Story of the 2017 KGJ Insurance County Cup

The KGJ Insurance County Cup Final takes place on Saturday, so we look back at the story of this year’s competition.

Semi Finals:

Ifton won the first KGJ Insurance County Cup Semi Final comfortably on Meole Brace beating 2014 winners Newport by 39. They were only 10 up after the first four though with Leighton Roberts’ 9 win being cancelled out by Chris Grocott. But two single figure winners in the middle, Martin Jones 6 and Brian Hayes 8, extended the lead to 29 despite Sam Millward’s 9 win for Newport. Three more winners at the back sealed the win with Craig Griffiths the best of those 12.

Captain Dickie Jones commented on the match. “Leighton got us off to a great start winning 9, Nick Jones from 11-5 down won 16 and Darren Lacey won to continue his good season he’s having. Brian and Martin both got off to good starts and won to single figures. Craig Griffiths and Dave Bond won 12 and 14 to seal a great win. We as a club are delighted to have reached the final.”

So Ifton will take on either Bowring or St Georges on Saturday 12th August at a Shrewsbury venue. The other Semi Final is on this Saturday at Sinclair.

Full scores are here.

St Georges comfortably beat Bowring last night in the 2nd KGJ Insurance County Cup Semi Final to set up a final with Ifton. They won by 50 overall but only after being down off the first four and then having all 8 winners since then. Winning captain Tony Rhodes described the game. “Superb performance against a very talented team. So putting 50 on the board after being 2 behind after 4 was special. John Cooke was excellent against Dave King (to win 8). Glyn Picknell coming back from 8-17 to get 19 was a massive card for us and Jim Kellett and Pete Grimston won and played well. Clay Flattley’s 11 win was massive versus Josh Bradburn and really switched the momentum, being backed up by another momentum stopper with Mike Wainwright beating Rich Lawson. Ian Gaut beating an in form Reece Farr and back on song Nigel Evans winning sealed all 4 in the middle. We took all 4 in the back completed by Tom Langford’s 9 win sealed 8 winners on the bounce. Chuffed.”

So St Georges will play Ifton at a venue to be announced tomorrow night on here.

Full scores are here.

Quarter Finals:

St Georges, Ifton, Bowring & Newport win through

There are three former winners in the Semi Finals of the KGJ Insurance County Cup as they all got through fairly comfortably. The closest game involved the only non-winner left in it, Ifton who beat Chester Road by 19 on Atcham Malthouse. It was close throughout, “we were 6 up after the first four, 12 after 8 and the back four kept it tight for us to win by 19” said Ifton skipper Dickie Jones. “It was a good team performance as we created a good atmosphere for the players on the green from the side to get us over the line against a still good Chester Road side.” Best winners for Ifton were Keiron Roberts and Darren Lacey 7 while Andy Moss was best for the road 21-7. St Georges won the battle of the big guns beating Meole Brace by 44 overall. Captain Tony Rhodes comments “we arrived with the Bridgewater green very brown with odd patches of green. We’re told that a shower at tea time completely deadened it and made it very heavy. After a shared first four my middle four smashed it and appeared to learn more from watching how the first four went than the Meole guys. I went on at 8 p.m. and 51 chalks to the good. Meole played well at the back in the last 3 games to reduce the deficit from 60 after I came off to 44. Really positive performance.” Dave King was best winner for the Dragons 7 with Darren Wellings the best for Meole winning 11.

Newport defeated Bylet by 23 in a close fought game but the former winners were always ahead. They led by 16 after the first four with Kevin Keary their best winner 9 and they increased this to 19 after the middle four despite having three winners. In the back and Bylet did threaten a comeback with Chris Chamberlain 14-1 up and Matt Ealey winning 11, but two more winners in the other games meant Newport went through on St Georges. Bowring beat Wrockwardine Wood by 21 despite having nine winners in the match at Allscott. Mark Picknell and Dale Downes were best for the Wrockites winning 8 but the sheer number of winners got the holders through. Dave Lloyd was best for them 21-5 and captain Jamie King said he was “really proud of the team getting through a tough tie the way we did! After being so far down we showed real character to fight back and win the game. Our younger lads really showed what they can do and that we have a good balance of experience in the side!”

