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Fields aim to clinch title, Fourth place decider, Second & Third face tough away trips

Castlefields will aim to clinch their 10th title tonight as they host bottom spot Hanmer in Gameweek 25 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. They have to match Newport’s score tonight, as they travel to Bowring, so will be favourites to do so and reclaim the title they won last season. With 11 consecutive wins too confidence will be flowing, and with two home games to come it means that they should have a chance of matching and beating St Georges’ record of 14 straight wins recorded in 2001 next season. Hanmer know they will be certain to finish in bottom spot after tonight, as they are 27 points behind second bottom Chester Road, and are looking anxiously at the other league tables to see if there will be a challenger for them in the playoffs. Newport face a trip to Bowring, a green they usually struggle on, and will be looking at holding off Sir John Bayley for second spot. Bowring are in a group of teams that could finish in 8th place or 13th, and a difference of £225 means that it’s quite a difference! Captain Rich Lawson comments it’s “always a good match when Newport visit us, they’ll still be hoping Castlefields somehow slip up so we’ll have to be at our best to beat them. If we perform to how we can we should come out on top but I expect it to be tight.” Sir John Bayley are four behind Newport and face a trip to Wem USC, who they beat 11-3 there last season. However this is a much different Wem side now, on a 5 match winning streak, but their away form has been better than their home form.

Hanwood sit in 4th place, 9 ahead of Wrockwardine Wood and St Georges, and know a good result at the latter tonight should see them remaining there. Hanwood skipper Mark Shore says “we go away for the last time to St Georges tomorrow and we are hoping for a good return of points to help us secure 4th place.” St Georges will be looking for 4th place but may be more focused on finishing above their rivals Wrockwardine, who, having had a great start to the season, were well ahead of them until St Georges’ recent upturn of form. Joint skipper Ian Gaut “hopes for one final push and a good win against Hanwood will close things up in the table nicely going into the final week. Hanwood will be hoping to get a result which cements their position for the season and they’ve earned everyone’s respect for their performances this year so it promises to be a great game.” Wrockwardine though will hope to take advantage of those two teams meeting, and face Ifton who had a poor record on their green over the years, but have got 5 their the last two seasons. Ifton themselves are in that 6 team gaggle, and will hopefully have all the big guns back after Leighton Roberts’ wedding last week. Bylet are currently in 8th place and will want to stay their to earn their highest ever finish in the league. They travel to Chester Road who are just 5 points behind them, but in 13th place. The Road will be buoyed by their win at Meole Brace last week and know a good home win might see them have an advantage ahead of next week. Meole Brace have lost 6 on the bounce, and will be looking for a good result to set them up nicely ahead of the Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy Final tomorrow night. They travel to Burway who are in danger of finishing in their lowest place since coming into the league in 2013, so know a good home win is much needed.

Gameweek 25 Fixtures:

Castlefields v Hanmer

Bowring v Newport

Wem USC v Sir John Bayley

St Georges v Hanwood

Wrockwardine Wood v Ifton

Chester Road v Bylet

Burway v Meole Brace

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