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Merit Magic For 16

posted May 26, 2017, 11:01 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 26, 2017, 11:07 AM ]

The 16 bowlers heading for the 2017 finals of the League's Senior Merit are now counting down to the big day on Saturday 1st July (2pm start at a neutral venue to be selected shortly).

Qualifying took place at four venues on the evening of Wednesday 24th May and those successful included Tony Garmson of Wrockwardine Wood, who has also qualified for the County Merit finals later this month, and 5 Bayley Boys.

The full list of MSBL Senior Merit finalists and where they qualified reads:
AT MADDOCKS - Alan Jones (Bowring), Craig Baugh, Rob Burroughs and Tom Roden (all Sir John Bayley)

AT BOWRING No. 1 - Phil King (Hadley USC), Dan Wilson (St Georges), Simon Oldcorn (Trench)  and Tony Garmson (Wrockwardine Wood).

AT ALLSCOTT - Chris Lodge (Madeley CC), Ian Delves and Martin Gaut (both Wrockwardine Wood) and Paul Reeves (Sir John Bayley).
AT SINCLAIR - Jamie King (Bowring), John Price (Hadley USC), Paul Bradburne (Sir John Bayley) and Alan Jones (Madeley CC).

Spragg Secures Second Success

posted May 20, 2017, 1:11 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Peter Spragg triumphed in the League's second competition of the season - the Over-60 Merit.

The Sinclair 63-year-old took the title with a 21-19 victory over Graham Turner (Donnington Wood) in a cracking final at Trench on Saturday 20th May.

He quickly built a 12-5 lead but slipped behind for the first time at 16-15 and had to battle back from 18-15 down before receiving the Ray & Jeff Hutchinson Trophy from League chairman Sean Round.

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

There were 11 entries, up on 2016, and the League's thanks go to Trench for the use of their facilities, the superb green and the refreshments.

Now League officials will look at ways of encouraging lady bowlers to enter - starting next year. 
Full story, scores and (hopefully!) pictures to follow shortly . . .   

All Roads Lead To Trench . . .

posted May 18, 2017, 12:41 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

The second competition of the League's 2017 programme is at Trench on Saturday 20th May, with an 11am start.

It's Over-60 Merit with Bowring's Dave Brown returning to the scene of last year's inaugural triumph hoping to keep a firm grip on the Ray & Jeff Hutchinson Trophy.

Organiser Phil King reports an increase in entries with more than a dozen in line to contest the title.

Bacon butties will be among the refreshments on offer and the prize fund is being boosted by sponsorship by Dave Evans, secretary of host club Trench and League secretary  Malcolm Fletcher.

As for parking, Dave reports: " With regards to parking, unfortunately we can't use the Kitchen Depot on Saturdays. We just need to avoid turning and parking in front of the hairdressers and the adjoining property. I will be on hand, if we have any problems."

More The Merrier In Merit

posted May 13, 2017, 2:53 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 16, 2017, 12:20 PM ]

Competition secretary Phil King is delighted to report an entry of 65 bowlers for the 2017 Mid Shropshire Senior Merit - a record number for him in the post.

That figure is up three on last year, but there is one key bowler missing.

That is the 2016 title winner, Craig Owen, who is unavailable on qualifying night - Wednesday 24th May - and so could not enter.

The qualifiers are at Allscott, Maddocks, Sinclair and Bowring No.1 with a 6.30pm scratch time.

Four bowlers from each venue will go forward to finals day on Saturday 1st July (2pm) on a green that wil lbe picked once the make-up of the last 16 is known.

Who plays where in the qualifiers is now on the Competitions section of this website - and the  MSBL Facebook page!

Super Sally's New National Title

posted May 8, 2017, 12:13 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 12, 2017, 4:04 AM by stephen wall ]

The League sends its congratulations to Sally Clee after claiming a second national title.

Winner of the 2012 British Ladies Junior Merit, the Wrockwardine Wood bowler added the Averages Winners Classic crown on Saturday 6th May at Wombourne.

The 22-year-old became the first ever Shropshire winner of the British Ladies association's competition thanks to a 21-17 victory over Andrea Buckley of Yorkshire in the final.

Not content with winning the Mid Shropshire Mixed Doubles with her partner Jamie King just two weeks ago at Donnington Wood (see Competitions), Sally is now £200 better off after her Classic success.


