2015 COMPETITION - ONE-DAYER ON SATURDAY 27TH JUNE, - qualifiers at Allscott and St Georges (10am), four from each venue to go forward to finals at Maddocks, where dress code rules applied.
There were no easy rides as Simon Oldcorn and Peter Millington emerged as the new Dixon Driscoll Doubles champions.
They came out on top of a modern day record of 37 entries for the competition on a day of close calls.
The Horsehay-Trench combination eventually beat Juliette King and Karen Smith, proven doubles title winners, 21-16 in the final at Maddocks.
Oldcorn, who is top of Horsehay’s averages in division one, and Millington, who heads the Trench list in division two, survived a 21-20 scare in the semi-finals against Chris Worthington and Kieran Buckley of Donnington Wood.
King (Sinclair) and Smith (Bowring) were also being taken all the way in the last four before securing a 21-19 card against Wrockwardine Wood county ladies stars Holly Bishton and Sian Skelton.
Quarter-final scores: Oldcorn & Millington 21 Rob Roden & Alex Turnbull (Bowring) 10; Worthington & Buckley 21 Jamie King & Aiden Smith (Newport) 16; Bishton & Skelton 21 Paul Evans & Mark Williams (Donn Wood) 15; King & Smith 21 Alan Jones & Madeley CC) & John Higgs (Broseley) 19.
Beaten quarter-finalist Rob Roden soon recovered - 24 hours later he was crowned County Merit champion at Allscott!
2014 COMPETITION, played as a one-dayer on Saturday 31 May at Donnington Wood (10am), no qualifying sessions needed with 24 entries.
Experience proved vital as John Roberts senior and junior won a thrilling final of the league’s Dixon Driscoll Doubles.
The father and son combination, now reunited at Madeley Cricket Club, kept their nerve to recover from 16-8 down against Sir John Bayley youngsters Michael Cooper and Jamie Fletcher.
A full house four was a big turning point as the Roberts’ got back into Saturday’s climax at Donnington Wood, but the Bayley Boys were still game on at one stage before slipping to an agonising 21-20 defeat.
Roberts senior, winner of the division one averages last year, and his son received the trophy from league chairman Sean Round, having beaten Hadley USC big guns Ian Thomas and Simon Davies 21-14 in the semi-finals.
Cooper & Fletcher beat Sinclair duo Adrian Bailey and Simon Hall 21-15 in the last four, having both gone into the day struggling for form in the Bayley’s first division side.
But they got a huge boost from beating St Georges stars Paul Beer and Alison Cotton 21-17 in the last 16 and so nearly went all the way in a competition that Bayley bowlers have a good record in.
Organiser Phil King paid tribute both final pairs and to Donnington Wood as ideal hosts.
Quarter-final results: J & J Roberts 21 S Oldcorn & K Dodd 12; Thomas & Davies 21 C Lodge & L Mumford 13; Bailey & Hall 21 M Doodson & S Hendy 13; Cooper & Fletcher 21 S Osborne & S Delves 12.
Past County President Tony Roche returned to one of his old haunts to win this Mid Shropshire League title on Saturday, June 1. Roche teamed up with current Madeley CC clubmate Jon Madeley to triumph in the Dixon Driscoll Doubles when the final stages were hosted by Abbey.
A member of Abbey until this year, 2004 President Roche & Madeley got their hands on the prized trophy by beating young guns Simon Davies & Ashley Gregory of Hadley USC 21-14 in the final.
Both pairings tried to dominate a mark across the green they had used in the semi-finals, Roche & Madeley leading 15-11 only to be pegged back to 15-14 after 20 ends. But their persistence paid off as they inched their way, four ends later, to a victory that led to league competitions secretary Phil King presenting them with the silverware.
A clash with the British Ladies Averages Classic at Wrockwardine Wood reduced the entry for the one-dayer to 23 pairs who took part in qualifiers at Sinclair and Donnington Wood.
The last eight headed for the picturesque setting at Buildwas and Roche & Madeley beat Dan Lewis (SJ Bayley) & Craig Baugh (Bowring) 21-7 in their semi while Davies & Gregory were having a tougher time to see off Paul Beer & Alison Cotton (St Georges) 21-13.
Roche & Madeley had survived a 21-20 scare against 2011 winners Paul Evans & Jim Fletcher (Hadley USC) in the quarter-finals, when the other scores were:
Lewis & Baugh 21 Chris Lodge & Les Mumford (Madeley CC) 19, Davies & Gregory 21 Peter Gaut & Joan Edwards (St Georges) 5, Paul Bradburne & Ian Thomas (Hadley USC) 20 Beer & Cotton 21.
Husband and wife, Allan and Angela Gaut, won the one-day competition for the coveted trophy on Saturday, June 2, at Abbey.
The Wrockwardine Wood aces defeated competition organiser Phil King and his Hadley USC colleague Dave Price 21-16 in the final after they had come through qualifying at Donnington Wood and Bowring respectively.
Semi-final scores: A & A Gaut 21, Danny Oliver & Dave Churm (SJB) 14; KIng & Price 21, J & J Roberts 18. More details to follow shortly.
There were 13 pairs entered at both qualifying venues and four went forward from each to the finals at the Buildwas club for a 2pm start. Dress Code rules applied.
Jim Fletcher and Paul Evans of Donnington Wood scored a stunning success when this year's competition went ahead on the two greens at Maddocks as a one-dayer on Saturday, June 18 (10am start).
The Bell Boys duo raced from six across to a 21-7 victory over last year's winners John Price (Hadley USC) and Phil King (St Georges) in 16 ends in a final playe in the best weather conditions of the day.
In the semi-finals Fletcher & Evans recovered from 18-14 to run out and beat under-18 Merit winner Jamie King (St Georges) and their Donnington team-mate AIden Smith, while Price and competition organiser Phil King were ending the hopes of Wrockwardine Wood brothers-in-law Allan Gaut & Phil Clee 21-14.