Since the format changed to an 8 a side one day format back in 2009 the Premier League have entered a team in it most years. It wasn’t until 2016 that they finally got their hands on the John Bowers Trophy (pictured below).
The Flowfit Shropshire Premier Bowling League today made history by winning the Shropshire Inter League for the first time. We breezed through the group with 3 wins out of 3 but then had to come through a thriller against the Market Drayton League by just 5 chalks in the Semi Finals before beating the Ludlow League in the final by 36.
Game 1 vs. Shropshire Ladies (won by 34)
We played the Shropshire Ladies team first today and had 7 winners to win by 34 overall. Darren Wellings led us off well winning 13 from 11-7 down and then Sam Millward 13. Wayne Phillips recovered from 15-10 down to win 19 and Stuart Rutter winning 14 from 13 across sealed the win. Dave Lloyd ran out from 19-14 down and Tom Roden won 13 last on to seal a comfortable win.
Darren Wellings 21-13 Sally Clee
Colin Beaman 21-17 Clair Barker
Sam Millward 21-13 Louise Cotton
Wayne Phillips 21-19 Jodie Rutter
Stuart Rutter 21-14 Karen Bennett
George Williams 16-21 Cheryl Caswell
Dave Lloyd 21-19 Ange Gaut
Tom Roden 21-13 Holly Bishton
Premier League 163-129 Shropshire Ladies
Game 2 vs. Mid Shropshire 2 (won by 13)
We played the Mid-Shropshire team next consisting mostly of Premier League Players and beat them by 13. Darren Wellings gave us a great start winning 7 and Colin Beaman won 12 from 9-4 down to give us a lead of 23. But Jamie King was superb in beating Wayne Phillips 8 to put them back in the game but Dave Lloyd ran out from 16-15 down. Stuart Rutter then won 18 to extend the lead to 18 and after Sam Millward won 13 it was all over despite the two last losers.
Colin Beaman 21-12 Matt Rhodes
Darren Wellings 21-7 Dave Brown
Dave Lloyd 21-16 Chris Worthington
Wayne Phillips 8-21 Jamie King
Stuart Rutter 21-18 Ian Gaut
Sam Millward 21-13 Martin Williams
Rob Roden 11-21 Martin Gaut
Tom Roden 18-21 Jamie Fletcher
Premier League 142-129 Mid-Shropshire 2
Game 3 vs. Whitchurch League (won by 36)
We played a winner takes all game with the Whitchurch League, who had also won 2 out of 2, but knew a narrow loss might also put us through as best runner up. But we went for the win and Darren Wellings gave us a great start winning 12 but we were only 1 up after 3 before George Williams won 12, Sam Millward 14 and Rob Roden 11 to win us the game before Tom Roden’s 8 win gave us a big aggregate victory, which ultimately meant the Whitchurch League didn’t go through as best runners up, which was a massive boost to us because they would have been dangerous on the Wem USC green.
Darren Wellings 21-12 Clay Flattley
Colin Beaman 19-21 Neil Boxall
Stuart Rutter 15-21 Martin Lloyd
George Williams 21-12 Colin Smith
Sam Millward 21-14 Carl Hinton
Rob Roden 21-11 Ian McDonald
Tom Roden 21-8 Derek Wright
Dave Lloyd 17-21 Adrian Smout
Premier League 156-120 Whitchurch
Semi Final vs. Market Drayton (won by 5)
We were drawn against the Market Drayton League in the Semi Finals and knew they would be strong given they had beaten the holders the Wem League in the groups. We struggled to adapt to a heavy Wem USC green with Darren Wellings and Dave Lloyd both 15-9 down. But both battled back well with Darren winning 19 and Dave getting 17 and with Colin Beaman winning 12 we had a 7 shot lead. Sam Millward also struggled with the pace but battled back to 17 but Stuart Rutter won 16 to put us 8 up. With the last three on it didn’t look to good, with Tom Roden 15-7 down and Rob Roden 12-8 down with George Williams only 11 across. But Rob raised his game to eventually win 20, and with Tom and George both having a good run, Tom back to 18-14 down and George 17-13 up it meant we needed just 2 to win the game. But Tom didn’t score again so it was left to George, and when his opponent got back to lead 18-17 it didn’t look to promising. But George beat a 2 foot lead down the edge and then put one on the block next end second bowl to get to 20 and win us the game before getting out 18 next game to win us the game by 5.
