The Peter Ashton Youth Trophy has been played for since 1989. It used to be a qualifying night with a final 8 on a Sunday evening, however it moved to an one dayer because of dwindling numbers and since 2013 it has become a Consolation Trophy for 1st round losers in the Junior Merit. So you will need to enter the Junior Merit to be able to possibly play in this trophy. The Current holder is Matthew Beck.
16 of the county’s young bowlers and their families gathered at the chosen by deputy president, Isobel Jones venue of Meole Brace to contest the 2017 running of the county junior merit. And as the day’s proceedings unfolded, it became clear to see at the Shrewsbury, the spectators were in for a treat of viewing some fine bowling from the young talent on show.
The first round losers were handed a reprieve as they entered into a consolation competition for the Peter Ashton Cup.
Highlights from the Peter Ashton Consolation
Keiron Jones and Molly Harris were sharing the first 10 ends but from 8-6 Keiron seized his opportunity in the next 10 ends and completed the win, only conceding a solitary chalk to post a 21-7 card. George Cooper from 4-4 and 8-8 pushed forward to 15-9 and 19-13 against Liam Edwards, who responded well to fight back to tie 19-19 only for his efforts to be in vain as George then ended the game 21-19.
The Final of the Peter Ashton saw George Cooper from 3-5(7ends) down, level the game 10-10(17ends) with Keiron Jones and pushed on to lead 16-12(25ends) before Keiron took control and in 5 ends completed a run out to seal the game 21-16(30ends)
Harry Church and Keiron Jones show off their trophies with County President Mike Caddick centre.
Winners Harry Church (left) and Kieran Jones (right)
The two finalists, winner Keiron Jones and runner-up George Cooper in the Peter Ashton with County President Mike Caddick.
The 16 players who took part with County President Mike Caddick (far left) and Deputy President Isobel Jones (far right).
2017 Peter Ashton Trophy Results