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Gameweek 17 Review

Meole earn another away win, Bowring finally earn away victory, Burway gain great six

Meole Brace earned their third away win of the season as they won 10-6 at Hanmer in Gameweek 17 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. The result leaves Hanmer in serious trouble now at the bottom of the table, but Meole Brace are now well placed for a top half finish, and considering how many players left them over the Winter, is a great season for them! Captain Andy Wigginton commented on a “third away win of the season for us which is a remarkable achievement. First 4 conditions were atrocious and it could have easily been called off. 3-1 up with the vastly improving Jon Lyttle the pick of the winners, although Julian Cooke won from 13-3 down. The rain eased for the middle four and we got a further two winners with Scott “amateur” Moseley superb (to be best winner 7). Then Mark “chuck them up the Wyle Cop” Thomas made the game safe with a good win first off the back four. Hanmer had three good winners late on but couldn’t dampen our spirits. My thanks go to Dave Ellison and his team for playing in such conditions that did them no favours.” Dave himself was best winner 9 for the home side.

Bowring won their first away game of the season 11-5 at Wem USC as they look themselves to climb up the table. Skipper Rich Lawson was “very pleased to finally get that elusive away win as we’ve been close on several occasions. Yes the weather did help us but fill credit to my lads, picking themselves up after last week’s loss to Newport in the cup and putting in a top display. We made a good start being 3-1 up with Josh Bradburn playing solid bowls to win 8 (to be best winner). Jamie King and Jamie Fletcher were both excellent in the middle. Phil Jones, who I thought was our best player on the night, won 14 at the back and Dave Lloyd rounded it off winning 15. It could have been more as we had two 20 losers but it was an extremely pleasing team performance.” Best winner for the home side was Fred Bailey 8, as their home form keeps on struggling. Burway will also be pleased with their away performance after getting 6 at Wrockwardine Wood. Joint skipper Russ Davies commented “in the front four we got 2 with Russ Davies and Duncan Pressley winning, but Jesse James was a little rusty from not playing and Len Lewis failed to recover from giving a big lead away. The pivotal moment in the match was the draw, with Kiah Roberts playing well to beat Stuart Rutter and Wayne Rogers doing well to get his game versus Dan Taylor off, to set us up in the match. Mark “resurrection” Rogers continued his good run with a fine victory (to be best winner 13) and the hunky Kevin Dovey getting the other point. Ben Allen was unlucky not to get his game off, losing the weight at a crucial time, but Dan Bodley dug in and got the point. Chris Dovey struggled with his game as his recurring bunion issue causing pain while bowling, but Martin Williams was awesome to his credit (to be best winner 5). Very happy with 6 points on the road at a decent Wrockwardine Wood side. For a brief moment we dreamt of that elusive away win for us but it wasn’t to be. Roll on Friday now versus Wem USC to keep our good form going.”

The top three all had good home wins, with Newport the happier after beating Chester Road 11-3 to gain another point at the top. Phil Emery was best winner 7, while Martin Lloyd was best for the visitors 6. Castlefields though will be happy with a 10-4 win over rivals St Georges, Keith Wall leading the way 21-6, while the returning Clay Flattley was best for the Dragons winning 9. Sir John Bayley’s win over Bylet was a strange one, as all their 8 winners were either 12, 13 or 14, with Chris Worthington and Josh Hale the best of them. Matt Ealey was the best winner for the visitors 6.

Ifton versus Hanwood was called off because of a waterlogged green, with the rearranged date being this Wednesday.

Newport are 8 clear of Sir John Bayley, who are another 8 ahead of Castlefields. Hanmer are 15 points adrift of Chester Road at the bottom. Pete Farmer won his 17th consecutive game this season, and 30th overall, to lead the League Averages and I believe already claim the £100 first prize for Consecutive Wins.

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