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2nd October 2017

Winter League update
Quick update on where we're at.   There will be 11 teams in the Winter League, the usual suspects plus the Egerton Arms who are entering a team after a few years gap. Best of Luck to them!     The 'Nomads' are returning to the Cross Foxes this season and will be playing from there.   The Foxes table has been moved round to the other side of the pub btw, in case you can't find it!

The fixtures are being done this week, will be published online when ready, and will be distributed to all pubs and clubs ASAP.

25th September 2017
Trophy update

The Summer League trophy has now been located and recovered from the Cross Foxes and is on its way to have
the engraving updated, along with all our other trophies.    The cup is shown together with the old Singles Trophy which I returned to St. Werburgh's Club yesterday.
 

21st September 2017
Presentation Night update
At the Presentation part of the evening, no-one was present from the Spital to receive their trophies, and only John Ford was present from the Cross Foxes to receive three lots of trophies.     As a result, they were all left in Bawn Lodge after the Presentation, but John Ford popped round today and collected the lot.     I understand the Spital ones have already been delivered to the pub and John is holding all of the Cross Foxes ones.   Big Thank You to John Ford!!!  

20th September 2017
AGM / Presentation Night
A combined AGM / Presentation Night was held at Bawn Lodge this evening with 38 people present.   Minutes of the AGM can be found here.    My thanks go to everyone who attended and to Bawn Lodge for hosting the event, especially Dave Burrows and Adam Wallace.

11th September 2017
Anyone recognise this old cup?
Did the rounds last week collecting cups for Presentation Night, and this one was given to me in St. Werburgh's Club.   It's not one I recognise, does anyone out there know anything about it?   The large plate at the top is engraved "Singles Challenge Cup - Bagatelle - Skol Lager".    The base is engraved "Presented by"..... and that's it, no winners names.    Also, when did we last have anything engraved in the Market?         Some pics of the mystery cup are below, click on them for a bigger picture, any help gratefully received!

         

Best guess so far is that it's from the old George and may have been either a Summer League trophy or an in-house trophy.    But what year is it from?   Update 20th Sept: it is felt the cup probably is an "in-house" one from the George and as such it will be returned to St. Werburgh's to go into their trophy cabinet.   It is very impressive, hopefully it can be used for something! 

6th September 2017
Summer league - week 14
The Royal Oak 'A' entertained St. Werburgh's Club with the visitors needing the points to win the league.   After a close first half there was just 6 points between the teams with the home side holding the slight advantage HT scores 218-212.   St. Werburgh's took the lead in the second half and did enough to ensure they stayed in front to win both the game and the Summer League title FT scores 355-410.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak 'A' were Rich Williams (77), Chris Barlow (57) and Sean Littlehales (46 2nd visit).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (77), Dave Watton (65) and Mike Peacock (63).   The Oak 'A' had 7 players and St. Werburgh's had 8.   Congratulations to all the players at St. Werburgh's Club!

The Olde Cottage entertained Bawn Lodge and the visitors took an early lead and then held on to it through to the break HT scores 229-248.   The Cottage came back in the second half and edged in front then did just enough to win a close game FT scores 450-428.   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (76), Jamie Price (71) and Iain Ellis (69).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rich Tarr (81), Adam Wallace (67) and Rob Bawn (56).   Both teams had 8 players.

I don't have the result of the Talbot v Royal Oak 'B' game yet, and the Spital had their second bye this week. Update: I understand the Royal Oak 'B' won at the Talbot, so I've awarded the Oak 'B' 3 points.

2nd September 2017
Proposal for AGM
The deadline for submitting proposals has now passed, and just one has been received.   An official notification of this proposal (as shown below) will be distributed shortly to all pubs.  This form must be returned in order for your vote to be counted.

30th August 2017
Summer league - week 13
St. Werburgh's Club entertained the Royal Oak A and the home side were exactly 100 points ahead at the break HT scores 276-176.   St. Werburgh's added to their lead throughout the second half to record a very solid home win FT scores 544-311.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Ray Lamb (92), John Clarke (86) and Derek Jones (77).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak A were Rich Williams (67), Chris Barlow (46) and Fran Williams (45).   St. Werburgh's had 7 players and the Royal Oak A had 6.

The Royal Oak B entertained the Talbot and the home side led by just 14 points at the break HT scores 234-220.   The Oak B increased their lead to 35 after 5 men, but the Talbot came back and were 15 points behind after 6 men and only 6 points behind after 7 men.   Jake McNicholas then scored 53 on his second visit to win the game for the Talbot FT scores 422-432.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak B were Barry Tipton (80), Richard Evans (68) and Terry Davies (66).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Alan Joinson (72), Paul Halliwell and Pat Wallace (both 59) and Billy Groome (55).   Both teams had 7 players.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Cottage and there was just 20 points between the teams at the break HT scores 269-249.   Bawn Lodge pulled away in the second half to win comfortably in the end FT scores 510-413.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (83), Dave Burrows (75) and Rob Bawn (74).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jamie Price (91), Jim McClurg (64) and John Pritchard (58).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Cottage had 6.

The Spital Vaults have their byes this week and next, but still have one re-arranged game with the Royal Oak B to play.   For info, the only other outstanding postponed game is the Royal Oak A v Talbot game.

23rd August 2017
Message to Trophy Holders
Can all trophy holders please either have their trophies ready for collection or return them to Mike Hillier or myself ASAP please, we need get them engraved for this years Presentation Night on 20th September.  

Singles Trophy - St. Werburgh's Nigel Walker.  
351 Competition and Doubles - United Services +  Dave Cooper and Ted Randles.

Thanks to the Royal Oak B lads who returned 4 trophies this evening!

Summer league - week 12
The Cottage entertained the Royal Oak B and the visitors led by 43 at the break HT scores 230-273.   The Cottage managed to pull just 4 points back after the break FT scores 463-502.   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (82), Neil Davies (76) and Alan MacIver (69).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak B were Pete Ashford (93), Richard Evans (84) and Terry Davies (78).   The Cottage had 8 players and the Royal Oak B had 7.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Spital and there was just 10 points between the teams at the break HT scores 214-224.   The Spital added to their lead after the break to record a fine away win FT scores 389-470.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Andy Burrows (80), Alan Hewitt (61) and Adam Wallace (58).   Top scorers for the Spital were Tommy Fennell (87), Paul McLaughlin (85), and Luke Evans and Dale Williams (both 60).   Bawn Lodge had 7 players and the Spital had 8.

The game between the Royal Oak A and the Talbot was postponed at the request of the Talbot (I think!).

16th August 2017
Summer league - week 11
The Royal Oak B entertained the Cottage, and apart from the very start of the game the Cottage were well behind HT scores 284-173.   It got no better for the visitors after the break as the Oak B piled on the points FT scores 563-339.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak B were Richard Evans (91), Barry Tipton (86) and John Lea (82).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (69), Jim McClurg (57) and Alan MacIver and John Pritchard (both 53).   The Royal Oak B had 8 players and the Cottage had 7.

I have no details, but understand the Spital beat Bawn Lodge by 93 points. Two points have been awarded to the Spital.   Edit: HT scores were 296-227 and FT was 555-462.   Top scorers for the Spital were Vince Howard (88), Craig Boggan (87) and Paul McLaughlin (79).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (81 second visit), Andy Burrows (68) and Tony Harvey (67).   The Spital had 8 players and Bawn Lodge had 6.

The Talbot entertained the Royal Oak A and there was just 1 point in it at the break HT scores 209-208.   The Talbot edged ahead throughout the second half and eventually won by 50 FT scores 420-370.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Shaun Done (69), Pat Wallace (64) and Alan Joinson (61).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak A were Chris Barlow (70), Rich Williams (61) and D. Williams (50).   The Talbot had 7 players and the Oak A had 6.

St. Werburgh's have their bye this week and next.

9th August 2017
Summer league - week 10
Bawn Lodge entertained leaders St. Werburgh's and the visitors put in an excellent first half to give them a commanding lead at the break HT scores 205-277.   St. Werburgh's added to their lead in the second half to win comfortably FT scores 427-551.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Dave Burrows (77), Rob Bawn (74) and Alan Hewitt (73).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (84), John Clarke (78) and Ray Lamb (71).   Bawn Lodge had 7 players and St. Werburgh's had 8.

The Cottage entertained the Talbot and the home side put in a good performance to lead by 77 at the break HT scores 270-193.   The Cottage pulled further ahead at the start of the second half before being pegged back slightly at the end of the game FT scores 513-383.   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (94), Jamie Price (82) and Alan MacIver (76).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Jon Parkins (66), Paul Halliwell (59) and Mark Ashford (53).   Both teams had 8 players.

The game between the Spital and the Royal Oak B was postponed at the request of the Spital, and the Royal Oak A had their second bye this evening.

7th August 2017
AGM/Presentation Night
In accordance with rule 35, notices of the combined AGM and Presentation Night have now been distributed to all pubs and clubs.   As a reminder, it's at Bawn Lodge on 20th September 2017.

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2nd August 2017
Summer league - week 9
Leaders St. Werburgh's entertained second placed Bawn Lodge and the home side got off to a fantastic start and led by 80 at the break HT scores 298-218.   The second half was closer, but there was no way back for the visitors FT scores 553-451.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were the opening pair of Mike Peacock (96) and John Kenyon (87), and John Clarke (77).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Pete Evans (76), Adam Wallace (69) and Andy Burrows (64).   St. Werburgh's had 8 players and Bawn Lodge had 6.

The Royal Oak B entertained the Spital Vaults and after an early setback the home side had built a good lead of 52 by the break HT scores 270-218.   The second half was closer, with the Oak B adding just 10 points to their overall lead FT scores 503-441.   Top scorers for the Oak B were Barry Tipton (89), John Lea (77) and Terry Davies (64 2nd visit).   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (74), Luke Evans (66) and Jim Gahan (61).   The Royal Oak B had 7 players and the Spital had 6.

The Talbot entertained the Cottage and the home side put in an excellent first half to lead by 64 at the break HT scores 300-236.  The Talbot added to their lead in the second half to record a comfortable home win FT scores 536-442.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Jake McNicholas (93), Alan Joinson (86) and Paul Halliwell (74).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Alan MacIver (84), Iain Ellis (70) and Jim McClurg (65).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Royal Oak A have their byes this week and next.  

26th July 2017
Summer league - week 8
The Royal Oak B entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the hosts had built up a good lead of 73 points by the break HT scores 257-184.   The second half was much closer with just 3 points between the teams, the first half lead proving decisive FT scores 461-384.   Top scorers for the Oak B were Pete Ashford (71), Barry Tipton (68) and Jim Coppock (60).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (68), and Brian Walker and John Clarke (both 65).   The Royal Oak B had 6 players and St. Werburgh's had 8.

The Spital Vaults entertained the Talbot and the home side had a small lead of 12 points at the break HT scores 266-254.   The Spital pulled ahead at the start of the second half with the Talbot coming back at the end, but not enough to win FT scores 535-499.   Top scorers for the Spital were Vince Howard (81), Martin Beddows (78) and Sandy Churms (71).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Shaun Done (75), Jake McNicholas (74) and Alan Joinson (70).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cottage entertained the Royal Oak A and the home side put in a good first half to lead by 72 at the break HT scores 272-200.   The gap opened up further after the break giving the Cottage a solid home win FT scores 537-359.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Kyler Webb (making her bagatelle debut - 78), Iain Ellis (76) and John Pritchard (75).   Top scorers for the Oak A were Chris Barlow (69), Fran Williams (56) and Brian Gerrard (52).   Both teams had 8 players.

25th July 2017
Committee Meeting News
The venue for the combined AGM / Presentation Night this year will be Bawn Lodge, on 20th September 2017.  The AGM will kick-off at 8pm with the Presentations following after (approx 9pm).  A buffet will be provided.    We would like to try and get an idea of how many will attend to gauge the size of the buffet.   Last season St. Werburgh's, the Cross Foxes and the United Services swept the board for the prizes, both winners and runners up, so could those 3 teams in particular indicate how many might attend please. 

Seating may be limited, so Mike Hillier has informed us that it is possible to book a table of 4 in advance at a cost of £1 pp with any money raised going to charity.    Anyone wishing to do this please let Mike or myself know.

Also, the result of the Away Averages were announced last night.  This is based on a players best 7 scores out of the possible 9 played and, by my calculations, the winner is Ted Randles (United Services) with an average of 74.857.   Second was John Lea (Cross Foxes) with 73.285 and third was Nigel Walker (St. Werburgh's) with 73.142.   Other players with an over 70 average include Mike Peacock, Ray Lamb and John Clarke from St. Werburgh's, Paul McLaughlin (Spital), John Ford (Cross Foxes) and Alan Hewitt (Bawn Lodge).

