The Tarleton Bowling Club first team returned to the top of the table after beating Banks A 5-1, handing them their second home defeat of the season. Things could not have gone better for the visitors as Rob Iddon dominated Andy Bridge to run away a 68-1 winner with Colin Boston registering his first win with a 65-39 victory over Andy Hardisty. Two nil became 4-0 as John Nelson stayed unbeaten for the season, making it 7 from 7 when beating Alan Sutton 53-32, this Alan’s first defeat of the season. With Marcus Jackson beating Trevor Wetton 66-28 it meant that the Banks pair of Roy Cookson & Andy Bintcliffe where left to try and avoid the dreaded 6-0 whitewash. This was avoided after Andy Bintcliffe beat Chris Gill 59-16 as Roy Cookson lost out to Andy Bolton on the final colours 56-69.
Mere Brow A made it 7 wins from 7 played this year when they beat Waddington Cons A 4-2 to remain the only unbeaten side in all three divisions this year. The Waddy’s Gary Flynn continued with his good form when beating Danny Jassi 58-30 as Andy O’Hara racked up a 33 break in his 81-17 victory over Billy Evans. Paul Wilson lost out to the Mere Brows Alan Waring 69-21, Alan making a telling contribution of 37 in the frame as Martin Brown lost to Ali Iddon 58-22. The last two frames went the way of the visitors as Alan Tomlin & Paul Taylor had no comeback against Andy Booth & John Greenwood respectively. The Waddy travel to play league leaders Tarleton A next week with Mere Brow entertaining Fleetwood Hesketh A.
The Marshside outfit go into that top clash with Mere Brow next week in great form after smashing Led Dodd’s B 6-0 last week. The gap for Fleetwood A to the top is down to two points now thanks to this big win, which leaves the Doddy’s outfit still looking to register their first win in the league since making it back into the top flight division. Gareth Hibbott & Mike Roberts made it a quick fire 2-0 lead when beating the Dave Mills & Dave Brown. Stuart Evans dispatched Andy Reynolds 73-33 while Dean Oliver made a welcome return to the side in beating Alan Harley 55-34. Neil Rimmer out-played Andy Murray winning 70-16 making a 37 break in the process as Ste Crane completed the rout with his own 6 from 6 played this year when beating Paul Rogers 66-23.
Birkdale Cons A recorded their third win on the bounce after thumping Churchtown Cons A 5-1 last week. The opening frame saw the real fireworks of the night as Phil Fitzgerald out-fought Les Prescott 70-57, both players making good breaks, Phil one of 37 and Les a 29. Wins for Paul Shawcross, Saul Kemp & Mick Wardle made it a 4-0 score line with just Captain Sullivan & John Melvin left to try and register Birkdale’s first 6-0 win since 2010, which was against Stanley A. With Les Sullivan completing a 60-35 win over Dan Matthews it was left to John Melvin to beat Jamie Campbell to secure the white wash. This he just failed to do as Jamie held his nerve to beat the Birkdale player 55-43 to gain the one point for the visiting Churchtown side.
The Tarleton BC B team played out a 3-3 draw with Argyle to stay mid table, just the two points above their visitors. Ian Gautrey found a bit better form to run out an 83-30 winner over Barry Brookfield as Ste Forshaw replied for the Tennis club when beating Andy Marsden 56-38. Tarletons Ray Forshaw made in impressive 41 break against Ryan Curry, beating him 63-34 as Colin Coffey hit the headlines with a super win over Neil Rigden 52-28. Colin can now boast that he is better than Neil on the green baize as well as the bowling green, though I’m sure he already knew that. John Gautrey beat Brian Jarrett 52-38 with Jason Swarbrick falling just short against Paddy Tyndall on the final pink 39-51.
The Tarleton BC C team are still searching for that first team win of the year when losing out 4-2 to the visiting Waddington Cons B team. It was however the Waddy’s first win of the season helped in most by Andy Linaker beating Mark Rollins on the final black ball 66-63, this after Mark had previously made a 32 break in the frame. Phil Keep beat Phil Gaskell 57-15 to level the frames with the middle frames also being shared as Shaun Fisher beat Phil Kitchen and Denis Woodward getting the better of John Moore, just, 45-39. The closeness of the teams was all apparent in the last two frames as Ste Cobb won by 10 points over Dean Bond with Jimmy Jones losing out by 11 points to Ray Highton.
Banks C moved back to the top of the table of the 2nd division after leaving Churchtown Cons B 4-2 winners last week. Churchtowns opening pair of Richard Butterworth & Paul Connor both lost out to Cliff Arnold & Steve Harris to leave the Con club on the back foot from the start. Colin Tennant did manage to get one back when edging out Billy Cummings on the final black 44-38 as Martin Sephton secured a 65-32 victory over Jamie Barton. Guy Hudson got his 6th win of the season so far when he beat John Prescott 59-36 but Alan Johnson secured the win, and 4 points, when defeating Lawrence Richards 66-25.
The big winners of the last week were Southport & Birkdale Cricket club after they thumped Bretherton B 5-1 to move into 2nd position in the table. Narrow wins for Mark Fletcher & Dave Palmer in the opening frames over the Moultons William & Simon got the cricketers off to a good start. Paul Parker made it 3-0 with a solid 54-16 victory over Nev Marsden as Alan Venables got a point on the board for the visitors when beating Tony Milner 42-31. But that was as good as it got for Bretherton as the home pair of Russell Thornley & Barney Newton made it 5-1 when beating the Bretherton pair of Phil Iddon & Ste Fiddler.
