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Leamington Highlights 2019

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.

Surrey ladies celebrate their victory

 

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.

Good Work Devon !

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.

 

TOLCHARD’S CLAIM FAMILY PAIRS CROWN

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.

Congratulations – Berkshire’s Senior Fours

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

Sophie Tolchard & Donna Rock

 

A thrilling victory for  Sophie Tolchard, in the  Womens Two Wood Singles at the National Championships in Royal Leamington Spa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINCOLNSHIRE SECURE WALKER CUP

The Lincolnshire Team with The 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.

Buckinghamshire’s Malc Drage & Dave Labrum

 

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

Neil Farnish in celebration mode

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.

 

MIXED PAIRS

Wiltshire’s Lucy Smith and Mike Titcombe won the Bowls England National Mixed Pairs Competition.

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

 

A triumphant cheer from the Kings BC team – photo by Allen Simms

 

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

A great day for the Northants Team

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 SWIFTS SWOOP FOR WHITE ROSE TROPHY GLORY

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

The joyful team from Camberley BC

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.

KINGS RETAIN WOMEN’S TOP CLUB TITLE

The triumphant ladies from Kings BC, Devon   –  photo provided by Allen Simms

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

A triumphant cheer from the Kings BC team  –  photo provided by Allen Simms

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.

LEAMINGTON 2018 – page 2

Kings BC from Devon became the undisputed number one in England after winning the Men’s and Women’s National Top Club Competitions at Leamington on Sunday 16th September 2018

Kings BC Top Club Winners 2018

All together now ! Kings Bowling Club – Winners of both the Men’s & Ladies Top Club 2018

 

Amy Rose Bowl 2018

Congratulations Wiltshire who secured maiden Amy Rose Bowl Triumph

Tony Allcock Trophy 2018

Banbury Central secure the Tony Allcock Trophy – many congratulations

White Rose Trophy

Northamptonshire – pround winners of the White Rose Trophy

Andrew Broad of Cornwall is the Champion of Champions. Congratulations

Lancashire – the winners of the Balcomb Trophy

Edward Morris of Essex – the winner of the Two-Wood Singles

Gordon Williams from Suffolk the proud winner of the Senior Singles

Denise and Martin Butchers from the Isle of Wight – the winners of the Mixed Pairs

LEAMINGTON 2018 – page 1

Once again it is time for the Nationals at Leamington Spa.  Apart from the first aid tent we also support quite a few of the competitions.  Bob Saunders is good enough to let me choose the pictures I want to put on the site, for which I am very grateful.

Always in attendance is Martin, our onsite Medical Team and this year he has the lovely Sally to assist.  Hopefully they will not be needed and can have a restful few weeks.

On the first weekend the Middleton Cup and the John’s Trophy take place and Geoff Hunt (the Chairman of Friends) and his lovely wife Jan presented the cheques to the winners.

 

Leicestershire – the winners of the Middleton Cup who beat Devon in the finals

The Ladies from Surrey have once again won the John’s Trophy

The Family Pairs was won by father and son, Mark and Andrew Smith

 

 

 

The winners of the Senior 4s. Royal Wootton Bassett. It was so nice to see them win as earlier in the year the Friends had joined them to celebrate 90 glorious years.

Amy Gowshall – the winner of the National Two Wood championship

Paul Comley and Colin Whitehead from Oxfordshire. Winners of the Senior Pairs

Sussex – the winners of the Walker Cup

 

National Championships 2017

The following are the National Championship competitions that we support at Leamington Spa.

My grateful thanks go to Bob Saunders for all the photographs supplied for this section of the WebSite.

Devon – once again – winners of the Middleton Cup with their President and Team Manager

The Ladies from Kent – winners of the Johns Trophy

Match Secretary Adie and Treasurer Kath presenting Tom and John McGuinness with the Family Pairs trophy

From Hampshire the winners of the Senior Pairs – Lesley Johnson and Margaret Holden

Jenny Dawson – winner of the Senior Singles with Jan Hunt, representing the Friends

2 Wood Singles Championship won by Jamie-Lee Winch from Leicestershire and the runner up Sophie Tolchard from Devon

The Senior Pairs – David Labrum and Malc Drage from Buckinghamshire with the winners trophy

The winners of the Walker Cup – Somerset with their proud President

The Herefordshire men won the Fours

Glenn Williams of Hertfordshire being presented with the cheque and cup for winning the Champion of Champion

Winners of the Mixed Pairs, newly weds Amy and Andy Walters from Worcestershire

Winners of the Balcomb Trophy – Essex

Senior Singles winner Norman Coad of Cornwall with Cyndy Lee representing Friends and I.P. President of Bowls England Michael Jennings from Cornwall

Winner of the Two Wood singles – Sam Watts of Oxfordshire with Graham Rogers of the Friends

Tony and Eileen Taylor from the Friends with Bolton Bowls Club – winners of the Tony Allcock 2 x 4s Trophy

Devon – winners of the Amy Rose

Devon – winners of the White Rose

The very proud Devon President with his winning girls, boys and team managers

My thanks to Alistair for the following two photos – your job is quite safe Bob

Wigton B.C. in Cumbria win the Top Club once again

Kings B.C. in Devon win the Top Club title once again

 

National Championships 2016 – Page 3

THE AMY ROSE BOWL

The striking team from Somerset who won by 31 - 23

The striking team from Somerset who won by eight shots

 

The runners up proudly holding the plate

The runners up from Kent, proudly holding the plate

 

THE WHITE ROSE TROPHY

The excellent team from Essex who won 43 -22

The excellent team from Essex who won 43 -22

 

The boys from Oxford proudly holding the runners up plate

The boys from Oxford proudly holding the runners up plate

 

THE TONY ALLCOCK TWO FOURS

The winners are the lads and lasses from Lindfield Bowling club in Sussex.