Darren Wellings 21-19 Chris Stretch
Colin Beaman 21-12 Jamie Brookes
Dave Lloyd 17-21 Connor Whitehall
Sam Millward 17-21 Cedric Bancroft
Stuart Rutter 21-16 Matt Beeston
Rob Roden 21-20 Gary Whitehall
George Williams 21-18 Matt Blackhurst
Tom Roden 14-21 Ian Atherton
Premier League 153-148 Market Drayton
Final vs. Ludlow League (won by 35)
Into the final and we played the Ludlow League who were made up of all but one of Burway’s Premier League side. Wayne Rogers beat Stuart Rutter 14 at number 1 but it was one way traffic for the rest of the first four as Colin Beaman won 13, Dave Lloyd 15 and Darren Wellings 18 to give us a 10 shot lead. Into the back four and Sam Millward played two marks exceptionally well to win 8 and the man of the match award and with George Williams winning 12 on his mark we had won the trophy! Tom Roden won 15 and Rob Roden got 18 to seal a 35 shot win overall and allow non-playing captain Rob Burroughs to receive the trophy from Mike Caddick for the first time ever!
Stuart Rutter 14-21 Wayne Rogers
Darren Wellings 21-18 Adam Dovey
Colin Beaman 21-13 Nick Lewis
Dave Lloyd 21-15 Len Lewis
George Williams 21-12 Steve Burmingham
Sam Millward 21-8 Chris Dovey
Rob Roden 18-21 Kev Dovey
Tom Roden 21-15 Jolyon Partridge
Premier League 158-123 Ludlow League
On behalf of the Flowfit Shropshire Premier Bowling League I would like to thank non-playing captain Rob Burroughs and the players for bringing the trophy home for the first time and proving we are the best league in the county, as well as those supporters who came to watch. Would also like to thank the Wem League and especially Liz Taylor for running the competition so well and efficiently, as well as Deputy President Mike Caddick and referee Mike Potter and to Wem Sports and Wem USC for hosting us so well.
We celebrated our Senior Inter League triumph at our Presentation Evening by giving each of the players and our non-playing Captain Rob Burroughs a medal to celebrate our inaugural success. 5 of the 9 players were present to receive their medal from County President Phil Scott, with pictures below:
Tom Roden (Sir John Bayley)
Rob Roden (Bowring)
Dave Lloyd (Bowring)
Stuart Rutter (Wrockwardine Wood)
Colin Beaman (Meole Brace)
Non-Playing Captain Rob Burroughs receives the trophy.
The squad show off their Inter League shirts with their new badges embroidered by Get Branded. From left: Stuart Rutter, Dave Lloyd, Tom Roden, Rob Burroughs (captain) & Colin Beaman.
The Flowfit Shropshire Premier Interleague team dipped out to the Wem League by 11 shots in the semi finals, this after beating the same team by 24 in their last group game to get through as the best runner-up by 1 shot!
We started off by playing the Market Drayton Seniors team and we had to play well to beat them by 26 after only being 9 up off four. Dave King 21-14 and Rob Burroughs 21-11 provided a good start and once Darren Wellings got 19 from 15-4 down it meant that we still had our noses in front despite Aaron King getting 15. Dave Lloyd 17, Ian MacDonald 20 (from 15-6 down), Craig Ashley 14 and Rob Roden 16 meant we won comfortably in the end.
Premier League vs. Market Drayton Seniors
Dave King 21-14 Pat Davies
Darren Wellings 19-21 Pam Forrester
Rob Burroughs 21-11 Ian Acton
Aaron King 15-21 June Edwards
Dave Lloyd 21-17 Roy Franc
Ian McDonald 21-20 Ray Foster
Craig Ashley 21-14 Pauline Mellor
Rob Roden 21-17 Frank Hodgkin
Premier League won by 26
In the second game we faced the Whitchurch League A side, who had lost to the Wem League by 25 in their first game. We didn’t get off to a good start as inspired bowls by Carl Hinton and Colin Smith meant they beat Dave King 14 and Rob Burroughs 10 respectively. But Rob Roden led the comeback beating Derek Wright 15 on marks to the crown and back and Craig Ashley beat Martin Lloyd 12 on a round peg to put us back in it. Ian McDonald though lost 20 from 20-17 up but Aaron King won 20 to cancel this out and then Dave Lloyd won 14 to put us 3 up with Mark Thomas just starting his game. But Paul Bradley played incredibly well over the middle to lead 19-7 and despite Mark Thomas getting back to 14 in the corners it was too late as Paul got the two he needed to win the game for Whitchurch by 4.
