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Coronation Cup 2011

2011 Coronation Cup winner Mike Dunlop

Sunday 10th July saw another good entry of 27 players taking part in the Club’s latest competition, The Coronation Cup.
Following some close games in the early rounds, the semi-finals brought together Alan Bond v Mike Dunlop and Jim Finnimore v. 2010 winner, Margaret Langley.
Alan Bond, in his first season at the Hesketh Arms, had goods wins in the early rounds against Pat Jones (21-19) and John McGurk (21-14) before meeting Brian Jones in the quarter-final. This proved to be one of games of the day with Alan scoring two at the final end to win through to the semi-final 21-20. In the semi-final Alan came up against Mike Dunlop who had been in fine form all day, recording wins against Harry Brown (21-18), Beryl Jackson (21-18) and George Hitchmough (21-11). Mike continued his good form in the semi-final to record a comfortable 21-8 win.

In the bottom half of the draw, Jim Finnimore had progressed to the semi-final with wins against Norman Parry (21-20) and Bill Nowell (21-10) to face Margaret Langley who did well to overcome the disadvantage of playing off scratch to overcome Shirley Kelly (21-20) and Richard Rawcliffe (21-14). Margaret continued to play well in the semi-final against Jim and reached the final with a 21-10 success.
The final saw Margaret, playing off scratch after several competition victories in recent seasons, playing Mike Dunlop, in his first Hesketh Arms singles final. Starting on +4, Mike got got off to a flying start which was to prove decisive. Despite Margaret bowling well, Mike continued to play as he had been doing throughout the competition and eventually won the final 21-5 to take the 2011 Coronation Cup

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Bank Holiday Monday “Round Robin”

12 members took part in the Club’s Spring Bank Holiday Round Robin.
In 3rd place with an aggregate of +13 was Jim Finnimore, Club Chairman Chris Harding came 2nd with +17 but the clear winner, with an impressive aggregate of +26 was Brian Jones.
Thanks to those members who attended this event – an enjoyable afternoon’s bowling was possible as the weather conditions improved as the day went on.
Another Round Robin will be held on Monday 29th August (Summer Bank Holiday) starting at 2.00pm

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Despite the poor weather, 26 members and guests  braved the cold and showery conditions to compete in The Spring Pairs competition on Sunday 15th May. For this event, pairs are drawn at random and some strong pairings were formed.
In the top half of the draw, the highlight of the quarter-finals was an “all Kelly affair” between Alan Kelly and Cath Greenwood and Mike Dunlop and Shirley Kelly. This was a very tight game with Shirley coming up with a winning final bowl to take the game 21-20. Mike and and Shirley went on to reach the final with a surprisingly comfortable 21-9 victory against the fancied pair of Mark Eustace and Marlene Dobb.
In the bottom half of the draw, the “bookies favourites” were Keith Jones and Margaret Langley but they had a tough quarter-final encounter with Cliff Jennings and Ray Lowe, eventually winning through by a narrow 21-19 margin. They then reached the final with a 21-11 success against Pat Higgins and Joan Wellard.
The final saw Mike and Shirley get off to a flyer to take a 14-2 lead but Keith and Margaret were able to use all their experience of playing on the Hesketh Arms green to eventually win the final 21-16.
Many thanks to all those who turned out to support this event on such a poor afternoon. The next club event will be a Round Robin on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May starting at 2.00pm
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Easter Monday Round Robin

Another good turnout of 24 members and guests took part in the Club’s Easter Monday Round Robin. It was particularly pleasing to see several members taking part in their first club event.  At the end of an enjoyable afternoon of bowling, the scores were very close with a three way tie for second place between Eileen Curtis, Jim Finnimore and Chris Harding, all with an aggregate of +12. However, the winner of the second Round Robin of season was Harry Brown with a score of +14.

Members are reminded that the next Round Robin will be held on Monday 30th May (Spring Bank Holiday),  starting at 2.00pm

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Rose Bowl Competition results

The first club competition of the season was played for on Sunday 17th April and the fine early season weather and improved condition of the green attracted an entry of 34 players to compete for “The Rose Bowl”, which is a record for recent times. It was pleasing to see all the Club’s teams represented and also to see 14 of our lady members taking part.
After some close games in the early rounds, the semi-finals were contested between Richard Rawcliffe and Darren Edgerley and Jim Finnimore and Bill Nowell. In the first of these semi-finals, Darren was able to overcome a four chalk handicap to win 21-14. The second semi-final was a closer affair, with Bill Nowell eventually going through to the final with a 21-17 victory.
The final produced some excellent bowling with the result in doubt until the last couple of ends. It was Darren, however, who was able to maintain his fine form in the closing ends of the game to win the 2011 Rose Bowl with a 21-17 win

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April ‘Round Robin’ Results

16 members took part in the opening round robin of the season, on Sunday the 3rd of April.
The event was won by new member Alan Bond with an aggregate score of +17
Jim Finnimore was runner up with a score of + 15, with a 3 way tie for third place between, Cathy Greenwood, Harry Brown and George Hitchmough
The next Round Robin will be held on 24th April (Easter Monday) starting @ 2.00pm

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Working Party

A working party is needed on Saturday the 9th of April to assist with the building of a temporary rain shelter and to tidy up the green in general
Able bodied men and women are welcome
Start 10.00am
Tea and coffee will be freely flowing to spur you on