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17th July 2024
351 Competition - Final
The final of the 351 Competition was played tonight between St. Theresa's A and the Egerton Arms. St. Theresa's batted first, and at the halfway stage the scores were 167-217, meaning St. Theresa's needed a further 184 and the Egerton another 134.  The lead of 50 points proved decisive as the Egerton maintained their advantage and got out before St. Theresa's.  Congratulations to the Egerton Arms.

Doubles Competition - re-arranged result / one game still to be played
Luke and Richie Evans have beaten Suzanne and Dennis Johnson in the re-arranged doubles match.

There is still one postponed Doubles match to be played,
McAleer/Valentine v Turner/Ellis postponed at the request of Turner/Ellis.

7th July 2024
5-A-Side Final - POSTPONED
A request from the Union Vaults to postpone the 5-A-Side final has been agreed to by Upton B.  New date is 24th July.  Bawn Lodge (hosts) are aware of the postponement.

England play the Netherlands in the European Championship semi-final the same night.  No sense in missing a rare semi-final appearance when the bagatelle can easily be re-arranged.

4th July 2024
West Cheshire Shield - Final
The two teams based on Heath Road contested the West Cheshire Shield Final last night at St. Werburgh's Club, and it was Upton B who prevailed over Upton A.

Upton A batted first and struggled to keep up with the vastly more experienced B team who played more consistently throughout. Indeed, by full time seven of the B players had scored over 60, compared to only two from the A side. At half time the scores were 211-278, and at full time 378-512.  Congratulations to Upton B who collect their second cup of the season.  Also, congrats to the newly formed Upton A team who did very well in getting to the final. The only way is up!

Top scorers
Upton A ... E. Wicks 66, N. Allen 62, G. O'Connor 57, P. Williams 55
Upton B ... J. Lea 78, T. Randles 70, B. Tipton and L. Evans (both 65)

Upton B are in action again next week at Bawn Lodge in the final of the 5-a-Side. Can anyone stop them? (Union Vaults - over to you!!).

Re-arranged Doubles game result
J. Maddrick and S. Ortega were beaten by J. Ford and T. Davies.

26th June 2024
Northgate Cup - Final
The first of this season's finals was played tonight at the Cross Foxes, with Upton B taking on St. Werburgh's Club.

Upton B batted first, and some consistent play from both sides saw the two teams separated by just 25 points at the break, with Upton holding the advantage,  HT scores 277-252.  Indeed, Upton B did not have an individual stick under 32 throughout the first half, which is excellent.

That first half lead proved to be decisive.  The second half was much closer, with Upton B adding just 2 to their overall lead to win the game by 27 points, and the Northgate Cup FT scores 514-487.  Congratulations to Upton B, indeed to both teams, because all night there were only two individual sticks under 20 (one for each side).

Top scorers
Upton B ... R. Evans 72, B. Tipton 71, J. Lea 70, T. Randles, C. Jones, R. Evans (all 64)
St. Werburgh's Club ... C. Lamb and M. Jones (both 72), J. McNicholas 68, N. Walker 67, J. B. Clarke 60.

Upton B are in action again next week, when they take on Upton A in the final of the West Cheshire Shield at St. Werburgh's Club.  Practice is allowed up to 8.15pm, game starts at 8.30pm.

20th June 2024
Doubles Results from 19th June 2024

At the Bridgewater
Williams 30 / Allen 73 v Jones 61 / Jones 45
Wallace 58 /Done 40 v Allman 56 / Allman 57
McAleer/Valentine v Turner/Ellis postponed at rqst of Turner/Ellis
Cooper 62 /Randles 57 v O'Connor 53 /Wicks 51

At the Egerton Arms
Johnson/Johnson v Evans/Evans <<< postponed at rqst of Johnson/Johnson
Ford/Davies v Maddrick/Ortega <<< postponed at rqst of Maddrick/Ortega
Coppock 55 /Nuttall 52 v Anstey 38 /Dutton 42
Murphy 31 / Marriott 58 v Tipton 32 /Lea 43 <<< played 13th June


13th June 2024
Singles Results
At St. Theresa's Club
L. Evans 78 v 49 G. O'Connor
P. McAleer 53 v 32 E. Wicks
T. Davies 72 v 85 D. Cooper
J. McNicholas 67 v 49 S. Churms

At Bridgewater Arms
L. Allman 49 v 78 P. Williams  <<< played 10th June
J. Fellows v R. Evans
M. Jones v N. Davies
N. Walker v N. Allen


12th June 2024
Doubles Competition - last 16 draw

To be played on Wednesday, 19th June 2024

At the Bridgewater
Williams/Allen v Jones/Jones
Wallace/Done v Allman/Allman
McAleer/Valentine v Turner/Ellis
Cooper/Randles v O'Connor/Wicks

At the Egerton Arms
Johnson/Johnson v Evans/Evans
Ford/Davies v Maddrick/Ortega
Coppock/Nuttall v Anstey/Dutton
Murphy/Marriott v Tipton/Lea


5th June 2024
Draws for Competitions / Finals
Please see the Cup Fixtures page for the latest cup draws. 
Please note, practice on finals nights is now allowed up to 8.15pm on the day of each final.

Dates for your diaries
5th June Doubles preliminary round

12th June Singles last 16

19th June Doubles last 16

26th June Northgate Cup Final @ Cross Foxes

3rd July West Cheshire Shield Final @ St. Werburgh’s

10th July 5 a-side Final @ Bawn Lodge

17th July 351 Final @ Union Vaults

24th July Len Cooper Plate @ Egerton Arms

31sy July Veterans @ St. Theresa’s

7th Aug Mixed doubles

14th Aug Doubles Finals Night

21st Aug Singles Finals Night

28th Aug

4th Sept

11th Sept Bawn Lodge Open semis

18th Sept Bawn Lodge Open semis

25th Sept Bawn Lodge Open Final

2nd Oct AGM and Presentation evening

9th Oct

16th Oct

23rd Oct  League starts

15th May 2024
5-A-Side semi-final results
Upton B 339 v 281 Bawn Lodge  at the Egerton Arms
St. Theresa’s B 173 v 304 Union Vaults  at the Bridgewater


8th May 2024
Cup Draws for various competitions
See the Cup Fixtures page.

2nd May 2024
Next Committee Meeting
8th May at St. Werburgh's, kick off at 8pm.

351 Quarter Final Results - played on Wednesday, 1st May 2024
Cross Foxes W v L St. Theresa’s B at the Greyhound
Upton B (2nd) L v W St. Werburgh's B at St. Theresa’s
Union Vaults L v W Egerton at Bawn Lodge
St. Theresa’s A received a Bye  (St. Werburgh's A conceded)


25th April 2024
5-A-Side quarter-final results - played 24th April 2024
Bawn Lodge 289 v 279 St. Werburgh’s at the Bridgewater
Greyhound 252 v 316 Upton B at the Union Vaults
Union Vaults 270 v 269 Cross Foxes at Upton BL
Upton A 195 v 221 St. Theresa’s B at the Cross Foxes


Derek Jones - 5 ball shot
In last night's 5-a-side match, Bawn Lodge v St. Werburgh's, Derek Jones of St. Werburgh's played an incredible last ball his second stick.  After seven balls, Derek had nothing down, and the black was in between the 8 and 9 cups and almost completely surrounded by other balls.  Derek did very well just to hit the black, and in doing so, sent all the balls round the black in seemingly every direction, and FIVE of them ended up in cups.  Never seen anything like it before, quite incredible to witness!  A Derek Jones has now been added to the Terminology page, just in case it happens again one day!


16th April 2024
Minutes of Committee Meeting held on 15th April
Minutes of meeting: 15/04/24 held at St. Werburgh’s Chester
Chair: Ed Wicks   In attendance: Ed Wicks, Mark Jones, Neil Davies, Shaun Murphy, Nick Allen, Ted Randles, Alvin Marriott, Suzanne Johnson, Rich Evans, Patrick Wallace, Jake McNicholas, Nigel Walker.  Apologies: Martin White, Rob Bawn
Agenda:  1. 
Quarter Finals draws for the 5 a-side and 351 competitions.

