Season bubbling up nicely in Division One

Fairfield B team mates Phil Burns and Carl Critchlow
Fairfield B team mates Phil Burns and Carl Critchlow

The bowls season is bubbling up nicely, with five clubs in contention for the Division One title.

Division Two, however, looks like a two horse race, writes Jack Header.

In last week’s Division Two action ,Furness Vale A lead the table by just 16 chalks.

They hosted Whaley Bridge B and shared the winning cards with Phil Ritchie and Richard Spencer putting in eye-catching displays.

But the rejuvenated Whaley side took 20 chalks off them with Andy Sweet snaffling the kitty.

Ashwood had five success stories when entertaining Buxton Park B with David Wardle’s single figure win giving them a 30 chalk win.

In Division One it’s Fairfield A leading the table but only by eight chalks from Whaley Bridge A while defending champions Burbage A are only 49 behind in fifth.

Whaley Bridge A racked up nine out of 10 as they notched 203 at home to Chapel B, for whom only Phil Brown reached the magic number.

Buxton Park A and Hope Works shared the winners at the Park but it was the visitors who stole the win as Dave Hollis and George Elliot single figure victories saw them home by eight.

Tideswell took 23 off their visitors Fairfield A with Alan Gaffney, Terry Shaw and Dave Griffiths putting ticks in the win column and they were joined by team mate Arthur Bardsley who in a game of the night edged out Gary Hobdey by the narrowest of margins.

Fairfield won courtesy of Jonathan and Luke Guess, Willie Owen and Andy Edge.

Burbage’s Oliver Hamnett, Bill and Chris Adams, Liam Geoghegan, Tim Peach and Craig Shore all left Trades Hall a long way back.

Trades Hall mustered 99 with only Walter Lomas, who reached 19, mastering the ultra difficult Burbage green.