2023 News and Events

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Nalton Mixed Pairs Sept 2023

Manor Road’s Borough Bowling Club completed their Final club competition of the season on Saturday with the finals of the Nalton Pairs
Lynn Gates, who won this competition last year partnering John Llloyd, was drawn with Borough Saturday Captain Dave Pryce and they beat twin sister Jo Gates and John Lloyd in the first semi-final 21-10
Pete Charter and new bowler Simon Walker beat Robin Daplyn and Christine Turner 21-9 in the second semi-final
Charter and Walker got off to a great start in the final and ran into a 10-5 lead
However Pryce and Gates then took charge of the game and turned it round to win 9 consecutive ends and run out 21-10 victors
The Picture shows Borough members  looking on as the the finalists receive their prizes

Derrick Radley Cup Final 23-09-2023

Saturday saw Borough Bowling Club travel to Thorner near Leeds to play the prestigious Radley Cup Final against Hove Working Men’s Club from Halifax
Borough started the campaign back in May at Tadcaster defeating Almondbury Liberals 228 points to 192
Next up was a trip to Sewerby Park where Borough had 10 out of 12 winners beating Westgate 229 to 136
Then on a stormy July day a trip to Allerton Bywater saw Borough victorious against Rastrick 211-182
The semi final at Pontefract against Magnet Sports and Social Club was a nail biting affair with Borough edging home by a single point 209-208
In the final Borough got away to a poor start with only Steve Taylor out of the first four winning 21-12
Hopes were then raised a little when Sue Wilkinson came off with a 21-17 victory and then Jack Bird also came home 21-14
A flicker of hope was further ignited when Captain Dave Pryce had a magnificent 21-7 victory but alas it was soon extinguished and it was not to be Borough’s day ending with a defeat of 218 to 201
It was still a brilliant achievement to see one of the East Coast’s bowling clubs getting to a major Yorkshire final in the heartland of Crown Green Bowling 
It was also great to see the team were well supported by many members of the other clubs from the East Coast bowling community



for all their efforts securing the A League Title this year

Hutchinson Cup Final

Saturday saw Manor Road’s Borough Bowling club hold their Annual Club Championship playing for the Joe Hutchinson Trophy
After a series of knock out games during the week the final stages saw Barrie Watson beat Pete Mouser 21-14 in the first semi final whilst Dave Pryce beat Steve Price 21-10 in the other semi final
In the final it was last years Champion Watson who got his nose in front running into a 9-5 lead but Pryce, who first joined the Borough bowling club back in 1975, then took the Jack and won 6 ends in a row to move into a 12-9 lead
The game swung both ways with Watson taking an 18-17 lead before Pryce showed his experience and bowled two winning ends to take the game, the club championship and the trophy 21-18

Picture shows Club President Steve Taylor presenting the trophy

Wally Day and Malton Final's

Manor Roads Borough Bowling Club held their Annual Malton [handicap] Cup together with their Wally Day Cup final stages on Saturday 
New member Gary Thornton playing off scratch  fought his way to the Malton Cup final beating Graham Walker off plus 9 21-15
Whilst John Thundercliffe off plus 3 beat Ronnie Noble off the same handicap 21-17
In the final Thornton got off to a great start and pulled back the 3 shot start and took a 16-7 lead
The experienced Thundercliffe fought back and with the game poised at 18-15 it could have gone either way However it was Thornton who netted the 3 points to win 21-15 and take home his first bowling club trophy from Borough
It was a busy day for both Thundercliffe and Thornton as they both also reached the semifinals of the Wally Day Cup
In searing heat Thundercliffe bowed out 21-12 to Barrie Watson but Thornton fought his way to a second final beating Ray Malton 21-7
The final was a ding dong affair that looked to be going Thornton’s way again as he eased into a 20-18 lead. However this time it was Watson who bowled some precision woods to get the 3 points needed and take the trophy 21-20
Picture shows Borough President Steve Taylor presenting the trophies to the finalists 

Drawn Pairs Merit

Sunday saw Manor Road’s Borough Bowling Club host their Annual Drawn Pairs competition 54 competitors from all over Yorkshire were greeted with a superb bowling surface and glorious sunshine for a day that saw some brilliant  bowling.
Borough’s own Lynn Gates partnered Dukes Parks Andy Deighton dismissing Hunmanby’s Jenny Allen and Whitby’s Geoff Watson 21-12 in the first Semi final 
Whitby’s Kenny Wale and Dukes Parks Chris Dobson saw off North Cliff pairing of Alan Landers and Tony Flynn in the other Semi final 21-18
After the brilliant matches of the previous rounds unfortunately Wale and Dobson ran out of steam in the final and Gates and Deighton took the trophy with a 21-7 victory
Picture shows Borough President Steve Taylor presenting the prizes. 

