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The days are getting longer and weather warmer – we hope. It must be the start of the 2017 bowls season.


Meole Brace Open – Doug Marrs Trophy 2017.


This tournament continues to be a popular early season event with an excellent venue, good organisation and fair turnout for spectators. We were treated to a pleasently warm day. The BCGBA President, Phil Brown and his wife Kate, along with the BCGBA Chief Executive, John Crowther and wife Pat were among the guests for the day.

Wales had five qualifiers for this finals day; Gwerydd Buckland, John Jones, Andrew Armstrong, Andy Hughes, and Martin Jones.

Round one saw John Jones beat fellow Dragon, Gwerydd Buckland 21-14. John lost to Andy Moss in the second round 21-18. Young Andrew Armstrong held his nerve beating Stuart Mort 21-18 in the first round. He showed great maturity in his next game against Callum Wraight but lost 21-10.  Andy Hughes, a previous winner of this tournament in 2015, lost 21-15 to Michael McDonnell and Martin Jones just missed out at 21-19 to Jack Dyson both in the first round.

Top players Callum Wraight, and GI Wilson went out in the quarter finals, still leaving  four very good players in the semi-final. The eventual winner was Ryan Prosser who beat Kevin Boon 21-8.  





















The World Club Championships at Fox Lane, Leyland held the fourth qualifying day on Sunday 9th  April with two Welsh teams in action; Esclusham and Coed Talon.

The weather was glorious.

Both teams fielded some very experienced players. On Green 1, Esclusham faced Colne Cricket Club. Good wins were had by Darren Lacey 21-10 and Brian Hayes 21-15. Kieron Roberts made a spirited recovery from 14-9 down to win out 21-19. Esclusham came out on top winning 159 – 145.

Coed Talon played Norton Central on Green 2. They acquitted themselves well, with good results from Nick Jones 21-8 and John Bonatti 21-14. Unfortunately, they lost by the narrowest of margins 144-145. This was an excellent performance from the team as it was their first appearance at this championships.

In the second round, the weather had clouded over and so did Esclusham's fortunes. Now playing on Green 2 against Wolstanton High Street. The game was hard fought, but it was not to be and they lost 153-130.

The full results of all the games and the finals day draw are on the British Crown Green website.















Next up is the Stan Higham Shield, a Welsh Referees Society tournament 23rd April at Rhos Park BC. The winner goes on to represent Wales at the British Referees Patrons Day - Terry Nicholls Trophy at Winsford Cons. On Saturday 3rd June.


May sees the start of the County matches, Senior, Juniors and Ladies.

Bring it on!




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The 2017 season kicks off with the World Club Championship at Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland (PR25 1HB ) on Sunday the 19th March. It is an 11am start and play takes place every Sunday for the next five weeks with the final played on 16th April.

The two clubs representing Wales are Esclusham ( winners of the Welsh Club Championship 2016) and Coed Talon, the runners up.

Both clubs play on the same day ( 9th April ) and the draw for the first round is as follows:


Esclusham   v   Colne Cricket Club (NLF)

Coed Talon   v   Norton Central ( Potteries)


This competition is in its second year at Fox Lane. It was held previously at Irlam Steel.

In the 2016 championship, Parkfield Labour (NLF) beat Kings Heath Park (W&W) 150 to 131 respectively.

We wish both clubs well.





Take a look at the news from Welsh Junior Co-ordinator, Phil Maddox. An Open Day has been scheduled for Sunday 9th April at two venues,


                                 Colwyn Bay RBL BC – for Gwynedd/North West wales Area

and                           Gate Hangs High BC – for Flintshire/Wrexham Area


Start time is 11am prompt.


Says Phil ' The Welsh Junior selectors are holding an Open Day for all Juniors to come down and showcase their talents, regardless of age and ability. All are welcome to attend. Our Juniors are the stars of the future.'



We need to encourage the next generation of bowlers for Wales and this is a superb opportunity. Bowls teaches hand/eye co ordination, patience and great personal communication skills. It needs tactics, planning and determination and is a sport you can play life long. So if you know a seasoned Junior or a fledgeling, get them to come along to one of the sessions. Encourage them to bring along a non-bowling friend if they wish. The more the merrier.


Please pass this message to any Junior bowlers in your clubs and let's make it a success.


Contact deatails.  Dave Jones (07794651187) or Lee Davitt ( 07837906094) for attendance at Colwyn Bay RBL.

                             Kevin Stephenson (07792585036) or Jay Salisbury ( 07712229163)                      

for attendance at Gate Hangs High.


Phil Maddoox

Welsh Junior Co ordinator





Upcomming event:  Welsh Referees Society Annual Stan Higham Competition to be held at Rhos Park BC 23rd April.  11 o'clock start.


Contact Peter Hayes.

WCGBA Referees Secretary.