Bayley all but Champions, Chester Road all but bottom
The two key issues have virtually been sorted in week 24 and the rearranged Chester Road v Wrockwardine Wood game. Sir John Bayley are now 18 clear at the top with two games left after beating Chester Road 11-3, while nearest challengers Castlefields lost 9-5 at Ifton. Best winner for the Bayley was Scott Simpson 1, while Andy Moss made a welcome return to Chester Road’s team and was best winner 9. Chester Road then lost 11-5 at home to Wrockwardine Wood on Monday, which means they are 24 behind 2nd bottom with just two games left. They had Andy Smith as their best winner 9. Wrockwardine skipper Rob Jones said it was an “excellent away performance from the lads. We have been playing well away from home for a few games now and not quite getting what our play has deserved. Stand out performance was Martin Williams closing the tight agg out with a 21-9 (to be best winner).” Ifton have all but sealed another season in the league and captain Dickie Jones says “a good all round performance that keeps our winning run at home going.” Best winner was Leighton Roberts 11 which helped seal the aggregate by 3, despite Callum Wraight rushing back from the Isle of Man to be best winner 12 for the Champions.
Hanmer and Bylet will also play another season in our league after 11-3 and 13-1 wins respectively. Hanmer best Wrockwardine Wood with skipper Dave Ellison commenting “we started the game well winning all of the front 4 with Matt Beeston 6 being our best winner. The middle 4 were shared and Alan Faulkner’s 11 win bringing a much needed win to the stalwart of the club. We then proceeded to take 3 out of the back 4 to give us a good win against a good Wrockwardine side. This win should secure our place in the league next season and we can now try gaining a couple of places more before the end of the season.” Best winner for the Wrockites was Martin Williams 15. Bylet had their best win of the season 13-1 which could mean they could yet earn a top half spot. Skipper Scott Harries was “absolutely delighted with Friday’s performance and result. It had been a tough month or so for us so to come out of our last 2 games with 23 points is fantastic. We were brilliant on and off the green and for once we won all the close games. Fair play to the Meole lads for continuing to battle until the end, they certainly deserved more than what they got as we had 2 17 winners, 3 18 winners and 2 20 winners but I’m obviously over the moon we won all those games and with my lads for digging in like they did. We’ve got a tough last couple of games to finish but we are confident of finishing well and as high up the table as possible.” Best winner was Rich Morris 6 with Scott Moseley the winner for Meole 12.
Highley’s hopes of a top half finish took a blow as they lost 10-6 at home to St Georges. St Georges joint captain Tony Rhodes said it was a “great win on a very testing green albeit in great nick. The team played incredibly well with Mike Wainwright dropping on it straight away and Lewis Scott absolutely immaculate (to both be best winners 6). We keep punching.” Highley’s best winner was Andy James 10. Hanwood are just behind St Georges and their opponents Newport after beating them 10-4. Best winner for them was Simon Lane 5 with Dale Rudrum best for the visitors 15. Wem USC boosted their hopes of another top half finish with a 10-4 win over Burway. Pete Bound was their best winner 5 while Kiah Roberts was best for the away side 9.
Sir John Bayley are 18 ahead of Castlefields, with Chester Road 24 behind Ifton at the bottom. Scott Simpson still leads the League Averages to Pete Cookson on aggregate, and is now level with Dave East on 14 consecutive wins, having a chance to win them outright with a win on Friday.