Howard leads  North back into top four

NORTH Launceston moved back into the top four of the Mitsubishi Premier Bowls League with a 16-shot, 10-point win over Trevallyn.

Jarrod Howard led the way with a sizeable margin over Mark Howlett, with Allan Gamble slipping past Mike Sims with three to spare.

Rodney Murray reversed the tables for Trevallyn, taking a one-shot win over David Minns.

It was one-way traffic on the Beauty Point green with the home side taking a handy lead to the break over Deloraine.

Rohan Donohue struggled from the outset and the break did him no favours, losing to Paul Filgate by 16. Bruce Howard and Bob Williams had solid leads over Matt Mitchell and Shaun Donohue at the break but Deloraine closed the gap over the closing stages, with the wins going to the Point by narrow margins.

Launceston collected their biggest points haul for the season and moved well clear of the relegation fight when they defeated Kings Meadows across all rinks.

Young gun Kane Stewart led the way, defeating Nathan Chugg with 15 to spare, with Mitch Billing holding off Graeme Hemmingway by six.

The closest game was between Meadows' Phil Harris and Ian Barnett, with Barnett on top by two.

Scottsdale added 10 points to their tally from their game with Longford, giving them breathing space over Cressy and the relegation seat.

Victor Goss accounted for Simon Zaporozec with six in hand, with Ian Edwards defeating Fred McKay by three to cover Wayne Churchill's loss to Chris Roach.

East Launceston almost doubled Cressy's score to take all the points  on Cressy's home green.

Scott Summers led the way with a 23-shot margin over Kevin Wilson, with Will Springer covering Martyn Jordan by 17.

Chris Dudman completed the rout with a 12-shot margin over Corey Flood.

The top-of-the-table clash in division one went to the home team, with East Launceston now 12 points clear of Cosgrove Park, with wins across the board.

Steve Pearsall set the scene, taking Wayne Foster by 11, with Stuart Groom close behind, covering Byron Slater by nine.

David Heron completed the win, defeating Paul Cleary by eight.

Trevallyn failed to add to their season total, losing to Invermay on all rinks.

Dennis Basset covered Adrian Coomber with eight to spare to lead the way with Rebecca Van Asch taking Roger Long by five.

Mark Illingworth and Leon Allen had a close one with the final result being just three shots to Illingworth.

Mitch Walker worked hard for the Bridport side to gain their only joy from their clash with George Town defeating Terry Jones by 15.

George Town's Shane Boden set up the town's victory with a crushing 32-shot win over Kane Walker, with Chris Walker suffering a similar result at the hands of Ben Tuthill giving George Town the bulk points.

The battle for fourth and fifth on the ladder went to fifth-placed Kings Meadows with an all rinks win  over North Launceston.

Bill Blair headed the cards, taking a 12-shot win over Terry Rowlings, with Beeton holding a  similar margin over Stuart Comer.

Greg Webb and Gus Draper played a close one, with Draper getting the nod by one.

The 12-point gain still leaves Kings Meadows in fifth place.

Midlands tried hard to lift out of the relegation seat, taking eight points from Scottsdale, which is now just four points ahead.

Scott Crocker defeated Kevin Coates with enough margin to cover Don Crocker and Roxon's losses to Kerry Hayes and Walker.

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