Comp News 2018

Mixed Doubles Day Looming

posted Aug 16, 2018, 8:43 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League's Mixed Doubles will be played on Saturday 25th August at Allscott Heath, with a 10am start.

Entries are now being taken by organiser Phil King (contact details available elsewhere on this website), who aims to attract at least 16 pairs.

This competition, sadly cancelled earlier in the season due to lack of numbers, is part of a Bank Holiday Weekend packed with doubles action.

For on the Sunday there is the County Doubles at Prees and Livian Ladies Doubles, followed on Monday by the American Mixed Doubles at member club Wrockwardine Wood, with its round robin and limited ends format.

Ashton Cup Semi-final Update

posted Aug 6, 2018, 4:48 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 4:49 AM ]

Holders Wrockwardine Wood C are already through to next month's Ashton Cup final.

So there is only one last four tie on Wednesday 8th August with the Wrockites' D team taking on St Georges C in the five home-five away knockout.

See Competitions 2018 under the Results icon.

The finals of both the Ashton Cup and Shield are scheduled to be played on Saturday 1st September - either at a two green venue or consecutively.

No Junior Joy . . . Yet!

posted Jul 30, 2018, 1:11 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

The delayed Under-15 Merit final, planned for Saturday 28th July at Donnington Wood, was beaten by a downpour that waterlogged the No.1 green by the planend 5pm start time.

So Shifnal twin brothers, Joe and Tom Killen, will try again an hour before the start of the Fletcher Junior Doubles on Sunday 9th September.

The under-18 doubles - and juniors need to pick their own partners - are the warm up for the Shropshire junior inter-league championship the following Sunday in Shrewsbury, when the League hopes to field THREE six-a-side teams!

Under-15 Merit Final Time

posted Jul 25, 2018, 2:53 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The delayed Under-15 Merit final will finally go ahead on Saturday 28th July at Donnington Wood, starting at 5pm and featuring Shifnal twin brothers, Joe and Tom Killen.

Joe won the Peter Ashton consolation KO at the Shropshire Junior Merit last weekend at Whixall and has already won the Mid Shropshire Under-18 crown this season.

But Tom is the holder of the Under-15 title and eager to keep a firm grip on it.

Both are members of the Shropshire junior team and any support on the night would be appreciated - both by the young bowlers and League officials!

Dates For The Diary

posted Jul 12, 2018, 12:33 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Competition secretary Phil King stressed the following dates at the league's July executive meeting:

Harris Cup - 1st round on Weds 18th July; quarter-finals on Weds 25th July; semi-finals on Weds 22nd August.

Ashton Shield - semi-finals on Weds 1st August; final on Sat 1st Sept (6.30pm)

Ashton Cup - semi-finals on Weds 8th August; final on Sat 1st Sept (6.30pm)

Mixed Doubles - re-arranged for Saturday 25th August (after being postponed earlier in season due to insufficient entries).


Jamie's The Merit King Again

posted Jul 5, 2018, 12:18 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jul 7, 2018, 9:47 AM by Stephen Wall ]

He may be currently only on reserve for the Shropshire senior team, but Jamie King remains one of the best young bowlers in the county.

And the 23-year-old proved it by winning the Mid Shropshire League Merit for a second time on the afternoon of Saturday 30th June at Allscott Heath.

The Bowring and Wrockwardine Wood bowler stayed cool in blisteringly hot conditions to repeat his triumph of 2012 by beating by beating Darren Lord of Sinclair 21-4 in the final.

“It was an awesome display by Jamie,” said a league spokesman.

“He went 9-1 up and won the final in 19 ends, playing one particularly mark into a dip so well that unlucky Darren didn’t have much of a chance.”

Watched by his partner Sally Clee and their son Rory, King beat County Merit quarter-finalist Kane Beaman (Sir John Bayley) 21-12 in his semi-final, having accounted for 2008 title winner Paul Beer in the last eight.

Meanwhile Lord, a past winner of the national Civil Service Merit, was proving too good for Nick Mullinder, beating the Hadley USC bowler 21-11.

Shropshire Ladies star Sonya Lucas had to withdraw due to injury while the other woman in the last 16 field, Kelly Baugh (SJB), lost 21-18 to Lord.

