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Wrockites fight back for Ashton success

By David Banner | Bowls | Published:

Wrockwardine Wood are starting to feel that the Ashton Cup belongs to them.

On a roll – the Wrockwardine Wood team before their eighth triumph in the Ashton Cup final

The Telford club got their hands on the trophy for an excellent eighth time after beating Worfield in this year’s final on Bowring’s Premier green on Saturday night.

They came from behind to get the better of their Fourth Division rivals by 21 shots in the climax of the Molson Coors Mid Shropshire League’s main knockout for Monday night teams after a one chalk handicap advantage was added on.

The villagers made a fine start and led by two shots after the first four thanks to a fine 21-5 win by Gary Mountford, watched closely by referee Terry Whitehouse.

But Sophie Meredith’s 21-8 win in a shared middle four put the Wrockites 10 chalks to the good and player of the match Tim Cotton’s 21-7 card at No.9 got them over the line.

Proud Wood skipper Bob Elcock said: “Commiserations to Worfield – you gave us a real good game”, after his Worfield counterpart John Edwards had thanked his players and supporters.

League president Mike Potter, who made the presentations, said: “It takes two teams to make a final and Worfield, you did yourselves proud.

“You played with dignity and pushed Wrockwardine Wood all the way – and they must feel like the Ashton Cup is almost their property now!”

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