BOWLS: Battling win puts Moulton on brink

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Moulton Harrox are closing on the EBF Spalding and District League Division One crown after a battling win over Ayscoughfee.

The top tier leaders emerged victorious by a narrow 4-2 scoreline as they registered their 13th win from 16 games to go five points clear with two games left to play.

With both sides winning two rinks each, Harrox were indebted to a big 32-9 set success from I Bertram, J Stanley and M Dennis as they edged the aggregate spoils 78-72.

Carter’s Park A kept the pressure on the table-toppers with a 4-2 win of their own at Spalding Town.

In what proved a top notch tussle, the Holbeach side had a 36-12 rink return from R Flowers, G Palmer and J Forrest to thank for their hefty shot count.

Donington saw their title bid dashed by a 4.5-1.5 reverse at Royal Mail Cart A. The best winning set for the hosts were Mel Mashford, G Walkley and A Radford (25-13).

In Division Two, Bourne Town A remain on-course for the title and promotion to the top flight.

They shaded an incredibly close contest 4-2 at Carter’s Park C, with a 26-18 triumph from Kate Exton, P Tory and P Dimbleby helping the Abbey Lawn side secure a 76-75 aggregate win.

Holbeach USC’s 4-2 victory over Gosberton keeps their slim title hopes alive, but second spot looks their best bet at this late stage of the season.

A super 21-6 success from S Thomas, S Hatton and B Holland propelled them to an 18-shot winning margin after both sides took two rinks apiece.

Swineshead are also making a late push for the top two after a whopping win over Spalding Town B. They amassed 101 shots, with 33 of them coming from E May, R Turner and W Richardson.

Sutton Bridge A are all but champions in Division Three after their 3-3 draw with Ayscoughfee B.

They won three of the four rinks on offer at Ayscoughfee B, but a mammoth 30-14 triumph from Ken Kirton, C Appleyard and J Wells gave the hosts a 83-82 aggregate win and a share of the spoils.

It could be a Sutton Bridge one-two at the summit, with the B side second after a 6-0 win over Spalding Town C.

In Division Four, the smart money remains on leaders Castle C. They lead by 10.5 points following a 4-2 win at Spalding Town D.

In a close-fought match, a 29-12 victory from A Horrigan, R Briars and T Mackie gave the leaders the lion’s share of the points and kept their healthy advantage intact.