September 25th, 2016

Alcester bowlers get into the swing of things

THE CROWN green bowling season got fully underway for Alcester Bowling Club last week and in Northfield League Division Three Alcester visited Weoley Castle to play the Working Men’s Club B team with the disadvantage of being a player short.

They went down by 40 shots, but did manage three points with wins from Ken Harvey and Dave Hovell (both 21-15) and Renny Bannister (21-20).

The A team, in Division Six of the South & West Birmingham Over 60s League, started their campaign with a visit from West Midlands Transport’s A side.

Excellent wins from John Slater (21-5) and Ken Harvey (21-7), accompanied by solid support from Jean Bannister (21-11), Margaret D’Elia (21-13) and Renny Bannister (21-17), gave victory to the home side by 46 shots as they collected nine points against the visitors’ one.

The B team in Division Seven gained a valuable away win when they visited Woodbourne B. Winning cards from Ken Craddock and David Hodgson (both convincing at 21-6) and Trish Barry (21-10) gave the visitors a 9-3 success as they won by 13 shots.

The week also saw the first round of the S&W Birmingham Knockout Cup and the A team played Moseley CC A on the Henley green.

Moseley – five divisions higher than Alcester in the league rankings – had an easy 65-shot win as Alcester were unable to produce any winning cards.

However, the B team enjoyed a 14-shot win over Hall Green B on Ye Olde Knowle’s number two green. Winners for Alcester were newcomer Geoff Spiers with a superb 21-3 card, wife Gill (21-12), Eric Allport (21-15) and David Hodgson (21-19).

Division Two of the Yardley Wood Super League found the Alcester A team again in dominant form with a second successive 36-0 victory.

All eight Alcester players again produced winning cards, with Ken Craddock (21-3), Renny Bannister (21-6) and Ken Harvey (21-7) in particularly good form.

Completing this excellent win were David Whittington (21-12), Dave Hovell (21-13), Jean Bannister (21-15) Peter Barber (21-18) and John Slater (21-20).

In Division Four the B team went down by 35 shots when they visited King George VI A. With a single winner in Carole Slater (21-18), Alcester picked up just three points against the home side’s 34.

It was also round one of the cup in the Heart of England League. This competition is played on a four players at home, four away basis, with Alcester A facing Wythall B and Alcester B against Olton Tavern B.

The A team duly disposed of Wythall by 46 shots through winning cards coming from Dave Hovell (21-7) and Jean and Renny Bannister (both 21-11) at home. Successful away were Margaret D’Elia (excellent at 21-8) and John Alderson and Ken Harvey (both 21-16).

The B team went out of the competition at the first hurdle at the hands of Olton Tavern B by 26 shots. The home four produced two good winners in newcomer Brian Lees (21-6) and Ken Craddock (21-9), whilst the only away winner was David Hodgson (21-15).

In the Over 60s section of the Heart of England League, Alcester A entertained Black Horse A and gained revenge by 27 shots for the previous week’s defeat.

Alcester’s first win of the season was down to Ken Craddock (superb at 21-3), Renny Bannister (21-11), Ken Harvey (21-17) and Val McDermott (21-18), giving them a 14-2 success.

In Division Five Alcester B visited Woodbourne B and had three winners with superb cards from John Williamson and Margaret D’Elia (both 21-2) and Trish Barry (21-9) to gain a 38-shot win and 13 points against the home side’s three.

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