Royal Mail deliver a shock in the Boston Indoor Bowls League

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Royal Mail took advantage of a double week to move up the table a couple of spaces and throw the Boston Indoor Bowls League Division One title race wide open at the same time.

First up was a convincing maximum haul against Swineshead (K. Sharp 36-4, A. Hill 23-11), followed up by a 4-2 win over league leaders Holland Fen.

A 23-8 from D. Harrison, N. Harrison and A. Hill just better than K. French’s 23-12 reply.

Both Eastenders and Carlton Road took full advantage with 6-0 wins over Half Pints (S. Reeson 29-11, P. Flatters 19-12) and Jolly Farmers (C. Gill 31-10 and L. Feary 23-11).

This week could be crucial to the title race as Eastenders and Carlton Road meet in their game in hand and Eastenders play Holland Fen two nights later.

In a really close game, Invaders beat IBC 5-1, S. Whyers winning 17-15 and R. West scoring a last end two to draw 17-17 with T. Bourne.

Swineshead took two points from A40 thanks to a 19-15 from F. Scrupps, but S. King secured a 4-2 result with a 22-9 win.

With their top rink missing, Division Two leaders Norprint suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Patriarchs, T. Hall’s 22-9 was not enough to cover A. Bristow’s 27-11 reply.

Closing the gap to just nine points are Punchbowlers after a 6-0 win over Strollers (J. Skelton 18-17, T. Bush 20-13) while Poachers’ usual end of season slide started with a 6-0 defeat by The Crowns (P. Cumberworth 19-14, P. Copeland 20-10).

Golfers move into third after a close 4-2 win over Strollers, a 17-13 from D. Marshall just bettering I. Smith’s 22-19 reply, but Parthians’ challenge seems to have run out of steam after a 5-1 defeat by Amateurs.

M. Bolsin’s 20-10 and P. Weaver’s 19-19 tie with K. Nix settled the contest.

Boston Park dropped back to the foot of the table after a 6-0 defeat by Breakaways (P. Richardson 21-11, G. Gallichan 18-17).

The race for the Division Three title looks like going all the way to the wire after the top two both returned 6-0 results this week.

The Burtons had a good win over Sibsey (C. Newham 16-11, C. Hill 16-13) and Central beat Vikings (M. Nicholls 20-11, F. Epton 14-13).

It could be a five-way scrap for third place with Fairways beating Hotspurs 6-0 (C. Nundy 16-12, A. Hall 17-13) and Shipmates are still there after a 4-2 win over BBC, S. Smalley’s 22-13 beating B. Mortlock’s 13-12 reply.

High Flyers moved up a couple of places after a 6-0 win over Traders (R. Goodale 32-9, B. Trigg 17-10) and The Autos have tagged onto the fight for third after a ninth win in 10 games, a 6-0 over U3 (B. Skelton 22-12, G. Slack 19-8).