KGJ Insurance County Cup 2nd Round Preview

Former winners clash, Prince look to shock holders, Trench & Hadley aim for upsets

Two former winners clash in the standout game of the 2nd round of the KGJ Insurance County Cup. 2014 winners Newport play 2015 victors Castlefields on District back green, a repeat of last year's 2nd round clash when Newport won easily at Calverhall. The two teams met at Newport on Friday, and skipper Sam Millward knows it is a "massive game again for us, doesn’t mean anything beating them on Friday, new day new green. Both sides are full of quality so we’ll just give it a good go. Always tough playing last year’s league winners first game." Castlefields skipper Alan Peach also knows "it's a tough game against a very good team. We played them last Friday and I felt we deserved more than the 4 we got with two 20 losers and a 19 loser. It's a different green and a different night and on a neutral green so anything can happen. Again I'm sure our players need no motivating. May the best team win!" Last year's winners St Georges will be looking to retain their crown but face a tricky tie against Prince of Wales Hotel on Hodnet, who defeated Hanmer last round. The two teams met last year, but the Tanners side had several players out. Captain Ian Smith says "we are planning on improving from last year's results against them and give them a better game this year! Like always we will turn up and all try our best and enjoy the experience of playing the current holders." The team St Georges beat last season, Ifton, face Wrockwardine Wood in a tricky tie at Old Shrewsbury given the Wrockites' current good form. But Ifton did so well last season despite their poor league form so no reason why they can't do that again. Wrockwardine Wood are in a team in excellent form, being second in the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League, and are due a good cup run. There are two all other Premier League ties which should be close affairs. 2014 finalists Burway take on 2013 winners Sir John Bayley at Meole Brace, ahead of their league clash in Ludlow on Friday, while 2016 winners Bowring face Hanwood at Chester Road, with the Shrewsbury side looking to try and get to their first final in over 25 years. Three Mid Shropshire teams are looking to cause a shock as they face Premier League opposition. Reigning Mid Shropshire champions Hadley USC face Bylet on Bowring in a repeat of the epic Consolation Cup Final in 2004. Hadley USC skipper Ray Gregory is treating this game like any other, "it will be the same as tackling any opposition, we play to win. We have some very strong players who thrive on playing anyone Premier League or County." Trench have picked up since their tough start in the Mid Shropshire League and will relish facing Wem USC on Greenfields. But spokesman Carleen Doody-Millington says "unfortunately we have 4 of our main players out." Madeley Cricket Club have struggled for league form this season but beat Battlefield last round and take on Chester Road at Crescent in a repeat of the Semi Final in 2011. Chester Road had a good win themselves last round against Meole Brace, and will be looking to return to former glories when they won the competition five times from 2003 to 2011. A reminder that it is not dress code and the Quarter Final draw takes place on Thursday after 10.30.
Second Round Held On Wed Jun 6th 2018
1 Wem USC Trench At Greenfields No.2
2 Sir John Bayley Burway At Meole Brace No.2
3 Prince of Wales Hotel St Georges At Hodnet
4 Bylet Hadley USC At Bowring Non-Prem Green
5 Ifton Wrockwardine Wood At Old Shrewsbury No.1
6 Castlefields Newport At District Back Green
7 Chester Road Madeley Cricket Club At Crescent
8 Bowring Hanwood At Chester Road Ladies

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