THE Monday Premier League at Ilminster Bowls Club’s has developed into a two horse race as the competition reaches the closing stages.

Following this week’s results the table is headed by The Uglies, captained by Kevin Hamilton.

But just two points behind are last year’s runners up, Ilminster B, skippered by Peter Mattravers.

Squads: Uglies – Kevin Hamilton, Paul Denslow, Alan Holt, Dean Patmore, Colin White, Steve Turner and Gerry Morris; Ilminster B – Peter Mattravers, Ian Lightfoot, Neil Rowe, Jason Miles, Martin Cornelius and Matt Hamilton.

Last year’s winners were Ilminster D, captained by Rowland Garland, who sit in third place.

The Monday afternoon league has Barry Sims on top by three shots from Roger Brown but he has a game in hand, The Tuesday Triples has Kevin Hamilton ahead by three points from John Ridout and the Wednesday Triples sees Mike King leading by four from Cyril Cox.

Two teams are tied at the top of the Wednesday Rinks with The Numpties (Dave Crouch) and Sue’s Babes (Sue Spurway) both on 20 points but Spurway has played two games more.

Sarah Lightfoot has a three point lead over Rex Corbet in the pairs but has played a game more.

The Milford and Dormor triples are tied at the top with Bev Brister and Will Anderson both on 18 points with 11 games played.

n ALL the teams in the Milford and Dormor made it to Chard last week although some may have wished they hadn’t.

The Canaries had a horrible time. They started by losing a hot shot on the second end and things just went downhill from there. They won the last three ends but could never recover from their bad start and lost to Harlequins by 25-7.

Magpies were against Greyhounds and got off to a flying start, winning the first four ends. Greyhounds fought back until with two ends to go it was 12-12, but Magpies edged home 14-12.

Royals started badly giving away a hot shot to Hurricanes on the second end and at the half way point were 6-9 down.

Unlike Canaries they then managed to find their game and with some high scoring ends finally took the match 22-13.

There hadn’t been a hotshot since November and then two arrived on the same day.