19th July 2017
Summer league - week 7
St. Werburgh's Club entertained the Royal Oak B, and in a closely contested first half the visitors came out on top by 10 points HT scores 271-281.   It was a different story after the break as the home side scored a magnificent 325 in the second half to win easily in the end FT scores 596-474.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (88), Ray Lamb (83) and Dave Watton (81).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak B were John Lea (clearly not worried about getting married on Saturday! - 84), Barry Tipton (75) and Pete Ashford (72).   St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Oak B had 6.

The Royal Oak A entertained the Cottage and in a close first half the visitors edged ahead to lead by 21 at the break HT scores 207-228.   The Cottage increased their lead throughout the second half to win comfortably in the end FT scores 328-443.   Top scorers for the Oak A were Steve Williams (62), Rich Williams (56) and Sean Littlehales (48).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Alan MacIver (68), Tina McClurg (66) and Neil Davies (63).   The Royal Oak A had 8 players and the Cottage had 7.

The Talbot played the Spital and after a very close start with just a few points between the teams the home side edged ahead by 21 points at the break HT scores 239-218.   The Talbot opened up the gap after the break to win comfortably FT scores 496-391.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (80), Mark Ashford (76) and Paul Halliwell (68).   Top scorers for the Spital were Dan Harrison (65), Paul McLaughlin (55) and Tommy Fennell (54).   The Talbot had 8 players and the Spital had 7.

Bawn Lodge have their byes this week and next.

Committee Meeting at the Talbot, Monday 24th July, 8pm.
Treasurer Mike Hillier has asked if we can have a mini meeting to discuss arrangements for the combined AGM / Presentation Night (which is going to be held on Wednesday, 20th September).   All are welcome to attend, sorry for the short notice.

12th July 2017
Summer league - week 6
St. Werburgh's Club entertained the Talbot and the home side got off to a flying start and were 70 up after 2 men before the Talbot pulled a few back HT scores 302-240.   A couple of big scores at the start of the second half just about put the game to bed with the Talbot pulling some back at the end FT scores 586-495.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (92), Derek Jones (88) and John Kenyon (86).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (70), Shaun Done (69) and Paul Halliwell (68).   Both teams had 8 players.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Royal Oak A and the home side had a good lead at the break HT scores 250-196.   The Lodge piled on the points after the break to stay in 2nd place FT scores 527-413.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rich Tarr (81), Alan Hewitt (76) and Dave Burrows (74).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak A were Chris Barlow (84), R. Williams (71) and Fran Williams (60).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Spital Vaults entertained the Cottage and the home side were roughly a man up at the break HT scores 272-212.   The Spital pulled further ahead in the second half to record a solid home win FT scores 510-425.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (85), Russ Clarke (78) and Luke Evans (76).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies and John Pritchard (both 66) and Mick Ward (63).    Both teams had 8 players.

The Royal Oak B had their second bye this evening.

5th July 2017
Summer league - week 5
The Talbot entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the visitors had the better of the first half and had a lead of 35 at the break HT scores 175-210.    St. Werburgh's edged further ahead in the second half to win by 58 FT scores 408-466.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Jon Parkins (80), Shaun Done (70) and Pat Wallace (56).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (71),  Shaun Murphy (70) and Dave Watton (67).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cottage entertained the Spital Vaults and the home side were about a stick ahead at the break HT scores 242-209.   The Spital had closed the gap to only 7 points after 7 men with the Cottage just hanging on to win FT scores 472-464.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (81), John Pritchard (75) and Mick Ward (64).   Top scorers for the Spital were Dale Williams (74), Tommy Fennell (72) and Jim Gahan (71).    Both teams had 8 players.

I don't have the result of the Royal Oak A v Bawn Lodge and the Royal Oak B have their byes this week and next.  Update: Royal Oak A 441 Bawn Lodge 398, no other details as yet.

28th June 2017
Summer league - week 4
The Royal Oak 'B' entertained Bawn Lodge and after a low scoring first half (especially for the visitors) the hosts had a good lead at the break HT scores 216-132.   The second half was much closer with just 7 points in it, the first half lead proving decisive FT scores 425-334.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak B were Barry Tipton (76), Terry Davies (56 2nd visit) and Frank Whitley (53 2nd visit).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were I. Burrows (61), Rob Bawn (57) and Alan Hewitt (53).   The Oak B had 6 players and Bawn Lodge had 8.

The Spital Vaults played the Royal Oak A and the hosts had built a good lead by the break HT scores 270-188.   The home side added to their lead in the second half to record a solid home win FT scores 544-379.   Top scorers for the Spital were Vince Howard (90), Dan Harrison (85) and Paul McLaughlin (84).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak A were Mitch Williams (70), R. Williams (67) and Sean Littlehales (51).    Both teams had 8 players.

St. Werburgh's entertained the Cottage and an excellent first half gave the home side a commanding lead at the break HT scores 311-203.   The hosts added to their overall lead after the break to complete a convincing win FT scores 534-381.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Kenyon (89), Derek Jones (78) and Mike Peacock (73).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (71), Mick Ward (62) and John Pritchard (56).    Both teams had 8 players.

The Talbot had their second bye this week.

27th June 2017
Mick Tite (H) RIP
It is with great regret that I have to tell you I have been informed of the passing of Mick Tite, affectionately known as "H" to everyone.   'H' has had a brave, ultimately losing battle with his health for some time, and as many will know, has not been able to play bagatelle recently.    I had the pleasure of playing with him for many years at the Talbot, and I know he also played for the Egerton Arms before that, and in recent times the Royal Oak.    'H' was an excellent player who knew the game as well as anyone in Chester and he will be missed by his many friends.    'H' passed away this morning and our condolences go out to his family and many friends at this sad time.

Update: I understand Mick's funeral is on Tuesday, 11th July at 12 noon at the Crematorium.

Email received from Sandy Churms 29th June:  I hope you will print this, so sad to hear of "H" passing away, you won't meet such a happy, jovial sort wherever you go, a hell of a player, knew things most of us will never know, a nicer person I have yet to meet, I'll be there to pay my respects, RIP: H.

21st June 2017
Summer league - week 3
On what must have been one of the hottest evenings ever for Bagatelle, and on the longest day too, Bawn Lodge entertained the Royal Oak B and the home side had edged into a 15 point lead by the break HT scores 254-239.   The second half was closely contested with Bawn Lodge adding just 4 points to their overall lead FT scores 474-455.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Dave Burrows (86), Rich Tarr (69) and Alan Hewitt (67).   Top scorers for the Oak B were John Lea (82), Richard Evans (76 2nd visit) and Pete Ashford (65).    Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Royal Oak B had 6.

The Cottage entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the home side led by 14 at the break HT scores 222-208.   St. Werburgh's pulled it back in the second half and won by 33 points FT scores 427-460.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (66), Jim McClurg (65) and Jamie Price (59).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (83), John Kenyon (77) and Dave Watton (59).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Royal Oak A entertained the Spital Vaults and the visitors had the better of the first half and led by 24 at the break HT scores 182-206.   The Oak A turned the game round in the second half to record their first win of the season FT scores 415-390.   Top scorers for the Oak A were Chris Barlow (71), Mitch Williams (64) and Brian Gerrard (59).   Top scorers for the Spital were Dan Harrison (65), Jim Gahan (53) and Craig Boggan (51).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Talbot have their byes this week and next and did not play.

14th June 2017
Summer league - week 2
The Talbot entertained Bawn Lodge and the visitors had much the better of the early stages before being pegged back before the break HT scores 199-232.   The Talbot just edged the second half, but Bawn Lodge's first half lead saw them secure 3 points and take them joint top of the table FT scores 435-464.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (70), Paul Halliwell (64) and Alan Joinson (63).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rich Tarr (82), Adam Wallace (70) and Alan Hewitt (69).   The Talbot had 8 players and Bawn Lodge had 7.

The Royal Oak B were at home to the Royal Oak A and the B side had built a good lead by the break HT scores 238-190.   The B side added to their lead after the break to take the points and go joint top of the league FT scores 463-418.   Top scorers for the B side were John Lea (72), Frank Whitley (68 2nd visit) and Barry Tipton (67).   Top scorers for the A side were Sean Littlehales (73), Chris Barlow (67) and Fran Williams (59).   The B side had 6 players and the A side had 8.

St. Werburgh's entertained the Spital Vaults and a solid first half from the hosts saw them well ahead at the break HT scores 290-189.   The second half was closer, with the home side adding another 19 to their overall lead FT scores 542-422.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (95), Ray Lamb and Derek Jones (both 79).   Top scorers for the Spital were Jim Gahan (71), Paul McLaughlin (68) and Dale Williams (62).   Both teams had 8 players.

7th June 2017
Summer league - week 1
The Spital Vaults entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the home side put in a tremendous first half to lead by 53 at the break HT scores 312-259.   The second half was closer, but the Spital managed to increase their lead to record a comfortable home win FT scores 583-492.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (86), Dale Williams (80), Luke Evans and Dan Harrison (both 76).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Derek Jones (76), Mike Peacock (74) and John Clarke (73).   Both teams had 8 players.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Talbot and the hosts had a good lead at the break HT scores 258-197.   Bawn Lodge increased their lead after the break to record a solid home win FT scores 535-447.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (82), Dave Burrows (79) and Pete Evans (70).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Jon Parkins (74), Jake McNicholas (73) and Shaun Done (69).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Talbot had 7.

Finally, the Royal Oak A lost to the Royal Oak B in what looks like a close game, FT scores 379-399.   I have no more details at present.

The Olde Cottage have their byes this week and next.

2nd June 2017
Summer Fees ~ payments received
Following the Talbot, St. Werburgh's Club and the Olde Cottage have also paid their Summer League Fees straight away.   Thank you both very much!

30th May 2017
Summer League 2017
The Summer League starts on 7th June with seven teams entering and here are the Fixtures.   First week's games are Royal Oak 'A' v Royal Oak 'B' (ex Cross Foxes team), Spital Vaults v St. Werburgh's, Bawn Lodge v Talbot, and the Olde Cottage have a bye.   A Bill for Fees has been distributed with fixture sheets and blank score sheets to each pub, and the Talbot paid their £20 bill instantly, thank you Pat!

Sandy Churms can be seen practicing for the new season, watched by Martin Beddows, on the newly refurbished Spital Vaults table >>>

Dates for your Diaries
The combined AGM plus Winter 2016/17 and Summer 2017 Presentations will all be held on Wednesday, 20th September at 8.00pm, venue TBA.

The 2017/18 Winter League will start on Wednesday, 18th October 2017.

11th May 2017
St. Theresa's v Cottage
St. Theresa's have confirmed they are unable to raise a team to complete this fixture and have conceded the points to the Cottage.   The Cottage team have sadly missed out on one of Elwyn's famous hotpots...   Winter league table has been updated accordingly, and I hope St. Theresa's will be able to enter the forthcoming Summer League.

4th May 2017
Veterans Competition
The Veterans Competition was played this evening at Bawn Lodge, and after an open knockout style preliminary round the four highest scorers were as follows:- Dave Cooper (87), Ray Lamb (77), Gordon Green (74) and Ted Randles (67).

A draw was then done for the semi-finals, and in the first semi-final Gordon Green scored 59 (28+31) and was just pipped by Dave Cooper who scored 60 (23+37).    In the second semi-final Ray Lamb scored 51 (9+42) and was beaten by Ted Randles who scored 62 (33+29).

Both players agreed that the final should be the best of 3, and in round 1, Ted Randles went first and scored 80 (40+40), which would normally be a winning score.  Dave Cooper then went on and scored 92 (44+48) to make it 1-0 to Dave.     In round 2, Dave went first and scored 63 (34+29).    Ted went on and scored 67 (40+27 after 4 balls) making the score 1-1.     There was a slight delay in one of Ted's sticks when a moth invaded the pitch and initially refused to leave but was then forcibly ejected.

In round 3, Dave won the toss and chose to bowl.   Ted scored 43+12=55.    Dave then scored the best individual stick of the night (50) which meant he required 6 from his second stick, and he soon passed the target and went on to score 45 to make his final score (50+45=95), giving him a 2-1 win.      Congratulations to Dave and Ted as they have both won a bottle of spirits!


Veterans Competition is Tonight
A quick reminder that it's the Veterans Competition this evening at Bawn Lodge.    There are two bottles of Spirits up for grabs for the two best players, so if you're 65 or over come and have a go.    The format will be decided tonight when we know how many are entering, start time is 8.30pm and practice IS allowed on the night.

