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World Is Their Oyster!

posted Mar 18, 2017, 1:07 PM by Malcolm Fletcher
 Mid Shropshire near-neighbours Sir John Bayley and Bowring have the chance to do what no Shropshire club has ever done in the next few weeks.

The Wellington duo can make history as the county’s first winners of the World Club Championship – and that bid starts on Sunday 19 March for the Bayley Boys.

They head north up the M6 to Fox Lane Sports & Social Club at Leyland, near Preston, for the first qualifying round of this year’s championship, which is sponsored by Shropshire-based Pitchcare.

The Bayley face an opening showdown against Brighouse Sports of Yorkshire on the No. 2 green - and the winners of that eight-a-side tie will meet either Newdigate (North Midlands) or Holme (Cumbria) on the No.1 with a place in the finals day on April 16 at stake.

Shropshire had great success in the competition in its former guise – the British Club Championship - with Castlefields the first winners in 1993, and again in 1997 and 2005, while Whitchurch’s Chester Road also chipped in with a 2004 truimph.

But the World crown, launched in 2011, has so far eluded a county side, and that is the big motivating factor for reigning Shropshire Premier League champions and triple Mid Shropshire title winners Sir John Bayley and Bowring.

County Cup holders Bowring will take their shot at qualifying on Sunday 2 April  - and League officers and fellow member clubs wish both them and the Bayley the best of luck.

Meanwhile, Donnington Wood will  find out if they or Meole Brace will act as Shropshire hosts for Midland Alliance championship on Sunday 30 April at a county executive meeting on Monday 20 March.