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Welcome to the web site of the Bolton Winter League.

The website manager is Brian Anderson. 

 

All teams/players please note play will begin at 11.30am on Tuesday 20th November (last match day).  The presentation and prize giving will then take place in the club thereafter at approx 3.00pm. Each team will be given a £15 voucher from the BWL as a gesture of thanks and to help with the cost of buying drinks from the club bar.

 

There will be a Grand Raffle taking place during the presentation,  there will be many prizes (bottles of spirits)  but not that many tickets, you do have a very good chance of winning something......

A total prize fund of £1828 is on offer this season. 

 

League Champions  £300                                                                            Individual Merit Prize

2nd place                   £240                                                                          Winner                   £60

3rd place                   £210                                                                           Runner Up               £40          

4th place                   £180                                                                           Fred Barnes Trophy

5th place                   £160                 6th place                   £140                  Winners                 £64

7th place                   £120                 8th place                   £100                  Runners Up              £32                 

9th place                   £80                  10th place                  £70                    Semi Finalist            £16            

 

 

 


The Fred Barnes Trophy  -  Pairs Cup Competition;  

Was won by Chris Barnes and Mervyn Yarwood,  


Scoring

Games are between pairs of players and are 15 up,  a win gains 2 points for your team,  also a further 2 points is gained for winning the aggregate.  If the losing pair score 12 or more chalks then a bonus team point will be earned.

In the case of the aggregate being level then the team with the 2 game wins gets the 2 aggregate points. 

League positions will be determined by the total points won and in the case of points being equal then the total chalks won will be used to determine the winner/ places.

Individual merit

   Will also be played for,  each player in a winning pair gains 2pts towards their merit total,  also a losing pair scoring 12 or more will earn a bonus merit point.  The top merit winner will be the one with the most merit points,  in the case of players being equal then net chalks will be used to determine the Leading Merit winner.

 

Refreshments

Pies, Pasties, Homemade Soup, Teas, Coffee, with Biscuits and OXO, will be available greenside.



 

 

 

 

League Champions Elect

George Manning has just taken his team top of the league

Mervyn and Chris's big day out.

Over Hulton Green - layout for newcomers

Cup Finalists Chris and Mervyn

Gorses Pair Mick Hilton and Mike Bailey

It just got hot at the top

Old Hultonians overworked, underperforming ?

Bandits Team Meeting

New Merit Leaders

Week 6 Movers and Shakers

Fred Barnes Trophy - Qualifying Day - Friday 26th October

Season reached the halfway stage already

Who's gonna stop um ?

Week 4 Wow there are some brilliant bowlers out there

Week 3 - Hotting up under the blazing sun

Week 2 Excitement

Season gets off to a fine start, at least weatherwise.

Bolton Winter League Prize Money

League Champions Elect

 

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The team from Gorses,  seems they have done enough already.........

Gorses have stolen a 5 point lead ahead of the chasing pack with just 2 games left to play; It now just seems a formaiity for them to take the League Champions Trophy and the top prize money.  With 2 easy games left against Roy's Boys and the Wasps to come it doesn't seem anyone can stop them...........  We do note earlier in the season Gorses scored just 5 points in these 2 games though;  Roy's Boy's and Wasps can still win the league but will need maximum points in their remaining matches.  Will the Wasps roll out their big guns ? Sean and Keith,  will John Mort end his season on a high ?  will the magician Mervyn Yarwood upset the apple cart, Ken Shaw is BACK and no one really wants to play against Kevan Grundy do they ?  Smile

          Just a little fun of course,  Gorses have battled to the top of the league by winning 7 games in a row with the last 3 all maximums, I'm sure they won't blow it on the last day (again).

(Wednesday 14 November 2018)

George Manning has just taken his team top of the league

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Gorses George Manning,  always first in the tea's and coffee's queue.

(Monday 12 November 2018)

Mervyn and Chris's big day out.

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Yes they did,  they went and won the Fred Barnes Trophy.

Huge congratulations to both Mervyn and Chris on their cup success.................... 

