Burbage set the pace in Div One

The BUXTON and District Bowling Association season is now well underway, with bowlers having had to play on fast greens in the first few weeks but in the recent ‘normal’ Buxton weather there have been some very cold evenings to test the bowlers.

Division One has a familiar look with Burbage A out in front, Whaley Bridge A trying to keep pace and Chapel Park A in third.

In their opening fixture of the season, Burbage A travelled to Tideswell where star player John Guess had a rude awakening going down 21-10 to David Bradwell. However Burbage came away with a 188-154 victory and have won all their matches so far this season.

In a recent Division One match between Whaley Bridge A and Chapel Park A, the home team comfortably won 181-132. In this match two of Chapel’s ever-reliable players, Keith Middleton and Steve Barber, were convincingly beaten by father and son Will and John Archibald. Whaley Bridge had six winners, and the only saving grace for Chapel was wins for J. P. Hall, Tim Norton and Ian Hibbert.

Division Two is shaping up into a fiercely-contested fight for promotion. The only undefeated team is Furness Vale A, but top place is presently occupied by Peak Dale. Fairfield B and Cote Heath A are in third and fourth places while Buxton Park are languishing in fifth position.

In a recent match, Furness Vale A came away from Buxton Park with a very fine 140-137 victory, with five of their players recording victories on a very tricky green. Steve Wild had the best result, winning 21-8, while John ‘Paddy’ Flaherty came home with a competent 21-16 victory.

Dave Shaw, Bob Hall and Arthur Carrington were also in the winners’ enclosure. The best winner for Buxton Park was John Luke (21-9) who is having a fine start to the season.

In the league’s Last Man Standing competition, there are three Division One players who are yet to lose a single game: Tim Norton and J.P. Hall, both from Chapel Park, and Dave Mycock from Burbage.

The competition in Division Two has been won by John Flaherty of Furness Vale who is the only undefeated player in this division who has played in all this season’s matches.

The Boston Doubles Final, which took place at Whaley Bridge last Friday, was won in great style by Chapel Park A, who came back from 14 chalks down to Fairfield A after the first two matches to win by nine.