84 – Steve Manning (Barmy Army), 5 Spares; 71 – Kicker Pike (Barmy Army), 3 Spares; 68 – Phil Slade (Barmy Army), 3 Spares; 67 – Simon Coombs (Rose and Crown), 2 Spares; 66 – Paul Blackman (Ashill Inn), 3 Spares.
Tiverton Riverside Club had a bye.
Table-toppers Barmy Army finished in style with a 109 pin win against Agri-Nuts. The win included two 101 rubs, plus a 5-spare 84 from Steve Manning. Agri-Nuts won the third leg by 5.
The Merriemeade had a bye.
HCC1 365 The Travellers 394.
The Farmers won at home to finish 2 points above visitors Tim’s Booze Cruzers. Cruzers took the first rub by 4, but Farmers hit right back, taking the second by 13. They continued their good form, winning the next two rubs for a 25 lead after four. Cruzers took the fifth by 4, but Farmers were out of sight as they won by 28.
Bickleigh finished with a win away at Ashill Inn. Bickleigh were 12 up at the half-way point and took the fourth and fifth rubs for an unassailable 35 lead going into the last, which Ashill took by 1 to make the difference 34.
Rose and Crown won at home against White Hart Floppers and finish second on pin difference. Rose and Crown jumped into a 19 pin lead after two rubs. An 82 third leg was drawn, before Rose and Crown took the next two rubs by 36 for an unbeatable lead. Floppers took the last by 2 for a gap of 53.
Rose and Crown secure second place on pin difference. There was a 3-way tie for second – The Farmers, Bickleigh, Rose and Crown – and the calculations are shown below …
Barmy Army are confirmed as Division C champions following their win away at Tiverton Riverside Club. Barmy Army took all six rubs on their way to a 70 pin victory.
The Agri-Nuts had a bye.
HCC1 had a big 49 pin win away at The Merriemeade. HCC1 were 38 pins up at the hallway point and didn’t look back as they lost just one leg on their way to taking the points.
The Farmers chalked up a vital away win at The Travellers to stay in contention for second place. It was all square after two legs, then Farmers took a single pin lead on the third and with the fourth and fifth tied, there was the narrowest of gaps heading into the last. Travellers had set Farmers a 74 target to win, which they surpassed with their best leg of the night 82.
Tim’s Booze Cruzers are one of three teams in joint second following their home win against Ashill Inn. Cruzers started well with an 18 pin gain on the first. Ashill took the next two rubs to narrow the gap to 15 at the half-way point, but another big leg from Cruzers on the fourth again stretched their lead to 30. Cruzers pulled another 3 on the fifth and lost 2 on the last to make the winning margin 31.
Rose and Crown were away winners at Bickleigh by 24 pins. A 9 pin advantage to Rose and Crown on the first rub was soon wiped out as Bickleigh pulled 10 on the second. The game was levelled on the third, before Rose and Crown restored a 4 pin lead. The away side then finished well with two 80+ rubs to take the game.
White Hart Floppers had a bye
There are a
huge number of permutations for second place next week. Two of the current second place teams play
each other (Farmers and Tim’s Booze Cruzers), but there could still be two or
more teams level on points for second.
If two teams are tied, the pin difference in the matches between those
two teams will decide the places. If
more than two teams are tied then the total pins will be added for games in
which all those teams played and the highest total will decide places.
HCC1 won away at Tiverton Riverside Club with a 21 pin margin. HCC1 steadily built their lead, going 12 up after two rubs, then 19 after four. Riverside clawed back 3 on the fifth, but HCC1 finished well to take the last by 5.
Agri-Nuts had a 38 pin win at home to The Farmers. Agri-Nuts raced into a 30 pin lead after two rubs and further extended it to 46 after four. Farmers took a consolation fifth leg, but Agri-Nuts took the last for a big win.
The Merriemeade were winners at home to Ashill Inn by 15 pins. Merriemeade edged into an early lead and were 13 up at the half-way point. An 89 leg from the home side saw their lead increase to 43. Ashill themselves finished with an 84 leg, helped by a 25 from Steve Beauchamp. That reduced the gap somewhat, but the home side held on for the win.
A close game at The Travellers saw Rose and Crown come from behind to take a win by 7 pins. Travellers had taken the first two rubs for a 13 pin lead. They picked up another pin on the third and dropped 2 on the fourth for a 12 pin lead heading into the last two. Rose and Crown set the bar high though, with 72 and 77 legs. The 12 advantage was wiped out on the fifth and Travellers came up 7 short on the last to hand Rose and Crown the win.