 

In what transpired to be a rather one-sided affair the Roy's Boy's pairing of Chris Barnes and Mervyn Yarwood took the cup with a scoreline of 15 - 4.  On paper it looked like the home favourites Andy Sculley and Gordon Butler had a big chance of winning.  It didn't get any better at the start as Roy's Boy's also lost the toss.  Gordon set out his intentions by heading for the top corner and putting one on.....right on, this was only a single and made the score nil - nil as the Old Hultonians pairing were - 1 on the handicap.  

          Chris and Mervyn got a tap in to make a single at the next, and took full advantage of holding the jack, by winning the next 8 ends for a 13 - 0 lead. Gordon and Andy worked hard and finally got their chance,  Gordon went corner to corner and won the next 2 ends for a 4 chalk comeback.  This is where their luck ended as Chris took centre stage,  Gordon went from left corner to right corner and sent a bowl just 2 feet off,  Chris left his just 2 inches short, then bowled another,  Andy sent 2 good bowls but the contest was over.  Chris, with Mervyn won his Dad's trophy.

    Chris's Dad, Fred was one of the very best bowlers of his day, and an Over Hulton Star, was always smiling and a very decent chap.  He bowled corners and hardly ever lost on his own green,  he was the John Mort of his day,  I'm sure he would be very proud today.  

             Freds ashes are scattered on the green and later his Mother Mary's also, it was therefore quite poignant that Chris's sister Joan came to present the trophy;  A real Barnes family affair.  

Finally many thanks indeed to Clive Fenn who took on the match referee role with aplomb, keeping the crowd well informed..

 

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(Monday 12 November 2018)

Over Hulton Green - layout for newcomers

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  Thought this could be useful for any newcomers.  

Also BWL team demarcation areas

(Saturday 10 November 2018)

Cup Finalists Chris and Mervyn

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Are we looking here at the cup winners ?  Chris Barnes and Mervyn Yarwood have battled through to the final against Gordon Butler and Andy Sculley which will be played this Monday, immediately after the league games finish.  We can see Janet Callow behind encouriging them with a "V" for victory salute (we believe) after they knocked her and Dave out in the Quarter Final.  On Janet's left as we look, is Ray Forrest.

(Friday 09 November 2018)

Gorses Pair Mick Hilton and Mike Bailey

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Gorses top shots Mike Bailey and Mick Hilton on the green

(Wednesday 07 November 2018)

It just got hot at the top

Week 7 saw some dramatic and unexpected action,  we now have 4 teams with every chance of taking the League Title.  The Bandits completed a miserable fortnight with their 4th straight loss and face no easy task next week with matches against the Wasps and Roy's Boy's.   Gorses appeared out of the mist to lie in 3rd place but just 2 points behind the Wringers at the top, for who their Tuesday matchup might just tip the scales one way or the other.    Gorses having won their past 5 games,  Wringers the past 7,  something will have to give,  can the Wringers produce another Wringer ?  Will Gorses crumble under the pressure of expectation,  has this happened before ?

   Monday's round saw a major coupon buster as Kelly's Heroes defeated the Bandits, bottom versus top, Kelly's needing 5 chalks in the final game to win the aggregate and match, did the bare minimum and got just the 5 needed. Well done to Kelly's Heroes, onwards and upwards.  This was also our first drawn aggregate with Kelly's taking the win having won 2 of the individual games.

 

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The Bandits were spotted leaving the green in a hurry.

  Elsewhere Tom's Lot managed to snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory against the Wasps,  clearly the Wasps are still buzzing, and are still in touching distance of the League Title.   Gorses dampened the Old Hultonians euphoria, following the latters max. against Roy's Boy's on Monday, with a superb 8 nil (er) max of their own against the hosts.    

 

Merit Title,  saw little change at the top with the 3 leaders maintaining their positions,  Derek Greenwood moved into 4th place after slipping away from regular partner Roger Evans, who in turn lost to Kellys pairing of Pauline Lomax and Steve Cross,   almost mixed up the names there,  Roger Cross ??

(Wednesday 07 November 2018)

Old Hultonians overworked, underperforming ?

