Midland Alliance

Both Shropshire teams fell short in their quest for the Midland Alliance, one by only a handful of chalks. Shropshire A’s loss in our first game against Staffordshire cost us in the end as that team finished top of the group. We only had 3 winners in an 11 shot loss, with Paul Reeves the best of them winning 12. In the second game against Derbyshire we won by 24 with 6 winners, Paul Reeves the best again winning 11. It was even more convincing in the last game even with only 5 winners, Sam Millward was the best 21-5 in a 35 shot win. However with Staffordshire winning their other two games they topped the groups with 6 points, with Shropshire 2nd with 4.

Shropshire B went agonisingly close to getting through, missing out by just 4 chalks. We started well with a 21 shot win over South Yorkshire, Josh Bradburn the best of their 6 winners 21-5. Next game we started well with the first 5 winners but two single figure defeats meant even with Dave Lloyd winning 16, the joint best with Adam Dovey, we lost by 5 to North Midlands. With Warwick and Worcester winning both their games, it meant we had to win by 15 to finish as group winners. It didn’t start to well with two winners apiece in the first four, but led by 2 thanks to Jack Hewitt’s best card of 11. We then had four winners but with Josh Bradburn the best at 16, it meant we only won by 13, falling two short of the target we needed.

It was a great day of bowls for the County though, with special mention to Paul Reeves, Ash Wellings, Adam Dovey and Dave Lloyd for winning all their games. County selector Mark Thomas commented there were “definitely some positives and a little unlucky. We beat the eventual winners in the group and lost a game when we had six winners from eight games. I feel that both our teams had players good enough to step up to the next level.”

Warwick and Worcester beat Staffordshire comfortably in the final, having 6 winners with Chris Watts the best winning 6.

Thanks to Mike Potter for the results and pictures below.

Shropshire A

Shropshire A

Back from left: Mick Jones (Selector), Dan Wornell, Jolyon Partridge, Paul Reeves, Tony Rhodes, Ian Gaut & Mike Caddick (President).

Front from left: Sam Millward, Craig Wilson & Pete Grimston.

Shropshire B

Shropshire B

Back from left: Mark Thomas (Selector), Dave Lloyd, Stuart Clee, Jack Hewitt, Chris Stretch & Mike Caddick (President).

Front from left: Ash Wellings, Ben Talbot, Adam Dovey & Josh Bradburn.

Winners Warwick and Worcester

Warwick & Worcester a

From left: Glen Herbert, Phil Whitehead (Selector), Mitchell Harvey, Gareth Herbert (Team Manager) Josh Hale, Jack Whitehead, Lucas Hall, Jordan Bradbury, Adam Patrick & Chris Watts.

Final scores:

Midland Alliance Final – Sun. 30th April 2017 – Donnington Wood BC
Warwick & Worcs Staffordshire
1 J. Whitehead 18 ~ 21 R. Farr
2 M.Harvey 20 ~ 21 C. Worthington
3 L. Hall 21 ~ 19 R. Perry
4 J. Bradbury 21 ~ 11 D. Handley
5 C. Watts 21 ~ 6 R. Edwards
6 G. Herbert 21 ~ 10 K. Hocknell
7 J. Hale 21 ~ 12 J. Wyer
8 A. Patrick 21 ~ 19 N. Wyer
164 ~ 119

Group 1 Results:

Green 1
Shropshire A Staffordshire Derbyshire Potteries
1 Peter Grimston 15 ~ 21 C. Worthington 1 D. Hartleys 13 ~ 21 C. Kearns
2 Craig Wilson 20 ~ 21 R. Perry 2 C. Shore 21 ~ 8 D. Kromiski
3 Dan Wornell 21 ~ 18 N. Wyer 3 D. Watkin 12 ~ 21 M. Ford
4 Sam Millward 18 ~ 21 K. Hocknell 4 A. Smith 21 ~ 17 I. Atherton
5 Ian Gaut 12 ~ 21 R. Edwards 5 T. Brown 21 ~ 14 M. Lawton
6 Jolyon Partridge 21 ~ 18 D. Handley 6 D. Golpin 21 ~ 13 N. Wright
7 Paul Reeves 21 ~ 12 J. Wyer 7 L. Reecher 9 ~ 21 I. Simpson
8 Tony Rhodes 14 ~ 21 S. Gittings 8 E. Wallis 21 ~ 16 J. Black
142 ~ 153 139 ~ 131
Shropshire A Derbyshire Staffordshire Potteries
1 Craig Wilson 18 ~ 21 E. Wallace 1 K. Hocknell 21 ~ 14 C. Kearns
2 Peter Grimston 21 ~ 14 D. Golpin 2 C. Worthington 21 ~ 18 I. Atherton
3 Sam Millward 21 ~ 18 B. Ryder 3 R. Farr 13 ~ 21 M Ford
4 Dan Wornell 21 ~ 20 D. Matkin 4 N. Wyer 21 ~ 17 N. Wright
5 Jolyon Partridge 21 ~ 17 A. Smith 5 D. Handley 21 ~ 16 M.Lawton
6 Ian Gaut 21 ~ 13 D. Hartley 6 R. Perry 21 ~ 9 A. Booth
7 Tony Rhodes 15 ~ 21 T Brown 7 R. Edwards 21 ~ 13 J. Black
8 Paul Reeves 21 ~ 11 C. Shaw 8 S. Gittings 17 ~ 21 I. Simpson
159 ~ 135 156 ~ 129
Shropshire A Potteries Staffordshire Derbyshire
1 Peter Grimston 21 ~ 20 C. Kearns 1 N. Wyer 21 ~ 15 C. Shore
2 Dan Wornell 19 ~ 21 I. Atherton 2 R. Edwards 21 ~ 8 D. Galpin
3 Craig Wilson 21 ~ 17 N.Wright 3 K. Hocknell 13 ~ 21 T. Brown
4 Sam Millward 21 ~ 5 D. Kromiski 4 J. Wyer 21 ~ 12 L. Belcher
5 Ian Gaut 21 ~ 11 A. Booth 5 R. Perry 16 ~ 21 D. Matkin
6 Jolyon Partridge 17 ~ 21 M. Lawton 6 D. Handley 21 ~ 9 A. Smith
7 Tony Rhodes 19 ~ 21 J. Black 7 C. Worthington 21 ~ 19 E. Wallis
8 Paul Reeves 21 ~ 9 I. Simpson 8 S. Gittings 13 ~ 21 B. Ryder
160 ~ 125 147 ~ 126

