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Gameweek 22 Review

Fields heavy favourites, Wem & St Georges win away again, Hanwood on coattails

Castlefields are now heavy favourites to retain their Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League crown as they won at fellow rivals Sir John Bayley 12-4 to win their 9 consecutive match. Captain Alan Peach commented on “a great team performance played with lots of team spirit and the atmosphere was electric. Three of our senior players, Glyn Herbert (best winner 8), Paul Williams and Keith Walton, used all there experience to set us up for a great win. It was a great performance played at a very high tempo and felt on the night we deserved to win. The application and determination of the players was there to see. The weather helped us but I won’t take anything away from the team. They have won their last 9 games and Graham Rogers and I will tell you its a pleasure to be associated with this team.” Josh Hale was best winner 9 for the home side, with the result now leaving them looking over their shoulder for a top three finish. Newport struggled to a 10-4 win over bottom side Hanmer to fall 7 points behind ahead of their meeting next week. Pete Farmer continued his relentless form as he was best winner 3, while Graham Bennett was best for the visitors 14, who know its most likely to little too late. Hanwood moved two points behind the Bayley in 3rd after beating Wrockwardine Wood 11-3. Darren Wellings was best winner 5, with Martin Williams best again for the Wrockites 10.

Wem USC won away again as they continued their remarkable upturn in away form as they won at Ifton 10-6. Wem captain Scott Thomas admitted “we knew we had a chance of getting a good haul at Ifton, as the weather was in our favour and we know the green well, but to come away with another away win was very pleasing indeed. Scoring 31 points from our last three away games is a fantastic return and long may our run continue. Our away form during last season’s campaign was very poor, so we had to sit down and look at how we played away. We now look like a totally different team with real momentum and are targeting a top half finish. Not bad for a team who contested the play off last year!” Scott himself was best winner 6, while for the home side it was Ian Metcalfe who was best winning. St Georges won away to continue their good away form this season as they beat Meole Brace 11-5 to move within three of Wrockwardine Wood in 5th. Joint captain Ian Gaut said it was “another superb performance on and around the green. Could and maybe should have been even better but we’re just rtying to keep the squeeze on the teams immediately above us and see where we finish in September not July!” Barry Gilder was their best winner 9, with Dave Redge replying for the home side 10. Chester Road leapfrogged Burway to leave them second bottom now as they won 10-4. Martin Lloyd, Paul Williams and Ian McDonald all were best winners 9, while Burway’s county players Wayne Rogers and Kiah Roberts were their best both 11. Bylet moved up to 9th place as they beat Bowring 9-5. Rob Perry was their best winner 4, with Jamie King and captain Rich Lawson best for the visitors 12.

Castlefields are now 7 points ahead of Newport, while Hanmer are 28 behind Burway at the bottom of the league. Pete Farmer is 2 ahead of Mike Beer and Callum Wraight at the top of the League Averages.

Won Agg Pts Home Team Premier Away Team Pts Agg Won H A CH PP
6 195 6 Ifton V Wem U S C 10 210 6
4 200 4 Sir J Bayley V Castlefields 12 224 8
9 228 11 Hanwood V Wrockwardine Wood 3 168 3
5 198 5 Meole Brace V St Georges 11 220 7
8 232 10 Newport V Hanmer 4 170 4
7 224 9 Bylet V Bowring 5 172 5
8 222 10 Chester Road V Burway 4 179 4

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