Bretherton A missed their opportunity to go above their B team after going down 4-2 losers to the visiting Banks B team. Ron Dickinson made a good start for the home side when beating Andy Griffiths 58-26 as John Gornall lost out 51-18 to Dave Turner to see a 1-1 start. Age beat experience in the clash between Gordon Russell & Mike Marsh, the youngster from Banks coming out a winner on the final black ball 50-46 as Dave Cottam found some good form to beat Harry Caunce 76-22. But the night swung the way of the visitors in the last pairings as John E Gearie produced his best form of the year so far beating Harry Haslam convincingly 92-28 with Bob Ashcroft beating Jim Holden 44-27.
Mere Brow B made it back-to-back wins for the first time this year when beating Our Lady’s 4-2, leaving the Formby outfit still awaiting their first away win so far this year. The Brew went 2-0 up for the first time this year as both Harvey Webster & Dale Roberts both won against Paul Heery & Luke Marshall, Dale making a 27 break in his frame for good measure. Kyle Prescott beat Keith Turner 54-40 as Alan Parker fought out a 56-21 win over David Forshaw to leave it a 3-1 score line. Michael Houghton saw off the challenge of Liam Taylor 67-23 leaving Paul Crabtree snr earning the home side the 4-2 victory when getting the better of Graham Booth 63-38.
After a horror of a start in the league of only gaining 2 points from their opening three fixtures Scarisbrick A made it three wins on the bounce, 13 from their last 18 available in the league, after beating the Les Dodd’s A team 4-2 last week. Graham Marshall secured his third win of the year when beating Chris Starkie 55-46 as Graham Ball snuffed out Jordan Scutt 55-18. The middle pairings were also shared with Doddy’s Karl Bellman beating Peter Fenwick 60-36 as Norman Hallsworth beat Martin Matthews on the final black 64-58. Scarisbrick won another black ball game in the last frames as Ian Tinsley beat Peter Jackson 55-51 with Paul Horner making it win number three with a 58-31 victory over Peter Parkinson.
Les Dodd’s C stayed top of the 3rd division table despite only managing a 3-3 draw with Southport Cons B last week. No one team got ahead in the match as all pairings were shared starting with Doddy’s Chris Rae beating Big break merchant Ian Higgins 65-38 with Colin Paul responding for the Con club when beating Jamie O’Shaughnessy impressively 75-15. Jim Bradley had a comfortable 68-10 victory over John Barton as Jeff Wainwright beat Martin Cusack 74-45. The theme of sharing the frames continued with Doddy’s Kyle Woodfull beating John Blackhurst 65-20 with Peter Yates gaining his best victory of the year so far a 87-18 drubbing of Gary Hardwick.
The big winners last week where Churchtown Cons D after gaining a very solid 5-1 win over Fleetwood Hesketh B to move level on points with Doddy’s C at the top of the table. The opening frames got shared as Trevor Ford beat Terry Gowland 53-14 with Churchtowns Mark Beaver edging past Mike Pickles 65-54. Al Graham needed to produce a break of 30 to beat Brian Kimberley 59-45 as Russ Walsh got his 6th win of the season when beating Phil Marrow 63-21. Dave Quinn moved to a perfect 6 wins from 6 when beating Mick Orme on the final black 56-51 with Steve Mentha completing the 5-1 rout when getting the better of Ian Brownhill 56-37.
One time leaders British Rail made it a 1 point gap to the two leaders after they came away from playing Formby Sports with a 4-2 victory. The junior of the Peter Robinson’s made it win number 5 for the year when beating Tony Brookfield 49-37 as Formby’s Steve McCluskey beat Nick Wright 55-46 aided by a nice break of 23. The Rails Eddy Cracknell beat Adrian Morris 42-18 as Alex Fairley made it 6 wins form 6 played this year when beating Colin Peet 66-23 with Alex making his 4th 20+ break in doing so. The match went the way of the visitors in the end as John O’Malley & Colin Nuttall both won to keep their title hopes very much in focus.
Scarisbrick B drew 3-3 with Birkdale Cons B, their 4th drawn match of the year so far. Mick Hodge made it win number 6 of the year when beating John Stringfellow 75-32 with Birkdale’s Peter Wilding gaining his first win with a 60-30 victory over Matt Lowery. John Mullard continued to impress with a 60 points to 20 win over John Brown with the Scarisbrick’s Wayne Cooper making yet another break in the 20’s, this time a 27, in his 70-19 victory over John Warnick. Ian Lowery managed to get passed David Robinson on the final colours 46-32 with Reg Dobson running out a handsome 64-14 victor over Peter Simpson.
Birkdale Cons C drew with Banks D 3-3 last week, their second consecutive 3-3 result at home and Banks’ 3rd away draw of the season. John McGee got Birkdale off to a good start when beating Alan Wilson 63-49 as Barry Holmes levelled things up with a 71-37 victory over Ted Coghlan. The visitors then moved up a gear taking the middle frames after Gerry Stone beat Phil Green in a high scoring game 76-61 with Graham Melvin moving to 6 wins from 7 played when beating Phil Horan 56-48. But Birkdale fought back taking the last frames when Paul Rimmer & Eddie Tennant both won to deny their visitors their first away win of the season.
The battle of the Con clubs went the way of Churchtown C as they left Waddington Cons C rooted to the bottom of the table after claiming a 4-2 victory over them. Waddy’s Max Riley opened his account for the season when beating Mike Stuttard 49-11 as Joe Perberdy managed to beat Bob Fairclough 49-28. The middle frames went the way of the visitors as Churchtowns Roger Hughes & Adam Rothwell both won to see the visitors take a 4-1 lead. Peter Milford secured his team their first away win of the season when beating Dave Brown 60-13 with the Waddy’s Steve Whyte just scraping passed Brian Sheil on the final black 37-35.
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