Senior County

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Shropshire are in section 2 of the 2018 Endsleigh Senior County Championship which starts on Sunday 6th May. We open our campaign against Merseyside, who we met in 2014 and won home and away against them. We then play North Midlands, who beat us last season in the Semi Finals by just 4 chalks, in what looks like the crunch clash. We then end our group fixtures against Cheshire, who like Merseyside, we last played in 2014, and beat them by 15 overall after winning by 51 at home at Newport. Fixtures:
  • Sunday 6th May:
  • Shropshire v Merseyside
  • Sunday 3rd June:
  • Shropshire v North Midlands
  • Sunday 1st July:
  • Shropshire v Cheshire
  • Sunday 5th August:
  • Semi Finals
  • Sunday 2nd September:
  • Final
 
  • Game 2 vs. North Midlands
Shropshire are out of the 2018 Crosfield Cup after losing to North Midlands by 39 today. A 56 shot win wasn't good enough to overcome a challenging green at Coundon, where we suffered another big away loss for the second game running. We had started well at Pontesbury, going 33 up off 4 with Darren Wellings winning 5, and another single figure success for Kiah Roberts in the middle, 21-7, to win him man of the match, meant we were 57 up off eight. With the green quickening at Coundon, the games took a lot longer, with Darren Plenderleith's 5 win for them taking over an hour. Martin Lloyd did so well on a mark to fight back to go 19-16 up before his opponent ran out, while Dave Lloyd battled very well on his debut, coming in for the unavailable Clay Flattley, to get 14. Scott Harries played well to be 12 across before his opponent ran out across the middle. Into the middle and Darren Tring played exceptionally well to win 5 for North Mids, while Rob Roden had a very good game with fellow young gun Tyler Dewis, which he edged 20. Sam Millward battled to get 13 while Rich Lawson was well in his game before his opponent pulled away late on to win 13. Into the back and we only had one winner at home, Adrian Rowe 10, to win by 56 there. With Tom Roden just going on after the home leg had finished it would require a momentumal effort by the away side to win the game. But unfortunately only Spencer Clarke managed to win 19 as North Midlands kept up their relentless bowls to win by 95, which on Coundon isn't as bad as it sounds! So Shropshire turn their attention into getting into the Supplementary, which isn't going to be easy as we have to beat Cheshire by 57!
Section 2
Coundon No.2, Shorncliffe Road, Coventry, CV6 1GP Pontesbury Nags Head Green, Pontesbury, SY5 9QD
W North Midlands For Ag Shropshire L W Shropshire For Ag North Midlands L
1 Michael Warrington Man of Match 21 19 Martin Lloyd Callum Wraight 21 10 Dane Hopwood 1
2 Darren Plenderleith 21 5 Peter Grimston Paul Williams 19 21 Russell Prosser 2
3 Steve Pratt 21 14 Dave Lloyd Darren Wellings 21 5 Jordie Baddeley 3
4 Stuart Perry 21 12 Scott Harries Michael Beer 21 13 Lenny Fulleylove 4
5 Noel Bates 21 13 Sam Millward Wayne Phillips 21 17 Andy Gibbs 5
6 Darren Tring 21 5 Chris Worthington Kiah Roberts Man of Match 21 7 Matt Horton 6
7 Tyler Dewis 20 21 Rob Roden Glyn Herbert 21 18 Ben Percival 7
8 Anton Davis 21 13 Richard Lawson Derek Wright 21 18 Andy Parker 8
9 Mark Burdett 21 11 Josh Bradburn Rich Goddard 20 21 Peter Varney 9
10 Scott Horbury 19 21 Spencer Clarke Adrian Rowe 21 10 Paul Ward 10
11 Richard Mnr Burdett 21 8 Paul Reeves Colin Beaman Captain 16 21 Paul Lamb 11
12 Stuart Nash 21 12 Tom Roden Captain Wayne Rogers 15 21 Shane Day 12
10 Aggregate +95 249 154 Aggregate 2 8 Aggregate +56 238 182 Aggregate 4
14 Points 2 (+39) 431 392 Points 0 10
 
  • Game 1 vs. Merseyside
Shropshire suffered their heaviest away defeat since 1960 as they were beaten by 105 at Wheatsheaf in Merseyside. A 43 shot win at home on Bowring would normally have been a good result but was nowhere near good enough to cover that sort of home defeat. Only two winners on the phenomenal green at St Helens couldn't help cancel out 5 single figure defeats. They were 48 down off four away, and two losers at home, despite Pete Grimston winning 11, meant a four shot deficit there too. But Glyn Herbert won 20 and Callum Wraight 14 as a brief revival in the middle, coupled with two single figure winners at home, by man of the match debutant Sam Millward 5 and Spencer Clarke 9, meant an overall deficit of 40 going into the back four. But despite Mike Beer winning 8, and another two winners at home, it wasn't enough to cover another couple of away single figure defeats as it turned into only the third ever over hundred aggregate loss away from home in Shropshire's history, following Staffordshire in 1932 and Lancashire in 1960. Full scores are below. Shropshire now turn their attention to North Midlands, who defeated Cheshire by just one chalk.
Section 2
The Wheatsheaf, Mill Lane, St Helens, Merseyside , WA9 4HN Bowring Bowling Club, Bowring Park, Haygate Road, Telford, TF1 2BN
W Merseyside For Ag Shropshire L W Shropshire For Ag Merseyside L
1 Danny Barwise Capt 21 10 Martin Lloyd Colin Beaman 10 21 Phil Lee 1
2 Ant Gartside 21 11 Richard Lawson Darren Wellings 21 20 Matty Gilmore 2
3 Peter Jones 21 7 Clay Flattley Peter Grimston 21 11 Ian Sherbrooke 3
4 Kevin Kearns 21 8 Kiah Roberts Chris Worthington 17 21 Chris Barton 4
5 John Ashcroft 20 21 Glyn Herbert Scott Harries 17 21 Robbie Fitzpatrick 5
6 Barry Whalley 14 21 Callum Wraight Sam Millward 21 5 Owen Doyle 6
7 Tex Allen Man of Match 21 4 Josh Bradburn Wayne Phillips 21 17 Cliff Massey 7
8 Jimmy Fagan 21 14 Rob Roden Spencer Clarke 21 9 Nigel Hughes 8
9 Matty Gartside 21 3 Derek Wright Stuart Rutter 12 21 Anthony Thompson 9
10 George Curran 21 8 Rich Goddard Michael Beer 21 8 Neil Sherbrooke 10
11 Robbie Hall 21 14 Adrian Rowe Paul Reeves 21 12 Mick Andrews 11
12 Mike Tunstall 21 18 Wayne Rogers Tom Roden 21 15 Nick Burridge Capt 12
10 Aggregate 244 139 Aggregate 2 8 Aggregate 224 181 Aggregate 4
14 Points 2 425 363 Points 0 10