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Gameweek 1 Review

Burway hammer Ifton, Wem get good start, Top two happy with starts

It was a night of close bowling to start off the 25th season of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League as 5 of the 7 matches had aggregate differences of 13 or less. But Burway weren’t involved in one of those games and lead the way with a 13-1 win over Ifton, despite having two players out injured according to joint captain Russ Davies. “We had 2 players out injured but we knew how good Ifton can be so we selected the team accordingly. Green was beautiful to play and every home player played it well. Our strong front 4 were convincing winners, Wayne Rogers and Kiah Roberts doing what they do, but Dickie Jones played superb to beat Kev Dovey 17. Ben James played exceptional on debut to beat Leighton Roberts. Len Lewis (best winner 5) and Roy Crowther completed the middle winners with good wins against good opposition. The back four completed the great night all performing decent stuff.” On reflecting over the result, “I’m obviously over the moon with a 13/1, doubt anyone would have predicted that! We know we are capable of good home results so that’s going to be key this year. We look forward to Hanmer now on Friday!” The other game that wasn’t too close was Wrockwardine Wood’s win over Bylet 10-4. Captain Stuart Clee led the way for the home side winning 8 while Jason Groom won 10 for the visitors. 

2017 bottom side Wem USC will be delighted with the start they have made to this one as they got 5 winners at St Georges. Captain Scott Thomas commented “I was pleased with our first away result of the season. The game was really competitive from start to finish. Three single figure cards kept it close right to the last game. With just Derek Wright and Lewis Scott left on the green there was only one chalk in it, which was very pleasing from our point of view. Our three debutants all showed why they came straight into the team, but special mention has to go to Steve Cox. His battle with Pete Grimston was full of quality and his last end showed a real calmness under pressure. Was great to see him get the win. If we can be as competitive as that all season, we will do well. But this is only our first game so we need to keep it going throughout the entire season!” Best winner for Wem was Neil Boxall 6 while Clay Flattley was best for the Dragons, winning 9. Newport may be ruing not winning at Meole Brace as they had seven winners there but lost out on aggregate. Will Tarrell was the best of two single figure winners for the home side to seal the aggregate by 13, winning 4. John Roberts was best for the visitors winning 5.

The top two from last season enjoyed good away results to start off their season. Reigning Champions Castlefields got 5 winners at Hanwood, fighting back from a dreadful start as Wayne Phillips led the way for the hosts winning 6. Adam Jones was best for the visitors 9 as they only dipped out of the aggregate by just 8 chalks. New non-playing captain Alan Peach confirmed “if you get five points in any away game you have to be satisfied. We would have taken four or five points if offered them before the match and that is what we got. In truth, it could have been more. We had narrow defeats in three of the games. But it’s a decent start.” Runners-up Sir John Bayley got 6 at neighbours Bowring to give them a good start to the season. New joint captain Chris Worthington says “as Captain in my first game in charge I couldn’t be happier with the teams performance on and off the green, we were slightly unlucky to just dip out and grab the away win and 4 extra points, but if we play like that every week we won’t lose many games. I said we were stronger and the result proved it against a much improved Bowring!” Gordon Hawkins was best for the visitors 11 but it was Rob Roden’s 5 win that sealed the 4 shot win for the home side.

The closest result was in Whitchurch as Chester Road beat Hanmer 9-5 and by just 2 shots.  Hanmer captain Dave Ellison tells the story of the match. “We went so close to securing an away win on Friday after being 14 behind early doors with Mike Gilpin our sole winner. The middle 4 saw Jack Butler and Jack Hewitt bowl well for us to put us back in front on the aggregate but 5-3 down in games. We took 2 of the back 4 games but unfortunately dipped out by 2 in the end but very pleased with our performance and we can kick on from this.” Jack Butler was the best winner 9 for the visitors, while Paul Williams won the same score for the home side.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
7 209 9 Hanwood V Castlefields 5 201 5
5 214 7 Meole Brace V Newport 7 201 7
7 206 9 St Georges V Wem U S C 5 195 5
8 227 10 Wrockwardine Wood V Bylet 4 190 4
7 211 9 Chester Road V Hanmer 5 209 5
6 217 8 Bowring V Sir J Bayley 6 213 6
11 248 13 Burway V Ifton 1 137 1

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