Competition News

Youngest Bowlers Get The Call

posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:12 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League's Under-15 Merit, the singles competition for the youngest bowlers in Mid Shropshire, has been re-arranged by organiser Phil King for  Sunday 3rd September - start time and venue to be confirmed.

Ashton Trophies Back Please!

posted Aug 12, 2017, 8:36 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

League competition secretary Phil King has made a special plea to clubs who won trophies in last season's knockouts for Monday night teams.

"Can teams that won or had runners-up trophies last year in the Ashton Cup and Shield please get them to me ASAP," said Phil.

The Ashton Shield final between Trench and Allscott is scheduled for Saturday 26th August with a 6.30pm start at a neutral venue yet to be announced.

And the main Ashton Cup final is a week later on September 2.

Cup & Shield Shocks

posted Aug 7, 2017, 11:51 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Trench and Allscott will contest the Ashton Shield final on Saturday 26th August with a 6.30pm start at a neutral venue that will be announced shortly by League competition secretary Phil King.

Trench were cock-a-hoop after winning their semi-final against Albrighton in the five home-five away consolation KO for Monday night division teams.

They had four winners in the away leg against an Albrighton club that won the Shield two years ago and lifted the main Ashton Cup just last year while Allscott.

Allscott beat Sir John Bayley tied on aggregate after the handicaps were added on but the village club went through on the most winners rule.

And Newport (Premier), winners of the Harris Cup for the last four years, were beaten in this season's quarter-finals by Wrockwardine Wood.

For full details see Competition 2017 under the Results icon.

Shield Semi-finals Line-up

posted Jul 31, 2017, 4:45 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Wednesday 2nd August is the scheduled semi-final night in the Ashton Shield.

The five home-five away consolation knockout for Monday division teams will reach a climax with the final on the evening of Saturday 26th August

The semi-final line-up is:

Trench C (23) v Albrighton B (22) AND Sir John Bayley C (11) v Allscott C

Proud County Double For League Bowlers

posted Jul 21, 2017, 1:51 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

League officials would like to play tribute to two Mid Shropshire regulars who have just won county association titles.

Harry Church triumphed in the Shropshire Junior Merit at Meole Brace on Sunday 16th July - just eight days after his second Mid Shropshire Under-18 Merit success.

The 16-year-old Sinclair bowler beat another League performer in Susie Lawson of Bowring 21-8 in the final.

And Bylet stalwart Tony Steadman quickly added the Shropshire Veterans Merit crown by coming out on top of a field of 20 at Greenfields BC on Monday 17th July.

Steadman, who is top of the Bylet averages in division one, beat Bob Cliffe 21-16 in the final at the Shrewsbury venue.

Hot Harry - Again!

posted Jul 10, 2017, 11:32 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 12:41 AM by stephen wall ]

Doubles – one prized, one unwanted – were the name of the game as Harry Church was crowned the League’s new Under-18 Merit champion.

The Sinclair youngster won the title for second time in three years when he came out on top of a small field of eight entries on Saturday 8th July at Wellington’s Sir John Bayley Club.

But by beating Emma Massey-Jones 21-16 in the crunch game, he sentenced the Newport bowler to a second defeat in the final of this competition.

Harry, a firm fixture in the Shropshire junior team, was second in Sinclair’s first division averages on the night of his triumph, having played a key role in helping the Ketley club reach the semi-finals of the Shropshire Cup.

Shifnal twins Tom and Joe Killen were the beaten semi-finalists, Harry beating Joe 21-15 while Emma swept past Tom 21-9.

Quarter-final scores – E Davies 15 J Killen 21, C Corbett 4 Church 21, Massey-Jones 21 D Corbett 5, J Millman 7 T Killen 21.

Under-18 Merit Details Announced

posted Jul 2, 2017, 3:09 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Saturday 8th July is the date of the Under-18 Merit confirmed by League competition secretary Phil King.

It will be held at the Sir John Bayley Club with a 6pm start, entries taken on the night up until that time.
With the continued success of the Shifnal school link and the popularity of both Sinclair's junior coaching club and the After School Club at Hadley Learning Community, League officials are hoping for a double figure entry . . .  

The title was won last year by Aaron King, who is now too old to defend it.

We Three Kings . . .

posted Jun 29, 2017, 12:23 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 12:21 AM by stephen wall ]

The words of the Christmas carol ‘We Three Kings’ came to mind as the League's competition secretary Phil King and his younger son Aaron won the Dixon Driscoll Doubles.

They delivered a never-say-die performance to pip King senior’s elder son Jamie and his partner Sally Clee 21-18 in a stunning final at Maddocks on Saturday 24th July.
Phil and Aaron son trailed Jamie and Sally, this season’s winners of Mixed Doubles, 15-5 in the key clash.
And the young Bowring-Wrockwardine Wood combination actually lay game 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 lightning fast green, they eventually sealed a 21-18 victory in a classic match that finished around 10pm after a battle lasting 100 minutes,” said League general secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

League chairman Sean Round presented the trophy, the first won by King senior in his role in charge of Mid Shropshire comps.

He and Aaron (Hadley USC-Bowring) had survived two full house fours to beat the title winners of the last two years, Peter Millington and Simon Oldcorn of Trench, 21-13 in the semi-finals.

But for Jamie and Sally it was the exact opposite to the final in their last four tie, having to recover from 15-6 down with some accurate firing to beat Alan Jones (Madeley CC) and John Roberts Jnr (Newport) 21-17.

A total of 30 pairs featured in qualifiers at Allscott and St Georges in the morning, the quarter-final scores at Maddocks being:

Jones & Roberts Jnr 21 Sian Skelton & Sophie Meredith 10; Richard Suggett & Steve Bishton 8 King & Clee 21; Millington & Oldcorn 21 Roy & Josh Bradburn 13; King & King 21 Juliette King & Karen Smith 11.

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. 


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