Heath Hayes edge out Baldwin, Nordley win well
Heath Hayes edged out Baldwin in a thriller in Gameweek 8 of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Premier Bowls League. There was only one chalk in it as Heath Hayes won with just 3 winners. Captain Steve Wright said it was a “very close game from start to finish and to be fair Baldwin were probably unlucky to lose by 1 shot. They adapted to and bowled the green very well and the game changing card was Las Statham recovering fro 19-8 down to win 21-20 which basically won us the game.” Opposition skipper Jim Kernick said “we were obviously disappointed we never picked up our first away win (losing by 1 shot). Thought we deserved the win but you don’t always get what you deserve! Les Statham was well down and well beaten it seemed but battled back from 19-8 odd down to win 20! That was our killer card to be honest. He was close to earning MVP for his battling performance but that went to Bill Staite who consistently bowled tight throughout his game against Shannon Kernick, and who also had the run on a couple or so ends which we all need on occasions! Having 5 winners and a 20 and not winning is kind of difficult to take but that’s bowls and we roll on. Well done to the Heath Hayes lot. Cracking set of lads who play the game in the right way and made our first visit to their club very hospitable.” Malcolm Gittings was best winner for the home side 9, while John Newsome was best winner and MVP for the away side 15.
Willenhall Nordley are just a point off top after beating Short Heath Libs 8-2. Michael Thomas was MVP and best winner 8 with the two winners being Aimee Allcock 13 and Des Parsons 20. Langley will be happy with their three winners at Sutton Park as captain Sarah Beaman was best winner 10 and Chris Lambert MVP for winning 19. Daniel Green was best winner and MVP for the home side 5. Baddesley also won at home 7-3 against Broomfield. Harry Chapman was best winner and MVP 5 with Dave Chilton best winner 13 and Chris Price MVP 16 for the away side.
Baddesley now lead by 1 over Nordley and another 13 to Sutton Park. Paul Rolls leads the League Averages on 7 wins while Des Parsons now has 4 MVPs to be level with Martin Gaut for the Mark Taylor Support Ltd. award.