A review of the Winter League Division 2 matches played on Wednesday 12 January
The top of the table clash between the leading two teams went the way of Meltham with a 6-2 scoreline which enabled them to stretch their advantage to 12 points with 5 matches to go. Nine of the top 10 bowlers in the division's averages table come from these two teams and so a top-class match with top quality bowling was guaranteed. Meltham bowlers Eddie Haigh and Barry Gibson lead the averages table and they showed exactly why with emphatic wins over their Lindley Lib counterparts but a good pairs win for the Libbers kept the aggregate scores close with just 7 points between them at the end.
The Lindley Lib result enabled Springwood 'A' to narrow the gap to the second promotion place after collecting maximum points against Denby Dale. The gap is now just 3 points with the deciding match between the Springwood and Lindley teams set for the final day of the season we are building up to a great climax.
At the other end of the table Paddock I&C collected their second win of the season when beating Almondbury BC 6-2 but they remain bottom but now have a glimmer of hope that it may not be their last victory of the season. A very tight match between Jackson Bridge and Thorpe Green 'B' ended with a 4-4 draw with the Bridge taking the aggregate 59-54 after losing both of the singles. This was only the second drawn match in Division 2 all season and both have involved Jackson Bridge.