BOWLS: Two titles decided with game to spare

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Two teams are celebrating after clinching titles on the penultimate round of fixtures in the EBF Spalding and District League last week.

Sutton Bridge A wrapped up the Division Three crown with an emphatic 6-0 win, while Castle C wrapped up the Division Four championship despite suffering a 4-2 loss.

Starting in Division Three, basement boys Spalding Town C never looked like crashing Sutton Bridge’s title party.

They romped to wins on all four rinks and amassed 91 shots in total, with 28 of those going the way of red-hot trio R Larham, C Green and J Barker.

The victory is their 13th from 15 games and they move an unassailable 17.5 clear of the chasing pack.

Long Sutton A now look favourites for second spot after they eased past Ayscoughfee B 6-0. S De Bella, J Surmon and R Hayden led the charge with a 29-9 triumph.

Division Four kings Castle C got the two points they needed to seal their title, but were seen off 4-2 by second-placed Sutton Bridge C.

With boths sides landing two rinks apiece, an impressive 23-9 success from Bridge’s M Lewis, M Smith and R Lidgard powered the hosts to a 70-55 aggregate win.

The loss ends Castle’s eight-game winning streak, but moves them 8.5 points clear with a game to play.

The race for the titles in the top two divisions will go down to the wire, though.

Three teams in the top flight have a big chance of lifting the league’s most coveted prize after leaders Moulton Harrox A were upset 5-1 at home by lowly Castle A.

Brian Benton, D Marriott and G West won 25-16 to help Castle upset the odds.

That allowed Carter’s Park A to move level on points with the long-term pace-setters 
after they walloped Whaplode Drove A 6-0.

An amazing 31-7 victory from L Allen, B Mee and G Wright led the charge for the Holbeach side.

Donington are also a threat to Moulton’s title hopes. They bagged 98 shots as they thrashed Spalding Town A 6-0 and are just 1.5 points off the pace.

In Division Two, Moulton Harrox B secured at least second place with a 4-2 away win at Spalding Town B.

Only they can deny leaders Bourne Town A the title. Their result wasn’t in as we went to press.