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August 2022 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2022 

RANDOM DOUBLES  

The next club competition will be a random doubles, which will take place on Saturday 20th August. Pairings will be drawn on the day and players are asked to register by 11.45 am, so that the draw can be made in time for a 12 noon start.  

BERNARD O’MALLEY VICE-PRESIDENT’S TROPHY – OPEN DOUBLES 

Entries are now being taken for the Club’s Open Doubles competition. The Bernard O’Malley Vice-President’s Trophy, which is held in honour of our generous Honorary Vice-President, will take place on Sunday 4th September.  

The fee is £10 per pair with starting times at 10.00 am, 10.45 am, 11.30 am and 12.15 pm.  

The competition is being sponsored by the Birkdale Insurance Group and total prize money will be £540.00, paid out as follows :- 

Winners – £200.00 ; Runners-Up – £100.00 

Semi-Finalists – £60.00 ; Quarter-Finalists – £30.00 

To enter please contact Chris Harding (07761733024) or Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com ) 

All games will be 21 up, with 3 on the card. 

CHURCHTOWN CONSERVATIVE CLUB – B.J.P.O’MALLEY PRESIDENT’S TROPHY 

The Churchtown Conservative Club is holding it’s annual pairs competition at the Hesketh Arms for the B.J.P. O’Malley President’s Trophy on Saturday 13th August. Anyone who is a member of the Conservative Club is invited to take part. Pairings will be drawn randomly on the day and anyone wishing to take part should register at the green before 12.30 pm.  

LV LEAGUE SINGLES COMPETITION 

Congratulations to Mark Wilde on reaching the final of the LV League Singles competition, losing in the final to Danny Harding at Scarisbrick Bowling Club.  

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION 

The Southport Federation team played Harrogate in their latest fixture and claimed an 18 points to 14 win. The home leg was played at the Hesketh Arms and Southport continued their impressive record at the Hesketh, winning 8 of the 12 games and gaining a convincing 73 chalk aggregate advantage. This was enough to win the four points for the overall aggregate as the away team lost by just 48 at Bilton WMC, winning four of the twelve games.  

Of the Hesketh Arms’ players, there were excellent wins for Fergal Wright (21-11) and Darren Edgerley (21-12) at home, whilst Andy Draper won 21-18 away. 

The win against Harrogate puts Southport into 3rd place in the division with just one game to play, against Cheshire Parks later this month, when a convincing win could see the team promoted for the successive season.  

FORTHCOMING CLUB COMPETITION DATES 

Saturday 20th August – The Last Chance Cup – random pairs with plate, pairings to be drawn on the day (12.00 pm start). 

Sunday 28th August – Chairman’s Shield – non-random doubles – no plate (12.00 pm start). 

Saturday 24th September – Floodlit Trophy – non-random doubles – early stages to be played in a group format (5.00 pm start)  

GREEN BOOKINGS 

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

Friday 12th August – Re arranged Southport Vets League Game. Hesketh Merlins Vs Sandbrook Park

Saturday 13th August – Churchtown Conservative Club President’s Trophy.  

Sunday 14th August – “Town v Country” match in memory of John Berry, spectators welcome. 12.30 pm start.  

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. 

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LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP AND CORONATION CUP

LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIPCongratulations to Debbie Barnes on overcoming some tough competition to win the Ladies’ Championship on Saturday. The early stages of this event are played using a group format and the three group winners, progressing to the semi-finals, were Pat McArthur, Noreen Lewis and Sue Davies. They were joined in the last four by Debbie, who had finished runner-up to Sue Davies in Group C, having defeated reigning champion Sue Andersen 15-10. This was enough to claim the last semi-final place as the best of the runners-up. 
The semi-finals saw Noreen Lewis beat previous winner Sue Davies 15-8 and Debbie won a close match with two-time winner Pat McArthur 15-13. In a good final, which could have gone either way, Debbie was able to adapt to the wet conditions to take the title with a 15-11 win. This was Debbie’s first competition win, having joined the club last season after taking part in the Bowls for Health sessions. 
Many thanks to all those who took part in this event despite the poor weather conditions and also to those who came down and helped with marking cards and measuring. 

