Comp News 2019

Junior Joy At The Bayley

posted Oct 1, 2019, 2:39 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Oct 11, 2019, 2:35 AM by Stephen Wall ]

Reigning Under-18 singles champion Ed Proudlove and Susie Lawson are the 2019 winners of the League's Junior Doubles.

The Elephant & Castle (Shawbury)-Bowring partnership got their hands on the Fletcher Trophy by beating the holders in the final on Sir John Bayley's No.1 green on Sunday 29th September.

Shfinal twins Joe and Tom Killen, winners at Donnington Wood in 2018,  were soon 5-0 down but were in the game at only 8-6 adrift under the floodlights after the rain that had threatened the cancellation of the competition had finally stopped.

But a three shot haul at the 10th end, soon followed by a full house four, put 17-year-old Ed and Susie (16) in control as they ran out 21-12 winners.

The Killens had survived a tough semi-final before beating Will Thompson (SJB) and Thomas Oare (Sinclair) 21-16 after 28 ends, but Ed and Susie were always in control in defeating Joe Dorricott & Byron Fletcher (Sinclair) 21-6.

Seven pairs entered and the League would like to pay special thanks to the Bayley and their groundsman Arthur Morris for his willingness to cut the green when the weather forecast did not look very promising.

Junior Doubles GOES AHEAD!

posted Sep 29, 2019, 5:53 AM by Malcolm Fletcher


The No.1 green at the Sir John Bayley Club has been inspected by groundsman Arthur Morris and is dry!

And he is cutting it as this is being posted.

So could all  6 entries for the League's Junior Doubles report by 4pm please!

They include Fletcher Trophy holders Joe and Tom Killen of Shifnal.

Junior Doubles - Entries Needed!

posted Sep 19, 2019, 11:59 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 24, 2019, 4:16 AM ]

Time is running out for youngsters who want to enter this year's Junior Doubles, which is now being played a day later than first planned.

The new date is Sunday 29th September starting at 4pm on the bottom No.1 green at Sir John Bayley.

But the key to this competition going ahead is that secretary Malcolm Fletcher needs at least 4 confirmed entries by close of play on Friday the 27th.

Entries can be sent to him by phone (landline or mobile), text, on Facebook or via Messenger.

If we get more entries we may well play 2 round robin groups, like last year at Donnington Wood, with the group winners contesting the final - it really is a case of the more the merrier!

The current holders of the Fletcher Trophy are Shifnal twins Joe and Tom Killen.


Two Great Finals

posted Sep 11, 2019, 9:15 AM by Stephen Wall   [ updated Sep 11, 2019, 9:24 AM ]

Malcolm Fletcher writes:

‘Two great finals’
was the proud verdict of Mid Shropshire President Mike Potter on the league’s Ashton trophy showdowns. Trench C lifted the main Ashton Cup for Monday division sides on Wrockwardine Wood  No.1 while Horsehay C edged a nail-biting Ashton Shield final on the adjoining No.2 green at the same time on the night of Saturday 7th September.

And Potter was doubly proud as the non-playing captain of the Trench side who did not need their 13 shot handicap start to beat Allscott Heath C by 18 shots after their near-miss in last year’s Shield final.  Lucy Evans (21-8) and Pauline Roden (21-10) were Trench’s leaders of the pack in a tie that finished with five winners apiece – Carl Starling a 21-5 winner for Allscott after Les Pritchard’s 21-8, but it was not quite enough.

There was only one shot in it as Horsehay C, the reigning fourth division champions, overcame a 20 chalk deficit on the handicap to pip plucky fifth division Sir John Bayley D. The final totals were 186-185 as Patrick Evans (jnr) with 21-6 and last man Guy Lewis with 21-8 just about got Horsehay over the line, the Bayley’s best being William Thompson with 21-9.

Organiser Phil King said: “It was a really good night, both finals played in a good spirit and both very well supported."  For full final scores go to Competition 2019 under the Results tab.


Ready To Roll In Ashton Finals

posted Sep 6, 2019, 11:30 AM by Malcolm Fletcher


On Saturday 7th September at Wrockwardine Wood, 6.30pm starts

For the second year running, the League delivers two showpiece occasions for the price of one.

The success of playing the finals of the Ashton Cup and Ashton Shield at the same time and venue for the first time last year has resulted in organiser Phil King calling for an encore.

And this year's clashes are both ‘Davids v Goliaths’ - pitting a fourth division side against a division five team.

Allscott Heath C, Ashton Shield winners in 2017, have the main Cup in their sights on the No.1 green where fifth division  Trench - Shield runners-up just last year - look a lot stronger as League President Mike Potter urges them to go one better.

Horsehay C are off scratch as division four champions last year, but they know they must not take fifth division Bayley D lightly with the Ashton Shield at stake.

Sadly, due tro the growing shortage, there will be no referees for the finals, but here’s hoping for two cracking finals on a memorable Saturday night!


