The Senior Merit is the pinnacle of Shropshire Bowls. It has been played for since 1913 and the winner receives the Charles Beddard Trophy. There are qualifiers in Shrewsbury, Telford and Whitchurch which produce a finals day of 32 to be played at a venue chosen by the year's County President on the last Sunday of June. The qualifiers take place on Saturday 19th May at 6 p.m. for the Whitchurch area and Sunday 20th May at 1 p.m. for the Shrewsbury and Telford areas. The final takes place on Sunday 24th June at 11 a.m.