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The Club’s first pairs competition of the season took place on Saturday when 28 members competed for the Spring Pairs Trophy.
The random draw produced some interesting pairings, which included Peter Smith playing alongside the experienced Ken Rimmer, a recent recruit to the club. Peter and Ken survived a scare in their first game when they scraped home 21-20 against Bill Nowell and Laurie Townson. Their next game proved to be another tough battle against Wayne Graham and Noel Morgans but it was Peter and Ken who won through to the semi-finals with a 21-17 win. Their semi-final opponents were Jim Halsall and Margaret Langley, both previous winners of Hesketh Arms pairs titles. Jim and Margaret had accounted for the strong pairing of Fergal Wright and Connie Southern in the previous round but Peter and Ken continued their consistent form to progress to the final with another 21-17 success.
In the bottom half of the draw, Chris Harding and Janice Hobson also had to negotiate three tough games in progressing to the final, defeating Dave Bedford and Irene Nowell (21-16), Barry McArthur and Norman Simpson (21-17) and in the semi-final, George Hitchmough and Lynne Smith (21-18).
In the final, Peter and Ken got off to a flying start, winning the first four ends. This included two 3’s at the second and third ends which allowed them to open up a 13-3 lead and this would prove hard for Chris and Janice to overcome. Despite a late rally, which saw Chris and Janice score four 2’s, the first four ends proved to be the decisive phase of the game and Peter and Ken were able to secure the Spring Pairs title, the final score being 21-13. Congratulations to Peter Smith and Ken Rimmer on winning their first Hesketh Arms club competition.WinnersIMG_5870 (1)semi finalists




A consolation competition was held for 1st round losers and this was won by Dave Bedford and Irene Nowell who defeated Steve Lomas and Kevin McCormack 15-13 in a close final.
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Southport Federation Match Vs Dudley 22nd May 2016

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Results for Division 5 played on Sun 22nd May

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Played at M & B
Pos Dudley Score SouthPort Score
1 Martin Perks 21 Jack Beecham 12
2 Mike Hill 21 John Green 7
3 Dave Sankey 21 Mike Milne 8
4 Adam Hopwood 21 Trevor Wilkinson 7
5 Craig Skidmore 21 Keith Minshull 17
6 Simon Totten 21 Cynthia Martin 9
7 Chris Watts 21 Stevie Mac 13
8 Neil Hopwood 18 Brian Coleman Best Result 21
9 Kaye Coulthard 21 Jason Wright 6
10 Paul Rolls Best Result 21 Chris Harding 5
11 Mick Brown 21 Chris Thompson 10
12 Marc Wilson 21 David Gibbons 9
Games 11 Games 1
Aggregate 249 Aggregate 124
Points 13 Points 1

Played at Hesketh Arms
Pos SouthPort Score Dudley Score
1 Tony Wakefield 18 Ian Carr 21
2 Ged Walmsley 18 Liam King 21
3 Chris Porter Best Result 21 Jamie Wyatt 2
4 Dave Pritchard 19 Gavin Skidmore 21
5 Fergal Wright 21 Grant Cooper 15
6 Keith Sproston 14 Dan Davies 21
7 Eddie Tennant 10 Cian Danter 21
8 Bev Sumner 12 Chris Lambert 21
9 John Shacklady 8 Matt Price 21
10 John Roberts 3 Wayne Berry Best Result 21
11 John Greenwood 13 Claire Pugh 21
12 Andy Draper 21 Mark Street 11
Games 3 Games 9
Aggregate 178 Aggregate 217
Points 3 Points 11

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Forthcoming Events



Members are reminded that the Club’s next internal competition will take place this Saturday, 21st May, starting at 12 noon. For the Spring Pairs, partners will be drawn randomly and players are asked to register by 11.45am to enable the draw to be made prior to the 12 noon start time.


On Sunday, the Club has the privilege of hosting Southport’s second game in the National Crown Green Bowling Federation. This is a prestigious event and it would be appreciated if as many members as possible were able to support the team and be available to help out with marking, measuring, selling raffle tickets or providing hospitality.

The game will start at 2.00pm and the Southport team will be aiming to continue their good start to the campaign following an excellent 15-9 win against Airedale ‘B’ in the first round of fixtures.