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21st June 2018
Royal Oak table
Sean in the Royal Oak is looking to offload his bagatelle table as soon as possible.   If anyone is interested, let Sean know, or contact me and I'll pass any message on.

20th June 2018
Summer league - week 3
The Union Vaults entertained Bawn Lodge and the home side had the better of the first half and led by 51 at the break HT scores 238-187.   The Vaults added to their lead throughout the second half to finish comfortable winners FT scores 460-354.   Top scorers for the Vaults were John Lea (77), Barry Tipton (74) and Terry Davies (67).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Salvatore Safina (63), Rob Bawn (53) and Alan Hewitt (46).   The Union Vaults had 8 players and Bawn Lodge had 7.

The United Services got their season up and running against St. Werburgh's Club, but it was the visitors who outscored their hosts in the first half and they led by 31 at the break HT scores 236-267.   The Services had their three highest scores of the night after the break to turn things round, and by the end the Services were 31 points ahead FT scores 531-500.   Top scorers for the United Services were Dave Cooper (84), Dave Biddle (81) and Alan Biddle (68).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (85), Mike Peacock (82) and John Kenyon (72).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cottage entertained the Spital Vaults and the visitors came back from an early deficit to lead by 4 points at the break HT scores 229-233.  The lead changed hands three times in the second half with the Cottage eventually hanging on to win by 7 points FT scores 434-427.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Trevor Summerhill (80), John Pritchard (67) and Jim McClurg (59).   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (79), Tommy Fennell (76 2nd visit) and Vince Howard (75).   The Cottage had 8 players and the Spital had 5.

The Talbot have their byes this week and next.

17th June 2018
Winter league 2017/18
The final two outstanding games (Talbot v St. Theresa's, St. Theresa's v Spital) have not been played, the points have been awarded to the home teams in both cases, and the league table has been updated accordingly.

Highest Away Average
With the winter league now officially over, I can reveal the winner of the Away Averages.   In fact, we have joint winners, Dave Cooper from the United Services and Paul McLaughlin from the Spital Vaults.   Over their best 8 out of 10 scores, both players scored 611 points at an average of 76.375, excellent bagatelle!

Paul's total of 611 included a 59, and he only played 9 away games as the Spital did not play away at St. Theresa's.   Had Paul scored 60 or more at St. Theresa's he would have been the outright winner.   The only other player to score over 600 points in their best 8 was Ted Randles (606) who finishes third with an average of 75.75.

14th June 2018
Thurston Heritage Collection
Would anyone like to visit the Thurston Heritage Collection in Liverpool?  It's probably the biggest collection of Snooker, Billiards (and Bagatelle!) memorabilia in the world.  They cater for small groups by appointment only, so if anyone's interested let me know and I'll try to sort out a trip there on a date suitable for everyone.    Thurston's (formerly Clare's) are located in St. Anne Street, Liverpool, about 500 yards from the Empire Theatre. Update 19th June: Been in touch with Thurston's and the exhibition is free to enter but the maximum sized group they will take is only FOUR people as it's in a working office, so we may have to have more than one trip or different times on the same day.

   

13th June 2018
Summer league - week 2
St. Werburgh's Club entertained the Olde Cottage, and an average first half by the home team's standards meant there wasn't too much between the two sides at the break HT scores 247-213.   The Cottage briefly edged a shade closer after the break before the home side pulled away to win comfortably FT scores 506-411.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (88), Derek Jones (80) and Ray Lamb (68).   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (71), Neil Davies (70) and Alan MacIver (57).   St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Cottage had 6.

The Talbot played the Union Vaults and a solid first half from the visitors saw them 86 points up at the break HT scores 183-269.   The Talbot pulled a few back just after the break, but then the Vaults pulled away to record a fine away win FT scores 410-553.    Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (84), Shaun Done (80) and Chris Barlow (60).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Ian Davies (89), Barry Tipton and Terry Davies (both 72).   The Talbot had 8 players and the Vaults had 7.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Spital Vaults and the home side held a slender advantage of 18 points at the break HT scores 250-232.   The Spital closed the gap by 7 points with their first two men in the second half and then the Lodge's last two men both beat their opponents by 1 point as the home side held on for an exciting win FT scores 438-425.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Salvatore Safina (77), Adam Wallace (70) and Pete Evans (63).   Top scorers for the Spital were Tommy Fennell (76), Sandy Churms (67) and Paul McLaughlin (59).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Spital had 6.

The United Services had their second bye this week, their season kicks off next week with a home game against St. Werburgh's Club.

6th June 2018
Summer league - week 1
The Olde Cottage entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the visitors got off to a flying start, taking the lead early on and keeping it right throughout the half, HT scores 238-267.   St. Werburgh's added another 11 to their overall lead in the second half FT scores 435-475.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (76), John Pritchard (73), Jim McClurg (62) and Jamie Price (61).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Kenyon (85), Mike Peacock (82), John Clarke (67) and Derek Jones (60 2nd visit).   The Cottage had 8 players and St. Werburgh's had 6.

The Union Vaults (aka Foxes Nomads) played their first game at their new home against the Talbot, and a couple of big scores just before the break gave them a commanding halftime lead HT scores 287-203.   The Talbot closed the gap after the break, but not by enough to make an impression, FT scores 477-410.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Barry Tipton (87), Mal Coppock (86), Luke Evans (69) and Dan Nuttall (62).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (74), Jon Parkins (67), Billy Groome (62) and Shaun Done (48).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Spital Vaults entertained Bawn Lodge and in a very closely contested first half the two teams were not more than 3 points apart until just before the break when the visitors took a small lead HT scores 283-297.   So it continued after the break, there was just 1 point between the teams after 7 men, and at the end the Spital pulled the point back and the match ended in a draw FT scores 553-553.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin and Andy Taylor (both 81), Sandy Churms (80) and Dale Williams (77).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Pete Evans (81), Rich Tarr (80), Andy Burrows and J. Maddrick (both 77).   The Spital had 7 players and Bawn Lodge had 8.

The United Services have their byes this week and next.

24th May 2018
Fixtures now in all pubs
A copy of the fixtures, a supply of blank match forms, and the bills for Summer League entry were delivered to every pub yesterday.   My thanks go to the United Services, the Talbot, the Union Vaults and the Spital who all paid their bills yesterday, it's very much appreciated!    Apologies to Trevor in the Cottage who was apparently running after me with money in his hand as I left the pub!   Another time will do

23rd May 2018
Summer League starts on D-Day, 6th June
The Summer League will start on Wednesday, 6th June and seven teams are taking part.   See League Fixtures  for details.

Winter League outstanding fixtures
Can I set a deadline of 31st May for the two outstanding games to be played please.   I would like to publish a final league table and announce the winner of the Highest Away Averages.   As previously stated, if the games aren't played, 2 points will be awarded to both of the home teams.

21st May 2018
French visitors playing bagatelle
A group of French ladies popped into the Olde Cottage last night to learn how to play bagatelle. A few of them are pictured here...

15th May 2018
Presentation Night
People have been asking me when the Presentation Night will be.  Well, last year's combined AGM and Winter/Summer Presentations Night was so well attended (38 people) that I think we'll do a combined night again on a Wednesday in September.   Date and venue TBA nearer the time.   Don't hold me to it, but Wednesday 19th September would be my guess.

Winter League
There are still two games outstanding... Talbot v St. Theresa's and St. Theresa's v Spital Vaults.   Does anyone know if these games have been played or if they will be played?    If they are not played, I will award 2 points to the Talbot (as St. Theresa's postponed) for the first game, and 2 points to St. Theresa's (as Spital postponed) for the second game.    I'd like to publish a final league table ASAP, these two fixtures are holding things up.

Summer League
Will start in June, just doing final checks of who's in and out.  

"In" so far, Union Foxes/Vaults, Spital Vaults, Bawn Lodge, St. Werburgh's, Olde Cottage, Talbot, United Services.

Checking... Egerton, Royal Oak.

Out: St. Theresa's.

The Olde Cottage are thinking about putting two teams in.  There's a fair few people expressing an interest to "have a go" and we won't be able to accommodate everyone in one team.   However, even with a 5+3 format, the second team would need at least 8 players (I have suggested/recommended).   See how it goes, but there may be 2 Cottage teams of mixed strength...

