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Bayley Boy's Merit Magic

posted Jul 2, 2017, 2:28 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 11:40 AM ]

Paul Reeves is basking in the glow of the best 24 hours of his bowling life.

The Sir John Bayley bowler won the League’s Senior Merit on Saturday 1st July – and celebrated with a man of the match performance to win 21-7 away at Washlands in Burton for Shropshire as they marched in the county championship semi-finals.

Reeves, the player with the distinctive red and white striped bowls, won the Mid Shropshire title on a lush Donnington Wood No.2 green with four pretty comfortable successes.

He marked a season which has seen him make his Shropshire senior team debut by beating Jamie King 21-15 in the final, recovering from 5-2 down to lead 9-5 and then make the decisive break from 12-10 up.

Defeat meant a second successive weekend of final heartache for King after he and partner Sally Clee had lost to his father and brother, Phil and Aaron, with the Dixon Driscoll Doubles trophy at stake at Maddocks.

Reeves, eligible to play in the competition has he bowls in its Dennis Lewis Thursday Division, beat John Price runaway first division leaders Hadley USC 21-16 while Jamie King accounted for another Bayley Boy, Craig Baugh, 21-13.

"Cheers everyone," was the understated Reeves reaction as he received the trophy from League President Mike Potter.

Organiser Phil King (Hadley USC) had looked set for a second league title in seven days but he let slip an 18-8 lead in the quarter-finals against Baugh, the other scores from that round being:

Jamie King (Bowring) 21 Paul Bradburne (SJB) 10; Rob Burroughs (SJB) 14 Price 21, Reeves 21 Simon Oldcorn (Trench) 10..