Clare Bell close the gap

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The five points the Clare Bell gained with an 11-4 win over the Cavendish Bull took them to within three points of the Melford Working Men’s Club at the top of the Border Invitation Cribbage League with just one match remaining.

The Melford club could only manage three points with a 9-6 win over the Black Lion A.

Glemsford Cherry Tree climbed up into third with an 11-4 at the Black Lion B, and the Black Lion C moved off the bottom, beating the Stoke-by-Clare Lion 9-6 win and taking all five points.

Contenders for the wooden spoon are the Black Lion B and the Cavendish Bull, both on 32 points three points adrift of the Barnardiston Arms and the Black Lion C.

n For the fourth week running the Glemsford Black Lion and the Clare Ex-Service Club have stayed level on points at the top of the Glemsford and District Cribbage League, only game average separates them.

Both won again this week and have a seven point lead over the Glemsford Cherry Tree who moved up three places with a 10-5 win over the Glemsford Cock.

With only tasting victory in one of their last five games the Cock drop four places into eighth place.

Stoke-by-Clare Lion moved up two spots in the table with a 10-5, five points win at the Cavendish Bull.

The bottom three teams all lost, gaining just one point. It leaves The Glemsford Angel 10 points ahead of the Pinkuah Arms, who are three points ahead of Melford Legion.

The Captains Cup is being played tonight (Thursday) at the Long Melford working Men’s Club starting at 8pm.