AFTER the numerous very close games which Alcester Bowling Club have been involved in recently, the past week saw a return to some big wins and some big defeats.
The first heavy loss came in Division Three of the Northfield League when Alcester visited the dreaded Ye Olde Knowle green and suffered a 51-shot drubbing.
They did manage a couple of winning cards from John Alderson (21-16) and Ken Harvey (21-18), giving them two points against the hosts’ eight.
In the S&W Birmingham Over 60s League, the A team continued their march to promotion in Division Six with a 22-shot victory at home to Wootton Hall B.
Alcester did have some initial difficulty with the unusually quick green, but soon settled down with winning cards from John Slater (21-8), Renny Bannister (21-10), Ken Harvey (21-13) and Ken Craddock (21-14).
This gave them eight points to the visitors’ two, maintaining their table-topping position.
The B team returned to winning ways in Division Seven with a 12-shot success at King George VI. They also had four winners in Geoff Spiers (excellent at 21-5), Jean Craddock (21-12), Red Masterson (21-16) and Margaret D’Elia (21-18).
The ten points gained, as against the two for the home side, keeps them firmly in number one spot in the table.
Division Two of the Yardley Wood Super League brought a 33-shot defeat for the A team at Kings Norton B.
Dave Hovell and Ken Harvey (both (21-12) and Renny Bannister (21-14) gave Alcester just nine points against the hosts’ 30.
The B team in Division Four hosted King George VI’s B team and won by 51 shots.
Superb wins for Margaret D’Elia (21-1), Carole Slater (21-3), Jean Craddock and Val McDermott (both 21-9), backed up by a 21-16 from David Hodgson, gave Alcester 30 points to the visitors’ nine and the win puts Alcester into top spot.
A 47-shot defeat befell the B team in the Heart of England Consolation Cup quarter-final against Olton Tavern A.
Alcester’s away quartet went down by 11 shots, with a single winner in David Sutor (21-15).
The home four were beaten by 36 shots and were unable to produce a winning card as they exited the competition.
In Heart of England League Division Two, the A team hosted King George VI A and picked up a huge 71-shot win.
Ken Harvey (21-4) and Ken Craddock (21-6) and were both in splendid form and received solid support from Renny Bannister (21-9), Brian Lees (21-10), John Alderson (21-11), John Slater (21-12) and Jean Bannister (21-14).
The win gave Alcester 17 points, putting them in joint first place in the table with Baldwin A.
The B team in Division Four suffered a nightmare when they visited Tanworth B, picking up just one winning card, and that only to 20.
They went down by 62 shots as Tanworth ran riot to pick up 17 points against Alcester’s one.
In the over 60s section of the Heart of England League, Alcester A underwent similar torture when they visited Austin British Legion A in Division One, losing by 67 shots with no winning cards.
After three weeks without a game in Division Five, the B team returned to action with a narrow ten-shot win when they hosted Moorpool A.
Both teams had three winners, with Alcester’s being Margaret D’Elia (21-9), David Whittington (21-11) and David Hodgson (21-14) to give the home side a 13-3 success.
This was not enough, however, to keep them top of the table as Moorpool’s B team now head the table, but having played two games more.