The winners are the lads and lasses from Lindfield Bowling club in Sussex.

 

The runners up, who only lost by four shots, are from Hunden's Park B.C. in Durham

The runners up, who only lost by four shots, are from Hunden’s Park B.C. in Durham

THE TOP CLUB

Our hard working match secretary Adie together with his equally hard working wife Kath and the the Presidential Team

Our hard working match secretary Adie together with his equally hard working wife Kath and the the Presidential Team

 

The ladies of Wigton B.C. in Cumbria celebrating their win

The ladies of Wigton B.C. in Cumbria celebrating their win

The ladies from Kings B.C. in Devon with the runners up plate

The ladies from Kings B.C. in Devon with the runners up plate

The men from Kings B.C. in Devon proudly displaying the winning trophy

The men from Kings B.C. in Devon proudly displaying the winning trophy

The Royal Wootton Bassett B.C. from Wiltshire were the runners up

The Royal Wootton Bassett B.C. from Wiltshire were the runners up

That is it for this year.  All the Nationals are now finished as are all the friendly matches.  I hope you have all had as much fun and enjoyment as I have.  If you want to see more of these photographs then go to Bobsaundersphotography.co.uk and press events.

National Championships 2016 – Page 2

THE WALKER CUP

The girls from Leicestershire celebrating their win against Devon 37 - 29

The girls from Leicestershire celebrating their win against Devon 37 – 29

 

The team from Devon with their County President

The team from Devon with their County President

CHAMPION of CHAMPIONS

 

Perry Martin on his way to winning the Champion of Champions

Perry Martin from Kent on his way to winning the Champion of Champions 21 -19

The runner up, from Devon, Rob Paxton

The runner up, from Devon, Rob Paxton                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

A very happy Perry receiving his trophy from President Michael Jennings and his cheque from Mike Poole representing the Friends

A very happy Perry receiving his trophy from President Michael Jennings and his cheque from Mike Poole representing the Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MENS FOURS

Devon - the runners up

Devon – the runners up

 

Hot work

Hot work

Celebrating the win with the proud family

Celebrating the win with the proud family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIXED PAIRS

The lovely Amy Stanton with her partner Andy Walters from Worcestershire winners of the Mixed Pairs

The lovely Amy Stanton with her partner Andy Walters from Worcestershire winners of the Mixed Pairs

 

Sylvia Bloomfield and Tim Mould from Essex, the runners up, togeher with the President and John Thompson representing the Friends

Sylvia Bloomfield and Tim Mould from Essex, the runners up,
together with  John Thompson representing the Friends and B.E. President Michael Jennings

BALCOLM TROPHY

The lads from Leicestershire who won on the last end 40 -38

The lads from Leicestershire who won on the last end 40 -38

 

the runners up - Northamptonshire

The runners up – Northamptonshire

TWO WOOD SINGLES

Sam Tolchard from Devon proudly holding the winning trophy

Sam Tolchard from Devon proudly holding the winning trophy

 

Bradley Coles from Hertfordshire with the John Austin runners trophy up trophy

Bradley Coles from Hertfordshire with the John Austin runners-up  trophy

 

National Championships at Leamington 2016

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The ‘Friends’ are delighted to once again support Bowls England at the National Championships and below are some of the highlights from Leamington Spa.

John Bell, President of World Bowls, etc, etc.  Getting the Merchandise Tent ready before the crowds arrive.

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The ‘Friends’ would like to thank Bob Saunders for once again supplying us with photographs to use from the National Championship. (I took this one).

Bob Saunders - the man behind the camera.

Bob Saunders – the man behind the camera.

THE MIDDLETON CUP – A jubilant Devon President holds the cup aloft.

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THE JOHNS TROPHY –  A very happy Lincolnshire President receiving the cup from Adie Lloyd

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FAMILY PAIRS

Craig & Gary Morphet

Craig & Gary Morphet –

Geoff & Tom Millership

Geoff & Tom Millership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENIOR PAIRS

Carol Inserra & Lynn Green

Carol Inserra & Lynn Green

FOUR WOOD SINGLES – DONNA KNIGHT of OXFORDSHIRE

Senior V.P.Pam Willoughby with Donna Knight

Senior V.P.Pam Willoughby with Donna Knight

 

President Michael Jennings presenting the trophy after a hard fought win for the title

President Michael Jennings presenting the trophy after a hard fought win for the title

 

SENIOR PAIRS

Bet Aubrey from Berkshire - runner up with her County President

Bet Aubrey from Berkshire – runner up with her County President

Ann Anderson from Durham celebrating her win with her family

Ann Anderson from Durham celebrating her win 
with her family

The Nationals at Leamington 2015 – page 3

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The Two Wood Singles winner – James Walker from Northamptonshire completes the double

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The winners of the Amy Rose Bowl – Surrey

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The winners of the Men’s U25’s White Rose Trophy – Devon

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The winners of the Mixed Over 60s Allcock Trophy – Broadway, Worcestershire

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The winners of the Top Club – Egham (Surrey do it again)

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The runners up – Banbury Central, Oxfordshire

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The winners of the Top Club – Gosforth B.C. Northumberland

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The runners up – Garston B.C. Hertfordshire