Flowfit Senior Merit Preview: 3rd Quarter

We look at the 3rd Quarter in the 2016 Flowfit Shropshire Senior Merit Draw. 17. Doug Edwards (Meole Brace) Premier League form: 7 out of 12 Doug has always been a good player at the Prince of Wales, not many beat him on the hump there, but having moved to Meole Brace last season he enjoyed a solid start to his Premier League winning half of his games, and has won more than he lost so far this season too. He has proved to be a solid player, with a great temperament, you can't tell whether he is winning or losing, so this could be key in having a good run in the Merit. He has proved he can have a good run in competitions by reaching the final of the County Handicap last season. 18. Mark Shore (Hanwood) Premier League form: 3 out of 11 Mark has struggled so far in his first year back in the Premier League since 2011, only winning 3 games, but one of these was a single figure winner over Andy Moss, Andy's only loss this season, showing on his day Mark can beat anyone. He has champion blood too, his dad Brian won the competition in 1978 and 1987, and would love to replicate this. He has already won one title this season, the Mixed Doubles with his wife Emma, however he will have to go solo if he is to win today! 19. John Potter (Hadley USC) Premier League form: 6 out of 12 John is benefiting from his chance in the Premier League at Hadley USC as he is playing the best bowls of his career at the moment, losing several close games meaning he hasn't quite won as many as he should have this season. He won the under 21 merit in the Whitchurch League two years on the bounce, as well as the under 18 so proves he can win competitions, but the Merit is a different kettle of fish! Qualified last year for the first time and will be hoping to go better than the last 16 he achieved then. 20. Ian Gaut (St Georges) Premier League form: 7 out of 10 Ian is a veteran of many Merits, his best being the Semi Finals in 2003, and would love to try and go one better and get to the final itself. He has enjoyed a good start to the season winning 7 out of 10, and his experience will put him in good stead of going far in the Merit. 21. Rich Lawson (Bowring) Premier League form: 9 out of 12 Rich had a slow start to the season, including his opponent in the Merit, Paul Williams, beating him at home in the first game of the season, but has got better as it has progressed as he retained his County Handicap crown by beating Mike Beer. Rich knows how to have a good run in the final, reaching the final twice in 1985 and 2001, dipping out in the final, so would love to go one better today, and is definitely capable of doing so. 22. Paul Williams (Castlefields) Premier League form: 7 out of 12 Paul is another veteran of the Merit, his best being the Semi Finals, but having won the Meole Brace Open in 2005 it proves he is a player capable of winning a big competition like this. He has been a consistent player in the Premier League over the last 20 years winning the League Averages in 2001, and finishing 3rd in 2014. He has beaten his opponent today already on his own green in the first game of the season, but will know that this will be a different game! 23. Rob Roden (Bowring) Premier League form: 7 out of 11 Rob is the current holder of the Charles Beddard Trophy, and will be hoping to match that magical day last year when he claimed the title at Allscott, but will know that every player here today will be after his trophy! He has enjoyed a good start to the season, winning 7 out of 11, and will be hoping his good form continues today. He will have the experience and good memories of that day last year to help him today, but knows it will be just as difficult to retain his trophy as it was winning it last year! 24. Simon Rhodes (St Georges) Premier League form: 7 out of 11 Simon is a solid performer having reached several Merits before today, but has really yet to stamp his mark on it. He enjoyed a good season last year, winning 13 out of 20 in the Premier League and following it up with 7 out of 11 this season, so is in good form to mount a challenge today. He also qualified for the Midland Masters last week, beating two Premier League team mates on his way, so knows he can produce big performances in competitions, and will have to from the off today against the current holder.

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