Meole end Fields run, Newport start top, Highley’s happy start
Meole Brace ended Castlefields 13 match winning run with a shock 8-6 win by just three chalks in week 1 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. It matched the drama of the 2 shot win in the same fixture last season, pleasing captain Andy Wigginton. “What a topsy turvy match! First four Julian Cooke had a top win against workmate and Anniversary Competition winner Keith Wall (to be best winner 10). The Palmer brothers were excellent to be the next two off, then Glyn Herbert, after moaning for 3/4 of his game, inflicted a rare defeat on home banker Will Tarrell. Thought we would get beat but middle four produced 3 winners with Nige Bound having a great win and Martin Middleton having a super comeback over Mike Beer the stand outs. So all to play for on back four. Kieran Jones was the game changer in the back winning 14 but it went down to the last game where Doug Edwards, England’s finest number 12, got us over the line. Most pleasing was a lot of teams would have crumbled after the front four but we dug deep in atrocious conditions and a lot came back from hopeless positions to get decent scores which won us the aggregate.” Callum Wraight was the Fields’ best winner 14. Newport are top after beating Ifton 13-1 as they start their season off well again like they did last season in what looked a comfortable win. But Newport skipper Sam Millward replied” it looked comfortable but I wouldn’t say it was, the first four was level at one point so to get 4 winners off the front was amazing. Then we just had the momentum I guess, best game on the green was Tom Langford v Leighton Roberts (which Leighton won 19 to be only winner).” Best winner for the home side was Pete Farmer 3.
Highley had a great debut result in their league as they got 6 winners at Burway, in a match that had 7 of the 12 cards end up with single figure wins. Joint captain Ben Dixon said “I think we battled well throughout and was a very even match from start to finish. There were a lot of rusty bowls from either side but some of our boys were exceptional and showed in not only performance but result. It was nice to see some of the new signings off and running, confidence is high but it’s just one game at a time, however it could all change at Newport, we will give it our best and try and compete with the best! The corners seemed to dictate a few games for both sides but like I said a very even game with a few freak results to throw in for good measure. We definitely didn’t look out of place at any point. Mark Jones’ game was a good game to watch to be honest, considering the conditions. The other winners were exceptional too, a good team performance!” Ben Allen won 1 for the Ludlow side while for the new boys Reece Farr was their best winner 3. Hanmer had a good start to their season too as they got 3 winners at St Georges, one more than last season. Captain Dave Ellison led the way after winning 13, while Simon Madeley was best winner for the home side 9.
Wrockwardine Wood had a very impressive 12-2 win over the Bylet to have another good start like last season. Skipper Rob Jones was “delighted with that start to the season. 12 points against what I think is the strongest side Bylet have ever had in the league is a really encouraging start. I thought my lads played really well with more than one stand out performance and we fully deserved the result. Important we maintain this into our next game at home to Wem.” Martin Williams was best winner for them 8 with James Duce best result for the visitors 11. Wem USC though will be going there with confidence after a good 5 winners at Sir John Bayley. Captain Scott Thomas says “we were pleased with our start last night, and to continue where we left off in terms of our away performances from last season.” Scott himself was their best winner 14, while new signing Ash Gregory was best for the Bayley 7. Chester Road started off with a home win over Hanwood, beating them 8-6. Chris Nicholson was their best winner 6 with Darren Wellings the same for the visitors 12.
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