In the Manchester Premier league, Warrington’s King and Queen led the league on the back of two solid performances. They maintained the impressive start to the season with a dominant performance at home to Richmond.
Under leaden skies John Brown (21-08) played impressively in the corners before Phil Davies (21-15) won the game of the night. Although Jimmy Fagan did well after a nightmarish start (12-01 down) he couldn’t get back in front as the Warrington men took no prisoners. The second block was not better for the visitors as King and Queen Captain Damian Morrison (21-10) played impressively at a bare length.
Second place belongs to Sale Excelsior. They are close behind the leaders after an impressive win in Stockport against Nursery. Andy Cairns led the way (21-13), no doubt stroking his bowls out on the usually impressive surface. John Quinn repeated Andy’s score in the second block and it was left to Jackie Gloag (21-15) to record the best win for home team.
Lloyds got the better of a close game with South Manchester RBL. Mike Geraghty (21-04) was in impressive form the Chorlton men. Lee Johnstone (21-08) recorded an equally impressive win and the game was close till the end. The Lloyds men got home by having slightly better winners in a game that could have gone either way.
After last weeks postponed game last year’s winners Tonge got back in the winners enclosure. They claimed six out of the eight games against Tottington. Matt Gillies (21-03) led the way on the slick Middleton green in a clean sweep of the first block. Although Paul Atherden (21-06) was very impressive in reply for the Bury men they couldn’t get more than the two winners.
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King and Queen 11 Richmond 0: P Davies 21 P Lee 15, J Brown 21 J Dalziel 8, A Wightman 21 D Evans 14, A Manuel 21 J Fagan 18, S Lea 21 S Davies 14, D Morrison 21 A Howie 10, S Jackson 21 M Myles 6, J Harrison 21 M Haven 6. King and Queen 168 Richmond 91.
Lloyds 7 South Mcr RBL 6: S Ridley 17 P Leah 21, L Fletcher 12 Andy Murray 21, M Sands 21 D Ferris 18, G Law 21 G Smedley 13, S Cook 20 M Bennett 21, P Smith 8 L Johnstone 21, M Geraghty 21 C Goodhand 4, B Phillips 21 J Davies 14. Lloyds 141 SMRBL 133.
Nursery 3 Sale Excel 10.5: B Holbrook 13 A Cairns 21, D Walker 16 G Hilton 21, R Brown 21 D Baines 16, R Jordan 19 J Bramley 21, J Gloag 21 M Foster 15, D Gwilliam 13 J Quinn 21, A Proctor 17 N Grant 21, B Gloag 21 D Lewis 17. Nursery 141 Sale 153.
Tonge 9 Tottington 3: M Gillies 21 C Jolly 3, J Derby 21 L Fishwick 10, D Griffiths 21 C Brennan 15, N Greenhalgh 21 A Mellor 8, G Smith 13 T Holt 21, G Ellis 21 W Usher 15, D Wilkinson 6 P Atherden 21, T Dobson 21 C Chapman 19. Tonge 145 Tottington 112.
The league table shows the Warrington with a slender lead over Sale Excelsior with the three games played. Lloyds and South Manchester RBL are close behind and lurking in fifth place are last year’s winners Tonge who have a game in hand.
|League Tables for Manchester Premier Bowling League 2016|
|1||King and Queen||3||2||1||0||19||5||469||349||+120||27|
|4||South Manchester RBL||3||1||2||0||11||13||423||413||+10||17|
With the three games played Mike Geraghty leads the averages after three high quality performances. Over the coming weeks the battle for who can claim the ‘last man standing’ will hot up. At the moment there are a number of the league’s best players who are eyeing up the £100 prize for the longest unbeaten run in the league. Currently there are eighteen players unbeaten.
|Manchester Premier Top 20 Division Averages for 2016|
|2||Jimmy Harrison||King and Queen||3||3||0||63||38||+25|
|3||Jamie Bramley||Sale Excelsior||3||3||0||63||47||+16|
|4||Geoff Hilton||Sale Excelsior||3||3||0||63||55||+8|
|6||Damian Morrison||King and Queen||2||2||0||42||16||+26|
|8||Larry Wells||King and Queen||2||2||0||42||22||+20|
|9||Lee Johnstone||South Manchester RBL||3||2||1||54||37||+17|
|10||Alan Manuel||King and Queen||2||2||0||42||25||+17|
|13||Paul Leah||South Manchester RBL||3||2||1||55||44||+11|
|14||Craig Gant||Sale Excelsior||2||2||0||42||31||+11|
|15||Andrew Wightman||King and Queen||2||2||0||42||32||+10|
|18||John Quinn||Sale Excelsior||3||2||1||55||47||+8|
|19||John Brown||King and Queen||3||2||1||50||42||+8|
Next week’s games are Richmond at home to Lloyds, Sale Excelsior at home to Tonge, South Manchester RBL playing hosts to the league leaders King and Queen and Tottington Cons at home to Nursery.