26th April 2018
Doubles Competition - Final Rounds
The last 8 pairs in the doubles competed for the "World Pairs Champions" title in the Union Vaults tonight, and the final rounds were dominated by the Spital Vaults, with Luke Evans and Paul McLaughlin beating Jim Gahan and Vince Howard in the final.  The final went down to the very last ball with Vince needing to score 7 and his attempted shot finishing " short.   Congratulations to Luke and Paul!   I'd like to thank Dave Williams and Mal Coppock for organising the evening and Sandy Churms for refereeing, and must make a special mention for the German Sausage Curry which was excellent, thanks Linda.     Full scores from the evening are shown below:

Quarter-Finals
John Lea (10+18=28) and Barry Tipton (31+30+61) lost to Ted Randles (20+34=54) and Dave Cooper (40+26=66)
Neil Davies (9+32=41) and John Pritchard (0+21=21) lost to Jim Gahan (24+39=63) and Vince Howard (20+0=20)
Luke Evans (43+29=72) and Paul McLaughlin (31+17=48) beat Craig Boggan (23+29=52 and Dale Williams (19+4retired=23)
Gordon Green (37+34=71) and Ray Potbury (21+9=30) lost to John Ford (27+11=38) and Terry Davies (31+45=76)

Semi-Finals
Ted Randles (13+23=36) and Dave Cooper (21+26=47) lost to Jim Gahan (15+32=47) and Vince Howard (37+21=58)
Luke Evans (28+21=49) and Paul McLaughlin (25+44=69) beat John Ford (38+30=68) and Terry Davies (14+28=42)

Final
Luke Evans (29+42=71) and Paul McLaughlin (26+27=53) beat Jim Gahan (28+37=65) and Vince Howard (34+19=53)

25th April 2018
Winter league - week 22
Week 22 sees the end of the scheduled winter bagatelle league fixtures, there are just 2 re-arranged games to go, plus the doubles competition on Thursday 26th April.

The United Services Club entertained champions St. Werburgh's Club, and St. Werburgh's showed why they are at the top with an excellent first half performance which saw them lead by 30 at the break HT scores 257-287.   The Services did not go down without a fight and the home side were 9 points ahead after 6 men, but a strong finish saw the champs win FT scores 519-563.   Top scorers for the United Services were Alan Biddle (90), Dave Cooper (74), Ted Randles and Gordon Green (both 71).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (89), Nigel Walker (81), Ray Lamb (77) and Craig Lamb (76).    Both teams had 8 players.

The Spital (ex-Cross) Foxes entertained the Talbot and made it five wins out of five in their adopted home.   After a competitive first half the Foxes led by 28 at the break HT scores 286-258.   The Foxes edged the second half too and increased their overall lead by 13 points, FT scores 567-526.   Top scorers for the Foxes were John Lea (91), Iain Ellis (74 2nd visit), Ian Davies (72) and John Ford (71).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (87), Jake McNicholas (73), Shaun Done (71) and Alan Joinson (70).   The Foxes had 7 players and the Talbot had 8.   The win takes the Spital Foxes up to second place in the table.

The Olde Cottage entertained the Spital Vaults and there was just 3 points between the teams after 2 men with the Cottage then edging ahead just before the break HT scores 268-252.   The Cottage added to their lead bit by bit in the second half and won by 39 points FT scores 472-433.   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (88), Jim McClurg (79), Alan MacIver (70) and Neil Davies (58).   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (76), Sandy Churms (73), Vince Howard (67) and Luke Evans (66 2nd visit).   The Cottage had 8 players and the Spital had 7.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Egerton and rather strangely the Egerton's first three players all scored 35 which left them trailing at the break HT scores 226-179.   Bawn Lodge added to their lead after the break to record a solid home win FT scores 481-393.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Adam Wallace (84), Alan Hewitt (76), Salvatore Safina (63) and Dave Burrows (62).   Top scorers for the Egerton were Des Jones and Paul McAleer (both 74), and Alan Boddy (59).

I have no details but have been told St. Theresa's Club beat the Royal Oak to record their first win of the season.

The Union Vaults had their second bye this week and have finished third in the table after the Spital Foxes home win. 

19th April 2018
Singles Competition - Final Rounds
The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Singles Competition were all played at Bawn Lodge this evening.   Congratulations go to Paul McLaughlin from the Spital Vaults who beat Richard Evans from the Spital Foxes in the final with the winning points coming from the very last ball of the evening!    All the scores are shown below...

Quarter-Finals
Pat Wallace (27+16=43) beat Dave Biddle (DNP)
Richard Evans (45+31=76) beat Craig Lamb (39+22=61)
Brian Walker (42+21=63) lost to Ted Randles (48+23=71)
Paul McLaughlin (40+42=82) beat Dan Nuttall (25+32=57)

Semi-Finals
Richard Evans (34+42=76) beat Pat Wallace (46+28=74)
Ted Randles (25+24=49) lost to Paul McLaughlin (52+16=68)

Final
Richard Evans (32+45=77) lost to Paul McLaughlin (44+34=78)

18th April 2018
Winter league - week 21
Champions St. Werburgh's Club entertained the United Services Club and the hosts put in a good first half to lead by 52 at the break HT scores 278-226.   The lead was needed because the Services performed very well in the second half, scoring 305, and halving the overall lead to just 26, FT scores 557-531.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (89), John Kenyon (85), Dave Watton (74), Mike Peacock and Nigel Walker (both 73).   Top scorers for the United Services were Dave Cooper and Alan Biddle (both 80), Ted Randles (80 2nd visit), Ray Potbury and Brian Bonham (both 65).    St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Services had 7.

The Talbot played the Spital Foxes and after a closely contested first half the visitors were 8 points ahead HT scores 218-226.   After 6 men the Foxes were just 9 ahead having added 1 to their overall lead, the Foxes then pulled away with their two lowest scorers becoming two of their highest, FT scores 408-448.    Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (65), Paul Halliwell (59), Jake McNicholas (55 2nd visit) and Mark Ashford (53).   Top scorers for the Foxes were Barry Tipton (80), John Lea (77), Richard Evans (70 2nd visit) and John Ford (63 2nd visit).    The Talbot had 7 players and the Foxes had 6.

The Spital Vaults entertained the Olde Cottage and the hosts got off to a flying start with 102 from first man Vince Howard and followed it up with more big scores to hold a commanding lead at the break HT scores 347-281.   Both sides continued to score well after the break, with the Spital recording what must be one of their best ever totals FT scores 651-545.   Top scorers for the Spital were Vince Howard (102), Tommy Fennell (91), Craig Boggan (89), Paul McLaughlin (85) and Jim Gahan (82).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Nick Allen (81), John Pritchard (74), Jamie Price (73), Swiss No 1 Tom Kellerhals (69) and Jim McClurg (67).   Both teams had 8 players.

Below are some pics, 1) Swiss Tom makes his debut for the Cottage. 2) Tom with some of the Cottage and Spital players. 3) Vince Howard after his second stick where he just missed the 1 and 2 off the spot for a maximum 54.

 
   

The Egerton Arms entertained Bawn Lodge and after a close first half the home side trailed by 5 points at the break HT scores 213-218.   The Egerton scored roughly the same after the break, but Bawn Lodge had a second half to forget and the home side won comfortably in the end FT scores 433-338.   Top scorers for the Egerton were Paul McAleer (82), Nathan Dean (64), Joe Fellows (57) and Alan Boddy (53).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Pete Evans (61), Rob Bawn (58), Adam Wallace (56) and Salvatore Safina (44).   The Egerton had 6 players and Bawn Lodge had 8.

I don't have the Royal Oak v St. Theresa's result as yet, Update: I understand the Royal Oak beat St. Theresa's, scores were approx 458-354, no other details known.   The Union Vaults have their byes this week and next and have finished their season.  

12th April 2018
Veterans Competition
Bawn Lodge hosted this years Veterans Competition, nine players entered, and there was some excellent bagatelle played and plenty of high scores recorded throughout the evening.     After an initial "knockout style" first round, the four highest scorers were Sandy Churms (89), Pete Ashford (85), Ray Lamb (77) and Ray Potbury (69).

The competition then switched to a more traditional man v man semi-final format, played over one leg, and the final was then the best of three.    The scores are shown below.

Semi-Finals
Ray Potbury (30+13=43) lost to Sandy Churms (37+21=58)
Ray Lamb (42+21=63) lost to Pete Ashford (35+33=68)

Final
1st leg:
Sandy Churms (36+37=73) beat Pete Ashford (31+37=68)           1-0 to Sandy
2nd leg: Pete Ashford (43+45=88) beat Sandy Churms (8+28=36)            1-1
3rd leg: Sandy Churms (43+38=81) beat Pete Ashford (29+45=74)           2-1 to Sandy

Congratulations to winner Sandy Churms and runner-up Pete Ashford who will both be getting prizes of a distilled liquid variety.

11th April 2018
West Cheshire Shield - Final
The Spital Vaults played the Union Vaults at St. Werburgh's Club this evening in the final of the West Cheshire Shield.    The Spital batted first and played ok, averaging just under 60 a man, but the Union Vaults played slightly better and were 24 up at the break HT scores 231-255.   The Spital closed the gap to 15 just after the break, but then it opened up to 49 points after 6 men and, although the Spital came back, the Union Vaults held their nerve to win by 32 FT scores 461-493.   Note: final scores were 461-493, not as shown on scoreboard (left).    Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (65), Dan Harrison (62), Craig Boggan (60) and Tommy Fennell (59).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (83), Dave Williams (73), Steve Fowles (68) and Mick Dodd (64).    Both teams had 8 men.     Congratulations to the Union Vaults!


9th April 2018

Jamie Price scores a maximum 54 in the Cottage

Having had several near misses in recent times, Jamie Price has just scored his first maximum 54 on the Olde Cottage table.    Well Done Jamie!   >>>>>>>>>>  Now available on  YouTube


8th April 2018
United Services v Talbot
A match report has been added below, see winter league - week 20.