        Gordon Butler          and              Phil Hodson

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     It was noted in the confines of the Bowling Hut that the Old Hultonians were not happy with their Team standing and performance,  Gordon and Phil, the team Captain, were trying to pinpoint where things might be going wrong;  it was suggested that perhaps they are being over worked in the selling of the refreshments. This comes despite the Bowling club investing heavily in a new bottle opener and a bag of plastic forks.   As they say in Germany,  many Hans make light work.  Gordon had also been up from 3.30am that morning with his latest bid for the Soup Supremo Title, with his Carrot, Chilli, Garlic, Ginger and Leek creation. Can Andy Sculley respond ?  will his signature dish, the consistantly excellent Black Peas, be voted tops ?  Could there be a last minute bid with a new and improved recipe Pea and Ham special ?

           The Wringers meanwhile need to up their efforts in this area too and help out much more.  BTW we think they are doing a fantastic job of being around and putting in a lot of energy and efforts,  this comes despite none of them being asked, for this we must pass on our gratitude.

 

(Wednesday 07 November 2018)

Bandits Team Meeting

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Tony Oxendale was spotted having a team meeting with his Bandits

(Wednesday 31 October 2018)

New Merit Leaders

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New Merit Leaders   Brian Anderson  and  Andrew Wadsworth

(Tuesday 30 October 2018)

Week 6 Movers and Shakers

Week 6 saw more high quality bowling from our teams in what proved to be, lucky again with the weather, having 2 more dry days.

Monday saw the Plodder Lane Derby between our league leaders Bandits and the PloddersRoger Evans and Alan Mealor just edging out Stuart Ivers and Ray Barnes to 14,  Roy and Tommy squared things off with a win to 10, leaving the final game as the decider.  However Derek Greenwood and John Hilton saw off the previously unbeaten pair of Jack Murray and Charlie Dixon to 5 giving the Plodders a 6 - 3 scoreline and a reverse result from earlier in the season.   The Old Hultonians got off to a flier against the Wasps with Gordon Butler and Carlton Catterall carrying on from last week,  racing into a 13 - 0 lead against Mark Bradshaw and Barry Howarth before running out for a 15- 5 win.  The Wasps showed their mettle and wheeled out their own unbeaten pairing, Sean Toland and Keith Waddington, doing what they do best,  winning to single figures again to close up the game.  The final pairing of Cliff Unsworth and Eric Williams proving too strong for Kevin and Tom,  winning the final game to 9 and taking the aggregate points also to run out 6 - 2 winners. 

           Gorses took on Doe Hey which on paper seemed 2 evenly matched teams, and so it proved.  Gorses pairing of George Manning and Ray Forrest getting their noses in front of Dennis Jackson and Peter Collier for a 15- 12 win,  followed by Ray and Bill winning to 10, the final game saw a determined Albert Skelhorn and Eric Tomlinson just edging out the top pairing of Mick Hilton and Mike Bailey.

  Kelly's Heroes pairing of Jim Bayfield and Norris Clegg causing an upset, beating Frank Thompson and Ray Sale to 9, but Ian and Phil put an end to any thoughts of a surprise win with a crushing 15 - 1 win against Pauline Lomax and Betty Stevens. Tom's Lot taking the match 6 - 2.   The final game saw the improving Wringers taking on the already improved Roy's Boys, with both teams looking for points to move up the table.   Wringers pairing Brian Anderson and Andy Wadsworth recording an 8 end 15 - 0 win, followed by a big win for David Beresford and Frank Jones over the strong pairing of Kevan Grundy and Jim McGuinness running out to 5 and winning the match before the final game.  Chris Barnes and Mervyn Yarwood landing some superb bowls to win the last game to 9 and salvage a 6 - 2 scoreline.

     Tuesday kicked off with the Bandits looking to consolidate their lead at the top of the table against Gorses, who in turn were looking to shoot them down.  Again the opening batsmen George Manning and Ray Forrest taking a superb win against Stuart Ivers and Charlie Dixon. This needed a response from the Bandits who sent out the unbeaten John Hodgkiss with Ray Barnes who duly delivered a 15 - 11 win, taking the match to the final game, The Bandits heavyweight pairing of Roy Mills and Tommy Martin taking on their counterparts Mick Hilton and Mike Bailey in a winner takes all game.  Despite their best efforts Roy and Tommy had met their match, losing to 12 and completed a miserable week for the Bandits

