Story of the 2018 KGJ Insurance County Cup Final

  • Semi Finals
Sir John Bayley beat Ifton by 75 overall with 11 winners in a comfortable win. It started well for Ifton though as Leighton Roberts won 8, but Josh Hale replied for the Bayley with a 8 card himself, and two 10 winners meant they led by 22. Four more winners, led by Elliot McGuinness' 7 win, extended this to 46, before they finished it off in style.
Ifton Score Score Sir John Bayley
Leighton Roberts 21 8 Scott Simpson
Nicky Jones 10 21 Tom Roden
Darren Lacey 8 21 Josh Hale
Marcus Hughes 10 21 Norman Harvey
Andrew Hughes 15 21 Ant Bracken
Craig Griffiths 18 21 Paul Evans
Dave Dicky Jones 20 21 Keiran Buckley
Geraint Williams 7 21 Elliot Mcguinness
Richard Griffiths 13 21 Chris Ward
Ian Metcalfe 14 21 Kane Beaman
Martin Jones 10 21 Chris Worthington
Dave Bond 18 21 Gordon Hawkins
Games 1 11 Games
Aggregate 164 239 Aggregate
The two teams below:
  • Ifton
  • Sir John Bayley
Newport beat Bowring in a thrilling KGJ Insurance County Cup Semi Final by just 2 chalks on St Georges Bottom Green. They fought back after being behind all game till the final end. The 2016 winners led by 16 after the first four with Josh Bradburn their best winner 11. Pete Farmer continued his Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League form by winning 6 for the 2012 & 2014 winners 21-6, but another 11 winner for Bowring meant they still led by 16. But Newport are made of stern stuff and battled back by taking the last 4 winners, Dale Rudrum 14, Pete Cookson 16, Paul Reeves 18 and then Mick Jones using all his experience to win 18 and the game for the Fishes. Delighted winning captain Sam Millward commented on "such a good game throughout I was on edge all through the back four! Bowring had a number of games that were well up throughout the night and we managed to scramble well in them. Full credit to Bowring, a great side and they showed tonight they’re no pushovers and are 100% underachieving in the league. Wish them all the best for the rest of the season." So Newport will play either Sir John Bayley in a repeat of the 2013 final or Ifton in a repeat of last year's Semi Final, at a Telford or Shrewsbury venue respectively. Both teams play on Saturday at Old Shrewsbury, and if it is as close or as thrilling as this one, we are in for a treat! Full scores:
Bowring Score Newport Score
Josh Bradburn 21 Philip Emery 11
Adam Patrick 21 Kevin Keary 18
Ayden Smith 19 Tom Langford 21
Reece Farr 21 Dave Rhodes 16
Richard Lawson 6 Peter Farmer 21
Ashley Gregory 21 Sam Millward 20
Jack Whitehead 21 Mark Selley 11
David Lloyd 21 Russell Pegram 17
Roy Bradburn 16 Peter Cookson 21
Martin Gaut 18 Paul Reeves 21
Jack Hill 14 Dale Rudrum 21
Brian Jarvis 18 Mick Jones 21
Games 6 Games 6
Aggregate 217 Aggregate 219
Team Pictures:

Gallant losers Bowring. Back, from left: Brian Jarvis, Dave Lloyd, Josh Bradburn, Jack Hill, Reece Farr, Roy Bradburn & Jack Whitehead.

Front from left: Ayden Smith, Rich Lawson, Ash Gregory, Adam Patrick & Martin Gaut.

Winners Newport. Back from left: Dale Rudrum, Pete Farmer, Mick Jones, Kevin Keary, Pete Cookson & Dave Rhodes.

