Midland Alliance History

2017 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
2016 Midland Alliance: Shropshire arrived at Nuneaton Griff to a cold and rainy day which wasn't the best to bowl in and were in a tough group including South Yorkshire, Staffordshire and last year's winners Warwick and Worcester. Firstly we took on South Yorkshire and beat them by about 20 shots in the first game despite a slow start, the best card being Sam Millward winning about 8. Then we played our neighbours Staffordshire, and after being level off two cards a couple of great comebacks by Dave Burton, running out from 20-13 down, and Sam Millward, winning 14 from 12-5 down, meant we led by 8 off 4 despite looking like we'd be down. Ash Wellings then won 13 to be best winner and to win the game by 16 overall. We then took on Warwick and Worcester in a group decider but were never ahead, despite getting back to 2 down off 4, and ended up losing by about 30 chalks, Ash Wellings best winner again about 13 Warwick and Worcester then played North Midlands in the final, which the home team won. 2015 Midland Alliance: Midland Alliance Competition – Florence Tennis & Bowls Club, Stoke – Sunday 26th April 2015. The Shropshire selectors were justly proud of their team mix of “experience and fringe” players as they impressed and acquitted themselves to storm into the final only to fall short of the victory by a mere 3 shots to a strong Warwick & Worcester team in the 10-a-side one day competition staged this year at the Florence complex in Stoke. With the seven midland County Associations being split into two groups, Shropshire found themselves drawn in the group of three which was to lead the squad into lengthy sessions of frustrating inactivity, something which along with other operational issues the organisers will need to address for the future. The morning started as brightly as the glorious spring sunshine for Shropshire as they dropped a miserly 5 shots whilst winning nine of the ten games as they comprehensively despatched North Midlands in their first match by 60 chalks. Due to only having three teams in the group, they were not then to take to the green for over 2hrs as North Midlands narrowly overcame Derbyshire by 10 shots. The interlude in play was clearly detrimental to Shropshire in their second game as the expected win proved to be a harder task as the pace of the green had significantly altered and playing a Derbyshire side who had just finished their previous game. After the first five games off the green which saw Derbyshire winning 3 games and take a 14 shot lead, it took a sterling rear guard action to only drop one more game to turn the scoreline into a favourable 15chalk success which included bringing on a substitute player for that match Callum Wraight and booking a final place. Yet another lengthy break of over two hours ensued as Shropshire were forced to await the eventual results and group winners from the other green before the final could begin. The final was played with the ten games, five on each of the greens which surprising saw the opposing counties win their games on the green they had not played all day. As the one green finished and only one game remained on the other, Warwick & Worcester led by 1 chalk and Glyn Wellings trailled 15-20 meaning he had to run out to force a tie. An eventuality the organisers had no secondary etc way to decide the winners. Glyn, with his fellow teammates in full supporting voice made a sterling effort to get the match to trail 19-20 which included a superb strike to pluck the jack out and off the green in the penultimate end. The last end saw Glynn lay on with two bowls within 18inches and with his opponent over a yard short, things looked good before a perfectly weighted bowl weaved its way past them and nestled against the jack assuring Warwick & Worcester a 3 chalk victory and also ease the pulse rates and spare the organisers blushes. BCGBA President, Barry Massey was on hand to present the prizes and congratulate the days participating teams on their sportsmanship. ellings,JustinPegram,JamieKing.notpictured-CallumWraight

Back, from left: Mick Jones (selector), Martin Gaut, Dave Burton, Sam Millward, Aaron King, Rob Burroughs, John Coxill (selector).

Front, from left: Ashley Wellings, Glyn Wellings, Justin Pegram, Jamie King.