The Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy Final takes place tonight and it is a repeat of the 2016 final between Castlefields and Meole Brace. On that night Meole won their first trophy, taking advantage of several wasted leads for the Fields, and also reached the final last year too. However since then they have lost several key players, and come into the match on a 6 match losing streak. They are also without influential captain Andy Wigginton and the two Tarrells, but have shown so much fighting spirit this season after losing those big players to have produced some great results, including winning away three times. Castlefields on the other hand have just clinched their 10th title after beating Hanmer 13-1 last night. They have put together a staggering second half to the season, scoring 135 points from 12 consecutive wins, and are in great form. They will also be determined to put that 2016 final right, and to clear as the record holders of this competition. They are short of a few key players though, but their strength in depth means they can bring in Andy Judson and experienced players Barry Keep and Steve Duckett.
The game at number one could be the most interesting, Julian Cooke for Meole having a good record on the green, but takes on former homester Keith Wall. Meole have played their stronger more experienced players in the middle, hoping that Nige Bound, Mark Thomas and Doug Edwards all can give them a chance going into the back four, but Callum Wraight is in there for the Fields. The back four has plenty of experience for Castlefields, and some youth in Junior Merit runner up Kieran Jones for Meole.
Meole captain Andy Wigginton comments “the table doesn’t lie, it’s the champions v second from bottom and we are missing the experienced threesome of myself and the two Tarrells, which means Castlefields go off the shortest price in history. We have shuffled the pack and the lads are up for it, hoping to put on a good show in a cup that has been good to us in recent years. The 4 cards massive for us are at number 2, 6, 9 and 10 and if we can hold these to something respectable then you never know. We had the miracle at Medinah so maybe something similar in Telepost! I will be in regular contact from the skyline box at Edgbaston from the Twenty20 finals day!”
Castlefields captain Alan Peach says “well we play our neighbours and old foes Meole. We have players out like Meole, and I’m told we are firm favourites. But I’ve warned our team it’s an one off game and Meole will want to beat us, make no mistake about that. So we have to match their enthusiasm and give them the respect they deserve, I’m sure tho our lads won’t take any liberties. It’s nice tho when your playing your local team, may the best team on the night win.”
There will also be the first time awarding of the Mark Burroughs man of the match tankard, to honour the man who did so much for the league and created this competition back in 1996.
There will be live scores here. There will also be live videos on Facebook and on Snapchat too.
Parking for the green is only at the Abbey Foregate car park opposite, which is free after 6.
Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy Final
Saturday 15th September at 6.30 p.m. at Telepost
Castlefields v Meole Brace
- Keith Wall v Julian Cooke
- Mike Beer v Dave Redge
- Keith Walton v Ade Jennings
- Glyn Herbert v Scott Moseley
- Luke Jones v Nigel Bound
- Callum Wraight v Martin Blizard
- Andy Judson v Mark Thomas
- Steve Duckett v Doug Edwards
- Paul Williams v Jon Lyttle
- Rich Goddard v Martin Middleton
- Barry Keep v Kieran Jones
- Mark Taylor v Tim Jordan
Russ Pugh, Graham Rogers, Jon Palmer, Andy Duckett, Adam Jones, Adie Rowe.
The referee will be Tony Weaver.