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Gameweek 16 Review

Top faces bottom, Bayley face in form Newport, Shrewsbury Derby

Top faces bottom in Gameweek 16 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League as table toppers Castlefields travel to Ifton. Castlefields are still in good form and show no sign of relinquishing their lead at the top of the table while Ifton have struggled so far this season. But they did beat Chester Road 10-4 last home game and captain Dickie Jones will hope this will spur his team on for the rest of the season. “It’s top against bottom, we won last week at home and we need another good result if we are to get off the bottom. They are a good side so we need a good performance.” Castlefields will look for another away win like they did at Wem USC last game but they hope it won’t be so close as that game! Sir John Bayley are now 10 points behind the Fields and it doesnt’ get much easier as they face Newport, a team only 7 points behind them now in the table. Newport have been in awesome form recently, winning 6 on the spin and then getting 6 at Hanwood last week. Skipper Mick Jones says “if we miss the rain the green will be running well. So we’ll be happy to take any sort of win against a very good Bayley team.” The weather will suit the home sides this week after the washout last week but Bayley vice-captain Rob Burroughs is still hopeful of a good result. “We won there last season but Newport are a much stronger outfit now and have been the most in form team of the last couple of months. The green will be sharp but we are not afraid of a running green and are hopeful of a good points haul, but we are going to have to play extremely well to do so. They are a completely different outfit to the one we met second game of the season.”

There is a Shrewsbury Derby as Hanwood take on Meole Brace. Hanwood suffered their worse home result since Meole beat them last season, only winning 8-6 last week, but the weather has been much better this week” Joint captain Mark Shore comments “tomorrow we face our closest rivals in Meole and we hope the current dry spell presents us with a much different playing surface to last weeks green. Many of the Meole lads know our green well so we will be very much on guard. We look forward to a spirited game between the HPs and MCs.” Meole did win on there last year but it had been a wet night so will hope for a storm or two tomorrow. They have started to struggle recently losing at Bylet in their last away game and will hope green experience will help them gain a good result.

Wem USC will be another green that will be sharp and will want to bounce back from their 1 shot loss against Castlefields last week. But they face a St Georges team who have picked up again and got 6 there last season. Wem will know their home form is key to staying out of trouble and will target a good win. Hanmer will be thankful of this weather to and will look for a big win over Wrockwardine Wood, who will not have much experience of the green at all. They just got past the Bayley last week at home and will hope to push on from that win and move away from bottom spot. Wrockwardine are part of a few teams in a cluster in mid table of the league and will want to gain a god result to give them a chance of a top half finish. Burway are also in that cluster and will want to keep their good home form up with a big win over Bylet. But Bylet have got a good record in Ludlow, getting 6 there last year, and will want to keep that up to back up their two good results against Meole Brace. Bowring and Chester Road have recovered from their rocky patches in recent times and meet tomorrow on Haygate Road. Both teams got 16 from their last two games and both teams will hope that acts as a foundation to move up the table.

Gameweek 16 Fixtures:

Ifton v Castlefields

Newport v SJB

Hanwood v Meole Brace

Wem USC v St Georges

Hanmer v Wrockwardine Wood

Burway v Bylet

Bowring v Chester Road

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