County Cup finalists earn big wins, Castlefields gain, Bowring bash
The two KGJ Insurance County Cup Finalists earned big home wins ahead of this week’s final as they both earned 11-3 wins in Gameweek 20 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Ifton gave their survival hopes a huge boost by beating one of their main rivals in Hanmer. Captain Dickie Jones commented on “a much needed good home win. Brian and Darren both had good home wins in the front (both won 1 to be best winner). Curtis Metcalfe from 18-8 down bowled very well to win 20.” The win took Ifton above their opponents and up to 11th place despite Lee Peate’s best win for Hanmer of 10. St Georges also inflicted damage on Sir John Bayley’s title challenge as they defeated them 11-3, which was remarkable given four of those 9 winners were 21-20s. Skipper Tony Rhodes said it was a “great result against buoyant Bayley. People may look and say four 20s but in short we won them and made the difference.” Tony himself was best winner 7 while Chris Ward was best for the visitors 12.
Castlefields will be happy to have gained one on the Bayley after their visit to Hanwood as they got 4 winners there but the result made home joint captain Mark Shore “very pleased with our result given our green was holding. Some good quality bowling all round but the game between Ash and Callum was superb. Ash bowled an excellent game and Callum’s legendary striking was on top form. Callum was asked if he knew what the card was and he replied 16-35. Great game played in great spirit between those two players. Other noteworthy game was Ben Talbot clawing his was back to pinch his game at the death against Rich Goddard.” Glyn Herbert was best winner for the Fields winning 8 with Tony Hotchkiss winning 12 being the top score for the village side. Newport strengthened their grip on 3rd with a 10-4 home win, but it’s a result the Bridgnorth side would have took. Russell Pegram was best winner for the home side 5 with Chris Chamberlain replying for the opposition winning 12. Meole Brace would still have been happy with 5 at Burway though after their recent form with Andy Wigginton leading the way winning 9. Ben Allen was the best of the four single figure winners for the Ludlowers, winning 4.
Bowring bashed Wem to put them bottom of the league after winning 12-2. Only Paul Gleave and Craig Ashley won with Paul the best 11 but Wem will be looking at not being able to convert 8 cards scoring 16 or more as their poor away form continued. Only Rich Lawson was a comfortable winner for the Wellington team as he won 5 and moved Bowring up to 5th, only 3 behind Meole Brace in 4th with a game in hand. Wrockwardine Wood overcame a slow start being 2-2 to win 10-4 and move above their opponents Chester Road. Martin Gaut was best winner 7 for them while Chris Stretch was best of 4 close winners for the Road, winning 17.
Castlefields now lead Sir John Bayley by 7 chalks, while at the bottom Wem USC are bottom but just one off Hanmer and another point from Bylet and Ifton in what promises to be a tight finish at the bottom of the league. Callum Wraight still leads the Averages from Pete Farmer and Mike Beer.
|Won||Agg||Pts||Home Team||Premier||Away Team||Pts||Agg||Won||H||A||CH||PP|
|10||236||12||Bowring||V||Wem U S C||2||201||2||✓|
|8||242||10||Wrockwardine Wood||V||Chester Road||4||198||4||✓|
|9||234||11||St Georges||V||Sir J Bayley||3||206||3||✓|