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King's Reign Goes On . . .

posted Jul 8, 2019, 11:45 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jul 15, 2019, 12:44 PM by Stephen Wall ]
A new era has dawned for the League with Jamie King proving he now rules over it.

The 24-year-old Wrockwardine Wood bowler retained the Mid Shropshire Senior Merit crown with a regal display at Edgmond on Saturday 6th July.

And in beating 2007 title winner Roy Bradburn (Bowring) 21-13 in the final, King got his hands on the Billy Harris Trophy for the third time following his 2012 triumph – a remarkable feat for one so young.

From 11 across, and as the green quickened after a spell of rain just before the start, King took control of the final on a short mark just over the crown.

The battling Bradburn called for the long tapes on occasion and was not helped by throwing the block off as he tried to go deep into the corners, but he proved to himself that he can still perform at the top level.

However, it was King who reigned as he ran out from 16-13 watched by his fiancé Sally Clee – who he had won the Dixon Driscoll Doubles with the weekend before – and their son Rory.

League president Mike Potter made the presentations after thanking first class hosts Edgmond, organiser Phil King and then posing the question if King can make it a hat-trick of successive titles next year?

“The last person to boss this, our main competition, was Geoff Clarke with three wins up to 2004,”said league secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

“But now it seems we have a new boss as Jamie is clearly King by name and king in terms of Merit results.”

 Another past winner, 2008 champion Paul Beer (St Georges) was King’s 21-12 victim in the in the semi-finals while Bradburn was accounting for Beer’s clubmate and partner Alison Cotton 21-12 at the same stage.

Quarter-final scores – Beer 21 Stuart Church (Sinclair) 16, King 21 Peter Grimston (St Georges) 13, Cotton 21 Darren Lord (St Georges) 21, Bradburn 21 Martin Gaut (St Georges) 14.

  Pictures to follow . . .