Tim’s Booze Cruzers return to joint second in the table with a 7 pin home win against White Hart Floppers. Cruzers were 13 up after two legs, but Floppers all but wioed that out with a 12 pin gain on the third. Cruzers restored a cushion with a 10 pin gain on the fourth and with the fifth drawn, it was still all to play for. Cruzers had set a big target, with an evening best 79 on their last leg. Floppers managed to beat that with an 83, but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome the deficit.
Tiverton Riverside Club upset the form book and had their first away win of the season at The Farmers. A nip and tuck game saw Farmers take a 2 pin lead after the first two rubs, but that was cancelled out as Riverside squared the game after four. Riverside finished strongly, with 67 and 74 legs. Farmers took the fifth by 7 to leave a grandstand finish and it was Riverside who took the points as Farmers came up 5 short.
Agri-Nuts extend their unbeaten run to 3 games with an away win at Ashill Inn. Agri-Nuts took the first rub by 2, but Ashill hit back with an 8 gain on the second. A big third rub from Agri-nuts saw them leap into a 12 pin lead. Ashill knocked 2 off that on the fourth, but Agri-Nuts finished the stronger, taking the fifth by 12 and the last by 25 for a 47 pin win.
Despite losing the first leg, Rose and Crown went on to complete a 30 pin home win against Merriemeade. An 8 point deficit was soon turned around as Rose and Crown pulled 28 on the second rub. A further 16 gained on the third saw them 36 up at the half-way point. A drawn fourth meant a mountain to climb for Merriemeade and although they took the last two rubs, it only reduced the gap slightly.
The Travellers had a comfortable win away at White Hart Floppers. Travellers were 50 up at the half-way stage, but Floppers had a better second half as they drew the fourth and took the last two rubs to reduce the margin to 46.
Bickleigh are now second in the table following their 15 pin home win against Tim’s Booze Cruzers. Bickleigh were on first and started well, establishing a 22 pin lead after two rubs. Cruzers edged back into the game, reducing the gap to 18 after four and then 9 after five. Bickleigh finished strongly though and took the last by 6 to confirm the points.
Barmy Army remain 4 points clear at the top of the table with a 12 pin away win at HCC1. It was the home side that were slow out of the bloacks as they handed Barmy Army a 31 pin lead after two rubs. Although HCC1 went on to win the four remaining legs, Barmy Army had enough of a gap and held on for the win.
67 – Colin Tucker (Barmy Army), 2 Spares; 65 – Jon Pring (Agri-Nuts), 3 Spares.
Tiverton Riverside Club suffered a heavy home defeat as Ashill Inn won by 76 pins. Ashill took charge and were 21 up after two legs. Riverside club rallied in the third as they reduced the gap by 7 pins, but Ashill effectively sealed the game on the fourth as they pulled 31 pins. A further two legs to Ashill to finish saw them comfortable winners.
A nip-and-tuck game at Agri-Nuts saw the match decided on the last leg as the home side beat Rose and Crown by 10 pins. It was all square after two legs, but Rose and Crown took an 8 pin lead after four. With the home side posting a 61 and 78 to finish it was going to be close. Rose and Crown couldn’t quite match the target though as they lost 3 on the fifth and another 15 on the last.
Merriemeade were winners at home to White Hart Floppers by 14 pins. Floppers took the first rub by 4, but Merriemeade replied by taking the second by 10. Merriemeade stretched their lead over the third and fourth and were 17 up with two to play. A drawn fifth left Floppers with a big target on the last, which they missed.
The Travellers remain unbeaten at home as they notch up a win against Bickleigh. A good start saw Travellers take a 17 pin lead after two rubs. Their lead was pegged back to 10 as Bickleigh took the third by 5 and the fourth by 2. But Travellers finished strongly and were winners by 13 pins.
Tim’s Booze Cruzers had a bye.
The Farmers amazing run continues with an away victory at Barmy Army. Famers set their stall out early with a 24 pin gain on the first, though Barmy Army quickly clawed back 15 on the second. The home side further reduced the deficit over the next two rubs and were 5 in front with two to play. With the target set at 148 for the win Farmers got down to it, taking the fifth rub by 16 and the last by 6 for a 17 pin win.
White Hart Floppers v The Agri-Nuts – No Result Received
Bickleigh 468 The Merriemeade 375
Tim’s Booze Cruzers 442 The Travellers 398
Ashill Inn 351 Barmy Army 384
The Farmers had a bye
HCC1 had a bye
71 – Mike Ware (Bickleigh), 3 Spares; 69 – Len Sharland (Bickleigh), 3 Spares; 69 – Simon Coombs (Rose and Crown), 3 Spares .
