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BCGBA Drakes Pride Junior County Matchweek 5 Review

Premier Division

Yorkshire retained their championship despite the change of format as they beat Warwick and Worcester by 13 overall in a very close contest with plenty of ups and downs. There were four single figure cards at Crosland Moor in Yorkshire, with Lucas Hall and Nathan Caines winning 5 and 9 respectively for the visitors and Ethan Wareing and Sophie Brown winning 8 and 9 respectively for the home side. Junior Waterloo winner Shannon Kernick led the line at Triplex with a 7 card as Warwick and Worcester led by 9 there. Another shared middle four extended their lead there to 11, while in Yorkshire Scott Shaw added an 8 card for the home side to overturn their early deficit and lead by 8 there, but be 3 down overall. The decisive cards were delivered by Aaron Backhouse and Aaron Brine of Yorkshire, who won 6 and 8 respectively away from home to make them win by 5 there. It eased the pressure at home for them, and despite three wins by Warwick and Worcester there, Jack Bowes won 11 at number 12 to make sure they won there by 8, and 13 overall.

Derbyshire were relegated from the Premier Division as they lost to Wales by 57 overall. A 37 chalk win at home was nowhere near enough despite nine winners there at Kings Newton. Owen Sheriff was the best of them 10, while Joe Hayes was best for the visitors 14. Over at Llanfair PG Wales dominated with 5 single figure winners, the best of them being Ben Hewitt 2. Sophie Briddon was best for the visitors 8.

Division One

Staffordshire comfortably sealed top spot and promotion to the Premier Division as they beat Lancashire by 120 overall. They won by 90 away in Scarisbrick, having three 21-3 winners in Lucy Skidmore, Harry Scott and Tom Skidmore. Samuel Jarrett was the best of the two winners for Lancashire, 17. At Penn and Lancashire held Staffordshire to a 30 shot win, Aiden Riley the best of three winners for them 8. Owen Evans was best winner for the home side 4.

Division Two

North Lancs & Fylde finished top of Division Two as they beat Greater Manchester by 57. They won by 53 away on North Chadderton, Aaron Hayhurst the best winner 21-1. Jake Johnson was the best winner for the home side, 9. North Lancs had a tougher time at home on Colne Cricket Club as they won by just 4 chalks. Kyle Tootle was best winner 3, while Matthew Starkie was best for the visitors 4.

Cheshire ended their campaign with a 126 win over Potteries & District. They won by 49 at home on Kingsley, Owen Cookson best winner 1, and Edward Collins best for the opposition 7. Over at Bucknall Private, and it was another one winner that was best for Cheshire, Abi Harris, with Matt Packett the best of the two home winners, 15, in a 77 shot loss defeat.

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