20th Sep, 2019

White Hart close to Superleague promotion

Liam Moakes 16th Aug, 2017

WHITE Hart’s Yardley Wood Superleague team almost ensured promotion from Division Four after comfortably beating bottom of the table King George VI B 164-117.

The visitors had seven winning cards from Neil Laxton 21-7, John Meredith 21-18, Tim Hollingshead 21-12, Gary Bennett 21-15, Tony Buckley 21-16, Ged Dooner 21-20 and captain Kirk Wright 21-8.

Victory in this week’s return match should seal the deal for the Redditch squad who also currently have Neil, Tim and Kirk in the top ten of the league averages list.

Hart’s Warks/Worcs Premier League team are also virtually certain of promotion but had their Division Six lead cut to eight points after a close 217-212 defeat at Wernley.

They produced six winners – Stuart Rice 21-8, Gary Bennett 21-15, Ken Brown 21-18, Mike Estell 21-12, Graham Arnott 21-18 and captain Ian Humphreys 21-20.

If they can turn around the result at home this Saturday the title should be in safe keeping.

In the Heart of England League, White Hart A gained a welcome 158-128 home win over Maggies A but still look certain to be relegated from Division One as they are 37 points from safety.

Hart had four winning cards from Steven Turner 21-8, Gary Bennett 21-12, Paul Matthews 21-14 and Graham Arnott 21-10.

The B team also tasted defeat in Division Four at Ye Olde Knowle B where their only winners in a 123-111 loss were Kirk Wright 21-14 and captain Norman Batchelor 21-4.

The over 60s A team were narrowly defeated 110-107 in Division One at Black Horse A despite captain Mike Estell being their only winner, 21-5.

All the other five bowlers had double-figure scores, with Stephen Turner and Ian Humphreys both only losing out by a single shot.

The B team achieved a fine 119-95 home victory over Division Two leaders Baldwin A, having four winners – Kirk Wright 21-9, Mick Perrins 21-12, Norman Batchelor 21-14 and John Meredith 21-18.

In the SW Birmingham Tuesday Over 60s League, White Hart B are facing relegation from Division Three after defeat at fellow strugglers local rivals Stoke Prior.

Hart had just two winners from the six ties – Tom Hawkes and captain Kate Broome.

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