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27 Sept 2018        Ryan Garman Selected as part of the 2019 Bowls England Youth Academy

 

Ryan Garman of Freethorpe has been selected as reserve for the Bowls England Academy for 2019 joining Nicole Moseley who has also been selected and please see the following press release from Bowls England for details of those selected & what the Academy entails.

 

 

Bowls England is delighted to announce that the following players have been invited to attend its Academy on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019.

 

Invited players

Sam Andrews (Hertfordshire)

Jack Bunting (Hertfordshire)

Maddie Burgess (Worcestershire)

Ben Bywater (Derbyshire)

Oliver Collins (Somerset)

Imogen Cracknell (Somerset)

Grace Fussey (Cambridgeshire)

Robyn Hall (Bedfordshire)

Carlos Lali (Berkshire)

Nicole Moseley (Norfolk)

Maesi Ramsey (Sussex)

Alix Rouse (Essex)

Joe Sanford (Kent)

Izzie White (Worcestershire)

Jasmine Wilson (Essex)

Nathan Wood (Dorset)

 

Reserves (will be notified if required to attend)

Ryan Garman (Norfolk)

Amica Fordy (Yorkshire)

 

During the weekend, the players will participate in theoretical and practical sessions, all of which are designed to support them on their pathway towards future international recognition.

 

 

17 Sept 2018        Latest News

 

Norfolk BC just missed out on the Bowls England National Top Club title on Sunday when they lost to defending Champions Kings BC from Devon who by lifting the title completed a hat-trick of wins.

In the quarter final Norfolk BC overcame VCD from Kent 4-1 and then in the semi-final beat West Ealing from Middlesex 5-0.

 

 

Final scores

 

Kings BC

Norfolk BC

Discipline

Players

Score

Players

Score

2 bowl singles

Louis Ridout

17

Jake Willgress

4

4 bowl singles

Sam Tolchard

21

Jake Leslie

17

Pairs

Matt Bass & Jamie Chestney

18

Tom Segolo & Wayne Willgress

22

Triples

Phil Hackett, Michael Woodbridge &Adrian O’Neill

22

Matt Flatman, Bernie Perrett & James Segolo

6

Fours

Rob Honeywell,  Sean Howard, Craig Down & Harry Goodwin

13

Nick Slater, Karl Brooks, Mark Riches & Richard Coverdale

17

POINTS

 

3

 

2

 

 

Results:

 

Quarter-Finals:

 

New Lount BC, (Leics) bt Kings Chase BC (Essex) 3-2;

Kings BC (Devon) bt Royal Wootton Bassett BC (Wilts) 4-1;

Norfolk BC (N’folk) bt VCD (Kent) 4-1;

West Ealing (M’sex) bt Worcester BC (Worcs) 3-2

 

Semi-Finals:

Kings BC (Devon) bt New Lount BC, (Leics) 3-2;

Norfolk BC (N’folk) bt West Ealing (M’sex) 5-0

 

Final:

Kings BC (Devon) bt Norfolk BC (N’folk) 3-2

 

 

The 35th annual John Woodcock Memorial Trophy tournament was held at County Arts with the a rink from the host Club, Clive Derry, Danny Ramsbottom, Peter Wilkinson & Philip Barr lifting the title by beating Ryan Garman, Philip Parsons, George Tubby & Phil Emmerson 11-3 in the final.

In the semi-finals Barr’s rink beat David Smith’s rink 10-3 whist Emmerson overcame Barney Wymer 14-2.

 

Once again the tournament was played to in support of ‘Big C’ and a total of over £900 was raised.

 

 

12 Sept 2018        Hansells Cup report

 

Willer swaps his official duties to help Ashill to Hansells Cup victory. Photos

 

Central Division Two champions Ashill added cup success to Norfolk League triumph as they crowned a fabulous campaign by lifting the Hansells Cup – the final piece of domestic silverware in a glorious Norfolk Bowls Association summer season.

 

Claiming a 14 shot victory over South Two Division title winners Long Stratton, was a “twin-hat” moment to savour for Ashill captain & president Alan Willer, who is currently President of the Men’s Section of the Norfolk Bowls Association.

 

Willer praised the level of camaraderie at the event, hosted on Wymondham Dell Bowls Club’s superb green.

 

“Bowls was definitely the winner” he said. “It is very prestigious for Ashill to win the Hansells Cup after winning our zone,” he added. “I hope it encourages some new players to join us.”

 

Earlier in the day, the competition’s semi-finals saw Ashill beat North Walsham B 62-51, while Long Stratton beat Castle Acre Coronation 65-47.

The Hansells Cup is completed for by the winners of each of the Norfolk league’s Zone Two winners. “Thank you so much to Hansells Solicitors for their continued support of the Norfolk Bowls Association,” said Willer.

 

Bob Harvey captain of beaten finalists Long Stratton, congratulated the victors, saying, “Ashill outplayed us apart from one winning block. We have had a very good day at Wymondham Dell with super weather and company and excellent organisation.”

 

With Willer on playing duties, the honour of presenting the award fell to the Association’s junior vice-president Denis West, alongside Paul Dickson, representing Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers.

He said “The matches today were well fought. The weather was perfect, with plenty of sunshine and little breeze. Congratulations to the winners Ashill.”

West added “The Hansells Cup is our Zone 2 finals day. All four teams did very well to win their division. Wymondham Dell’s green bowled very well. It is an excellent location for the finals.”

 

 

11 Sept 2018        Bowls England News

 

British Isle Junior International Series

 

Please see the following Bowls England press release regarding the recent Junior International Series held at the Belmont BC in Belfast.

 

Freethorpe’s Dan Seabourne was a member of the England Team, for the 4th successive year, and his rink returned 100% winning scorecards in what ended in disappointed as England finished in 2nd place behind Scotland.

 

ENGLAND JUNIOR MEN SUFFER DISAPPOINTMENT IN IRELAND

England’s Junior Men were unable to add to the successes of the Senior Women’s and Junior Women’s Teams earlier in the season, as Scotland retained the Men’s Junior International Series this weekend in Belfast, Ireland.

England opened up the weekend with a convincing 146-97 over Wales, whilst Scotland recorded an equally convincing victory over Ireland.

On Saturday afternoon, England always trailed holders Scotland and eventually succumbed to a narrow eight shot defeat.

In the final matches of the Series, England needed to secure victory over Ireland and were relying on Wales to upset Scotland; which for the majority of the morning this outcome looked likely.

A 129-100 victory for England against Ireland gave England a chance of regaining the title, however Scotland recovered from a 20-shot deficit to collect three shots on the final end of the match in order to defeat Wales by just one shot (128-127), and retain the Series.

The England rinks of Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen, and Dan Seabourne, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter both secured 100% winning scorecards from their three matches.

Results:
England beat Wales 146-97
Marcus Clifton, Josh Minto, Harry Goodwin and Sam Steel drew with Jack Breen, Robert Grant, Rhys Jackson and Ross Owen 15-15;
Glen Adams, Dominic McVittie, Andrew Rodger and Lloyd Sabatini beat Adam King, Rhys Roberts, Ross Lewis and Jordan Davies 24-16;
Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen beat Nathan Salmon, Harry Button, Matthew Davies and Dominic Hardy 27-11;
Adam Hocking, Tom Muir, Tom Holmes and Ryan Atkins lost to Ben Matthews, Nathan Hurne, Ryan Davies and Mike John 21-28;
Dan Seabourne, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter beat Nathan Rees, Chad Bowling, Alex Fullwood and Kristian Crocker 21-20;
Louis McCubbin, Jamie Barker, Edward Elmore and Connor Cinato beat Edward Jelfs, Jack Dodds, Cory Bayliss and Ryan Boots 38-7

England lost to Scotland 100-108
Dan Seabourne, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter beat Blair Davidson, Andrew Weir, Lee Allen and John Fleming Jnr 18-16;
Louis McCubbin, Jamie Barker, Edward Elmore and Connor Cinato lost to Darren Weir, Ewan McMinn, Christopher Carswell and Paul Kane Jnr 12-18;
Marcus Clifton, Josh Minto, Harry Goodwin and Sam Steel lost to Kevin McDonald, Keiron Ward, Dean Jones and Connor Milne 15-18;
Glen Adams, Dominic McVittie, Andrew Rodger and Lloyd Sabatini lost to Andrew Reilly, Thomas Strachan, Josh Spalding and Jason Banks 18-19;
Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen beat Alastair Nimmo, Gavin McLachlan, Stephen Lowrie and Liam McKay 18-14;
Adam Hocking, Tom Muir, Tom Holmes and Ryan Atkins lost to Reece Notman, Alan Air, Jonathan Craigens and Craig Burns 19-23;

England beat Ireland 129-100
Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen beat Adam Stratton, Jordan Rankin, Mark McKeown and Mark Jones 24-17;
Adam Hocking, Tom Muir, Tom Holmes and Ryan Atkins beat Matthew Hastings, Keelan Nelson, Billy Gibson and Jamie Watson 22-16;
Dan Seabourne, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter beat Cameron Gaw, Ryan McKeown, Ryan Bell and Jack Moffett 22-12;
Louis McCubbin, Jamie Barker, Edward Elmore and Connor Cinato beat Dean Mills, Andrew Johnston, Mitchell Albert and Stephen Kirkwood 26-13;
Marcus Clifton, Josh Minto, Harry Goodwin and Sam Steel beat Samuel Barkley, Cathal Gillen, Ryan Caven and Adam McKeown 18-16;
Glen Adams, Dominic McVittie, Andrew Rodger and Lloyd Sabatini lost to Colm O’Brien, Dominic McVittie, John Byrne and Robert Kirkwood 17-26

Complete scorecards from all matches can be found at
http://britishislesbowls.com/2018-junior-international-scores/

 

03 Sept 2018        Harry Cater selected for England

 

Downham Market’s Harry Cater has been selected to represent England in the third Under 18 Test Series against Wales at Dinas Powis BC, on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2018.

 

The match has been organised as part of Bowls England’s continuing commitment to increase opportunities for younger players to participate in the sport. Players will take part in a number of disciplines and various formats over the course of the two days.

 

Bowls England has named a 12-strong squad to participate and the selected squad is:

Maddie Burgess (Worcestershire)

Harry Cater (Norfolk)

Imogen Cracknell (Somerset)

Liam Creaser (Yorkshire)

Harvey Griffiths (Worcestershire)

Imogen Jenner (Kent)

Isaac Jenner (Kent)

Ajay Morphett (Sussex)

Olivia Moulton (Kent)

Tom Wheeler (Warwickshire)

Isobel White (Worcestershire)

Jasmine Wilson (Essex)

 

Players were selected using various criteria including the Bowls England Academy, performances at both county and national level during 2018, including the Sutton Winson Trophy.

 

 

19 August 2018   Dan Mills National Junior Singles Champion

 

Dan Mills of County Arts is the 2018 Bowls England National Junior Singles champion lifting the prestigious title on Sunday at Victoria Park Leamington Spa. Photo

 

Mills opened with a comfortable 21-7 first round victory over Kurt Murray from Dorset and then followed this up with narrow 21-19 win over Bedfordshire’s Chris Beard and then 21-15 over Tom Newman of Wiltshire to reach the second day of the competition and the quarter final. In the quarter final Mills met Hampshire’s Danny Smith and a 21-14 victory put him into the semi-final against local rivals Suffolk represented by Lee Calver where a convincing 21-8 victory secured a place in the final against Lancashire’s Anthony Booth-Young.  In the final Mills trailed 4-9 in the early exchanges, before a really good period of play saw him lead 16-12. Booth-Young then fought back and regained the lead at 18-17, before Mills picked up a full count of four to secure a 21-18 victory.

 

The victory is Norfolk’s first success in this event for a decade and by lifting the title Mills joins Norfolk’s previous winners, Jamie Chestney of Hunstanton in 2009, Ian Daines of Wymondham Dell in 1990 & Ian Grady of Gaywood Park in 1982 and will now go on to represent England in the 2019 British Isle Championships.

 

 

Norfolk completed their Eastern Counties League programme with victory over Suffolk at Diss on Saturday, winning by 120 shots to 114 and taking 15 points. The results mean Norfolk finished in third place in the table with 3 wins and 3 losses and with the title going to Hertfordshire who won all their matches.

 

For the match against Suffolk, manager Brian Taylor in his final match in this role before he stands down gave debuts to several players and it was fitting that for his last match, the team recorded a well-deserved victory.  Rinks wins were achieved by those skipped by Barney Wymer & George Tubby whilst John Ottaway’s rink drew.

 

Rink scores:-

Tom Cooper, Rhys Morgan, Jack Wells & Peter Boldero 18 Ryan Claxton 21

Jack Larter, Geoff Batley, Aaron Stimson & George Tubby 24 Ali Leeks 10

Gary Mallett, Ben Hunter, Jack Adcock & John Ottaway 17 Andrew Drummond 17

Ryan Garman, Clive Derry, Jake Leslie & Brian Taylor 15 Peter Hurren 20

James Browse, Tony Applegate, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer 25 Lee Spraggs 19

Richard Church, Peter Cottee, Alan Willer & John George 21 Terry Goodchild 27

 

 

13 August 2018   WP Baker Cup

 

Caister are the 2018 Hansells League champions following the play-off semi-finals & finals played at Thorpe Rec BC on Sunday. By doing so they lifted the WP Baker Cup and are promoted to the Premier League next season were they will replace relegated Acle St Edmunds.

 

Their semi -final victory owed much to the rink skipped by team captain David Lamb whose 27 shot win more than covered defeats on Caister’s other two rinks and Caister progressed to final with a six shot victory. 

 

The other semi-final saw Fakenham Town, who had reached the semi-final by winning all their group games, meet Diss & District. Diss proved too strong and with victories on all three rinks won by 26 shots to reach the final.

 

The final was a close affair through the first half of the match but Caister took control over the second half, finally winning on all three rinks, with Barney Wymer’s rink leading the way with a ten shot victory to see his team home with a 14 shot overall victory and the league title.

 

Results

Semi-finals

Caister 62 GW Staniforth 56

R.Pope, T.Applegate, J.Baxter & B.Wymer 19 T.Novell, S.Stevenson, D.Leigh & M.Hinsley 21

A.Calver, K.Cooke, P.Comsford & A.Benson-Nutt 8 K.Mikulik, T.Bingham, E.Melton & M.Struthers 27

J.Norfolk, K.Scott-Greenard, R Lamb & D.Lamb 35 P.Kay, P.Kane, M.Holbrook & J.Wright 8

 

Diss & District 71 Fakenham Town 45

D.Harrison, S.White, D.Rookyard, & E.Feavearyear 21 I.Pruden, N.Pruden, M.Warnes & G.Hawes 15

M.Watling, J.Maskell, E.Rawsthorne & A.Stimson 25 P.Childs, K.Utting, K.Mallett & D.Frost 15

E.Lanchester, T.Heppell, M.Howard & K.Baker 25 A.Parker, D.Baldwin, C.Warnes & R.Mason 15

 

Final

Caister 61 Diss & District 47

A.Calver, K.Cooke, P.Comsford & A.Benson-Nutt 17 E.Lanchester, T.Heppell, M.Howard & K.Baker 16

R.Pope, T.Applegate, J Baxter & B.Wymer 26 D Harrison, S.White, D.Rookyard, & E Feavearyear 16

J.Norfolk, K.Scott-Greenard, R.Lamb & D.Lamb 18 M Watling, J.Maskell, E.Rawsthorne & A.Stimson 15

 

 

06 August 2018   Bales & Fermoy Cups

 

County Arts have retained the Bales Cup Club Championship by beating Norfolk BC in the final held at Wymondham Dell. The final was a repeat of last year with the Arts again prevailed winning a topsy-turvy affair by five shots. Norfolk BC started well opening an early lead but the Arts hit back to take the lead which then changed on several occasions over the closing ends before the Arts took control and the prestigious title for the twelfth time. Photo

 

Rink scores:-

Dan Mills, Mick Brown, Andy King & Philip Barr 24 Max Harrison, Peter Stevenson, Bernie Perrett & Mark Riches 17

Robert Dodd, Clive Derry, Mark Turner & Peter Wilkinson 16 Tom Segolo, Karl Brooks, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 23

Gary Mallett, Ben Curtis, Trevor Jermy & Brian Taylor 21 Nick Slater, Matt Flatman, Jake Willgress & Richard Coverdale 16

 

In the Lord Fermoy Cup RG Carter Group BC took the title for only the second time in their history by beating Wymondham Dell 42-31 in the final. Carters won on both rinks & for John Hunter it was particularly satisfying as he was a member of the Carters team when they lifted the title in 1984 a year when they also did the double by also winning the Bales Cup.