Borough Bowling Club A Doubles Team

The East Coast district Crown Green Bowling Doubles league reached its climax on Thursday night
Manor Road’s Borough Bowling Club ‘A’ team have led the way most of the season but haven’t won the title for 6 years
In the final game of the season against nearest neighbours and rivals North Cliff ‘A’ , Borough still needed 49 points from the final set of 4 x 21 up matches to be certain of the title
First off were John Lloyd and Pete Charter with a superb 21-16 victory over North Cliff’s Danny Cooper and John Cooper
Then when Borough’s Tony Bland and Steve Taylor beat Pat Germaine and David Hill 21-15 followed by Steve Price and Liam Vasey from Borough beating Callum Malone and Ed McCormack 21-16 the title was Borough’s
To complete the evening Borough Captain Barrie Watson and Caroline  Watson beat Colin Leadhill and Richard Devine 21-20 to give Borough a full 84 points and the title in style
Missing from the Champions picture is Dave Pryce


This years Rosebowl qualifiers were held tonight and after some serious matches finished in the dark the Clubs representatives at the Finals at Eastfield on Sunday 17 September are Lynn Gates and Sue Wilkinson and Barrie Watson and Caroline Watson

Hospital Cup Results 2023

This week saw the final matches played in the East Coast of Yorkshire Crown Green Bowling Evening Singles League First Division
Manor Road’s Borough Bowling Club A team had led the league from the start of the season but still needed 120 points from their final set of 8x 21 up matches against Bridlington Bay Bowling Club to secure the title
It was a thrilling finale to a very close title race and Borough took the Championship in style achieving 166 points to bring the league title back to Manor Road for the first time in 20 years
Picture shows the title winning Borough A team
Back row left to right Andy Adamson (Captain) Jack Bird, Steve Taylor, Steve Price, Barrie Watson, Pete Charter
Front Dave Pryce and Matthew Bell with missing from the Photo Liam Vasey and John Lloyd


Remember Social Bowling on this Saturday the 19th, is at 9am as the C team are at home at 11am
The postponed Saturday fixtures have now been re-arranged as follows:
Saturday 26th August 2pm  Borough A v Borough B
Saturday 2nd September 2pm Borough C v Robin Hoods Bay
Saturday 2nd September 5-30pm Borough B v Dukes Park A
Sunday 3rd Sept is the  Drawn Pairs Merit  at Borough (open to anyone on the East Coast)
The provisional date for the Radley Cup Final, Borough v Hove Edge (Halifax) is  Saturday September 23rd but this has yet to be confirmed
On the week commencing Monday 4th September  I am hoping to run the Wally Day Cup and the Malton Cup (handicap) with the final stages being played on Saturday September 9th and weather allowing to have a Barbecue to celebrate the year
The following week I will run the Club Championship, Hutchinson Cup with the final stages on Saturday 16th September
Finally to wrap the season up we can play the Nalton mixed Doubles with the final stages on Saturday 30th September


The East Coast inter district squad had a tough time in Halifax today competing in the annual Yorkshire Inter district competition
After getting off to a great start against Leeds district vets with Danny Cooper, Paul Morgan Andy Deighton and Barrie Watson producing 4 wins in first 4 games unfortunately the last 6 couldn’t get over the line
In the second game it was only Andy Deighton again and Boroughs Jack Bird who got the wins and the team was well beaten by Huddersfield District
It’s always tough to come into the middle of Yorkshire where competition is fierce and standards high but the team put in a very creditable