5th April 2018
Northgate Cup - Final
The Spital Vaults hosted this years Northgate Cup Final between the Talbot and the United Services Club.   The Talbot batted first and in a nip and tuck first half the Services took an early lead, were pegged back by the Talbot who were 15 up at one stage, and then the Services took the lead back just before the break HT scores 226-235.   The half time lead of 9 proved to be very important, as a very close second half saw the Talbot pull back 2 points  meaning the Services won by just 7, FT scores 458-465.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (72 2nd visit), Jon Parkins (66), Jake McNicholas (65) and Mark Ashford (58).   Top scorers for the Services were Brian Welch (79), Ted Randles (73), Dave Biddle (71) and Alan Biddle (58).    The Talbot had 7 players and the Services had 8.   Congratulations to the United Services Club!

4th April 2018
Winter league - week 20
St. Werburgh's Club entertained the Royal Oak knowing that a win would make them the World Champions.   This might have affected their first half performance, they recorded a lower score than normal, but were still well ahead at the break HT scores 205-121.   The home side put in some big scores in the second half to pull well clear, win the match, and the league FT scores 525-282.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Derek Jones (86), Nigel Walker (84), John Clarke (83) and John Kenyon (68).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Fran Williams (57) and Chris Barlow (55).   St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Royal Oak had 7.   Congratulations to St. Werburgh's Club on winning the league with 2 games to go.

The Spital Foxes entertained the Union Vaults with the Vaults needing to win to secure second place and have any chance of winning the title.  Sadly, for them, it didn't happen.  The home side were behind early on but soon rallied and took a healthy lead into the break HT scores 278-221.   The Foxes pulled away in the second half to win comfortably in the end FT scores 569-437.   Top scorers for the Foxes were John Ford (95), Ian Davies (81), Terry Davies (78) and Iain Ellis (73).   Top scorers for the Vaults were Mal Coppock (76), Dave Williams (72), Steve Fowles (65) and Tommy Murphy (61).   The Foxes had 7 players and the Union Vaults had 8.

The United Services entertained the Talbot, I have no details other than the Services won.  Update: Got some details from Dave Cooper now, thanks Dave.   The Services had a bit of a shaky first half by their standards and were 61 behind at the break HT scores 189-250.   The Services came back well in the second half though, and did just enough to win FT scores 461-452.    Top scorers for the Services were Ray Potbury (78), Tony Southall (74), Dave Cooper (65) and Gordon Green (62).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (88), Jon Parkins (67), Jake McNicholas (63) and Alan Joinson (61).

The Olde Cottage entertained Bawn Lodge and the visitors had the better of the first half, gaining points at almost every stage and leading by 17 at the break HT scores 244-261.   The game turned round after the break with the Cottage putting some big scores in and the home side won comfortably in the end FT scores 520-462.   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (81), Tina McClurg (77), Jamie Price (74) and Steve Hague (70).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Pete Evans (74), Alan Hewitt (68), Rob Bawn (66) and Adam Wallace (62).   Both teams had 8 players.

The game between St. Theresa's Club and the Spital Vaults was postponed at the request of the Spital, and the Egerton Arms have their byes this week and next.

2nd April 2018
St. Theresa's v Spital Vaults - match postponed
St. Theresa's have agreed to a request from the Spital to postpone Wednesday's game as the Spital can't get a full team.   New date TBA.

29th March 2018
5-a-side competition - Final
The Union Vaults hosted this year's 5-a-side final between the Spital Foxes and the Talbot.   The Talbot batted first and the first three men all made slight gains on their Foxes counterparts and the Talbot were 20 up after 3 men.   The Foxes then pulled 3 back and were 17 behind.   Foxes last man Barry Tipton was then set a target of 52 to win, and he chipped in with 72, the highest individual score of the night to win the game FT scores Talbot 235 Spital Foxes 256.      Congratulations to the Spital Foxes!

28th March 2018
Winter league - week 19
The Royal Oak entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the visitors had built up a useful lead by the break HT scores 185-238.   The second half was much closer, with St. Werburgh's adding just 4 points to their overall lead FT scores 395-452.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (73), Mitch Williams (64), Bill Lloyd (59) and Fran Williams (49).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (75), Nigel Walker (72), John Kenyon (66) and Ray Lamb (57).   The Royal Oak had 7 players and St. Werburgh's had 8.

The Union Vaults entertained the Spital Foxes and the home side were well in command by the break HT scores 265-158.   The Foxes pulled 59 back in the early stages of the second half, but then the Vaults opened up the gap again FT scores 463-370.   The Vaults stay 2nd and the Foxes remain 3rd, 6 points behind them with two games in hand.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Pat Murphy (72), Dave Williams (70), Steve Fowles (67), Mal Coppock (66) and Phil Chesters (65).   Top scorers for the Foxes were Richard Evans (82), Barry Tipton (71), John Lea (49) and John Ford (39).   The Vaults had 7 players and the Foxes had 8.

The Spital Vaults entertained St. Theresa's and the home side put in a massive first half to take full command of the game HT scores 337-194.   There was no way back for St. Theresa's as the Spital piled on the points after the break FT scores 594-378.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (87), Vince Howard, Tommy Fennell and Craig Boggan (all 85), and Jim Gahan (80).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Barry George (67), Daz Cowley (53), Paul Allman (52) and Les Allman (52 2nd visit).   The Spital had 8 players and St. Theresa's had 7.

The Talbot entertained the United Services Club and the home side were about a stick ahead at the break HT scores 239-209.   The Services closed the gap to just 6 points after 6 men, but the Talbot then pulled away again  FT scores 468-406.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (75), Billy Groom (66), Pat Wallace (65) and Mark Ashford (60 2nd visit).   Top scorers for the Services were Dave Biddle (77), Ted Randles (70), Dave Cooper (69) and Ray Potbury (49).    Both teams had 7 players.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Olde Cottage and the visitors had the better of the first half and led by 40 at the break HT scores 192-232.   The lead increased to 62 after 7 men, but then a huge 86 off last man Alan Hewitt gave the Lodge some hope.   The Cottage tied the scores halfway through their last stick and just got over the finishing line with one ball to spare FT scores 428-437.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (86), Mike Hillier (66), Pete Evans (57) and Rich Tarr (54).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (74), Alan MacIver (71), Jim McClurg (70) and Nick Allen (60).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Cottage had 7.

The Egerton Arms have their byes this week and next.

25th March 2018
Dave Williams fills 'em up in the Union Vaults
Dave Williams filled them up for the first time on Sunday afternoon, scoring 53.   Well done Dave!   His playing partner didn't do quite so well, but that's bagatelle!

22nd March 2018
351 Competition - Final
The final was played at the Talbot this evening, with the Spital Vaults taking on the Cross Spital Foxes.   The Spital batted first, and after the "first half" where each player has two sticks the Spital Foxes were ahead by 57 HT scores Spital 204 Foxes 261.   This meant the Spital needed 147 and the Foxes needed 90.   

After half time when the first men had gone again, the Spital needed 125 and the Foxes needed 56.    After the second men it was Spital needing 104, Foxes needing 23.   After the third men the Spital needed 77 and the Foxes needed just 5.   The Spital then gradually closed the gap as the Foxes kept busting.   After four men the Spital needed 44 and the Foxes bust, still needing 5.   The Spital came down to 18 and the Foxes bust again still on 5.   Two rounds of both teams busting later, the teams still needed 18 and 5 respectively.   The Spital then got out and the Foxes didn't.     Congratulations to the Spital Vaults!

21st March 2018
Winter league - week 18
St. Werburgh's Club entertained the Spital Vaults and the home side were just about a good man up at the break HT scores 270-207.   The home side pulled further ahead after the break to secure the 2 points and go top of the table FT scores 594-484.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (89), Derek Jones (83), John Kenyon (81) and Dave Watton (77).   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (87), Dan Harrison (73), Sandy Churms (72) and Vince Howard (64).   Both teams had 8 players.    I've been asked if I would mention that Shaun Murphy only scored 2 his second stick, but I don't do that sort of thing, so I'm not going to (don't tell him Pike).  Both teams had 8 players.

The United Services entertained the Union Vaults and the Services had a useful lead of 34 points at the break HT scores 239-205.   The first half lead proved decisive as the Union Vaults pulled 1 point back in a very close second half FT scores 496-463.   Top scorers for the Services were Dave Cooper (86), Ted Randles (73), Dave Biddle (64), and Gordon Green and Tony Southall (both 60).   Top scorers for the Vaults were Mal Coppock (72), Tommy Murphy (65), Phil Chesters (62) and Mick Dodd (59 2nd visit).   Both teams had 7 players.

The Royal Oak entertained the Talbot and the home side had the better of the first half and led by 35 at the break HT scores 222-187.   The Talbot came back after the break and just nicked a win, going ahead in the final stick of the match FT scores 412-417.    Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (68), and then the photo on whatsapp is cut off on the LHS, (I'm sure someone is playing a trick on me with the Oak scores!).  Anyway, the next highest scores for the Oak were 64, 56 and 54, all Williams I think!   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (66), Shaun Done and Jon Parkins (both 61) and Paul Halliwell (55).   Both teams had 8 players, I think.

