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Alan Mayhew Trophy 2019

1st Round

Holders safely through, Wrockwardine & Wem edge home, Highley win tight battle

The holders Castlefields are safely through the 1st round of the Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy. They beat Bayley by 47 overall, with a full house at home against a Bayley team that contained all Shropshire players. Rich Goddard was best winner 3 at home, where they won by 60, while away Andy Judson was best 4. Aidy Ashley produced a fine result for the Bayley by winning 7 to lead them to a 13 shot win there. Hanwood comfortably beat Chester Road despite losing by 5 away. Paul Griffiths was best for the Road there 10 with Craig Wilson helping limit the damage with a 21-11 card. Chris Stretch was the only winner on Hanwood 18, as three single figure cards did the damage in a 49 shot win, Darren Wellings their best 5. Newport won home and away against Telepost. At Telepost they won by 18 with Dan Hand best winner 2, with Dan Wornell best for the home side 9. Over at Newport it was Pete Farmer who was best winner 3, with just Sam O’Nions winning for the Tanners Shropshire side, 17.

The closest game of the night was between Highley and Burway, with Highley just winning by 4 shots. They won by 33 at home with Andy James their best winner 6 as Mark Rogers was best of the visitor’s two winners 16. On Burway and two single figure wins weren’t enough for the home side, Wayne Rogers the best of them 6 in a 29 chalk win. Joint captain Ben Dixon said “it was a very tight game as expected and we were a few players short. Bill Staite came into to the Prem fold for the first time this season and won 12 and a superb card at home off Andy James got us off to a good start. We had a steady start away with Dave Scriven winning and Danny Statham holding Kiah Roberts to 17 to put us a few up. The back three including myself started slow and wasn’t going great away, but Stuart Gittings put in a captain’s performance to win 14. Paul busby and David East both winning at home put us 4 up with just me left on the green against Duncan Presley 20-14 down. I somehow found the best 5/10 minutes I had played all game and got to 20 for us to win the game.” Two winners for Highley helped reduce the score, the best of them being Stuart Gittings 14. There was a close game between Wem USC and Bylet with Wem winning by 9. They won by 18 at home, George Williams the best card 9, while Jamie Taylor was best for the away side 13. Bylet only won by 13 at home despite 4 winners, Grant Cooper the best of them 10. Connor Whitehall’s 12 win was best for the visitors. Wrockwardine Wood beat Meole Brace by 9 with both sides winning away. Skipper Rob Jones said it was an “excellent team performance last night. We had four reserves come in due to work and holiday commitments. Delighted how the 12 performed at home and especially away.” They won by 15 away, Jamie King their best winner 9, with Will Tarrell best for the home side 13. At home they had Mark Picknell as their best winner 11, with Mark Thomas best for the visitors 8 as they won there by 6.

Hanmer received a walkover against Ifton, who will be fined £25 for pulling out of the competition. St Georges had a bye.

Full scorecards are here.

Quarter Finals

Castlefields edged home a thriller against Newport to make the Semi Finals of the Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy. It went all the way down to the last game, with Adam Jones playing Pete Farmer on Newport. Adam led 16-15 and had to score 19 to put the Fields through. He did more than that as he won 20. Skipper Alan Peach said it was a “great win on Wednesday. Both teams had players missing.we just got over the line. The home team did well to win by 34 and for 2 of our players to beat Pete Farmer and Phil Emery on their own green was brilliant. Well done team and especially Keith Walton and Adam Jones.” At Newport Keith was best winner 14 for the winners, while for the home side it was Josh Bradburn 5. Over at Castlefields and the home side had three single figure winners with Callum Wraight the best of them 6. Newport had two winners there, the best of those being Dave Rhodes 13. There was another close game as Highley beat Hanmer by 10 to continue their good run in their maiden campaign in this competition. It was their away team that did the job, just 5 days after getting hammered there, as they won there by 4. Danny Statham was the best of the three winners 15 as they kept it tight there, with Ieuan Pugh best winner 15 for the home side. At home it was Darrell Handley who won 8 in the back three to help overcome an early deficit after Mike Gilpin won 11 for the away side.

St Georges also had a close game with Wem USC, just winning by 9 overall. They had a 35 shot home win with Tony Rhodes the best winner 5, and Pete Bound the best of two winners there for the away side 17. Wem did a good job at home to win by 26 with 5 winners, the best being Craig Ashley 9. Former player Clay Flattley’s 19 win was crucial for the Dragons. Hanwood had the most comfortable win of the night when beating Wrockwardine Wood by 44. They won by 10 on Wrockwardine Wood with Phil Lyttle best winner 10 as the home’s best was only Ian Whitehouse and Martin Williams 17. Hanwood won by 34 at home with 5 winners, the best of those being Ash Wellings 8. Only Stuart Rutter won for the Wrockites 15.