Ed Wicks open the meeting just after 8pm. The draws for both the 5 a-side and 351 quarter finals were drawn and are as follows:

5 a-side Quarter Finals: To be played on 24th April 2024
Bawn Lodge v St. Werburgh’s at the Bridgewater
Greyhound v Upton B at the Union Vaults
Union Vaults v Cross Foxes at Upton BL
Upton A v St. Theresa’s B at the Cross Foxes

351 Quarter Finals: To be played on 1st May 2024
Cross Foxes v St. Theresa’s B at Greyhound
Upton B (2nd) v St. Werburgh's B at St. Theresa’s
Union Vaults v Egerton at Bawn Lodge
St. Theresa’s A ------ Bye (St. Werburgh's A conceded)

As it's Chester Races week commencing 6th May there will be no games played on the 8th May. The next committee meeting will be on the 8th May.  Singles and Doubles entry forms will be circulated within the next few days, entries must be submitted to the committee on or before 7th May. Singles entry fee Ł2, Doubles entry fee Ł4. All monies to be paid to Neil Davies (Treasurer) on or before the next committee meeting (8th May).  Neil Davies (Treasurer) reported that the banking address for the league has now been changed to St. Werburgh’s Parish Centre.  There being no further business Ed closed the meeting.

15th April 2024
Bagatelle Table with side pockets For Sale
I have been contacted by someone who has a bagatelle table for sale.  The table has been in the family since the 1930's, having been purchased from a local pub, but has been in storage for a number of years and is no longer required.  The table is 10ft by 3ft 8ins approx and has side pockets.  It requires some TLC but could be restored into a very nice table indeed.   An interesting feature is that it has octagonal legs, surely a sign of a quality build.

If anyone out there is interested, please let me know, and I will pass your details on to the seller.
              

11th April 2024
351 Competition First Found results
Played on Wednesday 10th April 2024
St. Werburgh’s B WON v Bridgewater at Upton Legion
Egerton WON v Spital Vaults at the Greyhound ---- conceded by Spital
St. Theresa’s B WON v Upton A at the Cross Foxes
Upton B v WON Upton B 2nd at Bawn Lodge
Bawn Lodge v WON Cross Foxes at St. Werburgh’s
Union Vaults WON v Greyhound at St. Theresa’s

St. Theresa’s A and St. Werburgh’s A have byes into round two

4th April 2024
5 a Side Preliminary Round results
Played on Wednesday, 3rd April 2024
Cross Foxes WALKOVER v  Spital Vaults at the Egerton conceded by Spital
Egerton 296 v 323 Upton B at the Bridgewater
St. Theresa’s A 189 v 302 Union Vaults at Upton Legion
Bridgewater 197 v 208 Upton A at the Greyhound

28th March 2024
Northgate Cup semi-final results
Played on Wednesday, 27th March 2024
St. Werburgh's 480 v 320 Greyhound at the Egerton
Upton B 579 v 493 Cross Foxes at St. Werburgh's

27th March 2024
Cup Draws from last night's Committee Meeting
5 a Side: Preliminary Round
To be played on Wednesday, 3rd April 2024
Cross Foxes v Spital Vaults at the Egerton
Egerton v Upton B at the Bridgewater
St. Theresa’s A v Union Vaults at Upton Legion
Bridgewater v Upton A at the Greyhound
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351 Competition: First Round

To be played on Wednesday 10th April 2024
St. Werburgh’s B v Bridgewater at Upton Legion
Egerton v Spital Vaults at the Greyhound
St. Theresa’s B v Upton A at the Cross Foxes
Upton B v Upton B 2nd at Bawn Lodge
Bawn Lodge v Cross Foxes at St. Werburgh’s
Union Vaults v Greyhound at St. Theresa’s

St. Theresa’s A and St. Werburgh’s A have byes into round two

21st March 2024
Northgate Cup quarter-final results
Greyhound 306 v 241 Upton A at Bawn Lodge
St. Werburgh's 384 v 313 St. Theresa's at the Greyhound
Cross Foxes 405 v 351 Bawn Lodge at the Union Vaults
Upton B 548 v 474 Egerton at St. Theresa's

Coventry Bagatelle
Have a look at this video from the Coventry Bagatelle League.  If anyone understands the rules, please let me know, especially when they bang a ball right round the table. Our rules are certainly a lot simpler, especially for new players.

14th March 2024
Away Averages 23/24
Away Averages are based on a players top 7 scores throughout the season, ie. every player can drop their lowest two scores.  Thanks to Secretary Jake McNicholas, here is a table showing the average of every player who played in at least 7 away games.  Congratulations to Nigel Walker who has this season's best Average Away Score with an average of 79.86.

League match reports - 13th March 2024
The final league games of the season were played this evening. From next week onwards we turn our attentions to the Northgate Cup and our other cup competitions will follow.  But first, this seasons final match reports...
St. Werburgh's v Cross Foxes
Champions St. Werburgh's entertained the Cross Foxes, and a great first half saw them put the game well beyond the Cross Foxes, HT scores 321-190.  The home side eased off after the break, but still managed to pull further ahead to produce a thumping home win FT scores 566-379. St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Foxes had 7.
Top scorers
St. Werburgh's: M. Peacock 90, N. Walker 85, C. Lamb 74
Cross Foxes: J. Ford 67, I Davies 60 (2nd go), J. Gahan 59

Upton B v Egerton
Upton B entertained the Egerton with both teams knowing that an away win would see them finish joint second.  However, Upton got off to a flying start with their top two scores of the night and the Egerton did well to keep the half time gap down to 14, HT scores 269-255.  Upton scored well after the break, with the first three men adding 225 and the Egerton could not close the gap FT scores 546-513.  Upton B had 8 players and the Egerton had 7.
Top scorers
Upton B: T. Randles 83, M. Turner 83, L. Evans 78
Egerton: P. McAleer 85, P. Wallace 82 (2nd go), J. Fellows 79

Bridgewater v Bawn Lodge
The lead changed hands twice in the first half with the visitors edging ahead just before the break HT scores 174-192. Both teams scored better after the break with the visitors adding to their halftime lead FT scores 377-431. Both teams had 8 players.
Top scorers
Bridgewater: P. Challoner 58, J. Maddrick 55, P. Axworthy 54
Bawn Lodge: S. Safina 69, N. Davies 66, R. Bawn 62

Union Vaults v Greyhound
The Vaults shaded a close first half to lead by 31 at the break HT scores 215-184.  The Vaults pulled further clear throughout the second half to end the campaign with a solid home win FT scores 469-357. The Union Vaults had 8 players and the Greyhound had 6.
Top scorers
Union Vaults: T. Dowd 63, P. Anstey 62, P. Dutton 60
Greyhound: Y. Kouame 65 (1st go), Y. Kouame 48 (2nd go), M. White 46

St. Theresa's v Upton A
St. Theresa's entertained Upton A and the visitors got off to a flying start with their three highest scorers being their first three men. However, St. Theresa's three highest scorers went 2nd, 3rd and 4th, and the home side took over the lead just before the break HT scores 254-219.  Upton A closed the gap in the second half, but not by enough to win FT scores 440-414. Both teams had 8 players.
Top scorers
St. Theresa's: S. Ward 74, M. Churchill 70, P. Allman 69
Upton A: L. Stallwood 83, G. Mullen 61, E. Wicks 60

7th March 2024
League match reports - 6th March 2024
Cross Foxes v St. Werburgh's Club

Let's start at the top, and congratulations go to St. Werburgh's Club who win the 2023/24 Winter League by winning away at the Cross Foxes, giving them enough points to ensure they can't be caught with one game to go. After a close first half in which the lead changed hands, St. Werburgh's had edged ahead by 15 at the break HT scores 250-265.  The gap closed to just 1 point in the second half before St. Werburgh's edged ahead again to win both the game and the league title. St. Werburgh's had 7 players and were fortunate that Jake McNicholas was drawn to play twice as he contributed greatly to the win. FT scores 471-528.  The Cross Foxes had 8 players and St. Werburgh's had 7.
Top scorers
Cross Foxes: J. Ford 81, T. Davies 67, P. McLaughlin 64
St. Werburgh's: R. Lamb 88, J. McNicholas 88 (2nd go), J. McNicholas 73 (1st go)