27th April 2017
Doubles Competition ~ Final rounds

St. Theresa's Club hosted the Doubles Competition Final Rounds this year, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final being played on the night.   The eventual winners were Dave Cooper and Ted Randles (United Services) who beat Nigel and Brian Walker in the Final.    Congratulations go to Dave and Ted.     Thanks to Gordon Vickers and Mal Coppock who did all of the refereeing this evening.     Results were as follows...

Quarter-Finals
S. Done (26+40=66) and P. Wallace (19+24=43) lost to T. Randles (23+30=53) and D. Cooper (44+36=80)
J. Ford (32+40=72) and T. Davies (23+37=60) beat S. Fowles (31+3=34) and M. Coppock (DNP)
R. Clarke (28+37=65) and P. McLaughlin (7+41=48) lost to N. Davies (31+37=68) and J. Pritchard (27+37=64)
P. Ashford (35+29=64) and R. Evans (32+40=72) lost to B. Walker (27+43=70) and N. Walker (44+26=70)

Semi-Finals
J. Ford (35+33=68) and T. Davies (28+10=38) lost to T. Randles (41+37=78) and D. Cooper (35+35=70)
N. Davies (36+23=59) and J. Pritchard (2+29=31) lost to B. Walker (34+23=57) and N. Walker (30+30=60)

Final
T. Randles (34+30=64) and D. Cooper (37+39=76) beat B. Walker (36+22=58) and N. Walker (31+8 retired=39)

26th April 2017
Winter league - week 22
The Cottage entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the visitors took an early lead but the Cottage came back to lead by 8 at the break HT scores 274-266.   The Cottage increased their lead to to 56 points after 6 men with St. Werburgh's cutting it by 30 points at the end FT scores 517-491.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jamie Price (81), Alan MacIver (76), Nick Allen (68) and Neil Davies and Jim McClurg (both 66).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (76), John Kenyon (69), Nigel Walker and Brian Walker (both 67), and Ray Lamb (66).    Both teams had 8 players.

The Cross Foxes entertained the Talbot and the visitors came back from an early deficit to lead by 26 at the break HT scores 235-261.    The Foxes came back with a couple of big scores in the middle of the second half, and just hung on to win by 5 FT scores 510-505.   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Lea (90), Frank Whitley and Terry Davies (both 84) and Richard Evans (70).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Jake McNicholas and Pat Wallace (both 82), Alan Joinson (69) and Jon Parkins (65).     Both teams had 7 players.

The Royal Oak entertained the United Services and the visitors had the better of the first half, leading by 49 at the break HT scores 177-226.    The Services added 25 to their overall lead after the break to record a solid away win FT scores 396-470.    Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Fran Williams (65), Mitch Williams (64), Chris Barlow (59) and A. Prince (57).   Top scorers for the United Services were Gordon Green (77 2nd visit), Ted Randles and Ray Potbury (both 72) and Dave Cooper (65).    The Royal Oak had 8 players and the Services had 7.

St. Theresa's entertained Bawn Lodge and the visitors edged the first half to lead by 13 at the break HT scores 243-256.   Karl Price scored 90 for the hosts straight after the break to close the gap and, in a closely contested game, St. Theresa's hung on to win FT scores 485-472.    Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Karl Price (90), Daz Cowley (73), Paul Allman (60) and Barry George (59).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rich Tarr (74), Rob Bawn (72), Mike Hillier (64) and Alan Hewitt (61).   St. Theresa's had 7 players and Bawn Lodge had 8.

The Spital Vaults and Union Vaults had their second byes and did not play.

21st April 2017
St. Theresa's Club
For those in the doubles competition next week, the opening times for St. Theresa's are as follows:- Monday and Friday: noon, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 4pm.

Eggheads

Did anyone see Eggheads on BBC2 on Wednesday?

One of the questions put to them was... "What is normally used to play bagatelle?"    The options are shown in the picture, and after a short discussion in which they compared bagatelle to bar billiards (!), they went for "Cues and balls".
 

They are clever!

 

20th April 2017
Singles Competition - Final Rounds
The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Singles were all played at the Royal Oak this evening, and it's seventh heaven for Nigel Walker (St. Werburgh's Club) who beat Dave Biddle (United Services Club) in the final.    It's the seventh time Nigel has been the Singles Champion which I believe is more than anyone else currently playing.    Special mention for the pizzas and chips provided at 'half-time' by the Royal Oak, they were excellent!

Results from the evening...

Quarter-Finals
Tommy Fennell (25+22=47) lost to Sandy Churms (28+34=62)
Gordon Green (22+18=40) lost to Nigel Walker (30+30=60)
Dave Biddle (38+34=72) beat Luke Evans (13+retired)
Jake McNicholas (27+43=70) beat Pat Wallace (21+30=51)

Semi-Finals
Sandy Churms (40+28=68) lost to Nigel Walker (42+35=77)
Jake McNicholas (25+18=43) lost to Dave Biddle (25+29=54)

Final
Nigel Walker (32+45=77) beat Dave Biddle (30+38=68)

19th April 2017
Winter league - week 21
Champions St. Werburgh's Club entertained the Cottage and a steady first half (by their standards) saw them just about a good stick ahead at the break HT scores 268-222.    The home side scored 268 in the second half too, pulling them further ahead and they won comfortably FT scores 536-433.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (84), John Kenyon (81), Ray Lamb (73), Craig Lamb and Brian Walker (both 66).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Iain Ellis (81), John Pritchard (68), Mick Ward (66), Jim McClurg (56) and Tina McClurg (54).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Talbot entertained the Cross Foxes and the visitors got off to a flying start and had a commanding lead by the break HT scores 212-297.    The second half was much closer with the Talbot edging it by 2 points FT scores 429-508.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (68), Shaun Done (66), Jon Parkins (62 2nd visit), and Alan Joinson and Jake McNicholas (both 57).   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Lea (91), Pete Ashford (71), Richard Evans (70), John Ford (65) and Terry Davies (64).   The Talbot had 6 players and the Foxes had 8.

Emails are perfectly acceptable when submitting match results for the website, and one from Dave C advises that the United Services Club played the Royal Oak and the home side put in a really good first half to give them a commanding lead at the break HT scores 315-195.   It got no easier after the break for the Royal Oak, FT scores 582-344.   Top scorers for the United Services were Ted Randles (88), Darren Edwards (84), Alan Biddle (78) and Dave Biddle (76).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Steve Williams (66) and Chris Barlow (53).   The Services had 7 players and the Royal Oak had 5.

Back to Whatsapp, and Bawn Lodge entertained St. Theresa's Club and the home side had built a big lead by the break HT scores 289-167.   St. Theresa's won the second half, but not by enough to catch up, FT scores 496-384.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Pete Evans (77), Adam Wallace and Andy Burrows (both 75) and Dave Burrows (68).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Karl Price (74), Gordon Vickers (62), Barry George (57) and Les Allman (55).

The Spital Vaults and Union Vaults had byes and did not play.

12th April 2017
West Cheshire Shield - Final

The final of the West Cheshire Shield was played in a packed Cottage tonight.   The Cross Foxes won the toss
and chose to bowl, putting St. Werburgh's in to bat first.   St. Werburgh's were ahead from the off and each man added to the lead during the first half, which finished with St. Werburgh's 52 points ahead, HT scores 298-246.   The game was even stevens in the early part of the second half, with the Foxes pulling 5 points back after 6 men.   St. Werburgh's then opened up the gap, and the Foxes last man required 128 to win and declined to play, FT scores 522-394.    Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (84), Derek Jones (80), Ray Lamb (78), Nigel Walker (74) and John Kenyon (60).    Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Barry Tipton (76), John Lea (71), Richard Evans (68) and Pete Ashford (69).

11th April 2017
Re-arranged Doubles result
Neil Davies and John Pritchard beat Ray Potbury and Gordon Green at the Spital this evening.

8th April 2017
Spital Vaults
The Spital table is being recovered on Thursday 13th April and it will be out of action for approx 2 weeks while it's being done.   Because of this, the re-arranged doubles game between Gordon Green/Ray Potbury and Neil Davies/John Pritchard has been brought forward to Tuesday, 11th April.

6th April 2017
351 Competition - Final

Congratulations to the United Services Club who are this years 351 Champions. They beat St. Werburgh's Club at the Cross Foxes this evening in a very closely contested game.    St. Werburgh's Club won the toss and chose to bowl, and after the "first half" where each player has two sticks the United Services had edged ahead by 11 points HT scores 233-222.   This left the United Services wanting 118 and St. Werburgh's wanting 129.   After a round of each man playing one more stick, both teams wanted 12.    Brian Welch and Nigel Walker both bust leaving the teams still wanting 12.   Ray Potbury then scored 10 and Dave Watton scored 11 leaving the teams needing 2 and 1 point/s respectively.    Ted Randles popped the black into double 1 with his first ball, and Ray Lamb played a follow through shot for a single 1 which just missed - a very exciting game for the neutral!    Special mention for the half-time buffet from the Cross Foxes which was excellent.

West Cheshire Shield Final
Will all players please note there are no league games next Wednesday (12th April), it's the Final of the West Cheshire Shield between the Cross Foxes and St. Werburgh's at the Olde Cottage.   The Cottage will be open at 1pm on the day for practice.

Doubles re-arranged game
The game between Gordon Green/Ray Potbury and Neil Davies/John Pritchard has been re-arranged for 13th April.

5th April 2017
Winter league - week 20
Congratulations to St. Werburgh's Club who won the league this evening with two games to spare, effectively becoming the Bagatelle World Champions.   They were away at the Talbot and were ahead from start to finish, building a 62 lead by the break, HT scores 196-258.   They increased their lead in the second half to win the game and the league FT scores 402-516.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (61), Shaun Done (60), Mark Ashford and Jon Parkins (both 51).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (77), Mike Peacock (75), Ray Lamb (73) and John Clarke (72).   Both teams had 8 players.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Spital Vaults with the visitors needing to win to secure runners-up in the league.   Bawn Lodge had the better of the first half and led by 22 at the break HT scores 285-263.   The Spital turned things round in the second half and were 26 up after 6 men and then hung on to win FT scores 497-520.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rich Tarr (89), Dave Burrows (80), Adam Wallace (75) and Pete Evans (69).   Top scorers for the Spital were Sandy Churms (82), Tommy Fennell (78), Vince Howard (76) and Paul McLaughlin (72).     Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Spital had 7.   The Spital Vaults are now officially the second best team in the world.

The Union Vaults entertained St. Theresa's Club and the hosts had built up a good lead by the break HT scores 251-181.   They pulled further away in the second half to record a solid home win FT scores 496-360.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Steve Fowles (71), Dan Nuttall and Mal Coppock (both 70), and Phil Chesters (66).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Karl Price and Elwyn Smith (both 57), Paul Siddall (54) and Daz Cowley (51).   Both teams had 8 players.   The Union Vaults are currently the third best team in the world, but will have to wait until 19th April when the Talbot play the Cross Foxes to see if they stay there.

In a re-arranged game the United Services entertained the Cross Foxes and it was the visitors who had the better of the first half HT scores 259-291.   The half-time lead proved decisive, the United Services pulled 27 points back but the Foxes hung on to win by 5,  FT scores 565-570.   Top scorers for the Services were Billy Williams (91), Ted Randles and Brian Welch (both 77), Alan Biddle (71) and Dave Cooper (70).   Top scorers for the Foxes were John Lea and Barry Tipton (both 86), John Ford (85), Terry Davies (74) and Richard Evans (70).  The Services had 8 players and the Foxes had 7.

The Cottage entertained the Royal Oak and the home side had built a good lead by the break HT scores 260-199.   The home side pulled further ahead after the break to record a solid home win FT scores 493-354.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (83), Jamie Price (73), Alister MacIver (69) and Nick Allen (66).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (67), Mitch Williams (55) and Steve Williams (46).   The Cottage had 8 players and the Royal Oak had 7.  

30th March 2017
5-a-side Competition - Final

The United Services Club hosted the 5-a-side final this evening.    The Cross
Foxes won the toss and chose to bowl, and it was St. Werburgh's who edged ahead at the start of the game.   However, by the mid-point St. Werburgh's had turned the tables and a strong finish ensured they won the competition convincingly.   Congratulations to the Cross Foxes lads for their second cup win this season.    Scores on the doors can be seen on the sheet >>>

29th March 2017
Winter league - week 19
Needing 2 wins from 4 games to guarantee winning the league, leaders St. Werburgh's got off to a flying start against the Talbot, with the first half racking up 340 points putting them in an almost unassailable position at the break HT scores 340-202.   The Talbot won the second half, but not by enough to win the overall match FT scores 558-437.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were the first half, Nigel Walker (88), Derek Jones (85), John Kenyon (84) and Mike Peacock (83), with Ray Lamb a mere (77) after the break.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (72), Jon Parkins (70), Pat Wallace (67) and Mark Ashford (66).   St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Talbot had 7.