Matchcards are here.

Semi Finals

The holders Castlefields have reached another Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy by the narrowest of margins. They drew with Hanwood after both teams won by 14 at home with 4 winners, but won on the best away winner rule, the first time that has been implemented since it was introduced a number of years ago. Fields skipper Alan Peach says it was “a real great match against an in form team. After 3 games results home and away we led by 6 with some great come backs. Keith Wall was 18-11 down and got 18, Keith Walton was heavily down but fought for 11. At home our final 3 finally kept it together with Mark Taylor and Martin Codd both being 6/7 nil down but eventually finding some fighting spirit. Callum Wraight after racing 7-0 up on Rich Lawson lost his way with the length. Rich played exceptionally well to lead 20-19, but on the last end he played 2 short woods and Callum got out with a 2. Then its left to Adam Jones to get a good score away, so it ended up all square with the same amount of winners. A special mention for Kevin Walker (bird) who came in at the last minute and played away and won 21-11 which was the winning card for us. A great set of lads from Hanwood match was played in a great spirit.” Callum in fact fired Rich off for game which made all the difference in the end. Hanwood joint skipper Mark Shore congratulated Castlefields. “I said it would be a belter of a game and so it proved. After game tied on agg and winners everyone thought Hanwood had won by virtue of the best winner 9 but the rules stated best away winner which was an 11 for Castlefields. Congratulations to them on getting to the final in a great game decided by the smallest of margins.” That 9 winner for Hanwood at home was Glyn Wellings, while over at Fields, the best winner for the home side was Paul Williams 14 and for the away it was Mark Shore and Rob Carter 18.

At St Georges the home side overcame an early deficit of 12 to win by 22 overall, with Rob Roden’s 6 card the best of their 4 winners. Jack Hill was best winner for the visitors 11. After the Highley leg was postponed due to a waterlogged green, it was played three weeks later. St Georges won on Highley by 23, with Nige Evans starring with a 21-5 card, as the home side only had two winners, Dave East the best of them 17.

Final

Castlefields won an 8th Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy after beating St Georges by 58 on Chester Road. It wasn’t as comfortable as the scoreline suggests, as they only led by 7 after a shared first four. It could have been much less if Keith Wall hadn’t come back from 9-0 and 19-12 down to get 19, while Keith Walton was 9-4 down and got back to 17 against late call up Phil Jones, who was that impressive he earned the “Mark Burroughs” man of the match trophy. Mike Beer was 14-3 up over Pete Grimston after being exceptional in the corners, but Pete dug deep to get back to 14. Glyn Herbert had a close game with Clay Flattley, before running out from 14 across. This meant Castlefields led by 8.

Into the middle and Andy Judson and Dave King had a close game with both having runs with the block. Callum Wraight was at his consistent best, playing his trademark 19m marks well and firing anything off that Andy Morgan put up, and won 7 to give Castlefields a firm grip of the game. Mike Wainwright had an early lead over Martin Codd but Martin had the better of the second half to win 14. Andy defeated Dave 19, while Ian Gaut and Adie Rowe had a close game throughout, with Adie getting back to 19 from 20-15 down. After eight games, Castlefields led by 29.

Paul Williams then sealed the win, beating Tony Rhodes 10 after playing very well. Mark Taylor then added another 10 card against the luckless Paul Beer, and Rich Goddard defeated Martin Gaut 8 in the corners. Lewis Scott was the best winner for the Dragons, beating Adam Jones 15 in a good quality game.

Commiserations to St Georges, it was their first ever final defeat in the Alan Mayhew Trophy after winning all 6 finals previous, while Castlefields extend their record to 8 wins. Well done to the Fields.

Thank you to Chester Road for hosting and providing refreshments. Thank you to Will Hare and Tony Weaver for officiating, and to Alan Mayhew for his continued support of this competition. Also thanks to Barlows Fire & Security for sponsoring this competition once again.

Full scores are here.

Alan Mayhew presents the trophy to Castlefields captains Alan Peach (left) and Graham Rogers (right).

Rob Burroughs presents the “Mark Burroughs” man of the match trophy to Phil Jones.

The winning Castlefields team. Back from left: Russ Pugh, Andy Judson, Rich Goddard, Keith Wall, Captains Alan Peach and Graham Rogers, Martin Codd, Keith Walton & Callum Wraight.

Front from left: Mike Beer, Glyn Herbert, Aide Rowe, Mark Taylor, Adam Jones & Paul Williams.

The St Georges team. Back from left: Paul Beer, John Cooke, Andy Morgan, Ian Gaut, Dave King, Pete Grimston.

Front from left: Martin Gaut, Mike Wainwright, Tony Rhodes, Clay Flattley & Phil Jones.