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Gameweek 25 Review

Wem bottom, Fields have to wait, Bowring in strong position

Wem USC are the team who will finish bottom of the 2017 Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League after an 11-3 home defeat to Sir John Bayley in Gameweek 25 left them 15 points adrift with just one game left. It was a sorry night for Wem as they trailed 8-0 but showed some resolve to win three of the last four games, led by Fred Bailey’s 11 win. For the Bayley it was a perfect response to last week’s shock home defeat, but it was “a little bit to late” according to spokesman Rob Burroughs. “It was a good reply to last week but if we could have had the same attitude then like we did this game then maybe it could have been a close call. But at least we are all but guaranteed second place now with this result as after last week we were looking over our shoulders, and have taken the title race to the last game at least, probably more than most people thought we would do!” Alex Jones was their best winner 11. Castlefields have to wait to get their hands on the trophy as they only beat Bylet 10-4, a result that puts Bylet in the driving seat to be the Most Improved Team this season. The big result of the match was Jason Groom beating Callum Wraight 17 to drop Callum down to 3rd place in the League Averages with one game left. But Rich Morris was best winner 6 for them, while Luke Jones was best 7 for the home side.

Bowring put themselves in a strong position to finish in 4th, their highest ever league finish, as they beat rivals Hanwood 10-4. Dave Lloyd was their best card 2 with Phil Lyttle replying for the visitors 14. They are 4 points ahead of Meole Brace who beat Wrockwardine Wood by the same scoreline. Will Tarrell was their best card 6, with Ian Thomas the best for the Wrockites 12. St Georges are a further four behind after they picked up 5 at Ifton. Ian Gaut was the best of the 5 winning 12 while Nicky Jones was best for the Miners 21-6 which sealed their survival after a difficult season. Burway are just outside the top half, 2 behind Hanwood, after they beat Newport 8-6, a result that pretty much seals 3rd place for the visitors. Kiah Roberts and Duncan Pressley were best for the Ludlow side winning 6 while Phil Emery had the top card for Newport 10. Pete Farmer also won to move top of the League Averages, with captain Mick Jones commenting on a “good performance for us with probably our best result at Burway. Kiah was superb but Farmer is now smelling money!” Hanmer moved 6 clear of opponents Chester Road in 10th place, the last place for prize money, after beating them 11-3. Skipper Dave Ellison says “we finished our home campaign with another good team performance led by Lee Peate’s 4 victory in the first four. We are finishing the league strongly which is always a good sign and we go to Newport on Friday full of confidence now hoping to clinch 10th place.” Andy Moss was best for the Road winning 11.

Castlefields are now 13 clear of Sir John Bayley at the top, with Wem 15 adrift at the bottom and guaranteed to finish bottom. Pete Farmer is top of the League Averages by 11 chalks to Mike Beer, with Callum Wraight and Derek Wright still in with a chance one win behind.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
8 221 10 Castlefields V Bylet 4 197 4
7 228 9 Ifton V St Georges 5 205 5
3 215 3 Wem U S C V Sir J Bayley 11 237 9
6 218 8 Burway V Newport 6 194 6
9 236 11 Hanmer V Chester Road 3 174 3
8 235 10 Bowring V Hanwood 4 187 4
8 230 10 Meole Brace V Wrockwardine Wood 4 172 4

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