Holland Fen stretch lead at top after beating rivals

Last week’s matches in the Evening League at Boston Indoor Bowling Club saw the completion of the second round.
The  Vikings rink of Tim Mitchell, John Millership and Keith Posey, who won 18-15 against Desperados in Division Two.The  Vikings rink of Tim Mitchell, John Millership and Keith Posey, who won 18-15 against Desperados in Division Two.
The Vikings rink of Tim Mitchell, John Millership and Keith Posey, who won 18-15 against Desperados in Division Two.

In the top-of-the-table clash in the Orchard Health Group First Division, leaders Holland Fen took the spoils 4-2 against Invaders, leaving them 8 points ahead.

As was to be expected, both games were keenly contested, with Invaders starting well on both rinks and then finishing strongly. Alex Tomlin’s rink won 23-17 for the Fenmen after a purple patch in the middle of the game secured the result by scoring 18-1 over seven ends.

Invaders with skip Scott Whyers moved into a 13-6 lead, then fell behind 14-17 as Holland Fen rallied, but won the last two ends to get the win 18-17.

Strollers won 6-0 against Breakaways and are clear in third place. Mick Dodes’ rink was ahead from the off, gradually building their advantage, and won the game 21-14.

Andy Warne’s rink went ahead on the fifth end, moving out to lead 17-10 at one point, but the Breakaways kept fighting to keep the scores close, the final result being 20-15.

IBC remain in fourth after facing and beating Dynamics, eleventh, on both rinks, 26-9 for Steve Skelton and 20-15 for Richard Allam.

Nomads beat Parthians on the night, with scores of 22-15 and 16-11.

Royal Mail did well to take 4 points from their game with A40, four places above them in the table. Ian Smith’s rink, with Jean Thompson and Bob Thompson in support, fell 1-7 behind, before recovering to level the scores at 10-10, then finished well to win the game 18-11.

A40 with skip Andy Scotney won the other rink 20-17, having been 5-12 down at one point, but a good spell of 14 shots in six ends gave them the advantage to press for the win.

Golfers, tenth, beat bottom side Burtons 5-1. Burtons under Clare Britchford built a 10-3 advantage before Golfers and Gordan Gallichan levelled the scores at 10-10. The game remained close and ended 17-17 for one point each.

David Marshall’s Golfers rink controlled the game after a close start and won 25-13.

In Cammacks Division Two, the top two teams, Hotspurs and Optimists, had 6-0 wins over Kingfishers and Woodpeckers.

The game on Mike Nelson’s rink was competitive for eleven ends, when the score stood at 12-10, before Hotspurs ended strongly with 14 shots over 5 ends to win 26-10.

Mick Rate’s rink had a flurry of scoring from both teams at the start, then Hotspurs took control and ran out winners by 35-10, dominating the last 8 ends by scoring 18 unanswered shots.

Optimists, second, held the advantage over Woodpeckers in both games. Andrew Reeson’s rink won 24-5 and Stewart Reynolds’ rink 21-11.

Behind them, Vikings moved up two places into third after getting all the points against near rivals Desperados. Vikings trail Optimists by just 4 points, with Desperados a further four behind in fifth place.

Both rinks were competitive, as you’d expect from two teams with promotion ambitions. Doug Staples’ rink started well to lead 11-1, before Desperados narrowed the gap to one shot. A better finish saw Vikings win 19-15.

John Millership’s rink led 16-8 at 11 ends and had to hold on as Desperados closed in with the better finish, the final score being 18-15.

Central, clear in sixth spot, beat Shipmates 6-0, with wins for Fred Epton’s rink 20-8 and Rita Epton’s 20-11.

Phantoms are now seventh after beating Vectors on both rinks, 20-15 for Graham Taylor and 13-10 for Roy Stanley.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​