With Orchard Health Group Division One leaders Eastenders on a bye week, their nearest rivals Carlton Road, just three points behind, picked up maximum points to go three ahead at Boston Indoor Bowling Club.
Matched against a rejuvenated IBC they won on both rinks, with skips Les Feary and Chris Gill successful 25-11 and 15-7.
Also winning maximum points were Royal Mail and Punchbowlers. The Mail were matched against Strollers. For the Strollers Alan Everitt fell in an evenly balanced game 15-13 to Keith Sharpe, while Mick Hippisley (Strollers) went down 21-12 to Neil Harrison, Roy Vinter and Keith Thorlby having led 12-10 after 14 ends.
Third in the table, A40, were expecting a tough game against Punchbowlers and that is exactly what they had. Maggie Kisby, Norma Barnes and Jean Cammack, 13-8 behind at 13 ends, picked up a count of four on the 14th end but still trailed by one shot. A positional change by the opposition paid off and Jean did not score another shot and fell 12-23 to the Bowlers’ Michael Goodison, Freddy Scrupps and Andrew Limb.
Meanwhile, Di Wilson Rogers was always playing catch up until the sixteenth end when A40 scored a count of three to go ahead 12-11, but Dave Peacock, Jeff Skelton and Ian Drury went on to win 16-12. A big result for the Bowlers.
Holland Fen, matched against the Jolly Farmers, dropped two points. For the Fenmen, Bazza Wilson, Hazel Marshall and Ron Flower forged ahead in the opening stages of the game against Farmers’ skip Sheila King, going on to win 28-13.
Meanwhile Ab French, George Hardstaff and new signing Alistair Brunton, making a debut appearance, 16-7 ahead at 15 ends, dropped 11 shots without reply over the next fours ends, and lost out to the Farmers’ Stuart Moore, Rita Epton and Sue Hoyles 18-17, giving the underdogs two very vital points.
The Norprint versus Invaders game saw the rink points shared. For the Printers, Jeff Nicholson won 25-11, but this was surpassed by Invaders trio of Chantel Spencer, John Spencer and Ian Tebbs, who won 28-10 for the aggregate points.
In T&B Containers Division Two, leaders Patriarchs lost their first game of the season, going down on both rinks to a rampant Red 5, with Red 5 skips Bill Hodges and Dave Fox winning 27-8 and 23-10.
Second-placed Boston Park moved up to top spot with an excellent win against Amateurs. For the Park, Ken Cook, Jack Taylor Cook and Nigel Taylor picked up a five late on to 20-14, while Tony Hill, Chips Davy and Claire Britchford, 6-10 down at 10 ends, recovered well to win 20-15.
Feathers, in third place, matched Boston Park when they also picked up six points to keep the pressure on at the top. Matched against Parthians they won on both rinks, with skips Geoff Dawson and Brian Sansam producing winning scorecards of 22-10 and 24-9.
Promoted Autos, who have struggled a little in the higher division, picked up a good result against Poachers. Margaret Gardner, Tom Freeston and Bernard Skelton won 14-10, and Alan Bontoft, Rob Walters and Jeff Homewood also took the honours, winning 18-16.
Breakaways won the lions share of the points against the Golfers thanks to Jan Currie, Carol Dowse and Derek Butwright, who won 22-11 which covered the 15-14 win by the Golfers’ David Marshall.
Vikings still remain top of the Cammacks Division Three table after securing all the points from their game with U3. Skip John Stray won 19-12, while Keith Stone for the leaders triumphed 24-13.
Cosmos, just one point behind the leaders at the start of play, found themselves five behind at the end of play. Matched against Dynamics, Jean Thompson secured a win of 21-13 for Cosmos, but this was surpassed by Jonathan West for Dynamics, who won 30-12 to pick up the extra points for the mid table team.
Third placed Central also dropped points. In their game against Traders, Central’s Graham Mulholland triumphed 23-5, but there was some consolation for Traders as Gordon Neal, 11-7 down at 12 ends, fought back to win 16-13.
Shipmates played The Rileys and saw all the points won by the former, which moved them four places up the table.
Stan Smalley, 14-7 up at 12 ends, found himself trailing by two shots after 18 ends (15-17) but picked up a last end count of three to win 18-17.
Ted Vere for the Shipmates, 14-1, up at 11 ends cruised home 21-7.
Highflyers, second from bottom, were up against third from bottom Nomads. Ivor Roberts, Malc Rogers and David May looked well in control after 16 ends, but dropped counts of two and four to leave them with a one shot advantage going to the last. At the end they picked up a count of one to win the points 18-16. Ian Atkin skippered his rink to a 17-16 victory for the Flyers.
Half term taster sessions
Boston Indoor Bowls Club will be running a series of free half-term activities for juniors.
The sessions will be held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 24, 26 and 27, for youngsters aged eight and upwards.
Sessions will run from 2pm-6.30pm on the Monday and Wednesday and 3pm-6.30pm on the Thursday.
Shoes and bowls will be available to borrow and coaching will also take place.
Anyone interested is asked to book in advance by calling 01205 363156.