Shropshire Cup 2016

Final: Shropshire Cup Final - Sat 6th Aug 2016 - Pontesbury v The Prince Hotel – Bicton BC The Shropshire Cup, in its new guise, must have a familiar feel about it for The Prince Hotel captain Graeme Wornell as two seasons prior, in 2014 he lifted the F.G. Burdass Cup as the county Consolation Cup Champions and I dare say back in that year where they scraped to victory by 4 chalks, his finger nails were probably bitten as close to the quick last evening as the final bowl of the match was delivered that saw his side squeeze home to win by a mere 2 chalks after just about holding on following a Pontesbury team's as a spirited rear guard assualt at the countryside village venue of Bicton BC.
With its new line up consisting only six of the succesful 2014 team, The Prince Hotel, despite only winning one of the first four games held a slim 1 chalk advatage as scores of Karl jones(21-18), Gary Midleton and Tony France(both 21-17) for Minsterley were nulified by Tony Parsons(21-9). The Prince Hotel 73 - 72 Pontesbury In the middle, Tony Dodd(21-14) soon had his and Pontesbury's short lived lead erased by Julie Pearce(21-13), Geoff Davies(21-11) and Ian Payne(21-19) that not only tied the games won total to four each but also increased the Prince Hotels lead to 14 chalks. The Prince Hotel 150 - 136 Pontesbury In the back four, Pontesbury mounted a strong rear guard offensive taking three of the four games to give them the unassailable seventh win should there have been an agregate tie with Anthony Price & Anthony Grey(both 21-18) and Dan Jones(21-14) that cut their disadvantage to a solitary chalk setting up the dramatic conclusion that the winner of the final game would hold the key to unlock the title for them and their team as the champions of Shropshire's newest team event. Quite fittingly, the last game on the green excited the good sized crowd when levelled at 20-20. And with a lead bowl within a foot on a 35metre corner to corner mark, it came down to Ian Marshall(21-20) to post the winning card to the obvious delight of his Prince Hotel team mates and supporters alike. The Prince Hotel 221 – 219 Pontesbury Full scores: 13932936_1170031139686858_8695113294555001600_n              

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Winners Prince Hotel before the final.

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Runners-up Pontesbury before the match.

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Prince Hotel captain Graeme Wornell receiving the trophy from County President Phil Scott.

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The winners Prince after their triumph.

Shropshire Cup Semi Finals: Pontesbury beat Telepost by 26 at Meole Brace No.1 Prince Hotel beat Highley by 1 at St Georges Bottom Green Prince Hotel won a thriller in the Shropshire Cup Semi Final tonight to book their place in the Final. They defeated Highley by 1 chalk tonight on St Georges Bottom Green, coming back from 24 down after 8 to win by the narrowest of margins. Two winners in the first four for each side, but Highley's two 16 wins meant an 8 shot lead compared to the two 20 wins for the Prince. Highley took 3 out of the middle 4, with Sean Lockley the best winning 8, to extend their lead to 24. But after Ladies Merit Champion Tracy Ryan won 6 the deficit was just 9, and then Ian Marshall was superb on small round pegs to win 8 and give the Prince the lead for the first time by 4. But Mick Hill won 15 for Highley to put them back in the lead by 2, but Prince Captain Graeme Wornell led John Stokes 19-14 with John having to get 19 to get the win. After a double John scored three singles to get it back to 19-18 and led a yard wood on a 30m mark. But Graeme just beat it and after John failed to beat it, Graeme made sure of the two which won the game for the Prince by the smallest of margins. Graeme commented "it was always going to be a trip into the unknown as we didn't know much about them and so it proved." They will play Pontesbury after they beat Telepost by 26. Matchcards: image1 Highley

Highley before their Semi Final.