          In another top of the table game Tom's Lot took on the upwardly mobile Wringers who were looking for a 5 - timer,   Brian and Andrew again got the ball rolling quickly with a 15 -3 win against Clive and Brenda Fenn,  this was followed by a strategic battle Barbara Mealor and Steven Greenhalgh taking on Janet Callow and Dave Parkinson. The latter started off well with a 2 end, 4 nil lead,  however Barbara got in and stuck them in a rut, literally, across the middle of the green and ran out 15 -5 winners. This was the second match running the Wringers had won in 2 games, leaving the final match between the heavyweights Ian Pendlebury and Phil Dandy taking on David and FrankDavid (never short) Beresford set out the stall by ditching Ian's Jack on the first end, then knocking out Ian's great lead in the next. They followed that up with a 3 and a 2 for a 7 - 0 lead,  Ian and Phil then took a good 3 on the next and looked to consolidate, the reality was David and Frank took the next 4 ends and helped themselves to a fantastic 15 - 3 win and a max. 8 points for their team.

  Doe Hey improved their situation by also taking a maximum haul at the expence of Kelly's Heroes for who Tony Lomax and Keith Harrison held a 11 -10 advantage in the final game, before going down 15 -11 to Albert and Eric.  The Plodders also had a very good week following up their previous win against the league leaders with an 8 - 2 max. against the Old Hultonians for who Tom Parker and Kevin Pickavance almost salvaged a win, against Derek and John, losing a final end shootout to go down to 14.

         Roy's Boys were looking to get straight back up versus the Wasps and set off well with Jim McGuinness and Ron Brookes taking a superb win, beating the previously unbeaten (able) pairing of Sean Toland and Keith Waddington to 11. This was followed by Chris Barnes and Mervyn Yarwood heaping more misery on John Mort and Mick Howard, winning to 5 before Eric Williams and Cliff Unsworth pulled a game back at the expense of David Grundy and Graham McGuinness. 

 

New Merit Leader(s)

The race for the Merit crown took several twists with firstly Jack Murray losing his game then Kevan Grundy missing his chance by also losing,  leaving the door open for Brian Anderson and Ian Pendlebury to sail past, closely followed by Andrew Wadsworth,  however following Ian's loss on Tuesday we have a new top 2.  Seems the youngers guys are giving the experienced bowlers a run for their money.  We shall see if their fate now follows that of all the previous leaders here.

 

(Tuesday 30 October 2018)

Fred Barnes Trophy - Qualifying Day - Friday 26th October

   What an absolutely brilliant day's bowling we had.  The sun shone throughout and the quality of the bowling was fantastic.   The preliminary draw saw 24 pairs entered, and the draw threw together some of the top pairings, Hilton and Bailey paired against Dandy and Pendlebury, Murray and Oxendale versus Anderson and Wadsworth.  The former was a classic Mike and Mick edging the game early doors to take a 9 - 6 lead,  before Phil and Ian fought back lo forge ahead 11 - 9,  at 14 -10 down it seemed all over for the M's but a 3 followed by a single tied the match at 14's,  Ian's comment to his opponents saying he knew all 3 ways !!! in on the last end did the trick ( a little mind games)  as Phil and Ian took the decisive last end.  In the latter game it started badly for the Bandits pair and got no better, losing 15 - 1.  Gorses also threw the Leonards together (a welcome to Chris) getting the better of John Mort and Brian Lawton to 12.

       Janet Callow and Dave Parkinson edging out Ray Forrest and George Manning with a final end double to win to 14.  Chris Barnes and Mervyn Yarwood continued their team's improving run with a comfortable win to 4 against Doe Heys Albert and EddieRoger and Derek easily overcame their handicap to beat Kelly's Roy Mealor and George Owen to 7.  Roy Mills showing it doesn't matter who he plays with .......or against , this time Ray Barnes, seeing off Mike Partington and Ian Potterton to 7.  For the home team Gordon and Andy took a 15 - 11 win against Ray Sale and Frank Thompson.   Kelly's Heroes found some cheer with Norris Clegg and John Bray powering past David Grundy and Jim McGiunness for a 15 - 4 win.   Mark Bradshaw and Keith Waddington completing a bad day for Doe Hey fans by finishing off Peter Collier and Dennis Jackson with a winning run of 6 ends, for a final score of 15 - 10.

