NEW Saracen’s Head C took the spoils in an early season Holbeach and District League clash of the titans against Tigers A.
The perennial Division One heavyweights went toe-to-toe as their clash was taken right down to the wire, but in the end Mark Horspool arrowed his side to a 12-10 success.
Saracen’s made the better start, with a tremendous 13-dart leg from the combination of Phil Povey and Pete Richardson the highlight of the three pairs matches.
A 106 finish from Kev Aldhous kept the away side ahead of the game in the singles, but Kelvin Crane’s 17-dart leg and Dave Piccaver’s 104 finish guided the score to 10-10 ahead of the finale.
Horspool had other ideas though and halted the comeback with a 2-0 triumph over J Wacker to send his side top of the table.
Elsewhere, the thrilling clash between Sutton Bridge RBL and Five Bells C saw a plethora of 180s.
The 11-11 classic had it all, with Paul Quested, Stuart Seaton and Rick Seaton all peppering the treble 20.
Bridge had held a 11-9 lead ahead of the final leg, but Stuart Seaton saved the day with a 2-0 success for the Tydd team.
Down in Division Two, Dave Clarke helped keep table-topping Five Bells A unbeaten.
He took a solitary leg against Ivan Horspool to clinch his side an 11-10 success over Horse and Groom.
Rose and Crown were also on winning form in a game that saw two maximum throws.
They saw off NSH A 11-6 as Mick Ebbage notched a 180, with Dave Pentney’s maximum proving scant consolation for the hosts.
Meanwhile, two teams are still unbeaten in Division Three. Five Bells B made it three wins from three by knocking off Bull’s Neck B 13-7, while Golden Lion followed suit by handing Bull’s Neck A an 11-8 reverse.
• BIG throws were the order of the day in Spalding and District Ladies’ League Division One last week.
Both Casey Horspool and S Povey nailed 180 maximums as leaders New Saracen’s Head made it five wins from with by hammering Blue Bell B 15-3.
Julie Fines also managed a 132 as second-placed Horse and Groom dispatched Elizabethan 14-4, but Amanda Holden’s 140 was in vain for Blue Bell A.
Her side lost out 10-8 against Riverside, with Maisie Belding and Linda Pack sealing the points in the final doubles.
Tina Gent was also on the losing side, despite racking up a 140 for Fenway A.
That trend continued in Division Two, with Donna Johnson hitting an impressive 170.
But it wasn’t enough for her Golden Lion side, as Horse and Groom B edged them out 10-8.
Elsewhere, Doreen Hewitt fired a 156 in Lincoln Arms’ 12-6 victory over Punchbowl.
Down in Division Three, Tina O’Cock checked out with 144 as Tigers cruised past Bell A 12-6.