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BOLTON MILLS CROWN GREEN BOWLING LEAGUE

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2017 SEASON

 

The Mills Presentation night will be held on 29th November @ 7.30pm @ OHCC.

The notes of the meeting held with Malcolm Russell on 21st August can be found here and Revised autumn works here.

The League is open to all ages and is non discriminatory. New Bowlers are always welcome.

The Bolton Mills Bowling League is made of three sections with between 10 and 12 teams in each section. Each team consists of 10 players. Each Team has a 'Home' night of play and play Monday to Fridays in the evenings.

Please click the post holder to contact the League Secretary - ; Results & Fixtures Secretary -  ; & Competition Secretary - ; Website Manager -   

Please use the left hand tabs for all team information.  

The Committee would like to wish all our teams and players a pleasant and successful season.

A & B Cup Final

B & C Cup Final

David Barlow Pairs Competition

Gateway Charity Competition

Crossley Cup - 2017

President's Plate - 2017

Eagley Park 'B' Pull out of the League

AGM - 25th January 2017

Date of Next Meeting

Keith Andrews elected Deputy President of the BCGBA

David Barlow Pairs Competition - Result - 2016

Cup Finals - 2016

Crossley Cup

Gateway Charity Trophy Competition 2016

Endsleigh Insurance

President's Plate Competition - 2016

Direct Entry of Results for Cup Matches

Railway Bowlers Withdraw

AGM News - 27th January 2016

A & B Cup Final

The A & B Cup Final was played at Dobbies Bowling Club on 28th September in dry conditions, however, the green was very wet from the rain falling on the previous day. The match was between the B Division Champions Hollywood Road and Eagley Park A who came 3rd in the same Division. The match was very close with the first 3 games going to Eagley. With 5 blocks off Eagley were in the lead by 28 chalks. Hollywood Road's back half were particularly strong and with quality bowling from both teams the result was not decided until two ends before the last block came off. The match was decided when lying 19 - 17 up, Stephen Fletcher for Hollywood Road led and played a bowl some 18" short of the block. This was followed by Eric Haslam playing a perfect length bowl but alas ran into the back of Steve's bowl only to push it nearer the block. With chants from his team mates shouting 'We only need this one', Steve bowled a 'bobby' which duly did it's job and deflected Eric's reply and it ran past the block. Well done to both teams for a good match played in a gentlemanly manner.

In the end only 6 points seperated the two teams. The full results and draw can be found here.

Overall the competition with a total of 13 matches saw 9 matches being decided by less than 10 chalks. Justifying the new handicapping system developed by Lee Evans and Clive Fenn this year. The competition draw and results can be found here.

Photo's will be published later.

(Friday 29 September 2017)

B & C Cup Final

The Mills B & C Cup Final was played at Plodder Lane Conservative Club on Thursday, 21st September under floodlights. The final was played between Kings Head C and Breightmet Bowling Club. Breightmet put up a stern fight but succombed to the younger bowlers from Kings Head C who won the final by 310 to 294. The draw and results can be found here.

The photos below show the victors being presented by the Mills Chairman, Denver Beckett

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and the losing team Breightmet.

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(Thursday 21 September 2017)

David Barlow Pairs Competition

The David Barlow Pairs Competition was played on 10th September at Plodder Lane Conservative Club. The day was not the best but it wasn't too wet and the green was in excellent condition. With fourteen pairs of bowlers being in attendance and a quality field we were to be assured of a good afternoons play. The draw and results of the matches can be found here.

As you will see from the draw a number of quality bowlers got eliminated in the stages leading up to the semi-finals. The first semi-final between the pairing of Roger Evans and Ross Hatzler against Pete Howard and Ray(?) White went the way of the Bar Lane Pairing of Roger and Ross who won 21 - 13. The second semi saw the pairing of Dave Norris and Ian Pendlebury up against the homester Jack Hindle and Clive Fenn. Dave and Ian came out on top in this contest beating Jack and Clive to 15. So this lead to a final between Roger and Ross against Dave and Ian all regular competitors in the Mills Competitions. However, before reporting on the final I must report on the impromptu pairing of Jack Hindle and Clive Fenn who in their first round match dumped out of the competition the pairing of Mark Bradshaw and Antony Rukin to 14 and if that couldn't be topped repeated the same in their second round match against the pairing of Lee Evans and Alex Power who they beat to 15. This put an end to the clean sweep of this year's Mills Trophies to Lee Evans. Sorry Lee.

