Hadnall shock Newport, Pontesbury edge Burway, Prees beat Hodnet
Hadnall shocked Newport in the 2nd round of the KGJ Insurance Shropshire Cup. They beat them by 26 on Severnside. Hadnall stand-in captain Chris Elsbury said "a strong start from Hadnall saw them take a 9 point lead into the middle four. Newport rallied in the middle and the back four went on with a lead of just 8 points. Alan Smith winning 21-6 at number nine (to be best winner for them) brought the game back in Newport's favour however this was cancelled out by a superb 21-2 win for Mike Thomas (to be their best winner) and closed out with wins for the remaining back two players." Pontesbury overcame a spirited Burway side at Severnside by just 4 chalks. Captain Andy Price said "it was a very interesting game with the green change. Burway adapted to the very heavy green well! But we just to managed to scrape through in the end, it did go right down to the wire. Well done Burway." Dennis Walton was best winner for them 4 and Barry Rogers was best for the Ludlow side 5.
Prees overcome Hodnet in the North Shropshire Derby. Step-in captain Ben Grocott said "after Hodnet only dropped 1 after the 1st 4 we needed to step it up a gear. Getting back into it we had 3 out of 4 winners in the middle with Mike McGee coming off winning 21-6 (to be best winner) we knew there was still hope. The back 4 came off with 3 winners so we knew we had done it. We look forward to a quarter final place for the 1st time in our club history." Paul Humphreys was best winner for Hodnet 12. Hadley USC beat 2016 winners Prince of Wales Hotel by 45 at Hodnet. Hadley spokesman Phil King said "it was a good win against our good friends from the Prince as always. We had a good start on a difficult green with some good bowling by both sides and we managed to keep it going to the last game. We came through what was always going to be a difficult game." Best winner for them was Steve Homer 8, while Nigel Ferrington was best for the Shrewsbury side 11. Another previous winner got through safely with Castlefields beating Allscott Heath by 60. Steve Walker was their best winner 3 with Daniel Bretnall was best for Allscott 12. The team who they beat in the 2017 final, Telepost, also won. They defeated Bridgewater by 32 on Allscott Heath. Shaun Bould was best winner 7 for them with Tim Stokes best for them 8.
St Georges had a close game with Battlefield on Bridgewater, winning by 18. Captain Paul Beer said "Wednesday nights game against a good Battlefield side was close as I expected on a slightly pushy green that really didn’t run like it looked it should. We were 3 up after 4 and 5 down after 8 it was always going to the wire. These tight games are usually settled on come backs and push ons, Darren Lord was 15-1 down and got 19, Baz Gilder was 12-6 down fired for 2 and won 13. A very well-mannered and respectful game against two good sides." Phil Jones was best winner for the Dragons 10, with Amy Ryder best for the Field 13. Sir John Bayley beat the Bylet by 30 on Sinclair. Captain Craig Baugh commented on "a very good overall team performance from 1-12 as it was dead level off the front four. Our middle four forged ahead into a slender 17 lead by taking 3 of the four games. Still all to play for in the back and a special mention must go to James Blair after being 17-9 down against Rob Renke scrambled to win 20." Craig himself was best winner for them 10, as Albert Cornes was best for the visitors 12.
|1||St Georges||234||216||Battlefield||At||Bridgewater Small Green|
|3||Hadley USC||225||180||Prince of Wales Hotel||At||Hodnet|
|4||Sir John Bayley||228||198||Bylet||At||Sinclair|
|5||Castlefields||235||175||Allscott||At||Chester Road Ladies|
|7||Prees||221||212||Hodnet||At||Madeley Cricket Club|
|8||Pontesbury||202||198||Burway||At||Severnside No 1|