On Wrockwardine Wood      No. 1 green







Jamie Phillips



Pauline Roden


Les Pritchard



Raymond Davies


Tony Hayward



Jayne Wood


Rebecca Wedge



Kieran Warr


Wendy Holdnall



Lucy Evans


Jason Allen



Colin Wade


Gary Cheeseman



Graham Wood


Gary Cartwright (capt)



Bill Taylor


Casey Starling



Ken Bleasby


Carl Starling



Dave Evans





RESERVESAllscott Heath: Callum Starling

Trench:  Ray Hyde & Sandra Wade; captain: Mike Potter


On Wrockwardine Wood       No. 2 green







Luke Fearnall



June Thompson


Pete Hayward



Arthur Thompson


Olwen Howells



Rose Copson


Pat Evans (snr)



Marion Tibbett


Jodie Evans (capt)



Will Thompson


Sam Simmonds



Jill Price


Pat Evans (jnr)



Gill Baker


Neil Banks



Brian Rutter


Phil Copson



Andy Baker (capt)


Guy Lewis



Malcolm Tibbett





RESERVES – Horsehay: Eth Harris, Jade Evans & Chris Phandal

Sir John Bayley:  Frank Bowyer & Ken Grove

Instant Impact On Junior Scene

posted Sep 2, 2019, 12:05 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 3, 2019, 12:58 AM by Stephen Wall ]

   It didn’t take Ed Proudlove long to make an impact on the League’s junior scene – he won the first competition he entered! 
The Whitchurch-based bowler came out on top of the nine youngstyesrs who contested the Under-18 Merit on Bowring’s older No.2 green. 

And Proudlove, who bowls for Elephant & Castle in the league’s Dennis Lewis Thursday Division, claimed one of the county’s biggest scalps to get his hands on the cup on the night of Saturday 31st August 31. 

He beat past winner and twice Shropshire Junior Merit champion Harry Church, now bowling for the Bayley in the Premier League, 21-17 in the final, a break from six across to lead 15-7 proving key before he held his nerve in the face of a determined rally.

Both had enjoyed comfortable semi-final successes, Proudlove beating Daniel Corbett of Sinclair – the shock conqueror of Ed's girlfriend Susie Lawson – 21-11 while Church ended the hopes of Shifnal’s Akeel Khan 21-10.
Proudlove, a semi-finalist in the Junior Waterloo the weekend before, had taken part in the Whitchurch League's Under-25 Merit earlier in the day and was watched by his proud parents Richard and Jackie. 
Reigning champion Joe Killen retained the Undere-15 Merit on Bowring No.1 at the same time, beating his twin brother Tom 21-17 in the final after leading 13-5. 

Both boys, who bowl for Shifnal and Bowring, will be too old for this age group next year, so the beaten semi-finalists, Sinclair pair Jordan Millman and Callum, Corbett, will spy a big chance after both lost 21-12. 

League President Mike Potter made the prsenation speech before chairman Sean Round was given the honour of marking his last year in the post by presenting the trophies.


Under-15 & 18 Merits

posted Aug 26, 2019, 12:41 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Just like last year, the early rounds of the League's Under-15 and Under-18 Merits will be played on the same evening this season.

This time the big day is Saturday 31st August at Bowring, playing each competition on a separate green.

It's enter on the  day - free of charge - and bowlers are asked to  report by 5.15pm at the latest (or let organisers Malcolm or Sean know they will be arriving a little later so they can be entered into the draw) - with play due to start at 5.30.

Refreshments will be available and action in both singles comps will be progressed as far as possible . . .

And it is vital as many youngsters enter this year as the League will are using Bowring's greens to host the Shropshire junior inter-league championship on Sunday 8th September - for which practice could be the key to success!

Semi-finals At The Double

posted Aug 20, 2019, 11:30 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Two of the League's three team knockouts reach the semi-final stage tomorrow - Wednedsay21st August.

The main Harris Cup sees division one rivals Sir John Bayley A and Newport A collide in one of the six home-six away ties.
And the other features Premier new boys Highley  against their new league rivals Wrockwardine Wood.

Mid Shropshire's Monday teams are also to the fore in the Ashton Cup semi-finals, the five home-fix away showdowns being: Allscott Heath C v St Georges C, Much Wenlock B v Trench C.

Anyone For A Game Of Triples?

posted Aug 12, 2019, 12:14 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

A triples competition that is open to bowlers from all over Shropshire is going ahead in the Shrewsbury area on Sunday 18th August.

The Tony Poole Charity Triples is being run by the Tanners Shropshire League and the last eight will play in the finals at the county legend's home of Old Shrewsbury.
Entry is £10 per team and qualifiers will be played on Shrewsbury area greens in the morning, bookings to Graeme Wornell on 07974-623822.

Still Not Too Late For Sunday . . .

posted Aug 9, 2019, 2:38 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Don't worry if you have yet to enter the St Georges Mixed Doubles this Sunday (11th August ).

It's not too late to book a place with Tony Rhodes on 07843-868606 and the forecast is decent.

Entry is £8 per pair (one home bowler allowed per pair) with qualifying sessions are at 9.30an and 1pm.

The last eight will then battle it out for the Nicholas Rhodes Memorial Trophy from 4.30pm with £750 prize money on offer with a full house.

And a donation from the day's proceeds will be made to the charity Bloodwise.

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