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Pool A&B 2019

Pool A

1st Round

Wrockwardine Wood shocked holders Castlefields after beating them by 45 in the 1st round of the BowlsTrader Pool A. They took advantage of an under strength Fields team to have 6 winners on the Bylet, Andy Jones the best of them 5. Keith Walton was the best for Fields 19. It was much closer on Wrockwardine Wood as Newport defeated Sir John Bayley by just one chalk. Dave Rhodes’ 9 win was the difference, with Chris Ward best for the Bayley 10. St Georges beat Hanwood by 16 on Sir John Bayley with 6 winners. They had to fight back though, Phil Jones getting 17 from 12-3 down, and Clay Flattley winning 20 from 10-2 down. Pete Grimston was best winner 12, with Simon Lane and Ash Wellings the winners for Hanwood 17.

Full match cards are here.

Semi Finals

Newport made it through to a home final after beating St Georges by 13 on Meole Brace. Despite having 7 winners, there was only two cards over half way. For Newport it was Phil Emery who won 10 and St Georges it was John Cooke 9. Wem USC made their second straight final with a 15 shot won over Wrockwardine Wood at Chester Road. Captain Scott Thomas led the way 7, with Liam Stevens best winner 12.

Full scores are here.

Final

Wem USC edged out Newport by 2 to claim their first ever silverware in this league. It was a tight battle throughout, Newport led by one after four games off, Stuart Clee coming back to 16 from 17-5 down over the middle as Newport recovered from a slow start and handicap. Into the back four and captain Scott Thomas led the way with a 21-8 win that helped Wem lead. Paul Reeves then came off winning 11 for Newport to put them just 2 behind. Colin Smith led Dale Rudrum 19-18 for Wem and Connor Whitehall had got back to 17-16 from 17-11 down to put them within touching distance. Once Colin had won 18 though it was all over and Wem had won their first ever trophy in this league. Captain Scott Thomas saying “obviously we were pleased to just get over the line on Friday. Newport put out a very strong team and we know we’d be up against it throughout. But we started well and were able to maintain a good standard of performance right till the end of the game. It’s a testament to our player’s grit and determination and shows just how much we’ve improved since facing the playoffs a couple of seasons back!”

Full scores are here.

Wem captain Scott Thomas collects the Pool A trophy off Deputy County President Wendy Icke.

 

The Wem team. Back from left: Connor Whitehall, Colin Smith, Ian Metcalfe & Mike Dulson.

Front from left: Neil Boxall, Curtis Metcalfe, Fred Bailey & Scott Thomas.

The Newport team. Back from left: Sam Millward, Paul Reeves, Stuart Clee & Dale Rudrum.

Front from left: Pete Cookson, Dave Rhodes, Phil Emery & Josh Bradburn.

 

Pool B

1st Round

Chester Road put their league troubles behind them as they beat Hanmer by 52 with all 8 winners on Wem USC. Andrew Davies was their best winner 5. Captain Paul Fowles said it was a “good win. We played well the last few weeks so I expected to win. We have had a more steady team of late so looking forward to the next round. It is the only Premier cup we have not won in the Prem so we are going for it.” Highley’s first game ended in a 31 shot win over Meole Brace on the Bowring. Spokesman Rob Burroughs says “it was a great win over a good Meole Brace side. Dave East was his usual self in being best winner 9, while Jack Hill fought back well from 14-7 down to get to 19 in the front. The back four did what they needed to do and were solid in having all four winners.” Julian Cooke was best winner 17 for Meole. Record winners Ifton beat Burway by 17 on Hanwood. Paul Martin and Leighton Roberts were best winners 6, while Russ Davies was best for the Ludlow side 8.

Full match cards are here.

Semi Finals

Highley made the Pool B final in their maiden campaign with a 21 shot win over the Bylet on Sir John Bayley. Highley spokesman Rob Burroughs says “it was level after the front four after Gary Cooper played very well for them to win 9 with Reece our star man 8. Scott Harries did very well to win 12 from 8-0 down to keep them in the game. We took the game away in the back four with three winners, Dave Scriven always up to win 9 while Stuart Gittings virtually ran out from level pegging to win 9 and seal the match.” Chester Road put behind their league troubles to reach the final and look for their first ever triumph. They beat Ifton by 32 at Hanmer, with captain Paul Fowles commenting “wednesday night was a good win against a strong Ifton team. We played well and we’re so pleased to win and make the final.” Martin Lloyd was best winner 6 for them with Martin Jones replying for Ifton 9.

Full scores are here.

Final

The Pool B final saw Chester Road lead after four games off with three winners. Mark Holland was the best of them 14, while Ian McDonald had come back from 15-8 down to win 20. However Dave Scriven had his own comeback from 14-8 down to win 17 and keep Highley in the game being 6 down. Into the back and Highley dominated with Stuart Gittings winning 10 and Danny Statham 11 to win the game for them. Victorious joint captain Stuart Gittings said “I have to commend Newport and the green for being in such good condition especially considering the weather we had received. Chester Road were a worthy opponent who were a bit vocal enjoying the first half of the match as their opening 4 bowlers played extremely well. We were happy in a funny way to be only 6 shots down (proving the point that good losers can win you games!) The final 4 matches started off not too well from our point of view but eventually we got to grips with the green and managed a couple of decent cards which enabled the last couple of games to be reasonably comfortable. All in all a really good way to finish off what has been a really enjoyable first season in a top league.”

Full scores are here.

Joint captain Stu Gittings collects the Pool B trophy off Wendy Icke.

The Highley team, back from left: Stu Gittings, Bill Staite, Darrell Handley, Dave Scriven & Paul Busby.

Front from left: Dave East, Ben Dixon, Danny Statham, Mark Jones & Rob Burroughs.

The Chester Road side, back from left: Mark Holland, Andrew Davies, Paul Fowles, Andy Smith & Ian McDonald.

Front from left: Paul Williams, Paul Griffiths, Gary Beff & Martin Lloyd.