Sutton Park end Woodfield’s unbeaten run, Baldwin whitewash
Sutton Park ended Woodfield’s unbeaten run after beating them 7-3 in Gameweek 8 of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Premier Bowls League. Woodfield captain Nick Newey admitted “the bubble burst” for him and his team, he lost his first game of the season too. Sutton Park skipper Chris Saddler said “after a tough game away at Woodfield the week before we knew we were in for a difficult game on the Park. Although Woodfield had won 7 out of 7 we still believed we could beat them on Sutton, firstly ensuring the green was prepared correctly. We got off to a good start 2 winners and a 20. Up on the board after 4 we knew that 2 winners and 2 losers would more than likely be enough to get over the line and end Woodfield’s run. However to their credit they battled and grew in confidence as the green slowed up. At one point it looked as though the game was slipping from our hands, however a big push from the back 4 saw us finish with a comfortable win on shots and a continued 100% win record at home this season for the Park.” Best winner for the Park was Rick Green 7 while Matthew Danks won MVP for winning 11. Mick Hill was best winner 12 for the visitors, with Claire Pugh getting MVP despite getting 18. Netherseal failed to take advantage as they got 2 winners at Willenhall Nordley, who move level with them, as Ian Whitehouse was best winner 9 and Wayne Jones MVP for his 16 win. For the visitors captain Ian Woodward led by example winning 12, but Matthew Milsom got MVP for winning 20. Wrockwardine Wood also didn’t take advantage as they got another 3 winners away from home, losing by single figures again, despite Martin Williams’ best win of 9 and Aaron King winning 14 for MVP. Karen Rolls was best winner 9 for Langley, while captain Sarah Beaman got MVP for her 15 win.
Baldwin earned their first ever whitewash in the league against Broomfield. Captain Jim Kernick commented on a “very satisfactory performance from the Baldwin team this week. Very pleasing to pick up a first full house of the season. Everyone performed as they can and particular praise goes to John Newsome who managed to pick up his first point with a well deserved win against Jonathon Blakeman. Hopefully he can gain confidence from this win and carry it forward to the remainder of the season. Broomfield battled hard but unfortunately for them the early start and rush to get over seemed to benefit the Baldwin. We started well and never really looked back. 4 winners to 10 in Jack Newsome, Paul Baller, Paul Whitcombe and Jim Kernick paved the way with great back up from the others. Another tough trip next week to a green none of us will know (Short Heath Libs) but hopefully we can pick up a couple or so points and build on a good home return the week after. MVP this week for Broomfield was Dave Chilton who battled well and clawed back some great shots after being well down to finish with a top score for the visitors of 19 v Lee Harvey. And for ourselves I was lucky enough to be named MVP in what personally I thought was a great game v Adam Watts from Broomfield. Adam bowled extremely well in a very hard fought game and was very unfortunate to leave the green with a score of 10. Onwards and upwards for both teams hopefully.” Baldwin had four 21-10 winners, Paul Baller, Jim Kernick, Jack Newsome and Paul Whitcombe.
Woodfield extended their lead to 9 points over Stretton Anglesey, who play their game in hand next week on Tuesday. Wrockwardine Wood are a further 7 behind. Despite his loss Nick Newey still leads the League Averages.