Furness are set for a thrilling end to their season in the Federation of Crown Green Bowls Division Four, as their 21-11 victory over Warrington not only gave them a chance of avoiding relegation, but of winning promotion as well.

Leaders Bradford have secured themselves promotion and with a 26 point lead should lift the title, but any of the other four teams could join them or face the drop into Division Five.

Only nine points separate that quartet with South Lakes on 49 points, Furness and Warrington on 46 and Harrogate ARA in the basement place on 40.

Furness hosted Warrington on the normally fearsome Lindal green, but on this occasion following heavy rain leading up to the match, the green was visitor friendly.

That said, the Cumbrians got off to the perfect start by winning the opening five games, with Barry Lowden and Kevin Toal both winning 21-10, Tony Whitehouse 21-16 and Graham Rigg 21-20 after fighting back from 10-1 and 20-17 deficits.

Glenis McDonald then had a superb 21-18 win against Lancashire county player Steve Gilfedder, while 14-year-old Ethan Lowden had a baptism of fire and although losing 21-10, he will have benefitted from the occasion.

Roger Barrow was always in control winning 21-12 before Jeff Hinde fought back from 18-7 behind to eventually win to 15.

Ryan Smith celebrated his 17th birthday with a 21-15 success, but Billy Harding struggled against an opponent who bowled the green well.

Opening with six consecutive twos, Martin Barrow won 21-4 before Paul Thompson wrapped up the match by winning 21-7.

The away leg was played on the Tetley Club bowling green, where Danny Rogers played a late replacement for Warrington and showed his class in winning 21-12.

Stuart Aspinall lost 21-9 and Jon Richardson 21-15 before Steve Fullard restored parity with a 21-17 win.

Man of the match Fraser Rigg, 15, produced some excellent corner bowling to win 21-6, while 17-year-old Callum Sharples recovered from 16-11 behind to win by the narrowest of margins.

Ben Wright, Colin Knight and Tommy Richardson lost before Darren Mountford won 21-16 and Andy Rigg narrowly went down 21-20.

Matthew Ryder wrapped up an excellent away performance beating another Lancashire county player John Brown to give Furness a share of the games and an aggregate deficit of only 16 chalks.

Furness won the home leg 9-3 on games and an aggregate by 48 chalks for an 11-3 win, while the away team drew 6-6 on games but lost the aggregate by 16 chalks, giving Warrington an 8-6 win.

Furness won the overall aggregate 426-394, collecting an extra four points.