Below is a report and pictures from the 2017 Junior Merit thanks to Competitions Secretary Mike Potter.
Shropshire Junior Merit 2017 – Sunday 16th July 2017 – Meole Brace
16 of the county’s young bowlers and their families gathered at the chosen by deputy president, Isobel Jones venue of Meole Brace to contest the 2017 running of the county junior merit. And as the day’s proceedings unfolded, it became clear to see at the Shrewsbury, the spectators were in for a treat of viewing some fine bowling from the young talent on show.
The first round losers were handed a reprieve as they entered into a consolation competition for the Peter Ashton Cup.
Highlights from the Peter Ashton Consolation
Keiron Jones and Molly Harris were sharing the first 10 ends but from 8-6 Keiron seized his opportunity in the next 10 ends and completed the win, only conceding a solitary chalk to post a 21-7 card. George Cooper from 4-4 and 8-8 pushed forward to 15-9 and 19-13 against Liam Edwards, who responded well to fight back to tie 19-19 only for his efforts to be in vain as George then ended the game 21-19.
Meanwhile in the Merit
Harry Church was in a determined mood as he opened up an 11-1 & 14-2 lead over Matt Parry and carried through to 19-6 and despite, Matt taking 3 consecutive ends, he couldn’t stop Harry as he ended the game 21-9. Susie Lawson was equally building a healthy 9-1 & 12-3 lead until Josh Warner fought back to level the game at 13-13 and even led 17-15 from which the game then became a very tight affair with neither giving anything until at 19-20, Susie bagged herself a double to hand her a 21-20 win.
The Final of the Peter Ashton saw George Cooper from 3-5(7ends) down, level the game 10-10(17ends) with Keiron Jones and pushed on to lead 16-12(25ends) before Keiron took control and in 5 ends completed a run out to seal the game 21-16(30ends)
Meanwhile in the Merit
Harry Church started strongly against his county team mate, Susie Lawson as he opened up a 10-1(8ends) lead which soon became 15-6(16ends) and without allowing his opponent to score any double point ends in the game as Harry eventually closed out the luckless Susie to win 21-8(22ends) and to go with the title as under 18 merit champion of the Mid Shropshire League he added the big one as The Junior County Merit Champion.
Competition Secretary, Mike Potter thanked Meole Brace for their hospitality, staging the event, the parents for their supporting and not forgetting the young competitors and revealed both Harry & Susie will be representing Shropshire when they take their places in the All Britain finals day before inviting county President, Mike Caddick to make the presentation of the prizes to the worthy winners
Harry Church and Keiron Jones show off their trophies with County President Mike Caddick centre.
Winners Harry Church (left) and Kieran Jones (right)
The two finalists with Mike Caddick; the Winner Harry Church and runner-up Susie Lawson.
The two finalists, winner Keiron Jones and runner-up George Cooper in the Peter Ashton with County President Mike Caddick.
The 16 players who took part with County President Mike Caddick (far left) and Deputy President Isobel Jones (far right).
2017 Junior Merit Results
2017 Peter Ashton Trophy Results