Egerton v Upton B
The Egerton entertained second placed Upton B and there were only 7 points between the two teams until just before the break when the home team opened a gap up HT scores 254-230.  The gap was promptly closed after the break as Upton B took the lead by 6, and after seven men there was just 1 point between the teams. In what must have been a tense atmosphere the Egerton's last man, Jon Parkins playing again, did enough to ensure a home win FT scores 471-442. The Egerton had 7 players and Upton B had 8.
Top scorers
Egerton: P. McAleer 87, P. Wallace 72, J. Fellows 71
Upton B: J. Lea 79, D. Cooper 65, L. Evans 63

Bawn Lodge v Bridgewater
Bawn Lodge entertained the Bridgewater and the home side got off to a good start, were pegged back just before the break, but still had a decent lead HT scores 182-123.  The first half lead proved decisive with the second half being closer and Bawn Lodge edging a little further ahead after the break FT scores 361-274. Both teams had 8 players.
Top scorers
Bawn Lodge: N. Davies 71, J. Rae 55, J. Pritchard and R. Bawn both 52.
Bridgewater: A. Marriott 53, S. Murphy and P. Axworthy both 47

Greyhound v Union Vaults
The Greyhound entertained the Union Vaults and both sides evidently found the table difficult in the first half, with only one player scoring over 40, but it was enough to give the Union Vaults the lead at the break HT scores 114-148.  Both teams did better after the break with the Union Vaults adding just 1 point to their overall lead to give them a hard fought away win FT scores 283-318. Both teams had 6 players.
Top scorers
Greyhound: Lou White 58 (2nd go), Matt Smith 41, Martin White 40
Union Vaults: Steve Nuttall 66 (1st go), Pete Dutton 65, Steve Nuttall 52 (2nd go)

Upton A v St. Theresa's
Upton A entertained St. Theresa's and the home side opened up a gap after two men, then it was pretty even until the break HT scores 235-195. The gap opened further after the break, with both teams getting respectable scores but the home team having the edge FT scores 473-393.  Both teams had 8 players.
Top Scorers
Upton A: L. Stallwood 73, G. Mullen 67, E. Wicks 64
St. Theresa's: L. Allman 74, A. Thomas 59, M. Churchill, F. Chard and R. Waters all 49.

5th March 2024
Northgate Cup Draws - Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals
Quarter Finals
To be played on Wednesday, 20th March 2024
Greyhound v Upton A at Bawn Lodge
St. Werburgh's v St. Theresa's at the Greyhound
Cross Foxes v Bawn Lodge at the Union Vaults
Upton B v Egerton at St. Theresa's

Northgate Cup - Semi Finals
To be played on Wednesday, 27th March 2024
St. Werburgh's or St. Theresa's v Greyhound or Upton A at the Egerton
Upton B or Egerton v Cross Foxes or Bawn Lodge at St. Werburgh's

Next Committee Meeting
Next Committee Meeting will be on Monday, 18th March at St. Werburgh's Club at 8.00pm.

28th February 2024
Northgate Cup - Preliminary Round Results
Bridgewater 427 Egerton 525
St. Werburgh's Club 482 Union Vaults 428

27th February 2024
BBC Radio Five Live feature - Bagatelle in Chester
The Gordon Smart show on 27th February 2024 is available on BBC Sounds for a month.  The bagatelle bit starts 53 minutes in and lasts for about 10 minutes.


22nd February 2024
League Match Reports: 21st February 2024
St. Werburgh's v Upton A
An excellent first half from Upton A saw them only 16 points behind leaders St. Werburgh's at the break, and their total sadly included a green field, HT scores 232-216.   St. Werburgh's gradually pulled away second half to win fairly comfortably, but with less than their usual overall high score FT 495-427.  St. Werburgh's had 8 players and Upton A had 6.
Top scorers:
St. Werburgh's: J. Kenyon 90, J. Clarke 77, M. Peacock 68
Upton A: L. Stallwood 78, G. Mullen and G. O'Connor both 71

Upton B v Bridgewater
Some up and down scoring first half, but Upton B still managed to lead comfortably at the break HT scores 266-209.  An excellent second half of 331 saw Upton B pull well clear, but the Bridgewater were a bit unlucky because Upton only had 6 players, and the two drawn to play again added 75 and 86 at the end FT scores 597-454.  Upton B had 6 players and the Bridgewater had 8.
Top scorers:
Upton B: D. Cooper 86 (2nd go), C. Jones 86, D. Cooper 84 (1st go)
Bridgewater: S. Murphy 84, P. Axworthy 70, A. Marriott 61

Egerton v St. Theresa's
Not much between the teams first half, the Egerton pulling ahead just before the break HT scores 233-172.  St. Theresa's reduced the deficit to 26 after 6 players, but the Egerton shaded the closing stages to win by 46 points. FT scores 397-351.  The Egerton had 7 players and St. Theresa's had 8.
Top scorers:
Egerton: F. Williams 68, P. McAleer 63, J. Parkins 60
St. Theresa's: M. Millington 62, F, Chard 59, S. Ward 53

Bawn Lodge v Union Vaults
In one of their better home performances, Bawn Lodge built a lead throughout the first half to be well clear at the break HT scores 220-140.  The second half was closer but the damage had been done for the Vaults FT scores 432-324.  Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Union Vaults had 7.
Top scorers:
Bawn Lodge: N. Davies 78, J. Pritchard 76, B. Brooks 70
Union Vaults: R. Dutton 55, C. Barlow 50, R. Anstey 45

Cross Foxes v Greyhound
Steady scoring from the Foxes saw them well ahead at the break as the Greyhound clearly struggled with the table HT scores 237-152.  Much the same after the break, one to forget for the visitors FT scores 450-268.  Cross Foxes had 8 players and the Greyhound had 6.
Top scorers:
Cross Foxes: C. Elliott 76, P. McLaughlin 69, J. Ford 56
Greyhound: M. White 54, Y. Kouame 45, M. Smith 40

21st February 2024
BBC Radio Five Live
BBC Radio Five Live are doing a feature on Bagatelle next week, and they are interviewing yours truly.  I'll be on the Gordon Smart show next Tuesday between 11 and 11.30pm.  If you miss it, it will be on iPlayer for about a month.

League Match Reports: 14th February 2024
Upton A vs St. Werburgh’s
Some good scoring from the away team in the first half gave them a good lead at the break. The second half was a more even affair but Werbs secured the away win.  Score: Upton A 503; St. Werburgh’s 552 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Upton A: N. Allen 75, M. Mainwaring 68, L. Stallwood 66
St. Werburgh’s: R. Lamb 84, M. Peacock 81, C. Lamb 78

St. Theresa’s vs Egerton
The Edge took a small lead in the first half, a lead they extended after the break taking the away points.  Score: St. Theresa’s 410; Egerton 446 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
St. Theresa’s: M. Churchill 75, M. Millington 60, F.Chard 56
Egerton: P. Wallace 67, F. Williams/ J. Parkins 64, S. Done 55

Greyhound vs Cross Foxes
A tough night at the office for both teams in this match. Home team secure the points.  Score: Greyhound 369; Cross Foxes 304 (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Greyhound:  M. Smith 70, M. White 61, M. Challinor 47
Cross Foxes:  S. Churms 63, J. Ford 51, J. Gahan 50

Bridgewater vs Upton B
Nip and tuck in the first half with the away team taking only a 6 point lead come the break. Second half, Upton pulled away further. 3 points away win. Score: Bridgewater 492; Upton B 539 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Bridgewater: P. Axworthy 89 (second visit), S. Murphy 77, D. Johnson 73
Upton B: J. Lea/M. Turner 77, R. Evans 71, A. Hughes 70

Union Vaults vs Bawn Lodge
The home team took a good stick lead of 48 by half time. An even better second half saw them secure the home win.  Score: Union Vaults 413; Bawn Lodge 314 (2 points home win). 
Top Scorers:
Union Vaults: P. Dutton 76, S. Nuttall 59, T. Down 58
Bawn Lodge: N. Davies 64, S, Safina 59, J. Pritchard 50

12th February 2024
League Match Reports: 7th February 2024
St. Werburgh’s vs Egerton
A great night of bagatelle with some heavy scoring from both teams. 2 scores in the 90’s from Nigel Walker and Mark Jones helped keep a high scoring away team at bay.  Score: St. Werburgh’s 655; Egerton 553 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
St. Werburgh’s: N. Walker 94, M. Jones 90, J. Kenyon 89
Egerton: J. Fellows 89, J. Parkins 88, F. Williams/S. Done 74 (Second visit)

