Friends of English Bowling support many of the National Championships held at Leamington … take a look at some of the valiant winners this year. All the photographs below are kindly provided by Bob Saunders Photography
SURREY STARS RETAIN JOHNS TROPHY
Surrey have retained the Johns Trophy after defeating Wiltshire in a repeat of the final from 12 months ago.
DEVON DELIGHT IN MIDDLETON CUP
Devon have secured their fourth Middleton Cup victory in five years after defeating Kent in the Final at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa this afternoon.
In a repeat of the 2016 and 2017 finals, Devon defeated Kent, who haven’t won the title since 1993 – despite appearing in five finals since their success against Cumbria 26 years ago.
Congratulations to Devon’s Sophie and Sam Tolchard who won the Bowls England National Family Pairs competition, supported by the Friends of English Bowling.
The brother and sister duo from Kings BC defeated Northamptonshire brothers William and Jamie Walker (Northampton West End BC) in the final at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.
BERKSHIRE SECURE MEN’S SENIOR FOURS TITLE
Berkshire’s Peter Warne, Michael Blizzard, Bob Harris and Trevor Broad from Thatcham secured the Men’s National Senior Fours title, supported by the Friends of English Bowling.
They defeated Worcestershire’s Paul Kitchen, Richard Payne, Wayne White and Grant Burgess, from Chester Road in the final at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.
WOMEN’S TWO WOOD SINGLES CHAMPION
A thrilling victory for Sophie Tolchard, in the Womens Two Wood Singles at the National Championships in Royal Leamington Spa.
LINCOLNSHIRE SECURE WALKER CUP
Lincolnshire won the Walker Cup, after defeating Northamptonshire. It is their third success in the competition, adding to previous victories in 1976 and 2000.
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE DUO RETAIN MEN’S SENIOR PAIRS
Buckinghamshire’s Dave Labrum and Malc Drage have retained the Mens National Senior Pairs Competition. The 2017 champions defeated Herefordshire’s Martin Smith and Mark Atkins 22-15.
MEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
Devon’s Sam Tolchard won Men’s National Champion of Champions Competition. Sam defeated Middlesex’s David Pitt to claim the prestigious title for the second time – having previously secured the crown back in 2007.
BEDFORDSHIRE QUARTET WIN SENIOR FOURS TITLE
Bedfordshire’s Dawn Grisley, Maz Fisher, Jenny Ralph and Jackie Bryant, from Potton BC, won the Women’s National Senior Fours Championship. They defeated Sussex’s Rachel Mackriell, Mary Bray, Julia Fordham and Denise Hodd (Polegrove BC), Friday 23rd August.
WARWICKSHIRE WIN THE BALCOMB TROPHY
Warwickshire won the Balcomb Trophy, to win the inter-county double rink crown, supported by the Friends of English Bowling, for the first time since 2014. They defeated Essex, the 2017 winners, in a high quality final of the event that went down to the very last bowl of the match.
MEN’S SENIOR SINGLES
Buckinghamshire’s Neil Farnish won the Bowls England Men’s Senior Singles Competition, supported by the Friends of English Bowling. He defeated Devon’s Stuart Evans in a thrilling final 25th August.
Farnish and Evans both progressed to the final after comprehensive victories in their semi-finals against Norfolk’s Peter Wilkinson and Somerset’s William Anderson respectively.
The duo from Westlecot BC defeated Kent’s Sara Trotter and Dave Mason in the final. Smith and Titcombe never looked back after winning eight of the opening 10 ends to surge into a 13-3 lead, eventually securing the title 24-8
MENS TWO WOODS – 28th August
Herefordshire’s Shaun Jones has won the Men’s National Two-Wood Singles Championship, supported by the Friends of English Bowling.
The Ross-on-Wye BC bowler defeated Kent’s Tom Bishop, representing Bromley BC. Congratulations Shaun!
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ENJOY MAIDEN AMY ROSE BOWL SUCCESS
Northamptonshire have secured the Amy Rose Bowl for the first time after defeating Somerset. It’s Northamptonshire’s first appearance in the final of the competition, which started in 2000, reaching that stage with victories over Lincolnshire Lionesses and a remarkable extra end defeat of Devon Belles.
In the final, Northamptonshire dominated from the start against rinks skipped by the experienced Laura Holden and Stef Branfield, securing a comprehensive 34-15 victory.
Surrey’s Harry Cushen, Jamie Tindall, Jon Wilson and Charlie Souter have won the 2019 White Rose Trophy. They defeated Northamptonshire’s Danny Walker, Kieran Rollings, Nathan Betts and Connor Cinato.
The Surrey Swifts recorded earlier wins over Northumberland Geordie Boys and Northamptonshire Saints on their way to securing the title, with the Northamptonshire Cobblers defeating Hampshire Hogs and Wiltshire Moonrakers to reach the final.
SURREY’S CAMBERLEY BC SECURE TONY ALLCOCK TROPHY
Surrey’s Camberley BC have won the 2019 Tony Allcock Trophy, supported by the Friends of English Bowling, defeating Box BC from Wiltshire 42-36.
Box were in control in the opening stages of the match with Nick Grenfell’s rink leading 15-2, before a remarkable run in the second half of the contest by Camberley’s David McCallum’s quartet to ensure a 21-21 draw.
It is the second time that Surrey has enjoyed success in the Tony Allcock Trophy after Supreme BC secured the inaugural event in 2011.
Devon’s Kings BC have retained the Women’s Top Club title, after defeating Baldock Town from Hertfordshire in the final.
Sophie Tolchard sent Kings on their way with a 21-19 victory in the singles, recovering from a 3-16 deficit against Devon Cooper. The senior international duo of Emma Cooper and Natalie Chestney also overhauled an early 3-12 scoreline in the pairs discipline to record a 23-13 success, whilst the Devonians also enjoyed victory in the triples for a 3-1 win. Kings reached the final with a 3-1 victory over Buckinghamshire’s Gerrards Cross BC, while Baldock Town defeated three-time champions Wigton BC from Cumbria in the last four.
Baldock were competing in the final for the first time since 2003, whilst Kings enjoyed their third success in the event.
KINGS SECURE FOURTH SUCCESSIVE MEN’S TOP CLUB TITLE
Devon’s Kings BC won the Men’s Top Club title for the fourth successive year. They defeated Buckinghamshire’s Gerrards Cross BC 4-1 in the final at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.
Kings comprehensively defeated Bedfordshire’s Sandy Conservative BC, whilst Gerrards Cross reached the final for the first time since 2005 after securing a narrow victory over Huntingdonshire’s Warboys.