September 24th, 2016

White Hart bowlers help league team to victory

Updated: 10:45 am, May 27, 2015

WHITE Hart Bowling Club’s increasingly developing crown green bowls status was firmly recognised when four of their players were chosen to represent the Heart of England League team and they performed well as part of a team of 12 in a six-shot victory over East Birmingham in an Inter-League match at the Moor Green club.

Ian Humphreys and Ray Richards both won their ties while Sheila Humphreys was just pipped by a single shot and Ken Brown made late ground in his match after a slow start.

White Hart Sunday B team stayed top of Division Five after achieving an impressive away win at Hall Green B in a top of the table clash in the Northfield & District League.

Early wins by Dave Edwards (21-3) and Tim Hollingshead (21-5) put the pressure firmly on the home team and they were joined by Roger Broome (21-15) and Anne Batchelor (21-19), whilst supported by double figure scores from Di Pritchard (19-21), Kirk Wright, Norman Batchelor and Kate Broome – who bravely battled the pain barrier to only lose by two shots after a fine comeback – giving White Hart a 20-shot victory in the final count.

The A team made it a Super Sunday for the Redditch club with a comfortable 160-127 home win over King George B in Division Three.

Captain Stan Pritchard led by example with a 21-9 scoreline and wins from Tony Sugden (21-7), Paul Matthews (21-14), Mick Perrins (21-17), Sheila Humphries (21-18) and Ray Richards (21-20) gave them a 160-127 victory.

The Wednesday team captained by Paul Matthews gained their first victory in the Yardley Wood & District League with a comfortable 150-111 win at home against King George VI.

Dave Kings (21-3) gave a fine performance and further points were gained by Neil Laxton (21-10), Kirk Wright (21-13), Dave Edwards (21-16), Tim Hollingshead (21-18) and John Meredith (21-9).

Elaine Meredith was only narrowly beaten 21-16 and Tony Buckley performed well in his first match for the team.

The Saturday Warwick & Worcester League team disappointingly only had three winners at Hockley Heath in Premier Division Four.

Paul Matthews (21-11), Stuart Rice (21-16) and Stephen Turner (21-14) were supported by double-figure scores from Ian Humphreys, Mick Perrins, Dave Edwards and Di Pritchard but five single-figure scores proved to be their undoing in a 230-144 defeat.

The Friday Over 60s B team struggled away to Woodlands Park A in Division Three of the Heart of England League, losing 126-85.

White Hart did not produce a winner, although Tom Hawkes (21-20), Mick Perrins (21-19) and Sue Sugden (21-18) all went close in tight games.

White Hart’s Tuesday SW Birmingham A team found the Green Man’s green at Harborne tough to master, but there was an encouraging debut in the team from Tom Hawkes who bowled well in a tight 21-20 victory.

Graham Arnott (21-20) and Norman Batchelor (21-19) went close but the home team gained a convincing 15-1 victory in this Division One match.

The B team had a better morning and easily brushed aside the challenge of Solihull RABL B in Division Four.

Captained by Kate Broome, they had four winners – John Meredith (21-15), Roger Broome (21-17), Anne Batchelor (21-10) and Brian Chatterley (21-13) – while Kate herself was only narrowly beaten 21-17.

The Thursday HOE Division One A team had just a single winner at home against a very strong RABL team. Tony Sugden played very well to win 21-7 despite his preference for the black jack.

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