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The final countdown in Division 2

Winter League Preview of the Division 2 fixtures to be played on Wednesday 16 February

Two more rounds of fixtures remain in the Winter League's Division 2 season at Springwood but Meltham will only be involved in one of those. With the main objective already achieved by Meltham in taking the title the target of winning every match still remains very much within their sights as they face their final opponents this week. The task of preventing a full season winning record falls to bottom of the table Paddock I&C who are already relegated.

Alongside that all-winning record target two Meltham bowlers will compete for the Top Bowler award with Eddie Haigh and Allen Chapman locked together on 13 wins each with Eddie leading due to his better average of 9.47 to Allen's 5.40. With Lindley Lib's Barrie Morgan in third place and with 11 wins from his 12 matches he cannot pass the two prime contenders.

Huddersfield Recreation Club 'A' need to win their match this Wednesday against Denby Dale to stand any chance of delaying relegation for another week. Almondbury BC and Thorpe Green 'B' can both be caught unless they take 3 points from their final two matches but the onus is really on the Recreation Club to clock up an 8-0 win first, anything less will surely conclude the exercise.

However gaining those three points may be beyond the capabilities of Almondbury BC and Thorpe Green 'B' this week as they face the teams in 2nd and 3rd positions. Lindley Lib very much have their eyes on the runners-up spot being sorted this week as they face 3rd placed Springwood on the final day of the season and will settle for winning the 2 points still required to confirm promotion and make the final day confrontation meaningless.

To extend the tussle for promotion a further week the Springwood 'A' team has to win 8-0 in their Wednesday match against Almondbury BC and hope that Lindley Lib drop points against Thorpe Green 'B'. What will be will be and it all happens with a penultimate round of fixtures starting at 12noon at Springwood on Wednesday.

The hosts will be hoping for a bumper attendance with the Wednesday matches at Milnsbridge having been completed last week so leaving a number of bowling enthusiasts short of their weekly 'fix' and looking for somewhere to go. You will all be made most welcome at Springwood although you are probably best advised to park at the public car park opposite the Leisure Centre to avoid the permit holders only zone. It will be worth it as the homemade soup and range of edibles will more than replace the energy required for the 5-minute walk up to the green. The action starts at 12noon but get there a little earlier to join in the congratulations to the Meltham team as they receive their title-winning trophy.

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