A quality field of 16 came through qualifying at the weekend at the Wrockwardine Wood Open, with 6 of our players getting through. Previous winners Pete Farmer of Newport and Scott Simpson from Sir John Bayley qualified in their quest to reclaim their title. Pete beat Darrell Matkin 6, Sir John Bayley’s Chris Ward 14 and Conor Chamberlain 19 in getting through, while Scott got past Jason Colledge 5, Dave Clarke 8 and Kirk Stevens 17. Former Champion of Champions winner Mike Beer also came through after defeating Derek Wright 19, Russ Pegram 13 and Martyn Higgins 11. Two Merit winners also qualified in North Midlands’ Darren Plenderleith and Warwick and Worcester’s Carl Fielding. Darren got past Tracey Baker 8, Kevin Hocknull of Sir John Bayley 12 and Castlefields’ Paul Williams 11, while Carl beat Dean Missere 17, Kiah Roberts of Burway 20 and Clay Flattley from St Georges 15. Two brothers qualified in Adam and Jordan Patrick of Warwick and Worcester. Adam had two comfortable first games against Adam Dickerson 9 and Jan Wakefield 8 before having a much tougher qualifier versus Paul Beechey 20. Jordan got past Chris Gill 5, Jamie Wyer 20 and Tim Jones 16. Staffordshire had two qualifiers in Nathan Dawes and Simon Homer. Simon beat Simon Green 9, Greg Fordham 7 and Paul Patrick 14, with Nathan getting past Paul Tonks 8, Matt Higgins 13 and Glyn Storer 15.
Ashley Tattersley made the long trip down from Yorkshire and got through impressively. He beat Gary Whitehall 3, Wayne Phillips from Hanwood 11 and Darrell Handley 14. Former homester Scott Harries of Bylet got through with an amazing 1 win in the qualifier over Roy Bradburn of Bowring, after beating St Georges’ Ian Gaut 18 and Kane Beaman from Sir John Bayley 13. Ben Lynch from Warwick and Worcester also got through after defeating Pete Thomas 14, James Martin 20 and Barry Booth 5. Former Meole Open winner Wayne Rogers from Burway got through after getting past Sir John Bayley captain Chris Worthington 16, Kevin Handley 18 and Mark Selley from Newport 20. Russ Prosser qualified after beating Lee Woodfield 12, Chris Baker 11 and Andy Howie 15. Bowring youngster Ayden Smith got through after beating Chris Newbrook 11, Adam Kirby 12 and Ash Bracken 14, while another Shropshire player Neil Kershaw was a surprise qualifier after defeating Paul Chamberlain 3, Phil Burndred 13 and Matt Farmer 12.
Full results are here as well as the finals day draw.