EBF BOWLS: Castle B capture season’s first gong

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EBF Spalding and District League: EMPHATIC Castle B are the first team to wrap up an EBF title after another sensational Division Four performance last week.

Virtually assured of the fourth tier crown regardless, Castle took the championship in fine style as they breezed past Moulton Harrox D, the only side who could have denied them, by a massive 6-0 scoreline.

All four rinks helped themselves to 20 shots or more en route to glory, with H Wilson, S Hales and T Bell top scoring 29-17.

With 12 wins from 13 games and a massive 23.5 point lead with just three games left, Castle are worthy kings of the basement division.

Up in Division One, Royal Mail Cart A cleared another hurdle in their title chase.

The long-term leaders saw off a strong Donington outfit 5-1 on their own green to edge 11 points ahead of the chasing pack.

Three of the four sets were impressive in victory, with a 26-12 return from Julie Allen, S Callaby and J Allen the stand-out performance.

Ayscoughfee A seem to be the only side capable of crashing the party – but they’re running out of games.

A 4-2 triumph at Moulton Harrox A keeps them in the hunt, with Chris Mycock, Eamonn Cherry and C Cherry (24-15) the difference makers in a game that was clinched by two shots on aggregate.

At the foot, Bourne Town A are on the brink of relegation following a 5-1 reverse at Consti A. They put up a game fight, but lost on three rinks.

R Quinton, M Gosling and B McGowan top scored for Consti, winning 27-15.

Meanwhile, the race for Division Two honours is an intriguing one. Table Toppers Castle A have the points on the board, having moved 16.5 points clear after beating Carter’s Park C 4-2.

Second-placed Carter’s Park B have three games in hand and could overhaul their rivals – but their plight wasn’t helped by a shock 3.5-2.5 defeat at rock-bottom Long Sutton A.

Sutton, who need more of the same in their run-in to have any chance of survival, were inspired by a whopping 30-7 success from A Sampson, P Clark and R Hayden.

In Division Three, leaders Whaplode Drove B clearly aren’t superstitious.

They made it a perfect 13 wins from as many games to stay in pole position for the title, with Royal Mail Cart B their latest victims. A 24-11 victory from Mike Orritt, Peter Holmes and Keith Holmes was the best on offer.

Meanwhile, Sutton Bridge racked up a massive 107 shots to crush Spalding Town B 6-0.