Second placed Spital Vaults had to win at home against Bawn Lodge to keep the pressure on, and they had built up a decent lead at the break HT scores 240-189.   The home side added another 37 to their overall lead in the second half to keep a degree of pressure on the leaders FT scores 506-418.   Top scorers for the Spital were Vince Howard (80), Paul McLaughlin (77), Sandy Churms (73) and Russ Clarke (69).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (83), Dave Burrows (72), Andy Borrows (56) and Tony Harvey (55).   Both teams had 8 players.

St. Theresa's entertained third placed Union Vaults and it was the visitors who had the better of the first half and led by 47 at the break HT scores 214-261.   Both teams scored better after the break, with the Vaults adding 21 to their overall lead FT scores 464-532.   The Union Vaults have a chance of finishing joint second if the Spital slip up at Bawn Lodge next week.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Daz Cowley (80), Elwyn Smith (76), Gordon Vickers (72) and Barry George, Karl Price and Paul Siddall (all 51).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Jim Coppock (75), Trevor Craggs (73), Mal Coppock and Phil Chesters (both 71), Dave Williams (68) and Mick Dodd (64).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Royal Oak entertained the Cottage and the visitors were 19 up after 2 men, but a strong finish to the half saw the Royal Oak lead by 32 at the break HT scores 247-215.   The Royal Oak increased their lead to 40 after 5 men, but the Cottage managed to turn things round to edge the game FT scores 404-416.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Mick Tite (81), Chris Barlow (69), Steve Williams (54) and Fran Williams (49).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (68), Tina McClurg (65), Jim McClurg (64) and Alister MacIver (54).   Both teams had 8 players.   Quick mention for the excellent half-time buffet too, everyone commented on how good it was, so big thank-you to Sean and Emma at the Royal Oak.

24th March 2017
Saltney Social Club Bagatelle Team ~ Poetry in Motion
Last night in the Union Vaults Arthur Oldham kindly gave me a copy of a poem written in the 1990's (I think) about the Saltney Social team.   I've copied it below, great stuff!

Poetry in Motion

If you want to give your eyes a treat, come every Wednesday night,
I guarantee you'll never see, a more amusing sight.
The practice sticks are over, it's time to start the game,
And if we lose, the question is, who's going to get the blame.

On comes Arthur Oldham, the skipper brave and true,
It doesn't matter what he scores, it's not his fault, it's you.

Then comes Bernie Tarran, he's everybody's mate,
He only knows one way to play, and that's with Bernie weight.

Enter Wally Whitley, tap dancing and a-whistling,
The bloody fool's been playing pool, and Arthur's temper's bristling.

The first half closes with "The Doc", a truly brilliant player,
But things have not been well of late, and Peter's going greyer.

John Parker starts the second half, much ale already sunk,
He'll get a score, you can be sure, unless he's bloody drunk.

Cecil's looking serious, no dominoes in sight,
If he doesn't score, eighty or more, then he'll not sleep tonight.

Billy Moore comes bouncing on, he likes these tight game jobs,
He battles brave, his team to save, with one eye on the bobs.

Green-field Gwynne brings up the rear, his knuckles chalked and white,
After a scare, he'll get us there, but it's not a pretty sight.

The subs are sitting watching, they know their time will come,
One day they'll be a hero, the next they'll be a bum.
So if you're not on valium, then heed these words and well,
Play snooker, darts, or anything, but sod the Bagatelle.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Composed by Dave Cartwright, Saltney Social Club.

23rd March 2017
St. Theresa's v Royal Oak result
Elwyn Smith has let me know that the result was 498-394 and the top scorers for St. Theresa's were Elwyn Smith (90), Paul Allman (72) and Barry George (68).   Top scores for the Royal Oak were Steve Williams (73), Fran Williams (58) and Chris Barlow (53).

Northgate Cup - Final

The Northgate Cup Final was played at the Union Vaults tonight.   The United Services won the toss and chose to bat against the Cross Foxes.    The Foxes had the better of the early exchanges and were 40 up after 3 men before Brian Welch halved the arrears with the best score of the night HT scores 215-235.   Half-time saw an excellent buffet provided by Linda from the Union Vaults which was much appreciated by all - thank you very much!    After the break the level of tension seemed to increase with each stick played, and players from both sides struggled to master the table.    Dave Cooper scored 41 immediately after the break, but still managed to claw 16 points back reducing the Cross Foxes lead to just 4 points.   After 6 men had played the lead was edged up to 6 points and after 7 men the lead was just 8 points.   It was a last man shootout, and the last two players scored 46 and 41 respectively, meaning the Cross Foxes won by 3 points FT scores 392-395.    Top scorers for the United Services were Brian Welch (75), Ted Randles (69) and Alan Biddle (63).    Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Lea (72), Ian Davies (65) and John Ford (61).

In addition to the game, it was very nice to see Arthur Oldham in attendance.   Arthur was the captain of the Saltney Social Club team for many years but he has not played since the Social left the league.   It remains to be seen whether he can be tempted back out of 'retirement'!

22nd March 2017
Dan Nuttall scores maximum 54
Congratulations to Dan Nuttall from the Union Vaults who scored a maximum 54 earlier today - having broken his hand on Friday!    Getting a 54 is no mean achievement, and doing it with a plaster cast is amazing - well done Dan!

Doubles Competition update
Richard Evans and Pete Ashford are through to the doubles finals night after Trevor Craggs and Phil Chesters conceded because Trevor can't make the finals night, so there was no point in them going through.

Winter league - week 18
The United Services Club entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the visitors took an early lead before being pegged back by the break HT scores 281-263.   The Services increased their lead to 47 after 6 men but St. Werburgh's came back with a good finish to draw the game FT scores 536-536.   It's the second time the United Services have drawn a home game this season, which is really quite unusual!    The Services get 1 point and St. Werburgh's get 2.    Top scorers for the United Services were Brian Welch (85), Gordon Green and Alan Biddle (both 81), Dave Cooper (73) and Dave Biddle (72).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Kenyon (86), Mike Peacock (74), Ray Lamb (71) and Nigel Walker (69).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Olde Cottage entertained the Spital Vaults and the home side led by 76 after 3 men before being pegged back, but still led by 54 at the break HT scores 244-190.   The Cottage opened up the gap after the break and some solid scoring gave the home side a convincing win FT scores 532-414.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (88), John Pritchard (86), Tina McClurg (71) and Mick Ward (70).   Top scorers for the Spital were Craig Boggan (73), Sandy Churms (68), Paul McLaughlin (66) and Vince Howard (65).  Both teams had 8 players.

The Union Vaults entertained the Cross Foxes and after a closely contested first half the home side led by 20 HT scores 254-234.    The second half followed a similar pattern with the home side adding 16 points to their overall lead FT scores 444-408.    Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Steve Fowles (79), Mick Dodd (65), Dave Williams (64) and Phil Chesters (62).    Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Lea (74), Richard Evans (69), John Ford (54) and Ian Davies (49).   The Union Vaults had 6 players and the Cross Foxes had 8.   I note from the sheet that Mal Coppock and Phil Chesters were the two that played again but Dan Nuttall was actually the lowest scorer.   I can only assume that both teams reached an agreement because of Dan's broken hand (or Dan had to leave?).     2 points have been awarded to the Union Vaults, but the sheet is unsigned, so if there is any dispute, please let me know in writing within 7 days.   Update 24/3: I understand Dan felt unwell after playing his sticks and was taken to the Countess Hospital which is why he didn't play twice.  I hope he's feeling better today.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Talbot and after a close first half the home side led by 21 points   HT scores 259-238.      The second half followed an almost identical pattern, with Bawn Lodge increasing their overall lead by 23 points FT scores 497-453.       Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Dave Burrows (80), Rich Tarr (77), Rob Bawn (73) and Alan Hewitt (61).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Shaun Done (71), Pat Wallace (70), Jon Parkins (67) and Alan Joinson (61).    Both teams had 8 players.

I don't have the result of St. Theresa's v Royal Oak.

19th March 2017
Royal Oak v St. Theresa's result
I've received an email from Bill Lloyd as follows :- "this game was played as per schedule result royal oak 461 st theresas 351.  from bill.lloyd".     The league table has been updated accordingly, and Well Done to the Royal Oak team who have got their first win of the season!

15th March 2017
Winter league - week 17
Leaders St. Werburgh's Club entertained the United Services Club and the visitors took an early lead and led by 31 after 1 man and 7 after 2, but a couple of 80+'s saw the hosts edge into the lead by the end of an excellent first half HT scores 306-297.    The gap opened up after the break and by the end St Werburgh's were well in command and registered a solid home win FT scores 606-493.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (93), Derek Jones (85), John Kenyon (80), Mike Peacock (79) and Ray Lamb (75).    Top scorers for the United Services were Ted Randles (93), Paul McAleer (85), Billy Williams (64) and Dave Cooper (61).    Both teams had 8 players.

Second placed Spital Vaults entertained the Olde Cottage and the home side outgunned the visitors in the first half to build a healthy lead of 78 by the break HT scores 292-214.   The second half was closer with the Spital adding 25 to their overall lead FT scores 511-408.   Top scorers for the Spital were the four first half players, Paul McLaughlin (84), Martin Beddows (75), Luke Evans (74) and Sandy Churms (59).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Nick Allen (60), Neil Davies (59), Iain Ellis (58) and Jamie Price (54).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cross Foxes entertained the Union Vaults and it was the visitors who took the lead from the off and never lost it, although the hosts were in touching distance throughout HT scores 232-259.   The Vaults also edged the second half to increase their overall lead by the end FT scores 449-494.   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Pete Ashford (77), Richard Evans (66), Barry Tipton (65) and Terry Davies (62).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Phil Chesters (72), Steve Fowler (69), Mal Coppock (68), Jim Coppock (63), Mick Dodd and Dan Nuttall (both 61).   The Cross Foxes had 8 players and the Union Vaults had either 7 or 8 (no name on scoreboard for last man).

The Talbot entertained Bawn Lodge and the visitors had an early advantage after two men but the Talbot came back to lead at the break HT scores 256-216.   The Talbot piled on some big scores after the break, scoring 307 in an excellent second half, FT scores 563-418.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (86), Alan Joinson (80), Paul Halliwell (78), Mark Ashford (75) and Jake McNicholas (72).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rob Bawn (79), Adam Wallace (76), Alan Hewitt (73) and Pete Evans (49).   Both teams had 8 players.

Royal Oak v St. Theresa's - result not yet in.

14th March 2017
United Services v Cross Foxes
A notice up in the United Services says this game has been re-arranged for Wednesday, 5th April.

13th March 2017
Committee Meeting
Draws for all of the finals were done tonight, please see the Cup Fixtures page for details.   The votes cast for the combined AGM/Presentation night were 5-1 in favour of the proposal.      Sandy Churms sent his apologies to the meeting, he wasn't well enough to attend.  Get well soon, Sandy.

9th March 2017
Re-arranged Doubles result
Shaun Done and Pat Wallace beat Frank Whitley and Dale Williams at the Spital this evening.

8th March 2017
West Cheshire Shield semi-finals
No league games this evening as the West Cheshire Shield took centre stage.  In semi-final 1, Bawn Lodge played the Cross Foxes at the Olde Cottage.   Bawn Lodge batted first and were 32 up after 2 men had played, but the Foxes rallied with their two highest scores and led by 40 at the break HT scores 216-256.    The lead was reduced to 18 after 5 men but then the Foxes opened up the gap again to win comfortably in the end FT scores 439-495.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Adam Wallace and Alan Hewitt (both 74) and Pete Evans (63).   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Richard Evans (76), John Ford (75), Frank Whitley (74) and Terry Davies (65 2nd visit).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Cross Foxes had 7.

In semi-final 2, St. Werburgh's Club played the Talbot at the United Services Club.    St. Werburgh's played first and had built up a good lead of 47 by the break HT scores 283-236.   The second half was closer with St. Werburgh's adding another 14 to their overall lead FT scores 552-491.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (92), Dave Watton (90), Nigel Walker (89), John Kenyon (83), Ray Lamb (73) and Craig Lamb (64).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (74), Jon Parkins (67), Shaun Done (65), Alan Joinson (64 2nd visit), Mark Ashford (63) and Pat Wallace (61).   St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Talbot had 7.

Committee Meeting
Next Committee Meeting is in the Talbot on Monday 13th March.

2nd March 2017
AGM/Presentation Night Proposal - Reminder
Some teams have not yet voted on these proposals, so a quick reminder to them, if they wish to vote, to do so soon please.     The form can either be completed and returned to the Cottage, or it can be photographed and submitted via Whatsapp or
email.

5-a-Side Competition - Semi-Final results
In semi-final 1, I understand the Cross Foxes beat the Talbot at the United Services Club, but I have no details of the game.