The Egerton entertained the Olde Cottage and after a very close first half the two sides were dead level at the break HT scores 192-192.   The Cottage took a small lead of 3 points at the start of the second half, then went behind and after 7 men the Egerton were 2 points ahead.   Jade McAleer, playing again, did enough to win the Egerton the game, just! FT scores 402-391.   Top scorers for the Egerton were Paul McAleer (84), Joe Fellows (70), Alan Boddy (46) and Nathan Dean (46 2nd visit).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jamie Price (75), Neil Davies (65), Jim McClurg (53) and John Pritchard (50).   The Egerton had 6 players and the Cottage had 7.

St. Theresa's entertained Bawn Lodge and the visitors edged the first half to lead by 14 at the break HT scores 215-229.   Bawn Lodge managed to pull away in the second half to take all 3 points FT scores 407-455.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Barry George (71), Paul Allman (69), Elwyn Smith (56) and Paul Siddall (55).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Adam Wallace (74), Andy Burrows (69), Dave Burrows (67) and Salvatore Safina (61).   St. Theresa's had 7 players and Bawn Lodge had 8.

The Cross Spital Foxes had their second bye this week but are back in action again next week when they visit the Union Vaults.

14th March 2018
Winter league - week 17
Leaders Union Vaults entertained the United Services Club and the home side put in a good first half to lead by 39 at the break HT scores 270-231.   The Vaults increased their lead throughout the second half to win the game comfortably FT scores 551-405.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Dave Williams (77), Mick Dodd and Steve Fowles (both 76), and Dan Nuttall (75).   Top scorers for the United Services (all in the first half) were Dave Biddle (66), Brian Bonham (63), Gordon Green (52) and Ray Potbury (50).   The Vaults had 8 players and the Services had 7.

The Spital Vaults entertained second placed St. Werburgh's Club and both sides put in an excellent first half with the home side leading by 19 at the break HT scores 308-289.   St. Werburgh's closed the gap by 10 points after the break and the visitors were then ahead by 8 points after 6 men, 7 points after 7 men, and just hung on to win a very tight game FT scores 564-573.   Top scorers for the Spital were Vince Howard (89), Tommy Fennell (83), Dale Williams (76) and Dan Harrison (72).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (87), Ray Lamb (82), Dave Watton (77) and John Kenyon (74).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Olde Cottage entertained the Egerton and the home side put in a big first half to lead comfortably at the break HT scores 287-176.   The Egerton came back well after the break but the first half lead proved decisive FT scores 484-426.   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (89), Jamie Price (75), Neil Davies (69) and Alan MacIver (64).   Top scorers for the Egerton were Alan Boddy and Nathan Dean (both 66, both 2nd visit), Des Jones (65) and Joe Fellows (60).   The Cottage had 8 players and the Egerton had 6.

Bawn Lodge entertained St. Theresa's Club, with St. T's still looking for their first win.   It looked like they were on their way as they led by 11 at the break HT scores 223-234.   In a very close second half, Bawn Lodge did just enough to win the game FT scores 442-436.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Dave Burrows (79), Pete Evans (69), Rich Tarr (66) and Alan Hewitt (51).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Paul Siddall (71), Gordon Vickers (70), Barry George (66) and Elwyn Smith (62 2nd visit).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and St. Theresa's had 6.

The Talbot entertained the Royal Oak and a poor first half from the home side saw them trailing by 33 at the break HT scores 167-200.  On a relatively low-scoring night for the Talbot table, the home side did just enough in the second half to win the game FT scores 358-347.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Billy Groom (60), Pat Wallace (54), Jon Parkins (53) and Alan Joinson (48).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (75), Mitch Williams (63 2nd visit), Rich Williams (52) and Steve Williams (49).   The Talbot had 7 players and the Royal Oak had 6.   

The Spital Foxes have their byes this week and next.

12th March 2018
Interesting blog on Bagatelle, follow this link to Chester Lifestyle

7th March 2018
Re-arranged league games
Four teams took advantage of the gap left in the fixtures by the Wednesday reserved for the West Cheshire Shield not being needed.

The Union Vaults entertained the Talbot and after a close first half the home side were 25 points ahead HT scores 245-220.   The second half was very close and the Vaults led by 29 after 6 men.  The Talbot closed the gap to just 6 points after 7 men, but Mick Dodd held his nerve on his second visit to the table to secure a home win for the Vaults FT scores 468-439.   The 2 points take the Union Vaults to the top of the league.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Steve Fowles (79), Dave Williams (71), Mal Coppock (64) and Mick Dodd (61 2nd visit).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Jon Parkins (72), Pat Wallace (70), Jake McNicholas (63) and Paul Halliwell (61).   The Union Vaults had 7 players and the Talbot had 8.

The Egerton Arms entertained the Cross Spital Foxes and the visitors had the better of the first half and led by 27 at the break HT scores 216-243.   However, fortunes changed after the break and the home side won points back throughout the second half to secure an excellent win FT scores 463-400.   Top scorers for the Egerton were Paul McAleer (91 2nd visit), Nathan Dean and Jade McAleer (both 60), and Joe Fellows (59).   Top scorers for the Spital Foxes were Pete Ashford (75), John Ford (64), Terry Davies (63) and John Lea (62).   The Egerton had 6 players and the Foxes had 8.

Singles Final
There will be no change to the date of the Singles Final.

1st March 2018
Singles Final - request to change date has been received
This is to advice players still in the singles competition that Dave Biddle from the United Services Club has asked if the date of the Singles Final can be re-arranged from 19th April as he can't make that night >>>>>>

I have advised Dave that his request has no support from me.   However, if all of the other finalists confirm that they have no objections to a change it may be possible to see if there is another date to which everyone, including host venue Bawn Lodge, can agree to.   If not, the original date will stand.



28th February 2018

Winter league - week 16
St. Werburgh's Club entertained Bawn Lodge Pizza Pirates (that's what it said on the scoreboard!) and the pirates found themselves blown out of the water by a big first half from the home side HT scores 297-240.    St. Werburgh's added to their lead in the second half to scuttle Bawn Lodge and win comfortably FT scores 561-436.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (83), John Kenyon and Derek Jones (both 79) and Shaun Murphy (74).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge (the ones who won't be walking the plank) were Rob Bawn (72), Adam Wallace (64), Salvatore Safina and Alan Hewitt (both 59).   St. Werburgh's had 8 players and Bawn Lodge had 7.

The Royal Oak entertained the Union Vaults and the home side came back from an early deficit to trail by just 10 at the break HT scores 229-239.   The Union Vaults added to their lead throughout the second half to win the game and put themselves level with St. Werburgh's in the league FT scores 376-421.   The photo submitted on Whatsapp has cut off the left hand side of the match sheet so I can't fully identify the Royal Oak top scorers, but it looks like ?.Williams (66), C. Barlow (64), ?.Williams (55).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Phil Chesters (71), Steve Fowles and Tommy Murphy (both 63), and S. Murphy (57).   Looks like both teams had 8 players.

The Spital Foxes entertained the Egerton Arms and, despite a decent first half score, the visitors were 42 behind at the break HT scores 275-233.   The Spital Foxes pulled further ahead after the break to go joint top of the league FT scores 554-477.   Top scorers for the Foxes were Richard Evans (91), John Lea (83), Ian Davies (79), and John Ford and Terry Davies (both 75).   Top scorers for the Egerton were Joe Fellows (78), Paul McAleer (76), Jade McAleer (60 2nd visit) and Alan Boddy (58).   The Foxes had 8 players and the Egerton had 6.

The Talbot entertained the Spital Vaults with the visitors having the chance to go joint top, however they found themselves 17 behind at the break HT scores 207-190.   The Spital took the lead briefly at the start of the second half but the Talbot came back well to win FT scores 426-386.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Jon Parkins (77), Shaun Done (68), Pat Wallace (65) and Mark Ashford (58 2nd visit).   Top scorers for the Spital were Tommy Fennell (69), Vince Howard (61), Paul McLaughlin (55) and Dan Harrison (52).   Both teams had 7 players.

St. Theresa's Club entertained the Cottage and in a close game the Cottage led by 27 points at one stage but were then pegged back before the break HT scores 220-234.   St. Theresa's took the lead at the start of the second half but the Cottage finished strongly to take the points FT scores 462-500.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Elwyn Smith (72), Gordon Vickers (61), Paul Allman and Paul Siddall (both 60).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jamie Price (78), John Pritchard (74), Steve Hague (72) and Nick Allen (67).   St. Theresa's had 7 players and the Cottage had 8.

The United Services had their second bye this week. 

21st February 2018
Winter league - week 15

Just 1 point separates the top 5 teams in what has become the closest winter league in living memory.