 

Attention now turns to Bowls England National Championships which opened at Victoria Park Leamington Spa at the weekend where Norfolk’s bowlers will be striving to win national titles & bring silverware back to the County. Full details & results will be published on a daily basis to the Bowls England website which may be accessed on www.bowlsengland.com & https://bowlsengland.247.tv/ 

 

 

29 July 2018        County Championship Finals

 

Freethorpe’s George Tubby lifted two titles at the Norfolk Bowls Association Championships held at County Arts BC over the weekend. In the prestigious singles Tubby won the title for the third time when he beat John Ottaway from Wymondham Dell 21-20, having to withstand a comeback from the Dell player who at one stage was 14-5 in arrears but Tubby held firm to take the title on a thrilling last end.

 

Earlier in the day Tubby partnering Dan Seabourne in Pairs proved too strong for the Norfolk BC’s John Watson & Steve Wells running out comfortable winners by 24 shots to 15.

 

In his third final there was however disappointment for Tubby in the two bowl singles where the host club’s Peter Wilkinson took the title 17 - 11. Having fallen seven shots behind, Tubby staged a comeback to within one shot but Wilkinson then held firm to take the title.

 

The triples was won by Wymondham Dell’s experienced combination of David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway who took the title for the second time in four years when the beat John Tufts, Richard Summers & Wayne Willgress 16-13. The Dell trio started well but Willgress then hit back to level the scores but it was the Dell that prevailed over the closing ends.

 

There was however consolation for Wayne Willgress’s rink in the Fours when they won the title holding off a spirited fight by the Shouldham quartet skipped by Keith Camp. With the match level going into the closing ends the greater experience of the Norfolk BC rink showed and they ran out winners by 22 shots to 16

 

Dan Mills of County Arts took the Junior singles title out-bowling Norfolk BC’s James Segolo to win 21-7.

 

The Junior Pairs between Downham Market’s Harry Cater & Jack Wells and Tom Cooper & Dan Seabourne from Freethorpe was a much closer affair. The match was all square going into the final end and it was the Downham Market pair who won the final end to win 15-14

 

County Arts, skipped by Brian Taylor took the Seniors Four title against Barney Wymer’s rink from Caister 23-17. Taylor’s rink led from the early stages & although the Caister rink battled hard it was the Arts who lifted the title.

 

Results

Singles

John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) 20 George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) 21

Two Bowl Singles

Peter Wilkinson (County Arts BC) 17 George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) 11

Pairs

John Watson & Steve Wells (Norfolk BC) 15 Dan Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) 24

Triples

David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) 16 John Tufts, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 13

Fours

Roger Saxon, Chris Jones, Peter Lunt & Keith Camp (Shouldham BC) 16 John Tufts, Tom Segolo, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 22

Junior Singles

James Segolo (Norfolk BC) 7 Dan Mills (County Arts BC) 21

Junior Pairs

Harry Cater & Jack Wells (Downham Market BC) 15 Tom Cooper & Dan Seabourne (Freethorpe BC) 14

Senior Fours

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Mick Brown & Brian Taylor (County Arts BC) 23 Richard Pope, Ken Scott-Greenard, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer (Caister BC) 17

 

The final of the Bales Cup will be a repeat of last year as County Arts, the holders, will play Norfolk BC at Wymondham Dell on Friday 3rd August. In the semi-finals the Arts had a comfortable victory over Upwell whilst Norfolk BC beat Wymondham Dell

Semi- final results

County Arts BC 75 Upwell BC 37

Norfolk BC 55 Wymondham Dell 43

 

In the Lord Fermoy Cup double rink championship, the final will be between Wymondham Dell & RG Carter Group BC and will be played on home & away basis on Thursday 2nd August. RG Carters will be looking for the first title since 1984 whilst the Dell last lifted the title in 2006. In the semi -finals Carters beat Norfolk BC whilst the Dell overcame Downham Market.

Semi-final results

Wymondham Dell BC 46 Downham Market BC 33

RG Carter Group BC 34 Norfolk BC 30

 

The Hansells County League is now reaching its conclusion with the final round of matches being played on Wednesday. Norfolk BC has retained the Premier League title and has now won the title for the past seven seasons. Relegation is a fight between Acle St Edmunds & Wootton Park with Wootton Park holding a 3 point advantage.

 

The winners of the five regional zones play of for the WP Baker Cup and a place in the Premier League. Fakenham Town have already won the North Zone title, Diss & District that for South and Hunstanton in West. The other zone winners depend on the results of the last round of matches. In East zone the title rests between Caister & Martham with Caister favourites with a lead of 4 points but in Central it is a much closer affair with GW Staniforth, Hingham Rectory & Northwold separated by only 2 points and Mundford also in contention.

 

The winners of the West & East zones play in the preliminary play off at Aldiss Park on Wednesday 8th August with the semi-finals & final at Thorpe Rec BC on Sunday 12th August.

 

 

25 July 2018        Men’s Junior Vice President

 

I am delighted to announce that Denis West of Aldiss Park BC has been appointed Men’s Junior President & now joins Alan Willer & John Mason as part of our “presidential team” and I am sure you will join me in congratulating Denis on his appointment.

 

John Ottaway

 

 

24 July 2018        County Championship Finals

 

Men’s County Championship Finals at County Arts BC

 

Saturday 28th  July 2018

 

at 10.30 am

Triples

David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) -v- John Tufts, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

 

Pairs

John Watson & Steve Wells (Norfolk BC) -v- Dan Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe BC)

 

Junior Singles

James Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Dan Mills (County Arts BC)

 

at 2.30pm

Fours

Roger Saxon, Chris Jones, Peter Lunt & Keith Camp (Shouldham BC) -v- John Tufts, Tom Segolo, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

 

Singles

John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) -v- George Tubby (Freethorpe BC)

 

Junior Pairs

Harry Cater & Jack Wells (Downham Market BC) -v- Tom Cooper & Dan Seabourne (Freethorpe BC)

 

Sunday 29th July at 10.00am

Two Bowl Singles

Peter Wilkinson (County Arts BC) -v- George Tubby (Freethorpe BC)

 

Senior Fours

The competitors in the Senior Fours final will be known once the quarter finals & semi-finals are completed on 23rd & 24th July

 

 

22 July 2018        Middleton Cup & County Comps news

 

Middleton Cup

 

Norfolk’s Middleton Cup dreams ended on Saturday when they lost to Leicestershire in the quarter final at Brampton Institute BC by 7 shots. The County went into the match with high hopes following their 100% record in the group games and after a tentative start found themselves 9 shots behind at the halfway stage. From that point they seemingly took control opening a 6 shot lead at 15 ends and then moved further ahead but a surge from Leicestershire over the closing ends took them back into the lead, which they held to run out winners.

 

Rink honours were shared three apiece with Norfolk’s wins coming from the rinks skipped by George Tubby, Peter Boldero and Wayne Willgress.

 

It was a disappointing end to Brian Taylor’s 14 year tenure as Team Manager which saw the County lift the title on two occasions as well as being runners up twice. After a couple of disappointing years since Norfolk’s last semi-final appearance the future of the County looks bright with the new Manager, when appointed, hopefully being able to build on this seasons performances.

 

Rink scores

Tom Segolo, Mick Brown, Mark Riches & Philip Barr 13 Neil Hope 28

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 20 Alistair Hollis 18

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, John Ottaway & David Smith 17 Chris Rodgers 23

Max Harrison, Adrian Folker, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero 26 Shane Hayes 17

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimson, Richard Coverdale & Peter Wilkinson 18 Joe Dawson 22

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 30 Steve Wade 23

 

County Championships

The majority of the County Championship semi-finals have now been completed.

 

In the Fours, rinks from Norfolk BC & Shouldham will contest the final. Norfolk BC skipped by Wayne Willgress beat Peter Boldero’s Downham Market quartet having to survive a comeback from Downham Market to secure victory over the closing ends. In the final they will meet Shouldham skipped by Keith Camp, who will contest their first county final following a comfortable victory over Wymondham Dell’s John Gamblin

 

The triples final will see a repeat of the 2015 final between Wymondham Dell & Norfolk BC. The   Wymondham Dell rink skipped by John Ottaway cruised into the final with an emphatic win over Acle skipped by Andy Siely whilst Wayne Willgress’s Norfolk BC rink overcame Freethorpe’s David Smith in a close encounter

 

John Watson & Steve Wells of Norfolk BC reached their first county final in the pairs when they overcame past winners Roger Guy & John Ottaway of Wymondham Dell in a last end decider. They are joined in the final by the Freethorpe pairing of Dan Seabourne & George Tubby who always led Max Harrison & Peter Boldero of Downham Market to run out clear winners

 

 

The blue riband singles final will be between Freethorpe’s George Tubby and 10 times previous winner John Ottaway of Wymondham Dell and is a repeat of 2009 final where Tubby prevailed.

In the semi-final Ottaway had a relatively straightforward victory over Peter Wilkinson of County Arts whilst the other tie was a much closer affair with Tubby finally over overcoming Downham Market’s Peter Chestney.

 

In the Junior Singles James Segolo of Norfolk BC will be looking to emulate his twin brother Tom by lifting the County title following a semi-final victory over Aaron Stimson of Diss. In the final he will play Dan Mill’s from County Arts who beat Aaron Johnson of Norfolk BC.

 

Tom Baker of Wootton Park had to withdraw from the two bowl singles shortly before his quarter final match with George Tubby due to unforeseen circumstances. Thus Tubby progressed to straight to the semi- final and proved too strong for Michael Gooch from Mundford. The other quarter final was an all Downham Market affair with Chris Rowe beating club mate Peter Chestney in a last end decider. In the semi-final that followed Rowe met County Arts Peter Wilkinson and it was the Arts player who prevailed to take his place in the final

 

Last year’s winners of the Junior Pairs, Tom & James Segolo were beaten in the semi- final by Tom Cooper & Dan Seabourne from Freethorpe and in the final they will meet Harry Cater & Jack Wells from Downham Market who beat the Diss & District/County Arts combination of Aaron Stimson & Dan Mills

 

Three of the quarter finals of the Senior Fours have now been played with Middleton Cup Team Manager Brian Taylor’s rink beating that of County President Alan Willer whilst Barney Wymer’s Caister foursome recovered from a 16-4 deficit to beat Wootton Park skipped by Vernon Hudson and Peter Boldero’s rink from Downham Market have a comfortable victory over last year’s winners from St. Lawrence skipped by Bob Allen. The remaining quarter final will be played on Monday at County Arts with one of the semi-finals at GW Staniforth and the other semi-final at either County Arts or Thorpe Rec on Tuesday.

 

The County Finals will be held next weekend, on both Saturday 28th July & Sunday 29th July all at County Arts BC and the programme will be published shortly and for up to date details please visit the County’s website www.norfolkbowls.co.uk

 

Results

Fours

John Tufts, Tom Segolo, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 25 Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Adrian Folker & Peter Boldero (Downham Market BC) 18

Roger Saxon, Chris Jones,  (sub for Peter Lunt) & Keith Camp (Shouldham BC) 19 Geoff Batley, Paul Groom, Peter Roseblade & John Gamblin (Wymondham Dell BC) 10

 

Triples

David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) 22 John Colcombe, Simon Elliott & Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds BC) 5

Matthew Carter, Tony Seabourne & David Smith (Freethorpe BC) 11 John Tufts, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 17

 

Pairs

Roger Guy & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) 14 John Watson & Steve Wells (Norfolk BC) 16

Max Harrison & Peter Boldero (Downham Market BC) 15 Dan Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) 25

 

Singles

Peter Chestney (Downham Market BC) 16 George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) 21

Peter Wilkinson (County Arts BC) 8 John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) 21

 

Two Bowl Singles

Quarter final results

George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) walkover over Tom Baker (Wootton Park BC)

Chris Rowe (Downham Market BC) 13 Peter Chestney (Downham Market BC) 12

Semi-final Results

George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) 23 Michael Gooch (Mundford BC) 7

Peter Wilkinson (County Arts BC) 19 Chris Rowe (Downham Market BC) 6

 

Junior Singles

Aaron Stimson (Diss & District BC) 10 James Segolo (Norfolk BC) 21

Dan Mills (County Arts BC) 21 Aaron Johnson (Norfolk BC) 10

 

Junior Pairs

Aaron Stimson & Dan Mills (Diss & District BC/County Arts BC) 11 Harry Cater & Jack Wells (Downham Market BC) 18

Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) 14 Tom Cooper & Dan Seabourne (Freethorpe BC) 22

 

Senior Fours

Quarter final result

Richard Pope, Ken Scott-Greenard, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer (Caister BC) 20 Andy Sayer, Mike Smith, Nigel Blyth & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park BC) 18

(the semi-final programme will be completed next week)

 

 

15 July 2018        County Comps & Eastern Counties news

 

The majority of the County Championships quarter finals have now been played with the results as shown below.

 

County Championships quarter final results

Fours

John Tufts, Tom Segolo, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 20 Dan Seabourne, Matthew Carter, George Tubby & David Smith (Freethorpe BC) 9

Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Adrian Folker & Peter Boldero (Downham Market BC) 22 Richard Harvey (sub), David Naunton, David Richmond & John George (Wymondham Dell BC) 12

Rocky Lewis, Harry Cater, Kelvin Rayner &  Chris Rowe (Downham Market BC) 14 Roger Saxon, Chris Jones, Peter Lunt & Keith Camp (Shouldham BC) 25

Geoff Batley, Paul Groom, Peter Roseblade & John Gamblin (Wymondham Dell BC) 23 Richard Pope, Bernie Wymer, Graham Punchard & David Lamb (Caister BC) 16

 

Triples

John Gooch, Harry Cater & Gavin Cater (Downham Market BC) 10 David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) 17

Andy Fysh, Mo Moseley & Richard Bly(Wootton Park BC) 11 John Colcombe, Simon Elliott & Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds BC) 17

Chris Gaul, Barry Flatt & Alistair Stevenson (Wymondham Dell BC) 13 Matthew Carter, Tony Seabourne & David Smith (Freethorpe BC) 16

Roger Saxon, Peter Lunt & Keith Camp (Shouldham BC) 12 John Tufts, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 28

 

Pairs

Rocky Lewis & Chris Rowe (Downham Market BC) 21 Roger Guy & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) 23

Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe BC) 14 John Watson & Steve Wells (Norfolk BC) 16

Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell BC) 6 Max Harrison & Peter Boldero (Downham Market BC) 19

Peter Lunt & John Hogan (Shouldham BC) 15 Dan Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) 19

 


Singles

Peter Chestney (Downham Market BC) 21 Peter Boldero (Downham Market BC) 19

Karel Mikulik (GW Staniforth BC) 11 George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) 21

Peter Wilkinson (County Arts BC) 21 Bernie Perrett (Norfolk BC) 13

John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) 21 Gavin Cater (Downham Market BC) 9

 

Senior Fours

Barry Footer, Rocky Lewis, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market BC) 22 Chris Wright, Andy Hailes, Frank Howard & Bob Allen (St Lawrence BC) 9

 

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Mick Brown & Brian Taylor (County Arts BC) 26 Brian Smith, Richard Leighton, Bob Hall & Alan Willer (Ashill BC) 9

 

The outstanding Quarter finals are to be played as follows:-

Monday 23rd July at County Arts BC

Geoff Batley, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) –v-

Michael Harris, Richard Church, Ivan Borrett & Ian Wones (Freethorpe BC)

Thursday 19th July at GW Staniforth BC

Richard Pope, Ken Scott-Greenard, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer (Caister BC) -v-

Andy Sayer, Mike Smith, Nigel Blyth & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park BC)

 

2 bowl Singles

Aaron Stimson (Diss & District BC) 10 Peter Wilkinson (County Arts BC) 16

Michael Gooch (Mundford BC) walkover over Aaron Johnson (Norfolk BC)

 

Outstanding Quarter finals to be played on 17th July at Aldiss Park BC

Chris Rowe (Downham Market BC) -v- Peter Chestney (Downham Market BC)

Tom Baker (Wootton Park BC) -v- George Tubby (Freethorpe BC)

 


The semi- final & outstanding quarter final matches will be played during next week & early in the following week with the programme below. The County finals will be played on Saturday 28th July at County Arts BC with Sunday 29th July also set aside in the event of duplications.

