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Vice Presidents Pairs


There was a good turnout of 34 members for the Vice-Presidents Pairs at the weekend, which saw Kez Adams and Fergal Wright continue their good form to take the title. They had reached the semi-final with wins against Pat Lough and Roger Van Beever (21-6) and John Hughes and John McCabe (21-13). Their semi-final against Ali Adams and Steve McManus proved to be one of the games of the day as both pairs produced some high-quality bowling. In a close match, Kez and Fergal narrowly won through to the final with a 21-18 win.

In the bottom half of the draw, Andy Draper and Kevin Leddy reached the semi-final with wins against George Hitchmough and Peter Smith (21-5) and Mike Milne and John Unsworth (21-15). Their semi-final opponents were Debbie Barnes and Pat McArthur, who had two good wins to reach this stage. This was another close match with Andy and Kevin surviving a scare to win through 21-17. 

In the final, Andy and Kevin started strongly and a 3 at the second end helped them into an 8-3 lead. From here though, Kez and Fergal put a run together to win the next nine ends, including a four at the tenth end to take a commanding 18-8 lead. Although Andy and Kevin hit back with a 3 and two singles to narrow the gap to 13-18, three chalks in the next two ends saw Kez and Fergal claim victory.

Congratulations to all four finalists on excellent performances throughout the day. This was Kez’s second Hesketh competition win of the season, having won the Spring Pairs with Janice Hobson. For Fergal, it was also his second win of the season, having won the Club’s Champion of Champions event.

Many thanks to our Vice-President, John Unsworth, who presented the trophy and prize money to the successful players. 

Runners Up Kevin Leddy & Andy Draper

Semi Finalist Ali Adams & Steve McManus

Semi Finalist Debbie Barnes & Pat MacArthur

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News Update


The next club competition will be the Vice-Presidents Pairs Trophy, which will take place this weekend on Sunday 29th May. This is a non-random doubles, so members can choose their own partner and enter as a pair. Please report to the green by 11.45 am for a 12 noon start. 

Please note that for our non-random doubles competitions, there will be no plate and there will be a maximum of four games on the green at any time. 


The Coronation Cup, which is being played throughout the season, has now reached the Second Round stage and results and fixtures are as follows : –

2nd Round Results

Darren Edgerley 21, Mike Milne 14

Bill Bloor 21, Dave White 9

Mark Rowlinson 21, Pat McArthur 20

2nd Round Fixtures – to be played by Sunday 12th June

Noreen Lewis (+6) v. Laurie Townson (+4)

Chris Porter (Scratch) v. Terry Corfield (+2)

Roger Van Beever (+4) v. John Hughes (+4)

Jeff Brown (+4) v. Len Southworth (+2)

Peter Smith (+4) v. Chris Lancaster (+4)

Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / of the result when games have been played. 


The finals of the LV League Pairs competition will be held at the Hesketh Arms next Tuesday, 31st May. Play starts at 6.30pm and spectators will be welcome for should be an entertaining evening of bowling. 

Any help with marking and measuring would be greatly appreciated. 

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Rose Bowl


Congratulations to Darren Edgerley on winning the Rose Bowl, defeating Fergal Wright in a repeat of the Open Singles final played at the end of April. Darren reached the final with wins against Roger Van Beever (21-15), Peter Croston (21-14), Jeff Brown (21-18) and Keith Maiden (21-15). Keith had enjoyed a good run to the semi-final with excellent wins against John Townsend (21-17), Derek Wignall (21-14) and Janice Hobson (21-18). 

In the bottom half of the draw, Fergal reached the final with wins against Peter Smith (21-16), Mark Rowlinson (21-7) and in the semi-final, Andy Draper (21-17). It was Fergal who got off to the better start in the final, winning five of the first seven ends to lead 10-6, having had to concede a handicap of two chalks. Darren fought back to win the next five ends to lead 13-10 and although Fergal took the lead again at 15-13, Darren was able to win seven consecutive ends to win the final 21-15. This is the second time Darren has won the Rose Bowl, having previously done so in 2011.

Rose Bowl 2022 WINNER Darren Edgerley

Runner up Fergal Wright

Semi Finalists:-

Keith Maiden

Andy Draper

A plate competition was held for those losing in their first game and this was won by George Hitchmough, who narrowly overcame Dave White 15-14 in the final. 

WINNER Plate Competition George Hitchmough

Runner Up Plate Dave White

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May Newsletter



The next club competition will take place on Sunday 15th May, when we will be playing for the Rose Bowl. This is a singles handicap with a plate competition for players losing in their first game. 

