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10th Aug, 2022

Good week for White Hart teams

Liam Moakes 11th Jun, 2015 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

WHITE Hart enjoyed a profitable time in the various crown green bowls leagues last week.

The Thursday B team beat Central Edgbaston convincingly at home, highlighted by impressive wins from captain Norman Batchelor (21-5), Dave Edwards (21-4) and Tim Hollingshead (21-5) to gain 16 Heart of England League points in the process.

The Friday Over 60s B team also won comfortably at home against Weoley Castle WMC in their Division Three clash.

White Hart had five winners as Mike Estell, Gill Croft and Anne Batchelor all won to single figures and points were also gained by Tom Hawkes and Ken Brown.

The Over 60s A team also produced a fine away performance in Division One against a very strong Moseley CC team, only losing by 19 shots.

Wins by Ian Humphreys (21-16) and Stephen Turner (21-14) were supported by close defeats from Norman Batchelor (21-19) and Graham Arnott (21-17).

In the Sunday Northfield & District League Division Three, White Hart’s A team jumped to second place – two points behind Maggies – after proving too strong for Hockley Heath, producing five winners and valuable league points.

Mick Perrins showed little mercy in a thumping 21-1 victory and was well supported by wins from Paul Matthews (21-8), Mike Estell (21-11), Sheila Humphreys (21-13) and captain Stan Pritchard (21-14).

The B team’s run of victories came to an end at Stoke Prior in Division Five. Kirk Wright (21-9) and Dave Edwards (21-17) gave them two points while Tim Hollingshead (21-18), captain Di Pritchard (21-17) and Roger Broome (21-16) all performed well on a tricky green, but could not prevent a 152-125 defeat.

They now occupy third position in the league but are only five points behind leaders Wythall Band Hall Green B with a game in hand.

After losing narrowly by 15 shots at Weoley Hill the previous week, White Hart’s Tuesday Over 60s B team were far too strong for their opponents in the return home fixture.

All six players were victorious, highlighted by a 21-3 score from in-form John Meredith and a 21-6 card from captain Kate Broome. The other four ties were all much closer affairs but the final margin was a 54-shot win for the Redditch team.

The Wednesday Yardley Wood & District League team had won their last three matches in Division Three but were held to an exciting home draw by Maggies, who looked to be heading for a narrow defeat until their captain and league averages leader Paul Martin battled back from a 14-12 deficit to beat Kirk Wright 21-14 and tie the final scoreline.

White Hart picked up five points from wins by Paul Matthews, Dave Kings, John Meredith and Neil Laxton and remain in the top three.


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