 

The finalists in the Junior Singles, 2 bowl Singles, Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours along with the winners of the Junior Pairs & Senior Fours will represent Norfolk at the Bowls England National Championships to be held at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa starting on 5th August.

 

County Championships Semi-final programme

 

Monday 16th July at GW Staniforth BC

Fours semi-finals

John Tufts, Tom Segolo, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) -v- Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Adrian Folker & Peter Boldero (Downham Market BC)

Roger Saxon, Chris Jones, Peter Lunt & Keith Camp (Shouldham BC) -v- Geoff Batley, Paul Groom, Peter Roseblade & John Gamblin (Wymondham Dell BC)

Junior Singles semi-final

Aaron Stimson (Diss & District BC) -v- James Segolo (Norfolk BC)

 

Tuesday 17th July at Aldiss Park BC

Triples semi-finals

David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) -v- John Colcombe, Simon Elliott & Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds BC)

Matthew Carter, Tony Seabourne & David Smith (Freethorpe BC) -v- John Tufts, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

2 bowl Singles semi-finals following the two outstanding quarter final matches

Chris Rowe (Downham Market) or Peter Chestney (Downham Market) -v- Peter Wilkinson (County Arts BC)

Tom Baker (Wootton Park BC) or George Tubby (Freethorpe BC) -v- Michael Gooch (Mundford BC)

 

Thursday 19th July at GW Staniforth BC

Pairs semi-finals

Roger Guy & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) -v- John Watson & Steve Wells (Norfolk BC)

Max Harrison & Peter Boldero (Downham Market BC) -v- Dan Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe BC)

Junior Pairs semi-final

Aaron Stimson & Dan Mills (Diss & District BC/County Arts BC) -v- Harry Cater & Jack Wells (Downham Market BC)

Senior fours quarter final

Richard Pope, Ken Scott-Greenard, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer (Caister BC) -v-

Andy Sayer, Mike Smith, Nigel Blyth & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park BC)

 


Friday 20th July at RG Carter Group BC

Singles semi-finals

Peter Chestney (Downham Market BC) -v- George Tubby (Freethorpe BC)

Peter Wilkinson (County Arts BC) -v- John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC)

Junior Singles semi-final

Dan Mills (County Arts BC) -v- Aaron Johnson (Norfolk BC)

Junior Pairs semi-final

Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Tom Cooper & Dan Seabourne (Freethorpe BC)

 

Monday 23rd July at venue still to be decided

Senior Fours semi-final

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Mick Brown & Brian Taylor (County Arts BC) -v-

Barry Footer, Rocky Lewis, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market BC)

Monday 23rd July at County Arts BC

Senior Fours quarter final

Geoff Batley, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) –v-

Michael Harris, Richard Church, Ivan Borrett & Ian Wones (Freethorpe BC)

Tuesday 24th July at a venue still to be decided

Senior Fours semi-final

The winners of the quarter finals played between John Ottaway /Ian Wones & Barney Wymer/Vernon Hudson

 

Ahead of next week’s Middleton Cup quarter final clash against Leicestershire, Norfolk entertained Hertfordshire at Wymondham Dell in their penultimate match in the Eastern Counties League. With a much changed team including many players striving for Middleton Cup recognition, Norfolk went down to an 11 shot defeat and gaining only four points. However with the Hertfordshire team including several of their Middleton Cup players this was still a creditable result for the County against a team who have now won all of their matches in the league and have clinched the league title with a match to spare.

 

Rink scores:-

Matthew Warnes, Jack Adcock, Alistair Stevenson & Gary Goodrum 18 Tom Muir 23

Jack Larter, Jack Wells, Simon Elliott & Bernie Perrett 24 Jerry Rumball 11

Luke Preston, Barry Flatt, Peter Roseblade & Brian Taylor 15 Glen Williams 26

Geoff Batley, Rhys Morgan, Colin Scott & John Ottaway 30 Mike Parsons 18

Ryan Garman, Richard Harvey, Peter Wilson & Philip Barr 18 N. Sharp 27

Mark Elliott, Peter Cottee, Alan Willer & John George 16 Don Fox 27

 

Current League Table

County

Pld

Won

Lost

Shots

For

Shots

Agt

points

Hertfordshire

5

5

0

668

545

92

Cambridgeshire

6

3

3

696

686

64

Essex

5

3

2

640

540

62

Bedfordshire

5

3

2

574

588

62

Norfolk

5

2

3

580

604

51

Huntingdonshire

4

1

3

407

522

38

Suffolk

4

1

3

404

484

23

 

 

08 July 2018        Middleton Cup & County Comps

 

Middleton Cup

Norfolk cruised to the quarter final of the Middleton Cup when they beat local rivals Suffolk at County Arts by 141 shots to 91. With nearest rivals Northamptonshire having played their final group match earlier in the day and beating Huntingdonshire and taking 20 points, Norfolk went into their match knowing that 6 points, equivalent to three rink wins would give them top spot in the group & a quarter final place.

 

A Norfolk win never seemed in doubt. After a tight start they lead by 6 shots at the 5 end mark and steadily extended this as the match progressed to win by 50 shots and taking 20 points in what was a fine win. Norfolk almost took the maximum 22 points with Peter Boldero’s rink only going down on the last end. All other rinks won with Wayne Willgress’s rink again in fine form maintaining their 100% record, against a rink including Suffolk Team Manager & International John Rednall. David Smith’s rink overcame that skipped by Mark Royal and there were also victories by the rinks skipped by Peter Wilkinson, George Tubby & Philip Barr.

 

In the quarter final on Saturday 21st July Norfolk play Leicestershire at the neutral venue of Brampton Institute BC. Leicestershire took their quarter final place following a tied match against Essex but having won on four rinks, took top spot by the narrow margin of three points.

 

The other quarter finals ties are:-

Buckinghamshire -v- Kent

Devon -v Cornwall

(details of the 4th quarter final are not yet known)

 

For the quarter- final Norfolk have made one change to team with Ian Wones returning to the team in place of the unavailable Mervyn King.

 

Rink scores:-

Tom Segolo, Mick Brown, Mark Riches & Philip Barr 22 Liam Stevens  12

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 30 Richard Leeder 12

Dan Mills, Mervyn King, John Ottaway & David Smith 23 Mark Royal 11

Max Harrison, Adrian Folker, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero 19 Lee Spraggs 20

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimson, Richard Coverdale & Peter Wilkinson 26 Kyle Leeks 18

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 21 Danny Ramsbottom 18

 

County Championships

The Norfolk County championships have now reached the quarter final stage with most of these being played during the week commencing 9th July. The semi-finals will be played during the following week with the County finals at County Arts BC on Saturday 28th July.

 

The programme for the quarter finals is as follows with all matches commencing at 6.30pm.

 

Monday 9th July at Swaffham Town BC

Fours

John Tufts, Tom Segolo, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) -v- Dan Seabourne, Matthew Carter, George Tubby & David Smith (Freethorpe)

Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Adrian Folker & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) -v- Cliff Robinson, David Naunton, David Richmond & John George (Wymondham Dell)

Rocky Lewis, Harry Cater, Mike King & Chris Rowe (Downham Market) -v- Keith Camp, Chris Jones, Peter Lunt & Roger Saxon (Shouldham)

Geoff Batley, Paul Groom, Peter Roseblade & John Gamblin (Wymondham Dell) -v- Richard Pope, David Lamb, Bernie Wymer & Graham Punchard (Caister)

Two bowl singles

Aaron Stimson (Diss & District) -v- Peter Wilkinson (County Arts)

 

Tuesday 10th July at Thorpe Rec BC

Triples

Harry Cater, Gavin Cater & John Gooch (Downham Market) -v- David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell)

Richard Bly, Mo Moseley & Andy Fysh (Wootton Park) -v- John Colcombe, Simon Elliott & Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds)

Chris Gaul, Barry Flatt & Alistair Stevenson (Wymondham Dell) -v- Matthew  Carter, Tony Seabourne & David Smith (Freethorpe)

Keith Camp, Peter Lunt & Roger Saxon (Shouldham) -v- John Tufts, Richard Summers & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

Senior Fours

Barry Footer, Rocky Lewis, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) -v- Chris Wright, Andy Hailes, Frank Howard & Bob Allen (St Lawrence)

 

Thursday 12th July at RG Carter BC

Pairs

Rocky Lewis & Chris Rowe (Downham Market) -v- Roger Guy & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell)

Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe) -v- John Watson & Steve Wells (Norfolk BC)

Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell) -v- Max Harrison & Peter Boldero (Downham Market)

Peter Lunt & John Hogan (Shouldham) -v- Dan Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe)

 

Friday 13th July at Aldiss Park

Singles

Peter Chestney (Downham Market) -v- Peter Boldero (Downham Market)

Karel Mikulik (GW Staniforth) -v- George Tubby (Freethorpe)

Peter Wilkinson (County Arts) -v- Bernie Perrett (Norfolk BC)

John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) -v- Gavin Cater (Downham Market)

Senior Fours

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Mick Brown & Brian Taylor (County Arts) -v- Brian Smith, Richard Leighton, Bob Hall & Alan Willer (Ashill)

 

Tuesday 17th July at GW Staniforth

Two bowl Singles

Chris Rowe (Downham Market) -v- Peter Chestney (Downham Market)

Tom Baker (Wootton Park) -v- George Tubby (Freethorpe)

 

In the Two bowl singles Aaron Johnson (Norfolk BC) has had to concede his quarter final tie against Michael Gooch (Mundford) so Michael Gooch progresses to the semi-final.

 

Dates & venues for the following matches have still to be determined

Senior Fours

Geoff Batley, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) -v- Michael Harris, Richard Church, Ivan Borrett & Ian Wones (Freethorpe)

Richard Pope, Ken Scott-Greenard, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer (Caister) -v- Andy Sayer, Mike Smith, Nigel Blyth & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park)

 

The County team championships have also reached the semi-final stage.

 

In the Bales Cup Norfolk BC are on course to retain the Club Championship following their quarter final victory over GW Staniforth. In the semi-final they will play Wymondham Dell who came through a tight quarter final against fellow Premier League team, Freethorpe. The other semi-final will be between County Arts & Upwell.  In the quarter finals, in another all Premier league tie the Arts beat Downham Market whilst Upwell overcame Reepham Nomads.

 

Quarter final results

Downham Market 59 County Arts 70

Reepham Nomads 54 Upwell 64

Norfolk BC 68 GW Staniforth 31

Freethorpe 55 Wymondham Dell 64

 

The semi-finals will be played on Friday 27th July at RG Carter Group BC with the final on the following Friday at Wymondham Dell.

 

The quarter finals of the Jermy Cup have also been played with holders & winners for the last three years, County Arts, through to the semi-final following a one shot victory over Acle St Edmunds where they will play Freethorpe, who had a walk over, in the semi-final. RG Carter Group BC was also successful with a narrow 3 shot victory over Downham Market and will play Norfolk BC who comfortably overcame Shouldham.

 

Quarter Final Results

Downham Market 55 RG Carter Group BC 58

Norfolk BC 67 Shouldham 42

Acle St Edmunds 56 County Arts 57

Freethorpe walk over against GW Staniforth

 

The semi-finals will be held at Norfolk BC on Sunday 22nd July at 10.00am with the final following at 2.00pm

 

In the Lord Fermoy Cup there will be different winners this year as holders Norfolk BC ‘A’ were defeated in the quarter final by Wymondham Dell & in the semi-final the Dell will play  Downham Market ‘B’ who beat Hunstanton. In the other quarter finals RG Carter Group BC beat Downham Market ‘A’ whilst Norfolk BC ‘B’ beat Norwich Union. The semi-finals will be played on Thursday 26th July with final on Thursday 2nd August.

 

Quarter final results

Downham Market ‘B’ 44 Hunstanton ‘A’ 41

Norfolk BC ‘A’ 33 Wymondham Dell ‘A’ 48

RG Carter Group 39 Downham Market ‘A’ 31

Norwich Union 41 Norfolk BC ‘B’ 49

 

 

06 July 2018        County Quarter Finals

 

Men’s County Championship Quarter Finals programme

 

Monday 9th July at Swaffham Town BC

Fours

John Tufts, Tom Segolo, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) -v- Dan Seabourne, Matthew Carter, George Tubby & David Smith (Freethorpe)

Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Adrian Folker & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) -v- Cliff Robinson, David Naunton, David Richmond & John George (Wymondham Dell)

Rocky Lewis, Harry Cater, Mike King & Chris Rowe (Downham Market) -v- Keith Camp, Chris Jones, Peter Lunt & Roger Saxon (Shouldham)

Geoff Batley, Paul Groom, Peter Roseblade & John Gamblin (Wymondham Dell) -v- Richard Pope, David Lamb, Bernie Wymer & Graham Punchard (Caister)

 

Two bowl singles

Aaron Stimson (Diss & District) –v- Peter Wilkinson (County Arts)

 

Tuesday 10th July at Thorpe Rec BC

Triples

Harry Cater, Gavin Cater & John Gooch (Downham Market) -v- David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell)

Richard Bly, Mo Moseley & Andy Fysh (Wootton Park) -v- John Colcombe, Simon Elliott & Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds)

Chris Gaul, Barry Flatt & Alistair Stevenson (Wymondham Dell) -v- Matthew  Carter, Tony Seabourne & David Smith (Freethorpe)

Keith Camp, Peter Lunt & Roger Saxon (Shouldham) -v- John Tufts, Richard Coverdale & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

 

Senior Fours

Barry Footer, Rocky Lewis, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) -v- Chris Wright, Andy Hailes, Frank Howard & Bob Allen (St Lawrence)

 


Thursday 12th July at RG Carter BC

Pairs

Rocky Lewis & Chris Rowe (Downham Market) -v- Roger Guy & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell)

Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe) -v- John Watson & Steve Wells (Norfolk BC)

Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell) -v- Max Harrison & Peter Boldero (Downham Market)

Peter Lunt & John Hogan (Shouldham) -v- Dan Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe)

 

 

Friday 13th July at Aldiss Park BC

Singles

Peter Chestney (Downham Market) –v- Peter Boldero (Downham Market)

Karel Mikulik (GW Staniforth) –v- George Tubby (Freethorpe)

Peter Wilkinson (County Arts) –v- Bernie Perrett (Norfolk BC)

John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) –v- Gavin Cater (Downham Market)

 

Senior Fours

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Mick Brown & Brian Taylor (County Arts) -v- Brian Smith, Richard Leighton, Bob Hall & Alan Willer (Ashill)

 

Tuesday 17th July at GW Staniforth BC

Two bowl Singles

Chris Rowe (Downham Market) -v- Peter Chestney (Downham Market)

Tom Baker (Wootton Park) -v- George Tubby (Freethorpe)

 

ALL MATCHES COMMENCE AT 6.30pm

 

 

Date & venue to be determined

Senior Fours

Geoff Batley, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) –v- Michael Harris, Richard Church, Ivan Borrett & Ian Wones (Freethorpe)

Richard Pope, Ken Scott-Greenard, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer (Caister) -v- Andy Sayer, Mike Smith, Nigel Blyth & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park)

 

 

 

02 July 2018        ECL & Middleton Cup Latest News

 

Norfolk won their latest match in the Eastern Counties League when they travelled to Fordham to play Cambridgeshire and came away with a well-earned victory, winning by 14 shots and taking 19 points with the rinks skipped by Gary Goodrum, Peter Boldero, Mark Riches & the Officers rink skipped by John George all returning winning cards.

