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13 April 2016
Legion win but B League still to be decided

With postponed games still to be caught up on, both the Williamson's A & B leagues are set to rumble on for one more week.  

The B league has been an exciting and extremely competitive affair this year, with very little between most of the teams.  

It seems only fitting that it will go down to the very last game of the season to determine whether Quoyburray B or the Warriors will be crowned champions.  The Warriors beat Shapinsay 9-3 this week to leave themselves in the fortuitous position where only a single game on their scorecard against mid table Masonic will see them walk away with the title, although Malcolm Coghill's men will no doubt be doing their damnedest to upset the applecart.

With the Legion having sealed the A league title last week, it was the Commodores turn to ensure they retain possession of the runner's up shield with a 9-3 win over Untouchables A.  Down at the other end of the table, RBLM drew with the Nomads in a match which saw Brett Dickinson hit a 14 darter, thus meaning St.Ola had to beat the Untouchables if they were to survive.  This was a daunting task anyway and so it proved as the experienced men from the masonic whitewashed them to seal their departure to the B league for next season.

Elsewhere Michael Moodie hit three maximums in Sanday's 8-4 win over the Sands '2', a feat made more remarkable by the fact the in-form man did this for the second time in three weeks! Over in the Legion the Wanderers had another close encounter with the Legion Arrows but went one better than their first half result to win 7-5, with Brian Moar hitting two ton plus checkouts to move two clear on 12 in the race for the most checkouts trophy.  There are players in both of the two outstanding league fixtures however that could yet wrestle that from his grasp.

This Friday the Legion plays host to the final A team cup of the season - the 301 challenge cup.  This is also the final competition in which 180s or high checkouts count towards the respective shields for the season.

Then the following week the KDDL Orkney side travel up to Shetland for the annual interleague/county match.  Buoyed by a run of five straight wins, Craig Taylor's side will be aiming to extend that winning streak as they strive to overcome the overall record of 7-in-a-row set by Shetland in the 90's.  Good luck to them and also to the ladies team that play on the Thursday night.

180s this week were hit by:  Jim Hamilton, Freddie Tait, Dave Kirkpatrick, Brett Dickinson, Clive Hewison, Kenny Gillespie, Cammy Scott, Colin Leslie, Alan Gray (2), Steven Griffiths (2) and Michael Moodie (3).  Michael Muir Snr also scored 171 for Sanday.

Ton-plus checkouts came from:  Graham Firth 102, Ian Findlay 113, Martin Peace 124, Ivan Leslie 128, Freddie Tait 136, James Flett 110 & 110 and Brian Moar 120 & 139.

Results

A league

St.Ola 0 v 12 Untouchables, Commodores 9 v 3 Untouchables A, Sanday 8 v 4 Sands '2', RBLM 6 v 6 Nomads, Wanderers 7 v 5 Legion Arrows    

B League

Shapinsay 3 v 9 Warriors

Fixtures:

Friday 15th April, 301 challenge cup (A teams), Legion, names by 7.30pm

Friday 22nd April, Shetland v KDDL Orkney, Lerwick Legion