Tom Roden won the 2017 No Bull Apparel Shropshire Premier Bowling League Merit at Craven Arms to become the first Sir John Bayley bowler to do so. He beat former home player Wayne Rogers of Burway in the final 21-9 after a day where he utilised one straight mark effectively in all of his games, as well as being equal to whatever his opponent threw at him. He was always comfortable despite an early 3-0 deficit as a 12 break in the corners helped him to a 12-3 lead and he never looked back after as he beat some good bowls of Wayne’s when he had the block. Tom had a good run himself in the corners from 6 across to lead 14-6 and maintain that advantage till the end, getting out 12 against Hanwood’s Ash Wellings. In the Quarter Finals and Tom led 10-3 on his straight mark before Chris Dovey got back to 10-7, however Tom had a run of 10 on the mark again and got out 21-8. Tom in his first game was awesome against Kiah Roberts on a 20m straight mark. He ran out from 8-5 up as Kiah could not quite rest Tom’s bowls out or hit anything in the end as Tom barely had anything outside of two feet.
Full results are here.
Below are some pictures from the 2017 No Bull Apparel Merit.
The two finalists, Wayne Rogers (left) and Tom Roden (right), with League President John Coxill centre.
Tom Roden receiving the trophy from the trophy donor himself John Coxill.
Tom Roden shows off the trophy.
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