Bawn Lodge entertained St. Werburgh's Club with the visitors having a chance to put some distance between themselves and the other contenders.   Bawn Lodge had not read the script however, and the home side led by 49 points at the break HT scores 280-231.   The home side pulled further away after the break to record a thumping home win by 150 points FT scores 566-416.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Dave Burrows (94), Salvatore Safina (83), Andy Burrows (80) and Rich Tarr (75).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (73), Shaun Murphy (70), John Kenyon (58) and Nigel Walker (56).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Spital Vaults entertained the Talbot and the visitors put in a very good first half but still trailed by 10 at the break HT scores 277-267.   Both teams played well after the break with the Spital just holding off the Talbot to take the points FT scores 574-532.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (84), Vince Howard (80), Craig Boggan (78) and Dan Harrison (76).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (75), Jon Parkins (71), Alan Joinson (70) and Pat Wallace (69).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Cottage entertained St. Theresa's Club and the home side got off to a good start but were then pegged back before the break HT scores 249-221.   The Cottage opened up the gap after the break to record a good home win FT scores 504-405.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Steve Hague (91), Nick Allen (81), John Pritchard (74) and Alan MacIver (73).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Barry George (68), Daz Cowley and Paul Siddall (both 56) and Andy Thomas (54).

The Union Vaults beat the Royal Oak to go 1 point behind the joint leaders but I have no further details of the game at present.

The game between the Egerton and Spital Foxes was postponed yesterday, and the United Services Club have their byes this week and next.

20th February 2018
Egerton Arms v Spital Foxes - postponed
The Egerton Arms have agreed to a request from the Spital Foxes to postpone this Wednesday's game, new date TBA.

14th February 2018
Winter league - week 14
Just 3 points separate the top 5 teams after tonight's matches, it's shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons for many years!

The United Services entertained the Cross Foxes and after a high scoring first half the visitors led by 23 points HT scores 266-289.   The lead proved vital for the visitors as, in another high scoring half, the hosts pulled just 5 points back with the Foxes holding on to win by 18 points FT scores 540-558.   The win puts the Foxes on level points with the Services, and both teams have played 14 games.   Top scorers for the United Services were Ted Randles (86), Dave Cooper (82), Gordon Green (74) and Alan Biddle (73).   Top scorers for the Spital Foxes were John Ford (93), Iain Ellis (92), Terry Davies (82) and John Lea (80).   The Services had 8 players and the Foxes had 7.

St. Werburgh's entertained the Olde Cottage and the home side put in a big first half to give them a commanding lead at the break HT scores 296-184.   The gap opened up even more after the break to give the hosts a comfortable win FT scores 575-410.   The 2 points takes St. Werburgh's level with the United Services and Cross Foxes, but with 2 games in hand.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (90), Ray Lamb (80), Dave Watton (72) and Mike Peacock (70).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Tina McClurg (78), John Pritchard (69), Nick Allen (62) and Jamie Price (59).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Spital Vaults entertained the Union Vaults and in a closely contested first half the visitors scored superbly and were 3 points ahead at the break HT scores 286-289.   The Spital came back well after the break to give themselves a good lead, and although the Vaults pulled 33 points back at the end of the match, it was not enough FT scores 570-523.    Top scorers for the Spital were Dan Harrison (85), Paul McLaughlin (84), Jim Gahan (78) and Craig Boggan (73).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Tommy Murphy (87), Dave Williams (83), Steve Nipper Fowles (75) and Phil Chesters (73).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Talbot entertained Bawn Lodge and the home side misfired a bit in the first half and were behind by 28 points at the break HT scores 193-221.   The Talbot fell further behind at the start of the second half but their last 3 men all pulled points back to secure a home win - just, FT scores 415-406.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell and Pat Wallace (both 69), Alan Joinson (58 2nd visit) and Jon Parkins (57).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Pete Evans (81), Tony Harvey (54), Salvatore Safina (53) and Mike Hillier (51).   Both teams had 7 players.

The Egerton Arms entertained St. Theresa's and, after being behind for most of the half, the home side came back to lead by just 3 points at the break HT scores 190-187.   The Egerton did better after the break, increasing their lead throughout the second half FT scores 399-303.   Top scorers for the Egerton were Joe Fellows (78), Paul Grindley (59), Paul McAleer (57) and Des Jones (51).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Andy Thomas (75), Elwyn Smith (54), Daz Cowley (43) and Paul Siddall (35).   Both teams had 6 players.

The Royal Oak had their second bye this week, but are back in action next week away at the Union Vaults.

7th March 2018 - free date in bagatelle calendar
Just thought I'd point out that Wednesday, 7th March is a free date in the bagatelle calendar which could be used for either the Union Vaults v Talbot, or Talbot v St. Theresa's postponed games, but not both, unless the Talbot lads fancy a long night!    Originally allocated for the West Cheshire Shield, it's a spare date because only 8 teams entered the cup, so only 3 Wednesdays were needed to complete the competition, not 4 (8>4>2).    Update: Been advised that Union Vaults are playing the Talbot on 7th March.
 

13th February 2018
Olde Cottage v Union Vaults
In a game re-arranged from 3rd January, the Olde Cottage entertained the Union Vaults and the home side came back from an early deficit to lead by 21 points at the break HT scores 245-224.   The second half was very close in the early stages, and after 7 men had played the gap had closed by just 1 to 20 points.  The Cottage then finishing strongly to secure the win FT scores 490-455.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (83), Steve Hague (82), Jamie Price (69) and Nick Allen (60).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Phil Chesters (68), Dave Williams (66), Steve Nipper Fowles (64) and Mal Coppock (61).   Both teams had 8 players.

12th February 2018
Tonight's Committee Meeting
A meeting was held at the Talbot tonight to draw venues for all competitions, see Cup Fixtures for details.

The late payment of league fees was also discussed, and in future we will be asking for league fees to be paid BEFORE the season starts.   Basically, if fees aren't paid on time, teams will not be included in the fixtures.

8th February 2018
Next Committee Meeting

The next committee meeting will be in the Talbot on Monday, 12th February at 8pm.    With enough re-arranged singles and doubles results now in, we can do the draws for the final venues.  Should only be a very short meeting.

Doubles Competition - re-arranged games - results
Two games played tonight, first result is Paul McLaughlin and Luke Evans beat Craig and Ray Lamb.    Second result is Barry Tipton and John Lea beat Shaun Done and Pat Wallace.

Just one game outstanding now, Dave Biddle and Brian Welch v Craig Boggan and Dale Williams.   As far as the  doubles final venue goes it makes no difference who wins, as pairs from the United Services and the Spital are already through.     The result of this one won't affect the draw.

7th February 2018
Winter league - week 13
The Spital based Cross Foxes entertained the United Services Club and after a top quality first half the home side were 17 points ahead at the break HT scores 312-295.   The Services reduced the deficit to just 6 points after six men had played but the Foxes held on to win FT scores 555-544.    Top scorers for the Spital Foxes were John Ford (83), Pete Ashford (81), Barry Tipton (79) and Richard Evans (72).   Top scorers for the United Services were Ted Randles (87), Ray Potbury (74), Dave Biddle (70) and Alan Biddle (69).    Both teams had 8 players.

The Olde Cottage entertained St. Werburgh's Club and in a closely contested first half, the visitors were 10 points ahead after the first men had played, and the gap was the same at the break HT scores 250-260.   St. Werburgh's opened up the gap after the break with the Cottage coming back at the end, but not by enough, FT scores 458-490.   Top scorers for the Olde Cottage were Neil Davies (81), John Pritchard (71), Nick Allen (70) and Mick Ward (63).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (81), Mike Peacock (73), John Clarke (68) and Ray Lamb (62).    Both teams had 8 players.

The Union Vaults entertained the Spital Vaults and the Spital took an early lead of 32 points before being pegged back through the rest of the half HT scores 222-196.   The Spital chipped away at the lead at the start of the second half but a strong finish saw the Vaults take the points FT scores 454-412.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Phil Chesters (80), Mick Dodd (71), Mal Coppock (59) and Pat Murphy (56).   Top scorers for the Spital were Vince Howard (77), Jim Gahan (64), Paul McLaughlin (59) and Luke Evans 56 2nd visit).   The Union Vaults had 8 players and the Spital had 6.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Talbot and the home side just edged a close first half by 16 points HT scores 263-247.   The Talbot took the lead briefly at the start of the second half, but the Lodge came back and finished strongly to take the points FT scores 472-453.    Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (78), Salvatore Safina (76), Andy Burrows (69) and Pete Evans (68).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Billy Groome (75), and then Alan Joinson, Mark Ashford and Shaun Done (2nd visit) who all got (61).    Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Talbot had 7.

St. Theresa's Club entertained the Egerton Arms and, after a close first half in which the lead changed hands four times, it was the visitors who were ahead by 13 at the break HT scores 219-232.    St. Theresa's banged in a couple of 70's after the break and the Egerton responded with 68 and 67 reducing the gap to just 8 points.   St. Theresa's pulled another 5 back with the last two men but the Egerton held on to win FT scores 491-494.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Barry George (85), Elwyn Smith and Gordon Vickers (both 70), Paul Allman (61) and Paul Siddall (61).   Top scorers for the Egerton were Joe Fellows (76),  Alan Boddy (68), Tony Hunter and Paul McAleer (both 67) and Des Jones (65 2nd visit).   St. Theresa's had 7 players and the Egerton had 6.

