Veterans 2018 Season
BCGBA Veterans Team Championship
Openshaw AEU Bowling Club, Greater Manchester on Thursday 12th July 2018 at 10 am
The following team was selected by the Team Manager, Mike Barrodale
Back l to r, Mike Barrodale (Manager), John Bonatti (Coed Talon), Kevin Nicholas (Gresford Colliery), Des Hey (Broughton), Barry Harris (Beaumaris), Colin Smith (Aston)
Front l to r, Geraint Jones (Conwy), Merfyn Jones (Rhos Park), Graham Bennett (Cunliffe), Mike Chamberlain (Rhos Park), Ritchie Jamieson (Coed Talon), Geraint Roberts (Trefnant)
Wales took part once again in the Vet's County qualifying stage at Openshaw on Thursday 12th July. Wales were in the same group as before with Cheshire, Greater Manchester and the Potteries. The green was a challenge to everyone throughout the day. Some light rain on the green before the teams arrived took some of the pace out of the dry conditions but not enough to make a real difference. As the day warmed up and the green dried out, it was back to doing ones best to keep the bowls on the green at all.
In the first round, Wales played Cheshire. There were excellent performances by Kevin Nicholas 21-6, Merfyn Jones 21-12 and Graham Bennett 21-11 along with Mike Chamberlain, Barry Harris and Des Hey to give Wales a good win. Wales 145. Cheshire 127.
In the second round we met hosts, Greater Manchester and had a pretty close run with them. Once again, Kevin Nicolas and Merfyn Jones bowled well with 21-12 and 21-15 wins, respectively. There were a couple of close games with Mike Chamberlain and Graham Bennett both winning 21-20 and Des Hey just missing out with a 21-20 loss. Greater Manchester took that round 151 and Wales 142.
In the final round Wales played the Potteries. Des Hey gave us a good 21-9 win, with Kevin Nicholas, Colin Smith, and Merfyn Jones tying up a few more points for wales. In the end Wales scored 144 and the Potteries 149.
BCGBA VETERANS MERIT 2018
At Prees Cricket & Recreation Club on Wednesday 4th July 2018
Bryn Newydd Bowling Club, 6th June 2018
Winner Geraint Roberts ( Trefnant )
The Welsh Vet's Individual Merit was played – Wednesday 6th June – at Bryn Newydd Bowling Club, Prestatyn. The event was hosted by Past President Dusia Price with The 2018 President Brenda Jones and the Deputy President Dave Mathias also there to support the day. There was an interesting field of players with representatives from all four areas in Wales. Included in the line up were the 2017 winner and runner up, Graham James (Esclusham ) and Trevor Bate ( Llandudno) respectively.
All the first four games ran pretty close but in the end Merfyn Jones (Rhos Park ) beat Graham Bennett ( Cunliffe ) 21-16; Dafydd Hughes ( Criccieth ) beat Peter Maddocks (Coed Talon) 21-18; Geraint Roberts ( Trefnant ) triumphed over Mike Parry ( Esclusham ) 21-19 and Mike Chamberlain ( Rhos Park ) beat Colin Smith ( Aston ) 21-13. In the second four, Colin Evans ( Rhos Park ) took an early lead against Gwyn Humphreys of St Asaph 12-7. Gwyn eroded this lead to nudge just behind at 14-12. Colin forged ahead once again and won the game 21-16. Trevor Bate had a comfortable win over Geraint Jones ( Craig y Don ) 21-17 and Graham James beat his opponent John Cooper ( Kinmel Bay ) 21-19. The last game of the first round was a titanic match between John Bonatti ( Coed Talon ) and Kevin Nicholas ( Gresford Colliery ). Kevin was well down at the start 11-7. Then he got into his stride and with some superb corner bowling brought the score to 15-12 down. John was taking no prisoners and after some accurate striking, he was leading 20-14. Kevin fought back to make it 20-18. At the final end John sealed the game 21-18.
In round two, Colin Evans and Trevor Bate played neck and neck until Trevor ran out game to 21-18. Merfyn Jones had a comfortable 21-14 win over Dafydd Hughes and Geraint Roberts secured his place in the semi final beating Mike Chamberlain 21-17. In his second game, John Bonatti led all the way over Graham James and won 21-14.
Both semi final games were thrilling to watch. Points were won and lost all the way first by one, then the other. Geraint Roberts beat Merfyn Jones 21-20 in one match and Trevor Bate beat John Bonatti to the same 21-20 score.
In the final both players diced with 'lady luck'. Geraint Roberts and Trevor swapping the narrowest of leads time and again. Eventually Geraint secured the 2018 title beating Trevor 21-16.
The four semi finalists will go through to the BCGBA Vets Merit Final day at Prees next month.
Congratulations to our own DT Evans also for winning the British Referees title last Saturday at Middlewich, beating well known referee and current BCGBA President Keith Andrews.
Past President Dusia Price with competitors and officials