Welcome to the website of Merseyside County Crown Green Bowling Association.
The website in is the process of being updated and a new page – Calendar – has been added. Here you will find the full list of competition dates for the 2016 season with links to the entry forms for each competition and links to the county match teams/results.
12.09.16 – Heswall RBL will play Tixall in the final of the Len Standen Trophy on Sunday 18 September at Albany, Wirral. Details can be viewed via the Calendar page.
14.08.16 – Lynsey Gorman & Anita Richardson won the BCG Ladies Dorothy Piearce Memorial Pairs, played at Longton BC. Having beaten Barbara Harrison & Kerry Lees (Burton & District) 21-14 in the opener they eased into the quarter-finals with a superb 21-6 victory over Sue Worrall & Nicola Boulton (Mid Cheshire). Here they ended the hopes of Tracy Ryan & Julie Pearce (Shropshire) adding to their double winning titles of 2013/14 with a hard-fought 21-18 success. They stormed into the final courtesy of a 21-5 rout of Jane Edwards & Becki Peach (South Staffordshire) then clinched the title at the expense of Carol Verdon & Lyn Clarke (North Midlands), 21-16. Full results can be viewed via the BCGLBA link.
09.08.16 – Merseyside won the BCGBA Endsleigh Senior Supplementary County Championship when they defeated Derbyshire by 18 in the final on the greens at Irlam Steel Recreation & Social Club in Manchester. We suffered a surprise 2 chalk defeat to South Yorkshire in our opening match but bounced back to beat Warwick & Worcester by 13 (Craig Taylor 21-6) and then the previously undefeated Cheshire by 18 (Chris Barton 21-9). In the final, split over two greens, the first four blocks built up a commanding 25 chalk lead with Craig Taylor once again in fine form with a 21-7 card. The remaining four blocks moved over to the green that Derbyshire had played on all day and although we only had one winner (Matt Gilmore 21-14), the remaining players did enough to secure victory. Full results can be viewed on the BCGBA website.
KAREN SMITH won the Ladies Merit played in glorious sunshine at Upton Victory Hall (Wirral) and now goes through to the BCG Ladies Champion of Champions at the Waterloo Hotel, Blackpool, in September. Karen beat Anita Richardson 21-17 in the final. The full results can be viewed via the Calendar page.
31.07.16 – MATT GILMORE won the BCGBA Senior Individual Merit with a 21-18 final victory over Shropshire’s Andy Moss, fifteen years after he last won it. Played on the excellent greens at Llay Miners Welfare on the outskirts of Wrexham, Gilmore added to his 2001 success where he beat Graeme Wilson 21-16 also on Llay Miners Welfare. The full results can be viewed via the BCGBA website.
24.07.16 – Lynsey Gorman & Anita Richardson won the Mavis Dearden Pairs for the third consecutive year, defeating Linda Howard & Marg Lewis 21-14 in the final. The full results can be viewed via the Calendar page.
20.07.16 – The draw, venues and handicaps for the Len Standen Trophy can be viewed via the Calendar page.
18.07.16 – Merseyside Ladies ended their season in the BCGLBA County Championship with an overall 55 chalk defeat by Dudley & District. Things started brightly in the home leg at Melrose BC with Barbara McBurney winning 21-3. Unfortunately, even though Merseyside had six winners from the first eight cards, we could only struggle to a 5 chalk victory. Away from home, despite having five winning cards, we lost by 60 with Nikki Gilmore our best winner of the day, 21-14. The full results can be viewed via the Calendar page.
Pensby Ladies won the county Club Championship and will go forward to represent Merseyside in next season’s BCG Ladies Club Championship. They finish level on points with Melrose but had the better overall aggregate thanks to a resounding 37 chalk victory over Melrose when the sides met in what turned out to be the deciding match.
12.07.16 – Sandra Astles joined the ‘100 Club’ when she made her 100th county appearance in the match against Shropshire. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers by her county colleagues with a presentation to follow at the end of the season.
Tony Cavanagh finished runner-up in the BCGBA Grocontinental Jack & Jean Isherwood Veterans Championship. His day got off to a bad start as he got lost on the way to the excellent Prees Cricket & Recreation Club in Shropshire when his Sat Nav stopped working and arrived late but fortunately wasn’t scratched. He had no problem in finding his way around the green, beating four opponents on his way to the final, just losing out 21-18 to the legend, Noel Burrows in his final game.
05.07.16 – Good luck to our representatives in the forthcoming BCGBA and BCGLBA events. Gerry Riley and Tony Cavanagh will be heading down to Shropshire for the BCGBA Grocontinental Veterans Championship at the excellent Prees Cricket & Recreation Club on Wednesday (6th) while Kath Davies and Lynsey Gorman will take the relatively short trip to Owley Wood on Saturday (9th) for the BCG Ladies Individual Merit.
04.07.16 – Jordan McDemott put the disappointment of finishing runner-up in last year’s Junior Merit to go one better this year as he claimed his first title at Aigburth St Michaels BC with a 21-12 final victory over Patrick Southern. The results of the last eight can be viewed via the link on the Calendar page.
Merseyside lost their section decider with North Lancs & Fylde in the Endsleigh Senior County Championship, losing by 40 shots overall. It was a disappointing end to the qualifying campaign with both the home and away sides suffering defeat which ended our hopes of a semi-final place against Shropshire. Like the juniors, the senior side will have to settle for the Supplementary County Championship competition at the beginning of August. The full results can be viewed via the Calendar page.
