David Nash's team produce great comeback as quartet extend unbeaten start
Four teams remain unbeaten in Division One of the Veteran Triples League – but it's the rink of Gordon Dobbs that currently head the table.
A match between the teams of David Nash and Phil Barnard developed into an exceptionally close battle.
The Barnard squad got off to an excellent start, securing an early 8-3 shots lead, but that advantage was later cut to a single shot.
With some excellent play the Barnard team again pulled clear, scoring four shots over the next two ends, but after weighing in with five shots in a fascinating match, Nash's team levelled the score.
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They then followed that achievement up by scoring one shot on each of the two remaining ends to win 14-12.
Division Two sees the team of Pat Whittingham in the driving seat, followed by the rinks of Keith Dobbs, Roy Tuplin and Micheal Dawson, who are all unbeaten but have played one game less than the current leaders.
A game of the stereotypical two halves saw the team of Meg Gall edge out Arthur Meggett 15-14 thanks to the fact finished 3-2 up during a close final few ends.
The team of Mal Torn – unbeaten after three games – top Division Three after dominating against George Matchett's rink.
Leading 6-3 early on, the victors won six consecutive ends to go 18-3 in front.
The Matchett team fought hard, playing some good bowls, but they were unable to cope with the in-form Torn and his colleagues and eventually lost 19-8.
The early action in the Midweek Triples League has been just as impressive.
Tom Whiteley's team lead Division One ahead of the team of Pat Lowe, who are second.
Lowe and John Hopkinson are the only teams with a 100 per cent record.
The match between the teams of Jean Anderson and John Waddingham developed into a real battle of attrition.
There was only one shot between the sextet in the early stages of their encounter and as it progressed to the halfway point it was still evenly-balanced at nine shots apiece.
The battle continued with the Waddingham squad just edging slightly ahead of their rivals at 14 to 11 shots.
The Anderson trio crept back to within two shots of their opponents at 14-12 adrift, though Waddingham and co suppressed the late pressure to finish 17-14 in front.
Len Lammas' team are perched at the top of Division Two, though are closely shadowed by the squads of Warwick Wooldridge's and Mary Radford.
The teams of Byron Cook and Keith Dobbs cancelled each other out when they met for a match that proved to be extremely close.
Initially it was the Cook team that got into their stride first by developing an early 6-0 lead.
By the halfway stage though it was 8-8 and in the closing five ends, despite both teams trying desperately to gain the advantage, both trios scored four shots as the contest finished in an honourable draw.
Three teams have a 100 per cent record in Division Three, with Arthur Hewitt's team currently top, followed by the teams of John Parrott and Tony Pollard.
The team of Geoff Kendall survived a late fightback from that of Clive Sweeting.
Having created an early 5-0 lead, the Kendall squad looked like continuing their good form.
Their opponents refused to go down without a real fight, yet despite playing well, the Sweeting squad could not stem the flow of shots.
At halfway, the Kendall trio were 8-2 in front before the Sweeting team's battling spirit really came to the fore.
Perseverance paid off when, with just one end to play, they had pulled the deficit back to 11-9.
But they could only manage a single shot in their final outing, meaning the Kendall team finished 11-10 victors.