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Week 3 Review

Bayley break records, Hanwood bounce back, Wrockties earn draw

Sir John Bayley have become the first team in the history of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League to score 15 points in the league in week 3 of the 2019 season. They got 11 winners at Highley, and with the recent introduction of 4 points for an away win, it means they earned a 15-1 win. Skipper Chris Worthington said it was “very unexpected, I couldn’t be happier with how everyone performed. Everyone from 1-12 gave it their all on and off the green. Time to press the reset bottom, forget about it and concentrate on Friday’s game.” Kevin Hocknull was best winner 4, with Dave Scriven the only winner for the home side 16. It was the lowest ever score by a home side, only 144 chalks, and I believe the first ever 100 plus chalk away win in the league. Castlefields beat Newport 10-4 in the clash of the two favourites to win the league. Captain Alan Peach said “we’d have taken 10-4 before we started because we beat them 9-5 last year. We are already nine points better off against the teams we have faced so far. The lads played well, its been a good start for us. We had the advantage of playing at home and some of our winners were pretty convincing. It was a challenge because Newport will be up with us throughout the season. It’s always nice to beat the team that will challenge us to win the league. The lads were happy after the game, it was mission accomplished. We knew it was a big game, we feel they are the team that will challenge us the most. We needed to make sure we won the game. I didn’t have to motivate them for this one.” Mike Beer was best winner 4 for the home side, while Paul Reeves and Pete Farmer were best for the visitors 10.

Hanwood bounced back from their home loss against Castlefields to win at Wem USC 9-7. Skipper Mark Shore was “absolutely delighted with the team’s reaction on Friday. Brilliant effort 1-12. Could easily have stolen 4 more points with close defeats but happy overall. Battling character emphasised by Phil Lyttle running out from 20-12. Other stand out performances came from Rich Lawson showing class to win 6 (to be best winner) and Darren Wellings to win 7. Hoping this breathes belief in the team that we can go away and do a job.” Best winner for Wem was Derek Wright 13. Wrockwardine Wood had an excellent away result after drawing at Meole Brace with 6 winners. Captain Rob Jones commented on a “hard fought result on Friday. We had trailed all night, missing out on a couple of close games, but credit to the lads, they stuck to the task and we took 3 winners from the back 4 games. Meole are a tough nut to crack at home, so credit to my lads for taking 8 points. Now onto St Georges next game.” Best winner for the Wrockites was Martin Williams 9, with Dave Redge the best for the home side 8. St Georges are in third place after getting 6 winners at the Bylet, with Tony Rhodes their best winner 9. For the home side it was Tim Ealey’s 5 win that was their best. Ifton and Hanmer picked up their first wins of the season with a 9-5 home win over Chester Road and Burway respectively. It was a close game at Ifton with just one single figure card for Ifton’s captain Dickie Jones 9. Gary Beff was best for the away side 14. Hanmer had four single figure winners with Graham Faulkner the lowest 4, with Wayne Rogers best for Burway 14.

Sir John Bayley are top by 6 points to Newport, St Georges and Wrockwardine Wood, all locked on the same points and aggregate, Newport are only ahead by one on the points scored to St Georges. Highley are bottom, three points behind Ifton. Reigning League Averages winner Pete Farmer is top of the League Averages again, by two chalks to Scott Simpson.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
7 232 9 Hanmer V Burway 5 177 5
7 235 9 Ifton V Chester Road 5 220 5
1 144 1 Highley V Sir J Bayley 15 247 11
7 212 7 Wem U S C V Hanwood 9 226 5
8 225 10 Castlefields V Newport 4 181 4
6 213 7 Meole Brace V Wrockwardine Wood 8 213 6
6 214 8 Bylet V St Georges 6 194 6

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