Chester Road retained their Premier League status after being giving a scare by Adderley on a very wet Prees new green. They only won by 9 in the end, and trailed after the first four before their experience got them through the game.
In the first four and Adderley had the better of the early stages. Ian Howell was holding Martin Lloyd before he found a 30m mark and won 14 on it to give Adderley a great start, and earn him man of the match. Tom Hardy was a few up on Ian McDonald before Ian got back into the game and won 18. Paul Latham went 4/5 up down the edge before Dave Bamford got to 16. The other game saw Alex Hassall and Mark Holland have a close game throughout which Alex won 18. This meant Adderley led by 2.
The middle four saw Gary Whitehall and Gary Beff have a reasonably close game before Gary got on a mark late on to win 14. Paul Griffiths raced 11-2 up before Jack Hazeldine battled back to 13-8 down. But Paul then got the block back and won 11, which gave Chester Road a good lead. Alan Boulton though was doing well in the corners versus Paul Williams, and won 13 to bring Adderley back into it. Nigel Parsonage and Andy Smith had a close game throughout which was on the green for a long time, which Nigel won 18 to mean Adderley were just 4 behind.
The back four saw Andy Moss race 11-0 up on a long mark before Alex Lockett started to get back into the game at 13-8 down. But Andy maintained that lead to win 16. Dan Hazeldine injured himself early on but despite this had a very good game with Steve Rogers. He went up to the crown and back early on before Steve tried going long and then short. Steve was 4/5 up at the end and despite Dan trying to get back into the game Steve held on to win 16 and mean Chester Road led by 14. It wasn’t all over though, as Tony Sherratt was 16-11 up against Andrew Davies, and Darren Palin 9-8 up on Chris Nicholson. Andrew Davies got back to 16 across, and with Chris holding his own with Darren, it meant that once Andrew got to 18 it meant the match was over. Tony won 18, and Darren 19, to mean that Chester Road won by 9 overall.
102 people voted for Chester Road to win, over 23 for Adderley. But I think that most didn’t expect it to be so close, and that’s credit to Adderley for producing two great performances over the two nights.
Well done to Chester Road for retaining their Premier League status.
Thank you to Prees Bowling Club for hosting, and to Kevin Moult for producing a great surface. Also thanks to Bob Mumford, Tony Weaver and Mike Caddick for refereeing and measuring.
Thank you to Mike Beckett for doing the live score tonight, and to Matt Beeston for doing some live filming on Facebook.
Pictures will be posted on here tomorrow from both games.
|1||Ian Howell||21||21||14||14||Martin Lloyd|
|2||Tom Hardy||39||18||21||35||Ian Mcdonald|
|3||Dave Bamford||55||16||21||56||Paul Latham|
|4||Alex Hassall||76||21||18||74||Mark Holland|
|5||Gary Whitehall||90||14||21||95||Gary Beff|
|6||Jack Hazeldine||101||11||21||116||Paul Griffiths|
|7||Alan Boulton||122||21||13||129||Paul Williams|
|8||Nigel Parsonage||143||21||18||147||Andy Smith|
|9||Alex Lockett||159||16||21||168||Andy Moss|
|10||Dan Hazeldine||175||16||21||189||Steve Rogers|
|11||Tony Sherratt||196||21||18||207||Andrew Davies|
|12||Darren Palin||217||21||19||226||Chris Nicholson|