EBA BOWLS: Donington setting the early pace

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Four teams are separated by just two points at the top of Group A as the EBA (Section Four) Club Championship begins to take shape.

Donington lead the way with a healthy haul of 20 points from three games, having beaten Consti 9-1 in their latest outing.

Their success was led by N Thorpe, A Slaughter, T Stanley and O Timm, who won their rink 26-13.

Carter’s Park are second following an 8-2 triumph over Moulton Harrox. Quality quartet R Dunham, N Dunham, Annie Bellamy and Scott Dunham top scored (24-10).

Third place is held by unbeaten Spalding Town A, who were without a game, with Whaplode Drove fourth after a 10-0 victory at Royal Mail Cart.

It’s very early days in Group B, but Castle B hit the top with a 9-1 away success at Deeping A, while club rivals Castle A made a great start by winning 9-1 against Holbeach USC.

It was an impressive showing from the ‘A’ team, with M Wheatley, T Mackie, B Benton and J Culy 25-8 victors.

In Triples A, Billingborough are among a pack of three teams on 24 points after four games. They recorded a third 8-2 triumph of the campaign as they saw off Bourne Town, with S Hall, C Clayton and G Smith 21-8 winners.

Also on 24 points are Carter’s Park A, who were made to work hard for a 6-4 win over Royal Mail Cart.

An 18-12 rink return from H Chaimbers, C Bent and D Burgess helped the Holbeach side prevail on aggregate after losing on two sets.

In Triples B, an 8-2 win over Spalding Town C propelled Castle B to the top of the pile. Their highlight was a 26-11 rink success from Rob Briars, Gordon West and John Bailey.

Results: Group A: Spalding Town A 10 Whaplode Drove 0 (58-30); Carter’s Park 8 Moulton Harrox 2 (55-46); Royal Mail Cart 0 Whaplode Drove 10 (44-57); Donington 9 Consti 1 (60-40); Bourne Town 2 Ayscoughfee 8 (46-55).

Group B: Billingborough 3 Gosberton 7 (47-55); Castle A 9 Holbeach USC 1 (65-47); Deepings 1 Castle B 9 (36-46).

Triples A: Royal Mail Cart 4 Carter’s Park A 6 (46-48); Castle A 10 Consti B 0 (64-44); Long Sutton 9 Goodfellowship 1 (60-36); Consti A 2 Moulton Hx A 8 (42-45); Consti B 4 Carter’s Park A 6 (45-46); Billingborough 8 Bourne Town 2 (51-35).

Triples B: Moulton Harrox B 2 Ayscoughfee 8 (43-71); Moulton Harrox B 0 Gosberton 10 (38-61); Castle B 8 Spalding Town C 2 (62-57); Spalding Town A 8 Holbeach USC 2 (62-52); Spalding Town B 3 Ayscoughfee 7 (47-51).