IN A SHORTENED week of just six matches, Alcester Bowling Club were only able to produce two wins.
Five out of eight players recorded wins when Alcester entertained Austin British Legion B in Division Three of the Northfield League and a sixth lost by one shot.
This was not enough, however, to secure victory as the home side slid to defeat by a single shot. Winning cards for Alcester came from Jean Sherrington and Helen McDermott (both 21-13), Rick Horton (21-15), Dave Hovell (21-19) and Ken Harvey (21-20).
In Division Six of the South & West Birmingham Over 60s League, the unbeaten run of Alcester’s A team came to an end when they visited Solihull B.
Both sides had three winners, with Alcester’s being Jean Bannister (21-11), Renny Bannister (21-15) and Ken Craddock (21-19), but the team went down by 11 shots.
In Division Seven, the B team’s winning sequence showed no sign of ending as they crushed visitors Henley B by 58 shots.
Superb winning cards from Geoff Spiers (21-3), David Hodgson (21-5) and Margaret D’Elia (21-6) were backed up by Red Masterson (21-15) and Jean Sherrington (21-16) to give the home side a 9-1 victory.
A visit to Henley A in Division Two of the Yardley Wood Super League brought no joy for Alcester A and only two winning cards as the visitors slumped to a 43-shot defeat.
Alcester’s two winners were Ken Harvey (21-14) and John Slater (21-20), giving them just six points to the hosts’ 32.
Things got no better the following evening when the A team visited Stoke Prior A in Division Two of the Heart of England League.
Again only two winners came Alcester’s way – Brian Lees (21-14) and Dave Hovell (21-20) – as they were defeated by 16 points to two and 36 shots.
In Division Four, a brilliant performance by Val McDermott (21-1) was largely responsible for the B team’s success against visitors Central Edgbaston.
Four other winning cards from David Sutor (21-11), Margaret D’Elia (21-13), Carole Slater (21-14) and David Whittington (21-18) gave Alcester 15 points to the visitors’ three in this 26-shot success.