The Semi Final draw has matched Newport with Ifton, the St Martins side going for their first final since 2002 and Newport their first since 2014. Bowring meet St Georges in the other tie on Sinclair, St Georges looking for their first since 2011 and Bowring looking for back to back finals.

Quarter Final Round Held on Wed Jun 21st 2017
1 Ifton 213 194 Chester Road At Atcham Malthouse
2 Newport 230 207 Bylet At St Georges Bottom Green
3 Bowring 222 201 Wrockwardine Wood At Allscott
4 St Georges 217 173 Meole Brace At Bridgewater Big Green
Second Round:

Ifton bash Bayley, Newport crush Castlefields, Bylet edge out Hanwood

Ifton and Newport scored stunning victories in the 2nd round of the KGJ Insurance County Cup as they beat Sir John Bayley and Castlefields comfortably. Ifton beat the Bayley by 65 shots at Hadnall in a comfortable victory, which delighted skipper Dickie Jones. “Fantastic team performance against a top team our front four got us off to a great start for us to lead by 46 and our players continued to play well, with Kieron Roberts and Martin Jones rounding off a great night.” Nicky Jones led from the front winning 6 while Gary Cooper was best winner for the Bayley winning 12. Newport were close behind in their performance beating the record holders Castlefields by 32 on Calverhall. The 2014 winners adapted to the green much better and had 7 out of the first 8 winners, led by Peter Farmer’s 7 win. Adam Jones’ 10 win threatened a comeback but Pete Cookson’s 9 win stopped it in its tracks. Bylet won the closest game after beating Hanwood by 7 chalks on Edgmond. Rob Perry led the way winning 5 while Russ Wellings was best for Hanwood who just dipped out. Wrockwardine Wood were comfortable winners over Hanmer with 10 winners, although with two single figure losers the deficit was only 33. Stuart Rutter was best for them 7 while Hanmer’s two winners were Andy Armstrong and Dave Ellison 8.

There were no shocks at all as all the Premier League clubs beat their Tanners opposition. St Georges beat the Prince Hotel comfortably as they suffered from having 6 regulars out. They did manage one winner in Chris Wilson 19 but the Dragons had 6 single figure winners led by Tom Langford’s 2 win. Meole Brace defeated Elephant and Castle comfortably while Bowring were struggling first four, with Gwyn Jones winning 1 for Old Shrewsbury and Reece Farr 1 for them, before three single figure winners sealed the win by 58. Chester Road had 5 single figure victories in their win over Battlefield, but only won by 37. Chris Stretch was the best for them winning 6 while for Battlefield Keith Owen was the standout card in their 4 winners, 9. Captain Paul Fowles commented “was happy with the game as we played ok. The older Battlefield lads showed why they have been class bowlers for a long time they were impressive but we just had to much for them.”

KGJ Insurance County Cup Second Round Held On Wed Jun 7th 2017
1 Hanmer  193  226 Wrockwardine Wood At Greenfields No.1
2 Newport 230 198 Castlefields At Calverhall
3 Bylet  216  209 Hanwood At Edgmond
4 Battlefield  180  217 Chester Road At Trench
5 Elephant and Castle  184  244 Meole Brace At Oxon
6 Sir John Bayley  165  230 Ifton At Hadnall
7 Bowring  223  165 Old Shrewsbury At District Front
8 Prince of Wales Hotel  138  250 St Georges At Bridgewater Small


No shocks for Premier League teams, Meole and Hanwood edge out Premier opponents
First Round:

