Manchester Premier League update

The first two weeks of the Manchester Premier League produced it usual mix of close games and excellent bowling.

On the first date (11th May) last year’s winners, Tonge, opened their account with five winners and the aggregate at home to Nursery. The Lloyds v Sale Excelsior local derby was as close as ever. Lloyds were runner-up last season and will be hoping to go one better this season. Third placed South Manchester RBL started the season with a convincing win over Richmond. King and Queen continued their improvement from last season and will be thinking of challenging for the league title.

Full results:

Tonge 8 Nursery 4.5

M Gillies 21 B Holbrook 6, J Derby 21 R Jordan 9, N Greenhalgh 15 D Walker 21, G Smith 21 C Barlow 15, D Wilkinson 16 A Proctor 21, T Dobson 21 D Gwilliam 10, S Leach 21 S Brown 17, D Griffiths 9 B Gloag 21: Tonge 145 Nursery 120.

King and Queen 10 Tottington 1.5

J Brown 21 C Brennan 13, S Lea 20 W Usher 21, A Manuel 21 T Holt 7, P Davies 21 A Mellor 18, S Jackson 21 P Atherden 18, L Wells 21 L Fishwick 9, A Wightman 21 C Chapman 18, J Harrison 21 C Jolly 18. King and Queen 167 Tottington 122.

South Mcr RBL 8 Richmond 4.5

M Bennett 18 P Lee 21, J Davies 21 J Dalziel 14, L Johnstone 21 M Havern 8, P Leah 21 M Myles 6, M Sutton 15 S Davies 21, C Goodhand 21 A Howe 10, G Smedley 21 P Vaughan 14, Andy Murray 17 J Fagan 21. SMRBL 155 Richmond 115.

Lloyds 7 Sale Excel 6

M Geraghty 21 N Grant 14, M McDonnell 21 D Lewis 14, G Law 15 J Bramley 21, C Alderson 20 G Hilton 21, S Cook 13 N Nurrows 21, B Phillips 21 J Quinn 13, L Fletcher 21 A Cairns 13, D Phillips 19 C Gant 21. Lloyds 151 Sale 138.

The second set of games were played on the 18th May, Nursery and King & Queen produced a thriller with Nursery just clinching the win. The points were enough for King & Queen to lead the table. Sale Excelsior bounced back for derby defeat to beat South Manchester and close behind the Warrington men. It was heartache for Lloyds at Tottington. Another close game saw the Bury men edge a thriller.

Nursery 7 King and Queen 6

B Brown 21 C Morris 17, B Holbrook 21 J Brown 8, D Walker 21 P Davies 15, A Proctor 21 S Jackson 10, S Brown 13 L Wells 21, R Jordan 19 W Burlinson 21, D Gwilliam 6 D Morrison 21, B Gloag 14 J Harrison 21. Nursery 136 King and Queen 134.

Richmond v Tonge  – postponed.

Sale Excel 9 South Mcr RBL 3

C Gant 21 L Johnstone 12, N Burrows 18 J Davies 21, G Hilton 21 M Bennett 19, A Cairns 21 Alan Murray 18, J Quinn 21 P Leah 13, J Bramley 21 M Sutton 13, C Morrison 21 C Goodhand 18, N Grant 13 G Smedley 21. Sale 157 SMRBL 135.

Tottington 7 Lloyds 6

T Holt 16 S Ridley 21, L Fishwick 21 B Phillips 13, C Brennan 18 D Phillips 21, A Mellor 18 P Smith 21, C Chapman 21 M Sands 19, W Usher 21 L Fletcher 19, P Atherden 16 M Geraghty 21, C Jolly 21 M McDonnell 10. Tottington 152 Lloyds 145.

All this leaves King & Queen on top of the, admittedly very early, league table.

Manchester Premier Bowling League – Table as of Thur 19th May 2016
Team Played Won Lost For Against Diff Points
King & Queen 2 1 1 301 258 43 16
Sale Excelsior 2 1 1 295 286 9 15
Lloyds 2 1 1 296 280 16 13
Nursery 2 1 1 256 279 -23 11.5
South Manchester 2 1 1 290 272 18 11
Tottington 2 1 1 274 312 -38 8.5
Tonge 1 1 0 145 120 25 8
Richmond 1 0 1 115 155 -40 4.5

The next games see the league leaders welcome Liverpool’s Richmond to their Warrington green and will be looking to extend their lead.. Game of the week could well be the home game for Lloyds who play South Manchester though the visit of Sale Excelsior to Nursery could be well worth watching. Tottington face a tough trip to Tonge who will be looking to make up ground following their postponed game.

Wed 25th May 
King and Queen v. Richmond
Lloyds v. South Manchester RBL
Nursery v. Sale Excelsior
Tonge v. Tottington Cons

 

Steve Davies

Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Merseyside champion in 2002 and Merseyside County President (2014-15) Steve has always been keen to promote the game especially through the broadcast of the game on TV or Internet. Steve set up the LIVE BOWLS YouTube channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine after consulting with respected figures in the game and journalism.