EBF BOWLS: Five-star Castle clear in Division Four

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Spalding & District EBF Bowls League: CASTLE B won the clash of Division Four’s top two to keep up their unbeaten start to the season.

In a rain-hit week of action, it was the basement tier that saw the most play – with Castle B’s 5.5-0.5 success over Moulton Harrox D taking top billing.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic, with all four of the rinks keenly-contested. But Castle, who made it a magnificent six wins from six games, took three of them and drew the other.

Leading the way in terms of shots were D Foord, N Crosby and D Lunn with a 24-16 triumph. Also on-song were C McKenzie, D Newby and J King, who added 23 to the overall shot count of 81.

The ample victory sends the Spalding side nine points clear in the raced for Division Four supremacy.

Elsewhere in the fourth tier, Long Sutton B leaped into third placed with a fine 5-1 home return against Ayscoughfee C.

In what turned into a dominant display, Sutton racked up 93 shots en route to their fourth win of the season.

Two rinks managed a super 26 shots, with the most emphatic victory coming from S Norris, N Bratt and C Judd (26-10).

At the foot, something had to give as winless duo Carter’s Park D and Holbeach USC B squared off.

The all-Holbeach affair went the way of rampant Carter’s Park, who broke their duck with a magnificent 6-0 triumph.

They fell just four short of an impressive century of shots too, with 31 of their 96 coming from E Casey, A Wheeler and R Crane (31-9).

Holbeach USC B, who are now five games without a win, find themselves six points adrift at the bottom.

Not much happened in Division One – but there was a big rearranged clash at the top.

That went the way of Royal Mail Cart A, who kept their perfect start to the campaign alive with a 5-1 success at Carter’s Park A.

A 23-shot haul from R Scott, S Callaby and P Simpson top scored as Mail Cart moved within half a point of leaders Donington. Both of the leading duo boast five victories from as many games.

Third-placed Carter’s Park A have played a game more than the top duo, but are just 3.5 points off the pace.

It was a similar story in Division Two, with a much-reduced schedule.

Castle A managed to get their home game with Carter’s Park C on – and reaped the rewards with a 5-1 victory that sends them up to second.

A 13-9 return from Lorna Banks, Brian Benton and Gordon West was the best on offer in a low-scoring match.

Meanwhile, a couple of games beat the weather in Division Three.

Whaplode Drove B made it four wins from four in typically stylish fashion at Royal Mail Cart B.

They won all four rinks to return home with the maximum six points, leaving them six further points behind Consti B with two games in hand.

Top scorers for unbeaten Drove were J Riley, B Jones and M Gavaghan (17-6).

Also winners were Spalding Town C, who had just too much for Sutton Bridge B.

A massive 31-9 return from talented trio T Nicholls, D Jex and K Woods was the catalyst for a 4-2 win for the Spalding side, after both sides took two rinks each.

In Ladies’ Division One, Carter’s Park A moved joint top of the pile with a whitewash win at Spalding Town A.

L Taylor, L Dunham and L Foreman (19-7) and P Nichols, L Martin and P Flowers (14-10) did the damage.