BROADSTONE-Wessex took a leap up the A Division table after their 5-1 triumph at Richmond Park.

Pam Fordham, Monica Sturgess, Sally Rowe and Lyn Howard (24-13) featured for the Wessex Girls. Vicki Miller gained a last-end 18-18 tie to deny Richmond’s Pam Harrison two points.

True to form, A Division leaders Swanmore took all six points on offer when defeating bottom-club Highcliffe 53-26.

This week Viv Mansell’s squad (25-15) played the support role, as Linda Pocknell, Rosie Beales, Jenny Osborne and Jean Philip (28-11) moved to star billing.

Braeside moved clear of the drop zone with a 4-2 home win over second-placed Poole Park. As results go at Braeside this was a particularly close match. Jean Andrews, Jean Walter, Pam Coventry and Pauline Walker (23-17) did just enough to keep the hosts ahead of Dolphins’ winning skip Penny Cresswell (21-18).

Reigning champions Southbourne returned from West Moors with four points, courtesy of Shirley Winn, Liz Messer, Judith Bliss and Sue Dadson (25-10). They covered Moors winning skip June Simmons (25-16).

There was also a productive trip for Pelhams who won 4-2 at New Milton. New Milton skip Sheila Nicoll held on to win 20-18. However, a 28-7 return for Pelhams by Georgina Bennett, Sandy Cox, Molly Lindsay and Val Charig proved decisive in the final countdown.

  •  Ferndown retained top spot in the B Division with a 39-32 win over visitors Lymington. Rosemary Butler, Linda Linge, Jan Probyn and Julie Stringer tied up a 22-13 win for the hosts. Lymo’s skip Ngaio Mapes (19-17) denied Ferndown the clean sweep.

It all looked done and dusted when Brockenhurst’s combin-ation of Janet Lake, Janet Blizzard, Pam Lawford and Dorothy Bond (18-15) checked in with an 18-15 win. Then Milford’s Chris Capron went 27-23 ahead, but Brock’s skip Diane Place grabbed a last end 27-27 tie and a 45-42 win for Brockenhurst.

There was a close call at the Minster where the Wimborne quartet of Lorna Foreman, Terry Hilbourne, Chris King and Colette Jackson chimed in with a 23-17 win. Fordingbridge then replied through Elsie Sanderson, Jean Brown, Jeanette Ford and Mary Wych (21-17) to square the match 3-3 (38-38).

Moordown moved clear of the drop zone after picking up four points at Redhill Park. Pat Horgan’s squad (27-12) put Redhill in with a shout, but fell one shot short of Moordown’s winning combo, Maureen Affleck, Jenny Hurrell, Mary Wilde and Pat Martin (31-15).

Kings Park finally opened up the win column by defeating visitors Broadstone-Wessex 4-2. It went down to the wire. Pauline Harris, Peggy Phillpotts, Jenny Moran and Joyce Clough had checked in with a 20-16 win for the hosts. The Royals’ other skip Diana Boreham, was trailing 17-21 to Broadstone’s Anne Williams, but secured one shot to put Kings Park 38-37 ahead.

  •  Bournemouth moved to the head of affairs in the C Division after their double rink victory over Braeside. Joan Belcher’s quartet of Joan Cox, Jackie Stride and Lyn Elder (29-18), shared the spoils with Bourne-mouth team-mates Jo Shaw, Gill Hughes, Brenda Halliday and Ann Ashcroft (25-14).

West Moors dropped to second spot despite collecting four points at Branksome Park. The Moors combination of Marg Gardner, Ann Savage, Pauline Jepson and Barbara Tite (18-14) just edged a one shot lead over Branksome’s successful skip Carol Williams (19-16).

Another narrow victory occurred at Richmond Park where the hosts’ winning skip Eileen Deadman (22-21) finished one shot behind the Broadstone-Wessex squad of Maureen Riggs, Dorn Woodiwiss, Cath Webb and Carole Bamford (22-20).

Verwood were denied all six points by Iford Bridge skip Ann Sedgwick who gained a last end 23-23 tie. Previously, Sue Pearce, Margaret Turner, Liz Lock and Gill Farrance had put Verwood in control by racking up a 31-14 win.

Southbourne notched up their second success of the season in their basement battle with Pelhams. Maureen Chadwick, Maureen Elkin, Suzanne Ager and Maureen Taylor (23-15) were the Tower Ladies star performers. Jean Perry (19-18) hung on to salvage two points for Pelhams.

  •  D Division leaders Swanmore I suffered their first defeat of the season when going down 45-38 at Boscombe Cliff.

It nearly went pear-shaped for the Cliff as Swans’ skip Cathy Hayes collected five shots to gain a last-end 23-20 win. However Boscombe’s Edna Lee, Susan Newland, Angela Roy and Chris Friery (25-15) did enough to seal the four points.

Pelhams slotted into third spot following their one-shot winning margin at Highcliffe. On the last end Highcliffe’s Trish Leaver (27-12) collected two shots to level the match overall, then Ann Jenkinson’s squad of Judy Jones and Margaret Eldridge (32-16) won their last end to give the visitors a 44-43 triumph.

Poole Park registered the highest score of the day as they trounced Southbourne 62-27. The Dolphins’ top performers were Rosemary Stainer, Carrie Butcher, Phil Wallis and Mo Mowlam (34-14). Doreen Tape’s quartet (28-13) ensured Poole Park took all six points.

Braeside, meanwhile, registered their first victory with a double rink win at New Milton. Shirley Alford, Diana Grace, Maureen Brunt and Pat Shepherd (22-15), just edged Janet Young’s squad (22-18) for top honours.

  •  The top-two clash in the E Division between Argyll I and Argyll II, ended in a 4-2 win for the senior squad, who were headed by Eve Lewin, Joan Hancock, Norah King and Jean Mead (30-11).

Redhill Park moved up to second after their double-rink win at Broadstone-Wessex. The main contributors to Redhill’s 45-31 victory were Barbara Sainsbury, Barbara Adams, Val Goodwin and Sylvia Wood (23-12), who were backed up by Mary Pearce’s quartet (22-19).

There was a tight finish at West Moors where Wimborne’s Jane Enticott (20-18) just failed to cover Moors winning combo of Val Griffiths, Betty Anderson, Linda Light and Marion Miles (22-18).

Branksome Park’s skip Lola Barker checked in with a 25-22 win at New Milton. However, New Milton’s successful rink of Margaret Hine, Ann Goodchild, Heather Coupar and Trish Elsden went a little higher, winning 22-15, to secure four points for the hosts.

  •  Ferndown registered their first F Division victory with a 42-29 win at Branksome. In top form for the visitors were June Hanney, Nikki Bradley, Olive Keer and Margaret Bengtsson (25-13). Then Mary Harris hung on to win 17-16 to earn Ferndown all six points.

Poole Park returned from their outing to Milford-on-Sea with four points in the bag. Wendy Tizzard, Linda Stanley, Ruth Addis and Nancy Bennett (21-15) paved the way for the Dolphins’ 34-31 win by covering Milford’s winning skip Ann Norris (16-13).