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Gameweek 24 Review

Bylet, Hanmer, Chester Road & Ifton virtually seal survival, Fields virtually there

It will go down as one of the shock weeks in the history of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League as three of the bottom five won away or drew at three of the top 6 in Gameweek 24. Sir John Bayley and Hanwood both lost their unbeaten home records after being defeated 9-5 by Bylet and Ifton respectively, while Hanmer drew on St Georges with 7 winners. The Bylet produced a great performance to win at the Champions and end their hopes of retaining their crown. Captain Mick Harries says “it was unexpected you could say. You can never plan those nights, it was a bizarre evening really. But fair play to Hanmer and Ifton winning at St Georges and Hanwood, it shows how good this league is. It put a smile on people’s faces. We were on a high. We have also won at St Georges this season but those kind of results don’t happen to often to us.” Scott Harries led from the front 11 while Jamie Taylor also added the same card as part of three winners in the back. Best winner for the Bayley was Scott Simpson 5. Ifton also produced the same scoreline on Hanwood to seal their survival. Stand in captain Geraint Williams explained the game. “Leighton Roberts bowled immaculate to beat Wayne Phillips, while Brian Hayes hit a length to be best winner 9. Curtis Metcalfe ran out on a simple straight mark with a brilliant performance from 11-6 down and I came back from 15-4 down in the back to win 17. It could have been better with Sam Williams 19-11 up but his opponent stuck 5 twos in to run out while Ian Metcalfe was 19-15 up and Glyn Wellings wrapped it to run out. A very pleasing evening with our first away win since April 16 . The support amongst the lads was second to none pleased with 9-5 but felt being in a position to win 11-3 we left slightly disappointed.” Hanwoods best winner was Carl Bowers 12 as they suffered a blow to finish in the top 4.

St Georges also suffered a blow to finish top 4 as they drew at home to Hanmer with 5 winners. Visiting skipper Dave Ellison was delighted as “we gained our third away win on Friday courtesy of 7 winners and tying the agg which virtually ensures our place in the league next season. The support from off the green was superb as usual and every single player contributed to the 203 chalks for one of our best performances of the season.” Hanmer’s beat winner was Jack Hewitt 5 with Clay Flattley and Lewis Scott responding with two 6 cards. Meole Brace also suffered a blow for a top 4 finish as they got 2 at Chester Road, which seals their place in the league next season. Home captain Paul Fowles commented “I knew our form was good our green was bowling the best it had been all season. We are happy with the result and hope to carry on our form on for the rest of the season and do well in the Pool B Cup.” Mark Holland was the best of the 10 winners with his 21-6 card while Will Tarrell was the best of Meole’s two as he won 13. Bowring are still in 4th but didn’t capitalise on the teams below slipping up as they got 3 at Burway, who have given themselves a chance of sneaking into the top half. Wayne Rogers was their best winning 6 with Bowring’s captain Jamie King leading by example winning 13.

Those excellent results for the teams directly above them mean Wem USC are virtually guaranteed to finish in bottom place as they are 14 points adrift with just two games left. They only got 2 at Newport which gives the home side a sneak of 2nd place now. Mark Selley was their best 5 while Scott Thomas was the best of the two away winners 11. The result for the Bayley also means that Castlefields have one hand of the trophy and could win it this Friday if they better the Bayley’s result. They got a great 6 at Wrockwardine Wood, including a win for averages leader Callum Wraight. Vice-captain Keith Walton explained “it was his first win in 23 for him, it’s not one of his favourite greens! Overall it was an excellent result for us there on a very quick and difficult green. It’s one of the best results we’ve had there in a while. Michael Beer was outstanding for us first four. We’re the only team not to lose at home, which is quite a surprise, but it’s definitely our away form, winning at Newport and Burway, taking 7 from the Bayley and 6 at Wood, which has been key.” Martin Williams, Dan Taylor and Stuart’s Rutter all won 7 for the home side to be their best, which does keep them in with a sniff of a top half finish. Captain Andy Duckett led from the front for the Fields winning 6.

Castlefields are now 14 points clear at the top from the Bayley with just two games left, with Newport now only 5 behind Sir John Bayley in 2nd. At the bottom and Wem USC are 14 points behind Bylet and need to better Bylet or Ifton’s result to be able to stay off bottom spot going into the last game.

Callum Wraight still leads the averages from Pete Farmer and Mike Beer on aggregate. Pete won his game to move to 12 consecutive wins and win the award outright for this season.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
5 204 5 Hanwood V Ifton 9 224 7
5 208 5 Sir J Bayley V Bylet 9 211 7
5 203 6 St Georges V Hanmer 8 203 7
9 239 11 Burway V Bowring 3 192 3
6 210 8 Wrockwardine Wood V Castlefields 6 185 6
10 243 12 Chester Road V Meole Brace 2 166 2
10 239 12 Newport V Wem U S C 2 160 2


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