The Royal Oak have their byes this week and next.

Singles Competition
Sandy Churms has conceded his match with Craig Lamb due to ill health and won't be playing bagatelle for the foreseeable future, we wish him a speedy recovery.

5th February 2018
Tonight's Committee Meeting is CANCELLED
The committee meeting planned for tonight has been cancelled / postponed.  We have too many either/ors in the singles and doubles, some people can't make the meeting, and we have plenty of time as the first final isn't until 22nd March.     A new date will be advised ASAP.

Free Dates
Should anyone have re-arranged games to play, or fancy a friendly game, Wednesdays 7th March and 2nd May are both free.   Chester Races start on Wednesday, 9th May 2018.

Singles re-arranged result
One of the outstanding re-arranged singles games has been played, and Luke Evans (53) lost to Dan Nuttall (57), Dan goes through to the finals.

1st February 2018
Doubles competition - last 16
Games were played tonight at two venues, results can be found on the Cup Fixtures page.     Three of the ties have been postponed and are to be re-arranged.    There is one late change to a line-up, Vin Howard is now partnering Jim Gahan from the Spital as Sandy Churms has not been too well lately, we wish Sandy all the best for a speedy recovery.

31st January 2018
Doubles Competition
Dave Biddle and Brian Welch (United Services) have agreed to a request from Dale Williams and Craig Boggan (Spital) to postpone their doubles match, and I understand it's been re-arranged for next Thursday (8th Feb).

Winter league - week 12
The league is shaping up to have a very close finish this season, with the United Services currently 5 points clear of the chasing pack, but having played 2 more games than most of the teams just below them, and the teams in 2nd to 5th place separated by just 1 point.  Edit: Dave Cooper has kindly advised me that I only awarded St. Werburgh's 2 points for their away win last night, not 3.   League table corrected, and there are now 4 teams tied on 19 points

Current leaders United Services entertained the Egerton Arms and a strong first half put the home side in a commanding position by the break HT scores 294-203.   The Services opened up the gap even further after the break to win the game comfortably FT scores 570-424.   Top scorers for the United Services were Ray Potbury (82), Billy Williams and Brian Welch (both 79), Ted Randles (77) and Dave Biddle (75).   Top scorers for the Egerton were Des Jones (69 2nd visit), Joe Fellows (62), Tony Hunter (61), and Paul Grindley and Nathan Dean (both 55).   The United Services had 8 players and the Egerton had 7.

The Union Vaults entertained Bawn Lodge and, after a closely contested first half in which the lead changed hands three times, the home side were just 8 points ahead at the break HT scores 187-179.   Bawn Lodge missed a couple of opportunities to close the gap after the break and the Vaults held on to win FT scores 386-363.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (73), Mick Dodd (58), Phil Chesters (57) and Steve Nipper Fowles (56).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Dave Burrows (71), Andy Burrows (69), Salvatore Safina (63) and Mike Hillier (41).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Royal Oak entertained the Spital Foxes and the visitors came back from an early deficit to lead by 44 at the break HT scores 217-261.   The ex-Foxes added to their lead in the second half to win comfortably in the end FT scores 366-477.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (73) and Steve Williams (62).   Top scorers for the Spital Foxes were Pete Ashford (83), Terry Davies (77) and Iain Ellis (70).   The Royal Oak had 8 players and the Cross Foxes had 7.

St. Theresa's Club entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the visitors were quick out of the blocks, took an early lead, and held it to the break HT scores 182-248.   The home side closed the gap slightly after the break, but only by 8 points, not by enough to win, FT scores 431-489.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Elwyn Smith (73), Daz Cowley (63 2nd visit), Gordon Vickers (62) and Barry George (53).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (89), Ray Lamb (84), Derek Jones (67) and Brian Walker (54).   St. Theresa's had 6 players and St. Werburgh's had 8.

In a delayed kick-off game agreed between the teams owing to a Chester FC home match, the Talbot entertained the Olde Cottage and the visitors just shaded the first half to lead by 18 at the break HT scores 216-234.   The Talbot took the lead briefly at the start of the second half, but the Cottage came back and held on to win FT scores 449-475.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (79), Shaun Done (67), Paul Halliwell (58), and Jake McNicholas and Jon Parkins (both 57).  Top scorers for the Cottage were captain Jamie Price (71), John Pritchard (70), Jim McClurg (68) and Alan MacIver (64 2nd visit). The Talbot had 8 players and the Cottage had 7.    Special mention for Pat's hot half-time food which was excellent, especially after being frozen down at the Deva Stadium!

25th January 2018
Singles last 16
The last 16 of the Singles Competition were played at Bawn Lodge this evening.    Six of the ties were completed, one has been re-arranged (Sandy Churms v Craig Lamb), and one has possibly been postponed (Luke Evans turned up, Dan Nuttall didn't).    In general, it was an evening to bat first, with all bar one of the games being won by the player going first.   No haggis on show, but for some it was definitely Burns Night...

Results
Richard Evans (43+46=89) beat Dale Williams (25+DNP)
Dave Biddle (45+35=80) beat John Pritchard (28+12ret=40)
Brian Walker (45+35=80) beat Dave Cooper (43+32=75)
Dan Nuttall v Luke Evans - Dan didn't turn up, Luke has agreed to re-arrange if possible, rather than claim game.
Sandy Churms v Craig Lamb - postponed / re-arranged.
Paul McLaughlin (39+23=62) beat Dave Williams (35+19=54)
Nigel Walker (25+37=62) lost to Pat Wallace (36+28=64)
Ted Randles (30+36=66) beat Gordon Green (25+28=53)

24th January 2018
Winter league - week 11
The Egerton Arms entertained the United Services Club and there were just 5 points between the teams at the break HT scores 195-200.   The visitors had the better of the second half and pulled clear to give them an away win which takes them top of the table FT scores 373-426.   Top scorers for the Egerton were Alan Boddy (70), Paul McAleer (49), Ian Taylor and Des Jones (both 46).   Top scorers for the United Services were Dave Cooper (68), Brian Welch (66), Dave Biddle (65) and Alan Biddle (61).   The Egerton had 7 players and the United Services had 8.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Union Vaults, and a tremendous first half performance put the home side well in command HT scores 309-156.   The Union Vaults pulled a few back in the second half but Bawn Lodge were never in trouble FT scores 532-391.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were all in the first half Pete Evans (82), Rich Tarr (77), Andy Burrows and Salvatore Safina (both 75).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Tommy Murphy (80), Phil Chesters (65), Mick Dodd (58) and 118 (53).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Union Vaults had 7.

The ex-Cross Foxes (now playing at the Spital) entertained the Royal Oak and the change of venue did them no harm as they built up a good lead by the break HT scores 278-170.    The second half was much closer with the ex-Foxes adding just 18 to their overall lead FT scores 496-370.   Top scorers for the ex-Foxes were John Lea (85), Barry Tipton (82), John Ford (67) and Terry Davies and Richard Evans (both 63).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (63), B. Brooks (56), Rich Williams (55) and Fran Williams (50).   The ex-Foxes had 8 players and the Royal Oak had 7.

The Cottage entertained the Talbot and the home side had the better of the first half and led by 34 at the break HT scores 213-179.   The Talbot came back in the second half, were just 1 point behind after 7 men, and then finished better to win by 3 points FT scores 445-448.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jamie Price (78), Neil Davies (71), John Pritchard (69) and Steve Hague (66).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (78), Jake McNicholas (73), Alan Joinson (62) and Jon Parkins (69).    Both teams had 8 players.

St. Werburgh's v St. Theresa's was not played, the visitors informing the home side quite late that they would not have a team, 2 points have been awarded to St. Werburgh's Club.

The Spital Vaults have their byes this week and next.

Fees
United Services Club - payment received, thank you very much.

17th January 2018
Cross Foxes to play their remaining home league games at the Spital Vaults
The Cross Foxes team have learnt that the pub is changing hands this week and the current owner is taking the bagatelle table with him.    The team had a meeting tonight, and have arranged to complete their remaining fixtures from the Spital Vaults.

Fees
Cross Foxes - payment received, thank you very much.

West Cheshire Shield - semi-finals
In semi-final 1, the Spital Vaults played the Talbot at the Olde Cottage.   The Spital batted first and were 11 points ahead at the break HT scores 260-249.   The Spital increased their lead to 33 after the break before being pegged back and the Talbot taking the lead by 19, but the Spital finished well to win FT scores 498-480.      Both teams had 8 players, top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (80), Vince Howard (76), Jim Gahan (73) and Tommy Fennell (66).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Shaun Done (76), Pat Wallace and Paul Halliwell (both 72) and Alan Joinson (63).

