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Week 15 Review

Hanwood earn super six, Highley stun Newport, Ifton edge out Dragons

Hanwood earned a super six at Castlefields as they kept in touch with the top four in week 15 of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Premier Bowls League. Captain Mark Shore said it was a “great team performance on Friday against Castlefields. Very pleased with 6 and could have snatched a couple more. Fine display from Darren Wellings in front four from 8-0 down gave us a platform along with Ash Wellings’ win (best winner 10). Unlucky to only get one in middle but delighted with the three battling points in the back.” Glyn Herbert was the Fields’ best winner 1. Newport were stunned at Highley as they lost there 10-4. Joint captain Stuart Gittings said it was “arguably the quickest the green has been all season certainly for the front four with Geoff Wylde and Andy James bowling well they prefer it quick. Darrell Handley’s game was always tight and could have gone either way but Stu Clee probably just deserved it. Reece Farr and Dave Rhodes’ game was a very good game with Dave bowling well but Reece stuck in there and hitting 4 strikes on the bounce kept him in it at 15-11 down. Him winning was huge giving us a 3-1 lead. Dave Scriven was his usual consistent self and Dave East was immaculate once he got the jack (best winner 7). Paul Busby had a tough game but came out on top and Ben Dixon never looked like winning but stuck at it and bowled well at the end to win so 7-1 was an outstanding start against a top side. The back four had little pressure other than playing for their individual points. Paul Reeves played exceptionally well to comfortably beat Danny Statham (best winner 11), while Pete Cookson played very tight and although Mark Jones got a creditable 15 in the end Pete ran out worthy winner. My game against Phil Emery was tight all the way through with me just getting home in the end. Ray Bishop’s game against Pete Farmer was a good contest with Pete’s first time on the green and Ray having another tough draw this season. Pete got to 14-7 up then Ray came back to lead 19-18 with Pete winning in the end. Overall an excellent win for us against a top side as we have been inconsistent at home as our previous results have shown. We are thoroughly enjoying playing in this league and would like to think we are contributing to an undoubtedly high standard level of bowls.”

St Georges narrowly lost out to Ifton by one chalk with 7 winners. Skipper Dickie Jones said “St Georges’ front four played very well to go 3-1 up. We had two single figure winners in the middle to put us one up on the agg. Dave Bond and Ollie Jones both played well to win 21-16 and 21-10 respectively. Overall we battled well to win the match with only 5 winners.” Leighton Roberts was best winner 8 with Lewis Scott best for the visitors 6. Sir John Bayley won away again at Hanmer 11-5 to move clear at the top. Captain Chris Worthington declined to comment on the win. Norman Harvey and Scott Simpson were their best winners 11, with Dave Ellison the same for Hanmer by the same score. Meole Brace beat Burway 12-2 as they moved just three points behind Hanwood in 5th. Nige Bound was best winner 4 with Ben Allen best for the Ludlow side 9. Wem USC continued their revival by beating Wrockwardine Wood 10-4. Fred Bailey was their best winner 3 with Stuart Rutter and Liam Stevens best winners for the Wrockites 16. Bylet piled more pressure on Chester Road as they beat them 10-4. Captain Scott Harries led the way winning 3 as Martin Lloyd and Andrew Davies were best for the visitors 12.

The Bayley are now 11 clear of Newport and St Georges. Chester Road are 5 behind Ifton, who have a game in hand on Thursday. Dave East still leads the League Averages and is now on 12 consecutive wins.

Fri 5th Jul
Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
8 224 10 Bylet V Chester Road 4 175 4
8 233 10 Highley V Newport 4 197 4
8 237 10 Wem U S C V Wrockwardine Wood 4 173 4
5 203 5 Hanmer V Sir J Bayley 11 225 7
6 220 8 Castlefields V Hanwood 6 199 6
10 239 12 Meole Brace V Burway 2 179 2
5 203 7 Ifton V St Georges 7 202 7

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