DEREK Atkinson scored 100 for Country Lads in their tied match with Whitehall in round 18 but Wrong Trousers won their first match of the season against Castle Park after 18 straight defeats.
The top of the table clash between Whitehall and Country Lads, in doubt until the last shot, eventually finished with honours even, to record the first draw in A League this season.
Best for Whitehall were top performers Steve Baker and Time Coates who both had 98.
Country Lads, however, now assured of second place will question whether they could have gone one better had they fielded their strongest team in vital matches which were lost.
At last a win for Wrong Trousers who surprised Castle Park by shooting their best team score of the season.
Paul Hurworth led the way for the Trousers team with another 97 supported by Peter Lindley with 96 and Jon Stokoe with 95.
Best for Castle Park came from veteran shooters Colin Moore with 97 and Chris Dossor with 96 but not enough to prevent a jubilant Trousers team winning by 4 points.
With a team total of 386 Esk Valley easily accounted for Average to win their 12th match of the season. Jackie Hay just missed out on the coveted 100 with 99 and the high scoring Nigel Scarth hitting 98.
In B League, the surprise of the week was another defeat for Patch, still coming to terms with their defeat the previous week by Watkinson’s.
Although Trish Rutland equalled her highest score of the season, Patch never really got off the ground and for the second time lost to Average, on this occasion by just one point.
Although no longer in contention for the B League title, Patch will regard this as a match they could and should have won and look at the loss as two points thrown away.
Farmers continued their run of better scores but came up against Watkinson’s who did nothing spectacular to record their 17th win by the huge margin of 18 points. Matt Marsay with 96 was best for Watkinson’s who now face Universal in the final round.
Also shooting 96, Brian Gibbons and Paul Cattermole stopped a run of three defeats for Firemen who quickly put out any thoughts Universal had of making it three wins in a row. Although Maurice Troughton continued his mini run of good form with a 95 for Universal, they were never really in contention and eventually lost by five points.
Results, A League
Wrong Trousers 379 P Hurworth 97 P Lindley 96 J Stokoe 95 A Martin 91 beat Castle Park 375 C Moore C Dossor 96 A Eddon 92 M Dossor 90; Country Lads 387 D Atkinson 100 S Atkinson 97 M Atrkinson 96 R Lamerton 94 drew with Whitehall 397 S Baker 98 T Coates 98 D Lawrence 96 M Ware 95; Esk Valley 386 J Hay 99 N Scarth 98 C Williamson 95 D Noble 94 beat Average 382.
Watkinson’s 377 M Marsay 96 J Headley 94 N Sawdon 94 D Pratt 93 beat Farmers 359 D Hill 92 CS Thompson 91 Y Williamson 88 M Noble 88;
Firemen 369 B Gibbons 96 P Cattermole 96 I Clarkson 92 H Russell 85 beat Universal 364 M Troughton 95 GW Flower 90 B Martin 90 J Hugill 89;
Average 367 beat Patch 366 P Rutland 94 I Harrison 91 J Wood 91 C Rutland 90.