       Of course this is where it doesn't all end as 8 of the losing pairings opted to buy back in for a second chance of qualification,  Ray and GeorgeMike and Mick Ray and Frank and finally John and Brian all winning their respective games and qualifying for Finals Day on Friday November 9th.   GLA.... 

(Friday 26 October 2018)

Season reached the halfway stage already

Week 5 - was as competitive as ever, whilst Monday went the way of the form, Tuesday held a number of shocks and surprises.  Doe Hey and the Bandits played out three 15 - 8 scorelines,  the Bandits taking 2 of them. Roy's Boy's saw a return to the form that took them to the top of the league early doors, beating Gorses to record a 6 - 2 scoreline.  Tom's Lot had a conclusive win against the Plodders recording a maximum haul.  The Wasps looking to close the gap at the top against Kelly's Heroes got stung as Betty Stephens and Norris Clegg came back to win their game from 11 - 1 down,  against Margaret and Barry.

 The local derby between the Old Hultonians and Wringers swung quickly towards the Wringers,  then back again with a 15 - 5 win followed by a 4 - 15 loss, leaving the last game as winner takes all, which the Wringers did. The Hults gaining some notoriety in the final game by putting all 4 of their bowls in the ditch in one end....Embarassed

   Tuesday saw a marked change to the going, with the green giving an extra yard of pace over the previous day.  The weather was also more seasonal with lower temperatures, and it was noted, significantly windier conditions; not helped by Andy's Black Peas and the Pea and Ham soup on the days menu. This was also the reverse of the first day of the competition, with remarkably similar results,  apart from one.....

     However on Tuesday the Bandits carried on as they have done all season and handed the Old Hults another defeat, but wasn't all bad news for the Hults with Gordon and Carlton Catterall picking up a consolation win to complete a weekly double for that pairing.   John Hodgkiss remains unbeaten for the Bandits with the pairing of Roy Mills and Tommy Martin continuing to show devastating form.   Doe Hey took on the Plodders in what seemed a fairly even match,  Doe Hey played a very good match however, winning 6 - 3.

  Roy's Boy's showed no mercy to Kelly's Heroes and made it a 14 point week by winning 8 - 0.  The in-form Tom's Lot came up against Gorses with high expectations of more points, but Gorses failed to follow the script... again, winning the first 2 games and taking a bonus point in the 3rd to create an upset and winning the match  7 - 3.

     In the final match the Wasps played the Wringers looking for a repeat of their early season maximum.  The Wringers had other plans and pulled off a deadline day Marquee signing with Lee Evans brought onboard. Replacing Tommy Forshaw, who was engaged elsewhere with a Tufting machine (carpets).  The match started badly for the Wasps with Mark Bradshaw missing the start time of his game, being replaced by Barry Howarth.   Barry and Keith however then raced into a 12 - 4 lead before downing tools and losing to 12, handing Andrew and Lee an unlikely win.   We understand Mark had requested a Police Escort to get through the crowds at Plodder Lane, unfortunately the Police had refused, saying they only had a Vauxhall Viva available.

           The second game also went the way of the Wringers with David Beresford and Frank Jones taking the game to 10 while winning only 5 of the 13 ends played !!  This still left the final game to decide the match outcome....  John Mort  and Brian Lawton knowing a win to 7 would still hand their team victory;  after 3 ends and 8 - 0 down the match was over, Barbara Mealor doing what Barbara Mealor does best, leading with some great bowls/winners, running out for a 15 - 5 scoreline and a max. for the Wringers. 

      This result left the Bandits with a 10 point lead with 8 games to go, a spokesman for their team a Mr K Keegan says how can they possibly lose the league from this position  ?

The Merit Table moved on slowly, Jack Murray suffering another loss but gaining the bonus point to retain his clear lead at the top, he now has 3 players on his coat tails waiting for any more slips,  but as we all know............. everybody can have a slip.  Frown

Friday sees the qualifying day for the individual pairs competition (Fred Barnes Trophy), pairs will be playing off to gain a place in finals day on Friday 9th November.     Usual start times etc.  matches are to be handicapped, the draw will be made before the start of play.

          Finals day draw will be entered here on the web site this weekend, the 16 qualified pairings will be drawn out automatically by the computer. GLA

(Tuesday 23 October 2018)

Who's gonna stop um ?

