A wet day failed to put a dampener on Callum Wraight’s winning end to the year writes Malcolm Fletcher.
The Shropshire No.1 landed yet another title in 2016 by triumphing in the Lew Page Open at his home town club of Shrewsbury Severnside on Sunday.
A 21-17 victory over Tim Jordan of Hadnall earned the 30-year-old Castlefields king the £100 first prize, adding to a string of titles in the season that included a rare Midland Masters success for a county bowler.
The in-form Wraight also claimed the scalp of Stoke star Matt Fellows, the recent winner of the Wrockwardine Wood Open, 21-13 in the semi-finals on a day when the bad weather hit entry numbers.
“Callum was up for it and played the corners on the big No.1 green brilliantly,” said Terry Sambrook of the host club.
Jordan, a key member of Hadnall’s team that has secured promotion to division one of the Whitchurch League, beat Carl Preece of Tanners Shropshire League champions Elephant & Castle 21-14 in his last four tie.
Competition promoter Chris Kershaw had 44 entries pre-booked for Sunday and hoped for a total of 80 plus, but ended up with just 50 taking part.
“It was a disappointing entry at 50, but it was not the best of days from a weather point of view - especially to start with. However, there was some good bowling and it was a very enjoyable day,” he said.
“It is very likely that we will move the Lew Page to the fourth Sunday in February, starting in 2018, but still have comps on the second and third Sundays of February.
“In February 2017 we will be holding three one-day comps, the same as we did this year, on the 12th, 19th and 26th.”
Wraight’s clubmate Andy Judson, who made his open breakthrough just last month by winning the Lee Hall Floodlit, won Sunday’s consolation KO at Severnside.
He picked up £40 after beating Carl Pemberton of Esclusham 21-15 in the final, the semi-final scores being: Judson 21 Ian Simpson (Bucknall) 15, Pemberton 21 Martin Green (Pontesbury) 19.
Quarter-final scores in the main KO: Jordan 21 Dave Edwards 17, Preece 21 Nigel Ferrington 16, Wraight 21 Clay Flattley 11, Fellows 21 Mark Thomas 15.