01.07.16 – Harry Barlow was in tremendous form as he claimed the Jim Parry Veterans Memorial Trophy at Liverpool Cricket Club. He won three of his four games to single figures, finishing with a 15-4 final victory. The results of the last eight can be viewed via the link on the Calendar page.
29.06.16 – Merseyside play their final section match in BCGBA Endsleigh Senior County Championship on Sunday, 3 July, when we take on North Lancs & Fylde at British Plate, St Helens. This promises to be a cracking match between two evenly match sides who are both undefeated so far this season. A Merseyside win will see them through to the semi-finals. Play gets underway at 2pm and the full draw can be viewed via the Calendar page.
Merseyside ladies suffered a heavy loss to Shropshire in their latest match in the BCGLBA County Championship losing home and away. Things started brightly in the miserable rain at Harrison Park with Barbara McBurney winning 21-5, Lynsey Gorman 21-9 and Jean Clark 21-12 in the first five games off the green. After that it was all down hill. Away from home, Nikki Gilmore’s 21-8 card was the only highlight at St Georges BC. The full results can be viewed via the Calendar page.
13.06.16 – Merseyside juniors unfortunately lost their second and final section match in the Drakes Pride Junior County Championship with defeat by South Yorkshire. Mark Wood was the only winner away from home but the home side recorded a 28 chalk victory at Upton Victory Hall. Kye Gorman (21-3), Frazer Jeffries (21-8) Jamie Isaac (21-8) and Joseph Nugent (21-9) were all in top form but the Man of the Match award went to Finley Hormbrey who won 21-20. Final trailed 15 nil after nine ends but fought back in tremendous style to fully deserve his award. The full results can be viewed via the Calendar page.
05.06.16 – Merseyside made it two wins out of two in the BCGBA Endsleigh Senior County Championship with a hard fought 25 chalk victory over Derbyshire. They lost by 39 at Stretton BC (Sheffield) but won by 64 at the Wheatsheaf (St Helens) to set up what will be the section decider in July against North Lancs & Fylde who sit top of the section table by virtue of a better overall aggregate. The full results can be viewed via the Calendar page.
The latest edition of BCGBA NEWS (19), and previous editions, can be viewed and/or downloaded via this link – http://bcgba.org.uk (under ‘Play Bowls’).
04.06.16 – Jamie Isaac & Joseph Nugent won the Junior Pairs at Pensby BC, Wirral, beating Katerina Southern & Mark Wood, 21-9 in the final. Both finalists had tough semi-final games and the full results can be viewed via the link on the calendar page.
Tony Cavanagh and Gerry Riley qualified for the BCGBA Jack & Jean Isherwood Veterans Individual Championship coming through a successful qualifying round at scorching Manor Road BC, Wirral. They now take the place in the national finals on Wednesday 6 July at the excellent Prees Cricket & Recreation Club in Shropshire.
29.05.16 – Nick Burridge (Jnr) denied Matt Gilmore a second successive Merseyside Merit title when the last eight played off at the excellent Moorfield BC, Widnes. Played in glorious sunshine, Burridge beat Gilmore 21-19 in a tremendous final and joins the select few who have won the senior and junior merits. Burridge and Gilmore now qualify for the BCGBA Senior Individual Merit on Saturday 30 July at Llay Miners Welfare on the outskirts of Wrexham.
16.05.16 – Merseyside Ladies lost their second match in the BCG Ladies County Championship following an overall 53 chalk defeat to Greater Manchester. The ladies unfortunately lost home and away – by 11 at Heswall RBL, where Joan Jones won 21-8, and by 43 at North Chadderton SC though the defeat in the away leg doesn’t reflect the overall team performance. The ladies now have a ‘bye’ week in the next round of matches before facing Shropshire in their next match on Sunday 26 June. The full results can be viewed via the link on the Calendar page.
11.05.16 – Naureen Bunting made her 100th appearance in the BCG Ladies County Championship in the match with North Lancs & Fylde. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers by her county colleagues with a presentation to follow at the end of the season.
08.05.16 – Merseyside juniors suffered a heavy loss to last season’s semi-finalists, Shropshire, in their first match in the BCGBA Drakes Pride Junior County Championship. The home side lost by seven but the away side were a player short as some of the reserves failed to turn up. The full results can be viewed via the link on the Calendar page.
Jean Hughes won the Ladies Veterans Merit with a 15-13 victory over Maureen Percival, played at Albany (Wirral). The results of the last eight can be viewed via the link on the Calendar page.
01.05.16 – Merseyside won their opening match in the BCGBA Endsleigh Senior County Championship with a 22 chalk victory over the Isle of Man. The away side lost by 5 at Onchan BC but the home side recorded a 27 chalk victory at Unison BC to give Merseyside the overall aggregate and two league points.The full results can be viewed via the link on the Calendar page.
28.04 16 – The latest edition of BCGBA NEWS (18), and previous editions, can be viewed and/or downloaded via this link – http://bcgba.org.uk (under ‘About Us’).
24.04.16 – Merseyside Ladies, formerly Wirral Ladies, made a winning start in the British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association County Championship with a narrow 2 chalk victory over North Lancs & Fylde. The home side, playing at Pensby BC, recorded seven of the twelve winning jacks but lost by 3. The away team travelled to Goose Green BC and also claimed seven winning cards in a tremendous 5 chalk victory. The full results can be viewed via the link on the Calendar page.