Quarter Finals: Pontesbury came through the closest game of the night against Madeley Cricket Club, winning by 7. Pontesbury captain Dan Jones commented  on a "great result and good support round the green. 3 good cards in each section of the match kept us in it. Alan Potter did well to come back and win and Sue Potter did great to get a respectable result. Looking forward to the next round." Madeley led by 16 after the first four, John Picken the best 9, before Pontesbury hit back in the middle with 3 winners to lead by 3, led by Alan's fine comeback to win 19 and Tony France winning 9. At the back and Dan won 12 to win the game for Pontesbury with the other three games being close. Prince Hotel and Highley both avoided upsets, beating Meole Brace Village and Edgmond respectively. A clean sweep at Greenfields saw the Prince lead by 27 and Meole never recovered, with Nikki Hotchkiss adding a 6 card in the middle to keep Prince's healthy lead despite being the only winner in the middle. They increased their lead to 39 in the back with three more winners. Highley had it even more comfortable, only dropping one chalk all game, Dave East and Mark Stevens winning 7 in the first four with Sean Lockley adding a 3 win in the middle to win by 93 overall, Glyn Lawrence the only Edgmond player to stem the Highley tide. Over at Allscott, Telepost beat Bricklayers by 27 in a match they were always up in. After two winners apiece in the first four, Lee Barker's 11 win meant a lead of 9 overall, before Telepost took the whole of the middle four, Rob Jones and Stuart Long the best winners 13, to extend their lead to 33. Bricklayers managed to trim the deficit in the back four but by only 6, with Tim Norman their best winner of the night 14, which gave a Telepost win of 27. Shropshire Cup Quarter Finals: Prince Hotel beat Meole Brace V by 39 at Greenfields No.1 Highley beat Edgmond by 93 at Wrockwardine Wood Old Green Pontesbury beat Madeley CC by 7 at Victoria Telepost beat Bricklayers by 27 at Allscott Matchcards: 13589101_10208185334423589_1368226147_o IMG_4839 IMG_2095 image2   Second round report: Last year's finalists out, Highley at it again The second round produced some shock results with both of last year's finalists losing to Tanners League Opposition. The holders Adderley were involved in a high quality game against Telepost with the lowest score in the game being 12, with Shaun Bould and Lee Barker both winning that first four for Telepost, and they were never caught. Telepost captain Rob Jones confirms this, the "first four gave us a lead to protect, the middle added to it and the back four saw us over the line. This was a total team performance against the cup holders. Too many fine performances to mention but Mike Pritchard and Rob Morris in particular played well to hold their own after being well down. Lee Barker and Shaun Bold deservedly took the coppers. Well played the Teleboys!" Last year's runners up Donnington Wood led most of the way against the Prince Hotel but came unstuck in the last two cards. Donnington led by 3 off the first four despite only one winner, Ayden Smith 12, and Ian Smith fighting back from 17-6 down to win 19, and then extended it to 6 in the middle after it was shared, captain Chris Worthington's 10 win extending the Bell Boys lead. After Ash Gregory had won 15 the lead was now 12 but Prince captain Graeme Wornell won 8 and then Ian Marshall 12 to bring home the win for the Prince Hotel. Bricklayers set up an all Shrewsbury clash with Telepost after beating Victoria by 83 at the Charlton in the last 2nd round game of the Shropshire Cup. Highley created another shock after they beat Division One St Georges at Edgmond by 27, helped by a few missing for St Georges, but Highley were without star man Dave East. Highley captain Geoff Wylde explains it was a "tight game for first 7 then Mick Hill played superbly to win to 5 and Mark Stevens carded a 12 win which put us 20 shots up. The last three cards were tight which added 7 to our total." Edgmond also caused a shock by beating Division 2 Charlton by 12 on Bylet, being the only Division 3 side left in. Meole Brace Village are another Division 2 side in it, beating Albert Road by 28 on Crescent. But Division 2 side Burway will be ruing not being in the Quarter Finals after leading Mid Shropshire Division One Madeley CC by 27 after 9 cards, Camilla Parsonage their best winning 6, but Madeley took the last three cards and won by 8 overall. Shropshire Cup 2nd round: Edgmond beat Charlton by 13 on Bylet Prem Pontesbury beat Bridgewater by 55 on Allscott Highley beat St Georges by 27 on Edgmond Telepost beat Adderley by 17 on Ifton Prince Hotel beat Donnington Wood by 12 on Prees Old Meole Brace Village beat Albert Road by 28 on Crescent Madeley CC beat