The Open League Secretaries Shield was won by Tam Dodge of Wurzels who beat Frank Brown of Rebels in the Final. In the Semi Finals Tam beat Andy Fowler of Colliton Wide Boys while Frank beat Pete Bolton of Royal Oak Wanderers.
The Ladies Secretaries Shield was won by Jade Thompson who beat Jen Sims in an all Oakettes final. In the semi finals Jade beat Jane Fairless of Mix Ups while Jen beat Kelly Godden of Breezers.
The sticker up Cup was won by Josh Fowler of Huntsmen who beat Kieran Claridge of Dribs ‘n’ Drabs in the final. In the semi finals Josh beat Charlie Clarke of Unpredictable Strimmers, while Kieran beat Harry White of Colliton Supertramps. There were 23 entries in what was a very enjoyable and competitive evening with some great skittling from the youngsters.
Skimmers beat second placed Royal Oak Wanderers by 46-pins at the Bulls Head to finish 3 points ahead of their opponents and win Section A for the second season running. Its Skimmers fifth Section A title, there other wins coming in 1991, 1993 and 2005. Skimmers were founded by Tony Clark in 1978 and won Section E in their very first season, won the D section in 1980 before coming runners up in Section C in 1981, and then promotion to Section A came in 1982 after winning Section B, they have been in Section A ever since making them the longest running team in the Section. Current secretary Steve Willsher is the only original member from the 1978 team still playing for the team.
Runners up Royal Oak Wanderers were originally called Marco Wanderers when they joined the league in 1997 and like Skimmers quickly went up through the sections, winning Section F in 1998, Section E in 1999, Section D in 2000, Section C in 2001 and the B section in 2002. They won three section A titles on the trot, 06,07 and 08. In 2009 they changed their name to Greyhound Wanderers and won the title again in 2011. They became Royal Oak Wanderers in 2014.
At the bottom Heathens six seasons in Section A came to an end after defeat away to Colliton Wide Boys left them on 18 points, and Monsters home win against Breakaways moved them onto 20 points. Woodmen were already relegated, after only two seasons back in the top section.
Essentials won 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. They won Section D in 2011 and were runner up in Section C in 2012, Essentials stayed in Section B for three seasons before relegation back to Section C in 2015, Essentials returned to Section B after they won Section C 2018.
Alcotops finished as runners up and it’s a quick return to Section A for the Alcotops after relegation from the A section last season, and it’s the third time that Alcotops have come runners up in Section B after doing so in both 2010 and 2017. Alcotops joined the league in 2000 and won Section E in 2002, and followed up with a fourth place finish in Section D which saw them promoted to Section C. Alcotops won Section C in 2007.
At the bottom Ray & Ken’s Old Spice Yokels spell of 13 seasons in Section B came to an end with defeat to Brewers Bees which means they join Top Pins in relegation to Section C.
Tom Browns Bullocks led the way in Section C from start to finish and were worthy champions. 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.
Three teams will play off for the runners up position, wins for Jokers, Colliton Rebels and Hotshots meant they all finished on 29 points, with Magpie Imps missing out after a defeat away to Wool Misfits that keeps the Wool outfit up. In the relegation battle Colliton Spares beat Unpredictable Strimmers by 25-pins to send Strimmers down with Plodders who lost at home to Villains by 35-pins.
The three way play off will take place on Thursday May 9 , the venue to be confirmed.
Wareham Legionaires have won Section D for the first time
since joining the league in 2012, already promoted they knew that if they avoided
defeat away to Ship Wrecked on Thursday night they would be champions, and the
Wareham outfit done it in style hitting 480 and winning by 85-pins at the Old Ship
Inn, hitting hands of 67, 84, 63, 65, 78, 63 and 60, while young Sam Davis was top
score with 70.
Frampton Rollers the other promoted team had won by 25-pins in their Frampton derby match away to Fumblers on Wednesday hitting 405 to go level on points with the Legionaires. Rollers were initially called Frampton Arms ‘C’ and joined the league in 1986 winning Section F . In 1988 the team changed its name to Frampton Rollers. Current secretary Adam Surrey took other the reigns IN 1991 and in 2003 Rollers won Section E, becoming the last team to win that section as the league was cut to four sections. Rollers were promoted to Section C as runners up of D in 2004 and stayed in Section C until 2011 before relegation back to Section D.
Oakettes are the Ladies League champions for a record tenth time, they first won the league back in 2001 and went on to win it eight times in nine seasons, their last success came in 2011 but last nights victory at home to Super Colli-Ders by 76-pins clinched their place at the top again ahead of Vixens who finish two points behind as runners-up. Vixens joined the league in 2013 as Top Kats but changed their name to Vixens in 2016 and this is the first time that they have finished in the top two of the Ladies League.
Skimmers defeat away to Breakaways on Friday sets up a fitting finale on Friday, the Bulls Head outfit are now just 1 point ahead of this week opponents Royal Oak Wanderers who they host at the Bulls Head with the winners taking the Section A title. Royal Oak beat Half Pints at home by 28-pins to keep themselves in the race. At the bottom Woodmen have been relegated after losing at home by 22-pins to Hammers, which leaves Hammers a point above both Heathens and Monsters after Monsters beat Heathens on Friday to leave both teams on 18 points. Heathens face a tough away match against Colliton Wide Boys on Thursday, while Monsters host Breakaways on Friday, if they both lose it could set up a play off for relegation, but if they both win and Hammers lose to Green Giants on Friday then Hammers would face the drop.
With Essentials already crowned as champions it was Alcotops turn to clinch promotion back to Section A, they beat nearest rivals for the runners up spot Swankers away by 8-pins. It’s a quick return to Section A for the Alcotops after relegation from the A section last season, and it’s the third time that Alcotops have come runners up in Section B after doing so in both 2010 and 2017. At the bottom Ray & Ken’s Old Spice Yokels spell of 13 seasons in Section B came to an end with defeat to Brewers Bees which means they join Top Pins in relegation to Section C.
Tom Browns Bullocks have already won Section C but the runners up spot is far from decided with four teams all on the same number of points, defeats for Rebels and Jokers have let back in Imps who had a bye last week while Hotshots got themselves back into the frame with a win at home against Wool Misfits. All four face tricky away games in the final week, first up on Wednesday is Jokers who play Supertramps, then on Thursday Flingers host Rebels, while on Friday Magpie Imps go to Wool to face Misfits, and Hotshots travel to the Bladen Club to take on Untouchables. If the runners up spot is close then relegation is just as tight with two spots still to be taken, on Thursday bottom side Plodders who have 16 points play Villains who sit just a point ahead so which ever team lose will be relegated. On Friday Colliton Spares who are also on 17 points host Strimmers who have 18 points, a defeat for Spares would put them down and keep Strimmers up, but a win would bring Strimmers into the reckoning, and also could bring Misfits into it unless they beat Imps which would put them safe.