Pool A 1st round:
St Georges and Bowring progressed to meet each other in the Semi Finals of the Pool A with contrasting wins. St Georges comfortably beat Meole Brace on Chester Road to get through, winning by 38 overall. They only led by 2 after the first four though, with Craig Wilson’s best win of 8 keeping Meole in the game. But after Ian Gaut won 3 it was game over for Meole. Bowring had a much closer game with Newport, coming through my 9 overall. Stand in captain Rob Roden commented “we are happy with the win and without 2 players who in Jamie King and Reece Farr would have played. We had a good start having 3 winners from 4 and matched them in the back.” Josh Bradburn was best winner for them 10 with Phil Emery’s best win of 14 not enough for Newport.
Hanwood w/o Castlefields
SJB v Bye
St Georges beat Meole Brace by 38 at Chester Road
Bowring beat Newport by 9 at SJB
Pool A Matchcards here.
Pool A Semi Finals:
St Georges and Sir John Bayley made it through to the final of the Pool A after narrow wins over Bowring and Hanwood respectively. St Georges had to come from behind to win their game, with stand-in captain Glyn Picknell describing how it went. “We were 9 down off the front, and with the back four on the we were looking like losing. But Nige Evans was 20-5 down and got 12, Lewis Scott virtually ran out from 6-5 down to win 7 (to be best winner), as did Clay from 13 across. Ian Gaut was left on the green at 17 across with us 3 shots up. He then managed to get the 2 needed for us to squeeze through.” Best winner for Bowring was Jamie King and Rich Lawson 12.
The Bayley came through their game a little easier but it was still a close game on Chester Road. “It was a good match and we were pleased to progress through to finals night. Said stand-in skipper Spencer Clarke. “We led by 8 chalks after the 1st four although Hanwood responded well and had two good cards going for them in the 2nd four although our lads stuck to the task well, as we edged out by 15 chalks in the end to set up a final clash with St. Georges on Friday night.” Best card for the Bayley was Spencer himself 10 while Ash Wellings was the best for Hanwood.
SJB beat Hanwood at Chester Road
St Georges beat Bowring by 4 at Meole Brace
Pool A Final
Sir John Bayley beat St Georges by 60 on Wrockwardine Wood New Green
Sir John Bayley had a comprehensive win over St Georges in the Pool A final winning by 60 overall in the biggest margin of victory seen in one of our Pool Finals. They never looked back as Paul Evans won 3 in the corners and Scott Simpson 4 in the other corners, and despite Mike Wainwright winning 10 on the shorter marks for St Georges, they led by 30 overall. Into the back four and they didn’t let up with three winners, captain Tom Roden adding another single figure card in winning 6.
Full scores are here.
Pool B 1st round:
Wem USC found some form as they progressed against Bylet by just 2 chalks at Hanwood. They only had three winners but Mike Dulson’s 8 win helped them get through, and vital form and practice ahead of the playoff final. Captain Graham Dulson said “it keeps our players playing and ready for the playoff game. We seem to have more players on form than all season with games on Saturday and Sunday so the players are getting plenty of games.” Rich Morris was best of the 5 winners for Bylet 12 but it wasn’t enough. Burway had a comfortable win against Hanmer by 41 with 7 winners, Nick Lewis the best of them 10, with Richard Pullen the only winner for Hanmer, 17.
Burway beat Hanmer by 41 at Bowring
Chester Road w/o Wrockwardine Wood
Wem USC beat Bylet by 2 at Hanwood
Ifton v Bye
Pool B Matchcards here.
Pool B Semi Final:
The most successful team in the competition and a team who’s only failed to reach the final once have progressed to this year’s final. Ifton, the reigning holders, came through against Wem USC by 13 shots. Captain Dickie Jones comments “we got off to a good start with Leighton Roberts winning 5 (to be best winner) and then managed to keep in front.” Fred Bailey was the best of Wem’s four winners 9. It was more comfortable for Burway who made their fourth final in five years by defeating Chester Road by 36 on St Georges. Wayne Rogers led the way by winning 6, with Gary Beff the best for the Pool A holders winning 10.
Burway beat Chester Road at St Georges
Ifton beat Wem USC by 13 at Hanmer
Pool B Final
Burway beat Ifton by 47 at Wrockwardine Wood Old Green
Burway were comfortable winners in the Pool B final after having 6 winners against Ifton. They took 3 out of the first 4, with Kiah Roberts their best winning 11, to lead by 22 with only Joey Williams winning 19 for Ifton. Once Len Lewis had come off winning 8 for the Ludlow side it was game over, despite another 19 win for Ifton by Ian Jones.
Full scores are here.