The final was a somewhat one-sided event with Roger and Ross overcoming Dave and Ian 21 - 8. Roger and Ross had played well all day with Ross putting up some extremely good leads which put their opponents up against it from the start. The match ended just before the heavens opened and we all left pleased that we had played well.

The picture below shows the finalists Ian Pendlebury and Dave Norris alongside the winning pairing of Roger Evans and Ross Hatzler sharing the trophy. In presenting the trophy Clive Fenn thanked all for staying to the end and gave particular thanks to Plodder Lane Conservative Club for allowing us to use the green and wonderful facilities.

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Photo courtesy of Lee Evans - is that a tear in the corner of his eye?

(Sunday 17 September 2017)

Gateway Charity Competition

The Gateway Charity Competition was played on Saturday, 5th August at Little Lever Conservative Club. On a wonderful summer's day the green was in immaculate condition and a pleasure to bowl on. Thanks to Geoff Platt for the condition of the green who had only just finished cutting the green minutes before play started. With 20 bowlers in attendance we had four preliminaries to whittle down to the last sixteen. The draw and scores can be found here.

The two semi-finals were contested between Ross Hatzler from Bar Lane and Ian Pendlebury of the King's Head and Brian Anderson from Over Hulton Conservative Club and Lee Evans also of Bar Lane. This meant a possible all Bar Lane final. This was not meant to be with Ian beating Ross in the first semi with Brian after a good start succombing to Lee in the second. As a consequence the final was contested between Lee and Ian arguably the best two bowlers in the Mills League. On this occassion Lee over came Ian to run out 21 - 16. Congratulations to Lee as he is now on for a clean sweep of the Mills Trophy with this the only trophy Lee failed to win in 2016. The picture below shows Ian and Lee (with the trophy).

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In thanking all contestants for taking part and the spectators who stayed to the end, the Secretary of the League, Clive Fenn thanked the management of Little Lever Conservative Club for hosting the Mills Gateway Competition this year.

If you think you can beat Lee, come and join us at Plodder Lane Conservative Club on 10th September to contest in the David Barlow Pairs.

 

(Sunday 06 August 2017)

Crossley Cup - 2017

Crossley Cup - Bar Lane - 1st July 2017 @ 12:30

The Crossley Cup was played at Bar Lane on Saturday, 1st July. With 33 bowlers participating and others who would have played should we have been short attending, it was by far the best turnout for a Mills Competition for many years. Thanks go to all those who attended and we look forward to a good attendance at the Gateway Charity Competition being held on 5th August at Little Lever Conservative Club. As with all Mills' competitions there is a scratch out and start time of 12:30.

With a good turnout of 14 bowlers from the three Bar Lane teams it was inevitable that at least one of their bowlers would make it into the final. As it was both bowlers making the final were from Bar Lane. Lee Evans representing the 'A' team and Shaun Toland from the 'D' team. As many predicted Lee overcame Shaun in the final winning 21 - 14. In earlier games there had been strong opposition from others with Mick Howard who plays for Dobbies in the Mills league losing out to Shaun in the semi's 21 - 17. Dave Norris (King's Head 'A') succombed to Lee in the quarter-finals to 16 and Paul Booth (Turton 'A') lost to the same score also in the quarters to Phil McIntrye another homester.

In presenting the trophy Clive Fenn thanked Bar Lane for hosting the competition and Roger Evans for getting the green in a wonderful condition. Clive also thanked the spectators who stayed to the end. The photo shows Lee receiving the Crossley Cup from Clive with Shaun to his right. Well done to all who participated. The full field and scores can be found here.

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(Thursday 15 June 2017)

President's Plate - 2017

The President's Plate was played at Dobbies on Sunday, 21st May. With a 60% increase on turnout compared to last year on a nice day it was an improvement. The two loosing semi-finalists were Clive Fenn (BCC Booths A) and Keith Waddington (Bar Lane D) who lost respectively to Tony Crook (Kings Head) and Lee Evans (Bar Lane A). The final was won by Lee beating Tony 21 – 10. The full score card can be found by clicking.

