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6th Jul, 2022

BOWLS - White Hart bowler Davenport wins inaugural Tim Hollingshead Spring Handicap title

WHITE Hart Crown Green Bowling Club’s recent star addition Pete Davenport won the inaugural Tim Hollingshead Spring Handicap title last weekend with a masterful performance.

His toughest match in the competition came against Denis Turner in the group stage as Davenport won by a single shot despite Turner getting eight shots start to 15.

Davenport would go on to win all four of his group matches before defeating Mike Estell and Phil Hemming, seeing off the latter in the final with some accurate corner bowling.

And Davenport then travelled to Cheshire to play for Warwick and Worcester in the County Championship where he secured a 21-19 win against bowling legend Noel Burrows to help his side to an overall victory.

Elsewhere, White Hart A stretched their lead at the top of the Northfield and District League Division Two table to 10 points after producing a full house of winners in their home tie against Colebrook B.

Paul Matthews and captain Graham Arnott both won 21-8 while Mick Perrins and Mike Hancock ran out 21-12 winners.

There were also wins for Neil Laxton (21-11), Kirk Wright (21-14), Estell (21-19) and Ian Humphreys (21-17) to secure an emphatic 168-97 victory overall.

And White Hart’s Wednesday team also defeated Colebrook B in the Yardley Wood Superleague Division Two thanks to five winning cards from Wright (21-13), Matthews (21-7), Laxton (21-14), Humphreys (21-15) and Arnott (21-16).

In the Heart of England Over 60’s League Division One, White Hart A beat Wythall A 124-98 with four winners as Wright (21-15), Arnott (21-15), Laxton (21-7) and Perrins (21-19) all tasted victory.

And Hart’s Over 60’s A team also beat Hall Green A 123-105 in the S.W.Birmingham and District Division One with their four wins coming from Laxton (21-18), Humphreys (21-15), Arnott (21-11) and Norman Batchelor (21-19) to lift them out of the relegation zone.

Lastly, White Hart A were beaten 153-122 at Wythall A in the Heart of England League Division Two.

Hart had three winners courtesy of Davenport (21-14), Matthews (21-17) and County Junior Cameron Cutler who won 21-17 having triumphed in four matches earlier in the day on his way to reaching the final of the George Junior Masters.

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