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Gameweek 8 Review

Bayley brilliance, Fields flying, Hanmer home comforts

Sir John Bayley reproduced their brilliant form from last season as they won 11-3 at Chester Road in Gameweek 7 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. They never looked back after leading 4-0 and only conceded 3 more games to move back up the table, which delighted captain Tom Roden. “We are really pleased with the result on Friday. After a couple of disappointing trips away after our win at Ifton we went there hoping to nick 5+ points which would have been a positive result. But to get 9 winners and the agg is brilliant and really important if we have any hopes of keeping up with Castlefields who are on fire at the moment.” Best winner for the Bayley was Alex Jones 6, while Andy Moss replied for the hosts with the same score. Castlefields kept up their fine form with a 12-2 win over St Georges. Only Tony Rhodes 9 and Jim Kellett 20 were able to win for the Dragons, as the Castlefields won 9 out of their 10 games 13 or below, Glyn Herbert ending Pete Grimston’s 100% record winning 7 to be best winner.

Hanmer enjoyed home comforts again as they beat Burway 12-2 to move them off the bottom of the table. Captain Dave Ellison commented “we started off by taking 3 of the first 4 with Mike Gilpin and Graham Faulkner both bowling exceptionally for us. Ben Allen was equally impressive for Burway and seemed really at home with our green. The middle four was the same outcome but we won 2 of the 4 close games which really helped us. We managed to win all of the back 4 which gave us a great result on the night but Burway will feel aggrieved that they didn’t pinch 2 more which they probably deserved. We now need to pick up some away points but they don’t come much tougher than Hanwood on Friday who are very good at home.” Dave was best winner for the home side himself 7 while Kiah Roberts was best for the away side 12. Newport bounced back from their home defeat last week with 7 winners at Newport, just losing out on the aggregate. Captain Mick Jones was “pleased to bounce back from last week’s loss, winning four games 20, and 7 points in another rain affected match.” John Roberts Jnr was best winner for the former champions 13, while Doug Edwards was best winner for the home side 9.

Wrockwardine Wood also bounced back from their two previous away hammerings as they got 5 winners at Bylet and drew the aggregate, but captain Rob Jones had “mixed feelings. Delighted with 5 winners and the draw away from home but it could and maybe should have been more. Our last two games have seen us look like a decent side following two disappointing away performances, so delighted to get back on track, but having only had 3 homes the league is a little misleading for us currently.” Bylet were 4-0 up before the rain came down and 7 wins by Andy Jones and Stuart Clee meant Jason Groom had to produce some great bowls to win 13 last on and get the draw for the Islanders. Best winner for the home side was Jamie Taylor 11. Hanwood and Bowring both got 5 winners away at Wem USC and Ifton respectively. Hanwood joint captain commented on “a very pleasing result for us Friday night from 5-0 down to snatch 5 points. Wem played very well early on to get in a commanding lead. Craig Ashley again impressed me for Wem with some great draws and strikes. Also for Wem George Williams continued his fine start to the season with a perfect performance against Nick Davies (to be best winner 6). After that the Hanwood captains led the way in the fight back. Dave Burton who has recently taken the joint captaincy role played a tricky two weighted mark to lead graham Dulson 14-6 but Graham battled back to lead the game 18-17 but Burty dug in to win. Ash Wellings continued his fine form with great display against Connor Whitehall. Mark Shore raced to a 10-0 lead over Paul Gleave and went on to secure Hanwoods third point of the evening (and was best winner 9). The still classy performer Derek Wright showed his experience to stem the flow of Hanwood winners with an assured performance to clock up his seventh premier league win which must be putting him back into county contention. Left on the green Phil Lyttle prepared for his north Shropshire assault on the merit crown with a grinding performance to pip Fred Bailey in a game that could have gone either way with some quality bowls from both players. Greg Smith took our final point on his first visit to Leek Street.” Bowring will also be pleased with 5 at Ifton with Kieran Buckley the best of them winning 14, while Leighton Roberts was best winner for the home side 9, as it keeps them up the top end of the table.

Castlefields are two points ahead of Meole Brace who are a further 6 ahead of Sir John Bayley. At the bottom Chester Road are bottom by a point to Wrockwardine Wood. Callum Wraight and Derek Wright are joint top of the averages after both have won 7 out of 8 with a plus 59 aggregate.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
10 238 12 Hanmer V Burway 2 180 2
3 197 3 Chester Road V Sir J Bayley 11 221 9
7 207 8 Bylet V Wrockwardine Wood 6 207 5
7 222 9 Wem U S C V Hanwood 5 198 5
7 232 9 Ifton V Bowring 5 209 5
10 239 12 Castlefields V St Georges 2 157 2
5 234 7 Meole Brace V Newport 7 222 7

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