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Week 10 Review

Bylet comeback, Fields win away, Wem win well

Bylet produced perhaps one of the best comebacks the league has ever seen in week 10 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. They won at Ifton 10-6, and captain Scott Harries describes how the match unfolded. “Absolutely delighted with our fighting spirit, grit and determination we showed to record our 2nd away win of the season and again at a venue we’d never ever won at in the league before following our Chester Road away win earlier in the campaign. Nice to continue breaking some records. We had a disastrous start and fair play to the Ifton lads for coming out the blocks and settling quickly on there bumpy green, they battered us early doors. 5-0 down and -40 odd chalks wasn’t what we wanted. However, some brilliant performances from there on in to win 6 of the last 7 games helped us pull off a miraculous comeback and continue our solid form and push for a first ever top half finish. We are heavily outweighed with away games the first half of the season so to be in the position we are in already, joint 6th, puts us in a great place to really push on the second half of the season.” Best winner for them was Dan Davies 2, while for the home side it was Martin Jones 9. Chester Road took advantage to move clear of Ifton at the bottom. They defeated Burway 9-5 in a much needed win for the Whitchurch side. Steve Rogers was best winner 3 against his old club while Jolyon Partridge was best winner 13 for the away side.

Castlefields won on Hanmer 12-4 to move top of the table. Captain Alan Peach said “we went to Hanmer with a very positive attitude. After losing there last season I wanted to make sure we lead after the first 4 to give us more confidence and try and put Hanmer under pressure. It worked after bagging 3 winners first 4 which then gave us more confidence to go on and win the middle 4, which we did. So being 6-2 up it was a case of keeping it tight for the back 4 which we did having 2 winners a piece. It was a very professional performance from the lads. I’m very pleased with the performance, the game was played in a great spirit from both teams. Hanmer are a great set of lads and I wish them well.” The Fields had three 9 winners as their best from Callum Wraight, Paul Williams and Rich Goddard, with the home side having two 7 winners as their best from Dave Ellison and Robin Bennett. Sir John Bayley are 2nd after an impressive win over Newport 10-4, only dropping nine shots in total. Chris Ward and Alex Jones were their best winners 11, with late call up Russ Pegram the away side’s best 17. St Georges are 4th after getting a decent 4 at Hanwood. John Cooke was their best winner 10, but Ash Wellings took the spotlight by winning 0 for the home side, the second 21-0 of the season so far.

Wem USCs upturn in home form continued with an 11-3 win over Meole Brace. Skipper Scott Thomas commented “we were pleased with a very solid home performance on Friday. We’re improving with every game now and confidence is growing throughout the team. I have to say though that the atmosphere between the two sides were fantastic, and goes to show that the game can still be played in the right spirit. We now move on to Burway, where we will do our upmost to get as many points as we can.” Colin Smith was best winner 5 with Scott Moseley best for the away side 14. Highley also continued their improvement in their home form with a 10-4 win over Wrockwardine Wood, although only 7 chalks were in it. Dave East was best winner again for them 9, with Ian Whitehouse winning by the same score for the Wrockites.

Castlefields are two clear of Sir John Bayley, and another ahead of Newport. Ifton are seven behind Chester Road at the bottom. Callum Wraight leads the League Averages still on aggregate from three others, with Keith Wall in second now having won 9 games on the bounce.

Fri 31st May
Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
6 191 6 Ifton V Bylet 10 204 6
8 232 10 Hanwood V St Georges 4 173 4
8 243 10 Sir J Bayley V Newport 4 203 4
4 199 4 Hanmer V Castlefields 12 216 8
9 241 11 Wem U S C V Meole Brace 3 177 3
7 228 9 Chester Road V Burway 5 176 5
8 216 10 Highley V Wrockwardine Wood 4 209 4

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