Disaster for Saxby bowls team as they let lead slip in tense finale of Scunthorpe league game
PAUL Johnson and his team have secured the Early Evening League Division One title in style, being the first squad to obtain a total of 40 points across all the leagues with three games still to play.
They are eight points ahead of Dave Saxby's team, with Steve Redhead's team lying third.
Saxby's side were beaten by Shirley Burnett's team in a match with a devastating final flourish.
The Saxby team took an early 11-5 lead and maintained their momentum to increase that to 19-10 with four ends to play.
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Then disaster struck as the Burnett rink produced some quality bowls to win all these remaining ends, scoring 11 shots, to secure a 21-19 victory.
In Division Two, Graham Teal's team are still top, now eight points clear of Dave Copley's team, with John Fleming's side in third.
Only seven shots separated the teams of Julie Hargraves and Tom McDiarmid in a match which produced a good battle.
The first half belonged to the Hargraves squad, leading 14-3, but the McDairmid team scored eight shots over the next four ends.
However, the Hargraves rink managed to stem this sudden resurgence and won 16-13.
The Rob Skinner pairing have increased their lead at the top of Evening Pairs Division One to four points over the Adam Rhodes duo, who have three games in hand.
It was an exceptionally close battle between the Steve Burton pairing and that of Mal Hopkins.
The latter came from 10-2 down to level at 10 shots each, then took the lead at 14-11 with one end to play.
The Burton pair then scored three shots to finish with a 14-14 draw.
In Division Two, the Phil Boulton pair are in top spot, level on points with the Graham Teal duo.
Teal's team were edged out of an attritional battle, with Frank Pike's side scoring two shots on the final two ends to win, 14-13.
In Veteran Rinks Division One, Pat Lowe's team are in the lead, two points of Peter Collins's side.
Meg Gall's team faced up to Ron Kelly's team in a match that had a dramatic finish.
The Kelly squad slotted straight into their stride, looking in excellent form with a 10-0 advantage.
At this point, the Gall quartet started to pull the score back and were 16-7 behind with four ends to play. They won all of the remaining ends, but only scored six shots to lose, 16-13.
In Division Two, the Dave Fotheringham team hold on to top spot, just three points ahead of Neil Berry's team.
Terry Hardy's team battled against John Roope's team in a tough encounter.
The former started well, securing a 13-5 advantage with five ends remaining, but the Roope rink scored on each of the next four, reducing the deficit to 13-11.
Both teams produced some good bowls, but Roope's rink secured four superb shots to win, 15-13.