ALEXANDRA Park face a colossal task if they are to prise the B&D championship away from Boscombe Cliff on the final day of the season.

The Section One leaders clash at Woodland Avenue on Saturday with reigning kings Boscombe Cliff 11 points clear at the top and red-hot favourites to clinch their sixth consecutive title.

The host club need to win just a single rink to retain the crown but Alex - champions in 1997 - can snatch the honours if they score 13 points and though it is a big ask the Parkstone men are determined that Boscombe Cliff will not have an easy ride.

Alex kept in the hunt with a 12-2 (85-75) haul against Wimborne. Although Alan Burden, Bob Turnbull, Pat Ravelin and Mike Stapleton (26-12) were their leading lights, Alex were also indebted to Mark Wanklyn for scoring six shots on his final two ends to triumph 20-18.

John Humber, Andy Paulley, Gary Koch and Brian Shepherd (25-18) stimulated Wimborne.

Boscombe Cliff, beaten by a single shot at Ringwood in June, gained revenge 10-4 (80-71). Graham Matthews, Bernie Vallis, Colin Garment and Russell Morgan (27-11) put Boscombe in the driving seat with Richard Lawrence, Arthur Waller, Mike Vogt and Peter Ward (25-19) the Ringwood sharp-shooters.

Southbourne's title chance vanished in a 10-4 (89-82) setback at Branksome Park whose fab four were John Pinson, Hector Binding, Alan Attwood and Graham Mould (24-18). Derek Painter, Bill Smith, Frank Warren and Forrest Thomson (22-21) captured six shots on the final two ends against Mike Grimsdale to gain two Southbourne points.

Chris Eames, Roy Bray, Terry Chivers and Graham Shadwell (24-10) sparkled when Bournemouth outgunned Knyveton Gardens 12-2 (79-71), Eric Sole, Tony Tarrant, Deric Pritchard and Dave Hart (23-13) sparing the Knyveton blushes.

New Milton nicked the basement battle 8-6 (73-72) against West Moors courtesy of a 23-13 show from Stan Bolding, Bob Shepperdley, Tony Reed and Bill Wallace. Peter Langford, Charles Morris, Mike Burfield and Ray Hunt (22-18) topped the West Moors effort.

MAC-NIFICENT POOLE POOLE Park only need avoid defeat in their last fixture at home to Boscombe Cliff A to return to the top flight as Section Two champions.

The table-toppers took a major step forward with a 12-2 (76-70) victory over closest challengers Lymington. Poole were led by a 23-13 display from Bob Lemar, John Hobby, Clive Fawkes and Alec McKenzie, even though Jim McGreavy, Ken Carter, Vernon Cox and Ken Streek (26-12) fared even better for the Foresters.

Electric can also go up - they host Lymington on Saturday - and the Sparks showed their prowess by whitewashing Pelhams 94-62 with Michael Fay, Brian McCoy, Richard Haynes and Mike Harley (31-9) in full cry. Peter Cutts, Noel Pennington, Paul Potter and Les Rogerson (19-15) gave sturdy support.

David Bradley, Cyril Copp, Des Jarvis and Derek Purse (25-16) were the chief architects of Fordingbridge's 10-4 (79-67) win at relegation-haunted Braeside whose best response stemmed from Ted Spiby, Ray Southgate, John Tulley and Ken Riley (16-14).

It will be dog eat dog when Pelhams host Southbourne A on Saturday with the losers almost certainly doomed to the drop. Southbourne boosted their survival chances 12-2 (92-68) against cellar-dwellers Richmond Park.

Derek Chapman, Malcolm Laird, Mike Newton and Paul Turner enjoyed a 31-10 romp for the Seafield Gardeners while Vittorio Gariano, Roger Cookson, Brian Hacker and Wally Draper (20-16) seized the Richmond points.

Although Les Brown, John Phelan, Malcolm Peters and Chris Howard (24-13) posted the game's best score, Wessex stumbled 12-2 (86-80) to Boscombe Cliff A whose high-flyers were Peter Gregory, Bill Ashworth, Mike Proctor and Tony Gabb (26-18).

HEANEY'S HEROES BRANKSOME Park A kept their Section Three promotion dream bubbling with a 12-2 (89-74) eclipse of Kings Park with Tony Jennings, Martin Goss, Alan Parram and Nigel Heaney's 30-12 belter making the difference.

Seton Smith, Brian Wrightson, John Challis and Ian Davies (27-16) propped up Kings Park.

Branksome's hopes live on since second-placed Swanage faltered 10-4 (76-72) at home to champions Iford Bridge whose trail-blazers were John Millett, Bob Whitaker, Gordon Greenwood and John Turgel (25-13).

A 33-12 corker from Richard Reeks, Bill Whitcher, Ron Wood-cock and Ray Williams was the highlight of Christchurch's 12-2 (90-63) verdict against New Milton A who were consoled by John Drake, Eric Ridge, Hugh Midgley and Mike Akerman (20-19).

Highcliffe are safe despite succumbing to Knyveton Gardens A whose 10-4 (73-69) victory was not enough to save them from relegation. Mike Rice, Mike Luker, Ken Wright and Stan Patch (20-15) fortified Highcliffe with Peter Frampton, Clive Gibbs, Biddy Parkinson and Russell Foote (24-14) firing Knyveton.

