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Crowds flock to Thorpe Green

Winter League

A review of the Division 3 matches played on Monday 10 January

I counted 75 people on and around the green for Monday's Division 3 fixture programme at Thorpe Green with many taking advantage of the mild weather to stop and catch up on the bowling gossip and opinions as they circulated with all the activity centre-stage on the green. Thirty-two of that 75 were there to bowl but that leaves a sizeable number that were there to enjoy the social occasion this weekly gathering has become. This sort of excuse to get out of the house is the ideal remedy to the housebound lockdowns we have been subjected to over the past 2 years and Thorpe Green is becoming quite a weekly meeting point for many.

There was one surprise result on the green as Rastrick 'B' who have been in freefall with no wins in their previous 5 matches beat Brockholes 6-2. Interestingly all 3 games finished with the same 21-8 scoreline in this match and all 4 matches this week finished 6-2. That win wasn't sufficient to reverse their standings but the Rastrick team will be thankful for the change in form and fortune and look forward to better times ahead.

Meanwhile Lindley BC 'B' took advantage of that slipup to move clear in 2nd place in the table and increasingly looking like the only threat to the leaders Thorpe Green 'C' who had a bye-week this Monday. Lindley secured a 6-2 win over Milnsbridge 'B' with the biggest winning aggregate margin (58-39) this week.

The closest score of the day was the match between Dalton and Springwood 'B' which finished 54-51 with Dalton taking the bulk of the points by 6-2 and extending their unbeaten run to 6 matches. Every time that Lowerhouses 'B' have won a match this season they have all been by the same 6-2 scoreline and this week they did that for the 6th time this season when overwhelming Huddersfield Recreation Club.

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