Rose and Crown were winners at home to Tiverton Riverside Club by 24 pins. Rose and Crown started well and were 20 up after two legs. They added another 18 on the third with a 93 leg, but Riverside hit back with a 20 pin gain on the fourth to make the deficit 18 with two to go. The win was sealed for Rose and Crown with a 6 gain on the fifth, with the last being drawn.
White Hart Floppers The Agri-Nuts – no result received.
Merriemeade got a bit of a stuffing away Bickleigh, losing by 93. The home side won every leg on their way to a big win, including three legs of 80 or more.
Tim’s Booze Cruzers make it six wins in a row with a home victory against The Travellers. Travellers found themselves 26 down at the halfway point, having lost the first three rubs. The deficit was reduced by 2 on the fourth, but that proved to be Travellers only leg win of the night as Cruzers took the last two for a win by 44.
Barmy Army maintain their 4 point lead at the top of the table with a 33 pin win away at Ashill Inn. Although Barmy Army won all 6 rubs, the first two were close as the away side gained just 3. Another 5 on the third saw the Army get into their stride and they comfortably took the remaining legs for the win.
Tiverton Riverside Club 382 White Hart Floppers 350
The Agri-Nuts 368 Bickleigh 396
The Merriemeade 363 Tim’s Booze Cruzers 415
The Travellers had a bye
Barmy Army 433 Rose and Crown 416
Ashill Inn had a bye
HCC1 372 The Farmers 408
74 – Phil Slade (Barmy Army), 4 Spares.
Tiverton Riverside Club clocked up a win at home against White Hart Floppers. It was Floppers who initially took the lead, with a 4 pin gain on the first leg. Riverside then took control, taking the next four legs for a 34 pin lead with one to play. Floppers took the last leg to make the winning margin 32.
Bickleigh had a 28 pin away win at The Agri-Nuts. A fascinating game saw the home side take 3 of the first 4 rubs for an 18 pin lead. A couple of low-scoring legs from Agri-Nuts to finish left the door open for Bickleigh and they took their chance with a 15 pin gain on the fifth and another 31 on the last.
Tim’s Booze Cruzers extend their unbeaten run to five games with an away win at Merriemeade. The home side were on the back foot from the start as they shipped 28 pins on the first two rubs. Cruzers effectively had the game sealed by the forth as they gained another 17 and ended up winners by 52.
The Travellers had a bye.
Barmy Army stay top of the table with a 17 pin win at home to Rose and Crown. Barmy Army lost the first leg by 4, but Rose and Crown struck right back with an 8 advantage on the second. They stretched their lead to 13 with a further 9 pin gain on the third, before Barmy Army reduced the arrears to just 1 with two rubs to play. With Barmy Army posting two moderate legs to finish the game was up for grabs, but Rose and Crown suffered their two worst legs of the night and the points went to Barmy Army.
Ashill Inn had a bye.
The Farmers made it 8 wins out of their last 9 games with a 36 pin away win at HCC1. Farmers started well, with a 12 pin lead after two rubs. HCC1 wiped that out on the third with a 14 pin advantage, but Farmers were back in front after four as they gained 26. HCC1 reduced the gap to 20 after five, before Farmers confirmed the win with a 16 gain on the last.
70 – Andy Forward (Tiverton Riverside Club), 3 Spares; 69 – Paul Bradbury (Ashill Inn), 3 Spares; 67 – Tom Palmer (The Travellers), 3 Spares; 67 – Kyle Brooks (White Hart Floppers), 3 Spares; 65 – Phil Chapple (The Travellers), 2 Spares; 65 – Jon Pring (The Agri-Nuts), 2 Spares.
There was to be no upset to the form book as Bickleigh won at home against Tiverton Riverside Club. It was Riverside Club that started the brighter, taking an 8 pin lead after the first leg, which reduced to 6 after the second. Bickleigh quickly turned it around though, gaining 11 on the third and another 10 on the fourth for a 15 pin lead. Bickleigh comfortably took the last two legs for a win by 34.
Tim’s Booze Cruzers were winners at home to The Agri-Nuts. Agri-Nuts had a 2 pin gain on the first leg and again on the last, but everything inbetween went Cruzers way as they won the game by 26 pins.
Merriemeade were on the wrong end of a drubbing away at The Travellers, losing by 57 pins. Travellers were out of the blocks quickly as they leapt into a 30 pin lead after two rubs. That set the tone for the night as they went on to take three of the four remaining legs for a convincing win.
Barmy Army stretched their lead at the top of the table to 4 points with a 55 pin away win at White Hart Floppers. Despite losing the first leg by 3 Barmy Army were soon into their stride and were 36 up at the half-way point. Floppers took the fifth by 3 pins, but by then the Army had marched off into the distance.
