Castle Park surprise Esk Valley

IN a week when scores could only be generally described as little better than average, only Castle Park emerged with their credit enhanced.

Thanks to a 98 from an in-form Colin Moore, Castle Park beat a lacklustre Esk Valley team containing three of the club’s leading shooters, by a massive 20 points.

In recent rounds, Castle Park have now beaten two of the three top teams and will no doubt be looking for this trend to continue to the end of the season. Esk Valley, meanwhile, will be looking to put this disaster behind them.

In another low-scoring encounter, Country Lads will count themselves fortunate to have been shooting against bottom of the table Wrong Trousers, who were at the wrong end of a 12 point defeat.

Other than Castle Park’s surprise win, the only highlight of the round was Whitehall’s win over Average.

A win is a win but Whitehall will not be entirely happy with dropping 17 points. They will, however, be pleased with two 99s from club champion Steve Baker following his 100 in the previous round, and Tim Coates.

In the end what proved to be an easy win for Watkinson’s in the B League, did not start out that way when Paul Cattermole equalled his season’s best score of 98 to give Firemen a promising start in their match against the league leaders.

As further scores came in, it became a case of what might have been as the Firemens challenge faded giving Watkinson’s an easy win by 15 points.

Although seven points down on their previous week’s score, Jeff Kenworthy’s 96 and Matt Marsay’s 95 saw Watkinson’s to a comfortable victory.

Despite their low score of 361, Patch proved too strong for Farmers who have yet to recover from the Christmas break.

With 92 being the best score on either side the match was never going to hit the heights and so it proved.

The only consolation for Farmers was that they won the Handicap match to draw level with Patch at the top of the Handicap League table.

In the third match in B League, Universal slumped to their second lowest total of the season following a series of reasonable scores.

None of the Universal team managed to break the 90 barrier and will be looking to bounce back with a win against Farmers in round 13.

Results, A League

Castle Park 382 C Moore 98 M Dossor 95 R Oliver 95 C Dossor 94 beat Esk Valley 362 J Hay 95 N Scarth 93 C Williamson 91 D Noble 83; Country Lads 376 M Atkinson 96 D Atkinson 96 S Atkinson 94 R Lamerton 90 beat Wrong Trousers 364 P Hurworth 93 P Lindley 91 A Martin 91 J Stokoe 89; Whitehall 383 S Baker 99 T Coates 99 M Ware 94 A Rowell 91 beat Average 371.

B League

Watkinson’s 371 J Kenworthy 96 M Marsay 95 J Headley 91 N Sawdon 89 beat Firemen 356 P Cattermole 98 B Gibbons 93 I Clarkson 88 M Holmes 77; Patch 361 C Rutland 92 P Rutland 9 I Harrison 89 C Orr 89 beat Farmers 351 D Hill 92 M Noble 89 CS Thompson 87 RM Franks 83

Average 360 beat Universal 348 B Martin 89 GW Flower D Holloway 85 M Troughton 85.