Southbourne reinforced their A Division lead with a double-rink victory over Redhill Park. Olive Fidler, Mary Burkin, Jean Howell and Barbara Lunnun (23-8) set the pace and were backed up by Jan Dearling’s rink (24-19).

Swanmore kept in touch with a 43-36 win over Broadstone-Wessex. At 10 ends, both Swans rinks were losing, but inspired by Carole Feetham, Jill Griffiths, Rosie Beales and Jenny Osborne’s 22-17 win, Gill Head’s quartet (21-19) rallied to earn all six points.

Poole Park moved into third place following a 44-42 triumph over Braeside. Ann Walford, Wendy Hardy, Julie Saunders and Penny Cresswell (31-15) covered Molly Shutler (27-13).

Richmond Park, meanwhile, were denied the full six points by West Moors skip Janet Price (16-16) after Jean Beedie, Dorothy Borthwick, Pam Harrison and Jill Bryant (21-17) had set up Richmond’s 37-33 win.

Lymington also won 5-1 when overcoming visitors Ferndown 31-27, with Joan Geddes, Ann Norris, Ngaio Mapes and Angela Eldridge (16-12) featuring for Lymo. Barbara Brown (15-15) salvaged a point for Ferndown.

• Wimborne increased their lead at the top of B Division with a 46-35 victory over Iford Bridge. Lorna Foreman’s quartet (19-17) made it six points after ‘usual suspects’ Maggie Wilkins, Elaine Campbell, Chris King and Pat Gallup (27-18) had set up Wimborne’s win Pelhams moved clear in second after a 4-2 win at New Milton which was spearheaded by Pat Jeans, Sandy Cox, Mollie Lindsay and Norma Grinter (23-12). New Milton skip Sheila Nicoll denied Pelhams a full house with a last-end 19-18 win.

Kings Park made it four wins on the trot after their 4-2 victory at West Moors. Beryl Nuttall’s squad of Jo Shaw, Anne Hill and Muriel Rose (25-14) brought the sweet smell of success to the Royals who won 36-34.

Fordingbridge have lift-off after defeating high-flying Highcliffe 41-33. Jenny Yeo, Jeanette Ford, Pat Lugg and Brenda Hammond (23-16) pulled out the stops for the Turks, while Mary Wych made it six points with a last-end 18-17 triumph.

With the last wood in Milford-on-Sea’s match with Brockenhurst, the Seasiders levelled the scores 37-37. Chris Capon’s score of 22-14 was cancelled out by Brock’s Di Place (23-15).

• Southbourne were held to a 3-3 tie at Branksome in C Division after both Squirrels rinks picked up a last-end shot to level the match 37-37. Maureen Matthews (21-12) was matched by South-bourne’s Sheila York (25-16).

Richmond Park I closed to within one point following their 4-2 win at Braeside. Mary Ridout, Hildene Remnant, Mary Lucas and Brenda Streater (22-16) covered Braeside’s winning skip Pauline Crocker (20-16).

All three basement clubs, meanwhile, collected four points. Bottom club Alexandra Park set the pattern with a 43-33 win over Argyll, with the top rink for Alex being Jenny Cutler, Chris Stoodley, Jenny Chalk and Gina McGregor (25-14).

Richmond Park II turned over visitors Bournemouth 41-32 thanks to Vena Paris, Marie Crone, Joy Spencer and Trish Gray (22-12), who outscored the Belles’ rink of Gill Hughes, Brenda Mitchell, Vilma Irish and Joan Cox (20-19).

And Verwood collected their four points at Broadstone-Wessex, with Eileen Wood, Hilary Walker, Jan Wareham and Pat Dowling (24-18) giving the visitors an opening before Gill Farrance (16-18) took three shots on the last end to give Verwood a 40-39 win.

• D Division leaders Poole Park returned from Ringwood with a 4-2 victory. A 26-16 by Ringwood’s Mary Macarthur was eclipsed by Dolphins’ Rosemary Stainer, Fay Bowering, Joan Eales and Gwen Foord (41-6) New Milton slipped out of the promotion frame after their 4-2 home defeat by Swanmore. Swans were reduced to a triple when Pearl Shepheard had to withdraw, but they rallied through Mary Jones (17.5-22) and Esme Hazel (27-11).

Moordown closed in on the leaders following a 52-28 success at Argyll, which came courtesy of Liz Edmunds, Gill Barron, Wendy Bule and Sue Speight (31-9), who were supported by Pat Martin’s flight (21-19) to earn Moordown all six points.

The clash at Pelhams resulted in a 4-2 defeat for Lymington. Joyce Duxbury, Maureen Barrett, Ann Barber and Val Charig (27-15) were well clear of Lymo’s Sandy Nailard (22-17).

Broadstone-Wessex, though, remained in the drop zone despite their 4-2 triumph at Highcliffe. Lisbeth Ashley-Smith (17-14) collected two points for the hosts but failed to match the Wessex winners Caroline Wilson, Joy Quick, Cath Webb and Peggy Friberg (25-14).

• E Division trailblazers Shelley Park slipped up on the Magic Carpet, going down 6-0 (50-38) to hosts Braeside. Beryl Blackburn, Peggy Beavis, Elsa Stacey and Janet Young (24-17) were top of the pile for the Carpetbaggers.

Southbourne, though, picked up four points at West Moors to retain second spot. Marion Jupe, Sheila Hulland, Jean Telford and Jan Pardy (35-15) paved the way for Southbourne’s 48-38 win.

Christchurch made it four wins in a row after defeating hosts Pelhams 47-43, with Anne Wilson, Val Keeping, Hilda Cummings and Mary Poore (32-20) accounting for Pelhams’ winning skip Trish Kilminster (23-15).

Redhill Park registered a 4-2 win over visitors New Milton, but still remain four points from safety. Elsewhere, the Redhill triple of Margaret Colbourne, Barbara Bell and Bobby Saunders (21-11) survived the 25 per cent adjustment to cover Milton skip Beryl Midgley (25-21).

• Kings Park remained at the head of affairs in F Division following their 6-0 (43-34) win over Swanmore. Michelle Higham, Peggy Philpot, Laura Kitcher and Maureen Smith (24-17) starred.

Milford-on-Sea racked up six points by blasting hosts Branksome Park 55-25.25. Top performers for the Seasiders were Jill Blakeley, Pru Bailey, Sue Pitts and Joan Summersby (32-17) New Milton left Highcliffe with the dreaded nil points. The biggest spoils went to Wendy Bayliss, Mollie Denley, Doris Gethings and Penny Daly (29-14) with Milton winning 50-34.

Not to be outdone, Redhill Park also collected maximum points when defeating Moordown 41-21, while Ferndown had to be content with just the four points from their 48-37 win at Wimborne. Edna Ward, Julie Masterman, Margaret Bengtsson and Anne Wrighton (32-8) covered Jane Enticott (29-16).