CHAMPION throwers New Saracen’s Head have been denied a flawless Spalding and District Ladies’ League season.
The Division One winners dropped their first points of the season on the final round of fixtures (they still have two other matches outstanding) after Dun Cow held them to a 9-9 draw.
In a game that saw both Dawn MacTavish and Dawn Wright hit 180s, the Cowbit side looked set for a shock success when then went into the last match 8-7 up.
But Pauline Hunt and MacTavish rose to the occasion in the doubles, taking the spoils 2-1 to ensure a draw.
At the other end, Elizabethan did their survival hopes no harm at all by edging out Riverside 10-8.
A doubles triumph from Anne Parker and Rita Tomizzi sealed the victory. Although they are currently sat in the bottom two, they have one fixture to catch up on.
Down in Division Two, Lincoln Arms will be promoted as champions.
They kept their unbeaten record intact by drawing 9-9 with Lake Ross, Pearl Marks throwing a 140 en route to salvaging a point in the final doubles with Eva Spinks.
That draw leaves Lake Ross third, a point behind Lamb and Flag in second – and both have a game still to play.
In Division Three, Tigers wrapped up the title with the 13-5 beating of bottom-of-the-pile Robin Hood.
Second place is still to be decided, but Drayman’s Arms look to be in the box seat following their 9-9 draw with Bull.
Georgina Esposito and Karen Gray helped keep their hopes alive with a last-gasp doubles triumph.
• LAMB and Flag A landed a big blow in the Pinchbeck and District League Division One title race as they defeated leaders Royal Mail Cart 5-3.
The second-placed side closed the gap at the top to just one point after delivering a barnstorming finish.
Simon Hall, Daniel Vaughan and Mark Woodrow reeled off back-to-back wins in the final three individual matches to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 advantage.
Flag’s Simon Hill nailed a 180 in the match, while team-mate Ash Allen checked out with a fine 110.
Riverside B edged a KO Cup thriller with Lincoln Arms A 4-3. With the game level at 3-3, the last match between Steve Taylor and Colin Healands went down to the final leg.
With Lincoln’s Taylor needing 68 to win, Healands went 20, 60 and double five to book a semi-final tie with Fenway A.
• NEW Saracen’s Head C turned on the style to smash Tydd Gote 8-1 in Spalding and District League Division One.
Dun Hunt hit a typical 180 for the leaders, but Lauren Grimsey replied with a maximum of her own.