26th May, 2019

Depleted White Hart lose opening home tie

Liam Moakes 17th Apr, 2019

WHITE Hart suffered a disappointing home defeat by Harborne on Saturday in Division Four of the Warks/Worcs League.

Without four of their stronger bowlers, Hart generally competed well for two-thirds of the match before losing the last four ties, making the final score 225-189.

Hart had just four winners during the afternoon – Katy Lang 21-15, Mike Estell 21-9, Norman Batchelor 21-16 and Dave Edwards 21-17. With two defeats from their opening two matches, White Hart will be looking to redress the balance in their next home and away encounters with Hollyfields.

The previous morning saw White Hart A produce a fine performance against AG College A in Division One of the Heart of England Over 60s League.

After a heavy defeat at the College the week before, they began the home leg in style, with captain Mike Estell leading the way with a 21-12 defeat of Ken Haylor.

Norman Batchelor and Ian Humphreys were even more dominant, both showing excellent form in winning to two and seven respectively, while Kirk Wright came from 9-1 down to beat Tony Freeth 21-20.

Final score was 114-83 to the Redditch team who finished fourth in the top flight last season.

White Hart B were beaten 112-86 by A G College B in Division Two, which became a game of two distinct halves.

Gill Croft (21-15), Sheila Humphreys (21-20) and Mick Perrins (21-14) gave Hart a 14-shot lead at the halfway stage but three defeats to single figures followed and they took just three points.

In the first round of the Kendrick Sunday Cup, White Hart A were impressive in defeating a strong-looking Royal Austin Selly Park A team 142-123.

Three of their wins were to single figures – Matt Higgins 21-6, Katy Lang 21-7 and Paul Matthews 21-8 – while Mike Estell continued his fine form in winning to 18.

Hart’s B team went out of the competition, beaten 154-132 by Rubery Sheldon JC. Their three winners were Mike Hancock 21-16, Roger Broome 21-18 and Neil Laxton 21-15.

White Hart A progressed to the last 16 stage of the SW Birmingham League Cup with an easy win over Woodlands Park B.

Graham Arnott, playing his first team match of the season, wasted no time in winning his tie 21-5, while Mike Estell survived a late comeback from Jenny Hall to win 21-15.

Ian Humphreys lost a close tie with Sandra Deeley 21-19 but Kirk Wright came back from 14-10 down to defeat Don Francis 21-14.

Ray Richards (21-8) and Mick Perrins (21-4) were always well in control of their ties to make the final score 124-67 to the Redditch club.

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