Jamie Walker is “Taylor Bowls Bowler of the Year”

Northamptonshire’s Jamie Walker scooped the top accolade when he was named ‘Taylor Bowls Man Bowler of the Year’ at the Bowls England Men’s Annual Dinner held in Coventry in February – with Hampshire’s Tom Bishop winning the corresponding junior title. The 2012 season proved to be an exceptional year for the Northampton West End BC ace in singles events, reaching the semi-finals of both the National Sin Read More...

Bring a Friend campaign is launched

Bowls clubs across England are being urged to sign up for the latest National Bring a Friend event that aims to help clubs to recruit new members ready for the 2013 season. Bring a Friend, which is organised by the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) with the full support of Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd, will run from Saturday 26 April to Monday 6 May inclusive. Since its launch in the Read More...

Marshall’s masterclass wins him WBT International title

SCOTLAND’S Alex Marshall celebrated his 46th birthday in some style by producing a vintage performance to win The Co-operative Funeralcare International Open at Blackpool Newton Hall IBC. Marshall, who never dropped a set all week, was sheer class as he brushed aside England’s Robert Paxton 10-2, 10-1 to win his first World Bowls Tour event outside the World indoor championships. He may have experienced Read More...

Candy floss lost its gloss!

Co-operative international Open 2013 hosted by Partington’s at Blackpool Newton Hall Bowling Centre. Partington’s at Blackpool Newton Hall Bowling The last two games of the last sixteen both ended in two nil score lines but that does not allow for how good the games were. First onto the rink this morning Norfolk’s Merv King played Scotland’s Alex Marshall MBE. The Scot got off to a flyer and remained in Read More...

More thrills at Blackpool as the championship heats up

By Janice Gower at the International Open The crowds were treated to a roller coaster ride at the Blackpool Newton Hall Indoor Bowling Centre. First game of the day saw world number 8 Simon Skelton take on Co-operative Funeralcare Tour Card winner Jamie Chestney. And what an opener to the day it was. The first set went Devon man Jamie’s way 7-2, but the wheels came off in the second set when he dropped two fours Read More...

Seeds tumble in the International Open

By Janice Gower at the championships Three top seeds fell at the Co-operative Funeralcare International Open held at Partington’s Blackpool Newton Hall Bowling Centre. First game of the day saw world ranked number 4 Darren Burnett take on Canada’s Mike Bester. And what a treat the crowd was in for. The first five ends of the first set went all the Canadian’s way and he sat with a 9-0 lead. Darren looked out o Read More...

Chisholm takes Welsh Champion of Champions title with record win

Robert Chisholm set a new record when winning the WIBA Warner Leisure Hotels Champion of Champions title by not losing a single set in five matches played over the finals weekend, and held for the fifteenth consecutive year at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel. Having already won the Welsh International Open in 2009, and previously established in Greg Harlow’s rink in the England team, Chisholm was quickly snapped up by W Read More...

Roller coaster ride at Blackpool

by Janice Gower Day two at The Co-operative Funeral Care International Open, hosted by ‘Partington’s’ at Blackpool Newton Hall Bowling Centre, produced a stunning display of bowls. Defending champion David Gourlay featured in the first of the games. In what is considered the graveyard draw of Monday morning for defending champions, David faced a tough opponent in Australian Jason Carpenter. Both sets were ver Read More...

Sports bursary for promising youngsters

Bowls England junior internationals Ashley Clipston and Helen Mason are among 145 rising sports stars to receive a bursary award from Derbyshire Sport’s business network ICON. ICON was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of its work to create a lasting legacy in the county from the London 2012 Games. Both Ashley and Helen will receive up to £300 to help them meet relevant costs such as travel, equipment, coaching Read More...

Fourteen bowls clubs share Inspired Facilities Fund payout

Fourteen clubs affiliated to Bowls England have secured Olympic legacy funding worth a total of £598,422 following the latest round of applications to Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. The Inspired Facilities Fund aims to make it easier for community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs. It is part of the £150million Places People Play legacy programme that aims to ensure that the Read More...