Quarter-final scores – Beaman 21 Ian Thomas (Wrockwardine Wood) 19, King 21 Paul Beer (St Georges) 17, Mullinder 21 Phil Jones (Bowring) 14, Lord 21 Ian Delves (Wrockwardine Wood) 20.

Smith & Mullinder In DD Doubles Delight

posted Jun 24, 2018, 4:04 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 1:28 AM by Stephen Wall ]

Ayden Smith and Nick Mullinder are the new names that will be going on the Dixon Driscoll Doubles trophy after they stormed to success.
The Bowring-Hadley USC combination won the League title with two devastating displays to finish off matters on the old green at Donnington Wood. 
They beat battling Allscott Heath duo Phil Craggs and Chris Hayward 21-10 in Saturday (June 23) night’s final – scoring a full house four at the first end and racing 11-0 up – after beating Bob Elcock & Tony Garmson (Wrockwardine Wood) 21-9 in the semi-finals.

Smith, now settled in a new house in Newport and about to become a dad, led brilliantly all evening, despite the distraction of music from a disco in the Donnington clubhouse. 
Craggs & Hawyard, relieved to get double figures in the final after such a slow start, had beat father and son John and Rob Clarke (Wrockwardine Wood) 21-18 in their semi after recovering from 15-4 down in their quarter-final. 

It was at the same stage that Smith & Mullinder beat 2008 winners and recently crowned Shropshire Father & Son champions Roy and Josh Bradburn. 

Thirty pairs contested qualifiers on very quick greens at Hadley USC and Maddocks earlier in the day and league president Mike Potter and competition secretary Phil King made the presentations after four hours of fine finals action.
Just for the record, Elcock and his father reached the first ever final of the competition in1965, losing to W Ball & J Huxley, but Elcock won the Senior Merit that year!

Quarter-final scores - Smith & Mullinder 21 Roy & Josh Bradurn (Bowring) 15; Elcock & Garmson 21 Stuart Clee & Josh Cotton (Wrockwardine Wood) 19; Craggs & Hayward 21 Kane Beaman & Will Plant (SJ Bayley) 16; J & R Clarke 21 John Potter & Ben Hudson (SJ Bayley) 17.

Dixon Driscoll Doubles Draws Close . . .

posted Jun 16, 2018, 12:48 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Saturday 23rd June. is Dixon Driscoll Doubles day with 30 pairs entered to contest a title won last year by League comps chief Phil King and his youngest son Aaron.

The number means 15 pairs in qualifying sessions at two venues from 11am - at Maddocks and Hadley USC -  with 4 pairs qualifying from each for the finals.

They will follow at 6pm at Donnington Wood when dress code rules WILL apply.

Who plays where to try and qualify can be seen on the file attached to this post.

Third Time Lucky . . .

posted Jun 13, 2018, 11:22 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 3:55 AM by Stephen Wall ]

It was third time lucky for Sam Millward in the League’s Under-25 Merit.

Having lost in two previous finals, the Newport bowler finally got his hands on the trophy by beating a homester in the final on Saturday 9th June at Wrockwardine Wood.

Millward, now captain of Newport’s Premier League side, defeated multi-titled Wrockite Sally Clee 21-12 in the key clash after 12 had entered by the 6pm start time.

The semi-finals saw a battle of two new county senior team members with Millward beating David Lloyd (Bowring) 21-10 while Clee edged out her partner Jamie King (Bowring) 21-19.

League officials will now look at the date for the Under-25 Merit next year as at least three potential entrants were ruled out as they were representing Mid Shropshire in the senior inter-league in Whitchurch.

Quarter-final scores – Millward 21 Joe Killen (Shifnal) 13, Lloyd 21 Aaron King (Bowring) 16, Clee 21 Akheel Khan (Shifnal) 10, J King 21 Tom Killen (Shifnal) 8.

Super Sam Shines!

posted Jun 11, 2018, 4:58 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Sam Millward is the League's new Under-25 Merit champion.

The Newport bowler won the title by beating homester Sally Clee 21-12 in the final on Saturday night (9th June) at Wrockwardine Wood.

Full details and pictures to follow shortly . . .

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