A LARGELY disappointing crown green bowling season came to an end on a high note for Alcester Bowling Club with all four matches providing successes, albeit one in unusual circumstances.
This was in Division Six of the S&W Birmingham Over 60s League in which the B team entertained Woodlands Park C, which appeared to have ended in a nine-shot defeat for the Alcester side.
However, post-match scrutiny of the match card by league officials revealed Woodlands’ most successful player, with a 21-3 triumph, was ineligible.
The game was thus awarded to the home side as a 21-0 walkover, giving them a 30-shot victory. This rather overshadowed an excellent 21-5 win for Alcester’s Jean Craddock and further wins for Gill Spiers (21-17) and Jean Sherrington (21-18).
The points thus went 8-2 in Alcester’s favour, leaving them fifth in the final table.
More conventional was the A team’s five-shot victory in their Division Five match at Green Man B. Wins for Val McDermott (21-12), Renny Bannister (21-15) and Ken Craddock (21-19) gave Alcester a 9-3 success.
This gave them the title, having already clinched their third promotion in successive seasons.
Superb cards from John Alderson, Margaret D’Elia (both 21-8) and Ken Craddock (21-11) were instrumental in an excellent 24-shot win for Alcester A at Bournville Sports A in Division Two of the Heart of England Over 60s League.
The 13-3 success thus achieved leaves them fourth in the final table.
A brilliant 21-2 triumph for Alan Kenyon was the highlight of the 13-3 home win for the B team over Tanworth in Division Four.
Also successful were Jean Craddock and Eric Allport with solid 21-12 cards, giving Alcester victory by four shots. This put Alcester fifth in the final table.
The season was brought to an end with the club’s round-robin pairs competition which was won by Chris Joynes and Margaret D’Elia. Runners-up were Pauline Davies and John Alderson.