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Alcester bowlers have little to celebrate

Redditch Editorial 14th Aug, 2014 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

IT WAS a disappointing week of crown green bowling for the Alcester club who gained just a single win in all competitions.

In the Yardley Wood League, Alcester’s A team were narrowly beaten by just five shots when they visited Henley A in Division Two.

Alcester had three winning cards from Renny Bannister (21-10), Ken Craddock (21-11) and John Slater (21-16), giving them three league points against the home side’s seven.

Henley also delivered a heavy blow to Alcester when the respective B teams met at Alcester in Division Four. Again Alcester had three winners – Val McDermott (21-13), Rick Horton (21-14) and David Hodgson (21-20) – but this time lost by 37 shots overall.

Things got no better in the Heart of England League. In Division Two Alcester A visited arch-rivals White Hart A, where they were defeated by 40 shots.

There were only two winners this time – John Alderson (21-11) and Renny Bannister (21-18) – although Ken Harvey went close before going down 20-21. It meant just two league points for Alcester whilst the home side gathered 16.

It was heartbreak for Alcester B when they hosted runaway leaders Solihull Marsh Lane in Division Five. A win would have secured promotion, but Alcester were defeated by just three shots!

Highlight of the evening for Alcester was a superb 21-4 victory by Ken Craddock, with Jean Sherrington (21-12), Jean Craddock (21-19) and Gill Evans (21-20) also providing winning cards to give Alcester four league points. The visitors, already promoted, guaranteed winning the division with their 14 points.

The only win of the week was provided by the B team in Division Six of the over 60s section of the Heart of England League as visitors Marston Green B were subjected to a 39-shot defeat.

Alcester’s winning cards came from Val McDermott with a brilliant 21-5 success, David Hodgson and John Willis – both excellent at 21-8 and 21-10 respectively – Margaret D’Elia (21-15) and Jean Craddock (21-18).

This gave Alcester 15 league points as opposed to the visitors’ one and keeps them firmly in pole position at the top of the division.

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