In semi-final 2, St. Werburgh's Club played the Cottage at St. Theresa's Club.   The Cottage won the toss and chose to bat.   The game was close in the early stages, with St. Werburgh's being 5 up after 1 man, 3 up after 2 and 8 up after 3 men.   A gap then opened up and St. Werburgh's were 50 up after 4 men. St. Werburgh's last man Nigel Walker was then set a target of 22 to win and he made it look easy by scoring 27 off his first two 2 balls.  Well done to St. Werburgh's!     Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (71) and Iain Ellis (63).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Ray Lamb (68) and Craig Lamb (64).

1st March 2017
Winter league - week 16
Bawn Lodge entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the home side put in an excellent first half with the leaders doing well to stay in touch HT scores 284-272.    After 6 men Bawn Lodge still led by 8 points before St. Werburgh's edged into the lead right at the end FT scores 530-568.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Dave Burrows (85), Adam Wallace (83), Mike Hillier (78), Pete Evans (76) and Andy Burrows (67).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Ray Lamb (79), Mike Peacock (78), John Clarke (77), Derek Jones (75), John Kenyon (74), Nigel Walker (73) and Brian Walker (67).    Both teams had 8 players.

St. Theresa's entertained the Spital Vaults and the visitors rocketed into the lead before being pegged back at the end of the half HT scores 213-242.   The Spital opened up the gap after the break and won comfortably in the end FT scores 435-518.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Barry George (78), Paul Siddall (73), Les Allman (62) and Paul Allman (58).   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (88), Vince Howard (74), Sandy Churms (73), Russ Clarke (69) and Craig Boggan (64).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cross Foxes entertained the Royal Oak and the home side had built a good lead by the break HT scores 193-139.   The Foxes opened up the gap further in the second half to record a solid home win FT scores 410-285.   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Lea (80), John Ford (62), Terry Davies (60) and Barry Tipton (56).    Top scorers for the Royal Oak were G. Green (53), L. Green (44), S. Green (44 2nd visit) and Bill Lloyd (40).   The Foxes had 8 players and the Royal Oak had 7.

The Cottage entertained the Talbot and the visitors were ahead by 15 after 2 men before being pegged back before the break HT scores 234-214.   The Talbot turned the game round after the break and led by 43 after 6 men.   The Cottage then finished the game strongly with their two highest scores to edge ahead at the end FT scores 454-443.   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (82), Neil Davies (72), Jamie Price (70) and Iain Ellis (62).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Alan Joinson (79), Paul Halliwell (78), Jon Parkins (73) and Shaun Done (56).   Both teams had 8 players.

22nd February 2017
Winter league - week 15
St. Werburgh's Club entertained Bawn Lodge this evening and the home side put in a huge first half to take control of the game by the break HT scores 316-233.   Bawn Lodge are playing well these days and held the home side to just 2 points in the second half with an excellent performance of their own, FT scores 598-513.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Derek Jones (88), John Clarke (81), Mike Peacock (78), John Kenyon (76), Nigel Walker and Ray Lamb (both 74) and Craig Lamb (73).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (82), Rob Bawn (79), Adam Wallace (67 2nd visit), Andy Burrows (65), Pete Evans (64) and John Maddrick (62).  St. Werburgh's had 8 players and Bawn Lodge had 7.

The Spital entertained St. Theresa's and the hosts had built a decent lead of 55 at the break HT scores 213-158.   The hosts pulled further ahead after the break to maintain their challenge at the top of the league table FT scores 489-363.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (84), Vince Howard (71), Sandy Churms and Jim Gahan (both 70) and Dan Harrison (68).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Gordon Vickers (66) and Elwyn Smith (54).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Royal Oak entertained the Cross Foxes and  the visitors led by 58 at the break HT scores 154-212.    The Foxes opened up the gap even wider after the break to record a solid away win FT scores 340-458.   The pic submitted to me has clipped off the initials of the home side, but top scorers for the Royal Oak were ? Williams (64), Sean Littlehales (62) and Bill Lloyd (56).   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Barry Tipton (80), Richard Evans (73) and John Ford (61).   The Royal Oak had 8 (I think!) and the Cross Foxes had 7 players.

The Talbot entertained the Cottage and the visitors took an early lead but the home side rallied to lead at the break HT scores 204-159.   The Talbot increased their overall lead by just 9 in a closer second half, but that meant it finished a solid home win FT scores 444-390.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (79), Alan Joinson (69), Pat Wallace (65) and Shaun Done (60).   Top scorer for the Cottage for the first time was Nick Allen (69), followed by Alister MacIver (57), Jim McClurg (53 2nd visit), and Tina McClurg (52).   The Talbot had 8 players and the Cottage had 7.

The Union Vaults and the United Services both have byes this week and next.

15th February 2017
Winter league - week 14
The Cross Foxes entertained the Spital and the home side had the best of a steady first half and were 32 up by the break HT scores 218-186.   The gap was still 32 after 5 men but the Foxes then pulled away with the three highest scores of the night to win comfortably FT scores 483-371.   Top scorers for the Foxes were Barry Tipton (71 2nd visit), Frank Whitley (69 2nd visit), Terry Davies (69) and John Ford (57).   Top scorers for the Spital were Jim Gahan and Vince Howard (both 56), Russ Clarke (48), Paul McLaughlin and Tommy Fennell (both 46).   The Foxes had 6 players and the Spital had 8.

The Union Vaults entertained the United Services and the home side put in a good first half to lead by 86 at the break HT scores 248-162.   The Union Vaults added to their overall lead after the break to win comfortably in the end FT scores 467-353.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (71), Dan Nuttall (67), Phil Chesters (64), Steve Fowles (62) and Mick Dodd (60).   Top scorers for the United Services were Gordon Green (70 2nd visit), Dave Cooper (67), Ted Randles (59) and Brian Welch (45).   The Union Vaults had 8 players and the Services had 6.

The Olde Cottage entertained Bawn Lodge and after an explosive start the Lodge were 64 up after 2 men and led by 85 at the break HT scores 200-285.   The Lodge continued to add to their lead at almost every step and won easily in the end FT scores 353-533.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Mick Ward (63), Jamie Price (60), Jim McClurg (53) and John Pritchard (48).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rich Tarr (96), Pete Evans and Dave Burrows (both 71), Mike Hillier (63), Rob Bawn (62) and Alan Hewitt (60).   Both teams had 8 players.

St. Theresa's entertained the Talbot and the lead changed hands 3 times before the break as the home side went in front, then the Talbot edged it, before St. Theresa's went back in front HT scores 241-213.   Two thumping scores just after the break put St. Theresa's well in control and they won comfortably in the end FT scores 517-416.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Paul Siddall (81), Elwyn Smith (78), Paul Allman (68), Daz Cowley and Gordon Vickers (both 66) and Barry George (61).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Shaun Done (72), Pat Wallace (56), Paul Halliwell (55), Mark Ashford (55 2nd visit), and Jon Parkins (54).   St. Theresa's had 8 players and the Talbot had 6.

St. Werburgh's and the Royal Oak had byes this week, but both will be back in action next week against Bawn Lodge and the Cross Foxes respectively.

10th February 2017
Singles competition - re-arranged game result
Dave Biddle (United Services) has beaten Dave Williams (Union Vaults) in a re-arranged singles game played today.       The final 8 left in the competition are :- Dave Biddle and Gordon Green (both United Services), Sandy Churms, Luke Evans and Tommy Fennell (all Spital Vaults), Jake McNicholas and Pat Wallace (both Talbot), and Nigel Walker (St. Werburgh's).       These 8 will compete against each other on Singles Finals night.   The date and venue for the Finals night will be decided at the next committee meeting, and a draw will be done at the venue on the night to see who plays who. 

8th February 2017
Combined AGM/Presentation Night proposal

Sheets for the 5-a-side and West Cheshire Shield draws will be distributed soon, and there is a proposal form at the bottom of the sheet.    Could this be completed and returned by 6th March please, either by returning the form to the Cottage, or taking a photo of it and submitting it via Whatsapp or email.
 

A preview of the voting form can be seen by clicking on the small picture (left).


 

Winter league - week 13
The Spital Vaults entertained the Cross Foxes tonight and were looking for a win that would take them clear at the top of the table.   However, after initially taking the lead, they were pegged back before the break and found themselves 39 behind HT scores 224-263.   The second half was very close with the Foxes just edging the Spital at every step, and the visitors recorded an excellent away win FT scores 484-547.    Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (84), Vince Howard (68), Craig Boggan (67) and Tommy Fennell (66).    Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Barry Tipton (77), John Ford (76), Frank Whitley and Terry Davies (both 72).    The Spital had 8 players and the Foxes had 7.

The United Services entertained the Union Vaults and the visitors got off to a great start and were 34 up after 2 men, before being pegged back by the break HT scores 279-257.    The Services raced ahead at the start of the second half and saw the game out comfortably FT scores 554-478.   Top scorers for the Services were Dave Cooper (87), Darren Edwards (79), Ray Potbury (76 2nd visit) and Ted Randles (69).    Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (89), Dave Williams (79), Phil Chesters (70) and Jim Coppock (59).    The Services had 7 players and the Union Vaults had 8.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Olde Cottage and the visitors had built up a useful lead of 43 by the break HT scores 224-267.     The gap was still 43 after 6 men had played, with Bawn Lodge closing it with their last two men, but the Cottage held on for an excellent away win FT scores 503-528.    Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (81), Adam Wallace (68), Tony Harvey and John Maddrick (both 65).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jamie Price (82), Iain Ellis (72), John Pritchard (70) and Neil Davies (68).    Both teams had 8 players.

The Talbot entertained St. Theresa's and the home side had built a good lead of 66 by the break HT scores 235-169.    The Talbot increased their lead in the second half to win comfortably in the end FT scores 466-373.    Top scorers for the Talbot were Alan Joinson (72), Mark Ashford (71), Pat Wallace (61) and Paul Halliwell (58).    Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Elwyn Smith (67), Karl Price (63), Barry George (53) and Paul Siddall (52).     The Talbot had 8 and St. Theresa's had 7.

St. Werburgh's Club and the Royal Oak have byes this week and next.  

6th February 2017
Semi-Final draws for 5-a-Side and West Cheshire Shield
Draws can be found on the Cup Fixtures page.     Sheets will be distributed round the pubs soon, together with a proposal to combine the Presentation Night with the AGM.

At the AGM last year, it was decided unanimously that future proposals would be decided on a 'one team one vote' basis, and we'll be putting this in practice for the first time.       The Presentation Night was quite poorly attended at the USC last year, and the AGM should become a shorter meeting now that we have 'one team, one vote'.    To encourage more people to attend it's been suggested we combine the two evenings, and hold it on a Wednesday.      We'll put it to a vote and see how it goes.

2nd February 2017
Next Committee Meeting
Next committee meeting will be in the Talbot at 8.00pm on Monday, 6th February.    This will be a very short meeting indeed, probably the shortest ever, as we will only be doing the draws for the semi-finals of the 5-a-side and West Cheshire Shield competitions.   I know Mike Hillier and Pat Wallace will be there, so, to other committee members, if you can't make it, it's ok, unless you have AOB.

Doubles competition results
Don't have all the scores so am not publishing any.   Winning pairs to date are D. Cooper/T. Randles, R. Clarke/P. McLaughlin, N. Walker/B. Walker, J. Ford/T. Davies, S. Fowles/M. Coppock.     The three other ties have all been postponed and are to be re-arranged, including the game between R. Potbury/G.Green v N. Davies/J. Pritchard.     The match was called off at the last minute because Gordon had a nasty fall on the way to the Spital and had a badly cut thumb when he arrived.   It took quite a long time to stop the bleeding and the game will be played when Gordon has recovered.   We all wish him a speedy recovery! #

# Message received from Sandy Churms: I hope you are fine Gordon, take care and get back soon, Sandy.

1st February 2017
A second doubles game postponed / re-arranged
The match between Pat Wallace/Shaun Done (Talbot) and Frank Whitley/Dale Williams (Cross Foxes) has been postponed / re-arranged, and I understand it may be played sometime next week.

Winter league - week 12
The Talbot entertained the Spital and, after a shaky green-field start to the match, the home side did well to lead by 30 at the break HT scores 221-191.   However, the Spital stormed back after the break, put in an excellent second half, and took the 3 points to go joint top of the league, FT scores 426-472.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Alan Joinson (69), Phil Halliwell (66), Shaun Done (65) and Jake McNicholas (63).   Top scorers for the Spital were Jim Gahan (73 2nd visit), T. Fennell (71 2nd visit), Vince Howard (70), Paul McLaughlin (68) and Dan Harrison (67).   The Talbot had 8 players and the Spital had 6.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Royal Oak in the second Hoole derby game and the Lodge put in an excellent first half to take a commanding lead into the break HT scores 285-190.    Bawn Lodge piled on the points after the break to record an excellent team score and win comfortably FT scores 575-358.    Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Pete Evans (88), Adam Wallace (85), Rich Tarr (78), Dave Burrows (76) and Alan Hewitt (75).    Top score for the Royal Oak was Chris Barlow (70).    Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Royal Oak had 6.