 

Rink scores:-

Tom Baker, Malcolm Nicholson, Peter Roseblade & Gary Goodrum 21 Steve Jacobs 9

Ryan Garman, Kelvin Rayner, Colin Scott & George Tubby 13 Adam Barker 27

Mark Elliott, Aaron Stimson, Adrian Folker & Peter Boldero 19 Richard Napthen 14

Barry Footer, Colin Warnes, Matthew Carter & Ian Wones 20 Ian Miller 20

Matthew Warnes, Jack Adcock, Peter Wilson & Mark Riches 23 Terry Staughton 13

Richard Church, Peter Cottee, Alan Willer & John George 15 Philip Harper-Scott 14

 

Next Saturday the County are back in Middleton Cup action when they entertain Suffolk at County Arts in the final group match. Norfolk is currently unbeaten and head the group with a fifteen point lead over Northamptonshire with Suffolk are a further five points behind. This point’s advantage puts Norfolk in a strong position but they require eight points to guarantee a quarter final place against either Essex or Leicestershire.

 

The following team has been selected:-

Tom Segolo, Mick Brown, Mark Riches & Philip Barr

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress

Dan Mills, Mervyn King, John Ottaway & David Smith

Max Harrison, Adrian Folker, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimson, Richard Coverdale & Peter Wilkinson

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby

      Reserves: Tom Baker, Matthew Carter, Ian Wones & Jack Larter

 

Middleton Cup Group table

 

TEAM

PLAYED

WIN

DRAW

LOSS

FOR

AGAINST

POINTS

Norfolk

3

3

0

0

394

340

52

Northamptonshire

3

2

0

1

375

360

37

Suffolk

3

1

0

2

369

352

32

Hertfordshire

4

1

0

3

469

513

29

Huntingdonshire

3

1

0

2

343

385

26

 

 

25 June 2018       Middleton Cup Latest News

 

Norfolk remain on course for a place in the Middleton Cup quarter finals following victory over Hertfordshire at Welwyn Garden City on Saturday. The County won by 134 shots to 110 taking 18 of the 22 points at stake and moving to the top of the table with 52 points, a lead of 15 points over second placed Northamptonshire.

 

In their final match Norfolk entertain Suffolk, who slipped to their second defeat against Huntingdonshire, at County Arts on Saturday 7th July knowing that victory will guarantee their quarter final place. Even a defeat could still give them that place with their current points lead over their rivals but Norfolk will certainly be looking for their fourth successive victory to ensure this happens.

 

For the match on Saturday Hertfordshire made several changes to the team that suffered a 22-0 whitewash to Suffolk in their previous game and although they held Norfolk over the first half of the match Norfolk then took charge taking an eleven shot lead at the 15 end stage and extending this over the closing stages. Captain Wayne Willgress’s rink once again led the way and was in in dominant form and with David Smith’s rink also winning by a large margin and backed up by further rink wins by the rinks skipped by Peter Wilkinson & Peter Boldero Norfolk ran out comfortable winners.

 

Rink scores:-

Jack Larter, Mick Brown, Mervyn King & Philip Barr 10 Tom Muir 29

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 27 Mark Plume 9

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, John Ottaway & David Smith 29 Jerry Rumball 10

Max Harrison, Adrian Folker, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero 28 P. Andrews 23

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimson, Richard Coverdale & Peter Wilkinson 24 N.Sharp 14

Tom Segolo, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 16 P. Russell 25

 

Current league table

 

Played

Won

Lost

For

Against

POINTS

Norfolk

3

3

0

389

342

52

Northamptonshire

3

2

1

375

360

37

Suffolk

3

1

2

369

352

32

Hertfordshire

4

1

3

469

513

29

Huntingdonshire

3

1

2

345

380

26

 

 

18 June 2018       Middleton Cup Latest News

 

Norfolk won their second successive match in the Middleton Cup on Saturday when they beat Northamptonshire at County Arts BC by six shots & took 16 points.

 

Whilst Norfolk were always ahead they could never extend their lead beyond single figures and with George Tubby’s & Wayne Willgress’s rinks both winning by 14 shots and backed up by a win on the rink skipped Peter Boldero, Norfolk held on for a hard earned victory.

 

Rink scores:

Tom Baker, Mick Brown, Mervyn King & Philip Barr 20 Andrew Manton 26

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 27 Vernon Geary 13

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, John Ottaway & David Smith 10 Connor Cinato 29

Max Harrison, Adrian Folker, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero 21 Paul Broderick 15

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimson, Tom Segolo & Peter Wilkinson 20 Phil Exley 23

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 28 Roger Tansley 14

 

Despite the defeat Northamptonshire remain top of the Group on 37 points from their 3 matches with Norfolk 3 points behind with a match in hand. Suffolk, who beat last year’s Group winners Hertfordshire on Saturday taking the maximum 22 points, are in 3rd place on 26 points. With the other two counties in group, Huntingdonshire & Hertfordshire both having lost 2 matches, group honours and a place in the quarter final rest between Norfolk, Suffolk & Northamptonshire with Norfolk’s final match against Suffolk on 7th July likely to be the pivotable match. However ahead of this Norfolk travel to Welwyn Garden City next Saturday to take on Hertfordshire where victory will put them in prime position ahead of the Suffolk match.

 

For this match Manager Brian Taylor has made changes with Dan Seabourne being unavailable, Richard Coverdale has been recalled & there are also a couple of positional changes. The selected team is:-

Jack Larter, Mick Brown, Mervyn King & Philip Barr

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, John Ottaway & David Smith

Max Harrison, Adrian Folker, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimson, Richard Coverdale & Peter Wilkinson

Tom Segolo, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby

 

Current Group League table

 

 

Played

Win

Lose

Draw

For

Against

POINTS

Northamptonshire

3

2

0

1

375

360

37

Norfolk

2

2

0

0

255

232

34

Suffolk

2

1

0

1

253

231

26

Hertfordshire

3

1

0

2

359

379

25

Huntingdonshire

2

0

0

2

224

264

10

 

 

10 June 2018       Norfolk County Teams & Latest News

 

With a break from Middleton Cup action this weekend Norfolk had a double header against Bedfordshire in the Eastern Counties League and in the National Inter County Two Fours Balcomb Trophy championship. It proved a disappointing weekend with the County suffering defeats in both matches.

 

Having won their opening match in the Eastern Counties League Norfolk have now suffered successive defeats losing the match against Bedfordshire by 14 shots and securing 6 of the 22 points at stake. Norfolk were behind for most for most of the match but moved into a 3 shot lead at 15 ends but let the lead slip over the closing ends to lose by 112 shots to 126. Rink honours were shared three a apiece with the Norfolk wins coming on those skipped by Ian Wones, Bernie Perrett & James Segolo.

 

Rink scores:-

Max Harrison, Harry Cater, Chris Rowe & James Segolo 21 Grant Osbourne 14

Luke Preston, Aaron Stimson, Colin Scott & Ian Wones 26 Kevin Tift 18

Gary Mallett, Matt Flatman, Michael Tufts & Tom Segolo 13 Jim Allen 21

Matthew Warnes, Colin Warnes, Peter Roseblade & Bernie Perrett 28 Mike Bertrand 24

John Tufts, Ryan Garman, Mick Brown & Brian Taylor 15 Andrew Manning 26

John Mason, Peter Cottee, Alan Willer & John George 9 Peter Lee 23

 

 

In the Balcomb Trophy Norfolk’s poor run in this championship in recent years continued when at County Arts BC they lost by 48 shots to 42. David Smith’s rink earned a hard fought draw against Kevin Tift and Wayne Willgress’s rink went down by six shots to Jim Allen. Bedfordshire now qualify for the regional finals.

 

Rink scores

Max Harrison, George Tubby, Peter Wilkinson & David Smith 22 Kevin Tift 22

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 20 Jim Allen 26

 

 

Next Saturday Norfolk are back in Middleton Cup action when they entertain Northamptonshire at County Arts. In last weekend matches Northamptonshire played their second match when they travelled to Suffolk and came away with a nine shot victory & 16 points, a win which moves Northamptonshire to the top of the group with 31 points. Norfolk currently sit on 18 points from the one match played so the match has added significance for County, victory would keep them well in the hunt for the group honours but defeat would mean Northamptonshire moving further ahead.

 

The Norfolk team is unchanged from that which won so well in their opening match and is:

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, John Ottaway & David Smith

Tom Baker, Mick Brown, Mervyn King & Philip Barr

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress

Max Harrison, Adrian Folker, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimson, Tom Segolo & Peter Wilkinson

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby

 

 

 

03 June 2018       Middleton Cup & Latest News

 

Norfolk began their Middleton Cup campaign on Saturday with a fine win by 17 shots against Huntingdonshire at Brampton Institute BC and by winning on four rinks took 18 of the 22 points at stake.

 

With Wayne Willgress’s rink getting off to a great start Norfolk opened up a sixteen shot lead after 5 ends and this early lead proved crucial as although Norfolk maintained this lead at the halfway stage Huntingdonshire hit back to take a 5 shot lead at 15 ends. A strong finish over the closing ends saw Norfolk secure the victory, which Manager Brian Taylor described after the match as the County’s best performance for several years.

 

The rink skipped by the recalled Peter Boldero beat Mike Robertson, who represented England in the recent Commonwealth Games, by 12 shots and David Smith making his first appearance as skip skipped his rink to a 9 shot victory over former international Tristan Morton. Wayne Willgress’s rink held on to win by 2 shots and George Tubby’s rink, who were always in the lead, won by 4 shots.

There was however disappointment on the other 2 rinks with Philip Barr’s rink losing on the last end and Peter Wilkinson’s rink also going down.

 

Not surprisingly Brian Taylor has announced an unchanged team for the next match at County Arts on Saturday 16th June against Northamptonshire, who in the other group match beat last year’s group winners Hertfordshire 13 points to 9.

 

Rink scores:

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, John Ottaway & David Smith 22 Tristan Morton 13

Tom Baker, Mick Brown, Mervyn King & Philip Barr 22 Nick Brett 25

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 21 Lewis Baker 19

Max Harrison, Adrian Folker, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero 26 Mike Robertson 14

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimson, Tom Segolo & Peter Wilkinson 15 Simon Law 22

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 23 Ean Morton 19

 

Norfolk have a break from Middleton Cup action next weekend but on Sunday 10th June they entertain Bedfordshire in the Balcomb Trophy National Two rink championship. The match will be held at County Arts BC with an 11.00am start and the following team has been selected. The winners go forward to the regional finals to be held at Parkway BC Peterborough on Sunday 24 June.

 

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo, Wayne Willgress

Max Harrison, George Tubby, Peter Wilkinson & David Smith

 

The Bowls England Junior international trials were held last weekend at Victoria Park Leamington Spa and following this the team to play in the British Isles International Championships was selected.

Dan Seabourne of Freethorpe has retained his place in the team whilst Norfolk BC’s Tom Segolo has been named as one of the reserves. The Series will be held at Belmont BC in Belfast on 8th/9th September.

 

 

29 May 2018       Norfolk County Teams & Latest News

 

Norfolk suffered double disappointment at the weekend with defeats to Essex in both the Eastern Counties League & the White Rose Trophy.

 

On Saturday Norfolk travelled to Westcliff-on- Sea on Saturday for their third match in the Eastern Counties League but lost their 100% records when they sent down by 109 shots to 137 taking 6 of the 22 points at stake. The rinks skipped by Andy Siely & Gary Goodrum recorded wins along with the Officers rink skipped by Barney Wymer, but the 3 others rinks had heavy defeats. Whilst Norfolk started the match well leading by 9 shots at 5 ends, Essex took control from that point taking the lead at 10 ends, a lead they built steadily over the second half of match to secure a comfortable victory.

 

Rink scores:

Barry Footer, Chris Gaul, Chris Rowe & Peter Boldero 9 Ed Morris 32

John Colcombe, Clive Derry, Simon Elliott & Andy Siely 28 Richard Telling 20

Gary Mallett, Ryan Garman, Tony Seabourne & Mark Turner 14 James Rippey 24

Peter Roseblade, Danny Mills, Colin Scott & Gary Goodrum 18 Ray Bone 14

Tom Baker, Aaron Stimson, Alistair Stevenson & George Tubby 13 Andy Squire 22

Mark Elliott, Peter Cottee, Alan Willer & Barney Wymer 27 John Tully 25

 

On Sunday, the White Rose Trophy was a closer affair with match in the balance until the closing ends but it was Essex who finally came out on top winning by 5 shots to progress to the regional finals.

 

Rink scores:

Ryan Garman, Luke Preston, Dan Seabourne & James Segolo 14 Charlie Butcher 27

Jack Larter, Aaron Stimson, Danny Mills & Tom Segolo 21 Jake Roberts 13

 

Attention now turns to the Middleton Cup which starts next Saturday when Norfolk meet Huntingdonshire at Brampton Institute BC. The County will be looking to put a couple of disappointing years behind them where they have failed to qualify from the group stages with a good run in the competition in which will be Brian Taylor’s last year as team manager.

 

The team selected shows a few changes last year and is:-

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, John Ottaway & David Smith

Tom Baker, Mick Brown, Mervyn King & Philip Barr

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress

Max Harrison, Adrian Folker, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimson, Tom Segolo & Peter Wilkinson

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby

Reserves John Colcombe, Richard Summers

 

 

20 May 2018       Eastern Counties & White Rose Trophy Teams

 

Norfolk’s county programme continues next Saturday with their second match in the Eastern Counties League when they travel to Essex County BC in Westcliff-on-Sea to take on reigning champions Essex. Having won their opening match against Huntingdonshire the county will be looking for a further victory ahead of their opening fixture in the Middleton Cup next weekend.

 

The following team has been selected:-

Barry Footer, Chris Gaul, Chris Rowe & Peter Boldero

John Colcombe, Clive Derry, Simon Elliott & Andy Siely

Gary Mallett, Ryan Garman, Tony Seabourne & Mark Turner

Peter Roseblade, Luke Preston, Colin Scott & Gary Goodrum

Tom Baker, Aaron Stimson, Alistair Stevenson & George Tubby

Mark Elliott, Peter Cottee, Alan Willer & Barney Wymer (Officers rink)

 

On the following day Norfolk’s junior bowlers also play Essex in the National under 25 two rink championship for the White Rose Trophy.  The winners of this match will progress to Regional finals to be held at Wellingborough on Sunday 17th June. The match is to be played at Silver End BC in Witham with the following team selected:-

Jack Larter, Aaron Stimson, Danny Mills & Tom Segolo

Ryan Garman, Luke Preston, Dan Seabourne & James Segolo

 

 

07 May 2018       Eastern Counties Result

 

Norfolk opened their 2018 season on Saturday with victory in the Eastern Counties League over Huntingdonshire at County Arts BC by 127 shots to 114 and taking 16 of the 22 points at stake.

 

Having taken an early lead of 5 shots at the 5 end stage Norfolk surged into a 26 shot lead at the halfway stage and although Huntingdon hit back over the second half of match Norfolk held on for a comfortable victory which owed much to Peter Wilkinson’s rink winning 29-12 and backed up by other wins by the rinks skipped by Philip Barr & George Tubby.

 

Rink scores:-

Ryan Garman, Adrian Folker, Danny Mills & Peter Boldero 21 Trevor Collins 22

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimpson, David Smith & Peter Wilkinson 29 Nile Robinson 12

Tom Baker, Luke Preston, Tony Seabourne & John Ottaway 13 Joe Randell 27

Jack Larter, Mick Brown, Chris Rowe & Philip Barr 22 Simon Law 17

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 25 Barry Kitto 18

John Mason, Peter Cottee, Alan Willer & Barney Wymer 17 Jim Daniel 18

 

In the other league matches at the weekend Hertfordshire beat defending champions Essex

129(18)-103(4) and Cambridgeshire beat Suffolk 129(17)– 106(5)

 

The County now have a break until 26th May when they travel to Westcliff-on-Sea to take on Essex and following this match the team for opening Middleton Cup match on 2nd June will be selected.

 

 

29 April 2018      Eastern Counties Team & Latest News

 

The outdoor bowling season has now started for many clubs and the County open their programme with an Eastern Counties League clash with Huntingdonshire at County Arts BC on Saturday 5th May at 10.30am. This is then followed by another league encounter with Essex at Essex County BC on Saturday 26th May.  In both these matches, Manager Brian Taylor will be looking at players for the Middleton Cup campaign which gets underway in June.

 

Taylor has confirmed that he will stand down as Middleton Cup Manager at the end of the season, a position he has held since 2006. Having managed the team to Middleton Cup successes in 2006 & 2012 as well as runners up in 2008 & 2014 plus three Eastern Counties League titles he will be looking to end his reign on a high note.

