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Gameweek 15 Review

Castlefields edge Wem, Bayley battle back, Ifton earn vital win

Castlefields earned a vital win in Gameweek 15 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League as they moved further clear of rivals Sir John Bayley. They won by just one chalk at Wem USC and by 9-5 while the Bayley got 6 winners at Hanmer. Vice-captain Keith Walton said the “Fields showed lots of determination, especially the first four who hung in with good scores from a long way behind. This gave the team a chance to win which Andy Duckett duly obliged with a super bowl to win his game and the aggregate by one.” They recovered from 3-1 down with Mike Dulson best winner 9 and it would have been better if Rich Goddard hadn’t fought back from well down to get 20. Callum Wraight and Adie Rowe both won 13 to be the Fields’ best winners as they managed to win 6 out of the next 8 games. The Bayley will be happy with their 6 at Hanmer though after being 4-1 down and 40 down on aggregate, led by Lee Peate’s 7 win. They fought back though with captain Tom Roden leading by example and vice-captain Rob Burroughs commented “it was a good result in the end, at 4-1 down it looked like we could struggle to get many winners but once again the back four did their job winning 3 out of the 4 and it could have been much better as Scott Simpson had fought back from 17-5 down to get back to 20-19 with jack in hand, but couldn’t quite get over the line. Lee Peate and Alan Faulkner showed how good a home player they are while Robin Bennett was awesome in his win over the middle.”

Newport continued their excellent form with 6 at Hanwood. They weren’t in with a shout of winning the aggregate despite Mark Selley’s best win of 9, as two single figure winners led by Dave Burton winning 6 meant a comfortable win for the Shrewsbury team. Meole Brace still remain in 4th with a 9-5 win over Bylet, fighting back from 3-1 down after Rob Fuller was best winner for the visitors. They had three winners in the middle and then the back with Doug Edwards the best of those winning 10, while Rob Steventon earned the Bridgnorth’s side 5th point matching Rob’s best win of 12. Ifton earned a vital win at the bottom beating Chester Road 10-4 at home, even though they remain in bottom spot. Captain Dickie Jones recognised its importance as he said “it was a much needed win and hopefully we can build on it.” Welsh Merit winner Kieron Roberts led the way winning 5 while Andy Moss won 8 to be best winner for the visitors. Bowring earned their best win since their whitewash by beating Wrockwardine Wood 10-4. There were no single figure cards in the game with Ayden Smith and Glyn Hayward the best for the home side 11 with Dale Downes the best for the Wrockites by the same score which helped keep them above their opponents. Burway are just above both of them after they won 10-4 over St Georges. The aggregate was only 9 shots as single figure wins by Clay Flattley 6 and Lewis Scott 8 helped the Dragons get close. But Pete Griffiths’ 9 win led the way for the Ludlow side who kept up their good home form and chance of a top 5 finish.

Castlefields now lead by 10 points to Sir John Bayley with Newport a further 7 behind. At the bottom and Ifton are 3 adrift of Hanmer and Wem USC. Callum Wraight still leads the averages by 22 chalks to Tom Roden on 13 wins.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
5 215 5 Wem U S C V Castlefields 9 216 7
8 226 10 Ifton V Chester Road 4 189 4
6 213 8 Hanwood V Newport 6 189 6
8 213 10 Burway V St Georges 4 204 4
7 220 9 Meole Brace V Bylet 5 207 5
8 232 10 Bowring V Wrockwardine Wood 4 201 4
6 211 8 Hanmer V Sir J Bayley 6 202 6

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