In semi-final 2, the Cottage played the Union Vaults at the Cross Foxes.    The Cottage batted first and led by 24 after 2 men before being pegged back and the Union Vaults led by 19 at the break HT scores 218-238.   The Cottage took the lead back at the start of the second half and led by 31 after 6 men, but the Vaults rallied again to win the game by just 2 points with one ball to spare FT scores 429-431.        Both teams had 8 players, top scorers for the Cottage were Mick Ward (68), Neil Davies (65), Jamie Price (62) and Tina McClurg (54).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Steve Fowles (72), Phil Chesters (70), Mal Coppock (68) and Trevor Craggs (54).

11th January 2018
351 Competition semi-finals

In semi-final 1 the Spital won the toss and chose to bowl, and at half-time the Spital led by 25 points HT scores 209-234 which meant the Cottage needed 142 and the Spital needed 117.    After each player had played one more stick the teams needed 76 and 16, the Cottage got down to 36 and the Spital got out, Spital win.   Top scorers in the first half were Jamie Price (68) and John Pritchard (62) for the Cottage, Luke Evans (62) and Jim Gahan (60) for the Spital.

In semi-final 2 the Cross Foxes batted first and at half-time the scores were 308-257 meaning the Foxes needed 43 and the Services needed 94.    The Foxes first man scored 34 leaving 9 and the Services scored 39 leaving 55, the Foxes second man then got out, Foxes win.    Top scorers in the First half were Barry Tipton (86) and John Ford (79) for the Foxes, and Dave Cooper (82) and Ray Potbury (64) for the Services.

10th January 2018
Fees

St. Werburgh's Club - payment received, thank you very much.

Winter league - week 10
Leaders Spital Vaults entertained the Cross Foxes and the hosts had a smallish advantage of 19 points at the break HT scores 257-238.   The Spital pulled away after the break and won comfortably in the end FT scores 563-484.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (94), Tommy Fennell (82), Dan Harrison (78) and Dale Williams (71).   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Frank Whitley (80), Terry Davies (73), Richard Evans (71) and John Ford (69).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Union Vaults entertained the Olde Cottage in a game played in excellent spirit, and the home side had built a commanding lead of 74 by the break HT scores 252-178.   The Union Vaults added 34 to their overall lead in the second half to record a comfortable home win FT scores 522-414.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Phil Chesters (84), Dave Williams (82), Mal Coppock (66) and Mick Dodd (61).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jamie Price (76 2nd visit), Jim McClurg (73), John Pritchard (68) and Neil Davies (54).    The Union Vaults had 8 players and the Cottage had 7.    Special mention for Dave's pea and ham soup which went down very well!

St. Werburgh's Club entertained the Egerton Arms and a strong first half saw the hosts 62 points ahead at the break HT scores 276-214.   St. Werburgh's scored 286 in the second half which meant there was no way back for the Egerton FT scores 562-423.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Dave Watton (87), Derek Jones (83), Brian Walker (72) and Nigel Walker and Ray Lamb (both 67).   Top scorers for the Egerton were Paul McAleer (74), Tony Hunter (69), Joe Fellows (53), and Nathan Dean and Jade McAleer (both 51).   Both teams had 8 players.

St. Theresa's Club entertained the Talbot, apologies if the details in this report aren't quite right, the pic sent on WhatsApp was a bit faint, but it looks like the visitors were 28 points ahead at the break HT scores 227-255.   The first half lead proved decisive with St. Theresa's edging the second half by just 1 point FT scores 430-457.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were, I think, Elwyn Smith (77), Paul Allman (65), Paul Siddall (62) and Les Allman (57).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Alan Joinson (87), Paul Halliwell (73), Jon Parkins (65 2nd visit) and Jake McNicholas (54).  Looks like St. Theresa's had 7 players and the Talbot had 6.

Royal Oak v United Services - not been informed of result.   Update 11 Jan: HT scores 215-226 FT scores 357-509.   Top scorers for Royal Oak Rich Williams and Chris Barlow (both 63).   Top scorers for United Services Dave Cooper (78), Ted Randles (77), Billy Williams (75).   Both teams had 8 players.

Bawn Lodge had their second bye this week and are not back in action until 24th January when they are at home to the Union Vaults.

8th January 2018
Fees

Spital Vaults - payment received, thank you very much.

4th January 2018
League Fees

4th January 2018, it is disappointing that 4 teams are still to pay their league fees, this is something that will be discussed at the next committee meeting.   One possibility is that next season we may ask for league fees to be paid BEFORE the season starts, as is the case with darts and pool in Chester.

5-a-side competition - semi-final results
In semi-final 1 the Talbot played the Spital Vaults at St. Werburgh's Club.   The Talbot batted first and were just 2 points ahead after 2 men had played, then opened up a gap to win through to the final FT scores 329-305.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Pat Wallace (89), Paul Halliwell (73) and Jake McNicholas (66).   Top scorers for the Spital were Craig Boggan (86), Paul McLaughlin (68) and Dan Harrison (52).   Both teams had 5 players.

In semi-final 2 at Bawn Lodge the Cross Foxes batted first against St. Werburgh's Club.   The Foxes led in the early stages and were 22 up after 2 men.   St. Werburgh's came back and were 25 up after 4 men, the Foxes then finished better to win through FT scores 304-299.   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Ford (75), Barry Tipton (67) and Pete Ashford (66).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (74), Craig Lamb (69) and Ray Lamb (61).   Foxes had 5 players, St. Werburgh's had 4.

Len Cooper sponsorship
I am pleased to announce that we have recently been given a sum of money on behalf of the late Len Cooper's family.   They would like us to either create a 'Len Cooper' competition or sponsor an existing cup as a memorial to Len who loved his bagatelle.    I think it's too late to implement anything this season (?), but this can be discussed at the next committee meeting.    In the meantime, any ideas or suggestions as to what we can do would be welcomed and greatly appreciated.

3rd January 2018

Postponed games (2)
Talbot v St. Theresa's

Tonight's Talbot v St. Theresa's game was postponed at approx 4.10pm this afternoon at the request of St. Theresa's.   The game will be re-arranged for a later date.

 Cottage v Union Vaults
The Union Vaults got in touch with me at approx 7pm to advise 4 players were ill.  A couple of calls to Cottage players confirmed we were ok to postpone at such short notice and the game will be re-arranged for a later date.  Get well soon lads.

Winter league - week 9
The Cross Foxes entertained the Spital Vaults and the two sides were dead level after 2 men with the Foxes then taking a small advantage of 22 points into the break HT scores 295-273.   The Spital reduced the deficit by 5 to 17 points after 6 men, but the Foxes then opened up the gap again FT scores 538-487.   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Ford (82), Barry Tipton (77), John Lea (72) and Iain Ellis (70).   Top scorers for the Spital were Luke Evans (77), Paul McLaughlin (73), Dan Harrison (66) and Jim Gahan (63).   Both teams had 8 players.

The United Services Club played the Royal Oak and the home side had built a commanding lead by the break HT scores 273-192.   The Services piled on the points after the break to win convincingly   FT scores 531-352.   Top scorers for the Services were Brian Welch (86), Dave Biddle (84), Ted Randles (75) and Billy Williams (70).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (69), Brian Lloyd (63), Mitch Williams (50) and Rich Williams (49).   The Services had 8 players and the Royal Oak had 7.

The Egerton entertained St. Werburgh's Club and, after a very closely contested first half with the teams dead level after 3 men, the visitors edged in front just before the break  HT scores 201-210.   St. Werburgh's added to their lead at almost every stage in the second half to record an excellent away win FT scores 391-448.   Top scorers for the Egerton were Nathan Dean (64), Joe Fellows (56), Paul McAleer (50) and Tony Hunter (48).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (85), John Kenyon (69), Derek Jones (61) and Shaun Murphy (57).   Both teams had 8 players.

Bawn Lodge have their byes this week and next.

1st January 2018
Happy New Year everyone!

Bagatelle resumes on Wednesday, 3rd January 2018.

28th December 2017
5-a-side competition - venue change for first semi-final
Cup fixture sheets are now in all venues, and I was advised today of a pool/bagatelle clash at the United Services Club on 4th January 2018.   A pool cup game is to be played at the USC on the night of the 5-a-side semi-final between the Talbot and the Spital.

With the agreement of both the Talbot and Spital teams, the venue has therefore been changed to St. Werburgh's Club.

As some of you may be aware, we try hard to avoid clashes with pool on Thursdays, and I have a copy of all the Thursday night pool fixtures to help with this.   These don't cover cup games however, and on 4th January we've been caught out.      The United Services, the Egerton and the Olde Cottage all have pool tables in close proximity to our bagatelle tables and so we try to avoid Thursday night clashes, where possible.

27th December 2017
West Cheshire Shield - re-arranged result
The Talbot played the Cross Foxes at the Egerton this evening in a re-arranged West Cheshire Shield quarter-final game.   The Talbot batted first and had a good 32 point lead at the break HT scores 241-209.   The Cross Foxes took the lead briefly at the start of the second half, but the Talbot came back to win the last game of 2017, FT scores 429-394.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (66), Jake McNicholas (64), Billy Groome and Jon Parkins (both 61).   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Richard Evans (86), Barry Tipton (73), Terry Davies (65 2nd visit) and John Ford (59).    The Talbot had 8 players, the Cross Foxes had 7.

