Friends v Eastern Counties B.A.

By | May 25, 2017

The 7 teams from the Eastern Counties Association  with the Friends

About midday on a glorious sunny Wednesday 24th May teams from Friends of English Bowling and Eastern Counties Bowling Association gathered at Newmarket Avenue Bowls Club,  in order to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Eastern Counties Bowling Association.

After a splendid lunch, FEB captain of the day Tony Allcock, MBE,  led out  a mixed team from 14 counties to play against a team led by ECBA President Charles Frederick.

Tony Allcock. Bill Smith, John Grainger, Charles Frederick and Tony Taylor

Special thanks must go to Adie and Kath Lloyd and to Tony Taylor for the work they did to make this a special day. It was Tony Taylor’s home club and it is good to see him playing after his recent illness, and we all wish him continued good health.  The home club President John welcomed everyone onto the green, after which seven rinks commenced play, on a green that was quickly found to be heavy after the recent rain.  All rinks experienced many a short bowl.

After 21 ends the victors were FEB –  152 shots to 125.  The winning rink from FEB was Jackie Yelland (Notts), Sue Moody (Herts), Bill Smith (Leics) and Tony Allcock, MBE (Glos).  The winning rink for ECBA was Bob Thurgood, Tony Dymond, Ian Stocker and Richard Coles (all Hunts).

The Chefs having a welcome fag break between meals

After the match another fine hot meal was prepared for us, followed by speeches by the two Captains of the day.  In attendance were six Past Presidents of the ECBA, 4 Past Presidents of Bowls England, the S.V.P of Bowls England and the Chief Executive.

Captain of the day Tony presenting President of Eastern Counties with a certificate to mark the happy occasion

Thanks to the caterers, bar staff and all concerned in the arrangements for the day.