Premier League vs. Whitchurch League
Rob Burroughs 10-21 Colin Smith
Dave King 14-21 Carl Hinton
Rob Roden 21-15 Derek Wright
Craig Ashley 21-12 Martin Lloyd
Ian McDonald 20-21 Paul Latham
Aaron King 21-20 Adrian Smout
Dave Lloyd 21-14 Steve Rogers
Mark Thomas 14-21 Paul Bradley
Premier League 141-145 Whitchurch League
In the final group game we knew to win top spot from Wem we would have to win by 40, but also knew that a good win would seal second place and give us a good chance of being the best runner up. We had a great start against the Wem side, despite 18 from Dave King as Rob Roden played some great bowls to win 11, Rob Burroughs won 14 and Darren Wellings won 15 playing to and from the middle of the green. After Craig Ashley came off losing 16 we were 15 up so had to play well to win the group. But Aaron King was 18-9 up, and Ian McDonald about 12-6 up gave us hope but the wem league fought back to gain the shots they needed. Aaron won 17 and then Mark Thomas 18 to leave us 22 up with Ian McDonald 15 across. At this time Whitchurch had beaten the Market Drayton Seniors by 66, meaning they had an aggregate of 45. At that moment we had an aggregate of 44 with Ian left on, so it meant he had to win 19 for us to go through as best runners up. At 17-16 down it didn’t look good but Ian then led 20-17 in the corners before his opponent Mark Shore got in. Mark then chucked the block off so Ian returned to his favoured corners and then put a wood about a foot away from the block for game. But Mark then ran the jack through to leave his wood a foot away but Ian played a perfectly weighted wood which unfortunately ran into the back of Mark’s leaving the game 20-19. But fortunately Mark played two poor bowls last end and Ian won the game and took us through by a single shot!
Premier League vs. Wem League
Dave King 18-21 Sam Millward
Darren Wellings 21-15 Rich Lawson
Rob Roden 21-11 Phil Emery
Rob Burroughs 21-14 Carl Preece
Craig Ashley 16-21 Danny Wornell
Aaron King 21-17 Lee Bowden
Mark Thomas 21-18 Mark Selley
Ian McDonald 21-19 Mark Shore
Premier League 160-136 Wem
Wem League Won 2 Agg +76
Premier League Won 2 Agg +46
Whitchurch League Won 2 Agg +45
Market Drayton Seniors Won 0 Agg -167
The semi finals were on the other green at Prees and we drew Wem again in the semis.
Rob Roden soon found himself 15-4 down but battled back to 13 which Aaron King virtually cancelled out over the middle in winning 14. Dave King then won 17 to put us ahead before Darren Wellings got 12 to leave us 7 down. Rob Burroughs edged out Danny Wornell 19 to close the gap and with Dave Lloyd 15-8 up it looked like we might take the lead with Craig level. But Mark played some good woods on a round peg against Craig to win 14 and when Dave won 17 it meant we were 7 down with Ian McDonald just going on against John Lumsden, which he had to win 14 for us to go through. But John never let him get away and won 17 to give the Wem League a 11 chalk win.
Premier League vs. Wem League
Aaron King 21-14 Sam Millward
Rob Roden 13-21 Phil Emery
Dave King 21-17 Carl Preece
Darren Wellings 12-21 Rich Lawson
Rob Burroughs 21-19 Danny Wornell
Craig Ashley 14-21 Mark Shore
Dave Lloyd 21-17 Mark Selley
Ian McDonald 17-21 John Lumsden
Premier League 140-151 Wem League
The Wem League beat the Tanners league by 2 in the Final to win the interleague.
I would like to thank on behalf of the Flowfit Shropshire Premier League the captain Mark Thomas for leading us all day and getting the side together, all the players for representing the league and supporting and marking, and to BBranded for providing us with shirts for the first time meaning we had an all together look.
The team picture is below:
Back from left: Ian McDonald (AWC), Dave Lloyd (Bowring), Aaron King (Bowring), Rob Roden (Bowring) & Craig Ashley (Wem USC).
Front from left: Rob Burroughs (Hadley USC), Darren Wellings (Meole Brace), Mark Thomas (Captain, Meole Brace) & Dave King (St Georges).