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(Friday 19 October 2018)

Week 4 Wow there are some brilliant bowlers out there

  Week 4,  began with the return of Gordon Butler, our league treasurer, quashing any rumours he had run off to Spain with the prize pot. He then set up the Old Hultonians for a max, versus Kelly's Heroes.  Our league leading Bandits outgunned Roy's Boys with an 8 - 1 win on Monday, this coming after Jim McGuinness and Kevan Grundy declared at 14 - 10 up in their game against Tony Oxendale and John Hodgkiss !! with the Dixon/Murray partnership also galloping ahead to remain unbeaten. 

         Tom's Lot did a demolition job on Doe Hey, with Janet Callow and Dave Parkinson finding some good form.  In a super tight game the 'Monday' Plodders continued their Monday form just seeing off the Wasps by a single chalk,  the defeat for the Wasps coming despite them fielding another one of their unbeatable players in Keith Waddington.  It was noted however in the second game, that the pairing of John Hilton and Keith Andrews turned around a 12 - 5 deficit to win to 14. The usual charm, easy going, and very relaxed style of Keith coupled with some great bowling sealing the win.  this was also our first 11 point match with a 7 - 4 scoreline.

   Gorses got the better of the Wringers despite getting off to a shaky start, losing the first game and behind 11 - 6 in the second,  before prevailing for a  6 - 2 victory, when the going gets tough.............

       Tuesday saw a top of the table clash between Tom's Lot, chasing a 5 - timer, and the Bandits; this got off badly for the Bandits as Janet and Dave stunned the unbeaten pair and merit leader Jack and Charlie to 12,  after establishing an early  9 - 0  lead. There then followed another shock as Roy Mills and Tommy Martin did their homework and claimed a 15 - 6 victory over Ian Pendlebury and Phil Dandy;  in the final pairing the bowl of the month from Stuart Ivers, a corner to corner stunner, whilst lying match down. Ray and Frank had the victory snatched from them after looking certain to win, and also, after they had clawed back from a 10 - 2 deficit.

          Doe Hey saw off the Old Hultonians for a 6 - 2 victory, watching Eric Tomlinson effortlessly bowling around 55yds corner to corner was scary, but the tactic didn't prevail and the very in form Andrew Sculley claimed the 2 points for the Hults. 

 Another tight game was seen between Gorses and Wasps, the match almost being settled in favour of Gorses with the final pairing of Mike Bailey and Mick Hilton leading 13 - 9 needing 2 chalks for the game and aggregate, however Cliff and Brian had other thoughts and managed to get the 3 extra chalks to win the aggregate and claim the bonus point, before going down 15 - 13.

        The Wringers were of no help or assistance to the plight of Kelly's Heroes, recording an 8 - 1 victory, whilst raising themselves to a lofty position of 5th from 8th at the start of play.   In Tuesdays final game we saw a good performance from Roy's Boys,  defeating the Plodders 6 - 3, after the recent run of Tuesday form the Plodders can see this as a positive step.

          In the race for the Merit Crown,  leader Jack Murray made it 7 out of 7 on Monday before finally losing one,  this gave Ian Pendlebury the opportunity to move top, however the chance was missed, allowing the chasing pack a chance to close, which they did. 

The merit top 10 sees players from 7 of our teams up there.

Looking forward, Monday's round of matches sees us reaching the halfway stage of the season,  this will also be the final day to register any new players for your teams.

        

(Tuesday 16 October 2018)

Week 3 - Hotting up under the blazing sun

Week 3 set off with the Bandits squeezing the life out of the Wringers before hanging them out to dry and moving into a 5 point lead at the top of the table.  A further defeat for John Mort on Monday made this his worst losing streak since he was a young 30 something, back in 1958.  However his board of selectors gave him their full backing and the dreaded vote of confidence ....... and to be safe, paired him with the unbeatable Sean Toland. This did the trick and along the way helped the Wasps inflict a first defeat for the league leading Bandits, narrowing the gap at the top to just a single point.  We understand Sean suggested carrying John was easier than Keith !!! 

One of the tightest games to date was played out on Monday between Doe Hey and the Wasps with the match decided by a last end double from Eric Williams and Mick Howard, beating the luckless Kevin Gibbons and Albert Skelhorn,  15 - 14 and also claiming the 2 aggregate points with the final score 42 - 40.  

