Quartet book spots in West Brom Open
Four Shropshire Premier League bowlers showed their quality on the second weekend of qualifying in the £3,055 West Brom Open.
Past winner Russell Pegram (Newport), Burway No.1 Wayne Rogers, Clay Flattley (St Georges) and Highley’s Darrell Handley all booked tickets to Sunday’s finals day, when a £750 first prize will be in their sights.
Pegram beat reigning County Merit champion Spence Clarke (Sir John Bayley) 21-17 second game before racing to a 21-7 success over Joe Dicken in his qualifier.
New dad Flattley enjoyed three comfortable wins, finishing with a 21-13 card against John Dewey, while recent County Merit winner Rogers had Stu Perry (21-19) and Richard Burdett (21-12) as his last two scalps.
Handley, winner of the Reg Miller Open at Stockingford last month and adjusting to life in the Premier with the Mid Shropshire champions, beat Steve Pratt to 20, Gordon Hawkins of the Bayley 21-13 and James Martin 21-15 to qualify.
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Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Club ended their winter campaign on a high with a record-breaking charity day.
The annual event in aid of the Air Ambulance at the club’s Sports Village Centre raised £600 – much to the delight of organiser Liz Taylor.
“We had a super day with a match of 48 players and the spider round the rink,” she said. “The winning rink was skippered by Clifff Redman, assisted by John Lumsden, Olga Astley-Jones and Roger Burton. They had a convincing win all the way and could not be stopped.
“Tom Groome won the litre of whisky for the spider and we then adjourned to Shrewsbury Town Football Club for an excellent Sunday lunch enjoyed by all.
“During the meal we had three quizzes and a raffle and ended the day with a Last Person Standing game.
“The final amount raised was £600, which was the best yet, and a big thank-you goes to our members for their generosity.”