French Damages Kenilworth's Bid; Bowls
Byline: Derek Brown
KENILWORTH A lost more ground on leaders Baddesley Colliery following a disappointing 16-shot loss at midtable Bedworth B in their Coventry League Premier Two clash at Smarts Road.
Despite winning two of the opening three legs through the Machin boys, Jonathan and Stuart, both by the narrowest of margins 21-20, the visitors found their rivals hot to handle, losing out in five of the remaining games to go down 162-146. First man out Pete French did the most damage with a 21-12 sweep winning card for the hosts.
Baddesley took full advantage to stretch their advantage to 19 points as they brushed aside Walsgrave in resounding fashing 153-86 in which they bagged seven of the eight games with the anchor Bob Gilfillan hitting a rich vien of the form to foil the whitewash by taking his game 21-6. However, it was not enough to pocket the sweep stakes as the Pitmen had Richard Beal (21-1) at his peak while Dave Tunnicliffe (21-4) and Daryl Vyse (21-6) also posted single figure successes.
Dunlop A are in third spot and looking to put the pressure on Kenilworth, if not pace-setting Baddesley, and a 44-shot thumping of Sphinx at Burnaby Road did those ambitions no harm. The Tyremen found a high gear in taking seven legs although it looked ominous after the opener as Mick Shoesmith (21-11) gave the visitors an early bonus but it was all downhill from then on for the Siddeley Roaders.
Centre stage was taken by Russ Malin (21-7) although the back-up was excellent with Maurice Arnold (21-8) and Trevor Glasgow (21-10) the main support acts.
In Premier One, second-placed Newdigate A visited Stoke Coventry and returned to Smorrall Lane 16 shots to the good thanks mainly to the exploits of Darren Plenderleith (21-7) and Pete Varney (21-9) while Arthur Higginson (21-8) was the most defiant in the home camp.
Old rivals Haunchwood A and Bedworth A clashed at The Tunnel with the Galley Common getting the better of a thriller by just three shots, the inspirational duo of Darren Day and Matt Aspin shouldering the main responsibility with a brace of 21-9 cards. At the halfway stage the match was all square but Aspin's win proved pivotal although gritty work by Roger Taylor and Stu Nash in taking the final two legs failed to deny the hosts.
Premier One: Haunchwood A (6pts) 137 Bedworth A (4pts) 134 (Alan Chetwynd 11 Liam Bench 21, Darren Day 21 Tony Aubury 9, Andy Parker 21 Roly Pratt 13, Phil Perry 11 Mark Blackmore 21, Matt Aspin 21 Steve Berry 9, Maurice Barsby 21 Kit Kitlinski 19, Alan Belcher 14 Roger Taylor 21, Shane Day 17 Stuart Nash 21). Stoke Coventry A (4pts) 135 Newdigate A (8pts) 151 (Michael Pearson 21 Roy Armson 20, Dennis Conroy 18 Pete Spencer 21, Morn Bratby 7 Darren Plenderleith 21, Alastair Davidson 17 Jim Robertson 21, Chris Murphy 9 Pete Varney 21, Arthur Higginson 21 Ray Broadfield 8, Denis Horbury 21 Dane Hopwood 19, Claude Reid 21 Jamie Dunn 20).m Atherstone Cons (8pts) 166 Coundon A (2pts) 116 (Jordan Baddeley 21 Stuart Perry 12, Carl Wilkins 20 Nathan Pritchard 21, Matt Horton 21 Keith Perry 11, Dale Such 20 Vince Hunt 21, Chris Challen 21 Joe Callan 20, Paul Challen 21 Mike Shuter 16, Chris Barsby 21 Allan Jones 9, Darren Sandford 21 Nigel Pashley 6).
Premier Two: Haunchwood C (8pts) 153 Dunlop B (2pts) 116 (Shaun Morris 21 Bob Young 14, Tyler Dewis 17 Richard Lewis 21, Simon Chatwin 21 Bob Pattison 13, Dave Humenko 21 John Clarice 14, Ron Aspin 21 Bill Sharples 11, Les Gallemore 21 John Butler 16, Dave Watson 21 Steve Donovan 6, Carl Christon 10 Reg Shepherd 21). Dunlop A (9pts) 158 Sphinx (1pt) 114 (Carl Reece 11 Mick Shoesmith 21, Pete Walmsley 21 Dean Partridge 16, Maurice Arnold 21 Nigel Johns 8, Trevor Glasgow 21 Keith Lloyd 10, Russ Malin 21 Ron Wooton 7, Gary Smith 21 Les Prestidge 18, Keith Collins 21 Jason Phillimore 16, Phil Welland 21 John Pitcher 18). Baddesley Colliery (9pts) 153 Walsgrave A (1pt) 86 (Willie Beal 21 Tony Rouse 15, Dave Tunnicliffe 21 Rob Randle 4, Richard Beal 21 Tony Dutton 1, Daniel Beal 21 Brian Thomas 11, Kevin Beal 21 Steve Harris 15, Phil Brown 21 Bob Titcombe 11, Daryl Vyse 21 Jason McMahon 8, Ade Hughes 6 Bob Gilfillan 21). …