Moseley seal title, Royal Oak & Ward End Cons face wait
Moseley CC are champions of Division One of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Bowls League after finishing the season off in style. They beat Three Magpies 9-1 to seal the title and promotion to the Premier League. Captain Nick Peters saying “what can I say, we are all over the moon on becoming champions of Division 1. It’s been a hell of a season with some great teams in this league and some really tough games but we’ve all stuck together and battled for every shot right from the start to the end. Our our performances have been superb in the 2nd half of the season considering no team had won away in the 1st half. More importantly though we have been very strong at home something in the past we haven’t always been, this too has made the difference. Regarding the last game of season, we took nothing for granted following the win the match before on the Maggies so with a full team to pick from we wanted to get a good lead, however that wasn’t the case early on as James Seville, in the number 1 spot, was drawn against Gareth Herbert who was in impeccable form and beat James comfortably to 10 (and win MVP). The next 2 games were so important as both Ron Regan & Scott Follis secured their wins 21-18 & 21-19 respectively. Grant Soller finishing off the 1st 4 with a single figure win meaning we went into the back 4 slightly ahead but more importantly 3-1 in wins. The 2nd 4 was much more comfortable for us (perhaps it was due to the light starting to disappear!) with us taking all 4 points to secure an excellent end to the season and then just waiting to hear the news from the other games.” Nick and Scott Saunders were best winners 8 for the Champions.
Royal Oak are currently in second place, but face an anxious wait till the result of the Chadsmoor and Castlefields game on Monday, after getting just one winner at Chadsmoor. Spokesman Stewart Meddings commented “a disappointing night for The Oak as far as points go when we felt we were always in the game. Having a 16, 17, and two 19 losers meant we were 13 down after first 4. Then 20 mins into the back four we had cards of 15-9, 16-5, 15-2 and 12-10 all up and playing well. So to finish with only 1 winner on the night was tough to take for our lads but Chadsmoor played the green well right up to the last bowl and earned their points. Nothing more we can do now other than wait to here the result from their rearranged at home to Castlefields on Monday which decides the division we are playing in next season.” Adam Hopwood was their winner 13 to earn MVP, while Cliff Johnson was MVP and best winner for the home side by the same score. Chadsmoor are now just 5 behind Ward End Cons after Ward End won 8-2 against Windmill. Mel Jordan was best winner 10, with Gary Weetman MVP 19. Darrell Handley was best for the visitors 10 but Dave Chester got MVP for getting 17. Castlefields need 7 points to go up after beating Penn 7-3, to leave Penn in 4th place. Keith Wall was best winner and MVP 6, with Ben Dixon replying for the visitors 7. Great Barr concluded their season with an 8-2 home win over Baddesley. Craig Dugdale was best winner 4 and Andy Sprason MVP for winning 16, while for the relegated visitors it was Harry Chapman best winner and MVP 8.
Glyn Storer has won the League Averages, despite losing 19 in his last game, as nearest rival and team mate Kevin Handley did the same too.