SCGBA Review of the Decade

The last decade didn't see us add another triumph for our Senior or Junior teams, but we had a few near misses. We reached the final of the Crosfield Cup in 2011 and 2016, but lost out to Yorkshire both times, and lost out in numerous Semi Finals. We reached the final of the Juniors in 2012 and 2014, but lost out to Yorkshire and Warwick and Worcester respectively, Wales are the only other team to beat us this decade. We also lost in a couple of Midland Alliance Finals.

The County Cup saw the big names dominate as Chester Road, Castlefields, Newport, St Georges and Sir John Bayley all won apart from one season in 2016, when Bowring recorded their first triumph in the competition. A new competition replaced the Consolation Cup as the Shropshire Cup was born, and saw Castlefields add their name to that cup in addition to all their County Cup wins, with the Prince Hotel, Highley and St Georges winning the other years.

The Senior Merit saw Callum Wraight win it three times, while Spencer Clarke ends the decade as a double winner. Rob Roden and Kiah Roberts were both young winners, while Martin Lloyd and Wayne Rogers finally got their hands on the trophy, and Rich Goddard added another win. Kiah Roberts, Aaron King and Harry Church all successfully defended their Junior Merit crown, and Joe Killen defended the Peter Ashton Youth Trophy. The Veterans Merit saw Alan Boulton and Mick Jones both win it twice.

Rich Lawson become the first player to win the County Handicap three times, while Mike Beer won it three times before that. The other individual competitions was more evenly split with different winners.

The Inter Leagues saw a restructure as it went to an one day format, with the introduction of a new Veterans competition. The Junior and Veterans was dominated by Mid Shropshire, winning it 5 times, while the Senior Inter League saw the Premier League win it three times.

On the national stage and a proud day for Shropshire came in 2017 when Callum Wraight and Mike Beer both reached the final of the Champion of Champions, with Mike winning out. Callum had become our first winner since 1989 in 2015, and also added many other big crowns to his list over the last 10 years. Andy Moss reached the final of the All England in 2016, while Ben Hinton reached the final of the Junior Equivalent in 2019. Castlefields reached the final of the BCGBA World Club Championships in 2018.

What will the next decade bring to Shropshire?

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