Competition News

Kings Reign After Classic Doubles FInal

posted Jun 25, 2017, 1:44 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Congratulations go to Phil King and son Aaron who won the Dixon Driscoll Doubles with a never-say-die performance at Maddocks on Saturday 24th June.

The League's competition secretary and his youngest son trailed older son (and brother!) Jamie King and his partner Sally Clee 15-5 in the final.

And King & Clee, this season's winners of the Mixed Doubles, actually lay game on at 17-8 in a real family affair of an encounter..

But their opponents refused to give in and, using a mark on the clubhouse side of a lightening fast green, they eventually sealed a 21-18 victory in classic match that finished around 10pm after a battle lasting 100 minutes.

Full story and picture to follow shortly . . . 

Gregory's Glory Night - Again

posted Jun 21, 2017, 11:02 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 8:14 AM by stephen wall ]

Ashley Gregory retained the  League’s Under-25 Merit crown on a night of double doubles.

The 21-year-old Hadley USC bowler recorded his own personal double by coming out on top of 22 entries on a glorious sunshine evening at Wrockwardine Wood.

But in beating Sam Millward 21-16 in a final that finished just before 11pm on Saturday 17th June, Ashley sentenced the Newport bowler to double despair.

That’s because Sam had lost in the first final of the competition when it was launched in 2015 against current county star Tom Roden.

Ashley, a past winner of the Shropshire Junior Merit title, won the Under-25 title last year at St Georges when bowling for Donnington Wood.

Now back with his home club, he got his nose ahead against Sam at 9-8 and took control of the final in front of a decent size crowd after the score reached 12 across.

He had beaten Aaron King 21-15 in the semi-finals with  four successive twos to run out while Sam was racing past Aaron’s brother and fellow Bowring bowler, Jamie, 21-7.

Despite seeing both his sons lose in the semis, organiser Phil King declared: “I will be bringing this competition back here next year because Wrockwardine Wood have done such a great job.

“It’s been a beautiful night with some exceptional bowling. Commiserations to Sam - but it was Ash’s night again.”

League president Mike Potter said the quality on show highlighted the fact that there needed to be more competitions for bowlers who had just left the junior ranks on reaching 18 before presenting the trophy.

Quarter-final scores: Aaron King 21 Sally Clee (Wrock Wd) 12; Gregory 21 Kieran Buckley (Bowring) 16; Millward 21 Susie Lawson (Bowring) 9; Jamie King 21 Martin Gaut (Wrock Wd) 18. 


Calling ALL Under-25s

posted Jun 10, 2017, 7:39 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League's 2017 Under-25 Merit will be played on Saturday 17th June with a 6pm start at Wrockwardine Wood.

Entries will be taken on night and organiser Phil King may use both greens if he gets 33 entries like last year.

The reigning champion is Ashley Gregory - then with Donnington Wood but now back bowling at Hadley USC

Senior Merit Finals Draw for Donnington Wood

posted Jun 7, 2017, 10:47 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Donnington Wood No.2, the club's newer green, will stage the Senior Merit finals for the last 16 on Saturday 1st July from 2pm.

The draw for finals day took place at the League's June meeting and is:

Top half - Alan Jones (Madeley CC) v Jamie King, Paul Bradburne v Alan Jones (Bowring), Craig Baugh v Tony Garmson, Phil King v Tom Roden.

Bottom half - Rob Burroughs v Dan Wilson, John Price v Martin Gaut. Chris Lodge v Paul Reeves, Simon Oldcorn v Ian Delves.

Dress code rules apply (BLACK TROUSERS ONLY), with League President Mike Potter to appoint a referee for the big  day

DD Doubles Deadline Extended - Again!

posted Jun 4, 2017, 3:24 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 10:42 AM ]

Organiser Phil King will now take entries for the Dixon Driscoll Doubles up until Saturday 10th June

"I'm looking for 3 more pairs for the Dixon Driscoll Doubles, to be played on Saturday 24th June - and one Premier League bowler per pair is allowed," said King, who is aiming for 32 entries - which would still be eight down on last year.

Once his entry book is closed, King will decide if there are to be qualifiers on just a straight knockout at one venue.