St. Theresa’s vs Bridgewater
Another tight match between these two with only 19 points separating them at the break in favour of the home team. Bridgewater managed to pull this deficit back in the second half winning by 3 points.  Score: St. Theresa’s 335; Bridgewater 338 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
St. Theresa’s: S. Ward 62, M. Millington 52, R. Waters 51
Bridgewater: D. Johnson 60, S. Ortega 57, A. Marriott/S. Murphy 48

Greyhound vs Bawn Lodge
It was one sided in the first half with the away team taking a big lead at the break.  Second half saw The Greyhound pull a lot back but it was Bawn Lodge who took the away points.  Score: Greyhound 315; Bawn Lodge 357(3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Greyhound:  M. O’ Brien 63, T. Harris 54, Y. Kouame 50
Bawn Lodge: N. Davies 60, S. Safina 54, J. Pritchard 52

Upton A vs Cross Foxes
Another tight game with the Foxes taking a slender 12 point lead at the break. Very even scoring in the second half but it was the away team that held on to take the points.  Score: Upton A 499; Cross Foxes 514 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Upton A: G. Mullen 76, E. Wicks 73, M. Mainwaring 72
Cross Foxes: G. Cartwright 77, J. Ford 76, P. McLaughlin 72

Union Vaults vs Upton B
Some good scoring throughout the evening saw the Union take a slender home win.  Score: Union Vaults 497; Upton B 478 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Union Vaults: P. Dutton 79 (second visit), R. Walton 76, P. Anstey/D. Williams 66
Upton B: T. Randles 83, C. Jones 67, D. Cooper 66

Chester and District Bagatelle League
Minutes of meeting: 05/02/24 held at St. Werburgh’s Chester
Chair: Ed Wicks
In attendance: Ed Wicks, Mark Jones, Martin White, Neil Davies, John Pritchard, Rob Bawn, Shaun Murphy, Ted Randles, Paul Williams, Suzanne Johnson, Rich Evans, Patrick Wallace, Jake McNicholas, Nigel Walker
Apologies: None
Agenda:

1. 
Open Competition sponsored by Bawn.
2. Complaint made by Upton B re league match against Greyhound 10th January 24.

Ed Wicks open the meeting just after 8pm.
1. A discussion was had with regards to a new ‘open’ competition sponsored by Bawn Lodge. Rob Bawn explained his thoughts for the competition. It would be run as a team knockout format. Best of 5 sticks (1 point per stick) top 2 from each team going forward. With 10 teams in the league this will give 20 players.

As this will be an open competition 12 places will available to players not connected to current teams.  Overall scores should be kept as any places not filled will be allocated to highest scoring sticks.  32 players will then play over two evening at Bawn Lodge with the remaining 16 on a finals evening again at Bawn Lodge.
Prize money for this event will be:
Winner: Ł300,  Runner Up: 100,  2 losing semi finalists: Ł50 each

The competition will be organised and run by Bawn Lodge and advertised throughout league venues and website.

2. A discussion was had with regards to a complaint made by Upton B against The Greyhound with regards to the misuse of rule 37 in the league rules.

It was acknowledged by all that there had been no rules broken so no further action needed to be taken. It was also noted that as rule 37 could be open to individual interpretation the rule would be amended to hopefully alleviate matters. Any amendments will be proposed for the 2024 AGM.

There being no further business Ed closed the meeting.

 7th February 2024
League Match Reports: 31st January 2024
Egerton vs St. Werburgh’s
Some heavy scoring in the first half for the away team gave them a generous lead at half time. Both teams scored more evenly after the break but the first half lead gave Werbs the away points. Score: Egerton 401; St. Werburgh’s 487(3 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Egerton: J. Fellows 89, P. McAleer/J. Parkins 63, P. Wallace 62
St. Werburgh’s: N. Walker 87, M. Peacock 78, R. Lamb 75

Bridgewater vs St. Theresa’s
Pretty even at the break with the away team in front by only a stick. The same in the second half, a good score from the home teams last man couldn’t stop the away win. Score: Bridgewater 410; St. Theresa’s 440(3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Bridgewater: P. Challoner 76, S. Murphy 59, P. Axworthy 57
St. Theresa’s: P. Allman 77, M. Churchill 62, A. Thomas 59

Bawn Lodge vs Greyhound
Level first half with the home team leading by only 14 points. Much the same in the second half with Bawn extending their lead and taking the 2 points home win. Score: Bawn Lodge 402; Greyhound 324 (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Bawn Lodge: J. McClurg 69, N. Davies 63, S. Safina 53
Greyhound:  M. White 67, L. White 53, M. Challinor 47

Cross Foxes vs Upton A
Consistent scoring throughout saw the home team take a comfortable home wing and 2 points. Score: Cross Foxes 498; Upton A 350(2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Cross Foxes: S. Churms 83, T. Davies 76, J. Ford 63
Upton A: L. Stallwood 81, J. Carroll 54, p. Williams 46

Upton B vs Union Vaults
Some very good scoring throughout and an overall score of 600+ gave the home team a convincing win 2 points.  Score: Upton B 628; Union Vaults (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Upton B: D. Cooper 91, J. Lea 84, C. Jones 83
Union Vaults: C. Barlow/D. Nuttall 67, P. Dutton 66, T. Down 63

25th January 2024
West Cheshire Shield - Semi-Final Results
Played 24th January 2024
Upton A 418 Bridgewater 376 played at the Egerton
St. Werburgh's Club 385 Upton B 515 played at Bawn Lodge

League Match Reports: 10th January 2024
Bridgewater vs St. Werburgh’s
Consistent scoring from the away team gave them a good first half lead, a lead that was extended further after the break giving Werbs the away win.  Score: Bridgewater 405; St. Werburgh’s 554 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Bridgewater: A. Marriott/ S. Johnson 62, P. Axworthy 54, S. Seddon 44
St. Werburgh’s: C. Lamb/M. Jones 74, N. Walker 73, D. Jones/J. Clarke 83, M. Peacock 68

St. Theresa’s vs Union Vaults
Theresa’s edged the first half and had a small lead at the break however The Union battled back and scored well in the second half, overturning the home teams first half lead they secured the 3 points winning by 6.  Score: St. Theresa’s 426; Union Vaults 432 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
St. Theresa’s: S. Ward 64, M. Churchill 62, R. Waters 61
Union Vaults: P. Dutton 84, P. Anstey 67, R. Walton 55

Upton B vs Greyhound
Steady home team scoring throughout gave them the 2 points.    Score: Upton B 570; Greyhound 451 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Upton B: C. Jones 81, B. Tipton 80, R. Evans 76
Greyhound:  M. White 78, M. Smith 58, M. O’Brien 56

Egerton vs Upton A
First half saw the home team with a stick lead. Some good sticking in the second half from both sides but it was the Edge who took the points.    Score: Egerton 474; Upton A 391(2 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Egerton: S. Done 77, P. McAleer 71, J. Parkins 66
Upton A: E. Wicks 71, P. Williams 67, N. Allen 53

Cross Foxes vs Bawn Lodge
Very close first half with the home team leading by just 7 points. Bawn Lodge managed to turn it around after the break and secured the 3 points away win.     Score: Cross Foxes 387; Bawn Lodge 419 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Cross Foxes: P. McLaughlin 71, J. Ford 67, S. Churms 65
Bawn Lodge: S. Safina 73, N. Davies 68, R. Bawn 59

15th January 2024
League Match Reports: 10th January 2024
St. Werburgh’s vs Bridgewater

Werbs welcomed the Bridgewater for their first match of 24 and hit the ground running with some solid scoring in the first half giving them a healthy lead at the break. This continued in the second half and a last man 93 from Derek Jones cemented a good win and 2 points for the home team. Score: St. Werburgh’s 592; Bridgewater 354(2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
St. Werburgh’s: D. Jones 93, J. McNicholas 86, J. Clarke 83
Bridgewater: A, Marriott 67, J.Maddrick 58, D. Johnson/S. Johnson 49

