With four matches still to shoot and four teams vying for top place, have Rievaulx blinked first. In a top of the table clash with Byland the match could not have closer with Byland scraping home by just one point. Staring defeat in the face with a depleted team, a 98 from Derek Atkinson and 97 from Mike Rowe saved the day for Byland to move them one point clear at the top of the league table. A better team performance from Byland gained them the two points on offer despite Jackie Hay’s 99 for Rievaulx, the best score of Round 17.
Kirkham maintained their position in the top three by the same narrow one point margin against bottom of the table Scoresby who have only four wins to show from the 17 matches shot so far. With 98 from Ewan Shimmin and 97 from Sam Atkinson, Scoresby gave Kirkham some anxious moments but it was the 99 from Steve Baker which proved to be the difference between the two teams securing a somewhat fortunate two points for a relieved Kirkham team.
With the best team score of the season, Albany brushed aside the challenge of Fountains winning by the huge margin of 17 points. In a round where everything came together for Albany, Mike Ware led the way with a 98 together with 97’s from Nigel Scarth and Tom Edwards. Fountains offered little in reply with a 95 from Colin Williamson being their only score of note. All in all a match which Fountains will want to forget and Albany pondering why they could not have produced this kind of form in the earlier rounds.
The fourth match of the round was a disappointment for Normanby to lose a match they could conceivably have won. With an outside chance of challenging for the league title, this latest defeat for Normanby almost rules out any hope they had of being serious title contenders. Shooting with a weakened team the inform Colin Rutland’s 97 got Normanby off to a good start but with other scores in the low 90’s, Normanby struggled, eventually losing by four points. Best score for Chomley was a 97 from Tim Coates supported by a 95 from Simon Darrington to secure the two points on offer and their ninth win of the season.
In Division 7 of the individual competition Chris Trousdale’s unbeaten run continues with 17 wins from 17 matches. With 15 wins out of 17 Mike Rowe heads Division 3, two points ahead of Jeff Kenworthy.
Round 17 saw Jackie Hay, Mike Ware, Byron Addams and Ewan Shimmin shoot or equal their seasons best score.
Byland 373 beat Rievaulx 372
Byland D Atkinson 98 Mike Rowe 97 C Dossor 91 H Russell 87
Rievaulx J Hay 99 P Hurworth 92 A Eddon 91 M Giddins 90
Kirkham 378 beat Scoresby 377
Kirkham S Baker 99 J Kenworthy 97 E Craven 91 P Cattermole 91
Scoresby E Shimmin 98 S Atkinson 97 J Headley 92 C Trousdale 90
Albany 387 beat Fountains 370
Albany M Ware 98 N Scarth 97 T Edwards 97 C Taylor 95
Fountains C Williamson 95 C Moore 94 B Gibbons 92 R Franks 86
Chomley 375 beat Normanby 371
Chomley T Coates 97 S Darrington 95 R Lamerton 94 B Addams 88
Normanby C Rutland 97 J Wood 93 M Atkinson 93 M Bennett 88
The top three early pace setters faltered yet again in Round 16 each of them losing to mid table opposition. With their latest victories Normanby and Chomley hauled themselves into contention for the League title and are now only three points behind Byland and Rievaulx with five matches left to shoot.
In their match against Rievaulx Colin Rutland continued his good run of form for Normanby, his 98 being the best score of the round. Supported with a 97 from Maxine Atkinson, Normanby laid down a score which Rievaulx could not match despite Jackie Hay’s 98.
Albany’s five point victory over Byland was all the more sweeter, avenging as it did a single point loss to Byland in round nine. Key to this victory was a 97 from Tom Edwards and 96’s from Mike Ware and Chris Taylor. 97’s from Derek Atkinson and Max Dossor promised much for Byland but it was the better team performance from Albany which won the day and two points which Byland could ill afford to lose.
Posting a seasons best score of 382 Chomley brushed aside Kirkhams’ challenge for the two points at stake. Two 97’s from Tim Coates and Simon Darrington set the pace for Chomley, equalled by a 97 from Kirkham’s Jeff Kenworthy but as with the previous match, it was the better overall team performance from Chomley which sealed the victory.
The foot of the table clash between Fountains and Scoresby went the way of Fountains by what may appear to be a convincing victory. The result however, may have been considerably closer had Scoresby shot with a full team. Lacking their leading shot, Sam Atkinson, Scoresby were never in with a chance of upsetting Fountains and lost a match they could conceivably have won by ten points. The best score in a disappointing match was 96 for Fountains by Colin Williamson.
Round 16 saw Colin Rutland, Max Dossor, Bob Franks, Mike Ware and Chris Taylor shoot or equal their seasons best score. Chris Trousdale meanwhile continues his unbeaten run in the individual competition with 16 straight wins.
Chomley 382 beat Kirkham 375
Chomley T Coates 97 S Darrington 97 R Lammerton 94 D Jackson 86
Kirkham J Kenworthy 97 S Baker 96 P Cattermole 93 E Craven 89
Albany 382 beat Byland 377
Albany T Edwards 98 M Ware 96 C Taylor 96 N Scarth 93
Byland D Atkinson 97 M Dossor 97 C Dossor 93 M Rowe 90
Normanby 379 beat Rievaulx 372
Normanby C Rutland 98 M Atkinson 97 N Collinson 94 J Wood 90
Rievaulx J Hay 98 A Eddon 92 P Hurworth 91 J Baker 91
Fountains 373 beat Scoresby 363
Fountains C Williamson 96 B Gibbons 94 R Franks 93 C Moore 87
Scoresby E Shimmin 94 C Trousdale 91 J Headley 91 B Cattermole 87