The Telegraph Shropshire Senior Merit 2018 Finals Preview

A quarter of tomorrow’s Telegraph Senior Merit Finals at Greenfields have been to the final of this competition, and will be aiming to do so again along with the other 24 who aim to write their name on the Charles Beddard Trophy. Two of those former finalists meet each other in what promises to be possibly the best clash of the day and maybe even in the 1st round over the history of this prestigious trophy. Three time winner and holder Callum Wraight meets five time winner Pete Farmer in what would be fitting as a final let alone the first round. Callum has been in blistering form, from winning the Meole Open at the start of the season to winning the Pokerstars invitational on the Isle of Man on Friday. Pete though is now on a record equalling 26 game unbeaten streak in the Premier League having not been beaten in that since June last year. This is not just the only tie with two former finalists involved. Martin Lloyd won this in 2010, and faces two time runner up Keith Wall, the first time being 35 years ago! There’s also several clashes involving team mates, which aren’t easy affairs for either player involved. Wrockwardine Wood pairing Rob Clarke and 2015 Staffordshire Merit winner Dan Taylor, Meole Brace’s Will Tarrell and Julian Cooke, St Georges pair Clay Flattley and Tony Rhodes and Hanwood duo Nick Davies and Craig Wilson all take each other on in the 1st round. In addition to Dan for this competition, there are other young debutants in the field hoping to make their mark. Kane Beaman plays Nige Bound, Josh Cotton takes on former County Handicap winner Adrian Rowe and Will Tyler plays the in form Sam Millward. Former twice finalists Rich Lawson and Spencer Clarke are both former Junior Merit winners and will be looking to be in an exclusive group to win both trophies. Spencer take on Nick Mullinder from Hadley USC and Rich takes on another former Junior Merit winner, Ash Wellings. Former winner Rob Roden may be taking it easy at Trench now but still has enough talent to repeat his 2015 success and takes on Andy Stevens first up, who has played just the one game this season but still managed to qualify. Another former winner is Charlie Weaver back in 2001, and even though he is taking it easy like Rob, playing these days at Woore, he can still repeat that triumph, and faces Duncan Pressley first up. Stuart Rutter has yet to make an impact on this competition but has won numerous doubles titles just like his opponent Mark Shore, who has qualified for the third consecutive year. Adam Jones also qualified last year and plays Mike Dulson, a former Newport Open winner. Wayne Phillips and Scott Harries both have enough experience on the big stage to go far but meet each other first round in what promises to be a quality clash.
  • So there will be plenty of top quality action on the green tomorrow, so come on down and watch! Admission is £3 with a 8 page programme, and the England game is on in the clubhouse too at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available and the bar will be open all day.
  • For those who can't make it, there will be live scores here. There will hopefully also some live action on the Facebook page and on Snapchat.
First Round
1 Andy Stevens Rob Roden
2 Spencer Clarke Nick Mullinder
3 Keith Wall Martin Lloyd
4 Stuart Rutter Mark Shore
5 Rob Clarke Dan Taylor
6 Richard Lawson Ashley Wellings
7 Will Tarrell Julian Cooke
8 Will Tyler Sam Millward
9 Clay Flattley Tony Rhodes
10 Duncan Pressley Charlie Weaver
11 Mike Dulson Adam Jones
12 Wayne Phillips Scott Harries
13 Joshua Cotton Adrian Rowe
14 Nigel Bound Kane Beaman
15 Callum Wraight Peter Farmer
16 Nick Davies Craig Wilson

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