Race for Victory will go right to the wire

080205_0114_VICTORY_BOWLS (SPT) 19/1/08''Hampshire bowler Gary Starks.''Victory Indoor Bowls Club at Alex Way, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, hosted the match between Hampshire (playing in blue shirt collars) and Somerset (playing in green shirt collars).''PICTURE: MICHAEL SCADDAN (080205-0114)
080205_0114_VICTORY_BOWLS (SPT) 19/1/08''Hampshire bowler Gary Starks.''Victory Indoor Bowls Club at Alex Way, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, hosted the match between Hampshire (playing in blue shirt collars) and Somerset (playing in green shirt collars).''PICTURE: MICHAEL SCADDAN (080205-0114)
Gosport Forton Bowling CLub team members, back row, left to right:  Eric Meighan, Byron Lewis, Mick Lush,
Graham Sampson and Rob Williams
. Front Row, left to right: Steve Anderson, Brian Croucher (team captain
holding cup) and Malcolm Stimpson.

Another one for the trophy cabinet

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The race for the Victory Fours League division one title is set to go to the wire.

With most of the teams only having two games to play, just two points separate the top three.

Anchors Aweigh (Gary Starks), who have been at the top for most of the season, still have a one-point lead despite a nine-shot thumping at the hands of title-seeking Harmonics (Colin Thresher), who now trail by one point.

Pentones (Tom Pullin) conceded five shots in the final two ends and had to settle for one point against Just That Yard (Adrian Ash).

Peelers (Charlie Bailey) kept their very remote hopes alive when they scored 14 shots in the final five ends to beat High Fives (Dave Meyer).

But Punters (Dorian Bishop) saw their bid extinguished when they lost by three shots to WWWBowls (Wayne Foulger).

In the top-of-the-table battle in division two, Jayeffs (Mike Pople) – who trailed by nine shots at one stage – lost by two shots to leaders Waverley College (Paul Lawrence).

Metros (Brian Martin) moved second with a 12-shot victory against the Roland Bloy-skipped Moneyfields.

One Short (John Rawlings) moved up a place thanks to a seven-shot success over Miltonians (Trevor Moore).

At the lower end, Crescent (Bob Reeves) kept out of the bottom two with a two-shot win over Red Notes (Ted Brown) and The News (Dave Baxter) moved off the bottom with a seven-shot win over Naismith (Ted Coward).