Lloyds just in front

Lloyds edge in front in the Premier

Lloyds swept into the lead of the Manchester Premier League, by the barest of margins, following an excellent performance away at Richmond.Last year’s runners-up will be hoping to go one better after an excellent start to the season. Lloyds have won at least half of the match games and are averaging over eighteen and a half points per game. The journey to the leagues bottom side was going to be the chance to gain points over King and Queen who faced a tough journey to South Manchester. Pete Smith, Lee Fletcher and average leader Mike Geraghty led the way to six winners and a comfortable aggregate.

Previous leaders King and Queen had a ding dong of a battle at South Manchester RBL. Close games were swapped and both sides will look at the games they lost and wonder what might have been. Another winner would have kept them in first place in the league but South Manchester is never the easiest of places to go. Too many good home players on a good home green never make a easy venue to visit.

Level with King and Queen on points but behind on the total aggregate are Sale Excelsior. Sale faced the reigning champions Tonge in what was a classic. Although Tonge had most winners they lost the aggregate by a single point. Most of the games were very tight and could have gone either way. Tonge won the match overall but fell behind on their seasons average. Tonge have a game in hand over the other teams and it would indicate that they would go to the top of the league table when that is played.

Tottington Cons had a comfortable win at home to Nursery. The Bury men won six of the games on the way to nine points .

League table

Pos Team Play Won Lost Drawn Won Lost For Opp Agg Home Away Points Points
1 Lloyds 4 3 1 0 18 14 596 522 +74 146 152 8 32
2 King and Queen 4 2 2 0 22 10 621 507 +114 168 143 7.9 31.5
3 Sale Excelsior 4 2 2 0 18 14 596 574 +22 153 146 7.9 31.5
4 South Manchester RBL 4 2 2 0 16 16 581 565 +16 157 134 6.3 25
5 Tonge 3 3 0 0 16 8 437 380 +57 145 147 8.2 24.5
6 Tottington Cons 4 2 2 0 13 19 542 592 -50 154 117 5.1 20.5
7 Nursery 4 1 3 0 12 20 532 588 -56 139 128 4.4 17.5
8 Richmond 3 0 3 0 5 19 305 482 -177 99 103 2.2 6.5

Average table

Pos Player Team Play Won Lost For Against Agg
1 Mike Geraghty Lloyds 4 4 0 84 43 +41
2 Jimmy Harrison King and Queen 4 4 0 84 58 +26
3 Matt Gillies Tonge 3 3 0 63 26 +37
4 Larry Wells King and Queen 3 3 0 63 35 +28
5 Damian Morrison King and Queen 3 3 0 63 36 +27
6 Jim Derby Tonge 3 3 0 63 37 +26
7 Ben Gloag Nursery 4 3 1 77 59 +18
8 Ben Phillips Lloyds 4 3 1 76 61 +15
9 Ged Smedley South Manchester RBL 4 3 1 76 63 +13
10 Paul Leah South Manchester RBL 4 3 1 76 64 +12
11 Jamie Bramley Sale Excelsior 4 3 1 79 68 +11
12 John Davies South Manchester RBL 4 3 1 77 69 +8
13 Geoff Hilton Sale Excelsior 4 3 1 81 76 +5
14 Wayne Usher Tottington Cons 4 3 1 78 73 +5
15 Paul Atherden Tottington Cons 4 2 2 76 60 +16
16 Alan Manuel King and Queen 3 2 1 62 46 +16
17 Lee Fletcher Lloyds 4 2 2 73 61 +12
18= Craig Gant Sale Excelsior 2 2 0 42 31 +11
18= Gary Ellis Tonge 2 2 0 42 31 +11
20 Andy Proctor Nursery 4 2 2 78 68 +10

 

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.