CENTRE Kyle Moore was both the hero and the villain as West Bowling all but secured the National Conference Kingston Press Division Two title with a 44-18 success against Crosfields at Emsleys Rec.

Though mathematically, Bowling could be overtaken on points difference by second-placed Ince Rose Bridge, it would take a swing of mammoth proportions.

Ryan Hunkin's side enjoy a 262 superior points difference with one game to play.

Bowling made a whirlwind start when Moore brushed aside two defenders on the right flank to glide in at the corner, leaving stand-off Harry Williams to slot over the touchline conversion with only two minutes gone.

The Warrington-based visitors breathed a sigh of relief when Williams shot through a gap with a clear route to the chalk, only to be recalled for a very dubious forward pass call.

Bowling were clearly in rampant form and doubled their lead when second row forward Jack Milburn cut inside to plant the ball on the chalk.

Williams made sure of the extras before they were reduced in numbers when Moore was sent to the bin for a stiff arm in the tackle.

Further bad news came when prop Lewis Reed and his opposite number Jordon Williams suffered the same fate after exchanging blows.

West’s game management rode out their disadvantage and Moore gave a whoop of delight when he returned to the fray to outpace the cover and score at the corner flag for his brace.

Then full back Max Trueman twisted and turned from the clutches of three defenders to give centre Louis Fraser a try on a plate to close the half at 20-0.

Crosfields made a calamitous mistake on the restart when full back Alex Clutterbuck collected a kick through and then lost the ball under no pressure. Hooker Danny Halmshaw accepted the free gift to scoot over the line.

Moore offered the referee some unwelcome advice to see himself collect his second yellow of the game before Bowling clocked off early to allow Crosfields a purple period in which they scored three converted tries to put them back in the hunt at 26-18.

Man of the match Halmshaw decided enough was enough and resumed to direct operations from the ruck, resulting in Milburn steaming onto a short offload to collect his second in style.

A delayed Halmshaw pass gave Moore his hat-trick, soon followed by a final hurrah when Trueman proved to be as slippery as a bar of soap to pounce at the side of the sticks.

Williams added his sixth conversion to end the contest with a scoreboard tally which was a just refection of the play.

Now Bowling can look forward to being officially crowned champions when they host neighbours Bradford Dudley Hill on August 31.