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Week 23 Review

Fields gain, Dragons roar, Wem win away

Castlefields closed the gap to 12 points to the league leaders Sir John Bayley after beating Hanmer 11-3 in week 23 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Keith Wall was best winner 1 for them while Dave Ellison continued his good form with  a best win of 12 for the away side. Sir John Bayley will still be happy with 5 winners at Newport, led by Tom Roden’s 8 win. Paul Reeves was best winner for the home side 11. St Georges overtook Hanwood in 4th with a 10-4 win against them. Joint skipper Tony Rhodes was “really pleased as we aimed to get back above them after the game and we managed it. Some high quality games throughout but another really positive result.” Mike Wainwright was their best winner 7 with Simon Lane best for the visitors 4.

Wem USC earned another away win at Meole Brace 10-6 and by 3 chalks. Captain Scott Thomas says “obviously, we were very happy with an away win on Friday. We went to Meole with a clear game plan, and it paid off for us, in what turned out to be a very tight affair. Our first four were really good and we were able to capitalise on the start they gave us. As usual the game was played with the upmost respect between the two teams; lots of good shouts and played in the right way. We want to end the season well from here and see if we can secure another top half finish.” Best winner for them was Connor Whitehall 13, with the home’s best being Andy Wigginton and Jon Lyttle by the same score. Wrockwardine Wood earned a 10-4 win over Highley from 3-0 down to keep a firm grip on 6th place. Skipper Rob Jones says it was a “good result following a difficult start. Highley played really well in the first four, and led 3-1. A really good home performance from there in only losing the last game of the night to make it 10-4. Credit to them, played well throughout.” Jamie King was best winner for Highley 11, while for the away side they had three 13 winners, Reece Farr, Mark Jones and Danny Statham. Bylet earned their first win in 10 by beating Ifton 10-4. Captain Scott Harries commented “we finally ended our bad run of form with a solid win and performance. It’s been a tough spell with holidays and people being unavailable for one reason or another, it was nice to get a strong side back out. We’ve had some tough games recently, especially at home and the weather not being kind on occasions. So hopefully we can push on and end the season well now. Top half is out of the question but we can still fight to finish as high as possible.” Best winner for them was Tim Ealey 5, with Dave Bond best for the visitors 9. Burway beat Chester Road 11-3 to add to the visitor’s troubles whilst boosting their chances of a top half finish. Kiah Roberts was excellent in being best winner 7 with Martin Lloyd continuing his excellent form in winning 10 for the away side.

Sir John Bayley are now 12 ahead of Castlefields, while Chester Road are 22 behind Hanmer with a game in hand. Scott Simpson now leads Pete Cookson at the top of the League Averages on 20 wins, with Scott knowing that a win next game will bring him onto 14 consecutive wins and level with Dave East.

Fri 30th Aug
Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
8 212 10 St Georges V Hanwood 4 195 4
7 226 9 Newport V Sir J Bayley 5 209 5
8 223 10 Bylet V Ifton 4 178 4
8 221 10 Wrockwardine Wood V Highley 4 209 4
9 234 11 Burway V Chester Road 3 186 3
9 240 11 Castlefields V Hanmer 3 162 3
6 222 6 Meole Brace V Wem U S C 10 225 6

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