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.
Chester Road captain Paul Fowles was a relieved captain after coming through the Playoff final by just 9 chalks against Adderley. He said “it was the most important game ever for our club. We played well on a wet green and just got home. Fair play to Adderley, they pushed us all the way in a game played in a good competitive and sporting way with such a lot at stake.”
|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|
The Chester Road side. Back from left: Paul Latham, Andy Smith, Ian McDonald, Andrew Davies, Chris Nicholson, Martin Lloyd & Paul Fowles.
Front from left: Mark Holland, Andy Moss, Gary Beff, Paul Williams, Paul Griffiths & Steve Rogers.
The Adderley side. Back from left: Dan Hazeldine, Dave Bamford, Alex Hassall, Alex Lockett, Tony Sherratt & Darren Palin.
Front from left: Ian Howell, Tom Hardy, Jack Hazeldine, Alan Boulton & Gary Whitehall.
League chairman Mark Shore presents the man of the match champagne to Ian Howell.