Clean sweep for Lloyds send them clear

Lloyds HotelThe Manchester Premier Bowling League saw yet another change at the top of the league table. Lloyds claimed maximum points at home against Tottington Conservatives and this saw them overtake Sale Excelsior to go top of the league.

Tonge started the game with an immaculate performance from Matty Sands. Although the rest of the first block saw much closer games Lloyds were able to claim all eight games and a maximum of eleven points. Mike Geraghty kept his unbeaten running to stay top of the league averages.

Sale Excelsior started the game in first place but they had a battle with South Manchester RBL and to settle for seven and a half points. Lee Johnstone had an excellent win for the Legion and although they could only claim two other winning games they did enough to claim the three aggregate points. Father Geoff Hilton gave the Sale men inspiration in their quest with a fine performance and four other away wins meant they now occupy second place in the league.

Tonge were hoping to make ground on the top two with a home game against Richmond. The Liverpool men claimed their first win of the season last week but this always going to be a tough game for them. Jimmy Derby claimed the best win and stays second in the league averages. Richmond’s sole winner was Mark Myles who claimed his first win of the season.

King and Queen won a close game at home to Nursery. Ben Holbrook gave the visitors a fine start as the first block was shared. The Warrington men kept the pressure on the visitors with a dominant second half to the game thanks to the ever reliable Andy Wightman.

Lloyds now have a three point lead at the top of the table over Sale Excelsior. It sets next Wednesday’s local derby up quite nicely as the two clubs meet on Sale Excelsior’s green. Tonge will be hoping to take as many points as they can from a trip to Stockport to play Nursery. Richmond welcome South Manchester RBL to their Liverpool green and King and Queen make the trip to Bury to play Tottington.

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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.