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Diary changes

The county has been informed that Cheshire have withdrawn their “A” team from the 2018/2019 inter county championship. We had an away fixture with Cheshire on Sunday 4th November and a home fixture on Sunday the 18th November. These matches will not now be played but the fixture dates will remain live. The County Captain is investigating the possibility of arranging friendly fixtures for these two dates so all squad members should assume at this stage that county matches will be played on these dates.

County Squad 19th August v Northamptonshire

The County Squad for the friendly fixture at home against Northamptonshire on the 19th August  is set out below  :   Please note that lunch will be available from the canteen.

SINGLE   1       Mats  2& 3            Richard Payne

SINGLES  2     Mats  1 & 4            Jim Tingle

PAIRS    1         Mats  3 & 2            Pete Forster  and  Richard Rose

PAIRS    2         Mats   4  & 1          Dave Grove  and  Leah Arthurs-Thompson

TRIPLES  1       Mats   1 & 4          Trish Clifford /  Tony Crowley / Keith Mills

TRIPLES  2       Mats    2 & 3          Yvonne Payne / Sandra Felton / Maureen Tingle

FOURS  1          Mats    3 & 2          Robn Holmes / Belinda Gibbs/Gary Markham/ Malcolm Saunders

FOURS  2         Mats     4 & 1          Jenny Gibbs / Carol Arnold / Rob Franklin / Terry Clifford







County v Northamptonshire 29th July 2018

This first match o f the 2018-2019 season was a friendly played away at Daventry .The County won by 28 points to 12, winning 10matches  and drawing 2 of the 16 individual matches played. The County scored 228 shots against Northants 156 shots  –  a great start to the season.

Session  1.   The County singles players got off to a comfortable start with Jim Tingle drawing his first game 11-11 in  an evenly contested game. Richard Payne took the lead in his first match of the day in the fifth end, and maintained that lead throughout the remainder of the  game finishing winner by 18 shots to 7. Sandra Felton and Richard Rose drew their opening pairs  match 10-10 in what turned out to be an evenly matched competition. Belinda Gibbs and Dave Grove lost their match 8-14.

Session  2.   After a strong start Keith Mills triples team faced  a fierce fight back by Northants winning only one shot after the sixth end to narrowly lose 12-13. In another closely fought game Maureen Tingle’s triples team went into the last end one shot behind Northants. With four shots off the last end Maureen’s team were worthy winners by 12 shots to 9. In the fours matches, Alan Walters team won very comfortably 20 shots to 3, winning nine ends of the eleven played. Terry Clifford’s team narrowly lost 10-14.

Session3.   In his singles match, Jim Tingle was one shot down after the 13th end, but with five shots off the last two ends he won his match 17-13, Richard Payne in his singles match, powered his way to a 21-9 win.   –  a very strong start to the third session. Sandra Felton and Richard Rose in their pairs match dominated throughout and led for 14 of the 15 ends played. They eventually won very comfortably 18-8. Belinda Gibbs and Dave Grove took the lead in the seventh end and maintained that lead to win 19 shots to 11.

Session 4.   Keith Mills’ triples team were behind for most of their match being 8 shots t0 11 down with only two ends to play. With five shots off those last two ends the team surged past Northants to win by 13 shots to 11. Maureen Tingle’s triples team lost their second match of the day 6-14. In the Fours, there were two county wins. Alan Walters’ team were 7-8 down going into the last end, but with four shots off this last end they came out worthy winners 11-8. Terry Clifford’s team had a fantastic end to the day restricting their opponents to just one shot from the 11 ends played. Terry’s team went on to win by a very handsome 22 shots to  11.

Results Summary.

SINGLES        Jim Tingle   –       AM   11-11          PM    17-13.

Richard Payne    AM   18-7           PM    21-9.

PAIRS             Sandra Felton/Richard Rose   –        AM   10-10         PM    18-8.

Belinda Gibbs/Dave Grove      –       AM   8-14           PM    19-11.

TRIPLES         Rachel Skye Wesson/Carol Arnold/Keith Mills  –     AM   12-13          PM    13-11.

Trish Clifford/Tony Crowley/Maureen Gibbs  –        AM   12-9            PM     6-14.

FOURS            Robin Holmes/Chris Allen/Gary Markham/Alan Walters      AM    20-3           PM     11-8.

Jenny Gibbs/Rob Franklin/Anne Hough/Terry Clifford         AM    10-14          PM     22-1.




Squad for the away fixture against Northamptonshire 29th July 2018

The squad for the friendly away fixture against Northamptonshire on the 29th July is set out below. The squad will need to bring their own lunch with them on this occasion.

VENUE  –  Daventry Indoor Bowls Club, Browns Road, Daventry, Northants, NN11 4NS   —   START  10.00am

SINGLES  1  –  Mats  1 & 3    –    JIM TINGLE

SINGLES  2  –  Mats  2 & 4    –    RICHARD PAYNE

PAIRS        1  –  Mats  3 & 1    –    SANDRA FELTON  & RICHARD ROSE

PAIRS        2  –  Mats  4 & 2   –    BELINDA GIBBS  &  DAVE GROVE






ESMBA Summer Championship

Each year the ESMBA holds a Summer Championship ( this year held in Tamworth )  for affiliated short mat bowls clubs in England. The championship also doubles as a qualifying event for the ESMBA / TLH Top Club Championship finals held annually in Torquay, with the next event being held in May 2019. This year one club from Worcestershire competed  –  Churchill and Blakedown Short Mat Bowls Club  –  participating with a team of seven bowlers. These were  –  Terry Clifford  /  Richard Rose  /  Trish Clifford  /  Sandra Felton  /  Dave Grove  /  Garry Markham  and  Malcolm Saunders.

Churchill and Blakedown compete against Woolhope Club from Herefordshire, Old Stratford from Northamptonshire and Magic Circle from the West Midlands. The familiar format  of Singles/Fours  playing first, followed by Pairs/Triples took place resulting in five bowlers being involved in each session.

There was strong opposition, and Churchill and Blakedown in the group stage lost three of their four individual matches against Woolhope –  Richard Rose and Dave Grove, however, had a convincing 13/8 win in their Pairs match. The second club to play Churchill and Blakedown  –  Old Stratford  –   was very strong with Churchill and Blakedown losing their four individual matches. Churchill and Blakedown then went on to play  their third and final group match against Magic Circle from the West Midlands and won three of their individual matches in convincing form. Richard Rose won his Singles match  13/10,  Terry Clifford’s Fours team won 9/4 and Terry’s Triples team won 7/2.

After a very hot but enjoyable day, and in spite of early setbacks, but with an improved performance at the end of the day, Churchill and Blakedown were pleased that they had qualified for the Top Club Finals which will take place in Torquay in May next year.