Next year we will have to find a format that will attract more bowlers to participate. Please let us know your views on this by contacting the  .

Pictured Clive Fenn (last year's winner) presenting the President's Plate to Lee Evans.

Clive Fenn presentingthe President's Plate to the 2017 winner Lee Evans

 

(Saturday 03 June 2017)

Eagley Park 'B' Pull out of the League

At the Secretaries Meeting on 24th May, Jenny Sauders the Eagley Park 'B' Team Secretary announced with regret that the team woul have to withdraw from the Bolton Mills Competition League due to lack of bowlers. The team had fulfilled it's fixtures so far in the season with some matches played short. However, in the coming weeks the team could not field a full team and one week only six bowlers were available. Consequently, it was felt the team would have to fold.

The League Secretary then said that if the team withdrew from the League and the team deleted from the website all fixtures and matches played would be expunged. In this case, it was agreed at the meeting so not to loose the bowlers currently registered in the team, players could register for another team in the League before 31st May.

(Monday 29 May 2017)

AGM - 25th January 2017

A very successful AGM was held on Wednesday, 25th January 2017 at Little Lever Conservative Club. 

The draft minutes of the AGM can be found here.

During the year, members on the Management Committee had spent a lot of time re-writing and bringing up to date the Constitution and Rules of the Bolton Mills Bowling Competition. With some minor changes the Constitution and Rules were approved unanimously by the Team Secretaries present. The new League Rules and Constitution can be found here.

Rule 30 concerning our Annual Team Competitions was welcomed by all. In future the competitions which are to be held at the end of the season will be played under floodlights on neutral greens. Handicaps will be based on the current season's league positions. The draw and handicaps will be made / announced at a Team Secretaries meeting probably in August each year.

This meeting was Brian Merrick's last meeting as Chairman. In Brian's opening remarks Brian proposed that there was no other person more schooled in doing the job than Denver Beckett who had been on the Management Committee for more than 30 years. Subsequently, Denver was elected as Chairman. Our old friend and former League Secretary and now the current Deputy President of the BCGBA, Keith Andrews, made a presntation to Brian on behalf of the League. During the presentation, Keith talked of the many things that Brian had done for the League and how he had guided others to work for the League. In closing Keith proposed that Brian be elected as an Honorary Life Member which was agreed by all present.

In practically, his first job of Chairman, Denver managed to fill all the posts of the League's Officials with Eileen Adamson elected as Vice President and Marie Higgins as Vice Chair. A good start Denver!

A current list of Officers and Management Committee can be found here.

Finally, it was agreed that in future we would hold our meetings at Over Hulton Conservative Club. The Secretary was asked to thank the LLCC officials for making us welcome during the past year.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 22nd February at 8.00pm at Over Hulton Conservative Club.

Address and postcode for our future meetings

Over Hulton Conservative Club

St Helens Rd, Over Hulton, Bolton BL5 1AA

Phone: 01204 61384

 

(Thursday 02 February 2017)

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 24th May at 8.30pm at Over Hulton Conservative Club.

The draft Agenda can be found here and draft minutes from the February here.

 

Address and postcode for our future meetings

Over Hulton Conservative Club

St Helens Rd, Over Hulton, Bolton BL5 1AA

Phone: 01204 61384

 

(Thursday 02 February 2017)

Keith Andrews elected Deputy President of the BCGBA

Keith Andrews was today, 21st January, elected as Deputy President of the BCGBA at the BCGBA's AGM held at Winnington Park Recreation Club. This is a great honour for Keith, Lancashire and the Mills as Keith was our former General Secretary of the Association. In proposing Keith for the role, Graham Pickervance said Keith started his bowling career in the 1980's and soon became involved with the league and as is Keith's way became involved in the Mills Committee and then Secretary for which he held the post for many years. Keith is also the Secretary of Lancashire County Crown Green Bowling Association. I hope everyone will join with me in wishing him well in his new office.

