WHITEHALL signalled their intent to take the A League title with a convincing win over third place Esk Valley with Steve Baker leading the way with a maximum 100.
Ably supported with a 98 from Tim Coates, Whitehall’s 396 proved too much for Esk Valley despite 98s from Nigel Scarth and Jackie Hay.
Esk Valley no doubt, will point to the fact that the result may have been different if they had been able to shoot with five shooters rather than four.
Country Lads continue to match Whitehall in the title race with a convincing win over Castle Park.
For Castle Park, Colin Moore was in his best form of the season with an excellent 99.
Although there is room for improvement, Country Lads shot well as a team with Maxine Atkinson’s 98 leading the way.
With Whitehall and Country Lads both having lost two matches it seems increasingly likely even at this early stage, that the A League title will be decided on the results of the matches between these two teams.
In B League, the mid-season winter break brought about a mixed bag of results with some shooters returning their best scores and others their worst.
Colin Rutland and Jeff Kenworthy both took up where they left off both returning very good cards of 98 for Patch and Watinsons respectively, ensuring victories over Universal and Average.
Farmers handed victory on a plate to their traditional rivals Firemen by shooting two men short.
Even with a full team, Farmers would have found it hard to secure bragging rights as Firemen shot their best score of the season with Mike Holmes and Howard Russell recording individual best scores.
Results, A League
Whitehall 386 S Baker 100 T Coates 98 M Ware 97 D Lawrence 91 beat Esk Valley 382 J Hay 98 N Scarth 98 C Williamson 96 D Noble 90;
Country Lads 385 M Atkinson 98 D Atkinson 97 R Lamerton 96 S Atkinson 94 beat Castle Park 377 C Moore 99 M Dossor 93 C Dossor 93 A Eddon 92; Average 382.5 beat Wrong Trousers 273 P Lindley 93 P Hurworth 92 A Martin 88 only three shot
Patch 371 C Rutland 98 I Harrison 94 P Rutland 92 J Wood 87 beat Universal 366 D Holloway 92 M Troughton 92 J Hugill 92 G Flower 90
Firemen 371 P Cattermole 95 M Holmes 93 I Clarkson 92 B Gibbons 91 beat Farmers 271 M Noble 92 RM Franks 90 Y Williamson 89 only three shot; Watkinsons 378 J Kenworthy 98 M Marsay 94 J Headley 94 N Sawdon 92 beat Average 369.