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Shropshire win county bowls title

Crown Green Bowls

Shropshire took the national bowls title for the first time since 1974, beating Yorkshire in the two-leg final.

Glyn Herbert lifted the Crosfield Cup as Shropshire won by 10 chalks in Huddersfield, and by an impressive 34 in the home leg at Shrewsbury.

"It was a great all-round performance from both sets of players," selector John Nash told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"The Cup presentation was an emotional moment, and a very sweet one to win it after such a long time."

Wayne Phillips, who settled Shropshire's nerves in the away leg with a 21-11 victory over Jack Dyson after Yorkshire took early points, was named man of the match in Huddersfield.

Simon Parsonage was man of the match for Shropshire's home leg.

Young Michael Beer emulated his father Dave, who had been a member of Shropshire's winning side in 1974 - but went one better as his father lost his individual match that day.

"The support at the Meole Brace club was fantastic," said Beer. "They were packed five deep right round the edge and it made me nervous but also helped inspire me."

Nash added: "There were about 800 people there and atmosphere was electric.

"Representatives of the Crown Green Bowls Association told us they'd never seen anything like it."

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