CENTRAL'S unbeaten run in the Alpha Group Triples League came to an end when they lost the play-off final to a powerful Romford side by two rinks to one.

The rink of Mick Bird, Jim Reynolds and Paul Whellams put on some inspire bowling to win 18-12, while their most successful rink of the season - Terry Lichkin, Colin Foster and Bob Druce - lost 14-21.

The final rink of Keith Lloyd, Steve Welsh and Rod Hudson lost 12-15. Romford took the title by an overall score of 48-44.

In a Redbridge Afternoon Mixed League fixture, Central went down by 28-44 against Barking, losing both rinks contested.

And they had two wins from three in the final day of the Walthamstow and District Thursday Afternoon Fours League season.

The A and B teams won 22-18 and 27-23 against Buckhurst Hill A and Aveling Park A respectively, while the C team went down 12-23 to Larsen B.

Meanwhile, Central will be well represented at the Walthamstow and District Bowling Association Finals day on Sunday.

Paul Whellams will contest the singles final against Halex's Keith Austin, and will team up with Bill Wray and Russell Hughes for the triple final against Connaught.

In the fours final, Central will be represented by either Keith Lloyd, Tony Pratt, Mick Bird and Bob Druce, or Ryan Kenny, Terry Lichkin, Russell Hughes and Whellams.

The two Central teams play each other in the semi-final of the competition, with the winner facing Connaught.

WADHAM'S inconsistent season moved to its penultimate week with a 21-19 win by the Thursday Fours B team (Bert Scott, Alan Green, John Henninger and George Coster) against Victoria Park.

The A team of Derek Brown, John Power, Harry Snares and Derek Baptie were well beaten 7-34 by Connaught.

BANTHAM AND ONGAR enjoyed a successful week with wins in both their leagues.

In the last Essex and Herts game of the season they beat Stansted 60-52, while winning all rinks to take an overall 95-51 victory over Whit Hern in the Harlow and District Senior Citizens.

There was a close finish to the ladies Hartswood League, which Bantham won following great wins in their last two games of the season.

BUCKHURST HILL'S Thursday Fours teams had mixed success.

There was wins for the A team (25-15 over Woodford), the C team (31-10 over Connaught) and the D team (over Halex 31-8). But the B and E teams suffered defeats, to Central and Higham Hill respectively.

Meanwhile, Hill drew 4-4 with South Woodford in a friendly.