Dramatic finish sees Newton trio bag win
IT IS tight at the top of Veteran Triples Division One, with Gordon Dobbs' team in top spot followed by those of Dave Saxby and Norman Anderson.
All three are on 23 points, but the Dobbs team is well ahead of the other two on shots difference and have a game in hand.
A dramatic finish occurred in a game between the teams of Terry Newton and Phil Barnard.
The first part of the match was evenly balanced, then the Barnard squad produced a spell of good bowling and went 9-5 in front with four ends remaining.
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However, the Newton team refused to give up and collected three shots on consecutive ends, finishing with a single shot on the final end to win 15-9.
Pat Whittingham's team are still top of Division Two, two points clear of the teams of Trevor Smith and Roy Tuplin, although the latter have three games in hand over the leaders.
Only two shots was the difference in a match between the teams of Keith Dobbs and Rita Davey.
The former led 10-6 with one end remaining, leaving their opponents needing five shots to win.
It seemed like a lost cause but the Davey squad tried their best, scoring two shots for a 10-8 defeat.
John Hopkinson's side are firmly established at the top of Division Three, leading Mal Torn's team by five points.
Drama in the final end of the match played between the teams of Peter Kirkup and John Morrell determined the victors.
After an even start, the Kirkup team worked a slight 11-8 advantage with one end left to play. It looked like too large a task for the Morrell team, who needed four shots to win.
But, producing some of their best bowls, as the final bowl was delivered they counted five shots to win this remarkable battle, 13-11.
Midweek Triples Division One has Trevor Smith's team in top spot, with just a single point advantage over John Hopkinson's side and third-placed Tom Whiteley's team.
Another two-shots win occurred in a match between the teams of Gordon Dobbs and Shirley Burnett.
Having developed a healthy 9-1 lead, the Dobbs side survived a fightback and handled the pressure, losing only a single shot on the final end to secure a 12-10 victory.
There is no change in Division Two, though Warwick Wooldridge's team are now only three points clear of Len Lammas' side.
John Downs' squad immediately slotted into their stride against Meg Gall's team.
Their 16-3 advantage came under pressure in the final four ends, but they held on for a 16-11 win.
Arthur Hewitt's team lead the Division Three table, now seven points clear of the teams of John Parrott and Tony Pollard.
There was a stunning three-end finish when the leaders took on Derek Tate's team.
The Hewitt squad took an early 8-0 lead, but saw their advantage cut to 9-7.
Tate's trio maintained this resurgence and eventually took an 11-10 lead with two ends left to play.
They scored two shots on the penultimate end but conceded two on the final one to hand Tate's team a hard-earned 13-12 victory.