Midland Masters 2017
2017 Finals Day: Josh Bradburn made it three finalists out of the last three years in the Midland Masters but couldn’t quite follow the footsteps of Callum Wraight last year and succumbed to the same player as Wayne Rogers did in 2015, Greg Smith. Greg was different class in the final as he finally secured a place at this year’s Champion of Champions by beating Josh 6, but Josh will reflect on an excellent day. He started by beating Andy Milsom 18, then had another close game with Darrell Handley before winning 20, then defeated Shropshire’s Colin Beaman 17, Craig Pearson 16 and Barry Booth 19 in the Semi Finals. Colin had defeated Kevin Handley 19 and Richard Gill 6 on his way to meeting Josh. Rich Lawson made the last 16 after getting past Dave Semper 13 and Will Kay 15. Ian & Martin Gaut, as well as Pete Farmer and Scott Moseley, made the second round, beating Mick Bacon 13, Richard Burdett Mnr 18, Steve Pratt 15 and Jordie Baddeley 13 respectively. Simon Lane, Nigel Ferrington, Tony Rhodes, Wayne Phillips and Wayne Rogers all lost narrowly 1st round, while Mark Taylor was ill. The SCGBA would like to congratulate Josh on his efforts as well as our other representatives. 2017 Qualifiers: 46 bowlers battled it out in the extreme heat for the 13 spots available for the finals day of the Midland Masters. There was some excellent bowling at both venues as three qualifying games at Sinclair went all the way. Pete Farmer managed to run out from 20-14 down against Clay Flattley in the corners, after having run out from 14-13 down against Simon Rhodes first game. Rich Lawson had to overcome an early deficit to beat Dave Lloyd 20, this after playing very well against Pete Grimston first round. Tony Rhodes, after being exceptional down an edge first game to win 1, had a real battle with Tom Roden with neither managing to hold the block for more than 3 ends. It was Tony who got over the line, coming back from 20-18 down. Josh Bradburn kept up his fine form as he beat fellow in form player Rob Fuller 14 after having won 8 first game. Mark Taylor also qualified after winning his two games 15 against Liam Stevens and Dave Brown, the latter having taken a fine scalp in Stuart Rutter first game. There were two straight qualifiers with Ian Gaut beating Neil Martin 8 and Martin Gaut just edging out Kieran Buckley 18. Full results from Sinclair are here. At Battlefield and Colin Beaman claimed two fine wins over reigning champion Callum Wraight 9 and then the in form Ash Wellings 16. Ash’s Dad Glyn and Uncle Darren were both beaten by Wayne Phillips 11 and 14 respectively, while Colin’s Meole team mate Scott Moseley beat Paul Williams 18 and then Dave Burton 6 to qualify. Simon Lane was in awesome form defeating Nick Lewis 5 and Craig Wilson 9, while Nigel Ferrington was made to work harder for his two wins, 18 against Derek Flattley and 16 against Will Tarrell. Wayne Rogers and Kiah Roberts had a bye to the qualifier and it was Wayne who took the ticket to Florence as he won 19. Full results from Battlefield are here. SCGBA would like to congratulate the 13 qualifiers who have took the tickets to Florence on Sunday 17th September and would like to wish them all the best there.