WHITE Hart Bowling Club’s history dates back to 1867 and the Headless Cross site is one of the oldest and maybe even the oldest sporting venue in Redditch.
However, in all the years that have passed since, there are few triumphs which match that of the Over 60s A team who defeated league leaders Moseley CC A by 35 shots at home to move up to eighth place in the Heart of England Division One table.
Stephen Turner (21-12), Ray Richards (21-11) and Ian Humphreys (21-14) gave the Redditch club a faultless first half, which was then backed up by Graham Arnott (21-9) and close defeats for Mike D’abreu (21-20) and Norman Batchelor (21-19).
White Hart only dropped a total of three shots in an incredible 123-88 victory and this was the club’s first ever recorded home win over Moseley, who are renowned as a high class bowls outfit.
The Over 60s B team made it a Good Friday’ for the club by beating Weoley Castle WMC A 110-89. Captained by Brian Chatterley, they produced four winners – Mike Estell (21-20), Ken Brown (21-11), Anne Batchelor (21-10) and Mick Perrins – who followed up a thumping 21-1 win the previous week with another dominant 21-9 card.
White Hart’s Wednesday team jumped into second place in Yardley Wood & District League Division Three with an impressive 159-135 away win over Bournville Sports B. Captain Paul Matthews led by example with a 21-9 card, while Gill Croft (21-11) and Tim Hollingshead (21-14) both maintained their good form.
John Meredith (21-19) and Kirk Wright (21-20) both finished strongly when looking beaten and unbeaten Dave Kings also won narrowly 21-20, putting himself into fourth place in the division averages.
In Warwick & Worcester Premier League Division Four, White Hart suffered a 235-170 defeat at Erdington and Richmond.
Paul Matthews won easily 21-5 and Ian Humphreys gained a 21-20 victory, but that was as good as it got, although Stuart Rice played very well in a 21-19 defeat while Dave Edwards continues to improve, only losing 21-17.
White Hart must turn things around in the return fixture on Saturday to have any realistic hopes of avoiding relegation.
In SW Birmingham League Division One White Hart Over 60s A were beaten 114-67 by Acocks Green College A as Norman Batchelor (21-9) was their only winner.
The B team easily accounted for visitors Weoley Hill B in Division Four, with all six winning cards highlighted by John Meredith (21-3) and captain Kate Broome (21-6), but they were then beaten at The Green Man where Anne Batchelor (21-15) and Mick Perrins (21-19) were their only winners.
In the Heart of England Thursday leagues, White Hart A predictably found The Maggies A a tough proposition in Division One and went down 161-108, with Stan Pritchard (21-14) their only winner, although Rob Faulkes (21-19), Sheila Humphreys (21-19) and Mike Estell (21-18) all performed well for the visitors.
The B team comfortably beat Central Edgbaston 160-105 in Division Three as Tim Hollingshead (21-5), Norman Batchelor (21-5) and Dave Edwards (21-4) all produced impreesive winning cards.
It was another ‘Super Sunday’ for White Hart’s teams in the Northfield & District leagues. The A team were far too good for Tanworth in Division Three as the away team carded seven winners, highlighted by wins from Mick Perrins (21-9), Mike Estell (21-5) and Ray Richards (21-2).
The B team sit proudly at the top of Division Five after a 138-116 home victory over Warstock B. Wins for Sue Sugden (21-3), Kirk Wright (21-8), Gill Croft (21-10), Kate Broome (21-12) and Neil Laxton (21-20) keep them firmly on the promotion trail.