Union Vaults vs St. Theresa’s
Some steady and even scoring in the first but it was the home team who had their noses in front at the break. The second half however was a different story with Theresa’s overcoming the deficit and taking the away win. Score: Union Vaults 379; St. Theresa’s 405(3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Union Vaults: P. Dutton 72, P. Anstey 70, S. Nuttall 39
St. Theresa’s: A. Thomas 70, R. Waters 58, P. Allman 57

Greyhound vs Upton B
A very tight first half gave the home team a slender 4 point lead at the break. This lead was maintained in the second half and a combination of a tough table and a developing team helped the Greyhound secure the home win.  Score: Greyhound 345; Upton B 333(2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Greyhound:  M. O’Brien 60, M. Challinor 59, Y. Kouame 45
Upton B: R. Evans 55, B. Tipton/C. Jones 50, D. Cooper 44

Upton A vs Egerton
Some good sticking from both sides in the first half but it was the away team who took a decent lead at the break. This lead was extended in the second half and the Edge secured a convincing away win.  Score: Upton A 370; Bridgewater 511 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Upton A: P. Williams 66, L. Stallwood/J. Carroll 55, N. Allen 48
Egerton: P. McAleer 80, J. Parkins 74, S. Done 70

Bawn Lodge vs Cross Foxes
Foxes took a first half lead which they managed to keep hold of throughout. A close game which gave the away team 3 points.  Score: Bawn Lodge 385; Cross Foxes 419 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Bawn Lodge: J. Pritchard 64, T. McClurg 61, N. Davies 59
Cross Foxes:  P. Ashford 79, I. Davies 65, J. Ford 64

28th December 2023

West Cheshire Shield News
Semi-Finals

To be played on Wednesday, 24th January 2024    Draw TBA

Quarter-Finals
Played on Wednesday, 20th December 2023

Bridgewater v Greyhound at the Cross Foxes  379-314
Upton A v Egerton at the Greyhound  367-305
Upton B v Cross Foxes at St. Theresa's   473-414
St. Theresa's v St. Werburgh's at Upton Legion   401-569

19th December 2023
League Match Reports: 13th December 2023
Bawn Lodge vs Upton B
Following a good away win last week it was time for Bawn Lodge to take on the league leaders on their own turf. Some steady sticking from both sides in the first half but it was Upton who took a healthy lead at the break. More toe to toe scoring in the second half but the away team managed to keep hold of their first half lead and take the 3 points.  Score: Bawn Lodge 409; Upton B 465 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Bawn Lodge: N. Davies 73, J. Pritchard 64, J. Rae 63
Upton B: J. Lea 86, M. Turner 69, B. Tipton 68

St. Werburgh’s vs Union Vaults
A special evening at Werbs with a great score of 100 from Nigel Walker, it was needed though as the Union lads scored heavily throughout the night. A good opener and a 93 from J Clarke in the first half gave Werbs only a single stick lead at the break. Nigel Walker opened the second half for the home team with a three figure score but again the Union responded well scoring over 300 in the second half. A hard fought home win!   Score: St. Werburgh’s 604; Union Vaults 553 (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
St. Werburgh’s: N. Walker 100, J. Clarke 93, M. Peacock 81
Union Vaults: S. Nuttall 82, P. Anstey 79, P. Dutton 76

Greyhound vs St. Theresa’s
Return leg for this local derby and it was the home team who managed to get their noses in front in the first half. As with a lot of teams it proved a tough away table for Theresa’s tonight and the Greyhound secured the 2 points home win.   Score: Greyhound 343; St. Theresa’s 277 (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Greyhound:  S. Aylott / T. Harris 58, Y. Kouame 53, M. Smith 49
St. Theresa’s: P. Siddall & A. Thomas 43, L. Allman 42, F. Chard 38

Upton A vs Bridgewater
The away team scored well in the first half and managed to secure a 54 point lead at the break. It was a different story in the second half with the home team nibbling away at that lead with 2 sticks. Nip and tuck scoring for the remainder of the match with Upton taking the points. 
Score: Upton A 429; Bridgewater 414 (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Upton A:  M. Mainwaring 80, J. Carroll 69, P. Williams 59
Bridgewater: D. Johnson 71, S. Murphy 68, A. Marriot 51

Egerton vs Cross Foxes
With the away team struggling, the Edge took a good first half lead. This lead proved too much for the Foxes to pull back and it ended with a 2 points home win.
Score: Egerton 439; Cross Foxes 359 (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Egerton: J. Parkin 72, J. Fellows 63, P. Wallace 62
Cross Foxes:  T. Davies 76, J. Ford 63, P. Ashford 58

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 13.12.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Upton BL B

10

9

0

1

23

2

St. Werburgh's

10

8

0

2

20

3

Egerton

10

7

0

3

17

4

Bawn Lodge

10

5

1

4

15

5

Cross Foxes

10

6

0

4

15

6

Union Vaults

10

5

0

5

12

7

Upton BL A

10

3

0

7

7

8

Greyhound

10

3

0

7

6

9

Bridgewater

10

2

0

8

4

10

St. Theresa's

10

1

1

8

3


11th December 2023
League Match Reports: 6th December 2023
Upton B vs Bawn Lodge
The league leaders welcomed Bawn Lodge for the first of their head to heads. It was a very even first half with only 2 points splitting the sides in favour of the away team. More consistent scoring from Bawn Lodge after the break extended their lead and gave them a well deserved away win.  Score: Upton B 540; Bawn Lodge 548 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Upton B: B. Tipton 81, D. Cooper & R. Evans 77, J. Lea 76
Bawn Lodge: J. Pritchard 83, N. Davies 79, J. Rae 78

Union Vaults vs St. Werburgh’s
Werbs had a short walk around the corner for their away game at the Union. 2 good opening sticks gave them a healthy lead at the break. The Union battled in the second half but Werbs stayed in front and secured the away win.  Score: Union Vaults 406; St. Werburgh’s 484 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Union Vaults: P. Anstey 76, D. Nuttall, 62, D. Williams 53
St. Werburgh’s: M. Peacock 81, N. Walker 76, J. McNicholas 65

St. Theresa’s vs Greyhound
Greyhound made the shorter than usual journey to St. Theresa’s this week. A very tight tussle gave the away team a small lead at half time. St. Theresa’s rallied after the break, got their noses in front and stayed there giving them a good home win.  Score: St. Theresa’s 420; Greyhound 364 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
St. Theresa’s: S. Ward 62, A. Thomas 61, F. Chard / P. Siddal / R. Waters 54
Greyhound:  M. Challinor 59, Y. Kouame 58, M. Smith 54

Bridgewater vs Upton A
Some steady scoring from the home side gave them a good stick lead at half time. Upton A reduced the deficit after the break but they were unable to catch. Bridgewater take the 2-points home win.  Score: Bridgewater 405; Upton A 384 (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Bridgewater: S. Murphy 74, D. Johnson 59, P. Axworthy 55
Upton A: P. Williams 63, E. Wicks 58, L. Stallwood 49

Cross Foxes vs Egerton
The away team started well and at half time had a 26 point lead. Another good opening stick in the second half extended their lead and the Edge went on to secure a good away win.  Score: Cross Foxes 379; Egerton 426 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Cross Foxes:  P. McLaughlin 75, J. Ford 66, P. Ashford 59
Egerton: S. Done 87, J. Felloes 72, J. Valentine 68

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 06.12.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Upton BL B

9

8

0

1

20

2

St. Werburgh's

9

7

0

2

18

3

Bawn Lodge

9

5

1

3

15

4

Cross Foxes

9

6

0

3

15

5

Egerton

9

6

0

3

15

6

Union Vaults

9

5

0

4

12

7

Upton BL A

9

2

0

7

5

8

Bridgewater

9

2

0

7

4

9

Greyhound

9

2

0

7

4

10

St. Theresa's

9

1

1

7

3

6th December 2023
West Cheshire Shield - Quarter-Final Draw
Matches to be played on Wednesday, 20th December.

