Hadley hammer holders, Wrockwardine edge out Ele, Telepost & Bridgwater through
The holders Prince Hotel have lost their first ever Shropshire Cup game against Hadley USC in the 2nd round on Adderley. The Mid Shropshire league leaders beat them by 46 with 10 winners in a comfortable victory, but captain Jim Fletcher commented "the green was in good condition but after the first two games it looked like it was going to be an uphill battle being 15 down. But the Hadley boys got to grip with a weighty green and bowled it well. Not picking out any individuals as they all played very well, we win as a team or lose as a team. A big thanks to Adderley Bowling Club." Conrad Clapham was best of the Prince's 2 winning 12 while for Hadley it was Dave Price's 8 win in the middle which helped swing the game around. The closest game of the night saw Wrockwardine Wood edge out Elephant and Castle by just 7 chalks. Two winners each saw Wrockwardine lead by 2 after four and they doubled their lead after 8 with Ian Delves winning 7 to be their best winner. In the back and two single figure wins for Louise Cotton and Allan Gaut sealed the tie by 7, despite an 8 win for Martin Young last on for Elephant and Castle.
Telepost earned a comfortable win over Sir John Bayley by 38 chalks on Wem USC. Spokesman Rob Jones said "it was a solid team performance to beat a very good SJB side. We got off to the start we wanted and managed to maintain that momentum through to the end of the game. There were some excellent individual performances on a difficult green. The game was played in a good spirit with both sides willing to give and take some friendly banter." James Mammone was best for Telepost 9 while Darren Rhodes was best for the Bayley winning 17. Bridgewater overcame a poor start to beat the Abbey by 37 on the Charlton. Captain Greg Fordham commented "another great team performance from the Waterboys to beat the Abbey on a tricky Charlton green.The 1st four was a tight affair as we went 3 shots down with Stu Bailey winning 11 for us to keep us in it. The middle was as tight, but with 3 wins and Craig Nicholls winning to 8 it was game on for the back lads with four shots up in our favour. It was a different outcome as our lads took control with Ade Smout winning to 6 (to be best winner) and the rest followed with good wins for a comfortable 37 chalk win in the end." Best winner for the Abbey was Greg Jones 8 in the middle.
Bayston Hill and Crescent didn't manage to upset their Division one opponents as Sinclair and Castlefields ran out comfortable winners. Sinclair won by 39 on Hanmer with Stuart Church their best winner 6 while Jack Dale's 4 win was best for Bayston Hill. Castlefields won by 35 on Pontesbury with their best winner being Carl Wear 3 at number 12 to seal the win while Jason Evans 12 win was best for Crescent in their three winners in the middle which helped them go to within 11 shots of their opponents. Meole Brace and Bylet also ran out easy victors over Allscott and Madeley Cricket Club respectively. Meole won by 51 with Ade Jennings being their best winning 3 while Daniel Bretnall was best of Allscott's 3 winners winning 11. Bylet beat Madeley by 36 on a quick Newport green, with Cheryl Caswell's 6 win at number 5 meaning they led by 52 after 6, before Madeley pulled it back with the help of Nigel Booth winning 12.
|1||Wrockwardine Wood||204||197||Elephant and Castle||At||Bridgewater|
|2||Telepost||239||201||Sir John Bayley||At||Wem USC|
|4||Hadley USC||237||191||Prince of Wales Hotel||At||Adderley|
|5||Bylet||223||187||Madeley Cricket Club||At||Newport|