Time flies when you’re having fun, or so they say. It does not feel like 3 months since the start of the 2017 outdoor season, and now we are already half way through the season. Like most outdoor sports bowling is very much dependent on the weather, arguably more so than many other sports. Line and length are keys to bowling if you are to get your bowls anywhere near the target (the Block or Jack).
Imagine how difficult it must be to bowl consistently on line and length when you experience all the elements during the space of one match. This is exactly what the bowlers in the first match of the season encountered. Since then we have had the kind of weather you would expect in a British spring – damp, cold weather one day, bright hot conditions the next (or even on the same day). Appearances in all these conditions just go to show how much a bowler loves the sport.
We are at about “mid-term” in our league matches, but I have to report that all teams are well established in the top half of their respective leagues. Special mention, however, must be made of several teams for their standings at this stage of the season. The Knutsford Ladies' team and Norley League A and B teams are all well established in the top three of their leagues. The progress of all teams and players can be found by clicking on the appropriate link on the “teams” page in the club’s website
Only one club competition, the Men's Pairs, has been completed so far. The Ladies' Pairs, unfortunately, had to be postponed due to a water-logged green. Hopefully we can re-schedule this for later in the season when we will have better conditions for bowling??? Three competitions are still in progress and there are two more at later dates. The men’s’ pairs competition, held in mid May saw some excellent bowling with games contested in a competitive but sportsmanlike fashion.
Congratulations to these members and thank you to all who supported the events in so many ways. The competitions which are ongoing are the singles mixed handicap and the men’s’ and ladies’ singles which are completed on finals day towards the end of August. A day not to be missed!
Chairman, Jean Mason with
Men's Pairs winners 2017
David Maynard and Rac Rigby
High Legh Big Weekend.
The Bowling club was pleased to take part in this highly successful event so magnificently organised by the Community Association. We welcomed a steady stream of guests aged from 5 to 80+ who were keen to have a go at Crown Green bowling for the first time. There was a great deal of enthusiasm displayed by all and a good proportion who showed a natural talent for this game. We hope that a number of these trialists will feel confident enough to visit us again in the near future and become members of this friendliest of clubs. We can offer free coaching and social bowling to anyone and club membership is available at 50% discount for beginners
High Legh Bowlers hope you had a happy and safe Christmas and are looking forward to 2017.
The outdoor bowling season finished with a flourish, in that members enjoyed another successful Away Day at Christleton followed by the Club Team Trophy competition on home ground. The Away Day provided plenty of friendly competition organised for us by Norman Harrison, which was rounded off by a splendid three course dinner when the results for the day were announced. Congratulations to Pat Hirst as the overall winner and to Rac Rigby as runner up.
The Team Trophy was held on the day before the closure of the green. We were blessed with fine weather for the occasion and a good turnout. This is the second year that this competition has been run, and it looks to be becoming a firm fixture in our bowling calendar. It provides the only opportunity throughout the season for representatives of all our ten teams to get together and compete against each other. Honours this year went to our Knutsford Mens League A team represented by Neil Dolan and Allan Rawnsley, who had a convincing win against the runners up, our Knutsford Friday evening A team represented by Bob Brown and David Readitt. Whether we should have some form of handicapping in 2017 and how this might work is something that is open for debate.
The league results achieved for 2016 were:-
Knutsford and District Ladies Bowling League; Division 2 3rd place.
Norley and District Bowling League Sect 3 High Legh A 4th ;Sect 5 High Legh B 9th.
Knutsford Friday Bowling League Div 1 High Legh A 7th; Div 2 High Legh B 9th. Knutsford Bowling League Div 3 High Legh A 5th; Div 5 High Legh B 2nd.
Trafford Evening Bowling League Division 2 6th
Knutsford Veterans Bowling League High Legh finished 4th..
The Presentation evening was again enjoyed by many of the members as well as providing an opportunity to recognise the achievements of members in the various club and League competitions
However the cessation of activity on the green, the start of the annual maintenance programme and the tidying up in the clubhouse does not mean that many of our bowlers have gone to ground until the next season. Indeed there is considerable activity with indoor bowling. Bowling in the Village Hall on Wednesday afternoons and evenings continues to be popular, the latter being more competitive than social and where “points mean prizes”. The team entered in the Cheshire Villages League started well and despite a dip of form latterly, have hopes of a fruitful start to 2017. We also have a team that plays at Northwich on a Monday night and a team involved in long mat bowling at Birchwood.
One important date for all bowlers to put in their diary is February 19th. This year in particular there are important decisions to be taken at the AGM, and all members of the club are urged to attend.