VICTORY Hall A made the most of defeats for their closest-rivals to extend a lead at the Knutsford Friday League summit.

While they brushed aside Mere A, second-placed Railway A fell to a narrow single-chalk reverse at Cranford A.

Knutsford A also lost on their travels to Railway B.

The champions, victors in all 15 of their Division One fixtures to date, have a 73-point advantage with seven games left.

Knutsford B continue to set the pace in Division Two after dropping only six chalks during a one-sided meeting with third-placed Warford Park B.

Bernard McLenaghan was the pick of their six winners.

Swettenham B strengthened their hold on the second promotion place following a home win against Victory Hall B.

Elsewhere, back-markers Warford Park A saw off Cranford B.


Knutsford Friday Bowling League

Week 15

Friday, August 4

Week 15, Division One: Church Inn B 149-118 Swettenham A; Cranford A 132-131 Railway A; High Legh A 137-122 Goostrey A; Mere B 156-121 Chelford A; Railway B 148-128 Knutsford A; Victory Hall A 157-126 Mere A

Division Two: Chelford B 150-121 High Legh B; Goostrey B 148-134 Oughtrington A; Knutsford B 162-101 Warford Park B; Oughtrington B 134-119 Church Inn A; Swettenham B 139-119 Victory Hall B; Warford Park A 151-129 Cranford B