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Gameweek 23 Review

Fields move closer, Hanmer hammer Hanwood, Wem fightback but move further behind

Castlefields have moved closer to winning the 2017 Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League after beating main rivals Sir John Bayley to go 13 clear at the top with just 3 games remaining. They were pushed by the current champions with it being 4 across after 8 before the Fields pulled away taking three out of the back four. The Bayley were thankful for winning the three close games, Paul Reeves from 18-14 down, Chris Ward from 20-16 down and Spencer Clarke winning 19 after being 14-7 up. Aaron Tapper was a late call up and won 8 to be best winner for them, while Captain Andy Duckett led the way winning 8 mainly up an edge, who will be very happy with the position they are in despite having 2 out of the last 3 away compared to the Bayley’s 1. It has tightened up behind the two teams though with Newport still sitting pretty in 3rd despite the gap closed to 7 points by Bowring after they beat them 9-5. Peter Farmer won his 11th consecutive game to be best winner 15, while Rich Lawson was best for the home side winning 2. Meole Brace overtook St Georges into 5th place after beating them 10-4. Will Tarrell and Mark Thomas were the best of the home side’s 8 winners 7, while Clay Flattley had the most impressive for the Dragons winning 8.

Hanmer looked to have all but secured another season in the league after hammering Hanwood 13-1. Captain Dave Ellison commented on a “great result which goes a long way to ensure our safety for the year which was always our ultimate aim. Graham Faulkner was superb in the first four for us (to be best winner 6) which then always made sure of the agg. Wayne Phillips was very good against myself bowling some weird marks very well (to win 5). We managed to win all the remaining games which saw us gain our best result of the season. Robin Bennett bowled very well against a good Mark Shore to win a close game and the same with Gary Whitehall against Ash Wellings who bowled extremely well for Hanwood.” Ifton and Bylet extended their leads over bottom club Wem USC with 10-4 and 9-5 home wins respectively. Ifton skipper Dickie Jones said it was a “good solid home win which was needed as it is still tight down the bottom.” Keiron Roberts led the way for the Miners while Adam Dovey was best for the opposition Burway who have an uphill task of a top half finish now. Bylet beat Chester Road but will be ruing the fact they were 6-0 up against them, however the results means they are 7 points clear of bottom spot. Rob Perry was best for them winning 10 with Chris Nicholson the leader of the Road fightback winning 9. Wem USC had to fight back after trailing 5-1 against Wrockwardine Wood before winning 8-6. Scott Thomas was best for the home side 21-5 with Andrew Jones replying for the away side winning 12. Despite the comeback Wem find themselves 7 points adrift at the bottom of the table with just 3 games left.

Castlefields lead Sir John Bayley by 13 points at the top and Wem USC trail by 7 points at the bottom. Callum Wraight still leads the four players on 19 wins, but now is sharing the Most Consecutive Wins with Pete Farmer now having won 11 on the bounce and could take the prize outright with a win on Friday.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
8 225 10 Ifton V Burway 4 205 4
7 227 9 Castlefields V Sir J Bayley 5 188 5
8 225 10 Meole Brace V St Georges 4 190 4
7 219 9 Bylet V Chester Road 5 212 5
11 236 13 Hanmer V Hanwood 1 164 1
7 230 9 Bowring V Newport 5 192 5
6 223 8 Wem U S C V Wrockwardine Wood 6 205 6

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