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Victoria Park extend gap in bowls top flight

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 09, 2014

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VICTORIA Park A boosted pole position in the Stafford and District Bowls League with a convincing 11-1 home win over Bridgtown A.

And, with nearest rivals Windmill suffering their first setback of the season the Park opened up an eight point advantage on their rivals.

The Park soundly defeated third place Bridgtown A 11-1 as Gordon Hawkins returned a 21-2 card and Clive Alderman (21-6).

Rugeley Progressive climbed to third spot after inflicting that first defeat on Windmill as Danny Wallis (21-11) and Steve Morecroft (21-13) won for the former.

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There were welcome home wins for Penkridge A, 7-5 against Amasal A, and basement side Red Lion who got off the mark with a 9-3 success against Chadsmoor. Best for Penkridge was Eric Breeze with a 21-6 card.

In division two The Rag remain leaders, closely followed by Stafford A and Penkridge B. The Rag claimed a fourth win in six, defeating visiting Foxes 8-4, as Terry Pitt emerged a 21-8 winner.

Stafford A travelled well, running out 8-4 winners at basement side Bridgtown B as Jim Stuart won 21-4.

Littleworth A remain second bottom despite running out 8-4 home victors over second place Penkridge B, thanks to John Madden’s 21-10 score.

Alstom A are new leaders in division three and running out 9-3 winners against lowly Victoria Park B. George Matthewson was best for Alstom A with a 21-4 score, supported by Rob Dunn (21-9). There was a good performance from Theresa Talbot (21-12) in reply. Hagley A slipped to second place after suffering their second defeat of the campaign, 9-3 at Amasal B, for whom Craig Bennett won 21-10 and Barbara Hughes 21-12.

Third place Lea Hall had to settle for a share of the spoils when visiting Greenheath. John Grimley 21-8 and Tim Jones 21-11 impressed for Lea Hall, while John Rogers 21-8 and Paul Kelly 21-12 were best in reply.

There was a second league success for County Officers A. They ran out 8-4 victors against visiting Little Stoke CC with good performances from Dave Halley 21-5, Ray Barker 21-8 and Adam Poynton 21-9. Marj Archibald and Paul Cryer both pulled off 21-16 scores in response.

In division four, Littleworth B still top the section by two points from unbeaten Burton Manor who have a match in hand.

Littleworth B went down 7-5 at Hagley B, for whom John Deakin was a 21-9 winner. The Manor triumphed 9-3 against County Officers B as Ann Burge and Jenny Rennison both posted 21-8 scores. Stafford B grabbed a first win, 9-3 against Alstom B, thanks to Sue Darby 21-2 and Ryan Boult 21-3.

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