Bottom three all win, Bayley match Fields, Newport ahead of Dragons
The whole of the bottom three won in week 19 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Chester Road won their first away game at Meole Brace 11-5 to keep in touch with the teams above, but it is still a tall order to avoid bottom spot. Captain Paul Fowles comments “at last we got over the line. The last two weeks we have been up going into the back and lost all four, so it was nice to get home.” Best winner for them was Martin Lloyd 6, while for the home side, it was Will Tarrell 5. Ifton though matched them with an 11-3 win over Wem USC. Captain Dickie Jones wasn’t there but said “it was a good result.” Darren Lacey, Richie Griffiths and Nicky Jones all won 7 for them, while for Wem it was former homester Ian Metcalfe who won 6. Hanmer also had a good 12-2 win over Highley to stay clear of trouble. Skipper Dave Ellison says “a good front 4 saw us 4-0 up with Mike Riley particularly good in his game followed by Jack Butler. The middle 4 were shared with Danny Statham adapting to the green impressively for Highley (to be best winner 7). We then proceeded to take all the back 4 with Dan Beeston on his debut for us getting over the line on the last end. We now have 2 away games now but we are competing this year away from home so signs are good.” Dave himself was their best winner 1.
Sir John Bayley’s lead was maintained as they got 7 winners at Castlefields. It was an impressive performance as they came back from 4-0 down, as fields dominated the front led by Martin Codd’s 5 win. Scott Simpson led the leader’s fightback by winning 11. Newport beat St Georges 9-5 to move four points clear of them in 3rd. Russ Pegram was their best winner 7, with Andy Morgan continuing his impressive season by being best winner 10. Hanwood continued their pursuit of the top four as they won 11-5 at Bylet. Joint captain Mark Shore continued his fine run by being best winner 11, as Grant Cooper led the way for the home side, who have now lost three home games on the bounce. Wrockwardine Wood defeated Burway 11-3 to maintain their hold on the top six. Martin Williams was best winner 8, with Kev Dovey’s 11 win the best for the visitors.
Sir John Bayley are still 14 ahead of Castlefields at the top, while Chester Road are still 6 behind Ifton at the bottom. The League Averages lead has changed hands as Lewis Scott now leads on 16 wins, but it remains a close battle. Dave East still has 14 consecutive wins, with only a few players able to stop him winning that title.
|Won||Agg||Pts||Home Team||Premier||Away Team||Pts||Agg||Won||H||A||CH||PP|
|9||228||11||Ifton||V||Wem U S C||3||179||3||✓|
|5||227||7||Castlefields||V||Sir J Bayley||7||209||7||✓|
|5||187||5||Meole Brace||V||Chester Road||11||207||7||✓|