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Gameweek 7 Review

Castlefields earn big win, Bowring secure whitewash, Hanwood hammer at home again

It was a remarkable Gameweek 7 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League as the weather produced some shock results. Bylet won at St Georges for the first time ever in the League as they stunned the Dragons by wining 8-6 up on the top green. Bylet vice-captain Scott Harries described it on Facebook as the “best Premier League away performance I’ve ever seen in all my years for the Bylet tonight. Tremendous!” Scott himself starred as he won 8 in the middle for the Bridgnorth side, but Jamie Taylor also played a massive part as he won 16 from 13-1 down. It was close throughout but Jason Groom winning 14 at number 12 helped win the aggregate by 8 shots. Home captain Tony Rhodes had tried his best to pull it back by being best winner 21-10 but it was in vain as St Georges lost their first home game since 2014 against Newport. Bylet captain Mick Harries commented “Tony and his team were very complementary to us after and that was nice to hear because I don’t think we were lucky, it was a really good display.”

Castlefields also earned a massive win at Newport in a game delayed by 45 minutes because of the weather. It was described by spokesman Keith Walton as a “terrific result and probably one of our best away performances ever. We played very well, from one to 12 everybody did as much as they could to win the game. I don’t think Newport have lost at home for a long while so it was a fantastic performance and the best result we’ve had there. It did rain a little bit which took a bit of sting out the green and we had three of the first four winners, which set the tone, and we went on from there. We are happy with where we are at the moment but we must take this on now against St Georges.” Castlefields’ best winner was Adam Jones 6 while for the home side Russell Pegram was best winning 12.

Bowring didn’t let the weather effect them at home as they earned their biggest ever win in the league winning 14-0 and by 132 shots at home to a homesick Hanmer side. The closest any Hanmer player got was 13, 3 players scoring that, and home skipper Jamie King said it was a “cracking result. Every game was pretty comfortable and that wasn’t down to how bad they played, it was down to how well we did from 1-12. Rob Roden led by example from the front to win 6 (and be best winner). It was a good result going into two tough away games.” Hanwood were also big home winners on a wet night, beating Chester Road 13-1 again, just like last season. Joint captain Mark Shore commented that “the rain failed to dampen the eggs on Friday. After a slow start the lads battled well to lead 3-1 after the first four. Tony Hotchkiss continued his fine start to the season with an assured performance. All had to dig in as Chester Road came at us and performed really well and were unlucky to be down. As the green began to dry out Ash Wellings in the middle bowled superb to go from 1-1 to lead 16-1 on 3/4 corner mark (and won 7 to be best winner). At the same time Nick Davies reversed a 8-1 deficit to win 21-9. In the back Gary Neal continued his fine start to his Hanwood debut season running out from 18-10 down against a classy Paul Griffiths, and Phil Lyttle played well to beat Andy Moss. The result did not do justice to how well Chester Road played but we were delighted with this massive win.” The only winner for Chester Road was Paul Latham 18, a result which sets them back after last week’s 13-1 home win.

Wrockwardine Wood bounced back from their two away hammerings by beating the champions Sir John Bayley 9-5 on a wet but still running home green. They led well from the front as they went 3-1 and 6-2 up before the Bayley fought back with 3 winners at the back. In a close game of no single figure winners Andy Jones was best for the home side 12 while former Wrockwardine Wood Open winner Scott Simpson was the pick of the 5 winners, 10. Burway didn’t quite match the heights of their last home game but did beat Wem USC 10-4. Ben Allen was best winner 6 for the home side while Derek Wright was best for the away winning 6 to. Meole Brace overcame missing a few players by winning at Ifton with just 5 winners, but will be ruing having two 20 losers in a game where their worse loser was just 15, Adrian Humphries inflicting that for the home side. Meole’s best winner was former captain Mark Thomas 21-2 in the corners.

Meole Brace still lead at the top of the table by 3 points to Castlefields, with Bowring a further 2 points behind. Hanmer now are bottom again 3 points adrift of Wrockwardine Wood.

Peter Grimston is the only player to have won his first 7 games at the top of the League Averages.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
7 204 7 Ifton V Meole Brace 7 230 5
12 252 14 Bowring V Hanmer 0 120 0
7 223 9 Wrockwardine Wood V Sir J Bayley 5 214 5
6 211 6 St Georges V Bylet 8 219 6
11 249 13 Hanwood V Chester Road 1 173 1
4 201 4 Newport V Castlefields 10 223 8
8 218 10 Burway V Wem U S C 4 180 4

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