Flowfit Senior Merit Preview: 2nd Quarter

We look at the second quarter of the Flowfit Senior Merit this Sunday at Wem BC. 9. Jamie King (Bowring) Premier League form: 7 out of 12 Jamie has a good competition pedigree having won the Junior Waterloo a few years ago and reaching the Quarter Finals of the Midland Masters last season and the Semi Finals of the Haunchwood Open this. He has moved through a few clubs but this year but has found his new home at Bowring and will be hoping like Stuart that their successes from last year will wear off on him! His County Record is excellent too and will be hoping to take that form into the Merit. 10. Gary Beff (Chester Road) Premier League form: 9 out of 12 Gary has enjoyed a fine season so far winning 9 out of 12 in the Flowfit Shropshire Premier Bowling League and coming off a green like Chester Road will help him on the big green at Wem. The experience of playing Premier League bowls over the last two seasons after moving from Woore on a Friday will put him in good stead. 11. Chris Stretch (Adderley) Whitchurch League form: 5 out of 11 Chris has dominated the Whitchurch Junior Scene over the last few years, winning the Under 18, 21 and 25 titles. But can he transfer that form across? He won 17 out of 21 last year in the Market Drayton League before starting the season in the Tanners League for Elephant and Castle this year, winning all 5 of his matches, showing he is in good form. 12. Ian McDonald (Chester Road) Premier League form: 6 out of 12 Ian is regaining his form after taking 10 years out of the game recently, moving from Archibald Worthington to Chester Road over the Winter. Like Gary he also plays for Woore, and the big green at Chester Road will help him tackle the big green at Wem. He won 14 out of 24 in the Premier League and can certainly mix it with the best! 13. Andy Stevens (Wrock Wood) Premier League form: 0 out of 1 Andy was the most surprising qualifier after taking a few years out of the game recently, and still managing to qualify for the Merit! Before his break Andy was a fine bowler for Donnington Wood, winning the Mid-Shropshire Merit in 1988 and 1989, before moving to Wrockwardine Wood recently. He will probably be the outsider of the day given his lack of playing this season, but he showed in qualifying that he can still compete with the best and could prove a few wrong! 14. Mike Beer (Castlefields) Premier League form: 9 out of 12 Mike burst onto the scene in 2006 as a 16 year old when he lost in the final of the Merit to Peter Farmer at Prees, but has yet to go as close as that day to winning the Charles Beddard Trophy. But surely it is only a matter of time before he gets his hand on the trophy given his talent? He has enjoyed an excellent start to the season to winning 9 out of 12 in the Premier League so is showing the form needed to claim this trophy for the first time. 15. Mark Selley (Newport) Premier League form: 7 out of 12 Newport captain Mark Selley has enjoyed a solid start to the campaign for his season given his new role at the club. He regularly wins over half his games in the Premier League each season so is capable of competing with the best and does have experience of local competitions to help him know how to play in competitions. 16. Andy Moss (Chester Road) Premier League form: 11 out of 12 Andy has won almost everything there is to offer in the game, he's won the Merit twice, in 1999 and 2008, the Autumn Waterloo in 2006, the Meole Brace Open in 2007 and many more. Has also suffered heartbreak in the All England and Isle of Man finals too, so he certainly will be one of the bookies favourite for the Merit this year. and will be looking to add to his two Merit triumphs, proving he has the know how to win this prestigious trophy.

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