League News


Junior Pride In Abundance

posted Sep 21, 2017, 1:40 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 11:03 PM by stephen wall ]

The League's under-18s came home with some silverware after giving the hosts, holders and eventual winners Ludlow an almighty scare in the Shropshire  junior inter-league championship on Sunday 25th September.

Ludlow retained the main six-a-side title by beating Tanners Shropshire by 12 shots in the final at Craven Arms.

But that was only after their team, featuring five Burway youngsters, had been held to a draw by Mid Shropshire A on the Ludlow club’s No.1 green in the round robin group stage.

The holders secured a place in the main final on a better aggregate by virtue of having beaten SPS Whitchurch B by 67 chalks while Mid Shropshire’s first string beat them by 53 before battling bravely to hold the hosts to a 108-108 draw.

Captained by Shropshire and League under-18 champion Harry Church, Mid Shropshire A’s consolation was to win the supplementary final - but they looked down and out at one stage against Whitchurch A.

Ben Hinton bowled brilliantly to win 21-7 for Whitchurch, but the Telford-based league rallied with young Akeel Khan getting 18 from 19-6 down before Joe Killen and Joe Dorricott got them over the line by just two chalks.

Just six teams - two of them from Mid Shropshire, thanks to much organisation by the likes of Brenda Slingo, Derek Killen and Phil Venables - contested the two groups at Burway and County President Mike Caddick presented the trophies later in the day at last minute finals hosts Craven Arms.
Supplementary final scores – Mid Shropshire A 109 Whitchurch A 107:

Harry Church 21 Louis Moult 14, Susie Lawson 21 Luke Grocott 19, Tom Killen 7 Ben Hinton 21, Akeel Khan 18 Daniel Perkins 21, Joe Killen 21 Josh Warner 19, Joe Dorricott 21 Edward Proudlove 13.

Junior Joy For Mid Shropshire

posted Sep 17, 2017, 12:34 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

The under-18 A team brought home some silverware from the Shropshire junior inter-league championship hosted by the Ludlow League on Sunday 17th September.

Skippered by county champion Harry Church, they won the supplementary trophy by beating Whitchurch A by two shots in the final at Craven Arms.

The thrilling victory owed much to a fine fight back by Akeel Khan and last bower Joe Dorricott winning 21-13, which meant they won four of the six games.

Church & Co were unlucky not to appear in the main final, having drawn with hosts Ludlow in their round robin group decider on Burway No.1 - against five home bowlers - only to miss out on top spot in the final table on aggregate.

Full story with scores and picture to follow shortly . . . 

Doubling Up at Junior Inter-League

posted Sep 14, 2017, 8:58 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The MSBL will field two of the six teams entered in the 2017 Shropshire Junior Inter-League on Sunday 17th September, to be hosted by the Ludlow League and starting at 10am.

The two greens at Burway BC will be the venue for the round group stages before the winners and runners-up of those groups will travel the short distance to Ludlow Castle to contest the main (group winners) and supplementary (runners up) finals. 

Round robin group draw: 

 Group One (Burway No 1 green)          Group Two (Burway No 2 green)

1 Ludlow & District                                  1 Whitchurch A

2 Whitchurch B                                         2 Tanners Shropshire

3 Mid Shropshire A                                     3 Mid Shropshire B 

Playing Order

Ludlow & District v Whitchurch B              Whitchurch A v Tanners Shropshire

Mid Shropshire A will be allowed 15mins practice before playing the losers of 1v2

Mid Shropshire B will be allowed 15mins practice before playing the losers of 1v2.

Mid Shropshire A then play the winners of 1v2.

Mid Shropshire B then play the winners of 1v2. 

The MSBL team lists are

Mid Shropshire A -   Harry Church, Susie Lawson, Tom Killen, Joe Killen, Joe Dorricott, Akeel Khan,

Mid Shropshire B -   Jordan Millman, Dan Greaves , Dan Corbett, Callum Corbett, Byron Fletcher, Kiera James, Josie Prosser 

What a great effort to have two teams taking part - testament to the hard work so many people are putting into to try and boost junior bowls in Mid Shropshire.

Let's ALL enjoy the day . . .


Growing YOUR Club - And The League

posted Sep 11, 2017, 11:50 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Grow Your Club is a workshop that is being put on at University Centre Shrewsbury (the Guildhall building in Frankwell) on Thursday 21st September, starting at 6.30pm 
It's a chance for club officials to hear unique ideas about how to grow the audience of your club, and its promise is to really make you think more differently about club growth. 

All details can be found on this link - https://energizestw.org.uk/event/grow-club-21-09-17/ - or by contacting Joe Lockley, Club Development Manager of
Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, on 0174- 297194.

And as for growing the MSBL, a Staffordshire club has applied to join next year.

Wolverhampton-based ECC want to play in the Friday divisions next year while Elephant & Castle (Shawbury) have applied to enter the eight-a-side Dennis Lewis Thursday Division, which currently has a vacant 14th place
. Both bids were noted at the League's September meeting.

Harris Cup Final Details

posted Sep 9, 2017, 1:34 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The Harris Cup final between Wrockwardine Wood's division one team and St Georges (Premier) will be played on Saturday 16th September on Newport's No.1 (non Premier) green with a 6.30pm start.

 A preview, with final pairings, will appear on this site in the countdown to what is the climax of the League's main knockout competition 


First Champions!

posted Sep 4, 2017, 12:44 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Congratulations to Sinclair . . . the first official champions of the League in 2017.

They retained the Saturday Division title by resisting a brave challenge away to runners-up Trench in the final game of the campaign at the weekend - see Results for full details.

Don't forget it is September Management Committee meeting time on Tuesday the 5th at Wellington's Bayley Club from 7.30pm. . . .



1  Chairman’s remarks to open the meeting

2  Apologies & In Memoria

3  Minutes of the July Executive Committee Meeting & EGM

4  Matters arising

5  General Secretary’s report

6  Correspondence – including ECC letter

7  Fixture Secretary’s report – including fines & new registrations

8  Shifnal protest – division 2 fixture at home to Wrockwardine Wood B on Fri 14th July

9  Competition Secretary’s report – including Under-15 Merit & cup updates

10 Treasurer’s report

11 Junior news round-up – including inter-league in Ludlow on Sun 17th Sept

12 Dave Ellis Shield gents v ladies challenge - on Sat 23rd Sept, 6pm start?

13 County matters (next exec meeting on Mon 9th Oct)

14 Annual Dinner update – on Sat 13th Jan 2018 at the Whitehouse Hotel

15 Any Other Business

16 Closure of the meeting by President Mike Potter


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Wood And Worfield Shine In Final

posted Sep 3, 2017, 3:21 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Wrockwardine Wood won the Ashton Cup for the eighth time after another fine final - this time against Worfield on Saturday 2nd September on Bowring's Premier green.

The fourth division rivals delivered another enjoyable silverware showpiece with Worfield two shots up after the first four thanks mainly to a fine 21-5 card from Gary Mountford.

But Sophie Meredith's 21-8 win in a shared middle four put the Wrockites 10 chalks to the good and player of the match Tim Cotton's 21-7 card at No.9 got them over the line by 21 after their one shot handicap advantage was added on.

Full story, with scores and picture, to follow shortly . . .

Ashton Cup - Another Chapter . . .

posted Aug 31, 2017, 12:52 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Wrockwardine Wood will bid to extend a remarkable record in the Ashton Cup on Saturday 2nd September when they feature in yet another final.

The Wrockites take on Worfield in the final on the Premier green of Wellington club Bowring (6.30pm start) having won the trophy five times in eight years.

In fact, they got so used to winning it that one of their bowlers, Barry Griffin, generously paid for the trophy to be upgraded!
They will have a one shot advantage on handicap as they look to make it six triumphs but skipper Bob Elcock has had headaches getting a starting 10.

Worfield, on the other hand, are hoping to make it a night of family celebrations as their team features three husbands and wives plus a father and son - with another husband and wife on reserve!

The village club also hope to go one better than when losing in the 2014 final of the Ashton Shield to Donnington Wood.

Another Final Cracker!

posted Aug 27, 2017, 12:08 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

The final of the Ashton Shield between Allscott and Trench on Saturday 26thAugust at Maddocks delivered another cracking showpiece.

Favourites Allscott eventually got their hands on the trophy, but not before underdogs Trench - with League president Mike Potter as team manager - had given them a real scare.

Fourth division Allscott had seven winners out of 10 games in front of a 50 plus crowd on a sunshine evening and finished 34 chalks to the good.

But once Trench's 23 shot handicap advantage over a team playing off scratch had been taken into account, the winning margin was a mere 11 shots

Full story, with scores and picture to follow shortly . . . 

Fingers Crossed For British Junior Joy

posted Aug 18, 2017, 9:32 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League's very best wishes go to Harry Church of Sinclair and Bowring's Susie Lawson ahead of the British Junior Merit finals tomorrow - Saturday 19th of August - at Wigan Subscription BC (10am start).

Sixteen-year-old Harry is the reigning Shropshire Junior Merit and Mid Shropshire Under-18 Merit champion and is having a fine season in division one for the Ketley club.

He faces Cheshire Merit Winner Jack Bushell in round one in Wigan aiming to now make an impact on the national stage.

Susie, a regular performer in division two on Friday nights, has endured three near misses of late - in the Shropshire Merit final, Fleetwood Festival Junior final and Shropshire Ladies Junior Ladies Merit.

She has drawn another Merit winner in Fergal Wright of Lancashire in her first round game at the Lancashire venue.

There will be live scores on the BCGBA website and also live coverage from Globegig from 2pm


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