 

For the match on 5th May the following team has been selected

Ryan Garman, Adrian Folker, Danny Mills & Peter Boldero

Barry Footer, Aaron Stimpson, David Smith & Peter Wilkinson

Tom Baker, Luke Preston, Tony Seabourne & John Ottaway

Jack Larter, Mick Brown, Mark Riches & Philip Barr

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby

John Mason, Peter Cottee, Alan Willer & Barney Wymer (Officers rink)

 

The Hansells League programme gets under way on 2nd May with Norfolk BC looking to defend the Premier League title they have won for the past 6 years. They are joined in the Premier League this year by their ‘B’ team who took the WP Baker Cup zone play off title last year. The league is the grass roots of bowls in the County with 74 teams competing in the Premier League & 9 regional zones and all teams will be striving for success over the summer months. The regional zones culminate with play offs for the WP Baker Cup & a place in the Premier League & the Hansells Cup in August & September.

 

 

 

25 April 2018      Middleton Cup & Junior Team Managers

 

As advised at the Club’s Meeting on 15th April, Brian Taylor is to stand down as Middleton Cup Team Manager at the end of the 2018 season and Jake Willgress has stood down as Junior Team Manager. Brian has been appointed to take responsibility for Junior Team matters for the 2018 season.

 

Therefore both these positions will become vacant from the end of the season and we are now putting in place the process for appointing new Managers in readiness for the 2019 season.

 

At this stage we are seeking expressions of interest and once all have been received the process will move on to the next stage.

 

I am happy to provide more information on request or to have an informal discussion with anyone who is interested.

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary

 

 

05 April 2018      Bowls England Junior International Trial

 

Congratulations to Dan Seabourne (Freethorpe) & James & Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) on their selections & also to Jack Larter (County Arts) who has been selected as a reserve.

 

 

12 March 2018    RG Carter B have withdrawn for East 2

 

RG Carter B have withdrawn from the Hansells League and therefore all their fixtures in Zone East 2, as listed below, have been cancelled

 

RG Carter B BC

Fixtures in Hansells League Zone East 2

Date

Opponent

Venue

02-May-18

County Arts C

Home

09-May-18

Thorpe Rec B

Away

16-May-18

North Walsham B

Home

23-May-18

Bradwell B

Away

30-May-18

Gt Plumstead

Away

06-Jun-18

Caister B

Home

13-Jun-18

Gorleston Links

Away

20-Jun-18

County Arts C

Away

27-Jun-18

Thorpe Rec B

Home

02-Jul-18

Bradwell B

Home

04-Jul-18

North Walsham B

Away

18-Jul-18

Gt Plumstead

Home

25-Jul-18

Caister B

Away

01-Aug-18

Gorleston Links

Home

 

 

13 Nov 2017        Hansells League AGM

 

The HANSELLS LEAGUE ANNUAL MEETING will take place on SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER 2017 immediately following the MEN’S AGM at the COUNTY ARTS BOWLS CLUB.

 

League AGENDA – click here

 

Minutes from 2016 League AGM (to be approved at this year’s meeting) – click here

 

Hon. League Secretary’s Report - click here

 

Notice of Motion  - click here

 

Hansells League proposed structure for 2018 - click here

 

 

10 Nov 2017        Norfolk Bowls Association AGM

 

The MEN’S ANNUAL MEETING of the NORFOLK BOWLS ASSOCIATION will take place on SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER 2017 at 9.30am at the COUNTY ARTS BOWLS CLUB.

 

AGENDA – click here

 

Minutes from 2016 AGM (to be approved at this year’s meeting) – click here

 

Hon. Men’s Secretary’s Report - click here

 

Other Reports - click here

 

Notice of Motion (a) - click here

 

Notice of Motion (b) - click here

 

Proposed Benevolent Fund Constitution - click here

 

 

28 Sept 2017        Harry Cater selected for Bowls England Academy

 

Congratulations to Downham Market’s Harry Cater on being selected as one of the 16 players to attend the Bowls England Academy weekend on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018 following the trials held at Victoria Park Leamington Spa on Sunday 24th September.

The Academy Weekend, which is supported by Junior International Team Managers and International Selectors, is designed to improve performance through a series of practical and theoretical sessions.

 

Kent’s Imogen Jenner became the first Academy attendee to ‘graduate’ to full international honours when she was named in the Women’s Team for the 2018 British Isles Series.

 

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “The Bowls England Academy is one of the first steps on the pathway to national and international honours. I am sure that Imogen’s success should prove as great motivation for the next generation of young bowlers. The standard of play during the Selection Day last Sunday was of a very high standard and I am sure that all of those who attended will have benefited from the time spent with the international team managers and selectors. To those who have not been selected on this occasion, I personally urge them to continue to aspire in their bowling career. As a very young player, I attended three trials before I finally saw my name listed amongst those selected!”

 

During the weekend, selected players will have the opportunity to participate in both theoretical and practical sessions, all of which are designed to support them on their pathway towards international recognition. Sessions will be led by personnel specially invited by Bowls England, and overseen by members of the Men’s and Women’s International Selection Committees.

 

Selected Players:

Maddie Burgess (Worcestershire); Harry Cater (Norfolk); Imogen Cracknell (Somerset); Harvey Griffiths (Worcestershire); Robyn Hall (Bedfordshire); Isaac Jenner (Kent); Max McKinnon (Hertfordshire); Ajay Morphett (Sussex); Olivia Moulton (Kent); Hannah Smith (Warwickshire); Jordan Ward (Warwickshire); Isobel White (Worcestershire); Danielle Wild (Lincolnshire); Alisdair Williams (Cornwall); Jasmine Wilson (Essex); Tom Wheeler (Warwickshire)

 

Reserves (will be notified if required to attend):

Jack Bunting (Hertfordshire); Laurence Collins (Derbyshire); Kara Little (Wiltshire); Katie Sturtridge (Cornwall)

 

 

19 Sept 2017        Eastern Counties & Latest News

 

There was double delight for Norfolk BC’s Tom Segolo on Saturday when he lifted both the Eastern Counties Bowling Association Junior & four wood Singles Championship to go with the County titles he won in July.

 

In the Junior Singles semi-final he overcame Glenn Williams from Hertfordshire, who in August was crowned Bowls England National Champion of Champions, 21 -12 and then in the final beat Essex’s Ryan Mann 21-19. The semi-final of the prestigious Singles saw Segolo beat Steve Gunnell from Essex 21-12 before meeting the experienced Jerry Rumball from Hertfordshire in the final. Segolo took a commanding leading, one that he never relinquished to take the title with a 21-16 scoreline.

 

This capped a great week for Segolo having made his England Junior international debut the previous weekend in the British Isle Championships held in Llandrindod Wells.

 

In the Fours Championships Brian Taylor’s County Arts reached the final with a single shot semi-final victory over Essex. The final against Cambridgeshire ended prematurely when Brian Taylor suffered a leg injury and was unable to continue so the match was conceded. There was further disappointment for the County in the Officers Pairs where Alan Willer & John Ottaway lost on an extra end to Essex.

 

The Eastern Counties League title was also confirmed at the weekend with Essex taking the title as a result of Huntingdonshire conceding their final against Essex. The points allocated meant Essex won the title from Hertfordshire & Norfolk who both finished 9 points adrift.

 

The was more international recognition at Clevedon BC in Somerset at the weekend when County Art’s Jack Larter made his England Under 18 debut in a 2 day test match against Wales, which England won 17-7, with Larter being successful in in both his matches.

 

 

10 Sept 2017        Latest News

 

The semi-finals and finals of the Eastern Counties Bowling Association Championships take place in Cambridge on Saturday 16th September with Norfolk being well represented

 

In the four wood singles semi-final, Norfolk BC’s Tom Segolo takes on Steve Gunnell, the Essex champion from the Bournemouth Park BC whilst in the Fours, Philip Barr’s quartet from County Arts play Charlie Butcher from Wanstead Central BC also in Essex. Tom Segolo will also feature in the Junior Singles provided he gets through his quarter final tie against Bedfordshire’s Chris Beard

 

The Two wood Singles championship is played off on the day and Matt Flatman from Norfolk BC will be taking on the two wood champions from the other six Eastern Counties.

 

The final event for Norfolk is the Officers Pairs where Alan Willer & John Ottaway take on Pat Finney & Graham Smith again from Essex

 

The early rounds of the two wood singles & the 4 wood singles semi- finals will be held at Bottisham BC, with the two wood event commencing at 9.35am & the four wood singles at 10.30am. The other competitions will be held at Cambridge & County BC with the semi- finals at 9.30am followed by the finals of all competitions at 2.00pm.

 

In the Eastern Counties League Norfolk went into their final match against Suffolk at Marlborough BC knowing that a victory and 18 points would definitely secure the league title over current leaders Essex. However Norfolk went down to a 10 shot defeat taking only 8 points. However with the points allocation from the un-played match between Essex and Huntingdonshire still to be decided the actual destination of the league title is unclear and has still to be resolved.

 

Rink scores:-

Tom Cooper, Dan Cawthorne, Barney Wymer & George Tubby 25 Jon Jordan 13

Barry Footer, Harry Cater, Mick Smith, Chris Rowe 15 Ali Leeks 13

Richard Lunn, David Willgress, Gavin Cater & Nigel Carter 12 Paul Jackson 31

Ryan Garman, Luke Preston, Colin Warnes & Brian Taylor 22 Peter Hurren 16

Tom Baker, Paul Cooper, Nathan Watson & Adrian Folker 6 Mark Todd 28

Alan Willer, Peter Cottee, John George & John Ottaway 25 Mike Bickers 14

 


07 Sept 2017        Bowls England Youth Academy – Norfolk Players Selected

 

Bowls England have announced their selection for their Under 18 Youth Academy to be held on Sunday 24th September 2017 at Victoria Park, Archery Road, Royal Leamington Spa.

Those invited to attend are shown below and include HARRY CATER & NICOLE MOSELEY from Norfolk and many congratulations to Harry & Nicole on their selection.

 

Those invited to attend are:-

Jack Bunting (Hertfordshire); Maddie Burgess (Worcestershire); Harry Cater (Norfolk); Kieran Chambers (Leicestershire); Eloise Collins (Derbyshire); Laurence Collins (Derbyshire); Oliver Collins (Somerset); Emily Corner (Somerset); Imogen Cracknell (Somerset); Harvey Griffiths (Worcestershire); Robyn Hall (Bedfordshire); Isaac Jenner (Kent); Emily Jones (Worcestershire); Kara Little (Wiltshire); Max Mackinnon (Hertfordshire); Megan Mackinnon (Hertfordshire); Ajay Morphett (Sussex); Nicole Moseley (Norfolk); Olivia Moulton (Kent); Rhianna Russell (Hertfordshire); Hannah Smith (Warwickshire); Katie Sturtridge (Cornwall); Jordan Ward (Warwickshire); Tom Wheeler (Warwickshire); Isobel White (Worcestershire) ; Danielle Wild (Lincolnshire); Alasdair Williams (Cornwall); Jasmine Wilson (Essex) 

 

 

17 Aug 2017        Norfolk BC wins WP Baker Cup

 

Norfolk BC’s run of success continued on Sunday when they lifted the Hansells League WP Baker Cup at Thorpe Rec BC with wins over Norwich Union & Mundford. The victory means they are promoted to the Premier League next season in place of Martham.

 

In the morning semi-final they found themselves behind against Norwich Union for first part of the match but a late surge on the rink skipped by Charlie Boon and comfortable victories by Chris Wells & Chris Willgress saw them progress to the final with a victory margin of  22 shots.

 

The other semi-final between Mundford, who reached the semi-final with a 100% record in their zone matches & RG Carters ‘A’ was a topsy turvy affair with the lead changing hands several times and match result hinged on the final end of the match between Bill Gathercole & John Hunter. Mundford went into the final end with a two shot lead but RG Carters could only manage a single so Mundford got home by one shot.

 

Mundford went into the final looking to avenge defeat in last year’s final but it was Norfolk BC who prevailed. Norfolk BC looked to be cruising to victory but Mundford hit back over the closing ends to move into the lead but Norfolk BC held their nerve and a late surge saw them triumph by 11 shots with captain Chris Wells skipping his rink to a 13 shot victory.

 

Rink Scores:-

Semi-finals

Mundford 55 RG Carters ‘A’ 54

D.Wright, B.Chalk M.Gooch & J.Chalk 16 D.Smith, P.Acres, D.Cole & P.Webb 17

K.Ayms, M.Legge, D.Hensby & A.Malster 21 P.Allard, M.Buttifant , K.Hutson & P.Glover 20

I. Kennedy, D.Ayms, R.Heffer & W.Gathercole 18 C.Hipperson, D.Foster, J.Mouland & J.Hunter 17

 

Norfolk BC ‘B’ 74 Norwich Union 52

J.Leslie, P Pretty, C.Knights & C.Willgress 30 T.Everett, B Chapman, S Carr & K.Edgar 20

K.Whitehead, A.Morter, S.Wells & C.Boon 21 R.Harrison, T.Hilliard, C.Burr & R. Anguish 20

A. Johnson, M.Ellis, K.Brooks & C.Wells 23 F.Rockley, F Danher, S.Goodley & P.Wilson 12

 

Final

Norfolk BC ‘B’ 66 Mundford 55

K.Whitehead, A.Morter, S.Wells & C.Boon 18 K.Ayms, M.Legge, D.Hensby & A.Malster 28

A. Johnson, M.Ellis, K.Brooks & C.Wells 22 I. Kennedy, D.Ayms, R.Heffer & W.Gathercole 9

J.Leslie, P Pretty, C.Knights & C.Willgress 26 D.Wright, B.Chalk M.Gooch & J.Chalk 18

 

Norfolk BC B - Photo

Mundford - Photo

 

06 Aug 2017        Latest News

 

In the final of the Bales Cup, sponsored by Hansells Solicitors & Financial advisers, played at Wymondham Dell, County Arts lifted the title for the 11th time in their history and for the first time since 2012 by beating Norfolk BC 59-45. The win owed much to the rink skipped by Peter Wilkinson with an 18 shot victory and whilst Norfolk BC won close matches on the other two rinks it was County Arts who deservedly lifted the trophy.  Photo

 

Rink scores:-

Frank Ray, Jack Larter, Mick Brown & Philip Barr 18 John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Richard Summers & Wayne Willgress 19

Keith Tooley, Clive Derry, Andy King & Peter Wilkinson 26 Tom Segolo, Chris Willgress, James Segolo & Jake Willgress 8

Gary Mallett, Robert Dodd, Trevor Jermy & Brian Taylor 15 Max Harrison, Karl Brooks, Bernie Perrett & Mark Riches 18

 

There was some consolation for Norfolk BC who followed up their win of the Hansells County Premier League title by winning the Lord Fermoy Cup double fours by beating Freethorpe by 47 shots to 31. Norfolk BC won on both rinks with their home rink skipped by Wayne Willgress winning by 14 shots and being backed up at Freethorpe by the rink skipped by Mark Riches winning by 2 shots.

 

Rink scores:-

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 27 Dan Seabourne, Tom Cooper, Tony Seabourne & George Tubby 13

Charles West, Clive Knights, Chris Willgress & Mark Riches 20 Michael Harris, Tony Dunton, Matt Carter & David Smith 18

 

The final zonal matches in the Hansells County League were played last week and with Norfolk BC having already secured the Premier title, for the sixth successive year, attention was focused on the regional zones.

 

The Zone 1 winners play off for the WP Baker Cup and a place in next year’s Premier League. RG Carter ‘A’ took the North 1 title on shots difference from North Walsham ‘A’ and will be joined in the play offs by Mundford who had a 100% record in Central 1, Hunstanton ‘A’, Norfolk BC ‘B’ & Norwich Union.

 

The preliminary round match between Hunstanton & Norfolk BC will be played on Wednesday 9th August at GW Staniforth BC and will then be followed by semi-finals & final at Thorpe Rec BC on Sunday 13th August. The semi-final draw sees the winner of the Hunstanton/Norfolk BC tie play Norwich Union whilst Mundford meet RG Carters.

 

 

06 Aug 2017        Peter Bird – Funeral Arrangements

 

The funeral service for Peter Bird will be held at Cromer Crematorium, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9JJ on Wednesday 23rd August at 2.00pm.

