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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.