BOWLS ROUND-UP: Belper Meadows in rare tie as Belper Pottery stun league leaders

LEADING BY EXAMPLE -- Belper Pottery captain Geoff Povey, who guided his team to victory over Spondon. (PHOTO BY: Terry Fletcher)
LEADING BY EXAMPLE -- Belper Pottery captain Geoff Povey, who guided his team to victory over Spondon. (PHOTO BY: Terry Fletcher)

The highlight of a busy week on the bowling greens was the rarity of an exciting tie between Belper Meadows and Marehay in the First Division of the Belper Wednesday Doubles League.

In a competitive clash, the aggregate shot-scores were level, but the home side took the points, 7-5, largely due to a rousing fightback by Neil Ratcliffe and Phil Weightman, who recovered from a deficit of 15-3 to record a 21-19 victory and 3-2 pairs success.

In the Second Division of the same league, runaway leaders Holbrook kept up their 100% record with a crushing aggregate win of 185 shots to 29 over Aston and Weston. It was their tenth successive victory, and owed plenty to a 21-1 romp for the pairing of Emily Mable and Terry Palmer, setting up a 12-0 points win.

The result of the week was pulled off by relegation-threatened Belper Pottery, who enjoyed a magnificent victory over tabletopping Spondon in Division Two of the South Derbyshire Men’s League.

Pottery had six winners in Granville Curzon (21-5), skipper Geoff Povey, Steve Bennett, John Marshall, Ken Fox and Martin Stewart, all combining to give them eight vital points in their fight to stay up, and an aggregate success of 172 shots to 150. It was only their fifth win 14 league games and lifted them to third from bottom in the table. Spondon remain top, eight points clear of Etwall, with Rykneld in third place.

Meanwhile Pottery have learned that, in the quarter-finals of the Dickie Cup, they have been drawn against Premiership side Rowditch in a tie to be played on the neutral Etwall green tomorrow (Thursday).

In the Third Division of the South Derbyshire Men’s League, Hazelwood had a welcome 9-5 win at Rykneld after fine wins for Phil Meacham (21-6), Terry Palmer (21-7), Eric Mousley (21-8) and anchorman Steve Lightfoot, who turned an 18-3 deficit into a 21-19 triumph.

Belper Meadows also enjoyed a successful, if busy, week, completing their match with Rykneld, previosly suspended because of bad weather, by easing to a 12-0 win and then adding further successes against Denby and Foremans Club.

At home to Denby, Terry Fletcher (21-8) was the pick of nine winners who earned Meadows 11 points and a victory margin of 205 shots to 156. At Foremans Club, they raced home 11-3 (195 shots to 40), with the best success provided by Derek Storer (21-9).