Report and pictures of 1st KGJ Insurance County Cup Semi Final

Please find below a report and pictures from Mike Potter of last week's 1st KGJ Insurance County Cup Final between Castlefields and Sir John Bayley, which I am very grateful for.   Shropshire County Cup Semi Final – played on the green of Chester Road Ladies – Sat 9th July 2016 Castlefields v Sir John Bayley The two protagonist teams and their supporters gathered around the top green at the Whitchurch venue where as the match began the threatening dark rain filled clouds thankfully held onto their load as they drifted other head, pushed along by a strong blustery wind. Castlefields began the better of the teams winning all of the first four games to open up a 26 chalk lead against fellow Premier League club Sir John Bayley that saw Keith Walton turn a 5-9 deficit into a 12-9 lead before Aaron Tapper levelled at 13-13 only for Keith to push himself into an 19-14 and after yet another counter the game was eventually over 21-14. Clay Flattley fought back from 0-4 to lead Scott Simpson 10-4, 15-7 and 19-7 and soon after making double figures, Clay finished it off 21-10. Paul Williams found it tough going in the early ends as Spencer Clarke opened up a 9-3 lead which he turned into 12-8 before Paul assumed control of the game and took the next 10 ends and ran out winning 21-12. Mike Beer saw his early 6-1 lead quickly evaporate as Paul Evans took the main control and soon levelled at 8-8 and went on to 16-9, yet from 19-11 lost the jack and was unable to regain it as Mike too ran out to win 21-19. Castlefields 84 – 58 Sir John Bayley Things didn’t get much better for Sir John Bayley as the Wellington team could only manage a solitary winning card in the middle four as Shrewsbury based Castlefields opened a commanding 39 lead. An evenly matched game saw Chris Ward just having the edge on Russel Pugh which saw the scores go from 4-4 to 10-8 and from 14-13 up Chris almost ran out as he recorded the SJB’s first success of the evening, winning 21-14. After another close early on encounter, Rich Goddard converted his 10-9 lead over Gary Cooper into a strong 19-9 position and despite a mini revival, Rich eventually ended the game 21-14. From 1-3 down, Andy Duckett ground out a healthy 13-6 lead over Paul Reeves which didn’t last as his lead was cut to 3 chalks where he was able to maintain as they went from 13-14 onto 17-14 from where Andy made an unanswered run out 21-14. Following an evenly matched 11 ends that saw Steve Duckett and Norman Harvey share the 11-11 score line, Steve managed to take 8 of the next 11 ends to wrap up a 21-15 winning card. Castlefields 161 – 122 Sir John Bayley Despite taking 3 of the last four games, Sir Jon Bayley managed to half but couldn’t turn round the deficit as Castlfields held on to finish 20 chalks to the good and for the second successive season, book their place in the final of the County Cup competition. Tom Roden began the rear guard counter attack as he took on Luke Jones who found himself in the wrong place and powerless to prevent the landslide run as Tom dominated the game as he went from 6-1, 11-3, 18-4 and subsequent 21-5 win. With the 33 ends virtually shared, there were few occasions where Andrew Judson and Will Plant could gain full control until from 13-11, Will established an 18-13 lead only to be pegged back before getting out 21-19. As the final two games commenced, the rain that threatened, begin falling lightly but without affecting the players that saw Adam Jones and Jason Groom also have an even game opening until from 13-14, Adam pushed into a lead of 19-14 and an eventual 21-16. The final game saw Gordon Hawkins turn a 3-5 card into a lead of 13-5 before Mark Taylor hit back to almost level the game that then Gordon took from 14-13 onto an eventual 21-15 conclusion. Castlefields 221 – 201 Sir John Bayley Result – Castlefields defeated Sir John Bayley by 20 chalks. Castlefields will contest the final of the County Cup 2016 with the winning club of the second semi-final featuring Bowring versus Hadley U.S.C. at Newport Non-Premier Green this Saturday at 6.30 p.m. 13599913_1150938798262759_8343932168357276742_n

The Victorious Castlefields Team, back, from left: Mike Beer, Mark Taylor, Steve Duckett, Adam Jones, Andy Judson, Keith Walton, Rich Goddard.

Front: Andy Duckett, Clay Flattley, Jon Palmer, Russ Pugh, Luke Jones, Paul Williams.

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Sir John Bayley, back, from left: Norman Harvey, Spencer Clarke, Scott Simpson, Tom Roden Jason Groom, Chris Ward, Will Plant, Steve Burroughs.

Front, from left: Paul Evans, Paul Reeves, Gary Cooper, Gordon Hawkins, Aaron Tapper.

Full scores:

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