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Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy Finalist – Meole Brace

Meole Brace won their first silverware in the league when winning the Alan Mayhew Trophy last season after beating Castlefields in the final. Before then they were the underachievers of the league, finishing runners-up in four seasons, 2 Alan Mayhew Finals and 5 Pool A Finals, finishing runner-up again in 2016 in the Pool A. But pre-2001 they were only a mid-table team with a highest finish of 7th in 1995 and 1996 and a lowest ever of 12th with 128 points. But they finished 3rd in 2001 and then 2nd in 2002, and then 4th to 6th in the next 10 seasons before finishing runners-up on 4 occasions, with their highest points total in 2013 with 234 after leading most of the season. They also finished runners-up in the Alan Mayhew Trophy and Pool A in 2014, the latter at Meole itself. They were also runners-up in 2006 in the Alan Mayhew, and in 2001, 2004, 2006 and in 2010 in the Pool A.

In this season’s competition they received a walkover against Donnington Wood before facing Hanmer over two nights. They did the job at Hanmer by holding them to just 4 chalks, captain Pete Bound the best of the three winners 10. They finished the job off at home the next night by having 5 winners in a 23 shot victory, former captain Mark Thomas the best of them 11. In the Semi Finals and they faced another North Shropshire side in Ifton. It was a tale of two big home wins but a 42 chalk success was the bigger of the two, Will Tarrell winning 9 the best of their 6 winners. Away and their one winner there was the difference, Nigel Bound 17.

So can Meole Brace retain the trophy?

Quarter Finals:

Played at Hanmer  
Hanmer Score Score Meole Brace
Robin Bennett 21 8 Doug Edwards
Rob Adams 21 12 Nigel Bound
Lee Peate 18 21 Darren Wellings
Alan Faulkner 10 21 Peter Bound
Graham Faulkner 21 19 Dave Redge
Jack Butler 15 21 Colin Beaman
Games 3 3
Aggregate 106 102
Played at Meole Brace No 1  
Meole Brace Score Score Hanmer
Will Tarrell 21 13 Andrew Armstrong
Julian Cooke 21 16 Jack Hewitt
Craig Wilson 21 20 Chris Probert
Andy Wigginton 21 13 Graham Bennett
Mark Thomas 21 11 Gary Whitehall
Scott Moseley 12 21 Dave Ellison
Games 5 1
Aggregate 117 94
Combined Totals
 
Meole Brace Hanmer
Games 8 4
Aggregate 219 200

Semi Finals:

Played at Meole Brace No 1  
Meole Brace Score Score Ifton
Will Tarrell 21 9 David Rocky Jones
Scott Moseley 21 16 Nicky Jones
Andy Wigginton 21 12 Dave Bond
Mark Thomas 21 11 Sam Williams
Craig Wilson 21 16 Martin Jones
Darren Wellings 21 20 Brian Hayes
Games 6 0
Aggregate 126 84
Played at Ifton  
Ifton Score Score Meole Brace
Craig Griffiths 21 11 Dave Redge
Leighton Roberts 21 10 Bill Tarrell
Geraint Williams 21 18 Doug Edwards
Nick Hughes 21 15 Colin Beaman
Richie Griffiths 21 13 Peter Bound
Keiron Roberts 17 21 Nigel Bound
Games 5 1
Aggregate 122 88
Combined Totals
 
Meole Brace Ifton
Games 7 5
Aggregate 214 206

History:

League Competitions
Year Pos. Points Alan Mayhew Pool A/B
1994 10th 146
1995 7th 155
1996 7th 169
1997 8th 147
1998 12th 128
1999 11th 158
2000 9th 176
2001 3rd 218 A R/U
2002 2nd 213 A 1st
2003 4th 206 QF A SF
2004 4th 208 SF A R/U
2005 5th 188 QF A SF
2006 4th 212 R/U A R/U
2007 4th 213 QF A SF
2008 6th 204 SF
2009 4th 188 QF A 1st
2010 4th 204 QF A R/U
2011 5th 217 QF
2012 2nd 204 QF A SF
2013 2nd 234 SF A SF
2014 2nd 218 R/U A R/U
2015 2nd 206 SF A SF
2016 6th 195 WIN A R/U

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