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Week 4 Review

Highley bounce back, Bayley stay unbeaten, Chester Road earn big home win

Highley bounced back in spectacular style as they won at Wem USC 10-6 in week 4 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Joint captain Ben Dixon said that “we approached the game with full confidence , trying to put last week’s game behind us knowing that we had to move on and pull back what was a terrible result at home to SJB, taking nothing away from them of course. But we believe in our quality so believed we could give Wem a game and aimed to be positive from the start. We pretty much commanded the game from the start and applied ourselves well on and off the green and Wem seemed a little shell shocked with Darrell Handley and myself putting good cards in and Reece Farr and Greg Carr battling hard first four set up the foundations. Dave East and Andy James effectively putting the game to bed in the middle four with Mark Jones also on top form. The first 5/10 minutes of the back four was a bit cagey but everyone settled and we finished off the victory with Stu Gittings also putting in a captain’s performance (winning 5 to be best winner). Great team effort but only makes up for the previous week, this week we have to start to establish some kind of home form.” For Wem it means they are still looking for their first win of the season, with captain Scott Thomas their best performer 21-5. Sir John Bayley remain unbeaten and on top as they beat Bylet 11-3. Spencer Clarke was their best winner 6, with visiting skipper Scott Harries best for them 9. Newport’s home form is still impressive after beating Meole Brace 12-2, with new signing Stuart Clee winning 0. Mark Thomas was best for the away side 14.

Chester Road earned a much needed 11-3 home win over Hanmer as Andy Moss helped inspire them by winning 7. Captain Paul Fowles said he was “very pleased with the performance we started off with a strong first four and carried it on. Now we have to put our heads down and try to carry on.” Graham Bennett was best for the away side 6. Hanwood also won 11-3 against Ifton, Wayne Phillips their best 6, with Dave Bond winning by the same score for the visitors. St Georges beat local rivals Wrockwardine Wood 10-4 to move third. Lewis Scott was their best winner 7, with Mark Picknell and Liam Stevens both best for the visitors 14. Burway took advantage on an under strength Castlefields as they won 9-5. Joint skipper Jesse James said it was a “difficult game to assess with the Fields missing so many players. I’d like to mention Wayne Rogers (best winner 3) and Ben Allen’s performances, both were fantastic. As a team I was really pleased with the atmosphere and support the lads showed each other, we need to have more of that, and fingers crossed positive results will follow.” Paul Williams was best for the Champions 10.

Sir John Bayley are 5 ahead of Newport, who are two ahead of St Georges. At the bottom Ifton are three behind Hanmer. Peter Farmer leads the League Averages by a chalk to Wayne Rogers and another to Scott Simpson, with one more game left in the month and the awarding of the £20 first prize and acrylic trophy.

W Agg Pts Home Team Away Team Pts Agg W PP
Fri 19th Apr Premier
10 243 12 Newport V Meole Brace 2 131 2
9 228 11 Hanwood V Ifton 3 161 3
9 228 11 Sir J Bayley V Bylet 3 175 3
9 227 11 Chester Road V Hanmer 3 171 3
8 227 10 St Georges V Wrockwardine Wood 4 196 4
7 225 9 Burway V Castlefields 5 177 5
6 175 6 Wem U S C V Highley 10 214 6

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