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Week 26 Review

Bayley champions, Newport hold onto 3rd, Wem earn top half spot, Chester Road bottom

Sir John Bayley are the 2019 Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League Champions after getting the 3 winners needed at Hanwood. Joint captain Mark Shore said it was a “great performance Friday against the new champions of the league. The match victory belonged to us but the night was for the Bayley and our club congratulate the Bayley on their success this season. We are blessed with a fantastic league with some of the best players around which makes it a tough league to win and whoever prevails deserves the plaudits. As chairman of the league it was my honour to present the league trophy to a delighted captain Chris Worthington which sparked Bayley celebrations at The Cock. We ourselves are pleased with our improvement in points if not position in the league. Last on Friday club stalwart Phil Talbot lay game with two very good bowls at 20 across only for Gordon Hawkins to deliver a great bowl to beat Phil. This one bowl changed our finishing position from a possible 3rd to 5th.” Tom Roden was the Bayley’s best winner 4, while Phil Lyttle was best for the home side 7. Newport got 3rd on games won despite getting 4 at a depleted Bylet. However, it was good news for Newport player Pete Cookson, who held his nerve 19 against Rich Taylor, holding off a comeback from 20-14 up, to win the League Averages. Bylet captain Scott Harries was “absolutely delighted with our win and performance. We were thread bare and I feared the worst, 6 first team players unavailable and 4 second team players unavailable meaning we had a mountain to climb and just field a team against one of the best sides in the league. With one lad breaking down on the way just before the match and only 7 players at the green come 7 p.m. I feared we’d give a game or two away but fair play to everyone involved because it seemed to spur us all on. All the lads that came in to help out were brilliant and the established lads led the way from the start. Thank you to Newport for being very cooperative about the events, I know it may not of helped them but they were great with us. Superb end to the season, gutted to miss out on a first ever top half finish by 1 single point but so many positives to take and with so many changes to us this year meant it was a fantastic achievement when you look at it. If it wasn’t for an 8 game losing run in July and August I think we could’ve been looking at battling for 6th place comfortably. Roll on next season and more challenges ahead.” Best winner for Bylet was Scott himself 11, while Dale Rudrum’s 10 win was best for the visitors.

Wem USC beat St Georges 8-6 which earned them 7th place. Mike Dulson was best winner 11, with ex home player Clay Flattley best for the visitors 7. Highley missed out on a top half finish on games won after beating Chester Road 9-5, which condemned them to bottom spot and a play off to fight for their place. Danny Statham was best winner for the home side 5, with Paul Williams best for the visitors 7. Meole Brace finished higher than last season after getting 7 winners at Hanmer, but missed out on the aggregate by 2 which would have got them a top half finish. Will Tarrell was best winner 10, with Robin Bennett best for the home side 12. That result meant Ifton overtook Hanmer into 12th, with captain Dickie Jones saying it was a “good team performance to make it 9 home wins in a row.” Dickie himself was best winner 6, while Wayne Rogers was best for the visitors 16. Castlefields ended their season with a 10-4 home win over Wrockwardine Wood. Adam Jones was best winner 5 with Andy Jones best for the away side 7.

Sir John Bayley finished 5 ahead of Castlefields, while Chester Road were 19 adrift of Hanmer. Pete Cookson won the League Averages, with Scott Simpson getting 2nd place and most consecutive wins, and Lewis Scott 3rd, all three men picking up prize money.

Fri 20th Sep
Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
8 209 10 Castlefields V Wrockwardine Wood 4 174 4
5 222 7 Hanmer V Meole Brace 7 220 7
6 220 8 Wem U S C V St Georges 6 212 6
8 231 10 Bylet V Newport 4 212 4
7 202 9 Highley V Chester Road 5 185 5
9 244 11 Ifton V Burway 3 170 3
9 230 11 Hanwood V Sir J Bayley 3 149 3

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