 

 

01 Aug 2017        Peter Bird

 

It is with sadness that I have to report the sudden death of Peter Bird who served as County Secretary from 2006 to 2014. Peter was a great servant to Norfolk bowls and was particularly instrumental in the unification of the Men’s & Ladies sections to form what is now the Norfolk Bowls Association.

 

I am sure you will join me in offering sincere condolences to Peter’s family

 

Funeral details will be published when known

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary

Norfolk Bowls Association

 

 

31 July 2017        Latest News

 

Norfolk kept alive their hopes of winning the Eastern Counties League with victory over Bedfordshire at RG Carters BC on Saturday. Norfolk moved to the top of the table with one match left to play which is against Suffolk at Marlborough BC on Saturday 9th September. Their nearest rivals are Essex who are 5 points behind and they too have one match to play also against Suffolk on Saturday 5th August. Suffolk could also feature but it looks likely that victory in their final match will see Norfolk take the title.

 

In the match against Bedfordshire there were big wins for rinks kipped by Chris Rowe & Peter Wilkinson. With Brian Taylor’s rink also winning and Bedfordshire failing to field a rink Norfolk took 18 points in a 128-85 victory.

 

Rink scores:-

Barry Footer, Matthew Warnes, Mike Smith & Chris Rowe 31 Chris Beard 19

Chris Wright, Tom Cooper, Charlie Boon & Philip Barr 19 Andrew Manning 20

Aaron Johnson, James Browse, Colin Scott & Brian Taylor 21 Jim Allen 14

Gary Mallett, Luke Preston, Mick Brown & Peter Wilkinson 31 Stuart Proctor 14

Richard Church, John George, Malcolm Nicholson & Alan Willer 16 Mike Bertrand 18

 

 

The first club silverware of the season was won on Sunday by County Arts when they won the Jermy Cup. For the Arts it was the third year in succession that they have lifted the trophy. In the semi-final County Arts beat Connaught by four shots and in the final the Arts overcame Downham Market by the same margin.

 

Semi finals

County Arts 53 Connaught 49

Trevor Jermy 15 Mick Utting 23

Martin Rounce 22 Mike Parsons 12

Brian Taylor 16 Sheila Bragge 14

 

Downham Market 65 Acle St Edmunds 52

Gavin Cater 21 Andy Siely 14

Kelvin Rayner 23 Winford Willimott 13

Jack Wells 21 John Sparrow 25

 

Final

County Arts 56 Downham Market 52

Martin Rounce 11 Kelvin Rayner 18

Trevor Jermy 23 Jack Wells 15

Brian Taylor 22 Gavin Cater 19

 

 

The final of the Bales Cup Club Championship will be between County Arts & the newly crowned Premier League Champions Norfolk BC. In the semi-finals County Arts overcame Wymondham Dell, thanks mainly to a big win by Philip Barr’s rink whilst Norfolk BC beat fellow Premier League team Freethorpe. The final is at Wymondham Dell on Friday 4th August at 6.00pm.

 

Norfolk BC & Freethorpe meet again in the final of the Lord Fermoy Cup Two Fours Championship which is to be played on Thursday 3rd August. In the semi- finals both Norfolk BC & Freethorpe had comfortable victories over Wymondham Dell & Cawston respectively.

 

With the Norfolk County Championship finals having been played last weekend the final area rounds in the Bowls England National Competitions have taken centre stage. In the Senior Pairs, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer of Caister overcame the experienced County Arts pairing of Peter Wilkinson & Peter Barr to qualify for the National finals whilst in the Senior Singles brothers Chris & David Willgress met each other and it was Chris who came out on top winning 21-14.

 

 

26 July 2017        Clubs Meeting 17th Sept 2017

 

Clubs Meeting to be held at WYMONDHAM DELL BC on SUNDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2017 at 10.00am

 

A meeting of Clubs has been arranged for 10.00am on Sunday 17th September 2017 at Wymondham Dell BC. This is a follow up to the previous meetings, the last of which was held in April and is for the County Management Committee to provide information relevant to clubs & its members and for Clubs to raise any issues & concerns that they may have.

 

The meeting will to be informal affair and attendance is open to representatives of all Clubs and details have been sent to Club Secretaries. An Agenda will be issued in due course.

 

 

25 July 2017        Men’s Junior Vice President

 

I am delighted to announce that John Mason of County Arts has been appointed Men’s Junior Vice President and I am sure you will join me in congratulating John on his appointment.

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary

Norfolk Bowls Association

 

 

23 July 2017        County Competition Finals

 

Host club Norfolk BC dominated the Norfolk Bowls Association Men’s County finals on Saturday with Tom Segolo the star of the show taking the prestigious Singles title together with the Junior Singles and with his twin brother James, the Junior Pairs.

 

In the Singles he met Acle’s Andy Siely and the match was evenly poised through the early ends but Segolo took control as the match went on and ran out the winner by 21 shots to 14. The Junior Singles was a different matter with Luke Preston from Northwold seemingly in charge and leading 19 shots to 15 but Segolo then scored a maximum 4 shots followed by a 2 to take the title.

By lifting both the Junior Singles and Singles in the same season, Segolo joins Wayne Willgress, Stephen Winter & Mervyn King in achieving this feat. The third title came in the Junior Pairs, which is in its inaugural season, with the Segolo twins overcoming the Diss/Acle combination of Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills, winning 16-12.

 

Norfolk BC also lifted the 2 wood singles, Pairs & Triples titles. Matt Flatman took his first County title winning the 2 wood singles by beating Swaffham Town’s Colin Scott 16-9. In the Pairs John Tufts & Wayne Willgress looked to be heading for defeat against Dan Seabourne & George Tubby of Freethorpe but a strong finish from the Norfolk BC pair saw them get home by 22 shots to 18 to regain the title they won in 2014 & 2015. Richard Summers trio lifted the Triples crown with a 17-12 victory over Downham Market’s Peter Chestney.

 

County Arts, skipped by Philip Barr took the Fours title with a 27-15 victory over John Ottaway’s Wymondham Dell quartet whilst in the Senior Fours, in an all west Norfolk affair, Bob Allen’s four from St Lawrence proved too strong for Upwell’s Nigel Carter winning 22-17.

 

All finalists now go forward to represent the County in the Bowls England National Championships at Victoria Park Royal Leamington Spa in August except for the Junior Pairs & Senior Fours where the winners only go forward. In addition the winners of the Junior Singles, Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours also go forward to represent the County in the Eastern Counties Bowling Association championships.

 

Results

 

Singles - Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) 21 Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds) 14

 

Two Bowl Singles - Colin Scott (Swaffham Town) 9  Matt Flatman (Norfolk BC) 16

 

Junior Singles - Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) 21 Luke Preston (Northwold) 19

 

Fours - Andy King, Malcolm Nicholson, Brian Taylor & Philip Barr (County Arts) 27 Jack Adcock, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) 15

 

Triples - Aaron Johnson, Bernie Perrett & Richard Summers (Norfolk BC) 17 Rocky Lewis, Mike King & Peter Chestney (Downham Market) 12

 

Pairs - John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 22 Daniel Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe) 18

 

Senior Fours - Chris Wright, Andy Hailes, Frank Howard & Bob Allen (St. Lawrence) 22 Richard Lunn, David Willgress, Colin Ayres & Nigel Carter (Upwell) 17

 

Junior Pairs - Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) 16 Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills (Diss & District/Acle St Edmunds) 12

 

 

16 July 2017        County Competitions & Eastern Counties News

 

The finals of the Norfolk Bowls Association Men’s County Championships take place at Norfolk BC on Saturday 22nd July.

 

Tom Segolo of the host club features in three finals, the Singles where he meets Andy Siely from Acle St Edmunds, with both looking to lift the title for the first time together with the Junior Singles & Junior Pairs where he is partnered by his twin brother James. Luke Preston of Northwold is in his first county final in the Junior singles whilst in the Junior Pairs the Segolo twins meet the Diss/Acle combination of Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills.

 

Norfolk BC are also in the final of the two wood singles where Matt Flatman takes on Colin Scott from Swaffham Town and the Pairs, where last year’s beaten finalists John Tufts & Wayne Willgress will look to go one better against Freethorpe’s Dan Seabourne & George Tubby and regain the title they won in both 2014 and 2015.

 

The triples include Norfolk BC again skipped by Rick Summers who play Downham Market skipped by Peter Chestney whilst the fours features some of the County’s more senior players with rinks from County Arts & Wymondham Dell.

 

The Senior Fours championship sees rinks from the west of the County feature with St Lawrence skipped by Bob Allen and Upwell by Nigel Carter aiming to lift the title in its inaugural year.

 

The finalists go on to represent Norfolk in the 2017 Bowls England National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa in the August except for the Junior Pairs & Senior Fours where the winners only qualify.

 

Spectators are welcome at the finals where there should be a feast of bowls and the full programme is:-

 

at 10.00am

Two Bowl Singles

Colin Scott (Swaffham Town) -v- Matt Flatman (Norfolk BC)

 

Junior Singles

Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v-Luke Preston (Northwold)

 

Senior Fours

Chris Wright, Andy Hailes, Frank Howard & Bob Allen (St. Lawrence) -v- Richard Lunn, David   Willgress, Colin Ayres & Nigel Carter (Upwell)

 

at 2.30pm

Fours

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Brian Taylor & Philip Barr (County Arts) -v- Jack Adcock, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell)

 

Triples

Aaron Johnson, Bernie Perrett & Richard Summers (Norfolk BC) -v- Rocky Lewis, Mike King & Peter Chestney (Downham Market)

 

Pairs

John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) -v- Daniel Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe)

 

Singles

Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds)

 

             at 5.00pm

Junior Pairs

Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills (Diss & District/Acle St Edmunds)

 

 

The Club championship for the Bales Cup has now reached the quarter final stage with ties to be played on Friday 21st July as follows:

 

Quarter final details

at County Arts

Norfolk BC -v- Swaffham Town

Ashill -v- Wymondham Dell

at Swaffham Town

Freethorpe -v- Shouldham

Downham Market -v- County Arts

 

In the Lord Fermoy Cup double fours championship, the quarter final matches to be played on Tuesday 18th July are:-

Downham Market ‘A’ -v- Norfolk BC ‘A’

Wymondham Dell ‘A’ -v- Gissing ‘A’

Cawston -v- Connaught ‘A’

Fakenham -v- Freethorpe ‘A’

 

The mixed Fours Jermy Cup has reached the semi-finals which will be played at RG Carter BC on Sunday 30th July at 10.00am followed by the final at 2.00pm also at RG Carter BC:-

Downham Market -v- Acle St Edmunds

County Arts -v- Connaught

 

 

In their latest match in the Eastern Counties League Norfolk travelled to Garston BC to play Hertfordshire and came away with a narrow victory by 102 shots to 97 taking 18 of the 22 points at stake. The victory owed much to the 27-12 win by Mark Riches rink and was backed up by other rink wins by George Tubby, Brian Taylor & the Officers rink skipped by John George. Essex still head the table but the win keeps Norfolk in with a chance of the title with two matches still to play.

 

Rink scores:-

Tom Cooper, Dan Cawthorne, Colin Scott & George Tubby 20 Chris Avery 9

Matt Flatman, Jack Adcock, Charlie Boon & Mark Riches 27 Glenn Williams 12

Max Harrison, Clive Derry, Mick Brown & Brian Taylor 18 Bryn Evans 11

Barry Footer, Mike Smith, Chris Rowe & Tony Seabourne 9 Tom Muir 22

John Colcombe, Aaron Stimpson, Kevin Baker & Andy Siely 10 Scott Leplay 31

Richard Church, Malcolm Nicholson, Alan Willer & John George 18 Don Fox 12

 

 

13 July 2017        County Championship Finals

 

The finals of the Men’s 2017 County Championships will be held at Norfolk BC on Saturday 22nd July 2017

 

10.00am

Two Bowl Singles

Colin Scott (Swaffham Town) -v- Matt Flatman (Norfolk BC)

 

Junior Singles

Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v-Luke Preston (Northwold)

 

Senior Fours

Chris Wright, Andy Hailes, Frank Howard & Bob Allen (St. Lawrence) -v-

Richard Lunn, David Willgress, Colin Ayres & Nigel Carter (Upwell)

 

2.30pm

Fours

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Brian Taylor & Philip Barr (County Arts) -v- Jack Adcock, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell)

 

Triples

Aaron Johnson, Bernie Perrett & Richard Summers (Norfolk BC) -v- Rocky Lewis, Mike King & Peter Chestney (Downham Market)

 

Pairs

John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) -v- Daniel Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe)

 

Singles

Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds)

 

             5.00pm

Junior Pairs

Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills (Diss & District/Acle St Edmunds)

 

 

09 July 2017        County Semi Final results

 

The semi-finals of the County Championships have been played with Norfolk BC dominating proceedings. Tom Segolo has reached three finals, the prestigious four wood singles along with the Junior Singles & Junior Pairs .

 

In the fours, the 2015 champions, County Arts, skipped by Philip Barr are in the final once again by beating Wootton Park’s Vernon Hudson where they will meet Wymondham Dell, skipped by John Ottaway who secured a narrow victory over another County Arts rink skipped by Peter Wilkinson.

 

The Norfolk BC’s trio skipped by Rick Summers proved too strong for the Diss triple skipped by Kevin Baker with a comfortable victory. There will be no all Norfolk BC final as in the other semi-final Peter Chestney’s Downham Market triple beat Mark Riches by a single shot.

 

In a repeat of last year’s final John Tufts & Wayne Willgress of Norfolk BC beat defending champions Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum on an extra end and will meet Dan Seabourne & George Tubby of Freethorpe who had a comfortable victory over father & son Colin & Matthew Warnes of Fakenham Town

 

In the Junior Singles, defending champion Dan Seabourne was comfortably beaten by Tom Segolo of Norfolk BC. Tom, along with his twin brother, James was also successful in the Junior Pairs beating Harry Cater & Jack Wells (Downham Market) on an extra end. In the Junior Pairs the Segolo twins will meet the Diss/Acle combination of Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills who overcame Hunstanton’s Rhys Morgan & Dan Cawthorne. Luke Preston of Northwold had a fine win over James Segolo to reach his first county final in the Junior Singles.

 

Both four wood singles semi-finals were one sided affairs with Andy Siely of Acle beating Adrian Folker of Wootton Park & Tom Segolo overcoming Downham Market’s Peter Chestney. With neither Siely nor Segolo having previously won the title there will be a new name on the trophy this year.

 

Nigel Carter’s Upwell four are in the final of the new Senior Fours championship having beaten Peter Boldero from Downham Market and will meet the winners of the other semi-final between Bob Allen of St. Lawrence & John Ottaway of Wymondham Dell which has still to be played.

 

In the two wood singles Matt Flatman of Norfolk BC was too strong for Gissing’s David Wood whilst Colin Scott of Swaffham Town had a narrow victory over Martham’s Gino Gallent.

 

The finals will be played on Saturday 22nd July at Norfolk BC but due to some players being in more than one final, the finals are likely to extend into Sunday 23rd. The programme is now being put together and will be published shortly.

 

 

Semi-final results

 

FOURS

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Brian Taylor & Philip Barr (County Arts) 22 Barry Footer, Jim Forest, Adrian Folker & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park) 11

Jack Adcock, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) 23 Clive Derry, Mick Brown, Mark Turner & Peter Wilkinson (County Arts) 20

 

TRIPLES

Aaron Stimpson, Michael Howard & Kevin Baker (Diss & District) 8 Aaron Johnson 8 Bernie Perrett & Richard Summers (Norfolk BC) 15

Matt Flatman, Charlie Boon & Mark Riches (Norfolk BC) 13 Rocky Lewis, Mike King & Peter Chestney (Downham Market) 14

 

PAIRS

Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell) 16 John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 17

Daniel Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe) 29 Colin Warnes & Matthew Warnes (Fakenham Town) 12

 

FOUR WOOD SINGLES

Peter Chestney (Downham Market) 8 Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) 21

Adrian Folker (Wootton Park) 7 Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds) 21

 

TWO WOOD SINGLES

Colin Scott (Swaffham Town) 15 Gino Gallent (Martham) 11

David Wood (Gissing) 3 Matt Flatman (Norfolk BC) 19

 

SENIOR FOURS

Richard Lunn, David Willgress, Colin Ayres & Nigel Carter (Upwell) 21 Rocky Lewis, John Sewell, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) 15

 

JUNIOR SINGLES

Daniel Seabourne (Freethorpe) 8 Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) 21

James Segolo (Norfolk BC) 15 Luke Preston (Northwold) 21

 

JUNIOR PAIRS

Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) 15 Jack Wells & Harry Cater (Downham Market) 14

Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills (Diss & District/Acle St Edmunds) 24 Rhys Morgan & Daniel Cawthorne (Hunstanton) 7

 

 

27 June 2017       Norfolk’s Middleton Cup v Suffolk

 

Suffolk -v- Norfolk on Saturday 8th July 2017

 

Due to neither county being able to progress to the quarter final it has been agreed by both counties and with the approval of Bowls England that the match that was due to be played at the Borough of Eye BC will not now take place.

