Bayley whitewash, Fields comeback, Wrockites & Hanmer earn good away hauls
Sir John Bayley whitewashed Ifton in week 18 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League to extend their lead at the top of the table. Paul Evans and Gordon Hawkins led the way with 21-7 wins as they ruthlessly dispatched the Miners, the only close game being Craig Griffiths who got 18. Castlefields are still in it after they came back against bottom side Chester Road. Captain Alan Peach commented “it was a very difficult game played in a great spirit on a green not to kind. First four was level at 2 each with Martin Codd and Mike Beer playing well. I thought Paul Latham played very well against Keith Wall. In the middle we had all losers so being 6-2 down and 27 behind on aggregate it seemed we was doomed. But on the green Rich Goddard, Mark Taylor, Paul Williams and Andy Duckett all won to pull back 38 shots. The Road might be bottom of the league but they certainly didn’t lie down, so in the end it was a great result.” Best winner for the Road was Andy Smith 8. St Georges won 11-3 to move level with Newport in 3rd place. their best winner being Rob Roden 10. Meole Brace’s best was Will Tarrell by the same score. Newport lost more ground as they only beat Wrockwardine Wood 9-5, who continued their own good form. Skipper Rob Jones said it was a “good result away Friday, taking 5 points off a decent Newport side. We had a couple missing so was delighted how the leads came in and did a job!” Josh Cotton and Andy Jones were their best winners 12, with Pete Farmer best for the home side 8.
Hanmer got a good 5 points away from home at Wem USC. Captain Dave Ellison says “the front four saw us 3-1 down but at one point it looked like we could win all four. The middle four saw us gain another 2 with Graham Bennett exceptional for us (best winner 8) and Fred Bailey unplayable for them (best winner 5). The back four saw us gain another 2 with Matt Beeston impressive in his game against Colin Smith. We were happy with the 5 points because of our recent record at Wem but regretting a few games that just went away at the end.” The other two games finished 12-2 to the home side. Hanwood take advantage of Highley’s inexperience of their green with Rob Carter best winner 2, and Ben Dixon was best for the away side 13. Burway had a fine 12-2 win over Bylet with Kiah Roberts leading the way 6. Scott Harries was best winner for the Bridgnorth side 13.
Sir John Bayley are 14 ahead of Castlefields, who are 11 ahead of Newport and St Georges. Chester Road are 6 behind Ifton and another 6 behind Hanmer. Dave East had his consecutive wins broken so is on 14, with only a few capable of catching him. Dave still leads the League Averages with 16 wins, one ahead of five players.
|Won||Agg||Pts||Home Team||Premier||Away Team||Pts||Agg||Won||H||A||CH||PP|
|9||231||11||St Georges||V||Meole Brace||3||189||3||✓|
|7||228||9||Wem U S C||V||Hanmer||5||212||5||✓|
|12||252||14||Sir J Bayley||V||Ifton||0||152||0||✓|