They left it until the last match of the season to show what they were capable of, but Whitehall’s inspired performance, not only beat second place Pheonix out of sight but also set up the best team score of 393, beating Esk Valley’s previous best by one point.
Dropping only seven points, Whitehall got off to the perfect start when Steve Baker shot his fifth maximum of the season to record a final average of 98.85. With a supporting score of 99 from Tim Coates and 98 from Duncan Lawrence, Whitehall may rue the fact they saved their best until last.
Esk Valley, on the other hand, may be glad to see the end of the season which saw them lose two of their last three encounters following an unbeaten run of 17 matches.
Other than Esk Valley, a good performance by all A League teams to bring the season to a close.
In B League, with one match remaining, Firemen threw away any chance they had of finishing as runners up in B League by only fielding three shooters against Watkinson’s. Close rivals Patch, while shooting well below their best, easily accounted for Farmers, opening up a two-point gap over Firemen who remain third.
Patch and Firemen meet again in the last week of the season in a match of little consequence.
Best score of the week was a 98 from Jeff Kenworthy for Watkinsons.
Results, A League: Country Lads 381 M Atkinson 99 D Atkinson 98 S Atkinson 95 R Lamerton 89 beat Esk Valley 377J Hay 98 N Scarth 98 C Williamson 91 D Noble 90.
Whitehall 394 S Baker 100 T Coates 99 D Lawrence 98 M Ware 96 beat Pheonix 384 S Darrington 98 M Marsay 97 J Halley 95 P Hurworth 94. Average 383 beat Castle Park 380 A Eddon 98 C Dossor 96 M Dossor 93 C Moore 93.
B League: Watkinson’s 369 J Kenworthy 98 M Bennett 92 I Addams 90 J Headley 89 beat Firemen 271 P Cattermole 95 B Gibbons 93 M Holmes 83 only three shot, Patch 360 C Rutland 92 J Wood 91 P Rutland 89 I Harrison 88 beat Farmers 349 D Hill 91 J Elliott 91 R Franks 87 Y Williamson 80.