BOWLS: Triples titles decided

EBA Section Four (Spalding area) Club Championship: Dominant Triples duo Goodfellowship and Billingborough wrapped up their respective divisions as the final two titles were decided last week.

Fosdyke fliers Goodfellowship successfully completed the defence of their Triples A championship with a handsome 9-1 home triumph over Moulton Harrox A, while Billingborough sealed the Triples B crown by pasting Castle C by a maximum 10-0 scoreline.

It was always going to take an exceptional set of circumstances for Goodfellowship to blow their hefty advantage in Triples A – and they made no mistake against a Moulton side that will likely finish fourth.

They won two of the three rinks, with dependable trio P Rate, S Hoyles and M Rate picking up an eye-catching 25-11 return. Also on winning form were Aubrey Bristow, C Bristow and R Allen.

It’s actually Goodfellowship’s third league success on the spin, having won Triples B the season before last.

Below the champions, Carter’s Park A and Consti A are battling it out for second spot.

Holbeach side Carter’s Park remain favourites after beating friendly foes Carter’s Park B 8-2 – and they need six points from their final game to be sure of the runners-up spot. S Hammond, D Burgess and Terry Crane 19-12 top scored for them in the all-club affair.

Consti remain in the hunt though, having seen off Long Sutton 8-2 in a game much tighter than the score suggests. They were indebted to a 21-15 triumph from J Garland, M Gosling and R Ginders.

Meanwhile, only one result would have sealed the Triples B trophy for Billingborough – and they duly delivered.

Having been relegated from the top flight last year, they’ve bounced back in style with a maximum victory over Castle C, which saw them move an unassailable 21 points clear at the summit.

That leaves Castle A, Castle B and Ayscoughfee to squabble over second spot. All three picked up wins last week.

Away from the Triples, Donington won the big clash on the final day of the Group A season to secure the runners-up berth.

In a “winner takes all” showdown with Royal Mail Cart A, Donington lost on two of the three rinks – but a hefty 21-5 victory from T Williams, D Bristow, M Laidler and R Pearson steered them to an aggregate success.

That was enough to take second place by a solitary point, some 22 points behind champions Carter’s Park, who finished with a 9-1 win over Moulton Harrox.

Their final total of 129 is the highest tally since 2007, when the league had an extra team.

At the other end, Consti avoided the whitewash defeat that would have left them in danger of finishing in the bottom two. They were beaten 6-4 by Ayscoughfee, with a 21-12 triumph from G Bradshaw, P Stacey, J Garland and P Allard the highlight.

In Group B, champions Whaplode Drove emphasised their dominance over the rest with a 10-0 mauling of second-placed Bourne Town.

They amassed 80 shots in the process, with 33 of them coming from M Orritt, J Redden, M Gavaghan and D Claxton.

Drove finish with 11 wins from their 14 games, making it an impressive debut year in the EBA side of the bowls divide.