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Gameweek 3 Review

Champions end run, Castlefields stun newcomers, Newport gain first win

Champions Sir John Bayley claimed an impressive away win at Ifton in Gameweek 3 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League, but main rivals Castlefields also caught the eye winning at newcomers Hanmer. The Bayley had to show the fight they needed last season after being 3-1 down off the first four, with Nicky Jones and Geraint Williams best winners 14 for the home side. But the Champions hit back with 3 winners in the middle, with Chris Ward just dipping out 20 to make it 4 in a great game with Leighton Roberts. They then had four winners at the back, with Scott Simpson the best 3, which helped seal the aggregate to. Captain Tom Roden described it as a “Good Friday” for the team which made them go top for the first time this season. Their main rivals Castlefields though weren’t outdone and overcame floodlight problems at Hanmer to win there 8-6. Three single figures winners helped their cause, Mark Taylor and Mike Beer the best 21-4 with Callum Wraight, on his way back from the Houldsworth Good Friday Invitation, winning 8. Alan Faulkner continued his fine start with another best win of 7 but it was a reality check for the newcomers to the league, even if the weather didn’t help them.

Newport moved off the bottom of the table with their first league win and dumped their opponents in that spot, maybe for the first time in a long while. They won 11-3 with Alan Davidson, who is now available every game, Chris Grocott and Ian Whittington all back. John Roberts Jnr was best winner 4 while Simon Rhodes was best winner 15 for the Dragons, with brother and captain Tony Rhodes just behind him. Meole Brace are still 2nd just a point behind Sir John Bayley despite getting 4 at Wem USC. Wem Captain Graham Dulson commented on a “very good team spirit, with particular mention on Friday night to Chris Brettell coming back from 20-12 down and the best player never to play county bowls, Fred Bailey, winning 4 (to be best winner).” Best winner for Meole was Mark Thomas and Dave Redge 13. Hanwood are just behind them after beating Wrockwardine Wood 11-3 with joint captain Ash Wellings best winner 6, with last year’s MVP winner Stuart Rutter returning with a 21-12 best card for the visitors.

Burway and Bowring both scored 10-4 home wins over Chester Road and Bylet respectively. Burway captain Chris Dovey was happy with a “really good solid performance from our lads especially after going 4-2 down then turning it around and winning the next six games. Jolyon Partridge had a great win over Andy Moss and Kev Dovey won 13 against Martin Lloyd to keep up his great start to the season.” Russ Davies was best home winner with a 10 card while another 10 card was best winner for Paul Griffiths from the visitors. Bylet will be happy with their 4 at the Bowring with Jason Groom keeping up his fine start winning 10 to be best card while Rich Lawson was best winner for the hosts 21-11.

Champions Sir John Bayley lead by a point to Meole Brace with St Georges and Newport locked on 17 points at the bottom of the table. Alan Faulkner leads the averages still by 4 chalks.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
4 194 4 Ifton V Sir J Bayley 10 232 8
8 227 10 Bowring V Bylet 4 200 4
6 191 6 Hanmer V Castlefields 8 210 6
8 227 10 Wem U S C V Meole Brace 4 186 4
9 239 11 Hanwood V Wrockwardine Wood 3 185 3
9 239 11 Newport V St Georges 3 172 3
8 228 10 Burway V Chester Road 4 190 4

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