Baker has recipe for success with 92
DIVISION Three side Western Region Ramblers boasted a score of 92 from Paul Baker at Spartans RFC.
It helped lift his team out of the bottom three, and Baker's first-half slate of 12, 15, 7, 7, 8, 12, 7, 13, 5, 6 containing four spares was part of a 365-pin half for a lead of 45 pins.
His second-half team-mates fell short of the 700-pin tally by nine, while opponents Spartan Gladiators lost the back half by just five pins.
Matchplay Wanderers' ten-pin defeat against Down Hatherley CC means that four teams are now joint top, though Matchplay do have a game in hand.
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Down Hatherley's victory means they are equal top along with Tabs, above on pin-difference only.
Tabs had a good four-point away win after losing the first half by seven pins, with Sheila Maiolo contributing a fine score of 77 against Saintbridge Tipsters who are also joint top on 28 points.
St James Club scored 709 pins at home, with Mike Blackmore scoring 83, but the highest home team score was The Extras' blistering 731 pins at Hardwicke RBL – Lee Lowery achieving top honours with 82.
The highest away team total is credited to 2B Leaders, who beat Division One leaders Price Walker AFC for all six points in flooring 718 pins at 2B Leaders' new home alley at Baker Street.
The 2Bs raced ahead, smashing 368 pins in the first half for a 45-pin interval lead, and with Rich Hale's supportive 77 in the second half they won the back half by seven pins.
In Division Two late starters Tour Golf have finally got into winning ways with not only their first win but a six-pointer to boot, against fellow strugglers Tredworth RFC at Saintbridge.
Dan Revell hit 88 and Sarah Wakeley chipped in with 78 for a 378 first-half total, and leading by 50 pins they carried on in much the same vein to winning by 104 pins for a 712-pin second highest away team total of the week.
The win lifted them out of the bottom three but with a mountain to climb if they are to gain promotion to Division One in successive seasons – a rare feat indeed.
The only other team to score more than 700 pins away was the Glockners at the Irish Club against the Charity Beavers in Division Three, flooring 707 pins.
Jim Roderick topped his team-mates, scoring 79 to Chris Wing's 78 and anchorman Ken Wing's 77 in a half total of 364 pins for all six points.