October 1st, 2016

White Hart show Sunday best

Updated: 1:02 pm, Jun 29, 2015

WHITE Hart Bowling Club’s Sunday teams both sit proudly at the top of their respective divisions of the Northfield & District League after their recent matches.

The A team produced a remarkable performance in Division Three to whitewash local rivals Alcester 8-0, resulting in a 168-119 home win. The best scores were from Paul Matthews (21-10), Ray Richards (21-12) and Sheila Humphreys (21-12).

They now head the table by three points from The Maggies, but have a 14-point lead over third placed Hockley Heath, so promotion is a distinct possibility for the Redditch team.

The B team found the going much tougher at Colebrook in Division Five. They could only manage two points from the fixture, courtesy of wins from captain Di Pritchard and Tim Hollingshead, who is now second in the league averages.

However, they also lead their division by three points from Warstock, although this is a much tighter league, with only six points covering the top five teams.

White Hart’s Warwick & Worcester Premier League team gained an important Division Four home victory over Erdington and Richmond to lift them off the foot of the table.

They had nine winners from the 12 ties as Stuart Rice starred in a 21-4 victory, well supported by Ken Brown, Dave Kings, Rob Faulks, Dave Edwards, Ian Humphreys, Paul Matthews, Sue Sugden and Mick Perrins.

Their next two fixtures against bottom placed West Warwickshire are crucial in their bid to avoid relegation this season.

In the Yardley Wood & District League White Hart are now unbeaten in six-matches following a home win against Bournville Sports, who were only able to field six players.

Dave Kings, John Meredith and Gill Croft produced the best performances to keep the Redditch club in the Division Three promotion race.

Colebrook again proved a thorn in the side for White Hart in Heart of England Division One, as only Paul Matthews won for the visitors, who now have a virtually impossible task to avoid relegation.

The HOE Over 60s A team produced two winners at Moseley CC A in Division One – Graham Arnott (21-18) and Ian Humphreys (21-19) – which gave White Hart two points, while the other four players all produced good double-figure cards in a narrow 17-shot defeat.

However, the B team easily accounted for Tanworth 122-74 at home with fine performances from Mike Estell (21-3), Anne Batchelor (21-8) and Ken Brown (21-13).

In the SW Birmingham League Over 60s Division Four, White Hart B narrowly lost an exciting home match with Green Man B by five points. Stand-in captain Brian Chatterley comfortably won his tie, but the other five players were beaten, although Sheila Humphries and Sue Sugden by only the narrowest of margins.

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 recently 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.

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