Last Saturday we travelled to Pontefract Bowling Club to play Magnet Sports and Social Club from Tadcaster in the semi-final of the Derrick Radley trophy with fingers crossed that if all 12 of our players played to the best of their ability we could win
We got away to a decent start with Jack Bird winning 21-12 , Andy Adamson 21-14, Lynn Gates and Pete Charter both winning 21-15 but we then fell behind until Captain Dave Pryce turned it round with a magnificent 21-8 victory
We were then left 2 points behind with Barrie Watson to play and roared on by the rest of the squad he was lucky enough to bowl the winning wood and won 21-18
We therefore made it to the final with 209 points to Magnets 208
The date and venue of the final, when we will play Hove Edge from Halifax, is yet to be announced
If we can lift the trophy it will be one of the finest achievements in the history of Borough Bowling Club

Friday evening saw Manor Road’s Borough Bowling Club hold their Annual Finals night for three of their Club Cups

A good crowd of members turned out on a drizzly evening to support the event
First up was the Foxton novices Cup which saw Joyce Barron playing Ronnie Noble
After an even start Noble crept into a 12-6 lead but Barron closed the gap and at 16-12 the game could have gone either way but Noble then took charge and ran away to a 21-14 victory
Next was the Maltby Ladies Cup in which the experienced Rita Bland had bowled her way to the final to play Caroline Watson
On a quite heavy green it was Watson who took charge and ran out with a 21-9 victory
The last event was the Russell over 65 Cup which saw relative newcomer Kev Moss take on the vastly experienced Pete Charter
Charter showed all his skills to run out with a 21-6 victory



Sunday 30 July sees the East Coast Mens Inter District squad travel to Halifax for the annual Yorkshire Inter District Cup. Our team is drawn in the same group as strong favourites Huddersfield district and also Wakefield District on green No2 at Elland Cricket and Bowling Club in Hullenedge Lane, Elland, Halifax
We are pleased to say four Borough members are included in the squad of twelve
Squad is Matthew Bell, Jack Bird, Dave Pryce, Barrie Watson (all Borough) Ken Wale, Paul Morgan Geoff Watson (Whitby), Kev Gates Andy Deighton (Dukes Park) Alan Landers, Danny Cooper (North Cliff) Billy Holdsworth (Hunmanby)
We wish the team the best of luck


Boyes Cup Final 2023

The Crown Green Bowling East Coast of Yorkshire District celebrated 100 years of their prestigous Boyes Cup competition on Sunday with the annual knockout
Each of the 9 clubs send 6 representatives to play to a final on the day which was held at Dukes Park Bridlington this year
Last years winner Andy Deighton from Dukes battled his way to the final beating team mate Geoff Price in the semifinal 21-10
Whilst Whitby’s Paul Morgan beat Scarborough North Cliffs Alan Landers 21-18 in the other semi
Morgan got off to a great start in the final running into a 6-0 lead but Deighton hit back and the game was locked in a tight affair at 13-14
Morgan then took charge and ran out a 21-16 winner
Picture shows first time winner Paul Morgan being presented with the 100 year old trophy by East Coast President Pete Charter whilst East Coast fixture secretary David Muir, who ran the competition looks on

Sponsored Scarborough 3 peaks walk report

Borough member Caroline Watson took part in Sunday’s Scarborough 3 peaks sponsored walk in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice
The walk was from the Hospice to Scarborough Castle on to Oliver’s Mount then Jacobs Mount and back to the Hospice and was 12 miles long
The walkers set off at 7-30am and were home by 2-30 pm
Caroline was kindly sponsored by many bowlers and raised £210 in aid of the hospice

Inter District K.O. competition

This Sunday, 25 June sees the East Coast Ladies inter district squad travel to Halifax Bowling Club to take on both Harrogate District and Huddersfield District in the annual knock out competition

We are pleased to say two of our ladies Sue Wilkinson and Lynn Gates are both included in the squad
We wish them and all the ladies the best of luck ????

Ladies Inter district representative team report

The East Coast Ladies Inter district representative team travelled to Halifax on Sunday for the annual knockout competition
In the first match they beat Harrogate district with a stunning 195-141 victory
Unfortunately the second match was against the tournament favourites Huddersfield district and they went down 201-149
Boroughs Lynn Gates played her part being the only lady to come away with 2 victories with impressive 21-11 and 21-12 wins
Sue Wilkinson was also in the squad but was unlucky to be an unused reserve

