Staffordshire Ladies Bowling Association
FOUR Dilhorne players have finished in the top 10 averages in Division One of the Staffordshire Ladies Bowling Association for the 2013 season.
Not surprisingly the team comfortably won the league title, finishing 249 chalks clear of runners-up Milton Recreation.
Leek Park One’s Margaret Perkin has finished fourth in the Division Two averages, and there are top ten finishes too for fellow Moorlanders Sarah Cope (Cheadle) and Elsie Alcock (Leek Park One).
Irene Leigh has taken the honours for Leek Two with 10th place in the Division Four averages.
Division One Dawn Prince (Clough Hall) 8.20; Carol Matthews (Dilhorne) 7.55; Hazel Macdonald (Milton Recs) 6.39; Chris Adams (Dilhorne) 5.95; Jackie Laverty (Fegg Hayes) 5.95; Janet Salmon (Dilhorne) 5.44); Jan Hargreaves (Birches Head Hotel) 5.35; Marie Stretch (Milton Recs) 4.89; Janet Hope (Dilhorne) 4.70; Judith Gosnell (Clough Hall) 4.05.
Division Two Heidi Simon (Burslem CC) 7.17; Carol Steele (Wolstanton Park) 6.61; Linda Hollinshead (Florence Private One) 6.06; Margaret Perkin (Leek Park One) 6.00; Pat Simpson (Barlaston Plume) 5.71; Sheila Jones (Florence Colliery One) 5.06; Marilyn Greaves (Wolstanton Private) 4.53; Sarah Cope (Cheadle) 3.76; Caral Faraam (Creda One) 3.65; Elsie Alcock (Leek Park One) 3.28.
Division Four Marilyn Martin (Florence Private Two) 10.53; Adele Leigh (Little Stoke CC) 10.07; Sylvia Benson (Westlands Two) 7.80; Glenis Leese (Jubilee) 7.47; Pat Berry (Florence Private Two) 7.27; Ann Moorhouse (Hollybyush) 5.38; Joy Burke (Hollybush) 5.33; Jackie Emery (Westlands Two) 5.20; Hilary Dale (Westlands Two) 4.00; Irene Leigh (Leek Two) 2.75.
DILHORNE’S Matt Salmon lost in the last eight of the British Park Junior Individual Merit finals.
Salmon qualified for his tilt at national glory as North Staffordshire Parks junior merit champion.
Adam Hartley (East Midlands) is the new British title holder after beating Conor Chamberlain (East Midlands) 21-16 in the final.
The finals were staged at Florence Tennis and Bowling Club in Longton.
THE Congleton Veterans League season concluded with the knockout handicap cup, which for the previous three years has been won by a Leek team.
Leek A were the winners in 2010 and 2012, and Leek B in 2011.
When the Leek A and C teams met at the semi-final stage there was a degree of expectation that the sequence would continue.
The semi-final was played at Congleton Cricket Club after Leek C had opted for an away venue as they are entitled to do.
The first four games of the eight came off with two wins and two losses for each team with the A team scoring 19 chalks more.
Although Alan Gayes and Sandra Clark both won decisively there were significant wins for C team players Brenda Trafford and Joe Bailey.
The scores were now exactly level with the handicaps applied on 132+10 and 72+70.
The second four games saw three big wins for the A team before David Stephenson (A) and Roy Trafford (C) faced each other in the final game.
Each alternately took the lead until they were 20-all, before Trafford finally applied the winning touch for Leek C.
Sandbach Park A, who were relegated from Division A at the end of the 2012 season, arrived for the final with a handicap of +50 against Leek C's +70.
The match was played at Fegg Hayes on an immaculate surface where the action ebbed and flowed.
Despite the efforts of Sheila Tideswell (21-11) Linda Walker (21-19) Margaret Perkin (20-21) and Joe Bailey (20-21), Leek C were unable to continue their club's monopoly of the competition.
Fnal score: Sandbach Park A 156+50=206, Leek C 123+70=193.
The final league match for the Leek A team in the top Division of the Congleton League was an indication of the season with another defeat.
The match was close but three low scores swung the game Wolstanton Private's way.
Though it may depend upon how the league is configured for next season it is very likely that Leek A will be relegated to Division B.
Alan Gayes concluded another good season with another convincing win.
The B team were at troubled Fegg Hayes and the result was a rare tie 143 each, the best of which was 21-9 from Dave Stephenson.
Norton Central visited Leek D and triumphed heavily but Joe Bailey and Shiela Tideswell won their game for the hosts.
In the Veterans Handicap Cup second round holders Leek A travelled to Alsager Institute and played Congleton Park B.
Results:- Congleton League Division A Leek A 135 Wolstanton Private 145 Scores: A Gayes 21-6, A Franklin 21-18; A Naylor 19-21; H Needham 21-16; J Watson- Lazowski 9-21; C Hulme 20-21; C Plant 12-21.
Division B Fegg Hayes C 143 Leek B 143 Scores: M Wood 16-21; C Taylor 20-21; D Wood 21-16; P Alcock 21-18; D Stephenson 21-9; S Clark 9-21; C Plant 21-16; H Needham 14-21.
Division D Leek 92 Norton Central C 155 Scores: I Leigh 11-21; A Meakin 5-21; J Bailey 21-13; S Tideswell 21-16; J Smith 6-21; M Wheatley 10-21; G Smith 3- 21; H. Wright 15-21.
Veterans Handicap Cup second round Played at Alsager Institute.
Leek A 168 +10 =178, Congleton Park B 76+60=136 Scores: T Hague 21-14; E Hollinshead 21-11; S Clark 21-12; D Hollinshead 21-5; B Ball 21-5; H Needham 21-10; C Hulme 21- 10; A Franklin 21-9.
Leek C 103+70=173 Fegg Hayes B 153+15=168 Scores: M Wheatley 9-21; L Walker 4-21; S Tideswell 3-21; Margaret Perkin 20-21; K Walker 21-6; J Bailey 16-21; R Trafford 14- 21; B Trafford 16-21.
Division C Rode Heath 168 Leek C 104 Scores: K Walker 12-21; L Walker 19-21; J Peacock 12-21; J Smith 9-21; M Perkin 19-21; P Hewett 9-21; S Tideswell 16-21; G Smith 8-21.
Staffordshire Ladies League Division One Bucknall Private 115 Leek A 128 Scores: Pat Alcock 21-12; S Clark 21-17; B Trafford 16-21; E Scragg 10-21; J Watson 18-21; M Wood 21-16.