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July 2017 Update


Saturday 1st July – Vice-Presidents Pairs (to be drawn on the day, 12 noon start)
Sunday 9th July – President’s Cup (Singles Handicap, 12 noon start)
Sunday 6th August – Championship Cup (Singles Handicap, 12 noon start)
Saturday 12th August – Friendly v Emmanuel Bowling Club (see below for details)
Saturday 19th August – Chairman’s Shield (Pairs to be drawn on the day, 12 noon start)

A friendly match against Emmanuel Bowling Club will take place on Saturday 12th August at the Hesketh Arms green, with refreshments at the Churchtown Conservative Club at the end of the game. The match will start at 1.00pm and anyone interested in taking part should contact Mike Milne (07752352065 / or add their name to the list which is available at the bowling club.

The Southport Federation team continued their season with the June fixture being against Fylde ‘B’. The Hesketh Arms was again pleased to be asked to host the Federation team, following the game against Dudley last year. This is a reflection on all the hard work carried out on the green and surrounds over the last few years.
The Hesketh Arms was again well-represented, with Alistair and Kez Adams, Chris Harding, Mike Milne, Tony Wakefield and Mark Wilde all selected to play. Congratulations to Kez and Tony, who both enjoyed comfortable wins in the away leg.
The outcome of the match could not have been closer, with the home side’s six winners being enough to win their aggregate by 18 chalks. The away team had five winners and lost by 18 chalks, resulting in a tied aggregate overall. This was a good effort by the Southport team against strong opposition and they now go into their last game against Preston in July with all to play for.
The LV League’s Individuals competition starts on Tuesday 4th July, with the finals night taking place on Tuesday 11th July. Players from our LV teams have been drawn to play at the following venues :-
Ainsdale – Roger Van Beever
Fleetwood Hesketh – Dave Bannister ; Graham Meadow
London (Sphynx) – Dave Bedford
Mere Brow – Ray Atkinson ; Mark Rowlinson
Scarisbrick BC (Falkland Road) – Len Southworth
Scarisbrick NSC (Bullens Lane) – John Hughes
Zetland – Mark Wilde ; Fergal Wright
Games start at 6.30pm, 21 up with 3 on the card. There is no entry fee for this competition but £1 greenage will be payable on the day.
In addition to the above, the Hesketh Arms is also being used for this event. Spectators will be welcome and any help with marking and measuring would be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to Fergal Wright, who continued an excellent season by winning the Lancashire County Junior Merit, held at Bellingham Bowling Club on Sunday 18th June.

The Burscough League President’s Day will be held on Saturday 29th July at Tarleton Bowling Club. If any of our Burscough League players are interested in taking part, please inform your captain as soon as possible. Each team is entitled to send two representatives.

Please note that the green will unavailable for members on the following dates due to private bookings :-

Sunday 2nd July – all day (private booking)
Sunday 13th August – 11.00am – 5.00pm (approx.)
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Coronation Cup


The fine weather guaranteed another excellent turnout for the Club’s latest competition on Sunday when 34 members took part in the Coronation Cup.

In the top half of the draw Tony Wakefield had to negotiate a couple of tough opponents in Jeff Brown and Danny Harding to reach the last eight. The game against Danny was a particularly close encounter with Tony just prevailing with a 21-19 win. Following this success, Tony reached the final with more comfortable wins against Roger Van Beever (21-6) and Terry Corfield (21-8).

Tony’s opponent in the final was 2016 Rose Bowl winner John Unsworth, who enjoyed wins against Brian Sutton (21-13), Pat Jones (21-10), Rita Stanley (21-10) and Bill Bloor (21-12).

In the final, John took an early lead, winning the second and third ends but then Tony seized control of the match, winning 9 out of the next 12 ends to lead 15-7. Although John then won five out of six ends to close the gap to 13-16, Tony was able to win the next five ends to run out a 21-13 winner and take his first Hesketh Arms title.

The Plate event for first round losers was won by Richard Rawcliffe and the Plate runner-up was Derek Wignall.

The next club competition will be the Vice-Presidents Pairs Trophy, which will take place on Saturday 1st July, starting at 12 noon. Pairings will be drawn randomly on the day and members are asked to register by 11.45am to allow for a prompt start.