     The Plodders continued their up and down form as per last week,  following up their 8 point haul on a Monday with a crushing defeat on the Tuesday.  Doe Hey reversed their Monday fortunes with a fine win over Roy's Boys.

        Meanwhile Gorses went down 6 -2 to the Old Hultonians in a somewhat surprise result, handing the Old Hults their first win, however both teams had a reversal of form on Tuesday.  Tom's Lot recorded a 'double win' week and moved up to 3rd in the table.  Kelly's Heroes are still looking for one and await their first win.

         The Merit Table saw a new leader on Monday with Kevan Grundy climbing to the summit,  it was here that he noticed his name was incorrectly spelt !!   perhaps never been top before ? Wink   However, this didn't last long as Jack Murray showed his True Grit spirit by coming back to win from 12 - 7 down on Monday and also from 11 - 8 down on Tuesday, claiming top spot with an unblemished 6 wins out of 6. Ably aided and abetted by Charlie Dixon shooting from the hip for the Bandits pair. Seems there is plenty of lead left in Jacks pistol. A certain Ian Pendlebury quietly slipped into 2nd place and is showing great patience as he awaits the Club to open it's bar !!

(Tuesday 09 October 2018)

Week 2 Excitement

A great round of matches in week 2, began with the top 2 teams playing each other;  The Wasps flew past Roys Boys to record a 6 - 2 victory.  However the Wasps then got swatted by a resurgent Tom's Lot with Clive and Brenda Fenn showing some intent with a 15 - 4 win in their game.  The big question now is, when will John Mort get another win ? as his current slump of 3 straight defeats is his worst run since 1967 !!!

        Whilst this was happening the Bandits ambushed both of them with 2 fine wins to move 4 points clear at the top of the table and were last seen with one hand on the league champions loot heading off into the sunset.

         At the other end of the table, there is still no change of luck for either Kelly's Heroes or the Old Hultonians who are both awaiting their first win. 

        Mid table action was mixed for the Plodders, their Monday 8 - 1 win was then followed by an 8 - 0 reverse at the hands of Gorses with the pairing of Bill Leonard and George Manning recording a fine 15 - 11 win over Roger Evans and Alan Mealor, thus denying them the bonus point.  The Wringers found some form with 2 wins, following up their win against Tom's Lot with defeating the previously unbeaten Doe Hey.

                    The Merit table is being led by the Wasps pairing of Sean Toland and Keith Waddington who are starting to look unbeatable with 4 straight single figure wins to date. 

          Next week sees the Bandits taking on the Wasps, starting at High Noon,  well quarter past actually........ Will Sean and Keith's wheels be bolted on tight enough ?

     Finally we werre asked to add an additional RRRRRRRRRRRR into RRay Forrest's surname,  as he pointed out a Forest is a grreen and pleasant place.......Wink please let us know if any other names are incorrect.

 

(Tuesday 02 October 2018)

Season gets off to a fine start, at least weatherwise.

  Week 1 matches have now been completed and it seems most teams and players are happy with the scoring and merit points system,  obviously like ourselves, we are not happy with how many points we currently have but is very early days.

    A fine win today for the Old Hultonians pairing of Kevin Pickavance and Carlton Caterall, beating the usual hotshots pairing of John Mort and Brian Lawton to 6.  However that's as good as it got for the Old Hults.  

  The league is being led by Roy's Boy's and the Wasps,  who have stung both of the home teams this week.   A fine win also today for the Bandits who beat a strong looking Plodders team.   All the while though Doe Hey continue to amass points on a consistant basis.

Looking forward to the resumption of play on Monday 1st October

(Tuesday 18 September 2018)

Bolton Winter League Prize Money

A total prize fund of £1828 will be on offer this season. 

League Champions  £300                                                                            Individual Merit Prize

 2nd place                   £240                                                                          Winner                   £60 

3rd place                   £210                                                                           Runner Up               £40          

4th place                   £180                                                                           Fred Barnes Trophy

5th place                   £160                 6th place                   £140                  Winners                 £64

7th place                   £120                 8th place                   £100                  Runners Up              £32                 

9th place                   £80                  10th place                  £70                    Semi Finalist          £16              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Friday 07 September 2018)