EBA BOWLS: Harrox peg back Town

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EBA Section Four (Spalding area) Club Championship: MOULTON Harrox put the skids on Spalding Town A’s top tier title charge with a crucial win last week.

The top two in Group A battled out a titanic tussle, with the second-placed side running out 6-4 winners.

Town, who would have streaked clear with a win, won on two of the three rinks.

But a pivotal 18-9 success from Moulton foursome M Stanley, R Hutchinson, K Ekins and R Duke turned the game on its head as Harrox took the aggregate spoils by two shots.

Spalding still lead by three points though – and are nine clear of third-placed Donington.

At the other end of the table, basement boys Holbeach USC A found some form to register a second win of the season.

They crushed Consti 9-1, but stay 18 points behind them in the standings. T Stevens, J Neaves, B Fant and D Hibbins were impressive 26-12 winners for lowly Holbeach.

In Group B, Gosberton maintained their 11 point lead with a convincing 8-2 triumph over Spalding Town B.

Their two winning rinks scored well, with S Cousins, D Sandall, M Hammond and G Wilson victorious by 19 clear shots.

Meanwhile, there was a turn-up for the books in Triples B as bottom side Spalding Town B upset leaders Bourne 6-4. A 25-9 win from Bourne’s R Pearson, M Thorpe and B Robinson levelled the scores up on aggregate, but Town won the other two rinks.

Results: Group A - Ayscoughfee A 2 Spalding Town 8 (48-64); Moulton Harrox 8 Royal Mail Cart 2 (47-43); Holbeach USC 9 Consti 1 (56-40); Royal Mail Cart A 8 Holbeach USC A 2 (62-42); Carter’s Park 0 Donington 10 (40-59); Spalding Town A 4 Moulton Harrox 6 (43-46); Consti 6 Carter’s Park 4 (61-52).

Group B - Castle A 8 Billingborough 2 (59-40); Spalding Town B 2 Gosberton 8 (38-66); Long Sutton 2 Gosberton 8 (40-46); Long Sutton 8 Deepings 2 (49-44); Bourne Town 4 Royal Mail Cart B 6 (44-47).

Triples A - Consti B 2 Consti A 8 (53-67); Spalding Town A 8 Billingborough 2 (72-45); Moulton Harrox 2 Goodfellowship 8 (40-50); Long Sutton 8 Carter’s Park A 2 (55-39).

Triples B - Bourne Town 4 Spalding Town B 6 (44-44); Castle B 8 Gosberton 2 (51-33); Royal Mail Cart 0 Ayscoughfee 10 (38-57); Gosberton 9 Bourne Town 1 (61-39); Castle A 2 Moulton Harrox B 8 (52-60); Spalding Town B 2 Holbeach USC A 8 (46-48).