Archive | December, 2015

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.

County (A) versus Shropshire 13th December 2015

The county visited Shropshire for this last inter county match of the season with a win necessary to qualify for the national inter county knockout competition starting at the end of January next year. The county won by 24 points to 16, scoring 199 shots to Shropshire’s 184. As a result Worcestershire go forward to next year’s knockout competition.

The first session  –  Singles –  Jim had a close match until the last few ends but Steve was outclassed. In the Pairs Anthony and Johnathon just lost out with Trish and Richard battling a tight see-saw game to 8 – 8, when they came to terms with the mat to pull away and when convincingly 18 – 8.

The Triple of Phil, Richard and Mark, swept the opposition away to win 17 – 11, while Sue, Sandra and Richard were unlucky to lose on the last end. The Fours of Anne, Tony, Richard and Keith piled on the pressure to win by 10 shots to 6, as did Jenny, Ann, Avis and Terry.

Half time  –  all even

The county started the afternoon session with confidence. Both Singles, however,  lost,  but both Pairs won. Johnathon and Anthony smashed their way to a 22 – 4 victory ( highest score of the season ).The Triples of Phil, Richard and Mark also won easily, but unfortunately Sue, Sandra and Richard faded over the last few ends to a loss. The Fours also were in fine fettle winning easily.

This was the county’s best result this season

The table summarising the results is shown below :

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Short Mat Players Tour 5th and 6th December 2015


The Short Mat Players Tour staged it’s annual World Fours and World Pairs tournaments at Bromsgrove Indoor Bowls Centre on the 5th and 6th of December. These tournaments are open to all short mat bowlers irrespective of affiliation to county associations. There were, however, two teams from the county entered in the Fours competition and one team in the Pairs. A full report on the weekend’s activities can be found via the link shown under “Clubs/Links” page on the county’s web site.

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The next Short Mat Players Tour event at Bromsgrove Indoor Bowls Centre will be the English Masters which will be held on the 6th and 7th February 2016. This will be an open Singles tournament.