WINNER LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 DEBBIE BARNES
Runner up 2022 Noreen Lewis


CORONATION CUPThe Coronation Cup, which has been played throughout the season, was completed on Sunday with the semi-finals and final taking place in greatly improved weather conditions. 
The semi-final in the top half of the draw was between Chris Porter and Darren Edgerley. Despite having to concede a handicap of four chalks and trailing 16-6 and 19-13, Chris drew level at 19 across, only for Darren to claim the two singles he needed to progress to the final. In the other semi-final, Peter Smith was in fine form and he was able to defeat his Burscough League captain Mark Rowlinson 21-13. 
The final saw Peter continue his excellent form and he won eight of the first ten ends to lead 16-6. Darren then won the next six ends, including four 2s to draw level at 16-16, eventually winning an exciting game 21-19. 

WINNER DARREN EDGERLEY
RUNNER UP PETE SMITH


Congratulations to all four players on providing an enjoyable finals day to the competition but in particular to Darren on his fourth competition win of the season, having previously won the Open Singles, the Rose Bowl and the Championship Cup. 

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MIKE DUNLOP

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of MIKE DUNLOP.

Mike was found dead at home this morning.

Mike was an active member of our club and also Crossens, he was a character who everyone knew, and a very active bowler.

He will be sadly missed by all.

I will keep you informed when I have any further details.

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NEWS UPDATE 20th July 2022

NEWS UPDATE 

LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP 

The next club competition will take place on Saturday 30th July, when we will be staging the Ladies’ Championship. The early stages of this competition will be played using a group format, ensuring that everyone gets more than one game.  

Please register by 11.45 am, ready for a prompt start at 12 noon. 

CORONATION CUP 

The Coronation Cup, which has been played throughout the season, is scheduled to be completed on Sunday 31st July, starting at 1.00 pm. The semi-final line-up is as follows :- 

Darren Edgerley (+4) v. Chris Porter (Scratch) 

Mark Rowlinson (+4) v. Peter Smith (+4) 

Spectators are more than welcome to attend and any help with marking and measuring will be appreciated.  

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION 

The Southport Federation team play their third National League fixture of the season on Sunday 24th July, when they take on Harrogate, the game starting at 2.00 pm. The home leg is being played at the Hesketh Arms and the two home representatives will be Darren Edgerley and Fergal Wright. Spectators will be welcome for what should be an interesting match. The away leg is being played at Bilton WMC and Kez Adams, Andy Draper, Mike Milne and Mark Wilde from the Hesketh Arms have all been selected to play.  

BURSCOUGH LEAGUE PRESIDENT’S DAY 

Congratulations to Kez Adams on reaching the final of the Burscough League President’s Day competition at the London Sphynx, narrowly losing 21-18 to Peter Wilson from the host club.  

FORTHCOMING CLUB COMPETITIONS 

Saturday 20th August – The Last Chance Cup – random pairs with plate, pairings to be drawn on the day (12.00 pm start). 

Sunday 28th August – Chairman’s Shield – non-random doubles – no plate (12.00 pm start). 

Saturday 24th September – Floodlit Trophy – non-random doubles – early stages to be played in a group format (5.00 pm start) 

GREEN BOOKINGS 

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

Sunday 24th July – Federation match, spectators welcome. 

Sunday 7th August – Private event. 

Saturday 13th August – Churchtown Conservative Club President’s Trophy. 

Sunday 14th August – “Town v Country” match in memory of John Berry, spectators welcome. 

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. 

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Championship Cup

CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

Congratulations to Darren Edgerley on winning the Championship Cup, defeating Chris Harding in the final. On a very hot and sunny afternoon, Darren had reached the final with wins against Dave Bedford (21-11), Mike Milne (21-19) and Alan Hatton (21-14), while Chris had knocked out two of the tournament favourites in Andy Draper (21-14) and Steve McManus (21-17).


Winner Darren Edgerleu

This was Darren’s third competition win of the season, having previously won the Open Singles and the Rose Bowl. 

Chris Harding Runner Up
Alan Hatton semi-Finalist
Steve McManus Semi-Finalist
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Presidents Day

PRESIDENT’S DAY

The Club enjoyed a successful President’s Day on Sunday when 32 members competed for the President’s Cup. In addition, there were a good number of helpers and spectators to help make it a really good day. 

The main competition was won by Kevin Leddy who overcame Andy Draper 21-12 in the final. Congratulations to both players on excellent performances throughout the competition. Well done also to the losing semi-finalists, Kez Adams and Dave White. 

2022 KEVIN LEDDY PRESIDENTS CUP WINNER

The President’s Day Plate was appropriately won by the President himself, Peter Smith, with a 15-8 win in the final against Jason Chapman. Losing plate semi-finalists were Debbie Barnes and Sue Wignall.

