THERE was little to separate Kirkby and Walney Park A as the top-of-the-table clash in Division Three of the Sharples Lettings Furness and District Bowling League ended in a 7-7 draw.

The Walney side took seven of the 12 games on offer, but lost the aggregate after they gave away a walk over.

Malcolm Cleasby won 21-6 for the villagers, with Ian Fairclough having a fine 21-9 reply.

The Islanders still top the table by a point from their hosts, who also had an excellent 13-2 success at Co-op SC B, where Dave Turnough won 21-2 and Stuart Goodwin 21-6.

Red River A, 21 points behind with two games in hand, look the only threat to the leaders after beating West Shore A 10-4. John Jackson, 21-5, Paul Ryan, 21-7, and Ian Perry, 21-9, were the River’s leading scorers.

Bob Ward’s 21-4 win ensured West Mount beat Co-op SC B 9-6 and Salthouse B returned from Roose Community B 11-4 victors thanks to 21-8 wins by Ron Burley and John Mason, and a Greg Windsor 21-9. Roose' best were Eddie O’Hare, 21-3, and Andy Crabtree, 21-8.

Glaxo SC A had the weekend’s only maximum against Hawcoat Park C. Andrew Page, 21-2, and Stuart Smith, 21-4, were the best winners for Glaxo.

In Division Two, Glaxo lead Hawcoat Park A by eight points with four matches remaining after Glaxo won 10-5 at Roose Community A and Hawcoat returned from North Scale with one point more.

These two teams meet each other this weekend at Hawcoat Lane.

Despite winning 7-5 on games, Glaxo only gained the aggregate points by two chalks, mainly due to Harry Tomsett winning 21-7 after Tom Harris and Jim Johnson had won 21-5 for Roose.

The cards of Dave Hodgson 21-4 and Gordon Walker 21-8 stood out.

John Atkinson won 21-3 as Co-op A beat Hawcoat Park B 10-5, while Danny Smith 21-6 and Martin Steele 21-8 helped Dalton CC A to a 9-5 win over Askam A.

Wins from Norman Milburn, 21-4, and Colin Haworth, 21-9, to a Tommy Richardson 21-8 reply enabled Askam A to earlier beat West Shore 11-3.

West Shore bounced back in defeating Salthouse A 10-4, with Shaun Mason securing a 21-6 win.

Lee Storey helped Police A to get six points with a 21-5 win at home to Kirkby A, whose best results came from Phil Park, 21-5, and Les Preston, 21-8.

Barrow Island looked to have booked another season in the division after a 10-4 win over King Alfred B. Peter Minnis top-scored with a 21-3, followed by Mike Bram, 21-7, and Ron Barclay, 21-9. Alfred’s best was Tony George, 21-8.