Alcester beaten in tight contest

ALCESTER went down by 14 shots to Northfield League rivals Woodbourne.

The clash was packed with hard fought results, with Margaret D’Elia’s 21-20 victory among the tightest.

Other Alcester successes were Ken Harvey and Mike Dempsey (both 21-19) and David Whittington (21-13).

In the Yardley Wood League Division Two , Alcester A found the hosts Yardley Wood Social in determined form, despite excellent cards from John and Carole Slater (both 21-12) and Ken Harvey (21-13).

The home team finally triumphed by a 33 shot margin.

In Division Four, Alcester B hosted Kings Norton Ex-Service and recorded a 13 shot success.

Trish Barry and Ken Craddock had excellent wins at 21-7, with further wins coming from Jean Craddock and Keith Pardoe (both 21-17) and Jean Sherrington (21-19).

In The Heart of England Cup round two, Alcester B took on league newcomers Kings Norton A and lost 21-0.

The home four did better, with three winning cards from Jean Craddock (21-10), D’Elia (21-12) and Ken Craddock (21-14), but the overall deficit was 36 shots.

In Round One of the Consolation Cupm Alcester’s A team faired no better against arch rivals White Hart A, going down by 39 shots. The only winning card came from John Slater, with a superb 21-4 success.

Alcester A gained swift revenge over White Hart A in Division One of the over-60s league with a 17 shot victory.

There were sound wins for Bannister (21-10), Slater (21-14), Ken Craddock (21-18) and Renny Bannister (21-19).

In Division Six, the B side travelled to Acocks Green B and went down to a 12 shot defeat, despite good cards from John Williamson, D’Elia (both 21-12) and Val McDermott (21-18).

The first club knockout competition of the season was held on Saturday, the Doubles Non-Handicap competition.

Following semi-final defeats for McDermott and Gill Evans and David Whittington and Rick Horton, the final was between Jean and Renny Bannister and D’Elia and John Slater.

The husband and wife pairing bowled superbly to pick up the first domestic trophy of the season with a 21-6 success.

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