Last year finalists still on course, Wrockites stun St Georges, 2016 winners throughLast year's finalists are still on course to match that feat from last season as they both won narrowly in the 2nd round of the KGJ Insurance Shropshire Cup. Holders Castlefields edged past Mid Shropshire side Sinclair by just 6 chalks at Bridgewater. Captain Graham Wall was "very pleased to get over the line in what was a very tough game. We established a good lead after 8 games, but after 2 losses in the back we needed Tony Wall to run out from 16-12 to secure victory." Luke Jones was best winner 8 for them at number 1 while Darren Lord led the comeback winning 21-9. Last year's runners up Telepost beat another Mid Shropshire side in the Bylet by 17 on Atcham Malthouse. Skipper Rob Jones was busy watching Lionel Richie with John Addison, but, with the aid of some of the songs he heard, said "the lads told me it was very competitive from start to finish. Bylet played very well, especially Cheryl Caswell (who was best winner 11), so it wasn't easy! It rained, all night long, which made the green very pushy. A truly good performance from our lads!" Gary Neal was best winner 9 for them, while Bylet spokeswoman Cheryl asked to mention "a big thank you to Atcham for their hospitality, who once again put on hot food that was appreciated by all!" Wrockwardine Wood stunned St Georges by 46 on Newport to move into the next round. Skipper Josh Cotton commented "I felt the team was fantastic on and off the green. Excellent result against a very strong St Georges side considering we were missing 2 of our regular players!" Steve Downs was best winner 7 while Matthew Rhodes was best for the Dragons with his 11 win. Another Mid Shropshire side had a good win as Bowring beat Old Shrewsbury by 27 at District. Captain Dave Brown gave his account of the game. "After a shared first four of tight games Old Shrewsbury led by 1 with John Griffiths bowling very well to win 15 and Karen Smith to win 15. Into the middle four, our players were outstanding, Kate Suggett 21-12 v Tony Poole, young Susie Lawson produced another fine display to beat John Harris 21-13, Alex Turnbull, also playing very well, beat Evelyn Jones 21-14 with Sean Round well down and fighting back got 17 against Martin Francis. With the change in the weather into the back four Steve Hendy bowled superb to 21-11 against Rich Jones and the quiet man Alan Jones showing all is experience in quality performance 21-9 against Kevin Farr (to be best winner).Wendy Jones with constant pressure bowled very well to win 21-8 against Lee Parton (to be their best winner). Another pleasing performance with good bowling from both sides." Highley were another Mid Shropshire side to get through as they best Crescent by 50 at Hodnet. Andy Jones, Darrell Handley and Steve Wright all won 9 to be best winner, while Dave Oliver and Mark Rogers were best winners for the Tanners side, 15. Hadley also joined them in the next round with a comfortable 93 shot win over Greenfields at Prees, Ray Gregory the only single figure winner 4, while Tony Sandford was only winner for the Tanners side. 2016 winners Prince of Wales Hotel also got through with a consistent performance against fellow Tanners side Pontesbury. All of their players scored at least 17, with Mike Hampson and Tony Dodd both winning that for Pontesbury, while their best winner was captain Ian Smith 8. District are the only North Shropshire team flying the flag now after they beat Prees by 38. John Chesters led the way with a 21-3 card, with Tim Hocknell's 9 win best for the oppoistion. The next round draw will be on Thursday at 10:30.
|1||Wrockwardine Wood||221||175||St Georges||At||Newport non-prem|
|4||Bowring||227||200||Old Shrewsbury||At||District Back Green|
|5||Hadley USC||248||155||Greenfields||At||Prees Old Green|
|6||Castlefields||209||203||Sinclair||At||Bridgewater Big Green|
|7||District||229||191||Prees||At||Chester Road Ladies|
|8||Prince of Wales Hotel||239||197||Pontesbury||At||Greenfields No.1|