EBF BOWLS: Castle closing on Division Four title

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EBF Spalding and District League: CASTLE B are within touching distance of the Division Four title after another marvellous showing.

CASTLE B are within touching distance of the Division Four title after another marvellous showing.

They breezed to a maximum 6-0 success over Ayscoughfee C to extend their already sizeable lead at the top to an almost unassailable 22.5 points.

All four rinks were on top form for the leaders, but a 29-13 triumph from C McKenzie, M Hales and T Bell was the most eye-catching.

Long Sutton B are currently second – but despite their 4-2 success over Castle C, they’re unable to overhaul the leaders with just three games left.

Moulton Harrox D could mathematically still take the crown after a 5-1 return from their trip to Carter’s Park D.

Leading the charge were J Rowbottom, J McKay and A Judd (29-11) – but it’d take a remarkable Castle collapse to see Harrox take the title.

In the top flight, Royal Mail Cart A bounced back from last week’s first loss to strengthen their grip on the league’s top prize.

They racked up a century of shots to crush Spalding Town A 6-0, with a 30-14 return from N Baker, P Horsfield and M Simpson the most emphatic.

Mail Cart are now ten points clear of their nearest rivals, with a game in hand.

Ayscoughfee A have jumped up to second after knocking off Consti A 5-1, scoring 91 shots in the process. A healthy 26 of them came from Eamonn Cherry, Chris Mycock and C Cherry.

It was a disastrous week for Donington, though. Second at the start of play, they were routed 6-0 by Moulton Harrox A to leave their title hopes in tatters. Harrox’s whitewash moves them up the standings to third – ahead of the Dons.

At the foot, Billingborough picked up a pivotal win by edging out Carter’s Park A 3.5-2.5. Having only won one rink, the 28-9 victory from S Hall, D Robinson and E Atter was key.

Meanwhile, Castle A remain top of the pile in the second tier following their 4-2 win over Long Sutton A.

In a largely even affair, a 25-12 success from David Marriott, Brian Benton and Gordon West helped the leaders on their way.

Sitting second, nine points off the pace but with two games in hand, are in-form Carter’s Park B.

They edged a high-scoring cracker with Holbeach USC A 4.5-1.5 (95-85). A whopping 32 shots were contributed by J Mills, R Crane and D Hibbins.

The closest game in Division Two saw Spalding Town B squeeze past Gosberton 4-2.

Both sides bagged a brace of rinks each, with Town just ahead on aggregate 85-83.

Their plight was helped by a 29-shot haul from R Moore, T Belsom and P Fletcher.

Elsewhere, flawless Whaplode Drove B made it a perfect doze in Division Three.

The runaway leaders eased to a 5-1 victory over Consti B, grabbing 91 shots in the process. Three of the four rinks were in stellar form, with a 25-12 triumph from Mike Orritt, David Burgess and Keith Holmes the pick of the bunch.