Please register at the green by 11.45 am so that we can make the draw in time for a prompt 12.00 pm start. 


The Coronation Cup has been progressing and results received since the last update are :- 

Noreen Lewis 21, Chris Harding 18 

Mike Milne 21, Alan Hatton 14 

Dave White 21, John Townsend 14 

Mark Rowlinson 21, Graham Meadow 19 

Due to illness and other issues, the deadline for playing 1st Round games was extended to Sunday 8th May. Games in the 2nd Round, now to be played by Sunday 12th June, are as follows :- 

Noreen Lewis (+6) v. Brian Sutton (+4) or Laurie Townson (+4) 

Mike Milne (+2) v. Darren Edgerley (+4) 

Dave White (+4) v. Bill Bloor (+2) 

Chris Porter (Scratch) or John McCabe (+4) v. Terry Corfield (+2) or John Unsworth (+4) 

Mark Rowlinson (+4) v. Pat McArthur (+2) 

Roger Van Beever (+4) v. John Hughes (+4) 

Jeff Brown (+4) v. Len Southworth (+2) 

Peter Smith (+4) v. Chris Lancaster (+4) 

Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / of the result when games have been played.  


The Southport Federation team started their season at the end of April when they took on Clwyd Dragons in Division 6 of the National League. 

The home leg was played at Hesketh Bank and the team had a good 7-5 win against a strong Clwyd team. Among the winners were Chris Porter (21-19) and, winning the sweep, Kez Adams (21-9). 

The away team travelled to North Wales, where they went down to a 9-3 defeat on the tricky green at Abergele Bowling Club. The three winners were kitty winner Darren Edgerley (21-9), Mark Wilde (21-10) and Chris Harding (21-16). 

The result over the two legs was a 20-12 win for Clwyd Dragons. The team’s next National League fixture will be in June when they take on Eccles. 


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

Saturday 18th June  

Sunday 24th July  

Sunday 7th August  

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause 


Sunday 29th May – Vice-Presidents Pairs Trophy – non-random doubles, enter as a pair. No plate. (12.00 pm start).  

Sunday 10th July – President’s Cup – singles handicap, with plate (start time TBC) 

Sunday 17th July – Championship Cup – men’s singles, played off scratch – no plate (12.00pm start). 

Saturday 30th July – Ladies’ Championship – singles handicap, with early stages being played in a group format. (12.00 pm start). 

Dates for our remaining club and open competitions will be posted as soon as possible. 

In addition to the competitions already advertised, the Chairman’s ShieldFloodlit Trophy and Last Chance Cup will be held in August / September. 

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Blowick Cup Champion of Champions


The Club’s busy Bank Holiday weekend continued on Sunday when the second staging of our Champion of Champions took place. This is an invitational singles event for  members who won a club competition or team merit the previous season. The trophy played for is the “Blowick Cup”, previously played for at the old Blowick Hotel Bowling Club. 

Reigning champion Chris Porter was determined to retain the title and played well to reach the final with wins against Jim Halsall (21-20), Roger Van Beever (21-15) and Dave Bedford (21-11). His opponent in the final was the previous day’s Open Singles finalist, Fergal Wright, who had wins against Mike Milne (21-17), Phil Kitchen (21-12) and Peter Smith (21-17).

Chris started strongly in the final and scored three 2s in the first seven ends to open up an 8-2 lead. Chris kept the advantage and led 13-10 but Fergal kept chipping away with singles to lead 19-18. A double for Chris made him favourite at 20-19 but Fergal was able to count the two singles required to win an excellent final 21-20. 

WINNER Fergal Wright

Many thanks to this year’s new Club President, Peter Smith, who was on hand to present the trophy and prize money.

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OPEN SINGLES 2022Saturday saw a full field of 32 players competing for the Club’s 2022 Open Singles title, this year generously sponsored by the Birkdale Insurance Group and we thank them for their support. The increased prize money on offer attracted a good field, with some of the top bowlers in the area taking part.
Despite the quality of the opposition, the final turned out to be a battle between two of our own members, as Darren Edgerley took on Fergal Wright for the £200 first prize. In a close final, Darren came out on top, the final score being 21-17. Congratulations to both on excellent performances throughout the day.


Many thanks to all those who supported the event on the day and helped out with marking and measuring. In particular, special thanks to Lynne Smith, Lynn Burrow and Sue Wignall for their work in providing refreshments.