The picture below shows Keith sporting his new 'gong' denoting his position of Deputy President of the BCGBA, a post he will hold for a period of one year prior to becoming the President.alt

At the Rules Committee held earlier in the day, the proposal for the BCGBA to levy a 50p / player / club was defeated largely due to the pressure of the larger clubs. However, the £15 Club levy has been increased to £20 and in 2018 will increase to £25 largely at the expense of smaller Clubs.

The proposal to change the Junior Championship into a Divisional Structure was narrowly defeated and for 2017 there will be no change. However, with the narrowness of the vote only one or two votes could have swayed the result, it is likely that a better worded resolution is likely to be passed at the AGM in 2018, the year Keith takes over his Presidency.

 

(Saturday 21 January 2017)

David Barlow Pairs Competition - Result - 2016

The David Barlow Pairs Competition was played on Bar Lane on 11th September. We had a good turnout with 13 pairs in attendance. Quite a few pairings came from Bar Lane.  The final was held between the pairing of Ross Hatzler and Andy Haslam and Chris Bly and Lee Evans all from Bar Lane with Chris and Lee coming out on top winning 21 - 16. The full draw and scores can be found here.

(Wednesday 21 September 2016)

Cup Finals - 2016

The Mills Competition Cup Finals were held on Sunday, 4th September at Little Lever Conservative Club. The weather was bright, sunny and warm which attracted a large number of spectators. The facilities at LLCC were excellent thanks to the hard work of Geoff Platt the groundsmen and green keeper. The 'C' Section Cup was played in the morning session between Ellesmere A and St Stephen's. In a close competition, the match card shows Ellesmere came in winners when John Brady had a good win in the 8th game until then St Stephen's looked as though they would win. The picture below shows the victorious Ellesmere 'A' team with Dennis Johnson (Captain) holding the Cup.alt

In the afternoon session both the 'A' Section and 'B' Section Cups were played for with three Bar Lane teams and a Turton team competing in the finals. You could have been mistaken by thinking Bar Lane were having a picnic at LLCC.

The 'A' Section Cup Final was between Bar Lane 'A' and Turton 'A'. The match card shows after John Mort had played extremely well beating Ross Hatzer to 6 in one of the opening games that the game was decided by the last two games on the green with A Starkie overcoming H Moore by 10 chalks and A Morrison beating Turton's Captain, Peter Clinton by 6 chalks. The photograph below shows the victors Bar Lane 'A' with Alex Power holding the trophy.

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The 'B' Section Cup Final was between Bar Lane 'E' and Bar Lane Mixed. The match card shows that with 5 winners a piece and played for chalks being 164 to 163 in favour of Bar Lane 'E'. The 'E' team were defeated by Bar Lane's Mixed team's handicap of 32. As a consequence, the winners were Bar Lane Mixed. The photograph below shows the Bar Lane Mixed team with the trophyalt 

(Tuesday 06 September 2016)

Crossley Cup

The Crossley Cup was played at Plodder Lane Conservative Club on Sunday, 21st August. The green was in excellent condition and the sun came out and we played in pleasent bowling conditions. Twenty bowlers attended which was a good number considering the weather conditions earlier in the day. We had some extremely good bowling with some bowlers bowling better than usual and others not as good as usual. 

The first semi-final was contested between Roger Evans and Alex Power both of Bar Lane 'A' with Alex coming out on top pipping Roger to 16. The second semi was between Lee Evans (also of Bar Lane 'A') and Malcolm Cummings of BCC Booths 'A' - the only non-Bar Lane semi-fianlist. Lee came out on top beating Malcolm by 4 chalks going out 21 - 17. Unlucky Malcolm you played well all day beating some stern opposition. The final between the two Bar Lane players was a bit one sided with Lee running out the Champion beating Alex to 8. Alex had got tired and peaked early but a valiant challenger. Well done to Lee. The full results can be found here.

The photograph shows Lee Evans (left centre) with the Crossley Cup shaking hands with Alex Power with the two loosing semi-finalists Malcolm Cummings on the left and Roger Evans on the right.

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Thanks were expressed by Clive Fenn (League Secretary) to Plodder Lane Conservative Club for providing such good facilities and friendly atmosphere.

