2016 Senior County
Shropshire were drawn in Section 1 of the 2016 Endsleigh Senior County Championship alongside Potteries and District, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. We beat Potteries by 42 in the first game on Sunday 1st May, and South Yorkshire by 14 on Sunday 5th June and beat Greater Manchester by 51 on 3rd July. We then beat North Lancs & Fylde by 30 in the Semi Final to set up a final against Yorkshire on Sunday 4th September.
Final vs. YorkshireThe Shropshire Senior County Team were so close to winning the Crosfield Cup for the third time today as we lost by an agonising four chalks. We did an excellent job away, losing by just one chalk at Elland Cricket and Bowling Club, but struggled at home, with a 4 and a 6 loser the difference in a three shot defeat despite 8 winners. It didn't start too well for us as we trailed by 15 away, despite another fine Andy Moss performance winning 14 at number 1, using the longer marks well. Rob Roden had a great start on straight marks to lead 10-3 before his opponent started to play well on a round peg and Rob did well to get 18 in the end. At home we had three winners but were only 2 up, with Darren Wellings continuing his unbeaten home record winning 15, Colin Beaman winning 16 and Rich Goddard 20. Into the middle and a 4 loser didn't help Shropshire's cause at home, but Spencer Clarke battled to 19 from 17-10 down. But Wayne Phillips won 12 and Clay Flattley 19 to mean a deficit of 6 there. Away and Shropshire's middle four were doing well, with Alex Jones 10-5 up and Jamie King 13-4 up, while Rich Lawson battled from a poor start to lead 16-12. But Alex and Jay got 19 as their opponents battled back extremely well but Rich won 14 and Phil Emery 18 in a close game to close the deficit there to 10, but a deficit of 16 overall. We needed a big performance and we got one from Tom Roden away, who raced into a 17-0 lead down an edge and was lying two on before his opponent got in. But Tom managed to close it out 3 and win both man of the match awards there, and with Kiah Roberts winning 17 at home, and Mike Beer winning 13, it meant Shropshire were 9 in front. This increased to 16 as Martin Lloyd played very well on this mark over the middle to win 14, but Stuart Rutter was 18-8 down against a very good Ashley Daykin as well as Derek Wright being 15-3 down in the corners against a tidy James Davison. Stuart Rutter got 10 which meant Shropshire led by 5 with two left on at home, but Derek was unable to produce a comeback as he lost 6 which meant that with Wayne Rogers at number 12 only 15-12 up meant it was all over. Wayne won 15 in the end to mean we lost by 4 overall. In the end it was so close for Shropshire, but again we did our county proud and took part in a fantastic final. Today's scores:
Tom Roden with his overall man of the match award.
The runners-up trophy.
Semi Finals vs. North Lancs & Fylde Report:Shropshire are back in the final of the Crosfield Cup for the first time in 5 years, and ironically will face the same county in Yorkshire, the county they beat in the 2009 final. We didn't have it our own way today, it was only level after 4 and 8 at each venue against North Lancs & Fylde before 3 winners home and away meant an overall 30 shot victory. It started very well with Rich Goddard winning 7 at home and Andy Moss being flawless in winning 7 after a 14 break from 4-3 down away to win overall Man of the Match. But North Lancs bounced back with a 5 winner at Fox Lane and a 15 win at both venues. But Glyn Picknell came back from 20-7 down to get 14 to ensure the game was level overall. The middle four away struggled badly to start with, Alex Jones was 12-4 down, Rob Burroughs 17-2, Aaron King 12-2 and Jamie King 6-1. But Alex, like he did in South Yorkshire, came back well and ran out from 19-12 down on an edge. Rob Burroughs had an 11 break on a 30m straight mark before losing 14 while Aaron scrambled to 10 and Jamie just dipped out 15. But we had three winners in the middle at Pontesbury, Kiah Roberts 8, Wayne Phillips 11 and Callum Wraight 16 to put the tie level overall after eight. Into the back and our strength in depth showed through, Wayne Rogers won 9 and Mike Beer 10 at home to virtually seal it with Rich Lawson winning 