Front from left: Tom Langford, Mark Selley, Sam Millward, Paul Reeves & Phil Emery

  • Quarter Finals
Leaders beat holders, Bayley find extra gear, Ifton & Bowring edge through The leaders of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League beat the holders of the KGJ Insurance County Cup at the Quarter Final stage. Newport defeated St Georges by 34 overall at Sinclair, pleasing captain Sam Millward. "The lads were brilliant last night, really ground out a result. Was looking like it would be level off the front at one point but Pete Farmer and Tom Langford really stuck in and ground out wins. Mark Selley and Mick Jones (best winner 11) were brilliant and Dale Rudrum was class to beat Clay Flattley. All in all a great performance!" The best of the holders' three winners was Dave King 12. Sir John Bayley were pushed by Hadley USC and found themselves only level after eight blocks off, with Dave Price their best winning 6. But the Bayley then had four single figure winners, led by Paul Evans' 4 win, to win by 55 overall at the Bylet. Ifton continued their impressive cup form with a comeback win over Wem USC on Hanwood. Captain Dickie Jones was "very happy to have got through in a game that could have gone either way. We didn't start off well being 16 down after the first four. Three winners in the middle put us two in front, Andy Hughes then won 21-9 (to be best winner) to put us 14 up the three other games were all close. We now look forward to the semi finals."Pete Bound and Dave Hanson were best winners for Wem, both winning 13. Bowring edged out Chester Road by 24 on Old Shrewsbury. Captain Rich Lawson was "really pleased with how the team played last night, it's a young side but they did themselves proud, I didn't see Josh Bradburn's game but by all accounts he was superb against Martin, we managed to get a lead off the first four and then Jack Whitehead gave us a bit of a cushion playing great to win 5. Bit of a turning point was Ash coming back from 13-7 down to beat Mark Holland, it might have been a different story otherwise. In the back we managed to maintain the lead with Jamie King bowling fantastic to win 5 (to be joint best winner with Jack), overall I'm thoroughly delighted with the win." Chris Stretch was best winner for the Whitchurch side, 10.
  • Full results are below, click on Quarter Final to see the matchcards.
Quarter Final Round Held on Wed Jun 20th 2018
1 Sir John Bayley 222 167 Hadley USC At Bylet Non-Prem
2 Ifton 224 213 Wem USC At Hanwood
3 Bowring 214 190 Chester Road At Old Shrewsbury No.2
4 Newport 237 203 St Georges At Sinclair
  • 2nd round
Hadley shock Bylet, Newport beat Fields again, Ifton cup form continues Hadley USC caused the shock of the round as they drew with Bylet and won on the most winners rule in round two of the KGJ Insurance County Cup. Both teams scored 222 points, but Hadley had 7 winners compared to Bylet's 5. It was a close match throughout with no single figure winners, best for Hadley was Phil King's 12 with Jason Groom likewise for the Premier League side on the Bowring, winning 11. Captain Ray Gregory said "it was a very good night, close from start to finish. It was a great team effort and I could not have asked for any more from my team. Let's hope we can carry this onto the next game." The other non premier teams though didn't quite manage a shock. Prince of Wales Hotel staged a late rally on Hodnet against St Georges but the damage had been done by the first four, as the holders led by 42 after Nige Evans had won 3. But they kept it respectful, including three winners at the back, Clair Barker the best of them 8. Trench did very well to restrict Wem USC to a 40 shot win at Greenfields, with only George Williams winning single figures for the Premier League side, 21-8. The Mid-Shropshire team had 4 winners themselves, former Premier League player Pete Roden the best of them 13. Chester Road showed no mercy in beating Madeley Cricket Club by 85 overall. Martin Lloyd was the best of four single figure winners, 21-3, while John Roberts Snr was best of three winners for the Mid Shropshire side, 13, on Crescent. Newport beat Castlefields again, just like last season, to progress to the Quarter Finals. They fought back from being 21 down on District after four after Mike Beer had won 10 and Keith Wall 11. But Pete Farmer, having won 23 consecutive games on a Friday