EBF BOWLS: Mail Cart enjoying a gr-eight season

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EBF Spalding & District Bowls League: THE only remaining 100 per cent record in Division One shows no sign of relenting as Royal Mail Cart A made it a perfect return of eight wins.

Billingborough were their latest victims, as they succumbed to a 5-1 home defeat against the top tier leaders.

Three of the four rinks went Mail Cart’s way, the best of which came from Julie Allen, John Allen and S Callaby, who raced to a 29-7 success.

A 25-10 triumph from Paul Simpson’s set was almost as impressive – but Mail Cart did see their lead cut to 2.5 points.

That’s because second-placed Donington aced their trip to basement side Bourne Town A 6-0.

All four rinks went the way of the title hopefuls, who racked up 99 shots along the way. An impressive 33 of those came from D Bristow, D Slaughter and D Woods, while A Slaughter, R Slaughter and J Needham enjoyed a winning margin of 16 shots (23-7).

Whaplode Drove A, who are just 5.5 points off top spot, also kept themselves very much in the title race by edging a tight clash with Consti A 4-2.

With the duo winning two rinks apiece, a big 35-13 triumph from Tom Parkin, Phil Beeken and Robin Harris helped tip the aggregate spoils in Drove’s direction.

At the other end of the standings, Spalding Town A enjoyed one of their best weeks of the season so far.

They bagged a first win since May with a fine 5-1 return from their clash with Ayscoughfee A, which sends them clear of the bottom three.

Three rinks managed more than 20 shots, with the 25 notched by J Philpott, B Deaton and R Wing the best on offer.

There are new leaders in Division Two, after Castle A capitalised on a rare Carter’s Park B slip-up.

Castle toppled third-placed Gosberton 5-1 in the second tier’s big game of the week, with E Spours, C Wilson and D Mackie contributing 26 of their overall 76-shot haul.

They are now a point ahead of Carter’s Park B, who were frustrated by a 3-3 draw at Swineshead.

The promotion hopefuls took the spoils on three rinks, but saw a 26-9 victory from the set of T Levell, N Wilcox and D Gardner turn the game on its head and secure Swineshead the aggregate spoils.

Elsewhere, Sutton Bridge A won their basement battle with Long Sutton A in style – scoring 101 shots in the process. The final score was 5-1, with L Barnes, T Burton and K Burton 31-15 winners.

In Division Three, Whaplode Drove B kept their 100 per cent record alive with a 5-1 win over Bourne Town B.

They made it seven wins from seven in style, with 26 shots bagged by Anna Auckland, Eric Moore and David Mann.

However, they’re still behind leaders Consti B – who also won 4-2 against Spalding Town C.

Moulton Harrox B were the big winners in the third tier, amassing 106 shots in their 6-0 romp over Sutton Bridge C. Top scoring were K Harding, G Pearson and G Hicks (36-8).

In Division Four, a maximum 6-0 victory from Castle B extended their lead to 11.5 points. They reeled off a hefty 102 shots, with G Scott, C McKenzie and J King (33-11) the stand-out rink.

Second-placed Long Sutton B fell further off the pace after suffering a shock 4-2 loss against Carter’s Park D, who move off the bottom.