Shep­shed Rams take the di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship

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SHEP­SHED Rams have se­cured the Lough­bor­ough and Dis­trict Bowls League Mon­day Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­onship af­ter a com­fort­able 65-38 (6-2) vic­tory against Phoenix Pe­ga­sus with Wymeswold Wolds just miss­ing out by one point af­ter they could only se­cure a 56-53 (5-3) score line against Sys­ton Fosse­way.

The three points picked up by the Fosse send Birstall Light­house down to Di­vi­sion Two af­ter they could only col­lect four points in their game at East Leake Wil­lows, go­ing down 52-53 (4-4) to join St Mar­garet’s Mag­gies, who lost 42-68 (0-8) at Queens Park Queens, in the lower di­vi­sion next sea­son. In Di­vi­sion Two Thring­stone Wood­peck­ers se­cured their place in the top flight next sea­son with an em­phatic 68-35 (8-0) away win at St Mar­garet’s Saints but along with sec­ond placed Sys­ton White Plum must await the out­come of the post­poned game be­tween Quorn Weavels and Brush Pere­grines to de­ter­mine who takes the ti­tle and who else goes up.

White Plum did all they could to chal­lenge for the sec­ond pro­mo­tion slot with an equally em­phatic 65-31 (8-0) win at rel­e­gated Brush Hawks leav­ing Weavels the task of ob­tain­ing seven points next week to join Wood­peck­ers in the other pro­mo­tion place or eight points to claim the ti­tle. The mid ta­ble clash at Bel­grave ended all square with the visi­tors Green­fields Bad­gers win­ning the game 65-48 (4-4) but hav­ing to share the points with hosts Cygnets.

Birstall Sands and Keg­worth are pro­moted from Di­vi­sion Three fol­low­ing Sands 58-39 (7-1) win at home to Soar Val­ley Avons and with Green­fields Foxes al­ready rel­e­gated the fight to stave off the re­main­ing place took place at Mountsor­rel where home team Soar Val­ley Mer­lins hosted lo­cal ri­vals Roth­ley Cru­saders. In an ex­tremely tight game it was the visi­tors who se­cured enough points to safely avoid the drop. De­spite los­ing the match they shared the points 50-52 (4-4).

Sileby Swal­lows con­firmed their dom­i­nance in Di­vi­sion Four win­ning their fi­nal match 58-47 (6-2) against Wymeswold Steam­ers to take the ti­tle nine points ahead of Sut­ton Bon­ing­ton River­siders who went down 38-50 (2-6) to mid ta­ble Fosse­way Ro­mans. Shep­shed Lambs had a good win in a hard fought game at Sys­ton where hosts Green and Roy­als con­tin­ued their stut­ter­ing form suc­cumb­ing to a 42-45 (2-6) de­feat, whilst bot­tom club Soar Val­ley Con­ways fin­ished their sea­son with a 51-43 (6-2) win at home to Bel­grave Ringers.

The fi­nal of the Thurs­day Tro­phy took place at Thring­stone BC be­tween Brush Ea­gles and Sys­ton Fosse­way where an ex­cel­lent dis­play of bowl­ing pro­duced a nail bit­ing fin­ish. With a very good crowd in at­ten­dance, Ea­gles took the ini­tia­tive early in the game to lead 20-17 af­ter five ends but the next five ends saw the Fosse col­lect 24 shots to Ea­gles 12 to lead 41-32. At 15 ends it was 62-51 in favour of the Fosse but the rink of James Al­cock col­lected 16 shots in four ends to claw the game back for Ea­gles. With three rinks fin­ished the scores were level at 67-67 how­ever it was Fosse­way who col­lected the all im­por­tant shot on the fi­nal rink to clinch the Tro­phy 68-67 (6-4).

The Pre­sen­ta­tion Night will be held at Brush Bowls Club on Fri­day, Septem­ber 15, com­menc­ing with a game at 6pm fol­lowed by the pre­sen­ta­tion of tro­phies and a buf­fet.

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