Shropshire v North Midlands Endsleigh Senior County Preview

Shropshire play in another Semi Final tomorrow and its old rivals North Midlands that they face. We clashed with them in an epic Semi Final in 2002 which ended in a draw and then a playoff to decide who went through, and again in 2009 when we beat them on way to winning the cup. That time was also at Dunlop No.2 and we did excellent on there only losing by 25, as well as a 38 shot loss there in 2003. We have gone back to Greenfields hoping to reverse the loss we suffered on it last season against Yorkshire in the Final, but with another year’s experience on it hopefully we can get a good enough win on there. Selector Mick Jones says “the lads played well last year in the final considering we hadn’t used the green for five or six years. We had nine winners but dropped 32 shots off two cards, and that cannot happen.” North Midlands have struggled in recent years despite their fearsome greens but got past Yorkshire in the groups, but Jones says “we’re the better side, we just have to prove it on the day. We don’t show any opponent any disrespect and we treat every game the same.” Josh Bradburn comes in for his debut, in for the unavailable Glyn Picknell, and faces last week’s Senior Individual Merit winner Darren Plenderleith away. Mick comments “I think we have as good an away side as any county. North Midlands have the greens but they can’t use Coundon again after beating Yorkshire by 54 on there. Dunlop is a tricky green and we will have to be on our toes tomorrow, but it’s no Coundon.”

So get down to Greenfields to roar the team on, it promises to be a great atmosphere with some quality bowling.

If you cannot come down then live scores will be available here.

Draw:

Home venue at Greenfields Bowling Club, Shrewsbury

  1. G Herbert v D Hopwood
  2. D Wellings v R Prosser
  3. K Roberts v A Gibbs
  4. C Wraight v J Baddeley
  5. W Phillips v P Varney
  6. A Wellings v M Horton
  7. C Flattley v B Percival
  8. A Rowe v W Beale
  9. R Goddard v M Allen
  10. M Beer v T Dewis
  11. C Beaman v P Ward
  12. W Rogers v S Perry

Away venue at Dunlop Bowling Club, Coventry

  1. S Pratt v M Lloyd
  2. J Dunn v P Grimston
  3. R Burdett v A Moss
  4. A Parker v R Lawson
  5. M Burdett v R Roden
  6. S Day v A Jones
  7. L Burdett v S Harries
  8. D Plenderleith v J Bradburn
  9. S Horbury v R Burroughs
  10. S Nash v J King
  11. M Blackmore v P Reeves
  12. N Bates v T Roden

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