Over 60's Doubles Merit 23-06-2023

A humid summers day saw the GT Garages sponsored over 60’s Doubles merit played at Borough Bowling Clubs Manor Road green
A great entry of 60 bowlers from all over the East Coast region enjoyed a superbly prepared running green
Hunmanby’s husband and wife pairing of Billy and Sue Holdsworth were first through to the final with a 21-16 semifinal victory over teammates Pam Watson and Phil Todd
Whilst the pairing from Bridlington of Geoff Oldham and Brian Whitehouse saw off Boroughs Pete Charter and Phil Todd 21-11 in the second semifinal 
Oldham and Whitehouse were in no mood to be beaten in the final and raced into a 13-4 lead before eventually taking the trophy with a 21-8 victory
Picture shows Borough President Steve Taylor presenting the prizes

Tyne Cup 28th May 2023

Manor Road’s Borough Bowling Club hosted their annual Tyne Cup singles competition on Sunday
The trophy is dedicated to the memory of long time Borough Club Secretary Mick Gates and the competition  was kindly sponsored by the Gates family
There were 60 entrants from all over Yorkshire and after 8 hours of bowling the final was contested by Hunmanby’s Pam Watson and Whitby’s Paul Morgan
Morgan was quickest to start on a tricky green and ran into a 12-5 lead before Watson fought back to close the gap to 10-14
However Morgan then produced a great display of corner bowling to run out a 21-10 winner
Picture shows Borough Vice President Andy Adamson with Mick Gates daughter Jo Gates presenting the prizes

Ted King Doubles 27th May 2023

Manor Road’s Borough Bowling Club held their Annual drawn pairs competition for the Ted King shield in glorious conditions on a fast running green
The all ladies paring of Caroline Watson and Pauline Allison took the first final place beating Dave Walker and Pete Charter 21-14 whilst John Lloyd and Kev Moss beat Tony Bland and Joyce Barron for the second berth
Caroline and Pauline got off to a great start racing into a 7-0 lead and John and Kev were always playing catch up but got back to 11-9 down
The ladies then won 5 ends in a row to race into a 19-9 lead before finally running out winners 21-13
Picture show Borough Secretary Barrie Watson presenting the prizes

OVER 60'S MERIT (MILLER CUP) 19-05-2023

Borough Bowling Club held their Annual over 60’s Miller Cup on the Manor Road green on Friday
A superb bowling surface greeted the 50 players from all over the East Coast and the sun shone all day
Geoff Howard from Sewerby Park beat Whitby’s Kenny Rogers 21-18 to claim the first final place whilst Hunmanby’s Geoff Oldham beat Dukes Park Bridlington’s Chris Dobson 21-17 for the second final berth
In the battle of the two Geoffs it was Oldham who ran into an early 11-8 lead before Howard pegged him back and took a 19-16 lead
However it was Geoff Oldham who bowled his way to victory taking the Miller Cup for the first time 21-20
Picture shows Borough President Steve Taylor presenting Geoff Oldham and Geoff Howard with their prizes

Potter Cup 6th May 2023

On the day of the Kings Coronation, Manor Road’s Borough Bowling Club held their annual handicap competition the Potter Cup
Scratch bowler Andy Adamson fought his way to the final to meet Joyce Barron off plus 6 who had seen off two scratch bowlers John Lloyd and Shaughan Temple on her way to the final
Andy was straight out of the blocks and after 4 ends had wiped off the handicap to level scores at 6 across
However Joyce was having none of this and soon ran into a 14-10 lead and then an 18-17 lead 
At this point Andy took charge and with some precision bowling managed to get over the line 21-18 to take the Potter trophy for his first time ever

Club Doubles Final 10th April 2023 ( Boyce Cup)

Manor Road’s Borough Bowling Club played their Annual Club Doubles for the 1906 Boyce Cup on Easter Monday
A great entry and random draw saw neighbours Dave Pryce and Allen Green drawn together and they made their way to the final to meet Hazel Marshall and Barry Gosling. The final was a really well contested affair with some great bowling and Pryce and Green forged an early lead and at 14-6 seemed to be getting away from Marshall and Gosling
However no-one was giving anything away and some top bowling saw both pairs locked together at 17 across
At this point the experience of Pryce saw the pair over the line 21-17 to take the trophy for 2023
Photo shows Borough Secretary Barrie Watson presenting the finalists with their prizes

