20th Sep, 2019

Glass half full for Alcester bowlers

Liam Moakes 5th Jun, 2017

IT WAS another week of mixed results for Alcester Bowling Club, half of whose matches produced wins.

In the S&W Birmingham Over 60s League, the B team in Division Six travelled to Woodlands A where a close match ensued.

Both teams had three winning cards, but Alcester just lost overall by four shots. Winners for Alcester were Jean Sherrington (21-14), Margaret D’Elia (21-15) and Jean Craddock (21-20) to give Alcester three points to the hosts’ seven.

In Division One of the Heart of England League, Alcester’s A team travelled the short distance to play old rivals White Hart A, with both teams having been promoted to the top division this year.

Bragging rights went to the Hart as Alcester crashed to a heavy 63-shot defeat. Alcester’s only winner was Ken Harvey (21-17) as Hart collected 17 points to the visitors’ one.

Things went little better for the B team in Division Four. With only Val McDermott (21-11), Margaret D’Elia (21-17) and John Willis (21-19) producing winning cards, Alcester slumped to a 46-shot defeat, gaining just three points to the visitors’ 15.

This leaves both Alcester A and B teams still searching for their first win of the season in this league.

Life was very different for Alcester in the over 60s section of the Heart of England League. Firstly, there was a rearranged match in Division Two for the A team at home to Co-op A which yielded a 15-1 triumph for Alcester.

Outstanding for the home side was Ken Harvey (21-6), with wins also for Ken Craddock (21-10), John Alderson (21-15), Jean Bannister (21-17) and Val McDermott (21-20), giving Alcester a 35-shot winning margin.

The regular match for the A team was also at home, this time to Ye Olde Knowle B, against whom Alcester ran out winners by 32 shots.

Star performers were Ken Craddock (21-5) and John Alderson (21-8), with good support from Ken Harvey (21-11) and Renny Bannister (21-17). This gave Alcester a 14-2 success and the two wins propelled them into second place in the table.

The B team did not allow the disadvantage of an unfamiliar green prevent them from recording their first away win of the season when them visited Moorpool A.

A tense game, mostly in the rain, brought the narrowest possible margin – a one-shot win for the visitors. Unsurprisingly, both teams had three winners, with Alcester’s being John Willis (21-10), Jean Craddock (21-15) and David Hodgson (21-15) to give them a 13-3 success.

The final action of the week was the club’s first knockout competition of the season, the Doubles Non-Handicap. In the final, Jean Bannister and Margaret D’Elia faced Red Masterson and John Alderson and victory went to the ladies by a 21-14 margin.

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