ESMBA Inter County Knockout Series

The County were drawn against Surrey “A” for the preliminary round of the 2016 knockout series. This match was played at Daventry on the 31st January 2016, with the County narrowly losing by 18 points to Surrey’s 22.

During the morning session there were three wins for the county  –   In the Singles Jim Tingle, after a slow start, played a consistently strong game to win by a comfortable margin of 13 shots to 7. There was a very decisive win by Mark Bourne’s Triples team by 18 shots to 4, and a relatively comfortable win for Malcolm Saunders Triples team by 10 shots to 7. At the half way stage of the competition Worcestershire were trailing by 6 points to 10.

The afternoon session saw comfortable wins by Richard Payne ( Singles ) – 13 shots to 8, and by Johnathon Smith/Anthony Ruddy ( Pairs ) – 14 shots to 6. Mark Bourne’s Triples team was in devastating form winning their second match of the day by 22 shots to 6. The only other success during the afternoon was Richard Danks’ Fours team winning by 11 shots to 6.

The final result was a narrow win for Surrey who scored 22 points with Worcestershire on 18 Points. Surrey’s total shot score was 187 compared with 170 for Worcestershire.

The results for each of the disciplines are set out below :

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Steve Tyler

At the Mixed fours on Saturday 2nd January we learned of the shocking news that one of our fellow bowlers  –  Steve Tyler –  had recently passed away. Steve was very keen to play bowls for his league team at Gilt Edge and the County short mat team. It was a pleasure to know him  and to have played along side him and he will be sadly missed by one and all. Rest in peace a gentleman and friend  –  Your Captain Richard Payne.

Two Shires Trophy – 19th December 2015

The County hosted Gloucestershire “A” at Bromsgrove on the 19th December in this friendly fixture to determine the inaugural winner of the Two Shires Trophy. – the first leg was  at Churchdown in September. The trophy, pictured below after presentation to the Gloucestershire squad, was donated by the County Captain of the  Worcestershire Squad, Richard Payne, and will be competed for on an annual basis.


The County lost this second leg match by 10 points to 30 resulting in an overall win for Gloucestershire by 58 points to 22. The second leg shots tally was 156 for Worcestershire and 224 for Gloucestershire. Worcestershire were disappointed by the scale of this defeat even if it was against a strong Gloucestershire squad. Notable successes in the morning session for Worcestershire were Jim Tingle’s 18-9 win in the Singles, Richard Dank’s Fours team ( including Carole Arnold, Margaret Powell, and Tony Crowley ) winning by 10 shots to 8, and Terry Clifford’s Fours team ( including Jenny Gibbs, Ann Hough, and Ben Mol ) who won comfortably by 18 shots to 4. In the afternoon session the only county win was by Terry Clifford’s Fours team ( again ) who won by 9 shots to 5.

After the match the Two Shires Trophy was presented to the Gloucestershire  squad and photographs of both squads were taken to mark this inaugural event.

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Gloucestershire receive the Two Shires Trophy 19th December 2015

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Both Counties look forward to next season’s competition with Worcestershire seeking to achieve a different outcome.