Top two meet, Top three race hots up, Hanmer start home run
The top two meet in Gameweek 23 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League as Castlefields look to put the final nail in the coffin and Newport look to reignite the race. Castlefields are flying, winning their last nine games, including a 12-4 success at 3rd placed Sir John Bayley, and know a good win over their only rivals would virtually seal it. Skipper Alan Peach comments “we face Newport who have lead the league for most of the season until recently. ‘Its a tough game and any sort of win will be good for us. We are a couple of players out from last week so Jon Palmer, who was not available last week, is back plus Andy Judson will come in. We are looking forward to this one as the league title is now in our own hands so hopefully with a win against Newport would put us within touching distance of retaining the league. We will have to be at our best because Newport captain says they can get something out of this game so we give them the respect they deserve and hopefully get the win we are looking for!” Newport were the team in form for the 1st half, but lately have failed to keep that up. Captain Sam Millward knows it is a “tough game against top of the league, we’ll just try to get as many as we can to hold onto that 2nd place spot.” Third placed Sir John Bayley have gone from title aspirations to looking over their shoulder, and it won’t get much easier with a visit to Wrockwardine Wood. The Wrockites are only nine points off their opponents, but know that St Georges in 6th place are now breathing down their neck in 6th place. St Georges are at home to Chester Road looking to keep their momentum up from last week’s win at Meole Brace. Chester Road are still not completely safe, they have only one home game left, and captain Paul Fowles admits “it’s not a green we do well on but it is another chance to do better. We are looking forward to it.” Hanwood are in fourth, just two behind the Bayley, but face a tough trip to Burway who find themselves in a very unfamiliar 13th place. They know they have the side capable of getting into the top half, and are only 14 points off from doing this.
Hanmer are still 28 points off safety, but do start a run of three home games in fourth, but would require something very special to be able to get off bottom spot. They host Ifton who will be looking to bounce back from their home defeat to Wem USC, and catch that team to be able to break into the top half. Conversely Wem host Bylet looking to build on that win, but the Bylet have done very well this season, and have got some good results there in recent years. Bowring and Meole Brace can also catch Wem for that last top half place, and meet in Wellington looking to end the season well with just one point separating the two teams.
Gameweek 23 Fixtures:
Castlefields v Newport
Wrockwardine Wood v Sir John Bayley
Burway v Hanwood
St Georges v Chester Road
Wem USC v Bylet
Hanmer v Ifton
Bowring v Meole Brace`