EBF BOWLS: Duo snap their losing habits

EBF Spalding & District League: A BIT of luck finally went the way of Sutton Bridge A and Holbeach USC B as both broke their ducks last week.

After five losses on the spin, Division Two strugglers Sutton Bridge delivered an impressive showing to see off Holbeach USC A 5-1 – a result that moved them off the foot of the table.

They racked up an impressive 85 shots, with 29 of them coming from L Barnes, T Burton and K Burton.

Division Four side Holbeach USC B are also up and running after dispatching high-flying Long Sutton B 5-1.

Having suffered seven successive beatings, the maiden Holbeach succcess was perhaps the surprise result of the week in any league.

They won on three of the four rinks, with a 23-12 triumph from Steve Whatley, L Whatley and T Stephens was the highlight.

In the top flight, Royal Mail Cart A made it an impeccable seven wins from seven to stay clear of the chasing pack.

Their latest victims were basement boys Bourne Town A, who have now lost each of their seven matches this season.

There was only two shots in the aggregate scores though, making a 25-15 return from the rink of Michael Cole, Paul Simpson and S Callaby crucial.

They are 3.5 points ahead of Donington, who saw their unblemished start tarnished by a 3-3 draw at Ayscoughfee A.

Having won their previous six matches, the Dons would have felt they’d done enough to stretch the run on after taking three of the four rinks.

But a whopping 29-14 triumph from Ashley Caress’ set helped tip the aggregate spoils in Ayscoughfee’s favour and secured the hosts an equal share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, the top showing of the week in Division One came from Whaplode Drove.

They amassed a century of shots en route to beating Spalding Town A 5.5-0.5, with a mammoth 38 of them coming from top trio David Stanton, Danny Stanton and Jack Redden.

That feat was surpassed by Division Two big-hitters Castle A, who notched up 102 shots in a 102-57 success over Goodfellowship.

Again they had one really eye-catching rink, as Eddie Spours, Colin Wilson and Denise Mackie recorded a huge 40-6 victory.

They stay a point behind leaders Carter’s Park B, who beat rivals Gosberton 5-1.