, A. Hall’s 16-10 matching J. Balderson’s 17-11 reply, while Vikings just keep out of the bottom two after a close 6-0 win over bottom team U3 (D. Staples 19-14, P. Jacklin 23-22).