Burway by 8 on OSBC no.2 Bricklayers beat Victoria by 83 Some matchcards below: IMG_2092Picture11 1st Round Report: Donnington beat Hanmer, Victoria edge through, Albert Road and Highley pull off shocks The 1st round of the Shropshire Cup produced some close finishes and some surprises. In the tie of the night it was Donnington Wood who came past Hanmer in the battle of the champions, winning by 33. Although Chris Worthington said “we had a late start due to Donnington trying to scrape together a team which led to a makeshift first four, so it surprisingly finished with us 9 up. The middle four was shared with 2 wins apiece, but a 21-4 card by Ayden Smith and 21-10 for Kieran Buckley swung the game in our favour. It was by this point it was evident that Hanmer threw everything at it in the front four. The back four went on and Mark Williams was off not soon after as he won comfortably 21-6 win to pretty much put the tie to bed, which as predicted left the pressure off the last 2. Credit to Battlefield on a perfect green and commiserations to Hanmer who I’m sure will have a completely different side against whoever they play in the Playoffs.” The battle of the former champions saw Pontesbury beat Bowring by 31 on Chester Road Big Green. Pontesbury captain Dan Jones was very happy with the result, “a very good win against a very good side possibly one of the top 3 or 4 teams in the competition. We were 6 down after the front and middle, then the back four played great to give us a deserved win, a great team performance. Stand out performances are obviously the 4 single figures winner we had, Den Walton, who had to come from 8-13 behind to win 13 in a great comeback, and myself to beat Roy Bradburn 19, which was a close tight battle of a game until the end. Their performance of the night was Phil Jones who beat Andy Price 21-10 as he played it tight across the green.” Bowring weren’t helped losing 5 of their regulars having played a game in the Premier League. The other two games involving teams from Division One was won by Telepost and Prince Hotel by 25 shots, beating Old Shrewsbury at Bayston Hill and Woore at Newport respectively. The closest game of the night was at Trench, where Victoria edged through on most winners against Greenfields, delighting Victoria Captain Darren Booth. “It was a closely fought contest throughout with Greenfields’ Ian Kilburn winning 21-6 against Sue Denic only for Wendy Matthews to rule that result out with a fine 21-7 win, and the other 2 first four results went our way with Marie Matthews and Colin Whitfield both winning 21-20 and 21-19 respectively. Greenfields dominated the middle four with 3 out of four winners with two 21-10 wins and a 21-13 and Simon Cartwright winning for us with a fine 21-12. Going into the back four and with Greenfields having a 19 chalk lead the Victoria back 4 started strong with Gareth brooks taking a commanding 9-0 lead to go on and win 21-11. Paul Watkins started the game 9-0 down but battled back superbly to get 11 and Declan Roberts played superb all night winning 21-10 which left me and Greenfields captain Kevin Williams to battle it out with myself playing the edge of the green very well and taking a dominant 20-10 lead. But Kevin took the next three ends to make the score 20-13 to Greenfields with us 8 down. But Kevin put his jack off the green allowing me to play the edge of the green again, Kevin playing his first bowl a yard short allowing me to put one an inch to the side and he played his second short to give us the narrowest of wins. The game was played in the right spirit and Trench green was lovely to bowl on.” There was some shocks, with Albert Road of Division Two Tanners beating Whitchurch and Market Drayton Division One Prees comfortably by 37 on Madeley CC. Mid Shropshire Division 2 Highley did it again, beating Tanners Division 1 side Battlefield by 10 on Sir John Bayley. Highley captain Geoff Wylde was delighted with the win. “We always seemed to be chasing the game after the first card off put us 17 behind. Still 21 down after eight ends we then had two big cards with Ray Bishop and Greg Carr winning to 5 and 12 respectively. With the third 21-20 card of the night this time going our way it left Stu Gittings needing to get to 17. At 14 across it was still in the balance but Stu went on to win to 16 which gave us a 10 shot win that looked unlikely over halfway through.” Burway from Division 2 of the Tanners beat Allscott by 11 at Pontesbury New Green. It was close throughout with Burway leading by 2 after four before Allscott took control in the middle winning 3 out of the 4 led by Chelsea Mills winning 9 and taking a 8 shot lead. But Burway hit back with 3 out of the last 4, Cheryl Rogers winning 7 and Steve Burmingham winning 11 giving