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Eagles are soaring towards the Birds League red division crown.

Terry Smith’s side remained clear leaders after beating Herons 31-5.

Skylarks, led by Mick Pople, drew level with second-placed Eiders as they defeated Albatross 19-10.

Jim Anderson’s Kingfishers are still propping up the table, though, after going down 12-7 to Cuckoos.

In the blue division, Kestrels closed the gap on leaders Seagulls, who were resting.

The chasers defeat Pheasants 17-5, while Condors edged a tight encounter with Colin Walker’s lowly Larks 14-13.

Penguins maintained their five-point advantage in the green division.

But Dave Powe’s team were made to work for their narrow win over Pullets.

Meanwhile, the second-placed DoDos beat Chuffs 19-3.

Lee Cunningham’s Pentones had a resounding 27-5 win over Naismith in division one of the Evening Fours League.

Cavaliers remained one point adrift, though, after beating Crescent 16-12.

Albatross, led by John Biggs, still head the second flight following a two-shot win over Miltonians.

Bottom side Red Notes gained a point with a draw against One Short.

Red Arrows were shot down in flames in the yellow division of the Vintage League.

Arthur Newland’s Palmills crushed the leaders by six.

Blossom Hill Mob are now seven points behind after a five-shot win over Diamond Head.

Third-placed Watnotts are still in contention, too, following an eight-shot victory against Alex M.

Trailblazers had to pull out all the stops to maintain their unbeaten record in the red division.

In the end, Dave Biggs & Co claimed a three-shot win over second-placed Patmos and remain the only side across all divisions to have so far avoided defeat.

Just four points separate the top four in the blue division, though – with all of them tasting victory.

Acrest, Muggs, Ashbys and Anglicans all hold title ambitions as the season moves towards a thrilling climax.

Roger Bell skipped Hillbillies back to the summit of the green division.

They grabbed a one-shot win over Hammers, while Shawmutts defeated Scarabs and bottom-team Pembroke suffered another reverse.

Dale Ever’s Pirates still have control of the Afternoon Triples League.

They earned 15-9 victory over third-placed Yard Short.

True Blues gained a resounding 23-9 victory over Ever Ready to keep up the chase.

There was no change at the top of the Tuesday Evening Triples League, either, as Ian McKenzie’s Next claimed a 17-5 win over Claret ‘n’ Blues.

Titans enjoyed a two-shot win over lowly Cardsharps.

In the Wednesday Evening Triple League, Alex kept hold of their one-point cushion at the top with a 10-shot win over Trevor’s Pals. Assassins lost 18-11 to the Royals.

Elsewhere, Crescent top division one of the Thursday Evening Triples League after a 21-7 win over Yankers.

Division two frontrunners Ice Creams beat Portchester Vets by two.

Toromos set the pace in the Friday Evening Triples League following victory over Collegians.

Kath Patrick’s Daisy beat Aster 24-9 to keep control of the Ladies’ Fours League but Hyacinth continued to chase with a 14-9 success over Zinnia.

The Ladies’ Triples League is still led by Tarts, while Team Four made the most of Team One’s slip-up to open a four-point gap at the top of the Mixed Fours League.

n Victory suffered defeat to a powerful Desborough side in the London & Southern Counties Shield quarter-final on Sunday.