17, Martin Lloyd 18, from 9-0 down to win Shropshire's Man of the Match, and Tom Roden 20 to help us to just a 34 shot deficit away. At home Derek Wright won 14 to seal a 64 shot home win, and an overall win of 30. So we tackle Yorkshire in the final on 4th September. Book it in your diaries and come down and support us to hopefully further glory! Full scores are here. Game 3 vs. Greater Manchester Report: Shropshire sealed a Semi Final spot today with North Lancs & Fylde after a 51 shot win over Greater Manchester today. After a slow start Shropshire got better and better with 10 wins at home in a 47 shot win while away they had just 4 winners but still won by 4 chalks. In the first four at home it was a clean sweep with Spencer Clarke winning 11 to earn the Shropshire Man of the Match award and Darren Wellings winning 12 and Glyn Picknell and Scott Harries winning close games. In the middle Clay Flattley recovered from 9-0 down to run out from 20-15 down while Alex Jones and Rob Burroughs also won 16 and 18 respectively. Wayne Phillips, who celebrated his 100th cap today, dipped out 15 against their Man of the Match but this meant a lead of 25 going into the back four. Once Callum Wraight had come off with a quickfire 4 win and Tom Roden then won 7 the result was not in doubt. Colin Beaman won 20 while Stuart Rutter played very well but came up against an immaculate opponent in Stephen Leach, who fully deserved the overall Man of the Match award as he won 11. Away from home only Paul Williams won in the first four as we trailed by 15 but Andy Moss won 13 and Jamie King won 19 to earn Man of the Match to close the gap to 10 with debutant Aaron King, in for the injured Rob Roden, getting 19. At the back and Mike Beer's 3 win won us the game there by 4 shots with the other three scoring 19 or 20. So we now face North Lancs & Fylde in the Semi Finals on Sunday 7th August. Full scores are here.
Game 2 vs. South Yorkshire Report:Shropshire suffered a big scare today but still ended up winning by 14 overall against South Yorkshire to put one foot in the Semi Finals. They were down most of the way but came good at the end thanks to a 70 shot win at Wem USC. It was a tough start though as South Yorkshire played exceptionally well in the heat at Meersbrook as they took the first four winners to lead by 29. Shropshire hit back with two winners in the front four at home, Darren Wellings 7 and Rich Goddard 12 to lead by 18 there. In the middle and Shropshire did fight back away. Alex Jones led the way, being 10-1 and 12-4 down to come back on a round peg to win 13, and win Man of the Match both overall and for Shropshire, with Rich Lawson also winning 20 but South Yorkshire extended their lead to 33. Over at Wem Shropshire had three winners led by Martin Lloyd’s 8 win to extend their lead there to 40, and 7 shots overall after the two eights. We then had four winners in the back at Wem, Glyn Herbert the best 9, to win there by 70. And the back three at Meersbrook for Shropshire did the job only dropping 4 chalks between them, Tom Roden winning 19 to be the third winner there, to keep the deficit down to 56 overall. For full scores click here. Game 1 vs. Potteries and District Report: Shropshire eased to a comfortable first win of the season today by 42 shots overall against Potteries and District. We only had one loser at Newport to win by 63 and held them to 21 chalks away to record a comfortable victory in the end. However after the first four at Newport we only led by 3 despite 3 winners before the middle four added 27 shots between them, which could have been better had Rob Roden and debutant Rob Burroughs converted 19-4 and 19-8 wins straight away, although Alex Jones did win 14 from 12-6 down. In the back and after Tom Roden won 12 and man of the match Mike Beer won 7 to add another 33 chalks and win by 63 overall. Away we had 3 winners out of the first four led by Glyn Herbert's man of the match 8 win to lead by 8. A rocky middle followed with just the one winner, Rich Lawson 19, to trail by 14 but Callum Wraight won 11 at the back to hold them to a decent 21 shot loss away. South Yorkshire won by 2 in the other group match against Greater Manchester and we meet them next game on Sunday 5th June. Full scores here