20th May, 2018

Mixed fortunes for White Hart

Liam Moakes 16th May, 2018

WHITE Hart had a mixed week of results, with probably their best victory coming at Kings Norton where their A team took the lion’s share of the points in their Heart of England Division two encounter, lifting them to a mid-table position.

Wins for Tim Hollingshead, Ken Brown and captain Mick Perrins (all 21-16), plus a 21-15 card from Ian Humphreys contributed to a 142-134 scorecard.

Meanwhile, White Hart B secured a 154-134 win at home to Hockley Heath B in their opening match of the season in HOE Division Four.

Easy wins for Norman and Anne Batchelor (both 21-5) and a 21-19 card from Ged Dooner gave them a good start to their campaign, while Dave Kings and John Meredith were only beaten by a single shot.

White Hart’s A team were narrowly knocked out of the Over 60s Cup with a 111-107 defeat to Colebrook A on a notoriously difficult Kings Norton Ex-Service green.

Three individual victories from Stephen Turner (21-14), Ian Humphreys (21-15) and Graham Arnott (21-19) plus a score of 20 from Kirk Wright after being 19-8 down proved insufficient for the Redditch club to progress to the second round.

White Hart B are in the second round of the Over 60s Consolation Cup after a 130-105 win against Moorpool B who were given a 30-shot handicap advantage due to their lower league status.

Wins to single figures from Roger Broome, Tom Hawkes, John Meredith and Mick Perrins plus a 21-20 card from Sue Sugden gave them victory at the Woodlands Park venue.

In Yardley Wood Superleague Division Three, White Hart A avenged their defeat to Alcester A the previous week by defeating their local rivals 152-125 at the Headless Cross green.

They had five winners – Ray Richards (21-11), Neil Laxton (21-5), Mick Perrins (21-13), Tim Hollingshead (21-14) and late replacement Ken Brown (21-19) – to remain second in the league table.

White Hart B were beaten 154-126 at King George VI B in Division Four, having three winning cards from Richard Coyne (21-10), Tony Cox (21-19) and Dave Kings (21-20). They currently lie third in the table.

White Hart A were up against 2017 league champions Baldwin in Northfield & District League Division One on Sunday and suffered a 141-117 home defeat.

Paul Matthews (21-6), Ray Richards and Mike Estell (both 21-15) gave them three points but they currently prop up the table.

White Hart B gained a fine 157-150 win at Weoley Castle A in Division Three. Winning cards from Neil Laxton (21-15), Norman Batchelor (21-20), Tom Hawkes and captain Dave Edwards (both 21-18) moved them up to second – four points behind Ye Olde Knowle.

In Warwick & Worcs League Division Four, White Hart were defeated 242-183 at Lea Hall. They had just three winning cards from the 12 ties – John Meredith 21-17, Mike Estell and Neil Laxton both 21-18 – although Sheila Humphreys was only beaten by a single shot.

The Redditch club slip to sixth but will be hoping for a different result when the teams meet again on Saturday at Headless Cross.

In the SW Birmingham League, White Hart B suffered their first defeat of the season at RABL where they only had one winner – Tom Hawkes 21-19 – in a 124-91 scoreline. However, they still hold second position in the Division Four table behind West Midlands Travel.

White Hart fielded five bowlers in the Heart of England team for the league representative match against East Birmingham League last Monday. Norman Batchelor and Kirk Wright won their ties but East Birmingham ran out narrow victors over the 24 legs played at the Tally Ho and Boldmere Sports venues.

Monday evening sessions (6.15-8pm) are still being held at the White Hart green for beginners and novices. Contact Kirk Wright on 07707 756641 to book places.

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