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Article: A Look Back In Time - Alan Towe 10.04.2002

A Look Back In Time - Alan Towe 10.04.2002

Bartley Green Social Club maintained their push for honours in the premier division of the Harborne and District Winter League with a resounding 8-1 win at the Punchbowl. Harborne Stores recorded a similar win at home to Hillyfields. With a 160 break from M.Lyden W.C.WMC had a close 5-4 verdict over Hobsons Choice.

In the first division Weoley Castle and New Inns are both challenging for the top spot. Both teams had 5-4 away wins over respective opponents Bartley Green Social Flights and the Pheasant.


In the Harborne 401 Summer League George’s S.Ashfield notched a maximum as his team beat Hillyfields 9-0. The fixture between Midland Red and Bartley Green Social Club produced no less than three maximums T.McGlone hit one for the hosts, Midland Red, while R.Taverner and K.Heskins were on the mark for Bartley. The 8-1 result was in favour of the Red’s.

D.Glasgow (Pheasant) scored the only 180 in division two, his side recording an 8-1 win over Highlander Ladies. In the other fixtures Village Stump, Hobsons Choice and Bartley Green Social Flights all had close 5-4 wins in turn against the Cock Inn, Stonehouse Flights and Avenue Social.


After completing four games Richie Shenton and Barry Stephens share pole position in the Sportsmans Rest Double Top League. Shenton had a 3-0 success against Dave Platt and followed that with a 2-1 win over Trevor Frost. Stephens meanwhile had a 2-1 win over Pat Koyce. Third placed Dawn Barnes suffered her first defeat of the campaign when she went down 2-1 to Derek Fardon.

Hitting 180’s this week were, Peter Allen (2), John Morris jnr, Paul Cummings, John Ainsworth, Dave Platt, Richie Shenton and Kevin McQuigan.


With an 8-1 home win over Stechford Social, St Annes have clinched the Sheldon and District Winter League premier division championship. Fordbridge Social and Three Horse Shoes were involved in a close 5-4 affair with the former getting the verdict. High finishes were the name of the game with A.Mayell (Fordbridge) checking out on 130, and for the Shoes W.Mathews 116 and G.Pagett 106.

In division one Sheldon Dukes remain on course for an undefeated season as they beat the Punchbowl 6-3. But there was an upset for second placed Hobs Meadow who were on the wrong side of a 5-4 scoreline against bottom of the table Journeys End.

In the second division G.Ferguson notched a maximum for table toppers British Telecom Club as they win 7-2 against Yardley Ex Service.


At the end of the current Harborne and Distruct Winter League season the league are about to lose three very valuable and loyal officials, Joe Holloway, league secretary for the past 37 years, Arthur Woollaston, match secretary for 32 years and John Aulton, treasurer for 16 years are all retiring from league duty. In their time all three have been not only officials but also players in the league.

Arthur Woollaston has always been a regular and reliable source of information for this column for which I thank him very much, I’m sure all Harborne players and officials will join me in thanking all three for their hard work and effort which has made the league what it is today.


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