Mick Gates Open Doubles 26th March 2023

64 bowlers from all over Yorkshire came to compete in Borough Bowling Clubs inaugural Mick Gates Open Doubles on Sunday
Mick Gates was the secretary at Borough for many years and a very longstanding and popular member.
His son, daughter and grandaughter all played in this first annual pairs event dedicated to his memory
There was some top bowling all day that culminated with a final contested by Boroughs Andy Adamson and North Cliffs Danny Cooper who played Whitby’s Geoff Watson and Paul Morgan
It was a very tight game which Adamson and Cooper just kept their necks in front all the way through eventually running out 21-16 to be the first names on the new cup
The Picture shows Borough President Steve Taylor and Jo Gates presenting the winners with their prize

Webb Cup 25 March 2023

The final stages of the Webb Cup saw 4 times winner Pete Charter face holder Les Ramm
The game see-sawed early days as each player won alternate ends but with the Score at 7 across Charter found a line and length that Ramm couldn’t match and got away to take the trophy 21-8
Well played Pete Charter who first won the trophy in 1991 but hadn’t then won it since 2012
Picture shows Borough President Steve Taylor presenting the trophies 

Presidents Cup 18-03-2023

Manor Roads Borough Bowling Club held their Annual Presidents Day on Saturday 18th March

New President Steve Taylor bowled the first 2 woods to declare the green open for the new season and then watched the 8 qualifiers complete the final stages of the Presidents Cup
Les Ramm and Ken Marshall beat Kev Moss and Eric Truman 21-16 to make the final together with Ronnie Noble and Barry Gosling who beat Pete Charter and John Thundercliffe 21-17
Ramm and Gosling were paired together in the final and raced away into a 10-2 lead but Marshall and Noble dug in and dragged themselves back in the game at 13 each before Ramm and Gosling got a second wind and went on to take the Presidents Trophy 21-13
Pictures show Borough President Steve Taylor bowling the first wood and then presenting the winners trophies along side Anne Holmes who donated the new trophy in memory of her late husband Bob Holmes


The guess the distance the presidents woods were from the Jack competition raised £80 for club funds .The brand new, Drakes Pride bag, valued at £60, was won by Eric Truman who guessed 4 foot 2 1/2 inches after Steve’s woods were measured at 4 foot 4 inches 

Congratulations to Eric

Final Winter Singles Merit 19-02-2023

51 Crown Green bowlers turned out at Borough Bowling Clubs Manor Road green for the final East Coast District winter singles merit of the season
Dukes Parks Andy Deighton beat team mate Kevin Gates 21-17 to claim the first final berth whilst Bridlingtons Geoff Oldham beat Castlefords Stuart Thompson 21-19 to take the other final place
Deighton came out fastest in the final to race into a 12-6 lead then edge further ahead 17-14
However Oldham was not giving in and turned things round to win 21-18
Tea and biscuit winners were Steve Dover and Billy Holdsworth beating Keith Humphries and Callum Malone 21-14 in the final
Picture shows Borough President Steve Taylor presenting the winning prizes

Malcolm's 70th

It was a busy weekend at Borough this weekend 
First of all a lot of members packed into the Tap and Spile Pub to celebrate a surprise 70th Birthday party for Malcolm Padgett
Malcolm’s sister presented him with a birthday cake in the shape of a bowling Green complete with a black cat

Borough Merit 29-01-2023

49 hardy bowlers from all over Yorkshire turned out to Manor Road bowling green for Borough Bowling Clubs latest Winter merit

The green was in terrific condition and after a full days bowling, Castlefords Stuart Thompson took home the winnings, beating  Whitby’s Paul Morgan 21-12 in a well contested final
The tea and biscuits consolation competition for first round losers was won by Whitby’s Sue Emmerson and Ian Hadden
Picture shows Borough President Steve Taylor in the centre presenting the prizes.

New Years Day Competition

A dry sunny and crisp day greeted the nine hardy bowlers for the New Years Day competition

Each bowler partnered each of the other bowlers for 6 ends  in a battle to take home a Christmas selection box donated by Caroline Watson
Caroline was not going to let the chocolates go without a fight and indeed she didn’t
By finishing second to husband Barrie she ensured the sweeties came home
Ronnie Noble came a close third with Pete Hodgson just behind in fourth
Other bowlers were Pete Charter Pauline Allison David Walker Dave Waite and Keith Watson
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