Slender win maintains Esk Valley record

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ESK Valley rode their luck in their match with second placed Phoenix, winning by just one point to maintain their 100% unbeaten record.

In a match which saw both teams return a rather average performance, only Jackie Hay and Matt Robinson for the Valley and John Halley and Paul Hurworth for Phoenix, will be satisfied with their scores.

Whitehall, despite a 99 from Steve Baker and 97 from Tim Coates, lost heavily to bottom of the table Castle Park by seven points.

Although shooting with a weakened team, Whitehall found Castle Park in good form with Colin Moore equalling Steve Bakers 99.

With the rest of the team shooting in the mid 90s, it is something of a mystery why this is only the second time Castle Park have come away with maximum points.

Country Lads, shooting with a full team, showed what they are capable of by shooting the highest score of the round.

Although not the highest of the season, their 386 would have easily beaten any of the teams in the league.

With Derek and Maxine Atkinson dropping only four points between them, a good score was always on the cards and so it proved.

In recording only their fourth win of the season, Country Lads overcame Average with points to spare.

In B League, the match between two teams competing for the league leadership resulted in a clear win for Patch who sent Watkinson packing with the best score of the night.

With only one defeat in the last six matches, Patch showed that they are the team to be reckoned with despite their poor start to the season.

A 95 from Ian Harrison and Trish Rutland got Patch off to the start they were looking for, which Watkinson’s could not match, resulting in a convincing victory by seven points.

Unlucky 13 for Firemen, lucky 13 for Farmers who notched only their second win in 13 matches to record another defeat of the league leaders a fate suffered by Watkinson’s in round six.

In a low-scoring encounter, Farmers’ David Hill was top with 94, bettered by Brian Gibbons with 95 for Firemen but a better team performance saw Farmers get two much-needed points.

Results, A League

Castle Park 383 C Moore 99 C Dossor 95 A Eddon 95 M Dossor 94 beat Whitehall 376 S Baker 99 T Coates 98 M Ware 92 A Rowell 88; Esk Valley 383 J Hay 98 M Robinson 97 N Scarth 95 C Williamson 93 beat Phoenix 382 J Halley 98 P Hurworth 96 S Darrington 94 J Stokoe 94; Country Lads 386 M Atkinson 98 D Atkinson 98 S Atkinson 96 R Lamerton 94 beat Average 381.

B League

Farmers 364 D Hill 94 J Elliott 92 R Franks 89 M Noble 89 beat Firemen 362 B Gibbons 95 P Cattermole 93 I Clarkson 89 H Russell 85; Patch 373 I Harrison 95 P Rutland 95 C Rutland 92 J Wood 91 beat Watkinson’s 367 M Troughton 94 D Pratt 93 I Addams 91 M Bennett 89.