WHITEHALL, still smarting from their first loss of the season, suffered their second defeat in a row to open up the race for the A League title.
Country Lads did not have to be at their best to beat a well below par Whitehall team to take the match by seven points.
For Country Lads, Robert Lamerton and Sam Atkinson both had 97 which helped to avenge earlier loss at the hands of Whitehall and confirm Country Lads as title contenders.
However, form is temporary and it will not be long before Whitehall return to winning ways. Also going through a bad patch and still suffering from the long-term loss of Ben Stokoe, Wrong Trousers went down to Castle Park by the huge margin of 16 points.
Top score for Castle Park was 96 from Colin Moore and Chris Dossor. Top team score of 385 went to Esk Valley due in the main to a 99 from Nigel Scarth and 98 from Jackie Hay which was more than enough to beat the Average score by nine points.
A League: Country Lads S Atkinson 97 R Lamerton 97 D Atkinson 96 M Atkinson 94 384 beat Whitehall 377 SP Baker 97 T Coates 96 M Ware 93 D Lawrence 91; Castle Park 379 C Moore 96 C Dossor 96 A Eddon 94 M Dossor 93 beat Wrong Trousers 363 P Lindley 96 P Hurworth 92 A Martin 89 J Stokoe 86; Esk Valley 385 N Scarth 99 J Hay 98 C Williamson 97 D Noble 91 beat Average 376.
Shock of the week in B League was Patch’s second defeat in a row, losing to Average by three points.
Patch never seemed to get out of the starting blocks and a surprise results was on the cards, particularly when three of the other teams started to produce good scores.
Watkinson’s had to pull something out of the bag to beat Farmers, with Farmers beating their previous best by six points.
However, a solid rather than spectacular team performance saw Watkinson’s through to victory by five points, Jeff Kenworthy top scoring with 96. Getting Farmers off to a good start was Mark Noble with a seasons best of 95.
Universal also excelled with a 16 point victory over Firemen who will be disappointed with their performance going down in a match they could reasonably have expected to win. Universal, meanwhile, hit the ground running opening with a 95 from Joe Hugill to easily beat their best score in round four, also against Firemen.
This was Universal’s third win in nine matches compared with 20 straight defeats in the previous season.
B League: Universal 373 J Hugill 95 M Troughton 93 B Martin 93 D Holloway 92 beat Firemen 359 I Clarkson 92 B Gibbons 90 P Cattermole 90 H Russell 87; Watkinson’s 377 J Kenworthy 96 N Sawdon 95 M Marsay 9 J Headley 92 beat Farmers 372 D Hill 96 M Noble 95 Y Williamson 91 RM Franks 90; Average 370 beat Patch 367 C Orr 94 C Rutland 93 J Wood 90 I Harrison 90.