Section A run in – Skimmers set for back to back titles

Skimmers will be crowned champions of Section A for the second season running if they win away to Breakaways on Friday night, any slip up could let in second placed Royal Oak Wanderers who are 3 points behind but do play away to Skimmers in the final week of matches. Third placed Colliton Wide Boys can still finish runners up or force a play off if they win their last couple of matches and Royal Oak don’t. At the bottom the four teams who are battling relegation oddly meet each other this week, bottom side Woodmen will be relegated if they don’t beat Hammers, but a win for the inform Milborne outfit would put them just 1 point behind Hammers. In the other match Heathens host Dewlish Monsters with just 2 points separating the pair, a win for Heathens would mean they could not finish in the bottom two.

Top – Games to play

Skimmers 35pts – Breakaways (A) Royal Oak Wanderers (H)

Royal Oak Wanderers 32pts – Half Pints (H) Skimmers (A)

Colliton Wide Boys 30pts – Barmy Army (A) Heathens (H)

Bottom

Heathens 18pts – Dewlish Monsters (H) Colliton Wide Boys (A)

Hammers 17pts – Woodmen (A) Jolly Green Giants (H)

Dewlish Monsters 16pts – Heathens (A) Breakaways (H)

Woodmen 14pts – Hammers (H) Half Pints (A)

Section B run in – Essentials take the title

Essentials have been crowned worthy winners of Section B and will be heading to Section A for the first time in their history. Essentials first played in the D&DSL as Greyhound Essentials in 2010 and played at the Greyhound, Winterborne Kingston before moving to the Spitfire Club, Crossways in 2013. The runners up spot is now up for grabs with second placed Alcotops playing away to third placed Swankers this Friday, a win for Alcotops would see them promoted but a defeat would see both teams on the same number of points going into the final week.
At the bottom Top Pins have been relegated and will be joined by Yokels unless they can win their final two games and Country Boys lose their games.

Top – Games to play

Alcotops 32pts – Swankers (A) Steamers (H)

Swankers 30pts – Alcotops (H) Country Boys (A)

Bottom – Games to play

Country Boys 18 pts – Essentials (A) Swankers (H)

Ray & Ken’s Old Spice Yokels 14pts – Brewers Bees (H) Top Pins (A)

Section C run in – Tom Browns Bullocks are Champions

Tom Browns Bullocks have led the way in Section C all season and Friday after a draw away to Colliton Spares were crowned champions, where anchor man Nick Wrixon hit 9 for Bullocks to clinch the title. Bullocks originally joined the league in 2013 as Compasses United and were runners up in Section D in both 2014 and 2016, they moved to the Bulls Head for the 16-17 season and changed their name to Load of Bullocks. All three teams that are in the running for the runners up spot lost last week, so Rebels, Jokers and Magpie Imps all remain on 27 points but Imps have their bye this week so could lose ground on the other two teams. At the bottom Strimmers and Misfits are all but safe, which means it leaves three teams fighting it out, Villains and Spares are on 15 points while Plodders are on the bottom with 14 points.

Top – Games to play

Colliton Rebels 27pts – Plodders (H) Colliton Flingers (A)

Jokers 27pts – Untouchables (H) Colliton Supertramps (A)

Magpie Imps 27pts – Wool Misfits (A)

Bottom – Games to play

Unpredictable Strimmers 18pts – Tom Browns Bullocks (A) Colliton Spares (A)

Wool Misfits 18pts – Jokers (H) Hotshots (H) Magpie Imps (H)

Villains 15pts – Colliton Supertramps (H) Plodders (A)

Colliton Spares 15pts – Colliton Flingers (A) Unpredictable Strimmers (H)

Plodders 14pts – Colliton Rebels (A) Villains (H)

Section D run in – Legionaires promoted

Despite their defeat to Frampton Fumblers last week Wareham Legionaires have been promoted to Section C with two games to go and will be joined by Frampton Rollers if Rollers avoid defeat in their home match with Funseekers on Wednesday. Swan Abbots slipped out of the race with a 19-pins defeat away to Strugglers at the Goldies. Wareham Legionaires joined the D&DSL in 2012 and this is their first promotion out of Section D.

Games to play 

Wareham Legionaires – 36pts Chaldon Chuckers (H) Ship Wrecked (A)

Frampton Rollers – 34pts Funseekers (H) Frampton Fumblers (A)

Skittlers of the week – Open League w/c 18 March

Top score in the Open League was Ryan Green of Jolly Green Giants with 77 at the Spitfire Club, Crossways. The highest team score was 464 by Half Pints in their 3-pins win against Breakaways at the Bulls Head. The highest hand was 83 by Patriots on alley two at the Colliton Club.

Team performances of the week
Section A: WOODMEN – Bottom side Woodmen came from 24-pins behind after two hands to win by 11-pins away against Colliton Imps on alley two at the Colliton Club, Woodmen hit 458 including 81 on the fourth hand. Woodmen will need two more wins and hope results go their way if they are to avoid the drop.
Section B: MRS BROWNS BOYS – Mrs Browns Boys hit their highest score at home this season 462 as they beat Hartstoppers 20-pins. The Tom Browns outfit started the match with a hand of 79.
Section C: COLLITON SUPERTRAMPS – Supertramps beat promotion hopefuls Colliton Rebels by 28-pins hitting 435 on alley one at the Colliton Club, Tramps started the match with a 69 hand and also hit 71 on the third hand as they took an early lead.
Section D: FRAMPTON FUMBLERS – Fumblers beat league leaders Wareham Legionaires by 16-pins hitting 411, trailing by 12-pins with two hands to go the Fumblers hit hands of 65 and 66 on their Frampton Arms alley to win the match.