The Olde Cottage entertained the Union Vaults and the hosts put in a solid first half and were well ahead at the break HT scores 261-163.   The second half was closer but the Cottage still increased their overall lead by 31 FT scores 489-360.    Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (85), Mick Ward (72), Nick Allen (71) and Jamie Price (67).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Dan Nuttall (57), Mick Dodd and Trevor Craggs (both 55), and Dave Williams (51).    Both teams had 8 players, and well done to Lee Worthing who made has bagatelle debut for the Union Vaults this evening and scored 44.

30th January 2017
Re-arranged singles result
Tommy Fennell (Spital) and Neil Davies played their singles match at Bawn Lodge this evening.   Tommy won and goes through to the Finals Night.    Details below...

N. Davies (38+28=66) lost to T. Fennell (38+31=69)  

26th January 2017
Singles - last 16 results
The last 16 of the singles were played tonight at Bawn Lodge.   Results are shown below, thanks go to Neil Davies and Sandy Churms for reffing.

D. Biddle v D. Williams --- re-arranged
S. Churms (36+38=74) beat Ray Lamb (25+20=45)
P. McLaughlin (29+31=60) lost to G. Green (32+31=63)
L. Evans (23+49=72) beat T. Randles (35+23=58)
J. McNicholas (32+40=72) beat R. Evans (34+24=58)
T. Fennell v N. Davies --- re-arranged
D. Harrison (29+28=57) lost to P. Wallace (32+31=63)
J. Pritchard (22+48=70) lost to N. Walker (37+37=74)

25th January 2017
Len Cooper funeral
Len Coopers funeral will be held on Monday 20th February at 12.30pm at the Crematorium, and afterwards at the Olde Cottage.

Winter league - week 11
The Spital Vaults entertained the Talbot and the home side had a lead of 34 at the break HT scores 231-197.   On a relatively low scoring night for the Spital table, the hosts did enough to win comfortably and move up to 2nd place in the league FT scores 440-317.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (73), Dan Harrison (69), Tommy Fennell (60) and Luke Evans (57).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (70), Jon Parkins (55), Mark Ashford (53) and Alan Joinson (52 second visit).   The Spital had 8 players and the Talbot 7.

The Union Vaults entertained the Olde Cottage and after a low scoring first half there was just 3 points between the teams HT scores 184-181.   The Union Vaults scored roughly the same after the break while the Cottage had a half to forget FT scores 377-271.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Phil Chesters (70), Dave Williams (64), Mick Dodd and Dan Nuttall (both 48).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jamie Price (72) and Iain Ellis (41).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Royal Oak entertained Bawn Lodge in the first of the Hoole derbies and the hosts led by 13 at the break HT scores 218-205.   Bawn Lodge scored better after the break and won comfortably in the end FT scores 367-438.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Steve Williams (71), Chris Barlow (62) and Mitch Williams (50).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (69), Rob Bawn (68), Tony Harvey (62) and Adam Wallace (57).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cross Foxes entertained the United Services and I have no details of the game or scores but understand the Foxes won by 1 point.   I have updated the league table accordingly.

St. Werburgh's and St. Theresa's both had byes tonight.

18th January 2017
West Cheshire Shield - Quarter-finals
QF1 was played at the Cottage, the Talbot batted first and were 47 behind to the Royal Oak at the break HT scores 183-230.   Unfortunately, the Royal Oak only had 4 players, so the Talbot effectively had 4 players to get the 48 points required to win, and 5th man Mark Ashford scored 54. The Talbot then declared, FT scores 237-230.   Top scorer was Mike Williams from the Royal Oak (76).

In QF2 St. Werburgh's played the Union Vaults at the Talbot. St. Werburgh's went first and led by just 4 points at the break HT scores 220-216.   St. Werburgh's kept pipping their opponents in the second half, and after 7 men the lead had increased to 32.   Last man John Clarke then scored 80 increasing the lead to an unbeatable 112 and the Vaults last man did not play, FT scores 462-350.    Top scorer was last man John Clarke (80).

In QF3 at St. Werburgh's the Spital played Bawn Lodge and at the break the Spital led by 14 HT scores 213-199.   The Spital had a second half to forget as each player lost to his opponent and Bawn Lodge ran out comfortable winners in the end FT scores 368-439.   Top scorers were Paul McLaughlin (Spital) and Alan Hewitt (Bawn Lodge (both 73).

QF4 was a walkover for the Cross Foxes as the Cross Foxes B have folded.

14th January 2017
Len Cooper RIP

It is with much regret that I have to announce that Len Cooper passed away this evening.  Len has been playing
bagatelle since the 1940's and was the oldest person still actively playing the game, having played for the Talbot and the Olde Cottage in recent years.    He was known as "Head Coach Len" in the Cottage because his knowledge of shots and angles was second to none and he will be sorely missed.    RIP Len.

13th January 2017
Dee Miller now have a table
The Dee Miller have recently acquired the bagatelle table from Flookersbrook and landlord Tom is looking to form a team and enter the league.    If anyone is interested in having a stick or joining the team, pop in!

12th January 2017
351 Competition - semi-final results
This years final will be contested by the United Services Club and St. Werburgh's Club who beat the Cottage and the Cross Foxes respectively.   Once again the competition format provided two games which could have gone either way.

In semi-final one at the Spital, the Services won the toss and chose to bowl, and at 'half-time' the scores were 267-280.   A couple of sticks later the Cottage wanted 11 and the Services wanted 8.   The Cottage got out in 6 balls and the Services in 2.

I don't have details of the second semi-final at the Talbot between the Cross Foxes and St. Werburgh's, but it must have been an equally close game because I understand both teams 'bust' at the end before St. Werburgh's won.

West Cheshire Shield
With no news of the uncertain situation at the Cross Foxes, the Union Vaults and St. Werburgh's have agreed to re-locate next weeks game to another venue, and next Wednesdays quarter-final will now be played at the Talbot.

11th January 2017
Re-arranged doubles result
Pat Wallace and Shaun Done (Talbot) beat Mick Dodd and Tommy Murphy (Union Vaults) at the Royal Oak.   Pat and Shaun will go on to play Frank Whitley and Dale Williams from the Cross Foxes at the Spital on 2nd February.   The Cup Fixtures page has been updated accordingly.

Winter league - week 10
The Union Vaults entertained St. Werburgh's and the home side had much the better of the first half and had built a good lead by the break HT scores 247-182.   The Vaults dominated after the break to record an excellent home win on what will be a night to forget for the leaders FT scores 441-322.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mick Dodd (68), Dave Williams (65), Phil Chesters (64) and Tommy Murphy (63).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (68), John Kenyon (61) and Ray Lamb (37).   The Vaults had 7 players and St. Werburgh's had 8.

The Spital Vaults entertained the United Services Club and the home side were 18 points ahead at the break HT scores 274-256.    In a closely contested second half the Spital added just 3 points to their overall lead FT scores 552-531.   Top scorers for the Spital were Craig Boggan (78), V. Howard (74), Luke Evans and Martin Beddows (both 72).   Top scorers for the Services were Dave Cooper (80), Billy Williams (78), Brian Welch (75) and Dave Biddle (64).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cross Foxes entertained Bawn Lodge and the home side led by 36 points at the break HT scores 274-256.   The Foxes added 34 to their overall lead after the break to win comfortably in the end FT scores 485-415.   Top scorers for the Foxes were Terry Davies (79), John Ford and Barry Tipton (both 73) and Richard Evans (63).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (68), Adam Wallace (62) and Tony Harvey (56).   Both teams had 8 players.

St. Theresa's v Olde Cottage was postponed last Thursday at the request of the Cottage, and the Royal Oak and Talbot had byes tonight.

9th January 2017
St. Theresa's v Olde Cottage - postponed
This Wednesday's game between St. Theresa's and the Olde Cottage has been postponed at the request of the Cottage.

4th January 2017
Happy New Year!
Winter league - week 9
Leaders St. Werburgh's entertained 4th placed Union Vaults and after a high scoring half the home side led by 31 at the break HT scores 305-274.    St. Werburgh's opened up the gap in the second half to win comfortably in the end FT scores 589-457.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Kenyon (95), John Clarke (88), Ray Lamb (81) and Mike Peacock (79).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (83), Dave Williams (76), Steve Fowles (64) and Daniel Nuttall (60 2nd visit).   St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Union Vaults had 7.

Second placed United Services entertained 3rd placed Spital Vaults and there was just 15 points between the two teams at the break HT scores 287-272.   There was an excellent start to the second half with Dave Cooper scoring 94 for the hosts and Dan Harrison replying with 91 for the visitors.    The Services then forged ahead to win by 51 in the end FT scores 591-540.    Top scorers for the Services were Dave Cooper (94), Gordon Green (89), Brian Welch (81) and Paul McAleer (75).   Top scorers for the Spital were Dan Harrison (91), Craig Boggan (85),  Jim Gahan (73), Paul McLaughlin and Sandy Churms (both 69).   Both teams had 8 players.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Cross Foxes and the home side led by 15 points at the break HT scores 242-227.   The two sides were dead level after 6 men had played, then Bawn Lodge finished strongly to win by 40 in the end FT scores 512-472.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Andrew Burrows (84), Adam Wallace (78), Alan Hewitt (72), Rich Tarr (62) and Tony Harvey (61).   Top scorers for the Foxes were John Ford (66), Frank Whitley (65), Barry Tipton (64), Mike Gittins (59) and Pete Ashford (58).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cottage were due to play St. Theresa's, but the visitors phoned at 7.50pm and again at 8pm to advise they could not raise a team.   As the half-time buffet had been prepared the Cottage have claimed the 2 points.

5-a-side
St. Theresa's cannot raise a team for Thursday and have therefore conceded the game to the Talbot.    The Talbot have been advised.

20th December 2016
Payment of league fees
The United Services Club paid in full today, that's everyone paid up now, thank you!

19th December 2016
Cup Draws
Draws were made for our various competitions at the committee meeting held tonight in the Talbot.   See the Cup Fixtures page for details.

15th December 2016
Committee Meeting ~ 19th December in the Talbot
There will be a Committee Meeting in the Talbot on Monday, 19th December at 8.00pm.

Doubles Competition
The preliminary round took place tonight in the Royal Oak and the United Services Club.    Results can be seen on the Cup Fixtures page.

14th December 2016
Winter league - week 8
St. Werburgh's Club end the year as the Bagatelle Christmas Number 1 team.   St. Theresa's entertained them tonight and the home side had a small advantage at the break HT scores 234-230.   St. Werburgh's had the better of the second half, however, and come away with a fine win to keep them in pole position at the Christmas break FT scores 452-509.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Andy Thomas (77), Elwyn Smith (71), Paul Allman and Karl Price (both 65).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (75), Dave Watton (74), Mike Peacock (73), Nigel Walker (72), and Ray Lamb (71).   Both teams had 8 players.

The United Services continue their climb up the table with a fine away win at the Talbot.   At the break there was just 1 point between the two teams HT scores 242-243.   The Services had two big scores just after the break which tipped the game in their favour and they then held on to win by 22 points FT scores 474-496.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Alan Joinson (69 second visit), Jake McNicholas and Paul Halliwell (both 65), Billy Groome (62) and Pat Wallace (60).   Top scorers for the Services were Dave Cooper (89), Brian Welch (81), Ted Randles (79) and Gordon Green (64).    The Talbot had 7 players and the Services had 8.

The Royal Oak entertained the Union Vaults and the home side led by 30 points at the break HT scores 228-198.   The Vaults rallied superbly after the break however, while the home scores dropped, and the visitors won comfortably in the end, FT scores 369-475.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Fran Williams (72), Steve Williams (62), Chris Barlow (57) and Malcolm Griffin (47).   Top scorers for the Vaults were Dave Williams and Daniel Nuttall (both 75), Phil Chesters and Steve Fowles (both 68) and Tommy Murphy (66).   Both teams had 7 players.

The Olde Cottage entertained the Cross Foxes A and the Foxes took control of the game from the off and had built a commanding lead by the break HT scores 223-290.   The Foxes A piled on the points after the break to win comfortably with an excellent away total, FT scores 418-551.   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (82), Jim McClurg (71), Alister MacIver (67) and Jamie Price (52).   Top scorers for the Foxes A were Terry Davies (80), Pete Ashford and Richard Evans (both 76), John Ford (73) and Dale Williams (70).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Spital had their second bye tonight and Bawn Lodge did not have a game with the Cross Foxes B dropping out.

