FELSTED Chequers are the new Ridley League leaders after seeing off Red Beret.

Chequers’ Steve Hills and Barry Linin tasted singles defeat, and there was a pairs shock for Richard Ward and Amanda Dodd but all-round strength saw the home side through.

Black Bull bounced back into second place by trouncing City Birds 12-3.

The Birds’ Alan Readman celebrated his return by sharing in a pairs win, and Mel Hook helped capture two dominoes points.

City FC lie third after beating last season’s runners-up Little Waltham 8-7 - City’s Harry Cove and mum Sue took the decisive mixed game.

Dog & Partridge defeated Compasses 9-6, with skipper Mick Cain leading from the front with a maximum, two 140s, a 120 finish and three other tons.