A SENSATIONAL 57 clearance from Bren Bowman halted Donington A’s Spalding and District League Division One title charge last week.
The Tulips A potter, who plays off an O63 handicap, guided his side to a 5-1 triumph over the high-fliers with a sensational showing against Peter Keal (R21), which also included a 25 break.
Bren’s brother Kieron Bowman (O14) also chipped in with a win and a 25 break, as third-placed Donington fell five points off the pace.
Their plight was slightly helped by the fact leading duo Pyramid F and Donington C went toe-to-toe in the week’s biggest fixture.
In a close contest, it was the Bourne side that took the spoils 4-2, meaning they open up a three-point lead at the summit. A cracking frame win and 22 break from Neil Favell (scr) was in vain for the second-placed Dons.
Pyramid A are now fourth and firmly in the title picture following their 4-2 victory over basement boys Crowland D. A black ball win from John Twell (O14) proved crucial for the Bourne side.
Elsewhere in the top flight, Rob Childs’ (O63) 33 break helped Crowland C beat Pyramid D 5-1, for whom Lee Davies (O21) made a 27 clearance.
Phil Spencer’s (O14) 22 clearance also inspired BSC B to a fine 4-2 success over Long Sutton A, despite a fine 32 break from Stuart Atkin (O42).
In Division Two, leading duo Boundary A and Holbeach D edged ahead of the chasing pack with important wins.
Deepings side Boundary edged out Gosberton A 4-2, despite a 29 break from Lee Watson (scr), to remain top of the pile.
But a 22 break from Don Monk (R7) helped Holbeach see off Services B 5-1 – thus reducing the gap at the top to just two points.
Long Sutton D drop four points off the pace in third though, having been handed a 4-2 reverse on their own baize by Consti I. James Quinton (O14), Doug Adamson (R14) and Richard Geddes (R7) sealed the points.
Meanwhile, Services A went seven points points clear in the third tier after taking five points against Bourne SC C.
Charlie Mullane’s (R14) clearance was the highlight of the match.
Holbeach B remain at the top of the chasing pack. They triumphed 4-2 at Whittlesey C, with Don Hibbins (scr) sealing the win in the final frame.
In Division Four, Jason Bates (O70) trousered a brilliant 56 break in Bourne SC B’s 5-1 victory over Gosberton C. Team-mate Karen Corr (O35) added a 23 break.
At the top, Whittlesey D are two points clear after a 5-1 victory at Consti J. Nick Keeble’s (O14) 23 break was the only positive for the beaten hosts.
Second at the start of play, Long Sutton C slip to fifth after their 5-1 defeat at Pyramid B. Only a black ball win from Gavin Shinkin (R14) denied Pyramid a whitewash.
• CARL Parnell reeled off a stunning 82 break as Long Sutton B progressed in the Norey Cup. They beat BSC A 3-2, with Philip Goodman winning the decisive frame.