night, led the comeback by beating Callum Wraight 17 and was backed up by Mark Selley and Pete Cookson both winning 8, as they won by 26 overall. Last year's runners up Ifton kept up their good cup from by taking advantage of an under strength Wrockwardine Wood on Old Shrewsbury. Skipper Dickie Jones commented on a "good solid team performance. We were 5 down after the first four, but Richie Griffiths won 9 in the middle which put us in front. Andy Hughes won 7 which more or less sealed the win." The Wrockites' best winner was Steve Roberts 10. Bowring put their poor start in the league behind them as they beat Hanwood on Chester Road, delighting captain Rich Lawson. "Really pleased with the win as we knew we'd be in for a very hard match against a quality Hanwood side. We managed to get a lead off the first four, held it in the middle, with some great scrambling by Aaron King in the back four to get 10 against a rampant Mark Shore making a big difference. Roy Bradburn and Martin Gaut both did their job but performance of the night was Brian Jarvis who was superb in beating Nick Davies. An excellent team performance." Rich himself was best winner 7, with Ash Wellings also winning 10 to share best win with Mark Shore for Hanwood. Sir John Bayley comfortably beat Burway by 54 at Meole Brace. A slow start saw them then have two single figure winners in the middle, led by Ant Bracken's 5 win, to then stretch away with all four winners in the back. Len Lewis was best for the Ludlow side, 12.
Second Round Held on Wed Jun 6th 2018
1 Wem USC 232 192 Trench At Greenfields No.2
2 Sir John Bayley 232 178 Burway At Meole Brace No.2
3 St Georges 216 177 Prince of Wales Hotel At Hodnet
4 Hadley USC 222 222 Bylet At Bowring Non-Prem Green
5 Ifton 230 196 Wrockwardine Wood At Old Shrewsbury No.1
6 Newport 223 197 Castlefields At District Back Green
7 Chester Road 234 159 Madeley Cricket Club At Crescent
8 Bowring 225 208 Hanwood At Chester Road Ladies
  • 1st round
Prince shock Hanmer, Chester Road edge out Meole, Hanwood & Burway through The Prince Hotel shocked Hanmer in the story of the 1st round of the KGJ Insurance County Cup on Horsehay. They won comfortably by 29 overall to leave captain Ian Smith delighted. "The game was very tight with only 4 points difference after the first four with Hanmer taking 3 out of the 4 games. The game went in our favour in the middle with 4 winners meaning Prince were 20 up. Back four was shared, 2 games each, but with a fantastic win from Prince's new signing this season Rob Jones, 21-6, sealed the win. The games were all close with some excellent bowling by both teams played in good spirit. The green was superb to play on!" Martin Elson had the best win for the Premier League side 15. In the clash of the two Salop Leisure Premier League teams it was Chester Road who edged out Meole Brace by 11 chalks. Winning captain Paul Fowles was "very happy to have won. We had 4 players out so we have to be happy! It was a great game played in good spirit, it was close all the way. Both teams gave it there all and just about came out on top." Best winners for both sides were 21-8, Martin Lloyd for the Road and Ade Jennings for Meole. Hanwood and Burway got through easily, with just one loser against Sinclair and Hadnall respectively. Elsie Pugh was Sinclair's sole winner 21-10, but Hanwood's Darren Wellings' 3 win helped them to a 73 shot win on Archibald Worthington. Burway were more ruthless in their game, winning by 133 on Bridgnorth, with three 21-2 wins for Kiah Roberts, Len Lewis and Ben James. Will Childs was the only winner for the Tanners Division 2 side, winning 18 at number 12 to give the village club something to cheer about! The all non Premier League tie was the closest game, Madeley Cricket Club coming out on top by just 5 shots. Kevin Lavelle's 7 win at the back was decisive for the Mid Shropshire side, with Roger Whitfield's 7 win in vain for the Tanners side. The draw for the next round is on Saturday from half 10, along with the Shropshire Cup draw.
Preliminary Round Held on Wed May 9th 2018
1 Burway 249 116 Hadnall At Bridgnorth
2 Prince of Wales Hotel 232 203 Hanmer At Horsehay
3 Chester Road 213 202 Meole Brace At St Georges Bottom Green
4 Hanwood 241 168 Sinclair At Archibald Worthington Big
5 Madeley Cricket Club 216 211 Battlefield At Wem USC

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