KGJ Insurance County Cup 1st Round Preview

The 2018 KGJ Insurance starts with 5 ties in the 1st round as 21 teams look to etch their name on the Glynn Hill Trophy this season. Only five of the 14 Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League teams take part tomorrow, with 2 of them clashing on St Georges Bottom Green. Meole Brace may have lost some of their players over the Winter but they are right in form now after two impressive wins in the league after a difficult start. Captain Andy Wigginton admits that "obviously we are going into it with confidence but also wary as they have been a good cup team over the years. I have the luxury of leaving myself out as Ade Jennings steps up. Hopefully the new younger look team and excellent spirit will pull us through but absolute no pressure on us this year, just looking to enjoy every game win or lose." Opposition skipper Paul Fowles knows the threat an in form Meole possesses. "We are expecting a tough game as they are playing very well at moment. We are a bit hit and miss but we will be giving it our best shot and I think it should be a good close game." There is also one game involving no Premier League teams. Tanners side Battlefield play Mid Shropshire side Madeley CC with both teams struggling at the wrong end of the season and looking for some relief in the cup at Wem USC. Three teams look to upset the odds tomorrow as they take on Premier League opposition. Tanners Division 2 side Hadnall play Burway at Bridgnorth. Captain Graham Snelson says "I don't believe we have any experience of the green, but we do enjoy new experiences so the team are looking forward to a new venue. As for the opposition we realise it's going to be a challenge as we have nowhere near the experience levels of Burway so we're just hoping a good team spirit, a relaxed, no pressure attitude will help pull of a surprise result. However it goes we are just pleased to be able to represent our club." Burway were 2014 runners up and will want to get back to another final. Prince of Wales Hotel are another Tanners side looking to cause an upset against Hanmer on Horsehay. Skipper Ian Smith is "looking forward to playing a premier team. The Prince are always up for a challenge. The green is not known by many of our players but we will just do our usual and our best and anything can happen on a neutral green. Just hope for a good sporting green!" Hanmer captain Dave Ellison knows that "we go into the game as favourites but are not underestimating the Prince Hotel. We need to get our season back on track a little and look forward to the challenge." Sinclair face another Premier League team after playing Castlefields and St Georges in recent seasons, and it doesn't come much easier than Hanwood, looking for their first final in nearly 30 years. The two teams meet on Archibald Worthington, and Sinclair skipper Stuart Church admitting "the only info I've got about the Archie green is that none of our players have played it before. For the game I need my players to keep their head up in all of the games and put some pressure on them. Some of the team haven't hit form yet so with this being a pressure less game I hope they do tomorrow and keep the back four in the game." A reminder that the winning side needs to enter the result on the bowling results system by 10 a.m. on Thursday. The next round draw is on Saturday 12th May from 10.30 along with the next round of the Shropshire Cup.
Preliminary Round Held On Wed May 9th 2018
1 Hadnall Burway At Bridgnorth
2 Hanmer Prince of Wales Hotel At Horsehay
3 Chester Road Meole Brace At St Georges Bottom Green
4 Hanwood Sinclair At Archibald Worthington Big
5 Madeley Cricket Club Battlefield At Wem USC

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