17th Sep, 2019

Home advantage is key to outcomes

Liam Moakes 21st Jun, 2018

AS IS OFTEN the way with crown green bowling, Alcester’s latest results went completely with ground advantage.

The A team suffered their first defeat of the season In Division Four of the S&W Birmingham Over 60s League when they visited West Midlands Transport A.

Both teams had been promoted together from Division Five last season and each had three winning cards, but a couple of poor results for Alcester meant they went down by 22 shots.

Winners for the visitors were Renny Bannister (21-12), Bob LeResche (21-15) and Ken Harvey (21-18), giving Alcester three points against seven for the home side.

The B team in Division Six produced an excellent performance at home to Woodlands Park C to triumph by 46 shots. Red Masterson (21-7), Tricia Barry (21-8), Jean Sherrington and Gill Spiers (both 21-9) and Geoff Spiers (21-10) gave Alcester victory by nine points to the visitors’ one.

Similar results came in the Yardley Wood Superleague as the A team won by 29 shots at home to Woodbourne B in Division Three and the B team lost by 46 shots at Colebrook B in Division Four.

Returning to the A team after illness, Val McDermott ran riot with a superb 21-3 card, backed up by Rick Horton and David Hodgson (both 21-12), Dave Hovell (21-17) and Ken Harvey (21-20) to give Alcester a 15-3 success.

Jean Sherrington (21-20) was the B team’s only winner in a 17-1 defeat, with Margaret D’Elia suffering her sixth 21-20 reverse of the season.

In Division Two of the Heart of England League, the A team met some stern resistance from visitors Warstock before running out victors by ten shots.

Winning cards came from John Alderson (excellent at 21-9), Bob LeResche (21-12), Jean Bannister (21-13), Ken Harvey (21-16) and Carole Slater (21-18) to give Alcester a 15-3 triumph.

In Division Five, the B team went down by 13 shots at Black Horse B. However, Alcester did have four winning cards from Val McDermott, Jean Sherrington and Eric Allport (all 21-14) and Rick Horton (21-15) to give them four points to the home side’s 14.

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