Bridgewater v Greyhound at the Cross Foxes
Upton A v Egerton at the Greyhound
Upton B v Cross Foxes at St. Theresa's
St. Theresa's v St. Werburgh's at Upton Legion

League Match Reports: 29th November 2023
Upton B vs Cross Foxes
Another heavy scoring night for both teams. Breaking 600 with the help of an excellent  stick of 93 from Luke Evans gave the home team the win.  Score: Upton B 608; Cross Foxes 535(2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Upton B:  L. Evans 93, B. Tipton 83, D, Cooper 81
Cross Foxes:  F. Whitley 79, T. Davies 76, I. Davies 73

St. Werburgh’s vs Greyhound
Werbs welcomed the Greyhound and with some solid first half scoring it was the home team who had a good lead at the break.  The second half was much the same which gave the home team the 2 points win  Score: St. Werburgh’s 595; Greyhound (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
St. Werburgh’s: J. Clarke 86, J. Kenyon 83, M. Peacock 82
Greyhound:  T. Harris 69, Y. Kouame 67, D. Warren 51

St. Theresa’s vs Bawn Lodge
Some good first half scoring gave the away team a good lead at half time however St. Theresa’s battled back well and ended in a draw and a share of the points.  Score: St. Theresa’s 421; St. Bawn Lodge 421(1 point home 2 points away).
Top Scorers:
St. Theresa’s: A. Thomas 75, P. Alman 64, P. Siddall 62
Bawn Lodge:  J. Pritchard 82, R. Bawn 77, T. McClurg 54

Bridgewater vs Egerton
The Edge boys and girls nipped round the corner for their away game this week and scored very well to take a commanding first half lead. The good scoring continued after the break to give the away team the 3 points win.  Score: Bridgewater 364; Egerton 483 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Bridgewater:  P. Ingram 59, S. Johnson 52, S. Murphy 50
Egerton:  J. Fellows 75, F. Williams 74, P. McAleer 69

Union vs Upton A
The away team took a very slender 5 point first half lead however they were unable to hold onto it, the Union turned things around after the break and came out on top.  Score: Union 406; Upton A349 (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Union:  R. Walton 58, P. Anstey 57, S. Nuttal/P.Dutton 55
Upton A: L. Stallwood 66, E. Wicks 54, P. Williams 51

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 29.11.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Upton BL B

8

8

0

0

20

2

Cross Foxes

8

6

0

2

15

3

St. Werburgh's

8

6

0

2

15

4

Bawn Lodge

8

4

1

3

12

5

Egerton

8

5

0

3

12

6

Union Vaults

8

5

0

3

12

7

Upton BL A

8

2

0

6

5

8

Greyhound

8

2

0

6

4

9

Bridgewater

8

1

0

7

2

10

St. Theresa's

8

0

1

7

1

28th November 2023
League Match Reports: 22nd November 2023
Cross Foxes vs Upton B
Battle at the top this week as Cross Foxes welcomed Upton B, neither teams had dropped points so far so something had to give. The away team took a decent lead from the first stick and although the Foxes came back it was Upton who had the lead come half time.  Extending that lead in second half they took a well deserved 3 points away win.  Score: Cross Foxes 421; Upton B 522 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Cross Foxes:  I. Davies 74, J. Ford 65, P. McLaughlin 65
Upton B:  T. Randles 76, I. Ellis 69, R. Evans 69

Greyhound vs St. Werburgh’s
A tough table where even the more experienced players can struggle. St. Werburgh’s had a good opener and managed to gain stick lead at the break. Greyhound scored well in the second half but the away team held the lead to secure the win.  Score: Greyhound 319; St. Werburgh’s 379 (3 points away win). 
Top Scorers:
Greyhound: M. White 55, M. White 51, M Smith 47
St. Werburgh's:  J. Clarke 78, M. Peacock 68, R. Lamb/M. Jones 51

Bawn Lodge vs St. Theresa’s
Some up and down scoring in the first half saw the home team go into the break with a small lead. Even scoring in the second half giving Bawn Lodge the points.  Score: Bawn Lodge 398; St. Theresa’s 346(2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Bawn Lodge: S. Safina 76, N. Davies 73, J, Rae 50
St. Theresa’s:  P. Allman 73, P. Siddal 58, S. Ward 52

Egerton vs Bridgewater
A struggling first half for both teams gave the away side a slender 6 point lead at the break. Second half saw the Edge come back with some good sticks taking the win comfortably.   Score: Egerton 410; Bridgwater 341(2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
Egerton:  S. Done 77, P. Wallace 71, J. Fellows 69
Bridgewater:  S. Murphy 82, J. Maddrick 61, s. Ortega 60

Upton A vs Union Vaults
Not much in the first half with the Union taking the lead at the break.  Upton came back well but the away team managed to hang onto the lead and take the 3 away points.  Score: Upton A 450; Union 482 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Upton A:  E. Wicks 75, G. O’Connor 67, L. Stallwood 62
Union: P. Dutton 82, R. Walton 65, S. Nuttall 65

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 22.11.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Upton BL B

7

7

0

0

18

2

Cross Foxes

7

6

0

1

15

3

St. Werburgh's

7

5

0

2

13

4

Bawn Lodge

7

4

0

3

10

5

Union Vaults

7

4

0

3

10

6

Egerton

7

4

0

3

9

7

Upton BL A

7

2

0

5

5

8

Greyhound

7

2

0

5

4

9

Bridgewater

7

1

0

6

2

10

St. Theresa's

7

0

0

7

0

16th November 2023
Notice displayed in Union Vaults


West Cheshire Shield Preliminary Round Results

The Preliminary Round produced two close games this evening, both of which could have gone either way.

In game one, played at the Union Vaults, Bawn Lodge batted first against the Bridgewater, and at the break Bawn Lodge were just 17 points ahead, HT 198-181. In a tense and exciting second half the overall lead changed hands three times, and the Bridgewater finally edged ahead with just 4 balls of the game remaining to win by 9, final scores 360-369.

Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were S. Safina and J. McClurg, both 61, and J. Pritchard 54. Top scorers for the Bridgewater were A. Marriott 66, P. Ingram 59 and P. Challoner 57.  Bawn Lodge had 7 players and the Bridgewater had 8.

In game two played at the Bridgewater, the Union Vaults played first against the Egerton, and after a close first half the Egerton were 14 points ahead thanks mainly to a score of 81 from Fran Williams, HT 229-243.   In a competitive second half the gap closed to just 5 points at one stage before the Egerton pulled clear at the end, FT scores 448-478.

Top scorers for the Union Vaults were T. Dowd 71, and D. Williams and P. Dutton (both 66).  Top scorers for the Egerton were F. Williams 81, J. Fellows 74 and J. Fellows again with 72.  The Union Vaults had 7 players and the Egerton had 6.

The Bridgewater and the Egerton progress to Round One.

11th November 2023
League Match Reports: 8th November 2023
Upton BL B vs St. Theresa’s
A first stick of 93 gave the home team a very good start in the match and by half time they had a commanding lead.  Some steady scoring in the second half from St. Theresa’s, however they were unable to catch the home team and Upton secured the win.  Score: Upton B 579; St. Theresa’s 393 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Upton B: T. Randles 93, D. Cooper 81, B. Tipton / C. Jones 76
St. Theresa’s: S. Ward 63, M. Jones 58, L. Allman 53

Greyhound vs Upton BL A
A very tight tussle between two of the newer teams in the league. Only 16 points separated the teams at the break in favour of the away team and even less at full time with Upton A taking a well earned away win by only 6 points on what is obviously a tough table.  Score: Greyhound 275; Upton A 281 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Greyhound: J. Dyke 49, T. Harris 46, M. White 43
Upton A:  P. Williams 60, G. O’Conner 52, J. Carroll 42

Bridgewater vs Cross Foxes
Some good scoring from both teams in another close match with the away team taking a marginal lead at the break.  Much the same in the second half with the Foxes taking another away win.
Score: Bridgewater 434; Cross Foxes 453 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Bridgewater: S. Murphy 82, D. Johnson 68, A. Marriot 59
Cross Foxes: I. Davies 77, J. Ford 68, P. Ashford 67

Bawn Lodge vs St. Werburgh’s
2 good opening scores for Werbs gave them a decent half time lead. Bawn Lodge were unable to peg that lead back in the second half giving the away team 3 points.  Score: Bawn Lodge 390; St, Werburgh’s 457 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Bawn Lodge:  S. Safina 79, J. Law 56, J. Pritchard 54,
St. Werburgh’s:  N. Walker 89, M. Peacock 82, M. Jones 77

Egerton v Union Vaults
A good opening score paved the way for a half time lead for the home side. This lead was extended in the second half giving the Edge the 2 points home win.  Please note: M. Dodd was entered onto the score sheet as the second man for both teams and a minute’s applause was made by both teams as a mark of respect.