There were no shocks in the 1st round of the KGJ Insurance County Cup as all the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League teams stamped their authority on their opponents. The closest encounter was at Chester Road where the Abbey ran Wrockwardine Wood close in the first four before losing by 39 overall with 3 winners, Simon Damm the best 15. For Wrockwardine there was only one single figure winner, Ian Thomas winning 9. Sinclair only lost by 46 against St Georges with just 2 winners as only 2 losers ended up being single figures, Mike Wainwright winning 6 and Lewis Scott 9. Brenda Slingo took a fine scalp 16 while Ian Evans was the other winner 15. Madeley Cricket Club also had two winners against Chester Road, Tony Roche 13 and Nigel Booth 20 but went down by 89 with Andy Moss the best winning 4 on Battlefield. Hadley USC had two winners as well with John Newey winning 16 and Ash Gregory 19 from 19-15 down, but were defeated by 70 against Sir John Bayley on Allscott, Scott Simpson leading the way winning 5. Trench and Hadnall both managed one winner against their higher opposition. Trench’s Pete Millington won 20 as they lost by 97 on Monkmoor to Ifton with new signing Joey Williams winning 6 to be best for the Miners, while for Hadnall Jon Lyttle gave them something to cheer about as he won 17 in a 67 shot defeat on Atcham against the Bylet, who had the two Harries’ as best winners 9, Scott and Mick. Scott also wanted to “thank Atcham for the food they put on for both sides last night. The burgers and hot dogs went down a treat, fair play to them doing that for us!” Charlton didn’t manage to have a winner against record holders Castlefields as they lost by 149, Ann Withington scoring the highest 14 with the fields having 7 single figure wins, Tony Wall the best 4.

The two all Premier League ties were both won by 17 in two close games. At Bowring Meole Brace overcame missing a few players in beating Burway, and after trailing by 6 after the first four to, with Kiah Roberts and Peter Griffiths joint best winners 12. But Colin Beaman won 6 to be part of three winners in the middle to move Meole 14 ahead, and despite another 12 win by Kevin Dovey at the back for the Ludlow side, two wins by Mark Thomas and Doug Edwards won the Shrewsbury side the game. Another Shrewsbury team Hanwood beat Wem USC by the same score over at Hadley USC, which delighted captain Mark Shore.  “Last night we had a real tight game with Wem at Hadley. Pick of the front four for wWm was a great performance from Craig Ashley beating David Burton 11. He was their only win but meant Wem led by 2 after the first four. For Hanwood, Wayne Phillips recovered from a very poor start against John Bushill coming back from 12-4 to win 21-20. In the middle and Derek Wright displayed his undoubted class to beat Gary Neal 21-8 on a difficult 3/4 corner mark (to be best winner for them) and Neil Boxall also played well to beat nick Davies 16 which meant after 6 Wem led by 21. But strong performances from Glyn Wellings and Ben Talbot reduced to the gap to 10. In the back Danny Wornell scored 11 2s to beat his mate George Williams (6 to be best winner) to put Hanwood back in the game and with a classy display from Dave Payne winning 21-11 the tie was sealed for Hanwood.”

The other two ties featured non Premier-League sides, and Prince Hotel beat Monkmoor by 115 on Oxon with Daniel Brookfield the only winner for Monkmoor, 12, while Clair Barker was best for the Prince, 3. The other tie was much closer, Old Shrewsbury beating District by 16 on Sir John Bayley. District had 4 winners in the front to lead by 19, with Dan Beeston winning 12 to be joint best winner, but the Tanners Shropshire side turned the tie on its head with 3 winners in the middle to lead by 8, with John Harris joint best winner 8. There were two winners apiece but Old Shrewsbury sealed the tie with another 8 winner, Derek Jones, and another 12 winner for District, Ben Hinton.

There are 12 Premier League teams in the draw on Saturday from 11, with the other four made up by Tanners Shropshire sides Elephant and Castle, Battlefield, Prince Hotel and Old Shrewsbury.

First Round Results
1 Hanmer  W/O Donnington Wood At Prince of Wales Hotel
2 Prince of Wales Hotel 243 128 Monkmoor At Oxon
3 Newport  W/O Whittington At Hodnet
4 Chester Road 243 154 Madeley Cricket Club At Battlefield
5 Ifton 251 154 Trench At Monkmoor
6 Castlefields 252 103 Charlton At Bridgewater Big
7 Old Shrewsbury 215 199 District At Sir John Bayley Bottom Green
8 Wrockwardine Wood 241 202 Abbey At Chester Road
9 St Georges 241 195 Sinclair At Wrockwardine Wood Old
10 Sir John Bayley 245 175 Hadley USC At Allscott
11 Meole Brace 215 198 Burway At Bowring old
12 Bylet 248 181 Hadnall At Atcham Malthouse
13 Hanwood 220 203 Wem USC At Hadley USC

Whittington and Donnington Wood have withdrawn.

Battlefield, Bowring and Elephant and Castle have byes.

Matchcards are here.

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