ANDOVER Pool League hit the halfway point of the season with the Premier League set for a four-horse finale.
Ian Bryant’s Queen Charlotte bounced back from last week’s defeat to the Demons with an 8-1 win over Clatford to stay in top spot.
The Demons, though, stayed in touch with a hard-fought 5-4 win over Royal Oak to move joint 2nd, but it was Sean Curtis’ Arms ‘A’ side who crashed the party, leaving the Arms ‘B’ punch drunk with a 6-3 win to move within 5 points of the second-placed sides.
Craig Rees’ QCC’s sit clear in 5th thanks to a 7-2 win over winless Central, who look all but set for a return to Division One.
Battle Stations were moved off the top of Division One for the first time this season as they lost the battle for top sport 7-2 to Anton Harts.
Hurstbourne ‘A’ kept in touch thanks to a 7-2 win over Lucky Tavern and The Foresters Fatties sit well placed in 4th after a 5-4 win over The Folly, while the QC Beebies moved into 5th with a 7-2 win over Toby Seal’s Shire Sharp Shooters.
Wooly B52s closed the gap on Folly Flyers in Division Two thanks to an 8-1 win over the Railway Club. David Adamson’s side stayed on top thanks to a 5-4 win over Central Mankinis.
Division Three saw a two-horse race emerge as Plougher Rangers and Hurstbourne ‘B’ went clear.
Ken Cattermoule’s Hurstbourne side scraped past bottom side Central Hedgehogs 5-4, while Plougher Rangers won 7-2 at home to HBT Players to close the gap and go level on points.
There is now a three-way tie for 3rd place, with Eagle Leftovers and Ploughin’ On moving level on points with Tavern A Laugh. The Eagle headed to the Wyke Down and picked up a 5-4 win, while Gordon Cooper’s Ploughin’ On won 6-3 away at the Tavern.
Lamb Chop ‘A’ maintained their unbeaten start with a 6-3 win over Wyke Down ’n’ Outs who sit one point behind despite a second loss of the season.
Swallow Smash Heads stay in 3rd after a 5-4 win over Clatford Arms ‘A’ while the Arms Snipers moved into 4th with a win over Lamb Chop ‘B’.
At the bottom, Shire Sambuca Squad stay bottom after losing to Slipper Strangers.
Kings and Queens went top of Division Five with a 5-4 win over Wanda Morgan’s Royal Oak Beavers.
They went clear of Town Mills who went down 5-4 to Bev Summer’s Play Station while Central Saints moved level on points of with 6-3 win over Foresters Chess Club.
The biggest win of the week came at the Station where Liam Reeves’ Barbarians finally got off the mark with a 6-3 result over the Phoenix to give themselves a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon.