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Shifnal Twins Now Both Title Winners

posted May 16, 2018, 11:37 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated May 22, 2018, 4:10 AM by Mid-Shropshire Bowling League ]
Joe Killen has made the breakthrough and become a League champion - just like his brother!
The 13-year-old Shifnal bowler got his hands on the Under-18 Merit trophy by beating last year's winner Harry Church (Sinclair) 21-15 in the final on the newer green at Donnington Wood.

And Idsall School pupil Killen has the chance to match Church’s feat of 2015 and do a league double by adding the Under-15 Merit crown as he’s also through to that final!
Both junior competitions were played on the evening of Saturday 12th May using both greens at Donnington and attracting eight entries in each.

But while the Under-18s played to a conclusion, the Under-15 Merit was curtailed after the semi-finals as Joe earned the right to meet his twin brother, clubmate and title holder, Tom Killen, in that final at a date to be arranged.

Just minutes latter Joe was powering 9-1 up in the Under-18 final against 2017 champion Church, who battled hard to get to just 11-9 adrift but could not get any closer.

It wasn’t so comfortable in the semi-finals for the eventual champion though as he was 16-7 down to Bowring’s Susie Lawson before winning 21-18.

His brother Tom looked set to make the final in another cracking semi as he led Church 15-1 and 20-7, only for the Sinclair 16-year and reigning Shropshire Junior Merit champion to run out and win 21-20.

“They were two brilliant under-18 semi-finals and Joe Killen was a deserving winner of that title. Mid Shropshire is so very proud of all these juniors,” said League secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

Under-18 quarter-final scores – Ellie Davies (Newport) 19 Tom Killen 21, Emma Massey-Jones (Newport) 12 Church 21, Byron Fletcher (Sinclair) 17 Joe Killen 21, Akeel Khan (Shifnal) 15 Lawson 21.

Under-15 quarter-finals – Jordan Millman (Sinclair) 17 Akeel Khan 21, Tom Killen 21 Aston Wilde 12, Byron Fletcher 21 Keen Sutherland 12, Joe Killen 21 Keira James 7.
Semi-finals – Khan 11 Tom Killen 21, Fletcher 17 Joe Killen 21.