Nor­ris stripped of ti­tle in far­ci­cal fin­ish

Stockport Express - - Sport - BOWLS JAMIE BRAM­LEY

HOULDSWORTH Nor­ris have been dra­mat­i­cally stripped of the Stock­port Parks League ti­tle they had seem­ingly won.

Nor­ris se­cured 152 points on the last day of the sea­son at Bungalow a re­sult which had all but won them the ti­tle.

That re­sult meant Nor­ris only needed a hand­ful of points from a game in hand to be played at Leam­ing­ton Road.

In a stun­ning twist though the league took ret­ro­spec­tive ac­tion against them over a game from ear­lier in the sea­son. Nor­ris can­celled a home fix­ture with Shaw Heath 1 back on June 28th due to in­clement weather. The league rule is all matches must be played or ar­ranged to be played with 21 days of can­cel­la­tion of any match. With the match not played in time the league deemed it to be the fault of Houldsworth Nor­ris.

The de­ci­sion was made to award Nor­ris zero points and hand Shaw Heath their av­er­age points for the cam­paign.

The dra­matic ef­fect on this de­ci­sion by the league meant Nor­ris only fin­ished in fourth place.

The ti­tle there­fore went to Houldsworth WMC in an amaz­ing but far­ci­cal con­clu­sion to a once great league.

The lat­est round of ac­tion in the S N D League saw Wood­ley Sports edge closer to sur­vivial de­spite plum­met­ing down the ta­ble.

Four win­ners at Wha­ley Bridge was dou­ble what rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Nurs­ery achieved away at Poyn­ton Sports.

Else­where, New Mills crushed Vic­to­ria tak­ing eight win­ners and the ag­gre­gate up in the hills. Phil Clapham 21-7 and John Arhcibald 28 did huge dam­age to the men from Webb Lane.

Houldsworth (1) con­tin­ued there ti­tle march with a mas­sive seven and the agg score line away at Grapes Ho­tel.

It’s been a to­tally mis­er­able cam­paign for Houldsworth (2) and they were sunk 12-4 at home to Noel Bur­rows Wag­gon and Horses.

The re­main­ing other game in the league last Tues­day was a nar­row 8-7.5 win for Had­field over strug­gling Ge­orge and Dragon.

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