Crescent lead way in close title fight

Graham Moore and his Royals are still in with a shout for the title
Graham Moore and his Royals are still in with a shout for the title

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IT IS still wide open in division one of the Victory Triples. After two catch-up games, Crescent (Adrian Snook) are now slight favourites to win the crown.

In their first game of the week, they scored six shots in the final two ends to beat The Blues (Alan Sprake) by five shots and in their second they enjoyed a comfortable nine-shot victory against leaders Layabouts (John Biggs).

Meanwhile, Royals (Graham Moore), who still have a great chance, were trouncing the Exocets (Brian Brown) by 19 shots.

Gamblers (Adrian Ash) completed their programme with a four-shot success against Moneyfields (Trevor Moore) and now have a two-point lead in division two.

But they will have to wait until Kackanders play their two remaining games to know whether or not they will collect the trophy.

Kackanders (Paul Cooke) got a little closer with a four-shot victory against Split Ends (Russell Gadd), then enjoyed an eight-shot win against Long Jacks (Dave Meyer).

There was no joy for Jack High (Ollie Mew). They remain next to bottom after losing by 13 shots to Portchester Vets (Sean O’Mara).

It was a great week for Em’N’Ems (Jonathan Leggett).

They enjoyed a double win against Next (Rob Moran) to take over the top spot in the Tuesday League.

Cardsharps (Mike Jinman) kept their hopes alive when they scored five in the final two ends to win by that amount against College Park (Clive Carter).

Also very much in the hunt are Post Office (Trevor Moore), who trounced Fiesta (Gerry Dobson) by 19 shots and are just three points behind the leaders.

At the lower end of the table, there was a storming finish by Captains Lot (John Farrar). They scored doubles on the final two ends to beat bottom-side Strollers (Roger Shergold) by three.

City (Geoff Matthews) won six of the final seven ends to turn a 12-shot deficit into a two-shot victory against Titans (Bill Bailey) and Odd Bowls (Terry Budd) trounced Leeways (Brian Jones) by 18 shots.

Griffs (Fred Hammal) enjoyed a 10-shot victory against Gilberts (Eric Purchase) and now have what looks to be an unassailable lead in the Wednesday League.