County Mixed Fours  –  Sunday 18th November  2018.

Four teams entered in this year’s competition as follows :

Team  1,  Jenny Gibbs / Trish Clifford / Alan Walters / Terry Clifford

Team  2.  Avis Beddow / Anne Hough / Pete Forster / Johnathon Smith

Team  3,  Belinda Gibbs / Maureen Tingle / Cayman Dredge / Jim Tingle

Team  4.  Yvonne Payne / Sandra Felton / Richard Rose / Richard Payne

The first part of the competition consisted of a round robin series with each team playing three matches of nine ends,The results of these matches are shown below below :

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A final was played between the top two teams  –  Terry Clifford’s team and Jim Tingle’s team.. This was yet another hard fought match which Jim Tingle’s team won by 12 shots to 5, a score line which possibly did not reflect just how hard fought the match turned out to be. Having said that Jim’s team were in the lead throughout the match and continually had the edge over their opponents.

WINNERS  : Belinda Gibbs/Maureen Tingle/ Cayman Dredge and Jim Tingle

RUNNERS UP   :  Jenny Gibbs/Trish Clifford/Alan Walters/Terry Clifford 

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Jim/Belinda/Maureen/Cayman, winners of the County mixed fours competition 18th November 2018


County Singles  –  Sunday 2nd December 2018.

There were only 11 entrants in this years singles competition following a low take up of places and some late cancellations.

Entrants were allocated into two groups of four and one group of three for the round robin series. The top two bowlers from each group proceeded to a quarter final knockout stage together with the two best non qualifiers from  groups 1-3,  who in effect formed “Group 4”.

In the group stages Richard Rose and Malcolm Saunders were unbeaten in their matches.

A summary of the group matches is set out below :

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In the quarter finals Jim Tingle beat Dave Grove 17-7, Malcolm Saunders beat Johnathon Smith 12-11, Richard Rose beat Alan Walters 13-8 and Richard Payne beat Terry Clifford 12-11.

In the semi finals there were comfortable wins for Richard Payne against Malcolm Saunders and Richard Rose against Jim Tingle.

The two Richards played an entertaining final with fortunes swinging from one to the other with both bowlers having notable successes. The 11th end saw both bowlers on 11 shots with only four ends to play. By the end of the 14th end Richard Payne was leading 15-12 which in many ways reflected the true score for the match showing just how close and hard fought it had been throughout. The 15th end was played with Richard Payne winning the county singles champion title.

County Pairs  –  Saturday 5th January 2019

Seven teams entered this year’s competition, a disappointing number compared with previous years, but an enjoyable and rewarding day’s bowling for those who participated. Teams were divided into two groups with the top two teams from each group going forward to a semi final knockout.

A summary of the group results is set out below  :

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All matches were played over twelve ends. In a closely fought first semi final between Cayman Dredge / Jim Tingle and Richard Payne / Johnathon Smith, the teams were level 9-9 going into the final end. Cayman and Jim kept their nerve and won this final end by two shots. In the second semi final between Dave Grove / Alan Walters and Trish / Terry Clifford,  Dave and Alan were in fine form and led throughout the match running out winners by 16 shots to 7.

In the final, Dave and Alan continued their strong and consistent play of the semi final winning nine of the twelve ends, having led from the third end. They were comfortable winners by 12 shots to 3, thus taking the county pairs championship for 2018/19.

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Alan Walters and Dave Grove, winners of the county pairs championship 2018/19













County Fours  –  Sunday 13th January 2019.

Four teams entered this year’s competition  :

Team  1.  Jenny Gibbs/Trish Clifford/Alan Walters/Terry Clifford.

Team  2.  Yvonne Payne/Richard Rose/Richard Payne/Johnathon Smith.

Team  3.  Pete Forster/Anne Hough/Sandra Felton/Avis Beddow.

Team  4.  Belinda Gibbs/Malcolm Saunders/ Cayman Dredge/Jim Tingle.

In the group games three teams had two wins and one lost game. Jim tingle’s team had two narrow losses ( 7-9 and 8-9 ). Terry’s team had wins of 13-6 and 14-6, Johnathon’s team had wins of 9-7 and 17-5, and Avis and her team had wins of 9-5 and 9-8.

