County ace Callum is enduring a stop-start return to action

Covid-19 issues continue to hamper the return to action plans of Shropshire bowls star Callum Wraight.

Callum Wraight
Callum Wraight

Having started with an ‘amazing’ 41-34 victory over British Professional Panel specialist Neil Bithell at the Red Lion, Westhoughton, the Shrewsbury-based British No.1 hoped to play again at the weekend.

But a one-day eight-man invitation competition at Norton Central in Stoke on Sunday was called off, meaning the 34-year-old’s next appointment is back on the Panel against Stuart Mort on Friday.

“The Norton comp got cancelled due to the Covid guidelines so they are now having invitation 16s every Sunday starting from April 18,” said Castlefields king Wraight.

He is also looking forward to taking his place in an elite four-man event at the Royle BC in Rochdale on May 1 when he will contest an £800 prize with two former British No.1s in Gary Ellis and Graeme Wilson, plus his arch Midlands rival Greg Smith.

Clubs in Shropshire’s biggest veterans bowls league face two key deadlines at the end of this month.

The Shrewsbury Senior Citizens League’s executive committee have fine tuned a format for the 2021 season, a proposal that would see fixtures start on as near to Thursday, June 3.

“All clubs now have until April 30 to comment on the proposals and put forward suggestions should they so wish,” said league chief Chris Kershaw. “Additionally, all clubs have been requested to confirm which teams they will be entering this season no later than April 30 so that the fixture list can be prepared in early May.”

The proposal is for a season played on a ‘competitive friendly’ basis with no promotions or demotions and reduced prize monies, the target being a maximum of 10 teams for each division.

If possible, the singles, doubles and President’s Day competitions will be played, but the team knockouts will be cancelled, with the fixture list for 2022 to be based on the pecking order at the end of the 2019 season.

Ambitious village club Adderley are the first Shropshire entrants in the nationwide bowls knockout for the Arthur Land Super Cup.

Champions of the Whitchurch League in 2019 before Covid stopped further fixtures, Adderley then missed out on a place in the Shropshire Premier League when narrowly beaten by Chester Road in the play-off final at Prees.

But the villagers are still aiming high and have entered the 2021 version of the four home-four away 31-up Super Cup that will reach a climax in finals day on Sunday, October 10.

Entry costs £50 per team – limited to 64 – and clubs have until Saturday, June 26, to get their entries to the organisers – which include Premier League officers Rob Burroughs and Martin Gaut – with the first round draw to be made on July 1.

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