Dixon Driscoll Doubles and Under-25 Merit

posted May 30, 2017, 1:05 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 30, 2017, 1:07 AM ]

Entries for the Dixon Driscoll Doubles need to be with organiser Phil King by the close of play on Sunday, June 4.

This one-day competition, with qualifying sessions from 10am, will be played on Saturday 24th June.

After two years at St Georges, the third running of the Under-25 Merit will switch to Wrockwardine Wood on Saturday 17th June with entries taken before a 6pm start


Spragg Proves Popular Winner

posted May 26, 2017, 11:09 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 28, 2017, 12:31 PM ]

The messages of congratulations flowed on social media as Peter Spragg proved a popular winner of the League’s Over-60 Merit.

He became only the second bowler to get his hands on the Ray & Jeff Hutchinson Trophy after triumphing in a cracking final at Trench.

The Sinclair 63-year-old took the title with a 21-19 victory over Graham Turner (Donnington Wood) to bring the curtain down on five hours of action on Saturday 20th May.
He quickly built a 12-5 lead on a superb surface but slipped behind for the first time at 16-15 as Turner refused to lie down.

And Spragg had to battle back from 18-15 down, marking his moment of triumph with two clenched fists before receiving the trophy from league chairman Sean Round.

His father, Billy, won the Mid Shropshire Senior Merit in 1981 and now Donnington ‘ depot’ worker Peter has a league title of his own to cherish.

A watching Dave Brown, the dethroned champion after his success in the first running of the competition last year, said of Peter: "It couldn't have happened to a nicer fella."

There were 11 entries, up on 2016, and now league officials will look at ways of encouraging lady bowlers to enter, starting next year.

Spragg beat Tony Roche (Madeley CC) 21-12 in the semi-finals while Turner was winning a cracker against Bowring’s Richard Suggett 21-15.

Quarter-final results - Dave Brown (Bowring) 20 Richard Suggett 21; Peter Burd (Horsehay) 20 Graham Turner 21; Bob Elcock (Wrockwardine Wood) 5 Tony Roche 21; Peter Spragg 21 Allan Gaut (Wrockwardine Wood) 19.

Who Plays Where In Senior Merit Qualifiers

posted May 16, 2017, 12:18 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 16, 2017, 12:26 PM ]

Qualifying for the 2017 Mid Shropshire Senior Merit is on Wednesday 24th May, 6.30pm scratch

The sessions and hopefuls are:

AT MADDOCKS- T Roden, Juliette King, D Lord, J Millman, N Mullinder. A Reeves, J Waland, R Burroughs(i/c), C Baugh, R Elcock, S Downs, T Roche, G Turner, I Thomas, Alan Jones (Bowring), P Millington.

AT BOWRING No. 1 - P King (I/c), H Church, P Spragg, P Venables, D Tipton, J Davies, C Worthington, M Cooper, B Hudson, A Garmson, R Clarke, K Lavelle, D Wilson, A Gaut, D Lewis, T Cotton, S Oldcorn.

AT ALLSCOTT - P Reeves, S Church, S Hall, W O'Hara, J Potter, D Wall, I Delves, S Millward, S Bishton, C Lodge, J Wilson. M Gaut (i/c), J Cotton, R Roden, P Jones, N Martin.

AT SINCLAIR - J King (i/c), J Price, P Craggs, J Blair, P Bradburn, P Minton, J Clarke, L Mumford, Alan Jones (Madeley CC), P Beer, J Peate, M Worthington, R Lawson. R Suggett, M Doodson, P Osborne. 


Just One Tie For Shield Starters

posted May 9, 2017, 11:57 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Competition secretary Phil King advises that there is just one tie to be played in the preliminary round of the Ashton Shield next week.

The five home-five away clash in the consolation KO for Monday night teams will see Bowring take on Trench on Wednesday 17th May.


Deadlines & Decisions

posted May 3, 2017, 1:14 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Over-60s Merit - entries (men and women) to organiser Phil King by Saturday 6th May. The comp will be played at Trench on Saturday 20th May with a new start time of 11am.

Senior Merit - entries to Phil King by Sunday 7th May. Qualifying at various neutral venues will be on Wednesday 24th May, 6.30pm scratch.
Under-15 Merit - due to have been held on Saturday 13th May, has now been postponed due to some juniors being on holiday. A new date later in the season - probably early July before the school summer holidays - will be announced later.

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