The Midland Masters is a competition played for by the counties of Shropshire, Potteries & District, Staffordshire, North Midlands, Derbyshire and Warwick and Worcester since 1971. Each county has the same number of qualifiers if possible and take it in turns to host the finals of the event, which is held on the third Sunday of September. We hold our qualifiers on the third Sunday of June.
46 bowlers battled it out in the extreme heat for the 13 spots available for the finals day of the Midland Masters. There was some excellent bowling at both venues as three qualifying games at Sinclair went all the way. Pete Farmer managed to run out from 20-14 down against Clay Flattley in the corners, after having run out from 14-13 down against Simon Rhodes first game. Rich Lawson had to overcome an early deficit to beat Dave Lloyd 20, this after playing very well against Pete Grimston first round. Tony Rhodes, after being exceptional down an edge first game to win 1, had a real battle with Tom Roden with neither managing to hold the block for more than 3 ends. It was Tony who got over the line, coming back from 20-18 down. Josh Bradburn kept up his fine form as he beat fellow in form player Rob Fuller 14 after having won 8 first game. Mark Taylor also qualified after winning his two games 15 against Liam Stevens and Dave Brown, the latter having taken a fine scalp in Stuart Rutter first game. There were two straight qualifiers with Ian Gaut beating Neil Martin 8 and Martin Gaut just edging out Kieran Buckley 18.
Full results from Sinclair are here.
At Battlefield and Colin Beaman claimed two fine wins over reigning champion Callum Wraight 9 and then the in form Ash Wellings 16. Ash’s Dad Glyn and Uncle Darren were both beaten by Wayne Phillips 11 and 14 respectively, while Colin’s Meole team mate Scott Moseley beat Paul Williams 18 and then Dave Burton 6 to qualify. Simon Lane was in awesome form defeating Nick Lewis 5 and Craig Wilson 9, while Nigel Ferrington was made to work harder for his two wins, 18 against Derek Flattley and 16 against Will Tarrell. Wayne Rogers and Kiah Roberts had a bye to the qualifier and it was Wayne who took the ticket to Florence as he won 19.
Full results from Battlefield are here.
SCGBA would like to congratulate the 13 qualifiers who have took the tickets to Florence on Sunday 17th September and would like to wish them all the best there.