Ashton Final Double Header Is Winner

posted Sep 2, 2018, 12:46 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jan 2, 2019, 12:09 PM ]

St Georges and Hadley USC were the winners of two cracking finals at the historic Ashton double header on Saturday 1st September at Bowring.

A thrilling three chalk win earned St Georges the Ashton Cup at the expense of holders Wrockwardine Wood on the non-Premier green.

And it was even closer in the climax of the consolation KO for the Ashton Shield final as Hadley USC pipped Trench by just two shots on the Premier green.

But the League and the game of bowls was the winner too as a warm, dry night brought out decent crowds to watch both finals, that were played in a really good spirit.

St Georges C made full use of their 12 shot handicap advantage to overcome Wrockwardine Wood C in the Cup final.

Mirjana Gaut (21-6) and Jeff Bailey (21-9) were the best of four winners for St Georges in the 10-a-side clash with a Wrockites team who had won the trophy six times in the last eight years.

But it was Carl Teece, who has just returned after a break from the game, who got the Dragons over the line as he scrambled 17 from 20-10 down against Sophie Meredith in front of an excited crowd.

Ben Cotton (21-5) and Eddie Thorner (21-8) starred for Wrockwardine as they suffered a rare blip in an Ashton Cup final.

It was close all the way before Hadley USC B finally got the better of Trench C, last man Al Jarvis producing the vital 21-9 card – the only single figure result in the final – to give them the consolation prize in the first year they have entered the KO for Monday night teams.

League chairman Sean Round presented the trophies on another night of ‘what ifs’ for Mid Shropshire President Mike Potter, captain again of the Trench team that lost in the same final last year.