Ladies run in – Oakettes go 2 points clear

Oakettes are 2 points clear at the top of the Ladies League with just two games to play, the leaders hit 413 on their Royal Oak alley and beat Easy Beats by 60-pins. Vixens who were joint top lost by 14-pins to Mix Ups who moved into third spot after Devils lost away to Ladybirds by just 1-pin. In the penultimate round of fixtures leaders Oakettes play away to fourth placed Devils on Monday at DTFC, while on the same evening Vixens are away on alley one at the Colliton Club against Colli-Cats. On Tuesday Mix Ups host Wonder Women at the Trinity Club.

Games to play

Oakettes 35pts – Devils (A) Super Colli-Ders (H)

Vixens 33pts – Colli-Cats (A) The Easy Beats (H)

Mix Ups 32pts – Wonder Women (H) Colli-Cats (H)

Devils 31pts – Oakettes (H) Westenders (A)

Skittlers of the week – Ladies League w/c 18 March

Top score in the Ladies League was Jen Sims of Oakettes with 61 at the Royal Oak, Bere Regis. The highest team score was 413 by Oakettes, and the leaders also hit the highest hand of the week with 70. The highest stick up was 18 by Jen Sims.

Team performance of the week – WESTENDERS

Westenders hit 393 which their highest home score of the season in their 11-pins victory over Colli-Cats, with both teams hitting hands of 50 plus all night at the Spitfire Club, Crossways.

Section A run in – Skimmers open up three point gap

Last seasons champions Skimmers are on the verge of becoming back to back champions of Section A, the Bulls Head outfit won away to Barmy Army at the Three Compasses while second placed Royal Oak Wanderers lost away to Colliton Imps at Dorchester Town Football Club, oddly for different reasons both home teams had to change the venue of their matches. Wide Boys joined the Royal Oak in joint second place after beating Puddletown Wanderers at home. At the bottom all four teams won last week which means that Woodmen could be relegated if they lose away to Colliton Imps on Friday.

Top – Games to play

Skimmers 33pts – Heathens (H) Breakaways (A) Royal Oak Wanderers (H)

Royal Oak Wanderers 30pts – Hammers (A) Half Pints (H) Skimmers (A)

Colliton Wide Boys 30pts – Patriots (H) Barmy Army (A) Heathens (H)

Bottom

Heathens 18pts – Skimmers (A) Dewlish Monsters (H) Colliton Wide Boys (A)

Hammers 17pts – Royal Oak Wanderers (H) Woodmen (A) Jolly Green Giants (H)

Dewlish Monsters 14pts – Barmy Army (H) Heathens (A) Breakaways (H)

Woodmen 12pts – Colliton Imps (A) Hammers (H) Half Pints (A)

Section B run in – Top two meet in crunch match

Essentails who are already promoted will be crowned champions of Section B if the avoid defeat away to second placed Alcotops on Friday. Alcotops are 4 points in front of third placed Swankers with the two teams meeting in the following round of fixtures after this week. At the bottom Top Pins have been relegated and will be joined by Yokels unless they can win their final three games and Country Boys lose their three games.

Top – Games to play

Essentials 38pts – Alcotops (A) Country Boys (H) Colliton Chimps (A)

Alcotops 32pts – Essentials (H) Swankers (A) Steamers (H)

Swankers 28pts – Vic Reeves (A) Alcotops (H) Country Boys (A)

Bottom – Games to play

Country Boys 18 pts – Colliton Chimps (H) Essentials (A) Swankers (H)

Ray & Ken’s Old Spice Yokels 14pts – Colliton Muckspreaders (A) Brewers Bees (H) Top Pins (A)

Section C run in – Bullocks close in on title

Tom Browns Bullocks have been on top of Section C all season and will be crowned champions if they avoid defeat away to Colliton Spares on Friday. second spot is up for grabs with three teams tying on 27 points, Magpie Imps, Colliton Rebels and Jokers, but crucially Imps have one less game to play. At the bottom it all changed last week with Misfits picking up 4 points and Strimmers winning for the second week running to put both teams on 16 points to leave three teams below them, Villains on 15 points and both Plodders and Spares on 14 points. All five teams have three games to play.

Top – Games to play

Tom Browns Bullocks 33pts – Colliton Spares (A) Unpredictable Strimmers (H)

Magpie Imps 27pts – Unpredictable Strimmers (A) Wool Misfits (A)

Colliton Rebels 27pts – Colliton Supertramps (A) Plodders (H) Colliton Flingers (A)

Jokers 27pts – Wool Misfits (A) Untouchables (H) Colliton Supertramps (A)

Bottom – Games to play

Unpredictable Strimmers 16pts – Magpie Imps (H) Tom Browns Bullocks (A) Colliton Spares (A)

Wool Misfits 16pts – Jokers (H) Hotshots (H) Magpie Imps (H)

Villains 15pts – Untouchables (A) Colliton Supertramps (H) Plodders (A)

Plodders 14pts – Colliton Flingers (H) Colliton Rebels (A) Villains (H)

Colliton Spares 14pts – Tom Browns Bullocks (H) Colliton Flingers (A) Unpredictable Strimmers (H)