A raffle was held and the proceeds from this and the sale of refreshments came to £189.50. Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to making Peter’s first President’s such a success. 

There is an unclaimed raffle prize GREEN TICKET NUMBER 944

If you are the holder please contact Peter or Myself

MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT 

– PETER SMITH

I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who turned up to support the club’s President’s Day. Also, to everyone who took the trouble to make and purchase cakes, donate raffle prizes, and all the ladies who helped by selling cakes and raffle tickets, teas & coffees. 
A big thank you to Mike for running the competition so smoothly and everyone who helped out with marking and measuring.

CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

The next club competition will be this coming Sunday, 17th July when we will be playing for the Championship Cup. This competition is for men only and is played off scratch, with no plate. There will be a maximum of four games on the green at any time. Please register by 11.45am in time for a prompt 12 noon start.

LV INDIVIDUALS COMPETEION

Message from B Coleman

In about a week’s time we will be making the draw for the LV individuals competition.

At present we have 35 entries. I have looked at last year’s entries and quite a few who played then are not entered.

As the season is over ( except for 5 home & 5 away on later dates) I would have thought everyone would be wanting to play.

However it is your personal decision.

All entries are on the MB home page. If your name isn’t there you are not in it.

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July News Letter

NEWSLETTER  – JULY 2022 

PRESIDENT’S DAY

The next club competition will take place on Sunday 10th July, when we will be playing for the President’s Cup. This will be a singles handicap with a plate competition for players losing in their first game.  

There will be cakes available to purchase on the day and any contributions of cakes would be appreciated. There will also be a raffle and donations of prizes for this will also be gratefully received. All proceeds will go towards club funds.   

Please note that this competition will start at the earlier time of 11.00 am, so please register at the green by 10.45 am so that we can make the draw in time for a prompt start. 

We hope that as many members as possible can attend this event in support of our new Club President, Peter Smith.  

CORONATION CUP UPDATE 

The Coronation Cup has been continuing and at the time of writing there is just one quarter-final game to be played. Details of the finals day for this competition will be posted as soon it has been arranged with the four semi-finalists.  

QUARTER-FINALS – TO BE PLAYED BY SATURDAY 9th JULY

Darren Edgerley 21, Noreen Lewis 8 

Chris Porter 21, Bill Bloor 15 

Mark Rowlinson 21, Roger Van Beever 7  

Jeff Brown (+4) v. Peter Smith (+4) 

Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when games have been played.  

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION

The Southport Federation team had an excellent win in their June fixture, winning 22 points to 10 against Eccles.  

The home leg was played at Scarisbrick NSC and Southport won 8-4, which included wins for Hesketh Arms’ players Fergal Wright (21-16) and Andy Draper (21-19). 

The away team travelled to Moorlands Sports and Social Club in Salford and won the aggregate there by a single chalk, with both teams having six winners. Of the Hesketh Arms players in the away side, there were wins for Kez Adams (21-20), Mark Wilde (21-9) and Darren Edgerley (21-14).  

The win takes the team up to third place and they will be looking to continue their good form in the July fixture when they take on Harrogate.  

LV LEAGUE INDIVIDUALS

The LV League is running a singles competition after the completion of the league fixtures. Qualifying rounds will be held on Tuesday 26th July, with the finals night taking place on Tuesday 2nd August. To enter, contact Brian Coleman briancoleman236@gmail.com or speak to your team captain. There will be an entry fee of £2.00 per player.  

BURSCOUGH LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

The Burscough League’s end-of-season competitions will take place on the following dates :- 

LEAGUE PAIRS

Qualifying Rounds – Friday 2nd September at 6.30 pm 

Finals Night – Friday 9th September at 6.30 pm 

The entry fee is £10.00 per pair, plus £1.00 greenage per visit. 

STEVE RIMMER MEMORIAL SINGLES

Qualifying Rounds – Friday 30th September at 6.30 pm 

Finals Night – Friday 7th October at 6.30 pm 

The entry fee is £5 per player, plus £1.00 greenage per visit. 

The closing date for entry into these competitions is Wednesday 17th August 

GREEN BOOKINGS

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

Sunday 24th July  

Sunday 7th August 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause 

FORTHCOMING CLUB COMPETITION DATES

Dates have now been set for the remaining club competitions and these are all listed below:- 

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

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

Saturday 20th August – The Last Chance Cup – random pairs with plate, pairings to be drawn on the day (12.00 pm start). 