 

 

26 June 2017       Norfolk’s Middleton Cup & Balcomb Trophy results

 

Norfolk’s hopes in the Middleton Cup ended in dramatic fashion at County Arts on Saturday. Needing to win to remain in with a chance of reaching the quarter finals they went down to Hertfordshire by a single shot in a keenly contested match and Hertfordshire completed their programme with a 100% record and reach the quarter finals for the first time in 20 years.

 

Norfolk started the match well opening a narrow lead which they maintained through most of the match but could never pull away from Hertfordshire and as the match reached its conclusion Norfolk where two shots ahead with two ends to be played but a loss of six shots on the penultimate end meant that on the final end Norfolk required five shots for victory. There was a chance to achieve this but it was to no avail and a score of three shots on the end meant Norfolk went down by one shot. As for the points Norfolk took only four points from rink wins by George Tubby & Sam King.

Rink scores:-

Danny Mills, Adrian Folker, Richard Summers & Sam King 21 Neil Sharpe 15

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 22 Scott Lepley 25

John Colcombe, Clive Derry, Andy Siely & John Ottaway 18 Mark Plume 20

Tom Baker, Aaron Stimpson, Stephen Winter & Mervyn King 20 Tom Muir 31

Max Harrison, Mick Brown, Peter Wilkinson & Philip Barr 20 David Martin 23

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 27 Jerry Rumball 15

 

 

There was further disappointment for the county on Sunday when they lost heavily in the regional semi-final of the Balcomb Trophy to Essex, who subsequently beat holders Leicestershire in the final to qualify for the National Championship semi-finals in August.

Rink scores:-

John Tufts, Peter Wilkinson, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 11 Ed Morris 21

Dan Seabourne, George Tubby, Stephen Winter & Sam King 10 Andy Squire 20

 

 

26 June 2017       County Qtr Final results & Semi Finals details

 

The quarter final ties in the Norfolk County Championships have now been played with the victors one step closer to a county title and representing Norfolk in the Bowls England National Championships. The finalists in all championships, excluding the Senior Fours & Junior Fours represent Norfolk in the Bowls England National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa in August. In the Senior Fours & Junior Pairs it is only the winners who go through to the National Championships.

 

In the fours County Arts have two semi-finalists one being the 2015 champions, skipped by Philip Barr and they are kept apart in the draw and are joined by rinks from Wymondham Dell & Wootton Park.

 

The triples sees two from Norfolk BC through to the semi-finals with rinks skipped by Richard Summers & Mark Riches both getting through their quarter finals with Summers beating last year’s finalists Downham Market skipped by Peter Boldero & Riches overcoming the North Walsham trio skipped by Trevor Webb.

 

The semi-finals of the pairs sees a repeat of last year’s final with defending champions Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum of Wymondham Dell through to meet Norfolk BC’s John Tufts & Wayne Willgress. The other semi-final is between father & son Matthew & Colin Warnes of Fakenham Town & Freethorpe’s Dan Seabourne & George Tubby.

 

There will be a new name on the four wood singles trophy with all four semi-finalists having never lifted the title before. In the quarter finals Peter Chestney beat County Senior Vice President Alan Willer and there were also victories for Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC), Adrian Folker (Wootton Park) & Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds).

 

Quarter final results:

 

FOURS

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Brian Taylor & Philip Barr (County Arts) 23 Richard Harvey, Evan Hall, Kevin Guy (sub) & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell) 14

Richard Joplin, Ivor Willgress, Michael Willgress & Neil Patrick (Castle Acre Coronation) 15 Barry Footer, Jim Forest, Adrian Folker & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park) 21

Allan Skinner, John Sewell, David Coates & Allan Covell (Downham Market) 20 Jack Adcock, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) 24

Clive Derry, Mick Brown, Mark Turner & Peter Wilkinson (County Arts) 27 Alan Benson-Nutt, Bernard Harris, Barney Wymer & Graham Punchard (Caister) 6

 

TRIPLES

Jim Grant, Brian Thompson & Kevin Evans (West Winch) 20 Aaron Stimpson, Michael Howard & Kevin Baker (Diss & District) 23

Max Harrison, Jack Wells & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) 14 Phil Long, Bernie Perrett & Richard Summers (Norfolk BC) 18

Barry Hunt, Mark Woodhouse & Trevor Webb (North Walsham) 11 Matt Flatman, Charlie Boon & Mark Riches (Norfolk BC) 26

Rocky Lewis, Mike King & Peter Chestney (Downham Market) 18 David Hensby, Raymond Heffer & Bill Gathercole (Mundford) 10

 

PAIRS

Trevor Hobbs & Derek Bloomfield (Feltwell) 21 Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell) 27

John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 21 Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe) 13

Dan Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe) 24 Cliff Robinson (sub) & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) 12

Tom Baker & Liam Stevenson (Wootton Park) 18 Colin Warnes & Matthew Warnes (Fakenham Town) 22

 

FOUR WOOD SINGLES

Alan Willer (Ashill) 14 Peter Chestney (Downham Market) 21

Tony Seabourne (Freethorpe) 17 Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC) 21

Michael Willgress (Castle Acre Coronation) 14 Adrian Folker (Wootton Park) 21

Ken Jenkins (Hingham Rectory) 16 Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds) 21

 

TWO WOOD SINGLES

Colin Scott (Swaffham Town) 16 Peter Chestney (Downham Market) 12

Alistair Stevenson (Wymondham Dell) 13 Gino Gallent (Martham) 14

Tom Baker (Wootton Park) 14 David Wood (Gissing) 15

Matt Flatman (Norfolk BC) 14 Peter Wilkinson (County Arts) 10

 

SENIOR (over 55) FOURS

Richard Lunn, David Willgress, Colin Ayres & Nigel Carter (Upwell) 22 Mick Brown, Malcolm Nicholson, Brian Sadler & Brian Taylor (County Arts) 21

Clive Derry, Mark Turner, Peter Wilkinson & Philip Barr (County Arts) 9 Chris Wright, Andy Haller, Frank Howard & Robert Allen (St. Lawrence) 23

Rocky Lewis, John Sewell, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) 27 Keith Ayms, Dennis Wright, Michael Gooch & John Chalk (Mundford) 10

 

Semi-final details

 

FOURS at RG Carter BC on Monday 3rd July

Gary Mallett, Malcolm Nicholson, Brian Taylor & Philip Barr (County Arts) -v- Barry Footer, Jim Forest, Adrian Folker & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park)

Jack Adcock, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) -v- Clive Derry, Mick Brown, Mark Turner & Peter Wilkinson (County Arts)

 

TRIPLES at GW Staniforth BC on Tuesday 4th July

Aaron Stimpson, Michael Howard & Kevin Baker (Diss & District) -v- Phil Long, Bernie Perrett & Richard Summers (Norfolk BC)

Matt Flatman, Charlie Boon & Mark Riches (Norfolk BC) -v- Rocky Lewis, Mike King & Peter Chestney (Downham Market)

 

PAIRS at THORPE REC BC on Thursday 6th July

Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell) -v- John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

Daniel Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe) -v- Colin Warnes & Matthew Warnes (Fakenham Town)

 

FOUR WOOD SINGLES at Swaffham Town BC on Friday 7th July

Peter Chestney (Downham Market) -v- Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC)

Adrian Folker (Wootton Park) -v- Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds)

 

TWO WOOD SINGLES

at GW Staniforth BC on Tuesday 4th July

Colin Scott (Swaffham Town) -v- Gino Gallent (Martham)

at RG Carter BC on Monday 3rd July

David Wood (Gissing) -v- Matt Flatman (Norfolk BC)

 

SENIOR FOURS

at RG Carter BC on Monday 3rd July

Richard Lunn, David Willgress, Colin Ayres & Nigel Carter (Upwell)  -v- Rocky Lewis, John Sewell, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market)

on a date and at venue still to be decided

Chris Wright, Andy Haller, Frank Howard & Robert Allen (St. Lawrence)  -v- Geoff Batley, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) or John Heale, George Haylett, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer (Caister)

 

JUNIOR SINGLES

at RG Carter BC on Monday 3rd July

Daniel Seabourne (Freethorpe) -v- Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC)

at Swaffham Town BC on Friday 7th July

James Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Luke Preston (Northwold)

 

JUNIOR PAIRS

at GW Staniforth BC on Tuesday 4th July

Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Jack Wells & Harry Cater (Downham Market)

at THORPE REC BC on Thursday 6th July

Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills (Diss & District/Acle St Edmunds) -v- Rhys Morgan & Daniel Cawthorne (Hunstanton)

 

 

19 June 2017       Norfolk’s Middleton Cup Result & County Qtr Finals

 

Norfolk’s hopes of reaching the quarter finals of the Middleton Cup suffered a blow on Saturday when they lost to Northamptonshire at Kingsthorpe by 126 shots to 112 but by winning on four rinks Norfolk still took 8 points. Norfolk’s next opponents are Hertfordshire at County Arts BC next Saturday and with Hertfordshire recording their third successive win on Saturday anything but victory for Norfolk will see their quarter final hopes extinguished.

 

The match against Northampton was evenly poised at the five ends stage with the scores level but for Norfolk the damage was done over the next 5 ends with Northamptonshire taking a 22 shot lead, a lead they extended to 30 at 15 ends and although Norfolk did recover over the closing ends it was not enough.

 

Rink scores:-

Danny Mills, Adrian Folker, Richard Summers & Sam King 22 Vernon Geary 15

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 25 Jamie Walker 24

John Colcombe, Clive Derry, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero 16 Andrew Manton 28

Tom Baker, Aaron Stimpson, Stephen Winter & Mervyn King 26 Roger Tansley 17

Max Harrison, Mick Brown, Peter Wilkinson & Philip Barr 16 Darren Childs 15

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 7 Phil Exley 27

 

Current league table

 

Pos       Team                          Played Win     Draw  Loss    For      Against           Points

1           Hertfordshire              3          3          0          0          384      326                  49

2           Norfolk                       2          1          0          1          248      213                  27

3           Northamptonshire       3          1          0          2          353      375                  26

4           Suffolk                        2          1          0          1          235      238                  22

5           Huntingdonshire         2          0          0          2          185      253                  8

 

 

Norfolk’s next match is against Hertfordshire on Saturday 24th June at County Arts BC at 2.00pm and manager Brian Taylor has made one change with John Ottaway, who was unavailable for the last match, returning to the team in place of Peter Boldero.

 

In the regional semi-final of the Bowls England National Inter County Two Rink Championship for the Balcomb Trophy Norfolk play Essex at Parkway BC in Peterborough on Sunday 25th June at 10am. The winners of this match will then play the winners of the Leicestershire/Hertfordshire match at 2.00pm for a place in the national finals at Leamington Spa in August. An unchanged team has been selected:-

 

John Tufts, Peter Wilkinson, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress

Dan Seabourne, George Tubby, Stephen Winter & Sam King

 

County Championships

The County Championships have now reached the quarter finals which will be staged from Monday 19th June.  It has not been a good year for the defending champions with the winners of the two wood Singles, four wood Singles, Triples & Fours all losing in the early rounds. The only champions in with a chance of defending their titles are Dan Seabourne (Freethorpe) in the Junior Singles & Barry Flatt & Garry Goodrum (Wymondham Dell) in the Pairs. In the blue riband 4 wood Singles there will be a new name on the Championship trophy with none of the quarter finalists having previously lifted the title.

 

The quarter final matches will be played as follows:-

 

Fours on Monday 19th June at RG Carters BC

Gary Mallett, Andy King, Brian Taylor & Philip Barr (County Arts) -v- Richard Harvey, Evan Hall, Gary Goodrum & Roger Guy (Wymondham Dell)

Richard Joplin, Ivor Willgress, Michael Willgress & Neil Patrick (Castle Acre Coronation) -v- Barry Footer, Jim Forest, Adrian Folker & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park)

Allan Skinner, John Sewell, David Coates & Allan Covell (Downham Market) -v- Jack Adcock, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell)

Clive Derry, Mick Brown, Mark Turner & Peter Wilkinson (County Arts) -v- Alan Benson-Nutt, Bernard Harris, Barney Wymer & Graham Punchard (Caister)

 

Triples on Tuesday 20th June at Swaffham Town BC

Jim Grant, Brian Thompson & Kevin Evans (West Winch) -v- Aaron Stimpson, Michael Howard & Kevin Baker (Diss & District)

Max Harrison, Jack Wells & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) -v- Phil Long, Bernie Perrett & Richard Summers (Norfolk BC)

Barry Hunt, Mark Woodhouse & Trevor Webb (North Walsham) -v- Matt Flatman, Charlie Boon & Mark Riches (Norfolk BC)

Rocky Lewis, Mike King & Peter Chestney (Downham Market) -v- David Hensby, Raymond Heffer & Bill Gathercole (Mundford)

 

Pairs on Thursday 22nd June at Aldiss Park (Dereham) BC

Trevor Hobbs & Derek Bloomfield (Feltwell) -v- Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell)

John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) -v- Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe)

Dan Seabourne & George Tubby (Freethorpe) -v- Roger Guy & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell)

Tom Baker & Liam Stevenson (Wootton Park) -v- Colin Warnes & Matthew Warnes (Fakenham Town)

 

Four wood Singles on Friday 23rd June at GW Staniforth BC (Thetford) BC

Alan Willer (Ashill) -v- Peter Chestney (Downham Market)

Tony Seabourne (Freethorpe) -v- Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC)

Michael Willgress (Castle Acre Coronation) -v- Adrian Folker (Wootton Park)

Ken Jenkins (Hingham Rectory) -v- Andy Siely (Acle St Edmunds)

 

Two wood singles

Monday 19th June at RG Carter BC

Colin Scott (Swaffham Town) -v- Peter Chestney (Downham Market)

Alistair Stevenson (Wymondham Dell) -v- Gino Gallent (Martham)

Tuesday 20th June at Swaffham Town BC

Tom Baker (Wootton Park) -v- David Wood (Gissing)

Friday 23rd June at GW Staniforth BC (Thetford)

Matt Flatman (Norfolk BC) -v- Peter Wilkinson (County Arts)

 

Senior (over 55) Fours

Tuesday 20th June at Swaffham Town BC

Richard Lunn, David Willgress, Colin Ayres & Nigel Carter (Upwell) -v- Mick Brown, Malcolm           Nicholson, Brian Sadler & Brian Taylor (County Arts)

Thursday 22nd June at Aldiss Park BC

Clive Derry, Mark Turner, Peter Wilkinson & Philip Barr (County Arts) -v- Chris Wright, Andy   Haller, Frank Howard & Robert Allen (St. Lawrence)

Rocky Lewis, John Sewell, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) -v- Keith Ayms, Dennis Wright, Michael Gooch & John Chalk (Mundford)

Monday 26th June at County Arts BC

Geoff Batley, David Naunton, John George & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) -v- John Heale, George Haylett, Alan Benson-Nutt & Barney Wymer (Caister)

 

The quarter finals of the Junior Singles & Junior Pairs have already been played and the semi-finals to be played during the week commencing 3rd July at venues still to be announced, are:-

 

Junior (under 25) Singles

Dan Seabourne (Freethorpe) -v- Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC)

James Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Luke Preston (Northwold)

 

Junior (under 25) Pairs

Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Jack Wells & Harry Cater (Downham Market)

Aaron Stimpson & Dan Mills (Diss & District/Acle St Edmunds) -v- Rhys Morgan & Dan Cawthorne (Hunstanton)

 

 

11 June 2017       Norfolk’s Balcomb Trophy result & News

 

Norfolk eased into the regional finals of the National Inter-County Two rink championship with a comprehensive victory over Bedfordshire at County Arts on Saturday, with both rinks skipped by Norfolk BC’s Wayne Willgress and Sam King securing big wins. In the regional semi-final to be played on Sunday 25th June Norfolk play the winners of the tie between Essex & Cambridgeshire. This will be followed on the same day by the regional final where the winners will progress to the National finals in Leamington Spa in August

 

Rink scores:   

Danny Seabourne, George Tubby, Stephen Winter & Sam King 20

Jack Cawdell, John Winter, Andrew Manning & Jim Allen 9

            

John Tufts, Peter Wilkinson, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 26

David Payne, Mark Curtis, Luke Allaway & Grant Osbourne 9

 

Last weekend Norfolk had a break from Middleton Cup action with the other four counties in the group playing. In these matches Hertfordshire maintained the 100% record by beating Huntingdonshire 117-98, taking 17 points whilst Suffolk opened their campaign by beating Northamptonshire 133-101 and taking 18 points.

