Junior All Britain 2015

_DSC8946 Some of the brightest young bowling talent gathered at Rhos Park Bowling Club on the North Wales coast to contest the final stages of the 2015 Junior Individual Merit. Being watched and cheered on by their families and supporters, the thirty-two qualifying players did not disappoint as they demonstrated their worth with bowling of the highest quality on the manicured surface. Shropshire’s qualifying representatives, Aaron King  (pictured above blue shirt)and Jack Butler (pictured above red shirt)  both acquitted themselves admirably through their first round games which saw Aaron King battling hard to hold on to Merseysder, Ryan Walters with the card seemingly showing level scores after Aaron had fought back from 8-15 to lead 19-18 before eventually edging his way through 21-20. Meanwhile, Jack Butler was enjoying holding the jack for long periods to push from 5-4 up to lead Cheshire’s Mark Bushill, 17-7 and shared the following 8 ends to finish 21-12. Aaron’s 2nd round opponent, Adam Blackwell single pointed his way from 2-5 down to lead 14-8 before Aaron hit back to level their game 14-14 but alas his momentum stalled and he could only manage to add a couple of shots before going down 16-21. At the same time, Jack Butler was fighting back from 0-4 against Shannon Kernick to lead 18-6 before she responded to pull back to trail 15-19, only for Jack to end her hopes and book a quarter place place, 21-15. The 20+ Shropshire contingent of supporters, led by county President Mike Potter and deputy Phil Scott shared many commiserations for quarter finalist Jack Butler as they saw his day of glory unravel against eventual champion, Ben Stanway as he went from 5-0, 12-2 and from 14-6 proceeded to runout 21-6. Jack’s consolation, and entirely as no disrespect intended towards Aaron is that he proved to be Shropshire’s furthest competitor in the 2015 event. In the semi-finals, with plenty of Welsh support for the local lad, Joe Langford out played Luke Boniface from Staffordshire whilst Ben Stanway, being cheered on by (from his own county) BCGBA President Barry Massey, was surviving a strong late surge and eventually saw off Yorkshire’s Joshua Mordue. Ben Stanway, Potteries & District, must have had visions of deja vue as he had to again endure a very late surge by his opponent before eventually securing the title of Junior Merit Champion and lift the impressive silver trophy. The event honouring the BCGBA Deputy President, Peter Higham who was joined by with fellow Association hierarchy was beamed LIVE around the world via the internet courtesy of the Globegig cameras and commentators Sir Mel Evans & Andy Cairns, all adding to what was a great day out. Thanks Peter. Finally, a 200+ mile round trip to follow the fortunes of two of our county’s brightest stars of the future in the contest proved to be very good value and I’d like to thank both Jack & Aaron for their participation. Thanks lads. _DSC8962 Report and pictures by Mike Potter: SCGBA President 2015

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