IT’S getting to crunch time in the Huddersfield Indoor Bowls League.
Some sections are fairly clear cut, but others are as close as they can be.
Any slip-ups over the next few weeks could see title aspirations disappear with no chance to rectify any loss of points.
Meltdown have opened up a healthy lead in the Ladies Vets and are unlikely to be caught, although the Foxy Ladies have given them a good run for their money.
Six points at this stage is a good advantage and it would be a surprise if it is overturned.
The Men’s Vets is a much closer affair.
Long-time leaders Waverley have continued to collect winning points and time looks to be running out for annual rivals Matadors.
But although Waverley have only two matches left, any slip-up in these games will lead to the Matadors getting back to their usual leading position.
Jackdaws have earned their third position, having lost just two of their games, but they are unlikely to improve on this.
Wombles have opened up a six-point gap in the Mixed Vets League, but both Torredors and Falcons have games in hand so things could yet change. Wombles are still favourites but by no means certainties.
The Men’s Super League featured the clash to the two leading teams last week with Archers taking on the Bandits.
Up until the last four ends Archers looked the likely winners as they were leading 10 shots to six, but the next four ends completely turned the game on its head as Bandits skip, Jack Dyson, found his previously failing form to win nine shots in four ends for his team to run out 15-10 winners.
The turnaround was remarkable as Dyson’s form in the early stages was way below his normal standards, but the improvement lifted the rest of his team to capitalise on the change.
The third-fourth place battle between Nomads and Wanderers ended with a hammering for the Nomads. It just was not their day as the Wanderers rolled in shot after shot and Nomads suffered their biggest defeat of the season.
The Men’s Evening League is still headed by Hanson Transport, but Unbiased are only two points behind and still have time to catch up. Linthwaite are third but have quite a gap to close.
Bastermarand have extended their lead at the top of Thursday’s Mixed Evening League and are unlikely to be caught, having suffered just one defeat all season so far.
March will herald a new competition for the Men’s Super League. A knockout competition will be played on Monday nights with two groups of five teams, the winners of the groups playing each other in the final.