Sunday 28th August – Chairman’s Shield – non-random doubles – no plate (12.00 pm start). 

Saturday 24th September – Floodlit Trophy – non-random doubles – early stages to be played in a group format (5.00 pm start)  

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News Update

NEWS UPDATE
​CORONATION CUPThe Coronation Cup is now at the quarter-final stage, with one of these matches having already been played. Many thanks to all those participants who have arranged their fixtures in this competition promptly and helped it to run smoothly so far. Players are reminded that the deadline for playing the quarter-finals is SATURDAY 9th JULY. Once the four semi-finalists are known, a finals day will be arranged when both semi-finals and the final will be played. 
QUARTER-FINALS
Darren Edgerley 21, Noreen Lewis 8Bill Bloor (+2) v. Chris Porter (Scratch)Mark Rowlinson (+4) v. Roger Van Beever (+4)Jeff Brown (+4) v. Peter Smith (+4)​Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when the games have been played.
SOUTHPORT FEDERATIONThe Southport Federation team play their second National League match of the season this Sunday, 26th June,  when they take on Eccles in a Division 6 fixture. 
The home leg is being held at Scarisbrick NSC, starting at 2.00 pm. Andy Draper, Chris Porter and Fergal Wright from our club will be representing Southport at NSC. Hesketh Arms’ players selected to play in the away leg at Moorlands Sports and Social Club in Salford are Kez Adams, Darren Edgerley, Mike Milne and Mark Wilde. Spectators and markers for the game at Scarisbrick NSC will be very welcome. 
PRESIDENT’S CUP
Members are reminded that the next one-day club competition will be held on Sunday 10th July, when we will be playing for the President’s Cup. This will be a singles handicap with a plate competition for players losing their first game.


Please note that this competition will start at the earlier time of 11.00 am, so please register at the green by 10.45 am so that we can make the draw in time for a prompt start.

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June 2022 Newsletter

WORKING PARTY – THURSDAY  

Members are reminded that help is required at the green this coming Thursday, 9th June 10.00 am. This is to deal with the cuttings from the tree pruning, kindly undertaken by Roger Van Beever. Any assistance with this task would be greatly appreciated.  

PRESIDENT’S DAY 

The next club competition will take place on Sunday 10th July, when we will be playing for the President’s Cup. This will be a singles handicap with a plate competition for players losing in their first game.  

Please note that this competition will start at the earlier time of 11.00 am, so please register at the green by 10.45 am so that we can make the draw in time for a prompt start. 

CORONATION CUP UPDATE 

The Coronation Cup has continued to progress and the results of games played since the last update are as follows :- 

Noreen Lewis 21, Laurie Townson 18 

Chris Porter 21, Terry Corfield 12 

Peter Smith 21, Chris Lancaster 15 

2ND ROUND FIXTURES – TO BE PLAYED BY SUNDAY 12th JUNE 

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

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

QUARTER-FINAL FIXTURES – TO BE PLAYED BY SATURDAY 9th JULY 

Noreen Lewis (+6) v. Darren Edgerley (+4) 

Bill Bloor (+2) v. Chris Porter (Scratch) 

Mark Rowlinson (+4) v. Roger Van Beever (+4) OR John Hughes (+4) 

Jeff Brown (+4) OR Len Southworth (+2) v. Peter Smith (+4) 

Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when games have been played.  

LANCASHIRE COUNTY 

Congratulations to Vultures player Liam Gregson on being selected to play for Lancashire in their June BCGBA County Championship fixture against North Midlands. Liam played in the home leg, which was held at Bellingham Bowling Club in Wigan and won his game 21-13.  

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION 

Although the Southport team did not have a league fixture in May, they did take part in the deferred Champion of Champions event, held over from 2021, which they had qualified for by winning their division last season.  

They were placed in a group with Preston and Leeds, with the games being played at Tarleton Bowling Club. This competition is for teams of eight and Kez Adams, Andy Draper, Darren Edgerley, Chris Porter and Fergal Wright from the Hesketh Arms all took part. The first game against Preston resulted in a 6-2 defeat, despite a 21-18 win for Fergal. In the second game, against last season’s 1st Division Champions, Southport narrowly lost by 11 chalks against a strong Leeds side. Leeds went through to the final where they were defeated by just two chalks against South Lancashire.  

The team’s next league fixture will take place on Sunday 26th June, when they take on Eccles. Details of the team selection and venues will be posted nearer the time.  

GREEN BOOKINGS 

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 

FORTHCOMING COMPETITION DATES 

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.