(Monday 22 August 2016)

Gateway Charity Trophy Competition 2016

The Gateway Charity Trophy Competition was played on Dobbies on Sunday, 17th July on a beautiful sunny day with 27 contestants - a fabulous turn-out considering recent years. The competition was run by Lee and Roger Evans with some assistance from Clive Fenn. There was some excellent bowling but the two semi-finals had four bowlers from Bar Lane A contesting for the top spot. Lee and Roger Evans contested the first of the two semi's with Lee coming out on top beating his Dad to 9. In the second semi-final Chris Bly overcame stern opposition from Alex Power, beating Alex to 10. This lead to the final between Lee and Chris. Chris was excellent bowling from the Clubhouse to the middle of the green and tranched Lee beating him to 2. So congratulation to Chris on an outstanding performance. Full results and table can be found here.

In presenting the trophy, a lovely glass sculpture with a sword engraved on it, replacing the meter high 'Wilkinson Sword' to the Champion Chris Bly, Clive Fenn expressed thanks to all those who had turned up and made the day a success and thanked Dobbies in particular John Southern and the green keeper for producing a fantastic playing surface for the occassion.

The picture below shows the four semi-finalists from Bar Lane A with in the centre Chris Bly in the white t-shirt holding the trophy next to Lee Evans with on the right Roger Evans and on the left Alex Power.Gateway Charity Competition 2016 Semi - Finalists

(Tuesday 19 July 2016)

Endsleigh Insurance

The Endsleigh Insurance On-line Application is now operational - click here to access.

(Sunday 29 May 2016)

President's Plate Competition - 2016

The President's Plate was played at the Kings Head on Sunday, 15th May. With a disappointing turnout on a very nice day it was somewhat shameful. The two loosing semi-finalists were Denver Becket (Kings Head B) and Brenda Fenn (Railway M) who lost respectively to Malcolm Cummings and Clive Fenn both from BCC Booths A. The final was won by Clive beating his Captain Malcolm 21 – 13.

Next year we will have to find a format that will attract more bowlers to participate. Please let us know your views on this by contacting the  .

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(Wednesday 18 May 2016)

Direct Entry of Results for Cup Matches

It is now possible for Team Results Secretaries to enter Cup Match results directly into the website. Individual players results will be added to their statistics. The results page is similar to the league results card but there are some additional fields which will rarely be used by most users and in most cases only Admin users can use. Please enter results as usual.

To enter Cup results. On the Tables page click the relevant Cup Competition.

Click the relevant match on the organogram.

Click the 'Edit Match' box.

Enter the results as played.

(Saturday 30 April 2016)

Railway Bowlers Withdraw

The Secretary has just been notified that Railway Bowlers with regret have had to withdraw from the league with immediate effect. This means that there will now only be 9 teams in Division B. Fortunately the team had not played any games so far this year.

Sonia commented that they had lost a lot of players recently and that a lot of their matches clashed with other leagues that made the strain of running the team too much. No one else was prepared to take over the team.

It is particularly disappointing as Railway Bowlers had won promotion from Division C as Champions and completed the double by winning the Section C Cup final at the end of last season.

(Monday 25 April 2016)

AGM News - 27th January 2016

AGM News - 27th January 2016. 

Clive Fenn was elected as new Secretary to the League following Keith's resignation at the AGM. Keith was Secretary for over 20 years and has kindly offered to help Clive settle in by covering meetings up to March - thank you Keith. You can contact Clive at clive.fenn@flowtechdesign.com or by telephone on 07949 200 926. 

Lee Evans was elected as Competitions Secretary. All other officers were elected to stand for another year.

All proposals from members put to the AGM were thrown out by the Chairman, Brian Merrick for technicalities. 

The Chairman asked Team Secretaries to go and discuss with their teams how we can attract more bowlers to our Competitions. In 2015 less than 7% of registered bowlers took part in a competition.

For more information on the AGM, please contact the Secretary. 

The next Secretaries meeting will be held on Wednesday, 24th February 2016, at Plodder Lane Conservative Club at 8pm. We apologise that we are having to hold the meeting at PLCC on this occassion - we will try and arrange a different venue where parking is easier for future meetings.

 

(Friday 29 January 2016)