Bayley and Ifton shock opponents, Hanwood fightback, St Georges earn away win
It was a significant night at the top of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League in Gameweek 16 as Castlefields lost at bottom placed Ifton while Sir John Bayley won at third placed and in-form Newport. Ifton found some form to win 8-6 and follow up their home win over Chester Road last week. They enjoyed a good start to the game with a 3-1 lead, led by Nicky Jones’ best of the match win 8. which could have been better had Adam Jones had not fought back from 20-14 down. But Castlefields show their spirit in the back by having three winners, Andy Duckett the best of them 15, as well as having another 20 winner and 2 18s, and Mark Taylor fighting back from 17-5 down to win 19. Sir John Bayley took advantage of Castlefields’ slip by winning at 3rd placed Newport 8-6 in a repeat of last year’s victory. Vice-captain Rob Burroughs was “delighted with the win as it’s not an easy place to go to never mind the good form they were in. We had a solid start with two close winners before the middle four gave us a great platform with Scott then sealing the aggregate with the best win of the night 8. It showed how good a team performance it was with our worst card being 15, and was a big win to show that we are still fighting for the title!” Newport’s best winner was John Roberts Jnr with that 15 card.
Hanwood beat rivals Meole Brace 10-4 in an impressive comeback as described by joint captain Mark Shore. “Friday was a very good win given we fell behind 4-3 to win 10-4 showed some battling performances. We went 2-0 up but two classy games Wayne Phillips v Darren Wellings and Tony Hotchkiss v Craig Wilson both went the way of Meole 20 & 18 to give Meole a hold in the game. In the middle Dave Redge played well to beat Ben Talbot (to be best winner 11) to give Meole the upper hand and with Peter Bound coming back to win things looked tough. Dan Wornell was exceptional to win 5 in the middle. Bill Tarrell played well to lead Dave Burton 20-18 but Burty lying game against struck block off twice and then led well to get out. In the back all the home players played very well but Gary Neal was different class to beat Mark Thomas 4 (to be best winner). All in all a satisfying result!” The result meant Hanwood gained on Meole Brace to trail by just 7 points. St Georges also had a good result winning 7-7 away at Wem USC. Stand in captain Glyn Picknell commented on “an excellent Wem green was screaming front four, Mike Dulson and Chris Brettell were very good but Clay Flattley also played really well. Into the middle and we had 2 21-9 winners and 2 narrow defeats, and then shared 2 winners each in the back to grab 5 games on the night, but us having 4 21-9 winners (Clay, Glyn, Lewis Scott & Ian Gaut) meant we edged the agg to grab 7 points. Considering we have had some lampings on Wem in the past when it had been quick, I couldn’t help feeling a bit disappointed as I felt we deserved more due to the fact we had 3 close losers.” Best winner for Wem was Mike Dulson winning 5.
Hanmer gained a vital home win with a 10-4 against Wrockwardine Wood, with Lee Peate the best again winning 5. Best for Wrockwardine was the returning Martin Gaut 11. Hanmer are on the same number of points as Chester Road as they got 4 at Bowring, with Martin Lloyd their best winning 9. Aaron King was the top card for the home side 6. Bylet are just ahead of bottom as they got 4 at Burway, who are only two points behind 5th now. Best for the home side were Duncan Pressley and Nick Lewis, with Nick Powner replying for the Bridgnorth club, 12.
Castlefields are now 8 points clear at the top of the table to Sir John Bayley, with Ifton a point behind Bylet at the bottom. The top three in the League Averages all lost but Callum Wraight still leads on aggregate ahead of 6 others on 13 wins.