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Sinclair's Stunning Shield Success

posted Aug 28, 2016, 4:09 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 2:08 AM ]

The Ashton Shield has a habit of producing cracking finals and it delivered again as Sinclair won the trophy for the second time in four years.

They produced a spirited come-from-behind performance to beat Wrockwardine Wood by five shots after a super showdown on Bowring's non-Premier No.2 green.

And that was all after heavy rain on Saturday 27 August delayed the start of the League’s consolation showpiece for Monday teams by nearly half an hour, referee Terry Whitehouse and Bowring and Mid Shropshire chairman Sean Round sweeping the green to get the game on.

The stage set, the two teams produced a thrilling showdown with Chrissie Felton winning 21-6 to help Sinclair - winners in 2013 - lead by five chalks after the first four.

Wrockwardine, who have dominated the main Ashton Cup in recent years, hit back to lead by 11 after three winners in the middle - and it looked as if their floaters with first division experience this year would win the day.

But Stan Felton won 21-11 at No. 9 to put Sinclair right back in the picture and it was left to club stalwart and former secretary Maurice Wakeley to produce the winning card that wrapped up a five chalk win after Sinclair's three shot handicap advantage was added on.

Skipper Mick Kinsey received a new trophy, donated by Bowring in memory of Peter Ashton, from league president Mike Potter while Wrockites skipper Bob Elcock was presented with the old trophy, which will now go to the runners-up.

A chuffed Kinsey declared: “We have had a few ups and downs during the season but we got there!”

Elcock added: “Congratultions to Sinclair. It was a really good final and we have all enjoyed it.”

And Potter admitted: “It was such a great effort by both teams – it was that close you had us running for the rule book to see who would be the winners if it was a tie.”

Organiser Phil King praised Bowring for their hard work in getting the final on, adding the surface had played remarkably well given the conditions beforehand. 

Full scores –Wrockwardine Wood C 178+1=179 Sinclair C 180+4=184:

Alan Ghaut 21 Cherrill Wakeley 20, Dennis Sims 19 Joan Edwards 21, Celia Ghaut 6 Chrissie Felton 21, Roy Crofts 21 Alan Hayes 10.

Eddie Thorner 21 Deb Nisbett 20, Sophie Meredith 21 Jeanette Kinsey 13, Dave Pritchard 21 Graham Deakin 12, Keith Millington 19 Kevin Hall 21.

Bob Elcock 11 Stan Felton 21, Roger Cotton 18 Maurice Wakeley 21.