Doubles Competition
The game between Pat Wallace/Shaun Done and Mick Dodd/Tommy Murphy has been postponed to a later date.

10th December 2016
Ian Davies transfer
I have received a transfer request for Ian Davies who wants to move from the Cross Foxes B to the Foxes A.   Ian is now clear to play for the Foxes A in their next game at the Cottage.

8th December 2016
Len Cooper is 92 today

The world's oldest bagatelle player, Len Cooper, is 92 today, and I am sure I can speak for everyone who plays
bagatelle when I say "Happy Birthday Len!".

Singles Competition
Singles first round games were played this evening, results can be seen on the Cup Fixtures page.

Cross Foxes B
The Cross Foxes B have been struggling to raise a team all season, and have decided to resign from the league today.   Their records will be expunged and some teams will have an extra bye.     I have checked, and there are no fixtures which can be moved, but it may be possible for teams who both have byes to play a friendly with each other (?).

7th December 2016
Winter league - week 7
St. Werburgh's entertained St. Theresa's and the hosts put in an excellent first half to take control the game by the break HT scores 312-207.   To their credit St. Theresa's won the second half by 12 points, but the damage had already been done FT scores 556-459.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker and John Clarke (both 85), Derek Jones (82), John Kenyon (75), Dave Watton (71) and Mike Peacock (70).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Paul Siddall (83), Gordon Vickers (67), Elwyn Smith (61) and Les Allman (58).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cross Foxes A entertained the Olde Cottage and there were just 8 points between the teams at the break HT scores 241-233.   The Cottage led briefly by 1 point at the start of the second half, and were 10 points down after 6 men.   The Foxes A then put in their two highest scores to pull away and win comfortably FT scores 519-457.   Top scorers for the Foxes A were Terry Davies (81), Mike Gittins (73), John Ford (68), Frank Whitley (65) and John Lea (63).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Steve Hague (72), John Pritchard (68), Neil Davies (62) and Jim McClurg (56).   Both teams had 8 players.

The United Services Club entertained the Talbot and the visitors just edged the first half by 8 points HT scores 241-249.   The Services came back after the break and were 36 up after 7 men with last man Billy Williams making the target 103 to win for the Talbot, which proved too much FT scores 520-496.   Top scorers for the Services were Ted Randles and Dave Cooper (both 84), Ray Potbury (72) and Paul McAleer (70).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Mark Ashford (78 2nd go), Paul Halliwell and Shaun Done (both 70), and Jake McNicholas (69).   Both teams had 7 players.

The Union Vaults entertained the Royal Oak  and the hosts had built a good lead of 61 by the break HT scores 223-162.   The Vaults pulled further ahead in the second half to record a solid home win FT scores 449-318.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Trevor Craggs (75), T. Murphy (67), Steve Fowles (64), Dave Williams and Dave Jones (both 57).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Mick Tite (64), Chris Barlow (60) and L. Gillen (49).   The Vaults had 8 players and the Oak had 6.

For the third away game running the Cross Foxes B could not field a team and 2 points have been awarded to Bawn Lodge.     Bearing the second part of Rule 34 in mind, I have this morning contacted our committee members by text message/WhatsApp about this situation.

34) Any club which is in arrears to the league, or any club which in the opinion of the committee have not fulfilled their obligations according to the rules may be excluded from the league at the committee's discretion.

The Spital Vaults have their byes this week and next.

5th December 2016
Transfer request
Forgot to mention a transfer request was made last week on behalf of Louise Scarlett who I understand is moving from the Cross Foxes B to the Cross Foxes A.   Louise is clear to play for her new team this week.

30th November 2016
West Cheshire Shield - Preliminary round result
Nine teams have entered the West Cheshire Shield this season, and Wednesday league games took a back seat tonight as that number was reduced to eight with a preliminary game.   The Olde Cottage played the Cross Foxes A at Bawn Lodge, the Cottage won the toss and chose to bat.    In a closely contested first half each Foxes player beat his man and the Foxes led by 27 at the break HT scores 237-264.   A similar pattern emerged after the break and the Foxes won with a man to spare - but the last man did play again and got 64! - FT scores 471-533.   Both teams had 7 players.    The Foxes A go into the hat with the 7 teams who received byes and will play again in this competition on 18th January 2017.

24th November 2016
351 Competition results
In what sound like three very closely contested games, there were wins for St. Werburgh's Club, the Cottage and the Cross Foxes A against the Royal Oak, the Talbot and the Spital Vaults respectively.    The three preliminary round winners are joined by the United Services Club who got a bye to the semi-finals.

23rd November 2016
Winter league - week 6
The Union Vaults entertained the Spital Vaults and the home side were 38 up after 2 men but things turned and the visitors led by 40 at the break HT scores 184-224.   The home side closed the gap in the second half and set the Spital's last man a target of 49 to win.   I was lucky enough to pop in halfway through the second stick with the visitors needing 5 to win, and saw Tommy Fennell pot an excellent 9 with one ball to spare, FT scores 374-379.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (77), Steve Fowles (72), Daniel Nuttall (56) and Dave Williams (53).   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (67), Luke Evans (65), Jim Gahan and Tommy Fennell (both 53).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Royal Oak entertained St. Werburgh's Club and in a closely contested first half the visitors led by just 4 points HT scores
231-235.    St. Werburgh's increased their lead bit by bit throughout the second half to win by 50 in the end FT scores 394-444.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Sean Littlehales (71), Chris Barlow (64), Malcolm Griffin (57) and Fran Williams (54).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (71), Mike Peacock and Ray Lamb (both 64) and Dave Watton (63).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cross Foxes B entertained the Cottage and the hosts put in an excellent first half to lead by 45 at the break HT scores 268-223.   The Cottage closed the gap at every step in the second half and just managed to sneak a win at the end FT scores 459-464.   Top scorers for the Foxes B were Wayne Lavender (74), Curtis Freeman (70), Nick Hutchison (64), Mark McDonnell (63) and Louise Scarlett (60).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jim McClurg (72 second visit), Neil Davies (68), John Pritchard (65), Iain Ellis (57) and Nick Allen (54).   Both teams had 6 players.

St. Theresa's entertained the Cross Foxes A and a couple of big scores helped the visitors build a lead of 38 by the break HT scores 239-278.   The hosts closed the gap in the second half but the Foxes A hung on to win with Mike Gittins getting the vital points in his second visit to the table FT scores 511-520.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Karl Price (82), Elwyn Smith (72), Daz Cowley (68) and Gordon Vickers (65).   Top scorers for the Foxes A were Pete Ashford (84), Terry Davies (75), Frank Whitley (71) and Richard Evans (70).   St. Theresa's had 8 players and the Foxes A had 7.

The United Services entertained Bawn Lodge and the home side were 51 up after the first men had played, but the Lodge came back and had closed the gap to 30 by the break HT scores 239-209.   The Services opened up the gap in the second half to win quite comfortably in the end FT scores 514-435.   Top scorers for the Services were Ted Randles (91), Brian Welch (80), Dave Cooper (76) and Ray Potbury (61).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Pete Evans (83), Tony Harvey (67), Rob Bawn and Alan Hewitt (both 62).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Talbot had their second bye this week and did not play.

20th November 2016
Payment of league fees
Bawn Lodge and the Royal Oak have paid Mike Hillier direct, thank you very much.   Just one more to go and then every club will have paid.

17th November 2016
5-a-side result
The Talbot played the Royal Oak at St. Werburgh's Club in the preliminary round of the 5-a-side this evening.   The Royal Oak won the toss, chose to bat and were ahead by 4 points after 2 men.   However the Talbot came back from that point to win by 43 points FT scores 295-252.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Barry Jones (81), Jake McNicholas (69) and Alan Joinson (66).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Mick Tite (67), Steve Williams (61) and Fran Williams (56).     Quick mention for the pizza slices put on by John Kenyon, very nice indeed!

Royal Oak table
Popped down today and there's no obvious reason I can see why the table had changed.  A couple of beer mats seem to have more or less done the trick, and I can only assume that maybe some had either fallen out or become too condensed.

16th November 2016
Royal Oak table
Chris Barlow informed me last night that there's a problem with the Royal Oak table,  the top end of the table has somehow dropped, making it very difficult to play.   I intend to pop down later to have a look.

Winter league - week 5
Two joint leaders played each other when the Spital Vaults entertained the Union Vaults and the hosts had built a good lead by the break HT scores 289-225.   The second half was much closer with the home side just edging it by 8 points, but that was enough to ensure a comfortable win FT scores 553-481.  The Spital remain joint top, the Union Vaults drop to third place.    Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (93), Sandy Churms (79), Russ Clarke, Craig Boggan and Jim Gahan (all 69).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (76), Daniel Nuttall (72), Phil Chesters (70) and Jim Coppock (68).    Both teams had 8 players.

The other joint leaders St. Werburgh's Club entertained the Royal Oak and the home side got off to a fantastic start with 181 being scored by the first two players HT scores 335-198.   More high scoring after the break ensured a very convincing home win FT scores 618-390.    Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Ray Lamb (95), Mike Peacock (91), John Kenyon (90), Shaun Murphy (84) and Derek Jones (70).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Steve Williams and Chris Barlow (both 67) and Mitch Williams (61).    St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Royal Oak had 7.

Bawn Lodge played the United Services Club and the home side were just about a good stick ahead at the break HT scores 248-210.   A contrast in fortunes after the break saw the home side open up a huge lead by the end FT scores 548-392.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rob Bawn (93), Alan Hewitt (87), Dave Burrows (84), Pete Evans (77) and Adam Wallace (70).   Top scorers for the United Services were Ted Randles (63), Paul McAleer and Dave Cooper (both 61) and Brian Welch (59).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the United Services had 7.

The Cross Foxes A entertained St. Theresa's Club and after a close first half the visitors held a small lead HT scores 217-225.   The game remained tight throughout the second half and the visitors had inched the lead up to 18 points after 7 men.   In a great finish, Foxes A last man Terry Davies scored 83 and this was followed by an even better 86 from Gordon Vickers to increase the winning margin to 21 points FT scores 457-478.    Top scorers for the Foxes A were Terry Davies (83), John Ford (81), Barry Tipton (68) and Richard Evans (61).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Gordon Vickers (86), Mal Siddall (66), Daz Cowley (61), and Paul Allman and Elwyn Smith (both 60).   Both teams had 8 players.

For the second week running the Cross Foxes B could not raise a team and advised the Cottage of this early evening.   Hopefully it's just been a bad couple of weeks and the Foxes B can get a team together for future away games.   I hope so, as we can't really allow a team to just play at home without fulfilling their obligation to play away games (see Rule 34 part 2).   Two points have been awarded to the Cottage.

The Talbot have their byes this week and next.

14th November 2016
Payment of League Fees
The Cross Foxes A and B teams both paid their bills today, thanks Mark!

10th November 2016
Payment of League Fees
Full payment was received from the Union Vaults and St. Theresa's today, thank you very much!

Northgate Cup - semi-final result
In a classic game of two halves the Cross Foxes A played the Spital Vaults at the Union Vaults.  The Spital won the toss, chose to bowl, and the move paid off as each Spital player beat his opponent HT scores 220-261.   Everything changed after the break however, with the Cross Foxes A scoring steadily and the Spital having a run of low scoring sticks as bad as I can remember, with the last man not even playing as they were too far behind.   It's a half probably best forgotten by the Spital, FT scores 453-328.   Top scorers for the Foxes A were Richard Evans (75), John Ford (67), Pete Ashford (63 second visit) and Barry Tipton (62).   Top scorers for the Spital, all first half(!) were Dan Harrison (84), Sandy Churms (73) and Paul McLaughlin (71).     Only 3 teams entered the competition, so the Cross Foxes A will play the United Services in the final next year.

9th November 2016
Unfulfilled fixtures
Can any club who cannot fulfil a fixture please let the opposition know as a courtesy ASAP please, to prevent opponents either travelling or preparing food unnecessarily.

Winter league - week 4
The Royal Oak entertained the Spital Vaults and the visitors had built a lead of 44 by the break HT scores 190-234.   The Spital increased their lead throughout the second half to win convincingly FT scores 377-472.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (69), Bill Lloyd (59) and Mick Tite (54).    Top scorers for the Spital were Sandy Churms (78), Tommy Fennell (70) and Paul McLaughlin (62 second visit).   The Royal Oak had 8 players and the Spital had 7.