them the win. Spokesman Simon Parsonage described it as a “good team performance from a young side including 1 girl and 3 ladies.” A few of the lower teams though found it hard going against their higher opposition teams. Bridgwater beat Atcham by 112 with 12 winners at Whittington, Madeley CC beat Hadnall by 91 on Edgmond, Meole Brace Villiage beat Church by 60 on Hanwood and Charlton beat Worthen and Brockton by 64 on Old Shrewsbury. But Division 2 Bridgnorth gave their Mid-Shropshire Division 1 rivals St Georges a scare at Hadley, leading by 7 after 8, with Lesley Winwood the best winning 8, before Jim Gaut’s 21-6 win for the Dragons gave them a 11 shot win. Edgmond are the lowest ranked team left, being of Division 3 in the Mid Shropshire, after beating Division 3 Tanners team Monkmoor by 28 on Prees. The final 1st round game of the Shropshire Cup was completed last night and Bricklayers gained revenge for getting beat by Castlefields' 1st team by beating their second one by 19 chalks on Bayston Hill. Spokesman Dan Williams said it "was a good game tonight between 2 good sets of lads but the front 4 defined the game tonight with us being 41 up after 4 with some really good performances by Tony Williams and Kieran Walker being 18-8 down to win 19. After the front 4 we just needed to keep it solid which we did and we are looking forward to the next round if we play anywhere near we can do we can go far in this competition." 1st Round Results: Meole Brace Villiage beat Church by 60 on Hanwood Victoria won on most winners against Greenfields on Trench Donnington Wood beat Hanmer by 33 on Battlefield Pontesbury beat Bowring by 31 on Chester Road Big Green Edgmond beat Monkmoor by 28 on Prees Old Green Prince Hotel beat Woore by 25 on Newport no.1 Telepost beat Old Shrewsbury by 25 on Bayston Hill St Georges beat Bridgnorth by 11 on Hadley USC Madeley CC beat Hadnall by 91 on Edgmond Burway beat Allscott by 10 on Pontesbury New Green Charlton beat Worthen and Brockton by 64 on Old Shrewsbury No.1 Albert Road beat Prees by 37 on Madeley CC Highley beat Battlefield by 10 on Sir John Bayley No.1 Bridgwater beat Atcham by 112 on Whittington Adderley beat Horsehay by 33 on Church Bricklayers beat Castlefields by 19 on Bayston Hill Matchcard: 13493740_10153823858399611_645882478_o   Preliminary Round Report and Results: Holders Adderley through, Highley spring shock, Wem win derby. There were 3 Preliminary Round ties on Wednesday and the biggest shock was Mid Shropshire Division 2 side Highley beating their higher Division One rivals Sinclair by 42 on Donnington Wood Old green. Highley captain Geoff Wylde said "we actually had a couple missing but got off to a great start in the rain with Dave East winning 21-1. Consolidated in the middle and although they kept some strength back at the end we managed to increase our lead to 42." Holders Adderley overcame Wrockwardine Wood by 17 on Crescent but it was pretty comfortable after two 21-4 cards in the front by Dave Hanson and Connor Whitehall for the Adders put them well up before Wrockwardine battled well in the back four to reduce the final margin to 17. Adderley captain Gary Whitehall commented on "a good atmosphere and competitive match and the stand out game was Chris McDermott gaining an important 20 win for Adderley over Jackie Rutter at number 10 from 19-12 down." Wrockwardine Wood captain Allan Gaut said " it looked for a time as if we could pull it off as we had 3 winners in the back four but Adderley hung on to go through." The other Preliminary game saw Prees comfortably beat Wem USC by 73 on Chester Road Ladies green in the North Shropshire Derby. In the Preliminary Round games Bricklayers comfortably beat Trench by 82 on Victoria. Horsehay beat Crescent by 23 at Atcham, which was a bit of a surprise after Crescent had shocked Burway in the County Cup. Horsehay stand in captain Peter Burd describes how the game went. “Andy Garbett lead the way for us 21-7, followed by Marg Bland 21-16 and Gaz Jones 21-18, with Kelsie Harris getting 13 but all played really well on a tricky unfamiliar green. The middle 4 held tight with Gav Taylor and myself getting 12 and 13 respectively, but Phil Copson won 21-18 and Adam Roden 21-16 to give us a lead of 5. The Back four brought it home with John Lovett winning 7, Rich Jones 12 and with Gav Bridge getting 17 and Phil Harris 20, from 18-8 down, we won by 23. The green was very tricky and weighty all over and we were looked after very well by the hosts.” Shropshire Cup Preliminary Round Results: Prees beat Wem USC by 73 on Chester Road Ladies Green Highley beat Sinclair by 42 on Donnington Wood Old Green Adderley beat Wrockwardine Wood by 17 on Crescent Horsehay beat Crescent by 23 on Atcham Bricklayers beat Trench by 82 on Victoria