R.I.P. Micky

Score: Egerton 492; Union 422 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Egerton:  J. Fellows 77, P. McAleer 71, S. Done 65
Union: P. Anstey 69, D. Nuttall 58, M. Coppock 56

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 08.11.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Cross Foxes

6

6

0

0

15

2

Upton BL B

6

6

0

0

15

3

St. Werburgh's

6

4

0

2

10

4

Bawn Lodge

6

3

0

3

8

5

Egerton

6

3

0

3

7

6

Union Vaults

6

3

0

3

7

7

Upton BL A

6

2

0

4

5

8

Greyhound

6

2

0

4

4

9

Bridgewater

6

1

0

5

2

10

St. Theresa's

6

0

0

6

0

9th November 2023
West Cheshire Shield Preliminary Round
With six committee members present, plus other witnesses, the draw for the Preliminary Round of the West Cheshire Shield was held at Bawn Lodge after the match last night.  Teams and venues were drawn as...

Bawn Lodge v Bridgewater at the Union Vaults
Egerton v Union Vaults at the Bridgewater

Games to be played on Wednesday, 15th November 2023.  All other entrants have received a bye into Round One.

Bagatelle Table News
The Waggon and Horses table, which has been in storage for many years, has been sold to the Chapel House pub in Burtonwood, Warrington.  The pub is run by Katie Johns who had the Spital Vaults and loves the game, so she's very pleased to have acquired the table.

This opens up the possibility of a Warrington v Chester game sometime in the future (?).  Would be a first if it comes off.   Could be individual teams, or a combined all-pubs Chester team!  Who is picking that, and who would you put in it?


It's not the first time inter-city games have been contemplated.   I remember years ago a game was arranged between the Egerton Arms in Brook Street (who I played for at the time) and a team from Widnes.  A buffet was laid on, but the Widnes team didn't show up.  We were all very disappointed.

Another game which never materialised was Chester v Coventry, but sadly the Coventry league died before this happened.  The plan was for two matches, one there using Coventry Rules, and one here with our rules.  Some people from Coventry actually came up to Chester to watch a Cup Final being held in St. Werburgh's Club.

Normally no practice is allowed before a final, but we moved all the participants away from the table so we could demonstrate our rules before the final.  The people from Coventry were amazed at how simple our rules were compared to theirs.  It's possibly why the game has survived here and not other parts of the country.  We are all very privileged to play in the last Bagatelle League in the world!
 
7th November 2023

League Match Reports: 1st November 2023
St. Theresa’s vs Upton B
A high scoring first half gave Upton B a healthy lead at the break.  The away team continued much the same in the second half and secured a convincing away win. Score: St. Theresa’s 400; Upton B 546 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
St. Theresa’s: F. Chard 76, P. Allman 58, P. Siddall 52
Upton B: T. Randles 86, I. Ellis 82, D. Cooper 79

Upton A vs Greyhound
All round steady scoring gave the home team a marginal lead come half time. This lead was extended in second half and Upton A secured a good home win.  Score: Upton A 468; Greyhound 417 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Upton A: G. O’Connor 78, 70, P. Williams 69
Greyhound: M. Smith 59, S. Challinor 55, M. Challinor/J. Dyke 54

Cross Foxes vs Bridgewater
A good score of 90 from J. Ford helped give the home team a decent lead at half time. Bridgewater started well in the second half but the Foxes held on for the 2 points home win.  Score:  Cross Foxes 464; Bridgewater 324 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Cross Foxes: J. Ford 90, S. Churms/P. McLaughlin 67, F. Whitley 53
Bridgewater: P. Axworthy 60, D. Johnson 53, A. Marriot 43

St. Werburgh’s vs Bawn Lodge
Steady scoring from both sides left only a stick in at the break.  A couple more good score in the second half from the home side secured them the win.  Score: St. Werburgh’s 513; Bawn Lodge 450 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
St. Werburgh’s:  J. Kenyon 84, D. Jones 80, N. Walker 77
Bawn Lodge:  J. Pritchard 76, N. Davies 70, S. Safina 64

Union vs Egerton
Some up and down scoring in the first half from both sides left it wide open at the break with only 18 points between them. The Union managed to push on in the second half and took the home winScore: Union 458; Egerton 345 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Union: M. Coppock 84, T. Dowd 67, P. Dutton 66
Egerton: J. Parkins 74, F. Williams 60, J. Fellows 50

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 01.11.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Upton BL B

5

5

0

0

13

2

Cross Foxes

5

5

0

0

12

3

Bawn Lodge

5

3

0

2

8

4

St. Werburgh's

5

3

0

2

7

5

Union Vaults

5

3

0

2

7

6

Egerton

5

2

0

3

5

7

Greyhound

5

2

0

3

4

8

Bridgewater

5

1

0

4

2

9

Upton BL A

5

1

0

4

2

10

St. Theresa's

5

0

0

5

0

2nd November 2023
Micky Dodd RIP
I am sorry to report some sad news. After last night's game versus the Egerton, Micky Dodd suddenly passed away after returning home. The Union Vaults team are in complete shock after losing one of their own.  More details, funeral arrangements etc will be published when available.

29th October 2023
League Match Reports: 25th October 2023
Cross Foxes vs St. Theresa’s
Steady first half for the home team gave them a decent lead at the break, a lead that was to prove pivotal at the end to give them a home win.  Score: Cross Foxes 353; St, Theresa’s 298 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Cross Foxes: T. Davies 72, J Ford 70, P. McLaughlin 65
St. Theresa’s: S. Ward 64, M. Churchill 58, P. Allman 40

Union Vaults vs Bridgwater
Some very good first half scoring gave the home side a huge lead at the break. A lead that was extended in the second half giving the Union a convincing home win.  Score: Union 481; Bridgewater 353 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Union Vaults: S. D. Nuttall 78, P. Anstey 74, R. Walton 66
Bridgewater: J. Maddrick 53, D. Johnson 49, P. Axworthy 47

Upton A vs Bawn Lodge
Some great away scoring including an impressive 95 from N. Davies gave Bawn Lodge a 28 point lead at the break. The home team were unable to pull that lead back and a good away win was had.  Score:  Upton A 444; Bawn Lodge 514 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Upton A: B. McNally/ G. O’Connor 66, N. Allen 61, E. Wicks 60
Bawn Lodge: N. Davies 95, J. Pritchard 85, S. Safina 73

Greyhound vs Egerton
Good scoring from the home team throughout gave them a solid home win.
Score: Greyhound374; Egerton 291(2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Greyhound: T. Harris 61, M. O’Brien/D. Warren/J. Dykes 51, M. White 48
Egerton:  F. Williams 58, J. Parkins 46, P. McAleer 44

St. Werburgh's vs Upton B
Upton B away win.
Score: St. Werburgh’s 524; Upton B 571 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
St. Werburgh's: M. Jones 90, J. Clarke 82, J. Kenyon 78
Upton B: T. Randles/R. Evans 91, M. Turner 87, B. Tipton 69

28th October 2023
Reports now received for games played on 18th October 2023.
League Match Reports: 18th October 2023
St. Theresa’s vs Cross Foxes
Good first half battle where the Foxes took the lead. Theresa’s started the second half strong however the Cross Foxes pushed on to another away win.  Score: St. Theresa’s 419; Cross Foxes 498 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
St. Theresa’s: S. Ward 73, M. Jones 71, R. Waters 58
Cross Foxes: T. Jones 79. P. Ashford 78, I. Davies 70

Bridgwater vs Union Vaults
Steady sticking from both sides left the first half with only one dividing. Some good second half scoring from the Vaults saw them securing a good away win.  Score: Bridgewater 368; Union Vaults 418 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Bridgewater: S. Murphy 64, J. Maddrick 59, A. Marriott 55
Union Vaults: P. Dutton 71, M. Dodd 69, S. Nuttall 62

