The Robins Nest clinched the East Berwickshire Pool League title on Wednesday night by defeating the Gulls Nest 6-3 away from home.
They now have a six point gap at the top with only one game remaining and this confirms their third title in a row. At the halfway stage, the Dolphin and the Newcastle Arms both looked more likely to go on and win the league and the Fleet finished strongly to keep the challenge going up until the last few games. But the Robins Nest drew on their experience and in the end their consistency saw them home by losing only two games all season.
It was a season filled with tiaras and tantrums with teams throughout the league imploding and making up and it was good to have four strong teams challenging for the title right up until the last few weeks of the season.
The Dolphin defeated the Fleet 6-3 away and the battle for runners up in the league is very much alive as they only trail the Newcastle Arms by one point going into the final round of matches after the Arms also won 6-3 away at the Wheatsheaf ‘B’. The Fleet need results to go their way if they are to climb the table but look destined to finish the season a disappointing fourth given the strength of their squad.
The Gulls Nest are safe in fifth position despite last week’s defeat and the Tavern ‘A’ finished their campaign on a high by winning 5-4 away at the Eildon despite a defeat for Scot Duncan to the shell suited princess and look to have done enough to secure a top six finish.
Ayton Bowling Club continued their strong finish to the season by defeating the Wheatsheaf ‘A’ by 5-4 and will finish best of the rest well clear in seventh. The Ship ‘A’ surprisingly prop up the table having won only three games all season and it’s back to the drawing board for Munchie next season.
The top 16 will go to the final week of the season after a surprise defeat for the ever-reliable Paul Douglas from the Robins Nest away at the Gulls Nest last week. He has led the individual league for most of the season but is only two points clear of Peter Craig from the Dolphin going into the final game and can still be caught and overtaken if Craig super grannies and Douglas fails to win. Stevie Mark (Dolphin) is clear in third with Rab Bannerman (Dolphin) and Gav Tait (Robins Nest) fourth equal.
Gareth Watson heads the Newcastle Arms’ challenge in sixth and is one of three Arms players in the top 16 along with Rab Elliot and Andy McAuley. Colin Lowe and David Wood are the Gulls Nest representatives and Darren Bohme is the third Robins Nest player to make the top 16. Chris Alexander and Mark Hackland also give the Dolphin three players in the top 16 whilst Colin Aitchison gives the Fleet a third representative.
Duane Patterson (Tavern ‘A’) and Michael Turnbull (Ship ‘B’) are the only two players not playing for the top five teams in the league to make the cut with one game to go. They will all be looking over their shoulder however at Iain Blaikie in 17th position who may squeeze into the play offs with a super granny in his final match.