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HELP REQUIRED

HELP REQUIRED.

If you have been to the green recently you will have noticed that some of the trees have been pruned, Thanks to Roger VanBeever for doing this.

WE NOW NEED TO DEAL WITH THE CUTTINGS

WE NEED YOUR HEKP ON THURSDAY 9th of JUNE FROM 10pm onwards to help Chip the cutting and spread around the surrounds.

PLEASE COME DOWN IF YOU CAN.

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Vice Presidents Pairs

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

VICE-PRESIDENTS PAIRS TROPHY

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. 

CORONATION CUP UPDATE

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 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when games have been played. 

LV PAIRS – TUESDAY 31ST MAY

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

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

NEWSLETTER – MAY 2022

ROSE BOWL 

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. 

CORONATION CUP UPDATE 

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 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when games have been played.  

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION 

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. 

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 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

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

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.

WINNER 2022 DARREN EDGERLEY
RUNNER UP 2022 FERGAL WRIGHT


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.

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NEWS UPDATE – APRIL 2022 

NEWS UPDATE – APRIL 2022 

CORONATION CUP UPDATE 

The Coronation Cup singles handicap is being played throughout the season and the results of the games that have been played at the time of writing are as follows :- 

Darren Edgerley 21, George Hitchmough 9 

Bill Bloor 21, Barry McArthur 9 

Other games due to be played in this competition are listed below. Please note the date that these should be played by :- 

1st Round (to be played by 30th April) 

Noreen Lewis (+6) v. Chris Harding (+4) 

Brian Sutton (+4) v. Laurie Townson (+4) 

Mike Milne (+2) v. Alan Hatton (+4) 

John Townsend (+4) v. Dave White (+4) 

Chris Porter (Scratch) v. John McCabe (+4) 

Terry Corfield (+2) v. John Unsworth (+4) 

Mark Rowlinson (+4) v. Graham Meadow (+4) 

2nd Round (to be played by 31st May) 

Pat McArthur (+2) v. Mark Rowlinson (+4) or Graham Meadow (+4) 

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

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

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

Please send results of completed matches to Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com

OPEN SINGLES 

The Club’s Open Singles competition, sponsored by the Birkdale Insurance Group, will take place on Saturday 30th April, starting at 10.00am. Although we have a full list of 32 entries, we are still taking names for the reserve list. If interested, please contact Mike Milne (07752352065) or Chris Harding (07761733024). 

Spectators on the day will be very welcome and any help with measuring or marking would be greatly appreciated.  

BLOWICK CUP – CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2022  

The second staging of the Club’s Champion of Champions will be held on Sunday 1st May, starting at 12.00 noon, with no practice. All the club competition and merit winners from the 2021 season are invited to take part. The qualifiers are as follows :-  

Kez Adams ; Sue Andersen ; John Baker Dave Bedford ; Jeff Brown ; 

Darren Edgerley ; Liam Gregson ; Jim Halsall ; George Hitchmough ; Phil Kitchen ; 

Mike Milne ; Chris Porter ; Peter Smith ; Len Southworth ; Brian Sutton ; 

John Unsworth ; Roger Van Beever ; Fergal Wright  

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION  

The Southport Federation team start their season on Sunday 24th April, when they play their first match in National League Division 6, having been promoted following last season’s clean sweep of wins. They will be taking on Clwyd Dragons, with the home leg being held at Hesketh Bank Bowling Club. Supporters will be welcome at the game, which starts at 2.00 pm.  

The Hesketh Arms is again well-represented, with Ali Adams, Kez Adams, Chris Porter and Fergal Wright all selected to play at Hesketh Bank. Playing in the away leg at Abergele Bowling Club in North Wales will be Andy Draper, Darren Edgerley, Chris Harding, Mike Milne and Mark Wilde.  

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SPRING PAIRS

SPRING PAIRS
Many thanks to all those who took part in the first one-day club competition of the season on Saturday, when 14 pairs competed for the Spring Pairs Trophy. It was particularly pleasing to see several members playing in their first club competition, having taken part in the Bowls for Health sessions last year.
This is a random pairs and some strong pairings were formed. In the top half of the draw, Kez Adams and Janice Hobson reached the final with three good wins, most notably in their second game against the strongly fancied pairing of Bill Bloor and Jeff Brown (21-15).
Their opponents in the final were Laurie Townson and Fergal Wright, whose closest match had been in their second round tie against Debbie Barnes and Kevin Leddy (21-18).
Laurie and Fergal started the final off strongly, scoring three at the second end and led 11-7 after seven ends. The eighth end turned out to be a turning point as Laurie and Fergal were counting four, only for Kez to come in with the last bowl of the end to take one chalk. A four for Kez and Janice at the next end put them into the lead and they were able to stay in control of the match from here to eventually win 21-14. Congratulations to all four players on an excellent final and especially to Janice on winning her first Hesketh Arms’ club competition.

SPRING PAIRS 2022 WINNERS
SPRING PAIRS RUNNERS UP


A plate competition was held for pairs losing their first game and this was won by Chris Harding and John Townsend with an 11-6 win in the final against Sue Andersen and Dave White. 

Consolation Winners
Consolation Runners Up