Coates rescues off colour Whitehall

In a week of mixed fortunes, Whitehall recorded their lowest team score of the season and were fortunate to be shooting against bottom of the table Wrong Trousers.

Thanks to a 99 from Tim Coates, Whitehall emerged with a seven point victory.

After drawing with Whitehall the previous week, Country Lads repeated the performance by sharing the points with Esk Valley.

Derek Atkinson led the way with a 99 for Country Lads matched by Jackie Hay who replied with 99 for Esk Valley.

Castle Park, who have struggled in recent weeks to find any form and consistency, were beaten by Average by the huge margin of 16 points in a match they would be looking to win.

A match total of 362 is one they will instantly wish to forget in a week of less than inspiring team performances.

In B League, shooters have generally not been able to capture the form shown leading up to the mid-season break.

Best of the week was a 96 from Colin Rutland to ensure that Patch easily beat a below par Firemens team, who were 10 below their previous week’s score.

Universal still remain pointless but posted their best team score of the season, 18 points better than their average.

Not enough to beat Watkinson’s, but enough to suggest that their elusive first win maybe just around the corner.

With five rounds of the Winter League remaining, Patch lead Watkinson’s by two points.

The two teams meet again in Round 18 when the B League Championship is likely to be decided, however, both teams have suffered unexpected defeats in the past and gaining maximum points from their remaining fixtures may prove to be anything but a formality.

A League Results

Country Lads 381 D Atkinson 99 R Lamerton 95 S Atkinson 94 M Atkinson 93 drew with Esk Valley 381 J Hay 99 C Williamson 97 N Scarth 95 RL Dawson 90

Whitehall 379 T Coates 99 S Baker 97 A Rowell 92 D Lawrence 91 beat Wrong Trousers 372

P Lindley 94 P Hurworth 93 J Stokoe 93 B Stokoe 92

Average 378 beat Castle Park 362 M Dossor 92 C Dossor 91 A Eddon 90 C Moore 89

B League Results

Patch 372 C Rutland 96 J Welham 94 P Rutland 91 I Harrison 91 beat Firemen 359 B Gibbons 94 I Clarkson 91 P Cattermole 88 H Russell 86

Watkinson’s 370 J Kenworthy 95 J Hugill 93 N Sawdon 92 J Headley 90 beat Universal 359

G Flower 94 M Troughton 91 M Noble 88 K Hodgson 86

Average 365 Beat Farmers 358 R Brown 90 Y Williamson 90 RM Franks 89 CS Thompson 89