The Talbot entertained the Union Vaults and the visitors had edged ahead by 20 at the break HT scores 187-207.   In a very close second half the Union Vaults added just 2 more points to their overall lead FT scores 431-453.    Top scorers for the Talbot were Jon Parkins (74), Shaun Done (69), Paul Halliwell (68) and Pat Wallace (55).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Kevin Jones (68), Mal Coppock (65) and Jim Coppock (64).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cross Foxes A entertained St. Werburgh's Club and there was just 1 point between the two teams at the break HT scores 254-253.   The Foxes A led by 27 points after 6 men but then St. Werburgh's came back to win the game FT scores 487-498.   Top scorers for the Foxes A were John Ford (79), Richard Evans (72), Dale Williams (68) and Frank Whitley (66).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (82), Brian Walker (76), John Kenyon (64) and John Clarke (61).   Both teams had 8 players.

The United Services entertained the Cottage and after a high scoring start the scores after 2 men were 157-163.  The home side also scored 157 with their next 2 men and they led by 41 at the break HT scores 314-273.   The Cottage turned things round after the break and led by 11 after 7 men, and then in a tense finish the Cottage scored 9 off the very last ball of the game to earn a draw FT scores 525-525.   Top scorers for the Services were Paul McAleer (86), Dave Biddle (79), Brian Welch (78), Dave Cooper (72) and Ted Randles (71).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Iain Ellis (87), John Pritchard (80), Neil Davies (76), Jim McClurg (73) and Mick Ward on his away debut (69).    The Services had 7 players and the Cottage had 8.

Finally, St. Theresa's were meant to play the Cross Foxes B but I was advised at around 9pm by Elwyn Smith that none of the visiting team had shown up, and no-one had contacted St. Theresa's to let them know they would not be coming.   A quick phone call earlier this week would have prevented St. Theresa's preparing a curry and their players attending unnecessarily.    Two points have been awarded to St. Theresa's.  

2nd November 2016
Bill for fees
Sheets for all the cup draws together with the dreaded 'Bill for Fees' were delivered to each pub yesterday.   The bills are now due for payment, so please pay either myself or treasurer Mike Hillier direct.    Thanks to the Spital, St. Werburgh's and Cottage who all instantly paid in full yesterday.

Match Sheets
Even though quite a few teams now send in photos of match results via WhatsApp, can all teams still please continue to return completed paper match sheets to me ASAP.  Sheets can be left behind the bar in the Olde Cottage.     Returning the sheets is especially important for teams who have players in with a chance of winning the away averages, to ensure their scores are officially recorded.   Thanks in advance!

Winter league - week 3
The three early leaders all lost tonight but still stay joint top.

St. Werburgh's entertained the Cross Foxes A and both teams put in excellent first halves with the hosts building a 45 point lead by the break HT scores 315-270.   The high scoring continued for St. Werburgh's as they wore down the Foxes A to win comfortably in the end FT scores 610-465.    Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were virtually the whole team with 7 players getting 73+, John Clarke (86), John Kenyon and Shaun Murphy (both 82), Nigel Walker and Derek Jones (both 78), Craig and Ray Lamb (both 73).   Top scorers for the Foxes A were John Ford (75), Pete Ashford (73), John Lea (69) and Dale Williams (59).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Spital Vaults entertained the Royal Oak and the home side had a good lead at the break HT scores 277-229.   The Spital pulled away in the second half to record a solid home win FT scores 548-389.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (86), Dan Harrison (83), Craig Boggan (73) and Sandy Churms (69).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Mick Tite (69), Fran Williams and Chris Barlow (both 57), and Steve Williams (46).

I don't have the Union Vaults v Talbot result as yet.  Update 1:  I understand the Union Vaults beat the Talbot, 2 points have been awarded to the Vaults. Top scorers were Dave Williams (75) and Steve Fowles (74). Update 2 sheet now in, the Vaults had built a lead of 42 by the break HT scores 235-193.   The Talbot shaved points off the lead in the second half, but not by enough to catch up FT scores 455-421.   Other top scorers for the Talbot were Phil Chesters (69) and Tommy Murphy (59).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (64), Shaun Done (62), Jon Parkins (61) and Paul Halliwell (60).    Both teams had 8 players.

The Cottage entertained the United Services and the hosts were 90 up after 2 men before being pegged back to a 50 lead HT scores 227-177.    It was a similar story after the break with the Cottage going 116 up after 6 men before being pegged back again.    The big lead allowed the Cottage to introduce a new player, Mick Ward, who played last man and got 28 on his bagatelle debut, FT scores 470-410.    Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (86), Neil Davies (84), Steve Hague (72) and Jamie Price (71).   Top scorers for the United Services were Brian Welch (73), Paul McAleer (71), Dave Biddle (70) and Ray Potbury (68).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cross Foxes B entertained St. Theresa's and the home side just edged the first half to lead by 15 points at the break HT scores 235-220.   The Foxes B increased their lead in little steps throughout the second half to record their first win of the season FT scores 488-406.   Top scorers for the Foxes B were Nick Hutchison (72), Louise Scarlett (71), Ian Davies (64), Ian Woosnam (61) and Mark McDonnell (60).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Elwyn Smith (65), Karl Price (64), Daz Cowley (55), Les Allman (51) and Paul Allman (50).    Foxes B had 6 players, St. Theresa's had 8.

Bawn Lodge have their byes this week and next.

30th October 2016
Cup Draws
Draws for our various competitions were done at the committee meeting tonight.    In addition, we have received £15 from the Union Vaults and £10.50 from the Royal Oak, and these amounts will be deducted from their final bills respectively.        Also the Talbot have paid all of their fees for the coming season, Thank You (and thanks Pat for the sausage rolls at the meeting too!).

27th October 2016
Cup Entry Forms
Can teams wishing to enter any cups / Singles / Doubles etc please return their entry forms to the Secretary no later than Saturday, 29th October.   So far only St. Theresa's and the United Services have submitted their entries to me.

I will accept a photo of the entry form via Whatsapp or email, or even just phone me.   Thank you!

26th October 2016
Winter league - week 2
The Talbot entertained the Royal Oak and the home side had a small advantage at the break HT scores 221-207.   The Royal Oak closed the gap to 8 points after 6 men, but the Talbot had saved the best till last and pulled away at the end FT scores 490-431.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Shaun Done (94), Paul Halliwell (67), Billy Groome (62) and Pat Wallace (58).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (75) and Fran Williams (63).   The Talbot had 8, some of the Oak team played again.

The Cross Foxes B played the Foxes A and it was the 'visitors' who had the best of the first half HT scores 168-263.    The Foxes A built on their lead to win comfortably in the end FT scores 384-509.   Top scorers for the Foxes B were Derek Waters (70) and Nick Hutchison (63).   Top scorers for the A team were Richard Evans (74), John Ford (70) and Dale Williams (68 second visit).   The teams had 6 and 7 players respectively.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Union Vaults and the home side led by 27 at the break HT scores 250-223.   In a close second half the home side did just enough to win FT scores 473-461.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rich Tarr (67), Rob Bawn (66), Andrew Burrows (65), Mike Hillier (64) and Adam Wallace (60).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (74), Phil Chesters (72), Dave Williams (68), Tommy Murphy (65) and Steve Fowles (58).   Both teams had 8 players.

St. Werburgh's played the Spital and the home side had built a good lead by the break HT scores 292-202.   St. Werburgh's piled on the points after the break  to complete a convincing home win FT scores 596-426.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock and Ray Lamb (both 88), Nigel Walker (87) and John Kenyon (75).   Top scorers for the Spital were Craig Boggan (74), Paul McLaughlin (73), Martin Beddows and Tommy Fennell (both 72), and both teams had 8 players.

I don't have the result of the United Services v St. Theresa's game.    27th Oct, result now in:   The United Services entertained St. Theresa's and the home side had built a useful lead by the break HT scores 229-183.   The Services pulled away in the second half to win comfortably FT scores 524-369.   Top scorers for the Services were Dave Cooper (86), Ray Potbury (82), Darren Edwards (79) and Billy Williams (72).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Barry George (65) and Gordon Vickers (64).

24th October 2016
Union Vaults v Bawn Lodge
No details, but I am informed this was a home win, 2 points awarded to the Vaults accordingly.

20th October 2016
Phil Pace RIP
It is with regret that I have to announce Phil Pace passed away last weekend.   Phil played bagatelle for many years for the same team and followed them as they moved from the George to the New Inn and then St. Werburgh's Club.    Phil's funeral is on Monday 31st October at 10.30am at Blacon Crematorium.

19th October 2016
Winter league - week 1
The two teams who finished first and second in the Summer League met this evening when the Spital entertained summer champions St. Werburgh's Club.   The Spital were fast out of the blocks and had built a decent lead by the break, HT scores 270-226.    St. Werburgh's then had their best spell after the break.  The game went right down to the very last ball with the Spital team all probably holding their breath as they won by just 1 point FT scores 506-505.  Both teams had 8 players, top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (83), Russ Clarke (70), Craig Boggan (67), Dan Harrison (65) and Sandy Churms (62).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Ray Lamb (84), John Kenyon (77), John Clarke and Brian Walker (both 75) and Mike Peacock (69).

The Cross Foxes A entertained the Cross Foxes B and after a closely contested first half the B team had edged ahead by 4 points HT scores 273-277.   The Foxes A scored even better in the second half and pulled ahead to win well in the end FT scores 557-480.   Top scorers for the A side were Barry Tipton (90), John Ford (79), John Lea (75) and Dale Williams (71).   Top scorers for the B side were Mark McDonnell (80), Ian Davies (79), Louise Scarlett (68) and J. Jones (59).  Both teams had 6 players.

The Royal Oak entertained the Talbot and the Oak had built a useful lead by the break HT scores 251-206.   The Talbot came back well after the break to completely turn the game around, and they won by 18 points FT scores 451-469.   Both teams had 8 players, top scorers for the Royal Oak were Mick Tite and Mike Williams (both 73), Steve Williams (69), Bill Lloyd (61) and Chris Barlow (60).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (75), Jon Parkins (68), Paul Halliwell (64), Jake McNicholas (63), Mark Ashford and Shaun Done (both 60).

St. Theresa's entertained the United Services and the HT scores were 197-250.   The visitors increased their lead in the second half FT scores 384-491.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Paul Allman (69) and Karl Price (68), top scorers for the Services were Ted Randles (79) and Dave Biddle (76).

I don't yet have the Union Vaults v Bawn Lodge result.    The Olde Cottage have their byes this week and next.

12th October 2016
Talbot v Cross Foxes B

The final game of the summer season was played last night between the Talbot and the Cross Foxes B.   The Talbot put in a solid first half and had built a good lead by the break HT scores 260-173.  

They pulled further ahead in the second half to register an excellent home win FT scores 541-350.   The 2 points takes them up to 5th place in the final table.   Top score was Jon Parkins (89), the Talbot had 8 players and the Foxes B had 6.

11th October 2016
Winter League Fixtures
Now available on the Fixtures page.

Cup Entry Forms
Entry forms for our various cups, singles, doubles etc will be distributed tomorrow.   Can these please be returned by no later than 29th October.    Failure to return them may mean your club will not be included in any of the competitions.

Committee Meeting
The next committee meeting will be on Monday 31st October in the Talbot, ko at 8.00pm.

5th October 2016
Re-arranged game results
The Cross Foxes A entertained Bawn Lodge and after a high scoring first half the hosts led by 26 HT scores 296-270.    The Foxes A scored 300 in the second half which proved too hot for the visitors to handle FT scores 596-440.   Top score was Dale Williams (87) and both teams had 7 players.

The Royal Oak entertained the Talbot and the visitors got off to a cracking start with Alan Joinson scoring 84, and the Talbot led by 50 at the break HT scores 216-266.   The Talbot increased the gap in the second half to record an excellent away win FT scores 375-479.   Top score was Alan Joinson (84), the Royal Oak had 8 players and the Talbot had 7.

That just leaves one game outstanding, the Talbot v Cross Foxes B, and a win for either team would lift them a place in the final league table.

30th September 2016
Summer League - Four games still to be played
There are four outstanding games still to be played to complete the Summer League fixtures.   The Cross Foxes A are playing Bawn Lodge next Wednesday, does anyone have dates for the others?   The games are...

Talbot v Cross Foxes B (at request of Foxes B)
Royal Oak v Talbot (at request of Royal Oak)
Cross Foxes A v Bawn Lodge (at request of Bawn Lodge) - playing 5th October
Spital Vaults v United Services (at request of USC) - 3rd Oct, conceded by USC, 2 points awarded to Spital.

Annual Clean-up of News
In order to prevent this file getting too big, and to speed up the website, news items prior to today can now be found on the News Archive web page.   See the link below.

Bagatelle Website Visitors
I thought I would update everyone on visitors to the website.  We have had visitors from 106 different countries this year, including virtually every European country.   Naturally we get a lot of hits from the UK, and the local maps show visitors in the last few days.

   

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