BOWLS: Champs foiled in bid to win every match

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They could have gone down in the records of Spalding and District EBF Bowls League as one of the few sides to not just remain unbeaten for the season but to have won every match.

But Whaplode Drove B blew it in their 15th and final match of the season.

Moulton Harrox B ripped up the Division Three champions’ unblemished record with a 5-1 victory.

And it was a comprehensive defeat for Drove, who lost by 31 shots.

Only victory by a single shot for Don Claxton with Daisy Ivatt and David Futter spared them a whitewash defeat.

Top markers for Harrox were J Taylor, V Duncan and R Maddison, who saw off Keith Holmes’ set 25-11.

Meanwhile in the top flight, a terrific finish to the season by Moulton Harrox A saw them snatch runners-up spot.

Their final scheduled match was at Billingborough last Thursday. They returned with four points.

That left Harrox with just one outstanding match – the reverse fixture which was postponed back in June.

And they made the most of the last-gasp chance to finish second by netting a 5-1 victory on Tuesday with a 21-shot margin. The only point dropped was when Kevin Ekins’ set was narrowly pipped by D Robinson’s.

Ayscoughfee A flopped over the finishing line and only just held on to third spot.

The Spalding side were beaten by eight shots at Donington, who took 4.5 points.

Carter’s Park A dropped just two points in their final three fixtures, but finished just half a point behind Ayscoughfee, whose last two matches only yielded 2.5 points.

Mention must go to Bourne Town A for becoming only the second side this season to prevent champions Royal Mail Cart A winning.

The 3-3 result is all the more remarkable given that Bourne had lost 15 of their previous 16 matches.

Mail Cart were handsome winners on shots (92-64) thanks largely to a huge 38-4 trouncing by Paul Simpson with Simon Lilley and G Walkley.

But Bourne managed to pip the champs on three rinks – a terrific effort.

In Division Two, Long Sutton A have strung together a series of good results and now look likely to avoid finishing bottom.

Their 5-1 win at Swineshead was a third win on the bounce and lifted them above near neighbours Sutton Bridge A.

Champions Castle A had to settle for a draw at third-placed Goodfellowship.

Skips Peter Banks and John Culy had good wins for Castle A but Richard Allen and Liz Martin’s sets did equally well and the aggregate score was locked at 76-76.

In Division Four, Holbeach USC B have had little to cheer about this season but walloped second-placed Long Sutton B 6-0 last Friday.

l The Guardian Cup semi-finals and final take place on Saturday.

It’s Consti versus Ayscoughfee at Royal Mail Cart and Donington versus Royal Mail Cart at Holbeach USC (both 10am start).

The final will be held at Castle BC at 2pm.

League finals are on Sunday, September 9, at Spalding Town BC (10am start with the Sid Lane Cup). The rest of the finals follow on from 2pm.