Bawn Lodge vs Upton A
A close fought first half with the away team taking a one point lead. Home side rallied in the second half and took the 2 points home win.  Score: Bawn Lodge 417; Upton A 309 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Bawn Lodge: B. Brooks 74, J. Pritchard 69, J. Rae 62
Upton A: B. McNally 52, L. Stallwood 51, P. Williams 46

Egerton vs Greyhound
Egerton took a solid first half lead which they managed to extend in the second half securing a good home won.
Score: Egerton 434; Greyhound 351 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Egerton Arms:  J. Fellows 84 P, Wallace 67, S. Done 63
Greyhound:  T. Harris 73, Y. Kouame61, J. Dykes 49

Upton B vs St, Werburgh's
Upton B Home win.  Score: Upton B 575; St. Werburgh's 543 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Upton B: J. Lea 82, C. Jones/I. Ellis 77, B. Tipton 75
St. Werburgh's: R. Lamb 88, J. Clarke 76, D. Jones 72

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 18.10.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Cross Foxes

3

3

0

0

8

2

Upton BL B

3

3

0

0

7

3

St. Werburgh's

3

2

0

1

5

4

Egerton

3

2

0

1

5

5

Bawn Lodge

3

2

0

1

5

6

Union Vaults

3

1

0

2

3

7

Greyhound

3

1

0

2

2

8

Bridgewater

3

1

0

2

2

9

St. Theresa's

3

0

0

3

0

10

Upton BL A

3

0

0

3

0

Match reports for 25th October to follow. 

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 25.10.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Cross Foxes

4

4

0

0

10

2

Upton BL B

4

4

0

0

10

3

Bawn Lodge

4

3

0

1

8

4

St. Werburgh's

4

2

0

2

5

5

Egerton

4

2

0

2

5

6

Union Vaults

4

2

0

2

5

7

Greyhound

4

2

0

2

4

8

Bridgewater

4

1

0

3

2

9

St. Theresa's

4

0

0

4

0

10

Upton BL A

4

0

0

4

0

 
17th October 2023
League Match Reports: 11th October 2023
St. Theresa’s vs St. Werburgh’s
Tussle of the Saints round 2 and it was a tough one on a newly refurbished and now great Theresa’s table. Werb’s gave themselves a healthy first half lead. A couple of evenly matched sticks in the second half gave the away team a hard fought 3 points. Score: St. Theresa’s 416; St. Werburgh’s 530 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
St. Theresa’s: R. Waters 70, M. Churchill 69, L. Allman 62
St. Werburgh’s: N. Walker 85, JB. Clarke 71, M. Jones 70

Bridgwater vs Greyhound
Steady first half scoring from both sides, but it was the away team who took a very slender lead at the break.  More close scoring in the second half and the home team managed to get the upper hand, reversing the first half deficit and winning by just 4 points.  Score: Bridgewater 424; Greyhound 420 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Bridgewater: P. Ingram 68, S. Murphy 64, P. Challoner 60
Greyhound: M. Challinor 76, L. White 61, M. White/J. Dykes 58

Upton B vs Upton A
Return fixture on the same table for the Upton guys and some great scoring from the home team. Much the same after the break and a last man 90 from R. Evans gave Upton B a convincing home win.  Score: Upton B 620; Upton A 519 (2 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Upton B: R. Evans 90, C. Jones 84, T. Randles 80
Upton A: G. O’Connor 76, N. Allen 72, M. Mainwaring 68

Egerton vs Bawn Lodge
Bawn Lodge made the short trip over the bridge to visit Egerton Arms.   Another tight game with the away team taking only a 12-point lead at the break. This lead was extended in the second half, and it ended with second away win for this fixture.  Score: Egerton 418; Bawn Lodge 431 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Egerton Arms: P. McAleer 78, J. Fellows 62, J. Parkins 60
Bawn Lodge:  J. Rae 67, S. Safina 65, J. Pritchard 59

Union Vaults vs Cross Foxes
The Foxes made the short walk down the canal for their away match at the Union. Some good scoring from the away team on a tough table gave them a first half lead. With even scoring of 211 apiece after the break, it was their first half lead that gave the Foxes the away win.  Score: Union Vaults 386; Cross Foxes 445 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Union Vaults: P. Anstey 78, M. Coppock 70, D. Nuttall 62
Cross Foxes: S. Churms 74, J. Ford 62, P. McLaughlin 61.

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 11.10.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Upton BL B

2

2

0

0

5

2

Cross Foxes

2

2

0

0

5

3

St. Werburgh's

2

2

0

0

5

4

Egerton

2

1

0

1

3

5

Bawn Lodge

2

1

0

1

3

6

Greyhound

2

1

0

1

2

7

Bridgewater

2

1

0

1

2

8

St. Theresa's

2

0

0

2

0

9

Union Vaults

2

0

0

2

0

10

Upton BL A

2

0

0

2

0

10th October 2023
League Match Reports: 4th October 2023
St. Werburgh’s vs St. Theresa’s
So the opening game of the new season saw Gods drinking establishments going head to head. It was a hard fought game with a great opening 90 from M. Peacock. At half time there was no more than a stick in it. Steady scoring in the second half gave St. Werburgh’s the edge and the 2 points win. Score: St. Werburgh’s 564; St. Theresa’s 482 (2 points home win).
Top Scorers:
St. Werburgh’s: M. Peacock 90, J. Kenyon 89, D. Jones 78
St. Theresa’s: L. Allman 72, S. Ward 68, A Thomas/ R. Waters 64

Greyhound vs Bridgwater
The Greyhound took a slender 30 point leading after the first half. Bridgwater battled back in the second half narrowly losing by 16 points.  Score: Greyhound 336; Bridgewater 320 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Greyhound: M. White 57, M. O’Brien 54, L. White 51
Bridgewater: P. Challoner 75, S. Murphy 52, D. Johnson 40

Upton A vs Upton B
The two Upton sides went head to head in the opening game and at the interval Upton B had taken a commanding lead, this lead was extended in the second half and a solid (away) win was had. Score: Upton A 449; St. Upton B 583 (3 points away win).
Top Scorers:
Upton A: L. Stallwood 81, M. Mainwaring 59, P. Williams 58
Upton B: J. Lea 85, B. Tipton 82, W. Shaw 78

Bawn Lodge vs Egerton
Bawn Lodge welcomed the Edge for their opening home fixture.
Egerton took a first half, a lead they managed to maintain throughout and saw another opening fixture away win. Score: Bawn Lodge 364; Egerton 407 (3 points away win)
Top Scorers:
Bawn Lodge:  J. Pritchard 68, J. McClurg 54, R. Bawn 52
Egerton Arms: S. Done 73, P. Wallace 66, F. Williams 56

Cross Foxes vs Union Vaults
Great to see the Foxes and some regular faces back in the league!
They didn’t take long to settle back into things and at the half time break were 62 up. The Union battled back well in the second half but The Foxes came out on top winning by 34 points. Score: Cross Foxes 418; Union Vaults 384 (2 points home win)
Top Scorers:
Cross Foxes: C. Elliot 71, S. Churms 64, J. Ford/T. Davies 60
Union Vaults: P. Dutton 66, M. Coppock, 64, P. Anstey 55
 

League Table 2023-24

After matches played 04.10.23

Rank

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

1

Egerton

1

1

0

0

3

2

Upton BL B

1

1

0

0

3

3

Cross Foxes

1

1

0

0

2

4

Greyhound

1

1

0

0

2

5

St. Werburgh's

1

1

0

0

2

6

Bawn Lodge

1

0

0

1

0

7

Bridgewater

1

0

0

1

0

8

St. Theresa's

1

0

0

1

0

9

Union Vaults

1

0

0

1

0

10

Upton BL A

1

0

0

1

0

28th September 2023
New season starts 4th October 2023
A reminder that the opening games for the forthcoming season are on Wednesday, 4th October 2023.

27th September 2023
Presentation Night
The leagues Presentation Night was very well attended at St. Werburgh's Club this evening with around 50 people present.   MC for the evening was Treasurer Neil Davies and the awards were presented by Life President John Pritchard.  A buffet was provided and photos will follow when available.

Annual clean-up of News page
In order to speed up the loading of the current News page, items prior to 27th September 2023 have been moved into the News Archive.
 

For earlier items see News Archive

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