Cleeve are on the verge of taking title
BISHOP’S Cleeve pretty much sealed the De Rose Wealth Management North Gloucestershire Bowls League title after beating nearest rivals Tewkesbury 111-94 but more importantly winning on four rinks to secure 11 points to Tewkesbury’s two.
Pete Rushworth, Alan Jackson, Dave Humphries and Andy Letts had a 22-19win against Ivan Robins, Rich Evans, Rob Arthur and Paul Keicher; Dan Clifford, Terry Poulson, Ken Waghorn and Chris Johnson beat Kelvin Bear, Rod Trower, Frank Hannigan and Dave Boulton 28-17; Mike Harvey, Dave Parry, Steve and Dave Hopkins won 20-15 against John Lawson, Mike Craggs, Colin Campbell and Mike Bishop and Charlie Parker, Brian D’gama, Jack Daniels and Neil Smith had a 28-19 win against Hugh Mundy, Len Upperton, Dave Minchew and Eddie Kavanagh. Only Neil Hook, Rod Johnson, Phil and Sid Harvey lost, 13-24 to Robin Burnell, John Glass, Stewart Minchew and Craig Guthrie.
Cleeve now have 78 points to Tewkesbury’s 60 and to have any hope of overtaking their rivals Tewkesbury have to get maximum points from their final two games and hope that Cleeve have more than just a stumble.
This loss all but negates the 129-72 whitewash they got at Cheltenham Spa.
Cheltenham Spa scores first: Ken Wood, Derek May, Paul Dicks and John Salmon lost 11-25 to Kelvin Bear, Malcolm Swain, Frank Hannigan and Dave Boulton; Steve Tedd, Peter James, Digger Dicks and Dave Wiggall were beaten 15-24 by Ivan Robins, Richard Evans, Rob Arthur and Paul Keicher; Peter Clance, Richard Seymour, Ken Thomas and Adam Grieve just lost 19-22 to John Lawson, Rod Trower, Colin Campbell and Mike Bishop; Gordon Harris, Les Poulter, Jim Dixon and Frank Kelly trailed 13-27 to Robin Burnell, John Glass, Stewart and David Minchew and Wyn Barbero, Martin Thomas, John Minett and Robin Eeles were beaten 14-31 by Hugh Mundy, Mike Craggs, Len Upperton and Eddie Kavanagh.
Cheltenham, in third place closed the gap on Tewkesbury with a 101-97 win over Cheltenham Whaddon but they did win on three rinks for nine points to Whaddon’s four..
Keith Cripps, Tony Maisey, Ian Chapman and Campbell Mccoll beat Tudor Morris, Steve Pattenden, Don Hughes and Geof Hack 2420; Alan Myers, Charlie Rodgers, Ian Deakins and richy Purser had a 25-9 win against Jim Bowd, Ken Aldridge, Dave Hooper and Ray Hawkins and with a spectacular last wood to draw the shot when he was four down to save the game, skip Alex White along with George Bevan, Barry Steele and Neville Capper just beat David Hearle, Colin Basset, Steve Gilman and Nigel Kavanagh 22-19. Mike Noon, Mike Banyard, Daniel Brookes and Roger Hambidge lost 18-22 to Frank Ladbrook, Bernard Plain, Eddie Broughton and Dave Simmons and Peter Babbage, Kevin Costello, John Doody and Graham Griffiths were beaten 12-28 by Andy Todd, Don Bailey, Malcolm Hodges and Roger Avery.
Churchdown pushed Cheltenham Spa very firmly in to last place with a 107-86 win at home.
Bob Berry, Stu Dockree, Dave Blogg and Nigel Cox beat Jim Dixon, Derek May, Brian Shurmer and Frank Kelly 27-13; John Empson, Steve Hill, Phil Beck and Peter Bryant won 27-11 against Ken Thomas, Keith Evans, Gerald Burns and Adam Grieve and John Shipway, Phil Patterson, Dave Grah and Ian Wood beat Wyn Barbero, Mike Davies, John Salmon and Dave Wiggall 25-9. Alan Cress, Fred Etheridge, Bob Major and Graham Dean lost 15-30 to John Minett, Peter Jades, Robin Eeles and Trevor Ritchie and Jeff Bailey, Stu Allen, Alan Wales and Roger Stollery were beaten 13-23 by Digger Dicks, Frank Perks Alan Taylor and Mike Chandler.