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Gameweek 22 Review

Fields and Road earn fab five, Newport favourites for 3rd, Hanwood hammer Wem

Castlefields and Chester Road both earned fab fives in Gameweek 22 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Castlefields will be very happy with their return at St Georges as they look to seal their first title since 2010 as they continue applying the pressure at the top. Rich Goddard was their best winner 13 with Matthew Rhodes the best for the Dragons 7. Fields are now level with Sir John Bayley but with a game in hand on Wednesday after the Bayley could only beat Chester Road 9-5 at home, however they at least reversed the home loss against the same team last year. It was a strange scoreline given that all of their 7 winners were either 11, 12 or 13, with Chris Ward, Chris Worthington and Gary Cooper the three 11 winners. But visiting captain Paul Fowles was “very happy with 5 to be fair it is a green we usually do well so I was not surprised by the score. Hopefully we can kick on a bit now we are looking safe.” Gary Beff was best winner 10 for the visitors who moved 16 clear of the bottom.

Newport put themselves favourites for 3rd as they beat Meole Brace which left captain Mick Jones “very happy.” Mark Selley was best winner 6 with Darren Wellings best for the visitors winning 12. The result meant Meole dropped down to 6th below Hanwood and St Georges, with Hanwood hammering their visitors Wem USC 13-1 to leave them stranded at the bottom. Hanwood responded to the near home loss on Wednesday against the Bayley with a classy performance in the wet. Joint captain Mark Shore commented “another Friday and another heavy downpour before the games didn’t dampen what was an excellent performance from my team. The first four and Danny Wornell was superb to win 21-4 (to be best winner) and following an unusual heavy home defeat Wayne Phillips battled back from 10-4 down to beat an impressive Chris Brettell. In the middle and Jon Mansell produced a wonder bowl to beat Colin Smith 21-20 to continue the the momentum and for us to take the first 8 games. Glyn Wellings continued his improved form to beat Fred Bailey and Greg Smith returned to record another victory. At 10-0 I snook in against Scott Thomas in a very good game which left Derek Wright to get Wem’s only point of the game with a very classy display against Phil Lyttle to win 14.”

The other teams at the bottom didn’t do so well but still extended their gap over bottom place. Hanmer scored 2 at Burway with a result that sees Burway keep their top half finish hopes alive in another great home result. Kiah Roberts was best winner 2 for the home side while Alan Faulkner and Gaz Jones were the winners for the visitors, 17 and 18 respectively. Bylet managed one more in a good home win for Wrockwardine Wood as their 11 points helped keep them within reach of the top half. Stand in skipper Stuart Clee said “good solid home performance. Our first 4 is normally very strong but the Bylet lads found the pace of the green well and from 2-2 in the first 4, 11-3 is a great result. Like to pass my personal thanks to Bylet, especially Mick Harries and Jason Groom for being so accommodating in what could have been a tricky situation. Wish the Bylet lads all the best for the remaining games of the year and from what I saw Friday they have more than enough talent to steer clear of the bottom of the table!” Best winners for Wrockwardine Wood were Dale Downes and Stuart Rutter 4 while Jason Groom was best for the Bylet winning 6. Ifton will be the happiest of the teams at the bottom with their four at Bowring meant there was no hangover from their KGJ Insurance County Cup loss. Leighton Roberts continued his good form winning 12 to be best for the Miners while Rob Roden was best for the home side winning 8. Bowring are now only 7 behind Hanwood in 4th place with a game in hand.

Castlefields are level with Sir John Bayley but the Fields have a game in hand. Wem USC are 6 behind Bylet and Ifton at the bottom. Derek Wright leads the averages by 3 shots to Pete Farmer, Pete also having won 10 games to be one behind Callum Wraight in the Most Consecutive Wins.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
7 224 9 St Georges V Castlefields 5 187 5
7 227 9 Sir J Bayley V Chester Road 5 188 5
11 245 13 Hanwood V Wem U S C 1 161 1
10 242 12 Newport V Meole Brace 2 171 2
9 223 11 Wrockwardine Wood V Bylet 3 161 3
8 228 10 Bowring V Ifton 4 198 4
10 245 12 Burway V Hanmer 2 173 2

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