Group Table:

pld W L agg pp
Staffordshire 3 3 0 59 6
Shropshire A 3 2 1 48 4
Derbyshire 3 1 2 -37 2
Potteries 3 0 3 -70 0

Group 2 Results:

Green 2
Shropshire B South Yorkshire Warwick & Worcs North Midlands
1 Stuart Clee 21 ~ 20 C. Naylor 1 M. Harvey 21 ~ 8 L. Fullylove
2 Ashley Wellings 21 ~ 16 C. Bamford 2 J. White Head 21 ~ 14 C. Wilkins
3 Ben Talbot 11 ~ 21 J. Higgins 3 L. Hall 21 ~ 18 D. Nicholls
4 Josh Bradburn 21 ~ 6 T. Hill 4 G. Herbert 21 ~ 14 N. Tonks
5 Adam Dovey 21 ~ 15 M. Whittaker 5 J. Bradbury 11 ~ 21 L. Dennis
6 Chris Stretch 11 ~ 21 M. Richardson 6 C. Watts 20 ~ 21 A. Davies
7 Jack Hewitt 21 ~ 14 H. Slack 7 A. Patrick 21 ~ 15 H. Chapman
8 David Lloyd 21 ~ 14 P. Wildgoose 8 J. Hale 21 ~ 12 M. Allen
148 ~ 127 157 ~ 123
Shropshire B North Midlands Warwick & Worcs South Yorkshire
1 Ashley Wellings 21 ~ 20 L. Fullylove 1 C. Watts 21 ~ 12 J. Higgins
2 Stuart Clee 21 ~ 17 C. Wilkins 2 M. Harvey 18 ~ 21 C. Naylor
3 Chris Stretch 21 ~ 19 D. Nicholls 3 L. Hall 11 ~ 21 M. Richardson
4 Josh Bradburn 21 ~ 18 N. Tonks 4 G. Herbert 21 ~ 17 G. Bamford
5 Adam Dovey 21 ~ 16 L. Dennis 5 J. Bradbury 21 ~ 12 H. Black
6 Ben Talbot 9 ~ 21 A. Davies 6 J. Whitehead 21 ~ 17 M. Whitaker
7 Dave Lloyd 21 ~ 16 H. Chapman 7 A. Patrick 21 ~ 18 T. Hill
8 Jack Hewitt 8 ~ 21 M. Allen 8 J. Hale 17 ~ 21 P. Wildgoose
143 ~ 148 151 ~ 139
Shropshire B Warwick & Worcs North Midlands South Yorkshire
1 Ashley Wellings 21 ~ 16 G. Herbert 1 ~
2 Stuart Clee 13 ~ 21 A. Patrick 2 ~
3 Jack Hewitt 21 ~ 11 M. Harvey 3 ~
4 Chris Stretch 16 ~ 21 L. Hall 4 N/A ~ N/A
5 Adam Dovey 21 ~ 18 C. Watts 5 ~
6 Ben Talbot 21 ~ 20 J. Bradbury 6 ~
7 David Lloyd 21 ~ 19 J. Whitehead 7 ~
8 Josh Bradburn 21 ~ 16 J. Hale 8 ~
155 ~ 142 ~

Group Table:

pl w l agg pts
Warwickshire 3 2 1 33 4
Shropshire B 3 2 1 29 4
North Midlands 2 1 1 -29 2
South Yorkshire 2 0 2 -33 0

Shropshire A Averages:

pld W L agg
Paul Reeves 3 3 0 31
Sam Millward 3 2 1 16
Ian Gaut 3 2 1 9
Joylon Partridge 3 2 1 3
Peter Grimston 3 2 1 2
Dan Wornell 3 2 1 2
Craig Wilson 3 1 2 0
Tony Rhodes 3 0 3 -15

Shropshire B Averages:

pld w l agg
Josh Bradburn 3 3 0 23
Adam Dovey 3 3 0 14
Ashley Wellings 3 3 0 11
David Lloyd 3 3 0 10
Stuart Clee 3 2 1 -3
Jack Hewitt 3 2 1 -6
Chris Stretch 3 1 2 -13
Ben Talbot 3 1 2 -21