It is less than a week to the Shropshire Senior Merit Finals at Wem BC on Sunday from 11 a.m. and there will be a series of Previews on the website. There is also a 16 page Programme that has been produced for the day by Stuart Clee, available at £2 on entry.
Firstly we look back at the qualifiers for this year's merit and how they got there.
In Telford current holder Rob Roden qualified, beating fellow county players Dave Rhodes and Glyn Picknell to qualify, at Sinclair. County Reserve Jamie King qualified alongside youngster John Potter and Simon Rhodes. Over at St Georges former winner Alan Davidson came through, along with Flowfit Shropshire Premier League Averages Winner Rob Burroughs and fellow young guns Kieran Buckley and Stuart Clee. At Hadley USC Wrockwardine Wood players Paul Bradburne and Martin Gaut came through along with former runner up Rich Lawson and Ian Gaut from St Georges. At Sir John Bayley Andy Stevens sprung a surprise by qualifying after not playing for 4 years and Newport captain Mark Selley came through.
In Shrewsbury and Ash and Darren Wellings came through the group of death. Darren beat two times winner Callum Wraight 11 first game then beat Darren Phillips 10 to qualify, while Clay Flattley beat 2013 winner Kiah Roberts 11 but then lost to Ash Wellings 7 in the qualifier. At Bayston Hill County and Castlefields team mates Mike Beer and Paul Williams qualified along with young gun Martin Middleton, and at Telepost Mark Shore edged out Anthony Gray 20, Andy Wiggington beat Colin Beaman and Rich Goddard to qualify and Russ Pugh came past Mark Thomas in the qualifier. Over at Bicton former Meole Open Winner Wayne Rogers edged out Sam Cartwright from 16-12 down with Andy Duckett beating team mate Luke Jones 17 to qualify and Doug Edwards also beat another team mate to qualify, Dave Redge.
In North Shropshire, young guns Chris Stretch and Matt Beeston qualified for the first time at Bridgwater, beating Carl Preece and Curtis Metcalfe respectively as they youngster saw off former finalists Martin Lloyd and Paul Latham. Over in Tilstock and 4 time winner Pete Farmer qualified beating Gavin Tommy 9 in the qualifier, while Gary Beff beat Junior Merit Runner-up Jack Butler 7 to qualify. Over at Victoria and another multiple winner Andy Moss qualified along with team mate Ian MacDonald and youngster George Williams, who having been a previous member of final green Wem BC could be one to watch out on finals day.
Qualifying ScoresSt Georges:
Kieran Buckley 21-17 Scott Harries
Stuart Clee 21-19 Tony Roche
Rob Burroughs 21-17 Chris Worthington
Alan Davidson 21-19 Jamie Taylor
Jamie King 21-12 Olly Harris
John Potter 21-20 Dave Lloyd
Simon Rhodes 21-15 Rob Fuller
Rob Roden 21-7 Glyn Picknell
Paul Bradburne 21-20 Liam Stevens
Martin Gaut 21-16 Tony Rhodes
Ian Gaut 21-4 Chris Lodge
Rich Lawson 21-17 Tom Roden
Andy Stevens 21-17 Mike Wainwright
Mark Selley 21-15 Tom Langford
Mark Shore 21-20 Anthony Gray
Andy Wiggington 21-13 Rich Goddard
Russ Pugh 21-18 Mark Thomas
Elephant and Castle:
Darren Wellings 21-10 Darren Phillips
Ash Wellings 21-7 Clay Flattley
Mike Beer 21-9 Derek Flattley
Paul Williams 21-16 Duncan Pressley
Martin Middleton 21-18 Nick Davies
Andy Duckett 21-17 Luke Jones
Wayne Rogers 21-16 Sam Cartwright
Doug Edwards 21-9 Dave Redge
Chris Stretch 21-8 Carl Preece
Matt Beeston 21-14 Curtis Metcalfe
Pete Farmer 21-9 Gavin Tommy
Gary Beff 21-7 Jack Butler
Andy Moss 21-9 Steve Rogers
Ian MacDonald 21-15 Derek Wright
George Williams 21-13 Greg Fordham