CASTLE Park were unlucky to come up against a Whitehall team who were in top form.
Despite shooting their second best score of the season, the Park lost by 10 points.
With an excellent 99, Mike Ware led the way for Whitehall along with Steve Baker with 98.
Max Dossor’s 98 was easily his best score and the main reason for Castle Park’s good, but losing performance.
With two matches to go, Whitehall cannot now be beaten in the A League title race and retain the trophy which they have almost come to regard as their own.
Esk Valley easily accounted for Wrong Trousers who will be glad to see the season come to an end.
Paul Hurworth with 97, was the best for the Trousers team, who will be looking to re-group during the summer break.
For Esk Valley, Nigel Scarth hit his fifth 99 of the season, narrowly missing out on that coveted 100.
The disappointing performance of the week came from Country Lads who were well beaten by Average by the huge margin of 14 points.
By way of explanation, Country Lads will point to the fact that they were let down by one of their team failing to shoot, something they will need to rectify if they seriously intend to challenge Whitehall’s supremacy.
In B League, the top of the table clash between Watkinson’s and Patch went the way of the leaders Watkinson’s who, with two matches remaining, cannot be beaten in the Championship race.
Although not a high-scoring match in terms of individual scores, members of both teams shot into the 90s.
This made for a nail-biting finish to a match which could have gone either way and was in doubt until the card of the last man was scored.
Top score in the match was Jeff Kenworthy with 95.
Back-to-back wins for Universal saw them climb a place in the league with a 17 point win over Farmers, still struggling to find some decent form and consistency. Universal though had their second best score of the season, getting off to a good start with a 95 from Maurice Troughton which beat his previous best by two points.
Universal have now won seven of their 18 matches and are effectively in third place in the Gunscore League and second in the Handicap League, a huge improvement on the previous season when they finished without a point.
In the third match, Firemen dropped a place in the league by losing to Average in a match they could reasonably have expected to win.
Paul Cattermole with 94 was best for Firemen. Howard Russell also shot his second best card of the season.
Results, A League
Whitehall 390 M Ware 99 SP Baker 98 T Coates 97 D Lawrence 96 beat Castle Park 380 M Dossor 98 R Oliver 95 C Moore 95 A Eddon 92;
Esk Valley 385 N Scarth 99 C Williamson 96 J Hay 96 D Noble 94 beat Wrong Trousers 374 P Hurworth 97 A Martin 93 J Stokoe 93 P Lindley 91;
Average 382 beat Country Lads 368 D Atkinson 96 M Atkinson 94 S Atkinson 94 P Turford 84.
Watkinson’s 375 J Kenworthy 95 M Marsay 94 D Pratt 94 N Sawdon 92 beat Patch 372 P Rutland 94 I Harrison 94 J Wood 92 C Rutland 92; Universal 369 M Troughton 95 D Holloway 92 GW Flower 91 J Hugill 91 beat Farmers 352 Y Williamson 91 CS Thompson 89 RM Franks 89 M Noble 83; Average 367 beat Firemen 362 P Cattermole 94 B Gibbons 92 H Russell 88 M Holmes 86.