County Cup 1st Round Report

Hanwood beat Meole, Newport put out Dragons fire, Wrockites edge home

There were some close games last night in the 1st Round last night with the shock of the round being Hanwood beating last year's finalists Meole Brace on Greenfields by 20. Hanwood were always up after the first four once Wayne Phillips and Tony Hotchkiss had won 9, despite Colin Beaman winning 7 for Meole. In the middle and Meole came back with Pete Bound and Craig Wilson both winning 8 but Mark Parsons added another 9 win for Hanwood to put them 9 up. The back four was close but once Danny Wornell and Phil Lyttle had come off winning 14 and 17 respectively then Hanwood had won. Captain Mark Shore commented "last night we gave a fantastic performance on and off the green to defeat Meole. With three big cards in the front to give us a 19 lead we maintained our lead to the end. I am very proud of this performance following our exit from the cup last season to Meole. We now look forward to another tough tie against my close friend Spencer Clarke's SJB. There is no MVP award in the county cup and last night it would of been very difficult to decide who was worthy of that." The other big game of the night between former winners St Georges and Newport resulted in a comfortable 38 shot victory for Newport. Alan Davidson's 5 win in the first four helped them to a 16 shot lead and after Mark Selley's 21-11 win in the middle and Chris Grocott had run out from 17-13 down the lead was 32. Once Sam Millward had won 21-12 the win was sealed for the Flowfit Shropshire Premier Bowling League Champions. Captain Mark Selley was delighted with the win and said "this proves we are still up there with the best teams and can still beat anyone!" The closest game was at Meole Brace where Wrockwardine Wood beat Wem USC by 1. Wem were always ahead until the very last game after Mike Dulson had beaten Stuart Rutter 5 in the first four and a 6 win for Wem's Derek Wright increased the lead by 1 to 7 after the middle four. Despite Colin Smith winning 9 for Wem in the back, Sian Skelton won 15 and Rob Fuller 11 for Wrockwardine Wood to leave Wem only 4 up with last man George Williams taking on Martin Gaut. Martin then won 16 to give Wrockwardine a one shot win. Captain Tom Langford commented on a "great win and revenge for last week (in the Black Tech Ltd Alan Mayhew Trophy 1st Round) for the team last night. From 1-12 every chalk was battled for. Always down in the match even at one stage going into the back four 21 chalks down. Some outstanding performances towards the end. Martin Williams winning well reduced the deficit and Sian Skelton and Phil Clee were pivotal games to spur the last two of Rob Fuller, winning to 11, and Martin Gaut, winning 16, to win us the game. An all round great performance." Three non-premier league teams pushed their premier opposition all the way. Crescent beat Burway by only 3 chalks at Bridgnorth, Bylet beat Battlefield by 8 at Bowring and Chester Road beat Adderley by 21. Holders Castlefields breezed through beating Sinclair by 98at Prees, while Whittington were also big winners against Monkmoor by 92 on Hadnall. Tanners 1st Division teams Prince Hotel, Pontesbury and Bricklayers advanced, beating Trench by 28 at Atcham, Bayston Hill by 54 on Old Shrewsbury No.2 and Old Shrewsbury by 54 on Pontesbury New Green. The Mid-Shropshire have some representation in the next round as Madeley Cricket Club beat Victoria by 33.   1st Round Results: Newport beat St Georges by 42 Hanwood beat Meole Brace by 20 Wrockwardine Wood beat Wem USC by 1 Bylet beat Battlefield by 8 Chester Road beat Adderley by 21 Crescent beat Burway by 3 Castlefields beat Sinclair by 98 Prince Hotel beat Trench by 28 Bricklayers beat Old Shrewsbury by 54 Madeley CC  beat Victoria by 33 Pontesbury beat Bayston Hill by 51 Whittington beat Monkmoor by 92   Meole Brace v Hanwood Scores
  1. Colin Beaman 21-7 Glyn Wellings
  2. Ade Rowe 9-21 Tony Hotchkiss
  3. Julian Cooke 12-21 Greg Smith
  4. Will Tarrell 9-21 Wayne Phillips
  5. Doug Edwards 17-21 Dave Burton
  6. Pete Bound 21-8 Russ Wellings
  7. Craig Wilson 21-8 Nick Davies
  8. Martin Middleton 9-21 Mark Parsons
  9. Nigel Bound 17-21 Danny Wornell
  10. Andy Wigginton 14-21 Phil Lyttle
  11. Mark Thomas 21-19 Mark Shore
  12. John Nash 19-21 Carl Bowers
Hanwood 210-190 Meole Brace Newport v St Georges Scores
  1. Alan Davidson 21-5 Pete Grimston
  2. Dave Rhodes 21-18 Dave King
  3. Kevin Keary 21-17 Glyn Picknell
  4. Steve Handley 14-21 Mike Wainwright
  5. Chris Grocott 21-17 Nige Evans
  6. Phil Emery 21-19 Lewis Scott
  7. Mark Selley 21-10 Ian Gaut
  8. Mick Jones 20-21 Paul Beer
  9. Sam Millward 21-12 Tony Rhodes
  10. Graham Handley 21-11 Andy Morgan
  11. John Roberts Jnr 21-20 Simon Madeley
  12. Dale Rudrum 11-21 Simon Rhodes
Newport 234-192 St Georges Wrockwardine Wood v Wem USC Scores
  1. Stuart Rutter 5 21 Mike Dulson
  2. Dale Downes 21 18 Craig Ashley
  3. Steve Roberts 21 10 Stuart Bailey
  4. Tom Langford 17 21 Graham Dulson
  5. Mark Picknell 6 21 Derek Wright
  6. Martin Williams 21 14 Fred Bailey
  7. Mark Clayton 21 17 John Bushill
  8. Phil Clee 21 18 Neil Boxall
  9. Sian Skelton 21 15 Scott Thomas
  10. John Clarke 9 21 Colin Smith
  11. Rob Fuller 21 12 Gav Tommy
  12. Martin Gaut 21 16 George Williams
Wrock Wood 205-204 Wem USC

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