Lancashire Squad Building Sessions

Following the withdrawal of the Lancashire Junior Team from the Junior County Championships, the Manager (Clive Fenn) is planning to hold Squad Building Sessions where any young bowlers may come along and try us out on dates when we would have been playing in the Championship.

There are two sessions now planned, the first is on 11th August at Scarisbrick Bowling Club, 1A Falkland Road, Southport PR8 6LG and the second will be on 8th September at Ormskirk C & B Club, Altys Lane, Ormskirk, L39 4RG. Bowlers are asked to attend around 12:30 for practice and a training session / competition will start around 1pm. Bowlers will play in groups of roughly equal ability. It is anticipated they will finish around 4pm. Some refreshments should be available on the day but you can bring a picnic.

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West Lancs & Sefton Junior Merit 2019

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Winner 2019: Harry Prescott
Runner up : Andrew Arnold

Winner 12 & Unders: Lily Morris
Runner Up: Harry Copeland

There was a marvelous day’s bowling in the 2019 West Lancs & Sefton Junior Merit.  The competition was held at Ormskirk Bowling Club, with the main Merit competition on the grass green and the 12 & Unders playing on the artificial. Numbers were up on the previous year, with 17 young crown green bowlers in total turning up to play.

The Group stages for the main Merit saw some good matches, with the top 2 in each group battling it out for a place in the semis. Group A involved some close matches, with Harry Prescott just coming out on top in high quality matches against homesters Lily Copeland (15-11) and Chris Farrell (15-12).  Harry topped the Group, with Chris coming second.

Group B was won by Andrew Arnold, with the pivotal match being against Rylan Irwin (21-16), with Rylan having to second place in the Group.  All the semis were good matches.  Andrew Arnold beat team mate Chris Farrell 21-17, and Harry Prescott beat Rylan Irwin 21-15.

In the final Harry overcame a tiring Andrew 21-11 to lift the magnificent Merit trophy, in a reversal of last year’s 12 & Under final whic the same two had competed for.

In the 12 & Unders the players from other clubs (Botanic and Scarisbrick Bowling Clubs) all adapted well to the fast artificial surface, and the fact that we had 10 young bowlers competing for this trophy bodes well for the future.  Players were divided into two groups of 5 players. Group A was tremendously close.  Matthew Finch ran away with top place after 4 wins, but the next three (Eve Lowe, Edith Hannah and Alex Dougan all won two matches and could only be separated on points difference.  Eve scrapped through to the semis by virtue of a +4 points difference – Edith and Alex being on -3 and 0 respectively.

Group B was won by the 2017 champion Harry Copeland (4 wins) and runner up was Lily Morris (3 wins).  This Group contained the youngest competitor, Michael Hannah, at just 8 years old, and who acquitted himself really well and is surely one to watch for the future.

The semis and final were full of drama and with lots of highs and lows and nail-biting tension.  Whilst Harry had a fairly straighforward win 11-3 against Eve, Lily had a much tougher game against Matthew, winning 11-10 with drama right to the last bowl.

The final was another titanic struggle between Lily and Harry.  Lily raced to a 5-0 lead before Harry got going and pegged her back.  Going into the last end leading 10-9, Lily just kept her nerve to take the 2019 title 11-9.

The best thing about the whole day was the sporting manner in which games were played and how much enjoyment all the young players got from taking part.  Roll on 2020!!  If any young people under the age of 17 fancy giving crown green bowls a try then further details can be found on the West Lancs & Sefton Junior Bowls Forum’s website https://wlsjuniorbowls.wordpress.com/ or by ringing Ian Gill on 07500 918 081- sessions are run in Southport, Ormskirk and Churchtown.

Full results can be found on bowlsnet on the junior merit tab to the right of the main page – http://bowlsnet.uk/WestLancsJunior

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Junior Merit today

The Junior Merit is on today but the start time is moving back. Arrive at 11 for an 11.30 start as rain should be stopping around then

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West Lancs & Sefton Junior Merit

Ormskirk Bowling Club will be hosting the West Lancs & Sefton Junior Merit on Saturday 20 July. There will be a 12 & Unders Comp and a 13-16 comp. Entry is free. All should enter if they can. Format will be round robin with trophies for winners and runners up. Arrive 10am for a 10.30 start. Practice is allowed.

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Lancashire Squad Builder

There will be a Lancashire Squad Builder Session on the 2nd Sunday of the month as there is now no match. The first Squad Builder will be on 14th July at Hesketh Bank Bowling Club, Station Road, PR4 6ST as the green is already booked for us that day. All Junior bowlers are invited to attend no matter their ability –  groups of similar ability will play with each other.  Meet from 12:30 and start playing at 1pm and plan to be away around 4pm.

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Players urgently needed For Lancashire Juniors on 12 May

Lancashire currently has a full strength home team with one reserve for the game against Derbyshire on 12 May but is three players short and no reserves for the away team. If you know of any junior players who can bowl on 12th May please let Clive Fenn know on 07949 200 926 or clive.fenn@flowtechdesign.com.

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Junior Bowls Forum AGM

The West Lancs & Sefton Junior Bowls Forum AGM will be held on Tuesday 19 February at 7.30pm in the Scarisbrick Bowling Club Pavilion (Falkland Road, Southport).

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Lancashire Fixtures 2019

Please put the following dates in your diaries.

  • Saturday, 13th April Lancashire Junior Team Builder – venue to be notified
  • Sunday 12th May Derbyshire v Lancashire
  • Sunday 9th June Lancashire Junior Merit
  • Sunday 14th July South Yorkshire v Lancashire
  • Sunday 11th August NL&F v Lancashire,
  • Sunday 8th September Lancashire v North Midlands

 

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Federation Results

All the results from this year’s Junior and Youth Federation matches for the Ormskirk West Lancs team and final league tables can now be found on Bowlsnet – click on the Federation 2018 tab top right- http://bowlsnet.uk/WestLancsJunior/

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Fantastic Merit

There were some great games today in the West Lancs & Sefton Junior Merit today.

The 12 & Under final on the artificial green would have been worthy of a good quality adult match with Andrew Arnold (Ormskirk) slugging it out with Harry Prescott (Botanic) Andrew just came out on top winning 21-18.

The main event was an all Botanic affair with Joe Cumiskey taking on Connor Peake after they had beaten Lucy Currie and Janes Fairley respectively in the semis. Joe started well but Connor pulled away to take the title 15-8. Thanks to all players and supporters for their help on the day, all games were played in a fantastic spirit.

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