September 26th, 2016

Mixed emotions for Alcester bowlers

ALCESTER Bowling Club experienced mixed fortunes over the past week of matches, although they did win more matches than they lost.

In Division Three of the Northfield League, they had six winners when hosting Romsley & Hunnington A. John Alderson (21-14), Jean Sherrington and Rick Horton (both 21-15), Ken Harvey (21-16), Dave Hovell and Helen McDermott (both 21-17) gave Alcester a 14-shot victory and eight league points.

Making full use of home advantage in Division Six of the South & West Birmingham Over 60s League, the A team beat Woodlands Park C by 48 shots, as all six players returned winning cards.

Ken Craddock and John Slater led the way with 21-3 and 21-9 cards respectively, followed by David Whittington (21-14), Margaret D’Elia (21-15), Trish Barry (21-18) and Ken Harvey (21-19) to seal a 10-0 success.

There was no league action for the B team, but they did have a cup match against Ye Olde Knowle A on the neutral Colebrook green.

Against opponents six divisions higher than them, Alcester unsurprisingly went out of the competition by 30 shots, having only one winner in Geoff Spiers (21-18).

Worse was to follow when Alcester’s A team visited Maggies A in Division Two of the Yardley Wood Super League. The visitors were unable to produce a single winner, with half the team losing to single figures in this massive 89-shot massacre. The home side thus gathered 36 points to Alcester’s nil.

In Division Four the B team restored some pride to the Alcester club when they entertained Maggies B and won by 36 shots. Winning cards from Red Masterson (superb at 21-4) and Carole Slater (also excellent at 21-7) paved the way with solid support from Margaret D’Elia (21-11), Geoff Spiers (21-15) and Jean Craddock (21-17) as Alcester won 30-9.

It was cup week in the Heart of England League, with the A team facing Ye Olde Knowle A in round two of the main competition and the B team drawn against Wootton Hall in round one of the Consolation Cup.

Played on a four at home, four away basis, these matches saw the A team exit the competition, although they did have two excellent away winners in Brian Lees (21-12) and John Alderson (21-16).

Again, it was the B team which upheld Alcester’s pride with an overall 47-shot success.

The weeks over 60s action in the Heart of England League saw Alcester A entertai College AG A in Division One. They went down by a mere four shots, but did collect three points for wins from Jean Craddock and Geoff Spiers (both 21-16) and Margaret D’Elia (21-20).

The B team once more restored pride with an excellent 38-shot win when they visited Marston Green B. Excellent were Trish Barry (21-7) and Eric Allport (21-11), with points also picked up by Gill Spiers (21-13) and David Hodgson (21-19).

This 14-2 success keeps Alcester at the top of the table.

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