CLARRIE Dunbar recorded a winning double last weekend to move into top spot in the Central region of the Wessex League, but toppled leaders North Wilts earned a hard-fought draw.

Standerwick-based Clarrie thumped Thornbury 108-63 on Saturday, and followed it up 24 hours later with an equally impressive 101-53 victory over Clevedon.

Chippenham-based North Wilts produced a late to come from 61-57 down at 18 ends to snatch a 67-67 draw with Bristol.

They took the rink honours on two games, drew on another and only lost on one to take nine of the 16 points on offer to enhance their hopes of qualification for the end-of-season play-offs.

Wilts made a good start overall to lead 20-10 after five ends and 36-27 after 10. But in the next five, Bristol powered back to lead 49-45 after 15 ends and hold onto a 61-57 advantage at 18.

However, North Wilts were not to be denied and rallied over the last three ends to grab a 67-67 draw.

Top rink honours went to the foursome of Ashley Ponting, Miles Pickering, Dave Williams and Darren Anteney (skip), who ran out 20-16 winners.

The other rink success came from Alan Greenland, Matt Clarke, Alan Small and Nigel Price (skip) after their last-gasp 16-15 win.

The drawn rink was secured by Tom Newman’s quartet 18-18, with the only loss was suffered by Andy Moore’s foursome 18-13.

Meanwhile, Clarrie were in blistering form, taking 14 of the 16 points on offer against Thornbury and the next day gaining the maximum 16 as they whitewashed Clevedon after winning on all four rinks.

The 30 points moves the reigning Central region champions back into top spot on 74 points, six above North Wilts with a game in hand too.

Duncan McGovern’s rink took top honours against Thornbury, winning 29-9, while next best was Andy Colebrooke’s quartet with a 30-13 success. Keith Bailey’s troops completed the treble with a 33-21 victory.

The only loser was suffered by Wayne Snook’s four, who went down 20-16.

The next day, Dunbar completed another comfortable win with a 101-53 victory over Clevedon.

This time around top rink honours went to skip Colebrooke, who led his team to a 34-8 success.

Snook returned to the winners circle with a 25-15 victory, closely followed by Russell Francis one shot behind with a 23-14 win.

The four-timer was completed by Bailey’s quartet with 19-16 success.