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LAST UPDATE: Sunday, 31 August 2014



Harrison Park won a thrilling Shield final when they defeated Oxton Conservative Club ‘B’ by just 2 shots.  Played at Lever Club, Harrison Park had almost cleared the 25-handicap start Oxton received with three winners from the first four blocks to finish the opening exchanges just four behind.  Oxton hit back in the middle four with three winning cards of their own which included a fine 21-7 card from Brian Lawrence as the ‘Cons Club’ built up their lead to 23 with two games to play.  Bill Jones brought the Wallasey side right back into the match with a timely 21-5 card leaving Bob Edwards and Graham Cairns to decide the destination of the trophy.  Cairns needed to get to 15 to ensure the trophy was going back with his Oxton teammates and leading out at 12-15 victory was in sight.  However any hopes were dashed by Edwards who finished with three ‘doubles’ to bring to an end a thrilling final. 


Roger Parker 21 v 13 Eric Cook

Robbie Dobby 21 v 16 Peter Jones

Paul Horner 21 v 11 Colin Glanville

Brian Pinder 19 v 21 John Lewis

Dave Bynoth 21 v 14 Geoff Hawkswell

Brian Thomlinson 07 v 21 Brian Lawrence

Ernie Gartland 14 v 21 Peter Martin

Roy Rowney 16 v 21 John Atherton

Bill Jones 21 v 05 Steve Langton

Bob Edwards 21 v 12 Graham Cairns


Gerry Riley kept the Ben Webster Memorial Shield in the Higher Tranmere Vets trophy cabinet thanks to a 21-17 victory over ‘C’ team colleague, Dave Bayne. Full details on the Ben Webster link opposite.



There was a tense end to the season as the last two matches in Division 1 would settle the relegation issues.  Anyone of Cammell Laird, Heswall RBL B or Oxton Conservative Club could have made the drop but as it turned out Heswall RBL B will be playing Division 2 bowls next season as Oxton leapfrogged them thanks to a 23 shot victory over Cammell Laird while Heswall lost at home to Kings 2000.  Tixall retained the Division 1 title with Gladstone finishing in second spot, courtesy of their overall aggregate win over New Brighton Quarry Vikings who finished the season level on points. New Brighton Quarry Vikings B and Albany will be playing Division 1 bowls next season thanks to their promotion from Division 2 with Bromborough Pool and West Kirby Park making the drop into Division 3. Gladstone B bounced straight back to Division 2 at the first attempt with Pensby joining them in the 2015 season.  Cammell Laird B and Liscard are the relegated teams. New Brighton Quarry Vikings C capped a fine season for the Wallasey club by clinching the Division 4 title with some ease with Royden Hall B finally getting out of the division with a run which saw them go 5 matches unbeaten.


Tixall ‘B’ were rarely troubled as the claimed the Cartwright Cup following victory over Albany on a sunny evening at Upton Victory Hall.  They cleared the 24-handicap start they had to give their Division Two opponents in the first four blocks to lead by 2 with Peter Hughes dominant, handing in a fine 21-9 card.  Three more winners in the middle four, including a 21-4 from Dave Williams, saw them increase their advantage to 33 and the match was put beyond Albany when Tony ‘Top Cat’ Collier came from 5-8 down to win 21-9.  Albany won two of the final four blocks with Martin Small running out on John Rogers from 12-19 and Paul Lewis defeating the new Birkenhead Parks champion, Robert Rogers, 21-12 finishing with a 7-break.  Final score – Albany (24) 201, Tixall ‘B’ (scr) 224.


Heswall RBL are this year’s Cec Hannay Rose Bowl champions after a 15 shot victory over Gladstone in the final played at Manor Road.  With three winners in the first four, Heswall added to their 12-handicap start to open up a 23 shot advantage but this was reduced to 9 after tremendous wins for Brian Hanlon (21-5) and Chris Motley (21-8) in the middle four.  However, Heswall finished the way they started with three winners in the back four to clinch victory and add to their 2010 triumph.  Final score Gladstone (scr) 211 v Heswall RBL(12) 226




Sunday 24 August edition now updated via the link opposite.



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