A summary of the group matches is shown below  :

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Teams 1 and 2 above played a final, which turned out to be a nail biting evenly matched game. In a low scoring match, Johnathon’s team were leading 6-2 after the fifth end. Terry’ team then went on to win the next three ends by one shot, won the ninth end by two shots, and went into the last end leading by 7 shots to 6. In a nail biting final end Johnathon’s team snatched a two shot win to win overall by 8 shots to 7. Both teams go forward to the National Finals in April.

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Richard Rose / Johnathon Smith / Yvonne Payne / Richard Payne – winners of the 2018/19 County Fours Championship


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Terry Clifford / Jenny Gibbs / Trish Clifford / Alan Walters – runners up in the County Fours Championship 2018/.2019.



County Triples  –  Saturday 19th January 2019.

There were six teams competing in this year’s competition with both the winners and runners up proceeding to the national finals in April. Teams were allocated into two groups for the round robin series of matches with the top two teams from both groups going forward to the semi finals. A summary of the group matches is shown below :

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The semi finals were relatively close games with Dave, Sandra, and Alan going into the final having beaten Maureen, Cayman, and Jim 14-11, being joined by Yvonne, Richard (P) and Johnathon, who beat Belinda, Jenny, and Richard (R) 12-7 In the final, played over eight ends, Yvonne, Richard and Johnathon stormed into the lead – 8-0 after two ends. Dave, Sandra, and Alan fought back strongly ” winning” the next six ends 7-2, but this was not  enough to overtake their opponents who were winners 10-7


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Johnathon Smith / Yvonne Payne / and Richard Payne, winners of the county triples championship – 19th January 2019.

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Dave Grove / Sandra Felton / and Alan Walters , runners up in the county triples championship 19th January 2019


County Over 55s Pairs – Sunday 20th January 2019.

Seven teams entered this yer’s competition, with teams being allocated between two groups for the round robin series of games. The top two teams from both groups proceeded to the knockout semi final stage. Teams in group 1 only played two games because the outcome for the group had already been determined after two games with two teams on four points  –  the other two teams could not challenge the result. The top two teams both had a plus 10 shot difference so the first and second position in the group was decided after the teams played a further 5 end match. Jenny and Sandra won this decider.

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In the semi finals The two Richards had a comfortable win against Richard (D) and Jim by 19 shots to 5, with Malcolm and Keith beating Jenny and Sandra by 14 shots to 7.


The final between the two Richards and Malcolm and Keith was in many ways a classic competition. It was hard fought throughout and at the end of the 14th end of this 15 end match, both teams had won 7 ends. Malcolm and Keith had the lead at some stage on 6 occasions with the two Richards on 5 occasions – there 3 ends where scores were level. This really does show  how close the match had been up to that stage. Going into the final end the two Richards were one shot in the lead and the final could have gone either way but the two Richards prevailed taking 3 shots off this final end to run out winners 15-11.

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Richard Payne and Richard Rose, winners of the Over 55s Pairs Championship -Sunday 20th January 2019










President’s Cup  –  Sunday  3rd March 2019

There were sixteen entrants for this year’s competition ( eight pairs ) with teams being selected randomly, and then divided into two groups for the round robin series of matches.

Teams played three games with the top two from each group going forward to the semi finals knockout. Both semi finals were close matches with Jim and Maureen Tingle playing Terry Clifford / Rob Franklin, and Richard Rose/Belinda Gibbs playing Trish Clifford/Dave Grove. The matches were played over 10 ends with Terry and Rob narrowly beating Jim and Maureen by 11 shots to 9. In the other semi final there was also a narrow victory for Richard and Belinda who won their match by 10 shots to 7.

The final played over 10 ends saw Richard and Belinda level at 8-8 with Terry and Rob after the 10th end. An additional end was played by these four bowlers from the Churchill and Blakedown club with Terry and Rob winning it by two shots to claim the President’s Cup 2019, and as far as Terry was concerned repeating his success in 2018.

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Rob Franklin and Terry Clifford, winners of the President’ Cup 2019












The winners and runners up of the Singles  /  Triples  /  and Fours proceed to the National finals in March/April 2019.  The winners only of the Pairs  /  Mixed Fours  /  and Over 55’s Pairs also proceed to the National finals.  Progress of the County’s entrants will be reported on the ” News and Match Reports page ” in due course.