SJB A v Donn Wd A - The Decision

posted May 3, 2017, 1:23 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Delegates at the League's May management committee meeting on Tuesday 2nd May considered the issue of the Sir John Bayley A v Donnington Wood A fixture in division 1 on Friday 21st April that was not played.

Following a meeting of League officers held in advance, they were asked to consider 2 options:

1 – Implement the whole of rule 8 and fine Donnington Wood £60 and award the fixture to Sir John Bayley A. They would receive 10 points and plus 120 on aggregate while Donnington Wood would be deducted 5 points and have 252 taken from their aggregate total.

2 – Fine Donnington Wood £60 for failure to fulfil the fixture and order the game to be replayed. The re-arranged date must before the end of June (ie before the halfway point of the season)  and decided solely by Sir John Bayley - with Donnington Wood given no choice in the matter. And Gavin Taylor is NOT allowed to attend or take any part in the new fixture – UNLESS his lifetime ban from the premises of the Sir John Bayley Club is lifted in the interim.

There were NO votes in favour of option 1 and those that voted were all in favour of option 2 - the general feeling of the meeting that delegate and their clubs want to see the fixture actually played.


May Management Committee Meeting

posted May 1, 2017, 4:23 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League's May Management Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Sir John Bayley Club at 7.30pm 



1  Chairman’s remarks to open the meeting

2  Apologies & In Memoria

3  Minutes of the April Management Committee Meeting

4  Matters arising

5  General Secretary’s report & Correspondence

6  Fixture Secretary’s report

7  SJ Bayley A v Donnington Wd division 1 fixture not played Fri 21 April

8  Competition Secretary’s report – including Mixed Doubles report, cup updates &deadlines

9  Treasurer’s report

10 Junior Development update

11 Inter-league round-up

12 County matters –next Executive meeting is on May 22

13 Any Other Business

14 President Mike Potter’s remarks to close the meeting


Parking For Friday Matches At Newport

posted Apr 27, 2017, 11:39 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

NOTIFICTATION RECEIVED from Newport BC, on Thursday 27th April:

"As you are aware, bowlers of Newport and visiting teams are able to use the car park facilities of our neighbour Newport Cricket Club.

However, last Thursday, someone came into our club and advised our barman that we could no longer use the cricket club car park on Friday evenings.

The following day, access to the cricket club was being denied to anyone other than parents of children attending Cricket Coaching, at the Cricket Club.

We have asked the officials of the cricket club for confirmation in writing of this policy, and it's anticipated timescale, but  to date have received no official correspondence.

We believe that the reason is likely to be a Health and Safety issue, either relating to the volume of vehicles using the drive, or due to possible access problems for any emergency vehicle. But are not certain about this. However, if this is the case, then the restriction is likely to end some time in July.

In the circumstances, at a Management Committee meeting last night, I have been asked to notify you of the above situation and ask that a note be placed on the League's website, that for the time being, parking on the cricket club car park is no longer possible for Friday nights.

It is recommended that parking takes place on Audley Avenue, i.e past the turning into the cricket club car park.

I will update you further when we receive formal notification from the cricket club about the situation.

Many thanks

Steve Anyon - Playing Secretary, Newport BC


SJB v Donn Wd - An Official Statement

posted Apr 24, 2017, 11:37 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Monday 24 April 2017

REF: Sir John Bayley A  v Donnington Wood A in MSBL division one, scheduled for Friday 21 April but fixture not played:

The League has asked for the observations of both clubs on this matter - via their respective secretaries and in writing - by this coming Saturday .

And officers will meet over the Bank Holiday weekend to consider the responses and the findings of their own investigations.

The issue will then be discussed in full by all club delegates who attend the May management committee meeting on Tuesday the 2nd.

Sally's Mixed Doubles Magic

posted Apr 23, 2017, 4:33 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Wrockwardine Wood’s domination of the League’s season-opening event, the Mixed Doubles, continued on Saturday 22 April at Donnington Wood.

From 15 entries, Sally Clee and her new doubles partner Jamie King came out on top, beating Clee's fellow Wrockites Steve Roberts and Sian Skelton 21-20 in a superb, sunshine final on the older No. 1 green.

For Sally it was the third time in four years she had got her hands on the trophy, but it was mighty close as they trailed 20-13 in the crunch game.

A full story and picture will appear on this website shortly, but you can read League President Mkie Potter's in-depth report on the MSBL Facebook page . . . 

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