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Gameweek 19 Review

Newport edge out Bayley, Fields still flying, Chester Road win away

Newport edged out Sir John Bayley 8-6 in Gameweek 19 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League but it was Castlefields who were the real winners after they won 12-2. It was a very close game at Newport, with captain Sam Millward’s 6 win helping secure the aggregate for the home side. Tom Roden was best winner for the visitors 10. Castlefields beat Meole Brace to move into 2nd place. Stand in skipper Graham Rogers commented “first thing I will say it was a great bowls match played in the right manner with plenty of good natured banter. We got the win we wanted to keep up with the top two teams who, whatever happened, one of them would drop points. It looked as though we might be 3 – 1 down off the first four with only Glyn Herbert with a comfortable lead against Cookie on a very difficult green but, as this squad of players have shown over the last six weeks, they found another gear and ended up 3 – 1 up with Julian Cooke running out on Glyn from 18 – 13 down to be their only winner. Middle four was a bit more clear cut with four winners for the fields but a special mention must go to Martin Blizzard who rolled back the years against Callum to lead 16 – 10 before Callum found a mark to run out. We went into the back four leading 7 – 1 and with a healthy looking agg. Three more winners on the back with Mark Taylor losing 20 to his summit team mate Doug Edwards. We have been on a long winning run second half of the season and it’s no coincidence that Rich Goddard and Adie Rowe have hit the form we know they are capable of. All in all it was a great night for us gaining points on the teams above us to trail leaders Newport by 6 points when only a few weeks ago we were some thing like 33 points adrift. It’s a testament to this Castlefields team of their team spirit and determination to pick themselves off the floor and get back to within touching distance. All we can do now is take every game as it comes and see what the outcome will be because you just never know.” Andy Duckett was best winner 6.

Wrockwardine Wood moved into 4th place after beating neighbours St Georges 11-3. Captain Stuart Clee said “the performance was fantastic and I thought we showed we are the far superior side and was glad we didn’t let our form drop as predicted. To keep them down to scoring just 9 points off us over 2 games really sends a message and cements our position and is very pleasing. Thought my lads were brilliant right until the last bowl was sent as they have been all year. On the night you could tell that particular game meant a lot and it I am delighted with the way we dealt with it and came out comfortable winners.” Dale Downes was best winner 6 with Ian Gaut winning by the same scoreline for the Dragons. Hanwood dropped down to 5th after just losing out at Hanmer with 5 winners. Jack Butler was best winner 8 for the home side with Dave Burton best winner for the visitors 6. Chester Road won at Wem USC to earn their second away win of the season. They won 10-6, by just one chalk, and captain Paul Fowles said “the whole team can be very pleased with themselves. Everyone fought hard for every chalk to gain a vital away win.” Mark Holland was best winner 5, with Craig Ashley best winner for the home side 9. Bowring beat Burway 10-4 to move level on points with their opponents. Stand in captain Jamie King was best winner 8, with Wayne Rogers best winner 15 for the visitors. Ifton moved into 7th place as they beat Bylet 10-4. Ryan Bond was best winner 10, with Dan Davies best for the away side 12.

Newport are top by 6 to Castlefields, and 11 to Sir John Bayley. Hanmer are 19 points behind Chester Road at the bottom. Pete Farmer is now one ahead of Callum Wraight and Russ Pegram at the top of the League Averages.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
7 203 9 Hanmer V Hanwood 5 200 5
8 238 10 Bowring V Burway 4 192 4
9 227 11 Wrockwardine Wood V St Georges 3 192 3
6 213 8 Newport V Sir J Bayley 6 206 6
10 248 12 Castlefields V Meole Brace 2 187 2
6 213 6 Wem U S C V Chester Road 10 214 6
8 234 10 Ifton V Bylet 4 202 4

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