Rose and Crown had a bye.
A close game at Ashill Inn saw the home side take the game against HCC1 by 4 pins. After losing the first leg by 3, Ashill won the second for a 7 pin lead. HCC1 took the third to reduce the arrears to 1, before Ashill once again jumped in front by 11. A drawn fifth left HCC1 with an outside chance, but they pulled 7 on the last to leave Ashill winners by a narrow margin.
Tiverton Riverside Club 357 Tim’s Booze Cruzers 397
The Agri-Nuts 368 The Travellers 358
The Merriemeade had a bye
Barmy Army 442 Bickleigh 422
White Hart Floppers had a bye
HCC1 349 Rose and Crown 350
The Farmers 395 Ashill Inn 364
69 – Stuart King (The Farmers), 3 Spares; 65 – Fred Froom (Barmy Army), 2 Spares; 65 – Graeme Woodlands (Tim’s Booze Cruzers), 3 Spares.
Tim’s Booze Cruzers made it 3 in a row with a 40 pin win away at Tiverton Riverside Club. Cruzers were 14 up after two legs, but Riverside Club hit back on the third to reduce the arrears to 7. Cruzers then went into overdrive as they gained 20 on the fourth and another 21 on the fifth to secure the points.
Agri-Nuts made it 3 wins out of their last 4 matches with a home victory against The Travellers. It was Travellers who were in front at the half-way point, having edged into a 9 pin lead. Agri-Nuts bit into that in the fourth, reducing the gap to 6 pins, before an 11 pin gain on the fifth put them in font for the first time. Another 5 added on the last saw the home side take the win.
The Merriemeade had a bye.
A top of the table clash saw Barmy Army take the win at home to Bickleigh. It was Bickleigh who started brightest as they took the first leg by 7. That lead was short-lived as Barmy Army took the second by 20. A close third gave way to another 10 advantage to the home side on the fourth, which they extended by a further 14 on the fifth for a 33 pin lead. Bickleigh took the last rub by 13 to reduce the difference to 20 pins.
White Hart Floppers had a bye.
A classic was served up at HCC1 as Rose and Crown won by a single pin. Rose and Crown took a narrow 5 pin lead at the half-way stage, before HCC1 had a 20 pin gain on the fourth for a 15 pin lead. Rose and Crown reduced that to 7 pins after the fifth rub and scored a modest 60 on the last leg to leave HCC1 needing 54 for a win. It wasn’t to be though, as the home side scored 52 to lose by 1.
The Farmers climb up the table continues as they won at home to Ashill Inn. The win puts Farmers equal second with HCC1, just 2 points behind leaders Barmy Army. Ashill took the first leg by 3, but that was their only leg advantage as Farmers took the remaining 5 for a win by 31.
67 – John Middleton (The Farmers), 3 Spares; 67 – Chris Pike (The Farmers), 3 Spares; 66 – Kyle Brooks (White Hart Floppers), 3 Spares; 65 – Stuart King (The Farmers), 3 Spares.
The Travellers had a clean sweep of leg wins as they beat Tiverton Riverside Club by 49 pins.
The Merriemeade had an 18 pin home win against The Agri-Nuts. Merriemeade edged the first leg by 2, but a 15 advantage on the second put them on top. Agri-Nuts immediately reduced the deficit to 3 on the third rub. A close fourth and fifth meant the game was still in the balance going into the last, but it was Merriemeade who came out on top, with a 12 pin gain sealing the match.
A cracking game at Tim’s Booze Cruzers saw the home side beat top-of-the-table Barmy Army by a single pin. A drawn first leg set the tone. Barmy Army took the second by 8 before Cruzers replied by taking the next by 9. The lead swung back to Barmy Army on the fourth as they gained 6, but an 8 gain for Cruzers on the fifth gave them a 3 pin lead. Barmy Army took the last by 2, but it was Cruzers who left celebrating a close win.
Bickleigh had a bye.
Another close game saw HCC1 take the win away at White Hart Floppers by 4 pins to go joint top. It was almost a game of two halves as HCC1 took the first three rubs for a 26 pin lead. Floppers weren’t quite done though as they took the fourth to reduce HCC1’s lead to 10. Another 11 gain to HCC1 on the fifth made Floppers task look impossible, and so it proved as their 17 pin advantage on the last wasn’t enough for the win.
The Farmers were on great form away at Rose and Crown as they posted a total of 460 to win the game by 49. Farmers won the first three rubs for a 20 pin lead. Rose and Crown pulled back 9 on the fourth, but it was Farmers who finished strongly as they posted two 80+ legs for the big win.