At the Windle Bowling Club
Lynsey Gorman, President, British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association, presented the trophy and a specimen rose bush,provided by the sponsors County Garden Roses to Nicola Boulton
After much preparation and hard work by the Board and club members the National Ladies Individual Merit finals day arrived. This is the premier competition in the ladies bowling calendar with sixty-four of the country’s finest bowlers competing.
The greens were looking and running well thanks to Eric Lanchin giving them a mowing on the Friday morning despite some heavy rain during the week. The grounds looked magnificent and were a credit to the members that tend them.
The British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association officials arrived and set up the bowling paraphernalia around the greens. The scoreboards, the greens signage and the PA all made for a very professional picture. Several of our members manned the car park at the club and at Cowley Language College who very kindly let us use their sixth form car park.
The weather was very pleasant and, with the smell of bacon and sausages cooking wafting from the BBQ, the kitchen was very busy. The finals kicked off at 10am and without any practice the competitors very quickly started to find some difficult marks and master them. The standard of bowling was excellent and it was encouraging to see so many young bowlers competing.
The first round of 32 matches, played on both greens, progressed well and were completed in good time. The kitchen and bar were in full swing with drinks and food in demand. The ladies who prepared the sandwiches, salads and desserts deserve special thanks for their hard work over the day.
The finals continued until the last eight were decided. The final matches were then all played on green 1. The standard of bowling was so impressive that one of our pensioner team bowlers was heard to say “they could join our team any day!” A true accolade. The semi-finals produced two very close games with Nicola Boulton, Mid Cheshire, winning to 18 and Joan Lewis, Staffordshire, winning to 19. To win the final the two ladies played a total of six games, all to 21 up. A true test of stamina and concentration. The final was eventually won by Nicola Boulton winning to 12.
The whole day was fantastic and I wish to personally thank all those members who helped make the day the success it was. The BCGLBA again stated that they and the competitors were very impressed with the excellent greens, facilities, organisation, hospitality and warm welcome they received from Windle Bowling Club. This is the second major competition that we have hosted on behalf of the British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association. The association indicated that they would like to use our facilities again in the future. We are now truly on the map.
Peter Case: Chairman : Windle Bowling Club Ltd
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