John Palmer, Alan Richardson, John Long and Gary Menday (21-13) were the star performers of Moordown's 11-3 (78-71) comeback after the team trailed by 15 shots overall at tea to Argyll whose sole winners were Lloyd Hemming, Don Hawkins, Ken Budd and Peter Kingdom (21-12).

WESSEX ON A HIGH WESSEX A sealed their rise from Section Four with a 12-pointer (81-67) at Bournemouth A. Alan Brittain, Ashley Leaper, David Edwards and Gordon Tompsett (26-11) bolstered Wessex while Jeff Gordon, Bill Sadler, John Barclay and Ralph Johns (24-10) cheered Bournemouth.

West Moors A touched the ton after a 30-7 sparkler from Steve Riddington, Bill Archer, Mike Tappenden and Arthur Baxter helped polish off neighbours Braeside A 12-2 (100-69). Trevor Sams, John Green, Dave Watson and Alan Watts (29-14) put a smile on Braeside faces.

Mike Pearson, Ron Gowan, Cyril Baker and John Field (27-8) indulged themselves as Swanmore thumped Ringwood A 13-1 (98-52).

Champions Redhill Park kept their foot on the gas with a 10-4 (73-66) show at Wimborne A. Dave Mould, Arthur Saunders, Bob Kitchenham and Terry Horgan (22-11) were Redhill's magicians while the evergreens John Gibbons and Pat Pearce along with Roger Gallup and Percy Swinson (21-17) were the Wimborne stalwarts.

Derek Addis, Roger Tidby, Richard Sawyer and Norman Austin (24-10) were on song when Poole Park A trimmed Milford 10-4 (80-64), John Pugh, Colin Baker, Gary Kirby and Rod Somerton (27-20) shining for the seasiders.

UPS AND DOWNS FERNDOWN confirmed themselves as Section Five champions - and virtually condemned their own A team to relegation with a 12-2 (98-72) victory in the internal club encounter.

Doug Rosson, Tony Woods, Eddie Moors and Bob Thorne (32-15) were the first-team maestros and Bill Pentelow, Jim Baker, Ron Haywood and Brian Roberts (25-20) battled bravely for the A-stringers.

Richmond Park A look like cheating relegation after a 12-pointer (97-69) against Kings Park A. Mike Baker, Harry Lewis, Brian Pearce and Brian Devine (28-14) topped the Rich list with Bill Broomfield, Brian Opie, Mike Smith and Andy Darch (22-20) saving Kings from oblivion.

After two 14-0 sprees Poole Park B crashed back to earth in a 12-2 (80-64) reverse at Pelhams A whose bravehearts were Derck Winters, Jim Widdicombe, Terry Hines and John Eldridge (27-15). Dave Dean, Roy Turgoose, Gary Sheppard and Ernie Kendrick (21-17) rescued promoted Poole.

The solitary 28-11 win of Charles Worrell, Ken Bolt, John Coles and John Morris steered Boscombe Cliff B to a 9-5 (83-78) success at Argyll A who were best served by Roy Ricketts, Tony Jones, Geoff Halstead and Jim Sach (27-15).

Southbourne B, humbled at Poole the previous week, bounced back with a 12-2 (86-63) hiding of Redhill Park A. Guy Hosking, Martin Sheppard, Peter Gower and Dennis Cutler (27-17) were the Southbourne prize-guys and Rex Randle, Barry Sturgess, Don Locke and Pat Kellaway (19-14) collected the crumbs for Redhill.

LEADERS WOBBLE THERE were shocks at the Section Six summit with champions-elect Knyveton Gardens B shattered 14-0 (104-64) at Southbourne C and second-placed Highcliffe A demolished 10-4 (83-68) by neighbours New Milton B.

John Baillie, Frank Davis, Eric Gillet and Ian Munch (31-13) and Colin Watson, Ralph West, Jeff Bliss and Scott Biden (29-18) ran riot for Southbourne.

Chas Dormer, Frank Selves, Reg Boughton and Paul Robins (24-14) inspired New Milton with Ken Collier, David Grindon, Peter Loffler and Bryan Giltrow (22-20) keeping Highcliffe heads above water.

Highcliffe's demise gives Lymington A a squeak of promotion after they slammed whippers-in Iford Bridge A 12-2 (82-67). Bill Merrett, John de Jersey, Ken Farrar and Terry Green (27-16) lifted Lymington and Geoff Gunn, Kevin Hilliard, Mike Brunsdon and Robin Rutty (21-19) got Iford's reward.

One shot made all the difference when Branksome Park B pipped Swanmore A 84-83 to collect 12 points. Colin Taylor, Peter Hayward, John Freeborn and John Roberts (24-11) were the Branksome aces with John Smith, Harry Hales, Alan Leggatt and Campbell Kinnon (33-12) resplendent for Swanmore.

Spearheaded by Doug Lewis, Cliff O'Brien, Alan Garland and Bill Foreman (24-12), Wimborne B silenced West Moors B 10-4 (82-79).