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Gameweek 2 Review

Meole and Wrockwardine hammer Hanwood and Hanmer, Bylet earn big win, Bowring earn five away

Meole Brace are top at the end of the 2nd games of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League after they hammered Hanwood 12-2 in their second home game of the season. They followed up their 9-5 win against rivals Castlefields with a bigger one against their other rivals from Shrewsbury. Captain Pete Bound said it was “a great team performance. Overall over the last two games I couldn’t have asked more of the team. Craig Wilson beating Greg Smith was an outstanding effort and is on fire at the moment (he beat Callum Wraight on Wednesday to). Nick Davies for them played very well to beat Colin Beaman (to be best winner 12)”. Andy Wigginton and Mark Thomas were best winners for the home side 11 in a game of no single figure winners. Wrockwardine Wood are in joint second after beating Hanmer 12-2. Captain Rob Jones was delighted after a “disappointing points haul at Burway. Mark Picknell’s performance in the first four helped set the tone for some excellent home bowling on a green that’s quickening nicely for the time of year.” Rob himself was best winner winning 4 while for Hanmer Alan Faulkner was best winner again, winning 11. Bylet were another team that won 12-2 in a great start to their home season, their biggest win since the last game of the 2015 season when they stayed off bottom with a 12-2 win over Hadley USC. Newcomer Rob Perry was best winner 7 while Nick Lewis won 12 to be best winner for the visitors.

Sir John Bayley were another big home winner but only after being 2-2 after the first four. Pete Farmer won 7 first four to be best winner while Norman Harvey claimed his second ever whitewash for the home side. But the Bayley then had 7 out of the next 8 winners to claim an 11-3 win and move joint second. St Georges matched the Bayley with an 11-3 to bounce back after Wednesday’s 3 at Hanwood. Tom Langford bounced back from his defeat on Wednesday to be best winner 21-4, with Derek Wright winning 9 to be best for the visitors. Title rivals Castlefields beat Ifton 10-4 with captain Andy Duckett leading by example with his 11 win and Darren Lacey for the visitors winning 15 in another match of double figure scores. Bowring got the best away result with 5 winners but may be ruing that they were 3-1 up off the first four. But captain Jamie King thought that “5 winners is a great result for us and a good step in the right direction! After Chester Road did so well last year I wasn’t sure what to expect this time round.  Ayden Smith (best winner 14) and John Cooke were superb again and led us from the front. Really happy with our first 2 results and hope to kick on again next week. Chester Road was running really well and don’t believe that I’ve ever seen it that quick. There was a great atmosphere in the back 4 when we really needed a few more winners and we managed to pull that off in a great team performance.”

After two games Meole Brace are the top of the league with 21 points after 2 home games. Conversely Newport are bottom with 6 points after two away games. 40 players have won their opening games with Alan Faulkner of Hanmer leading the way with a plus 25 aggregate.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
10 239 12 Meole Brace V Hanwood 2 186 2
8 238 10 Castlefields V Ifton 4 202 4
9 230 11 Sir J Bayley V Newport 3 171 3
9 224 11 St Georges V Wem U S C 3 164 3
10 237 12 Bylet V Burway 2 182 2
10 233 12 Wrockwardine Wood V Hanmer 2 141 2
7 228 9 Chester Road V Bowring 5 212 5

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