Dramatic final ends see A40 triumph over near neighbours in Boston Indoor Bowls League

Games in the Evening League at Boston Indoor Bowling Club occasionally throw up surprises where the final few minutes are crucial in deciding where the points go. Such it was last week with the mid-table clash between A40 and Parthians in the Orchard Health Group First Division. Parthians looked to be winning-6-0 with two ends to go on both rinks, but A40 rallied dramatically to win the contest 5-1 in unlikely fashion.
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Sue Hoyles’ rink started well to lead 13-4, then watched as Parthians dominated scoring to get a one-shot lead at 16-17, but scores of 2 shots, then 5 shots, on the final two ends gave them the win 23-17. On the other rink, Bill Exton was 11-19 behind but managed to finish scoring 3, then 5, to draw level at 19-19 in a game where hope of getting a point had almost gone.

The top three sides in the table all had 6-0 wins. Holland Fen beat Breakaways 31-10 and 28-7, dominating the scoring on both rinks.

Invaders took all the points off the side in fourth, IBC, with Scott Whyers winning 26-13 and Rod West 18-12.

Winning Nomads rink, Keith Wilson, Kate Maddison and skip Mel MaddisonWinning Nomads rink, Keith Wilson, Kate Maddison and skip Mel Maddison
Winning Nomads rink, Keith Wilson, Kate Maddison and skip Mel Maddison

Strollers were made to work hard against Royal Mail, eventually winning 22-8 on Andy Warne’s rink, having been 12-8 ahead with five ends to go, and 16-7 on the other, where skip Paul Flatters kept Royal Mail at bay to ensure Strollers won.

Nomads beat bottom side, Burtons, 6-0, Mel Maddison’s rink, with Kate Maddison and Keith Wilson in support, winning 24-9 and Chris Starsmeare’s rink winning 18-12.

Dynamics, eleventh, took on Golfers, tenth, winning 4-2. Graham Wilkinson, with Seamus Rooney and Don Williams, were ahead from the start to win 18-11. Bob Tingey’s rink won a close match 16-10 for Golfers, finishing well to secure victory.

The battle for points at the top of Cammacks Second Division is becoming intense as we approach the final weeks of the Evening League campaign. There were 6-0 wins for the leaders Hotspurs against Amateurs, sixth, and for Vikings against Central, leaving them in fourth and fifth respectively in the table.

Mike Nelson’s Hotspurs rink built a 19-7 lead very quickly, then protected it as Amateurs cut the deficit slightly towards the end, to leave the score 22-14. Amateurs started the other rink well to be 11-5 ahead, but Hotspurs have learnt to be resilient and came back to win 17-13.

John Stray’s rink was always in charge for Vikings and won comfortably 25-9. Victory on the second rink was hard fought, with a four on the last end from Doug Staples securing the win 16-13.

Third side Desperados shared the points with Woodpeckers, seventh. John Melles’ rink won 17-15 for Desperados and Kelvin Hallam’s 15-13 for Woodpeckers.

Shipmates beat Phantoms 6-0 and have now moved above Kingfishers on points in the table. Both rinks won 24-10, leading from the start, for skips Walter Parker and Ian Drury.

Kingfishers beat Vectors 4-2 with John Fell’s rink winning 18-12. Kevin Rockall won 17-13 for Vectors.

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