Wrockwardine edge home, Holders through, Allscott & Abbey pushed
Wrockwardine Wood won the closest game of the night in the 1st round of the Shropshire Cup by edging past last year's semi finalists Highley at Bayston Hill by just 4 chalks. Wrockwardine captain Allan Gaut explains how the game went. "It was a close game all the way with Highley taking an 11 chalk lead off the 1st four with Jack Hill winning 21-6 (to be best winner) however Sally Clee turned a 10-4 deficit into a 14 win to keep the Wrockites in it. In the middle and Ange Gaut's 21-2 win (to be best winner)turned the aggregate in the Wrockites favour and were 5 up off 8. A 19 and 18 winner for Highley put the game level off 1o, but the last 2 for Wrockwardine were well down, Allan Gaut 15-7 and Hollie Bishton 15-8, but Allan won 18 and Hollie 20 which meant the Wrockites won by 4. Great match with great support on both sides." Another of last year's semi finalists got through to with Telepost seeing off District by 34, Mick Pritchard's 21-4 and Simon Lewis' 7 win the main difference, with Mike Mullock responding for the Whitchurch side.
The holders Prince Hotel are through after a tough game against Battlefield. It was a close game throughout with captain Graeme Wornell saying it was "2 games each with us 5 down and then 4 each but 1 up. I put Tracy Ryan 9 after her disappointing performance last Friday and she proved a point that class is permanent to win 3 (to be best winner) as we won all 4 games at the end." Best winner for Battlefield was Bob Bishop 10. But the team they beat in the final, Pontesbury, are out after losing to Bridgewater by 15, which made skipper Greg Fordham "delighted with the performance from our lads against a Pontesbury side who were runners up last year. To only drop only 5 chalks after 9 blocks was very satisfying,just had the one loose card in the back four to make it interesting, otherwise had the chalks on the board for a Waterboys victory." Best winner for the Waterboys was Dave Gourlay 10 with Rob Jones responding for Pontesbury late on winning 4.
Some Division 2 and 3 teams pushed their Division 1 opponents all the way. Oxon got within 13 of Allscott, with 6 winners apiece. They led after four by 6 but three winners in the middle meant the Division one side led by 6 themselves, and Daniel Tipton's best win of 5 sealed the win for Allscott, with Martin Mckinley's best win of 10 for Oxon in vain. Greenfields pushed Abbey close but only after the "Abbey started off well going 37 up off 4." stated by captain Neil Jones. "Scott Newland made the aggregate safe after 5 winning 2 (to be best winner) to put us 56 up but then Greenfields rallied to win 6 out of the net 7 games but not enough to over turn the aggregate deficit and eventually Abbey won by 18 overall." Best winner for Greenfields was Kevin Willaims 8. Edgmond also gave Meole Brace a good game before an 8 and 9 win for John Crundell and Adrian Jennings put the game safe for Meole to win by 36. Edgmond's best winner was Tony Whittington 13 which had put them 5 up after four. Castlefields put in a professional performance against Tanners Division 3 side Hadnall to win by 50, the damage done in the first four with Tony Wall and Shaun O'Sullivan best wins of 21-6 to put them 43 up. Phil Price was best winner for Hadnall 21-10. Madeley CC and Hadley eased home against their Division 2 opponents Charlton and Trench respectively, Madeley winning by 75 and Hadley by 110. Best winner for Madeley was Chris Wiles 7, with Steve Dadd the best of 2 winners for Charlton, 14. Trench only managed one winner 21-20 against Division One leaders Hadley, Nick Mullinder the best of the 5 single figure winners, 7. Sir John Bayley also cruised past Bridgnorth despite only having one winner in the first four, Michael Cooper 6. This was followed up by Dan Lewis also winning 6 to mean the Bayley won by 69 overall. Pauline Wilson was best of the 4 winner for the Bridgnorth side, 17.
Crescent won the Shrewsbury Derby by 23 shots, with absent captain Scott Bowen saying it was a "good performance and the result we wanted." Crescent led from the front, winning all four games and gaining a 33 chalk lead, with Neil Harris the best 9. Despite a best win for Old Shrewsbury of 21-6 for Richard Jones, it was not enough with Craig Bowen's 21-9 win at number 12 sealing the win. Bayston Hill beat Worthen and Brockton by 90, four single figure winners in the front delivering them a great start, Ray Jones the best 3. Worthen and Brockton managed 3 winners at the back, Colin Rigby the best of them 21-12. Sinclair gained a good win over Hodnet by 22 chalks, Stuart Church's best card of 21-6 helping them gain victory after they trailed by 3 chalks going into the back four. Ade Clarke's 21-11 gave Hodnet their best card. Bylet beat Wem USC by 79 in a clash of the second teams, despite Wem leading by 8 after four with 2 winners, Mo Corley winning 14. But Bylet had the last 8 winners, led by Brian Walters winning 4.
Bowring did beat Elephant and Castle but this included two players who had played a Premier League games for them, meaning they lost by 35. Steve Parton was best for the Bowring winning 6 and Paul Smith was best for the Ele winning 11. Spokesman for the Shawbury side Dawn Grey said "the match was a hard fought game, played in a good spirit." Bowring admitted full responsibility for their oversight.
|1||Meole Brace||234||198||Edgmond||At||Wem USC|
|2||Prince of Wales Hotel||220||200||Battlefield||At||Monkmoor|
|7||Elephant and Castle||218||183||Bowring||At||Atcham Malthouse|
|10||Madeley Cricket Club||240||165||Charlton||At||St Georges|
|13||Wrockwardine Wood||221||217||Highley||At||Bayston Hill|
|15||Sir John Bayley||239||170||Bridgnorth||At||Newport|
|16||Bayston Hill||232||142||Worthen & Brockton||At||Hanwood|