 

Norfolk are second in the league table and take on Northamptonshire, who have lost both their opening matches, at Kingsthorpe BC next Saturday.

 

The current league standings are:-

 

Pos       Team                          Played Win     Draw  Loss    For      Against           Points

1           Hertfordshire              2          2          0          0          247      224                  31

2           Norfolk                       1          1          0          0          136      87                    19

3           Suffolk                        1          1          0          0          133      101                  18

4           Northamptonshire       2          0          0          2          227      263                  12

5           Huntingdonshire         2          0          0          2          185      253                  8

 

 

07 June 2017       Death of George Butler

 

It is with regret that we have to announce the death George Butler, President of the Association in 1990.

 

The funeral service will be held at St Faiths Crematorium, 75 Manor Road Horsham St. Faith Norwich NR10 3LF on Friday 23rd June 2017 at 12.30pm with the wake afterwards at the County Arts Club BC.

 

 

04 June 2017       Norfolk’s Middleton Cup Result & News

 

Norfolk began their Middleton Cup campaign at County Arts BC on Saturday with a convincing win over Huntingdonshire by 49 shots and taking 19 of the 22 points at stake. The result never looked in doubt after a strong start from all rinks over the opening ends with Norfolk taking a 15 shot lead after 5 ends, a lead that was extended to 24 at the halfway stage. There was to be no comeback from the Huntingdonshire team, which showed a number a changes from last year and Norfolk ran out winners by 136 shots to 87.

 

Captain, Wayne Willgress’s rink led the way with a big victory over former international Tristan Morton by 39-5 and the rink skipped by the returning Mervyn King won by 11 shots. There were also wins by Philip Barr’s rink and a final end win by Sam King’s rink. Peter Boldero’s rink suffered a last end defeat and George Tubby’s secured a hard earned draw.

 

In the other group match played Hertfordshire beat Northamptonshire by 4 shots taking 14 points with Northamptonshire 8 points.

 

After the match, manager Brian Taylor said “it was a brilliant performance by the team who showed great team spirit. It’s always important to win the opening game and to get 19 points sets us nicely for the rest of our group matches”

 

For Norfolk’s next match against Northamptonshire at Kingsthorpe BC on Saturday 17th June the team sees one change with Max Harrison replacing the unavailable John Ottaway.

 

Rink scores

Danny Mills, Adrian Folker, Richard Summers & Sam King 18 Robbie Coleman 17

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 39 Tristan Morton 5

John Colcombe, Mark Riches, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero 16 Mike Robertson 18

Tom Baker, Aaron Stimpson, Stephen Winter & Mervyn King 26 Ean Morton 15

John Ottaway, Mick Brown, Peter Wilkinson & Philip Barr 19 Trevor Collins 14

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 18 Simon Law 18

 

With a break in Middleton Cup action next weekend, Norfolk take on Bedfordshire in the Balcomb Trophy National Inter- County Two rink championship. Norfolk will be looking to improve on disappointing performances in recent years for the match which is being played at County Arts BC starting at 11.00am with the following team selected:-

Dan Seabourne, George Tubby, Stephen Winter & Sam King

John Tufts, Peter Wilkinson, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress

 

Following the Junior International Trial held at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, Bowls England have announced the team to represent England in the British Isles Junior International Series to be held at Llandrindod Wells on 9th/10th September 2017. Freethorpe BC’s Dan Seabourne has retained his place in the team that lifted the Championship in Scotland last year with Tom Segolo of Norfolk BC named as travelling reserve.

 

Bowls England also held their Under 18 Academy trials with Aaron Johnson (Norfolk BC) & Jack Larter (County Arts BC) taking part. The announcement of the selected mixed England to play Wales in a Test match at Clevedon BC in September is expected shortly.

 

 

 

1 June 2017         Norfolk bowlers in Bowls England Junior International Team

 

Following the Men’s Junior International Trial held on Monday Bowls England have announced the team to represent them in the British Isles Junior International Series to be held at Llandrindod Wells BC Wales on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017.

 

The team includes Dan Seabourne of Freethorpe BC with Tom Segolo of Norfolk BC as travelling reserve. Many congratulations on their selections and we wish them well in September. . Full Team

 

 

31 May 2017       Norfolk’s Team Results & News

 

Norfolk continued their preparation for the Middleton Cup with victory over Essex at in the Eastern Counties League at County Arts on Saturday by 119 shots to 111, taking 16 of the 22 points at stake.

 

The victory owed much to a convincing win by Wayne Willgress’s rink who overcame Ray Bone’s rink 31-7 and this was backed up by wins by the rinks skipped by Peter Boldero & Philip Barr. These victories more than covered the defeats on the rinks skipped by Mark Riches & George Tubby and the Officer’s rink by John George and the win leaves Norfolk in 6th place but with games in hand on their opponents.

 

 

County

P

W

D

L

For

Agst

Diff

Pts

1

Hertfordshire

4

3

0

0

501

436

65

56

2

Essex

4

2

0

2

478

460

18

48

3

Suffolk

3

2

0

1

363

314

49

42

4

Cambridgeshire

4

2

0

2

456

476

-20

38

5

Huntingdonshire

3

1

0

2

363

369

-6

32

6

Norfolk

2

1

0

1

221

248

-27

20

7

Bedfordshire

2

0

0

2

194

271

-77

6

 

Rink scores:-

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 31 Ray Bone 7

Danny Mills, Aaron Stimpson, Chris Gaul & Mark Riches 14 Ed Morris 30

Max Harrison, Mick Brown, Peter Wilkinson & Philip Barr 18 Karl Lodge 13

John Colcombe, Clive Derry, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero 30 Mark Nullmeyers 23

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby 12 Paul Whellams 18

Tony Dunton, Don Whyatt, Alan Willer & John George 14 John Tully 20

 

Attention now turns to the Middleton Cup with the opening match against Huntingdonshire at County Arts at 2pm next Saturday where Norfolk, after a couple of disappointing seasons, will be looking to open their campaign with a victory. The side selected sees several changes from last year with former international Mervyn King, now playing out of Norfolk BC returning to the side alongside his son Sam. There are also first caps for Danny Mills of Acle St Edmunds & Wootton Park’s Adrian Folker. The full side, this year captained by Wayne Willgress, is:-

 

Danny Mills, Adrian Folker, Richard Summers & Sam King

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress

John Colcombe, Mark Riches, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero

Tom Baker, Aaron Stimpson, Stephen Winter & Mervyn King

John Ottaway, Mick Brown, Peter Wilkinson & Philip Barr

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby

 

Reserves: Max Harrison & Clive Derry

 

 

22 May 2017       Norfolk’s Eastern Counties League News

 

Norfolk’s build up to the Middleton Cup continues on Saturday when they entertain Essex in the Eastern Counties League. Having lost their opening match away to Huntingdonshire the County will be looking to get back to winning ways at County Arts where the match commences at 10.30am with the following team selected.

 

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress

John Colcombe, Clive Derry, Andy Siely & Peter Boldero

Danny Mills, Aaron Stimpson, Chris Gaul & Mark Riches

Dan Seabourne, Bernie Perrett, Mark Turner & George Tubby

Max Harrison, Mick Brown, Peter Wilkinson & Philip Barr

Richard Church, Don Whyatt, Alan Willer & John George

 

Following this match the team to face Huntingdonshire in the opening Middleton Cup match on Saturday 3rd June at County Arts BC will be selected.

 

Norfolk’s involvement in the National Under 25 double rink championship for the White Rose Trophy ended when they lost to Cambridgeshire at Chesterton BC. The two Norfolk rinks skipped by Dan Seabourne of Freethorpe and James Segolo of Norfolk BC started well but then fell away and both rinks subsequently lost with Norfolk going down by 47 shots to 30.

 

Rink scores:-

Jack Larter, Danny Cawthorne, Jack Wells & Dan Seabourne 14 Adam Barker 25

Danny Mills, Aaron Stimpson, Tom Segolo & James Segolo 16 Jamie Barker 22

 

 

07 May 2017       Stan Allcocks Funeral details

 

The funeral of Stan Allcock will be held at Mintlyn Crematorium, Lynn Road, Bawsey, Kings Lynn PE32 1HB on Thursday 25th May at 12.15pm.

 

 

07 May 2017       Norfolk’s ECL result v Huntingdonshire

 

Norfolk’s season got underway with defeat to Huntingdonshire at Parkway BC in Peterborough in their opening match in the Eastern Counties League by 19 shots, with Norfolk winning on only 2 rinks and taking just 4 of the 22 points at stake.

 

The successful rinks were those skipped by Mervyn King, returning to the Norfolk team after several years absence and by his son Sam. There were defeats on the rinks skipped by Philip Barr, Peter Boldero and Andy Siely and also by the executive rink skipped by John George.

 

As for the match the damage was done for Norfolk over the early ends with Huntingdonshire opening a 14 shot lead after 5 ends and it was a lead they never relinquished and extended this throughout the match to run out comfortable winners by 133 shots to 103.

 

Rink scores:-

Tom Baker, Gavin Cater, Peter Wilkinson & Mervyn King 21 Robbie Coleman 18

Dan Mills, Adrian Folker, Rick Summers & Sam King 20 Mike Robinson 15

Jack Larter, Clive Derry, Mark Turner & Philip Barr 11 Simon Law 26

John Colcombe, Aaron Stimpson, Ian Whiley & Andy Siely 19 Joe Randall 26

Barry Footer, Chris Rowe, Mark Riches & Peter Boldero 17 Trevor Collins 22

Mark Elliott, Don Whyatt, Alan Willer & John George 15 Jim Daniel 26

 

Norfolk’s next match in the Eastern Counties League is against Essex at County Arts BC on Saturday 27th May and after this the Middleton Cup campaign gets underway where the County will be hoping to improve on disappointing results in the last two years which saw them fail to get through the group stages. The opening match is against Huntingdonshire on Saturday 3rd June at County Arts with further matches against Northamptonshire on 17th June at Kingsthorpe BC, Hertfordshire on 24th June at County Arts before the final group match on 8th July against Suffolk at Borough of Eye BC.

 

In the meantime Norfolk’s Under 25 bowlers begin their trail for the national White Rose Trophy when they travel to Chesterton BC to play Cambridgeshire on Sunday 14th May with the match starting at 11.00am. The team is once again managed by Norfolk BC’s Jake Willgress with the following team selected:-

 

Jack Larter, Dannyl Cawthorne, Jack Wells & Daniel Seabourne

Dan Mills, Aaron Stimpson, Tom Segolo & James Segolo

 

 

04 May 2017       Stan Allcock

 

It is with great sadness that we have to report of death of Stan Allcock.

 

Stan served the County with great distinction over many years serving as President in 2002 and as Treasurer from 1998 to 2016. He will be sorely missed by his many friends in Norfolk and across the wider bowling community.

 

Funeral details will be circulated when these are know

 

 

29 April 2017      Hunstanton C have withdrawn for West 2

 

Hunstanton C have withdrawn from the Hansells League and therefore all their fixtures in Zone West 2, as listed below, have been cancelled

 

Hunstanton C BC

Fixtures in Hansells League Zone West 2

Date

Opponent

Venue

03-May-17

Hunstanton CP

Away

10-May-17

Downham Cons A

Home

17-May-17

Shouldham B

Away

24-May-17

West Winch

Home

31-May-17

Downham Mkt C

Away

07-Jun-17

Downham Cons B

Home

14-Jun-17

Kings Lynn

Home

21-Jun-17

Hunstanton CP

Home

28-Jun-17

Downham Cons A

Away

05-Jul-17

Shouldham B

Home

12-Jul-17

West Winch

Away

19-Jul-17

Downham Mkt C

Home

26-Jul-17

Downham Cons B

Away

02-Aug-17

Kings Lynn

Away

 

 

23 April 2017      Wymondham C have withdrawn for South 2

 

Wymondham C have withdrawn from the Hansells League and therefore all their fixtures in Zone South 2, as listed below, have been cancelled

 

Wymondham C BC

Fixtures in Hansells League Zone South 2

Date

Opponent

Venue

03-May-17

Long Stratton

Home

10-May-17

Scole

Away

17-May-17

G.W. Staniforth B

Home

31-May-17

Connaught B

Away

07-Jun-17

Wortwell

Home

14-Jun-17

Diss B

Home

21-Jun-17

Long Stratton

Away

28-Jun-17

Scole

Home

05-Jul-17

G.W. Staniforth B

Away

19-Jul-17

Connaught B

Home

26-Jul-17

Wortwell

Away

02-Aug-17

Diss B

Away

 

 

17 Mar 2017        NBA Annual General Meeting on 12th March 2017

 

At the NBA AGM held on 12th March 2017 the following business was conducted.

 

Constitution

The proposed changes to the “Objectives” in the Constitution were passed.

The revised Constitution has been posted to the website.

 

County Administrator

John George (Wymondham Dell BC) was appointed County Administrator for a period of 4 years.

 

Executive Officer/Chairperson

Dennis Cousins (Cromer Suffield Park BC) was appointed Executive Officer/Chairperson for a period of 3 years.

 

 

 

06 Feb 2017         Men’s Clubs Meetings on 2nd April 2017 10am

 

Following the successful meetings held for the first time last year a further meeting with Clubs has been arranged on Sunday 2nd April 2017. As with the previous meetings this is for your Management Committee to provide you with information relevant to your Club & members prior to the start of the forthcoming season and for Clubs to raise any issues & concerns that they may have. The meeting will to be informal affair and attendance is open to representatives of all Clubs.

 

You will see there has been a change of venue for this meeting. I have taken on board comments that were expressed at previous meetings that we should endeavour to hold meetings at other venues around the County and hence the Old Hall Leisure Centre will host this meeting in their function room in the Indoor Bowls Club. I appreciate that some Clubs will have further distances to travel but the venue will make this more accessible to our Clubs in the west of the County.

 

I will be putting together an agenda and list of topics to be raised and will issue this in due course and if your Club has anything specific that it wishes to raise then can you please let me have details by 19th March. Agenda

 

The feedback from previous meetings was good and I hope this meeting will also be of benefit and be well received and supported.

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary

Norfolk Bowls Association

 

 

01 Nov 2016        Norfolk Bowls Association AGM

 

The MEN’S ANNUAL MEETING of the NORFOLK BOWLS ASSOCIATION will take place on SUNDAY 11th DECEMBER 2016 at 9.30am at the COUNTY ARTS BOWLS CLUB.

 

AGENDA – click here

 

Minutes from 2015 AGM (to be approved at this year’s meeting) – click here

 

Hon. Men’s Secretary’s Report - click here

 

Notice of Motion - click here

 

 

22 Aug 2016        Meeting of Clubs

 

To be held at County Arts BC on 18th September 2016 at 10.00am. This is a follow up to the Meeting held in April and is for your Management Committee to provide you with information relevant to your clubs & members following the current season and for Clubs to raise any issues & concerns that they may have. The meeting will to be an informal affair and attendance is open to representatives of all Clubs. The feedback from the April Meeting was good and I hope this follow up meeting will also be of benefit and well received and supported.

Meeting Agenda