The Talbot will now play the Spital Vaults in the semi-finals at the Olde Cottage on Wednesday, 17th January 2018.

20th December 2017
Egerton v Union Vaults

Postponed from the opening day of the season, the Egerton played the Union Vaults this evening and it was the home team who had the better of the first half, and they led by 27 at the break HT scores 232-205.   The Union Vaults came back after the interval and managed to take the lead and then hang on to win in a close game FT scores 407-426.   Top scorers for the Egerton were Joe Fellows (62), Paul Grindley (62), Ian Taylor (57) and Alan Boddy and Nathan Dean (Both 55).    Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Phil Chesters (79), Tommy Murphy (67), Steve Nipper Fowles (64) and Dave Williams (57).   Both teams had 8 players.

The win takes the Union Vaults up to second place, just 2 points behind the Spital Vaults, and with a home game in hand.

14th December 2017
Doubles preliminary round result
Nigel Walker and Brian Walker (St. Werburgh's) played Dave Biddle and Brian Welch (United Services) this evening at the Union Vaults in the only prelim round game.    Nigel won the toss and chose to bowl, but a fine opening bat from Dave Biddle saw the Services pair win through.    Dave scored 38+37=75, Brian Walker replied with 18+39=57.  Brian Welch scored 29+30=59 leaving Nigel Walker needing 78 to win.   Nigel scored 28 his first stick, and needing 50 his second stick, went for big shots which didn't come off, he scored 28+5=33.

The result means that the second lot of doubles games will now be played at St. Werburgh's Club on 1st February 2018.    See Cup Fixtures for confirmation.

Re-arranged game
The Egerton Arms are playing the Union Vaults next Wednesday (20th December), the game was postponed on 18th October.

13th December 2017
Winter league - week 8
In the return clash of the top two, the Spital Vaults entertained the United Services and the Spital were about a good stick ahead at the break HT scores 296-265.   The Spital more than doubled their half-time advantage of 31 to win comfortably in the end FT scores 599-520.   Top scorers for the Spital were Luke Evans (86), Tommy Fennell (81), Craig Boggan (77) and Martin Beddows (74).   Top scorers for the United Services were Dave Cooper (84), Brian Welch (81), Dave Biddle (76) and Gordon Green (72).   The Spital had 7 players and the United Services had 8.

The Union Vaults entertained St. Theresa's Club and the Vaults were 12 points ahead at the break HT scores 202-190.   Some big scores after the break opened up the gap and gave the Vaults an excellent home win which takes them up to 3rd place, FT scores 466-349.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Dan Nuttall (82), Dave Williams (77), Mal Coppock (71) and Tommy Murphy (58).   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Paul Siddall (56), Daz Cowley and Elwyn Smith (both 53) and Gordon Vickers (45).   The Union Vaults had 8 players and St. Theresa's had 7.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Cross Foxes and after a close first half the Foxes had edged ahead by 14 points HT scores 251-265.   Rob Bawn's excellent 92 just after the break levelled the scores and the home side didn't look back as they went on to win FT scores 538-483.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rob Bawn (92), Alan Hewitt (76), Rich Tarr (74) and Adam Wallace (70).   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Ford and Richard Evans (both 78), Barry Tipton (68) and Pete Ashford (62).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Cross Foxes had 6.

The Talbot entertained St. Werburgh's Club and the visitors just edged the first half to lead by 7 at the break HT scores 224-231.   The wheels came off for St. Werburgh's after the break as the Talbot stormed back with some big scores to win easily in the end FT scores 495-385.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Jon Parkins (88), Jake McNicholas (74), Pat Wallace (68) and Billy Groome (63 2nd visit).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Nigel Walker (77), Dave Watton (63), Mike Peacock (58) and Craig Lamb (55).   The Talbot had 7 players and St. Werburgh's had 8.

No details as yet, but I understand the Royal Oak gained their first win of the season (Well Done!) by beating the Egerton, scores were approx 428-405.

After tonight's games there is a 3 week break for Christmas and New Year, bagatelle resumes on 3rd January 2018.

11th December 2017
Committee Meeting

A committee meeting was held tonight in the Talbot when draws for all our cup competitions were done.   See the Cup Fixtures page for details.

There is a problem with one the venues which were drawn at the meeting.    The second lot of doubles were drawn to be played at the Egerton Arms in Brook Street.  However, after the meeting, I realised that there is a pool match at the Egerton on 1st February 2018, and the landlord has asked that we don't clash bagatelle games with pool matches.

This means that the venue needs changing, and looking at my record of tables allocated, the two tables which need a game to catch up with the others are St. Werburgh's and the United Services.    There is a doubles preliminary match this Thursday (14th Dec) between N. Walker, B. Walker (St. Werburgh's) and D. Biddle, B. Welch (United Services), and the winners of this game have been drawn to play at the second venue.     Therefore, I propose that which ever pair goes through will determine where the second lot of doubles will be played.

Had the venue clash been spotted at the meeting, the second lot of doubles would have gone to the next available venue/s, which would have been either St. Werburgh's or the United Services, depending on the result of this Thursday's doubles game.   Therefore, the solution proposed is exactly what would have happened if the fixture clash had been identified at the meeting.

I apologise for not spotting this at the meeting.     If anyone objects to what is proposed, please let me know within 7 days so that an alternative solution can be determined by the committee, possibly at an emergency committee meeting.   Should an emergency committee meeting be called, anyone objecting can then attend to formally voice their objection/s.

Cup fixture sheets will be distributed round the pubs/clubs sometime next week, assuming  (1)  the result of Thursday's doubles preliminary game is known, and (2) there are no objections within 7 days to the doubles venue alteration described above.

8th December 2017
Next Committee Meeting - 11th December

The next Committee Meeting will be in the Talbot on Monday, 11th December 2017 when draws for the next round of all competitions will be made.     The doubles game to be played on 14th December will go into the draw as an either/or as the result obviously won't be known.

7th December 2017
Singles - First Round

Results can be seen on the Cups page.

6th December 2017
Winter league - week 7
In the "match of the day" between the top two, the United Services entertained the Spital Vaults and home advantage paid off as the Services took a very important 28 point lead into the break HT scores 267-239.   In a closely contested second half there was barely a sheet of bronco between the teams, with the Spital closing the gap by 1 point FT scores 529-502.      Top scorers for the United Services were Dave Cooper (78), Ted Randles (74), Ray Potbury (72) and Brian Welch (72).   Top scorers for the Spital were Luke Evans and Dale Williams (both 77), Paul McLaughlin (75) and Jim Gahan (67).   Both teams had 8 players.   The gap at the top is down to 1 point now, but next week the Spital have home advantage...

The Cross Foxes entertained Bawn Lodge and the home side played well to build a good lead by the break HT scores 275-207.   The Cross Foxes edged the second half too, giving them a solid home win FT scores 510-421.   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Barry Tipton (79), John Ford (76), Terry Davies (75) and Pete Ashford (68).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Adam Wallace (72), Salvatore Safina (68), Dave Burrows (64) and Rob Bawn (62).   The Foxes had 7 players, Bawn Lodge had 8.

St. Theresa's entertained the Union Vaults and the home side held a useful 19 point advantage at the break HT scores 236-217.   The visitors came back well, however, and overtook their hosts to record a fine away win FT scores 418-447.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Daz Cowley (67), Barry George (62), Elwyn Smith (57) and Les Allman and Paul Siddall (both 54).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Phil Chesters and Mick Dodd (both 67), Mal Coppock (63 2nd visit) and Steve Fowles (61).   St. Theresa's had 6 players and the Vaults had 7.

St. Werburgh's entertained the Talbot and the home side had built a commanding lead of 74 points by the break HT scores 292-218.   St. Werburgh's added to their lead in the second half giving them a solid home win FT scores 581-416.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Ray Lamb and Mike Peacock (both 86), Nigel Walker (84) and Derek Jones (72).   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (75), Mark Ashford (63), Billy Groome (54), and Jake McNicholas and Pat Wallace (both 53).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Egerton entertained the Royal Oak and the home side had a good lead of 51 points at the break HT scores 207-156.   The Egerton added to their lead after the break to give them their first win of the season, Congratulations! FT scores 377-306.   Top scorers for the Egerton were Tony Hunter (59), Paul McAleer (55), Joe Fellows and Des Jones (both 48).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (63), Rich Williams (53), B. Brooks (45) and Bill Lloyd (38).   The Egerton had 7 players and the Royal Oak had 8.

The Cottage have their byes this week and next.

29th November 2017
West Cheshire Shield - quarter-finals

In QF1 the Cottage played the Egerton at the Spital Vaults.   The Cottage batted first, and had built a good lead by the break, HT scores 243-163.   The Cottage added to their overall lead in the second half to go through to the semi-finals FT scores 493-366.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (75), John Pritchard (72), Tina McClurg (61) and Alan MacIver (59).   Top scorers for the Egerton were Paul McAleer (59), Nathan Dean (58), Paul Grindley (54) and Ian Taylor (52).  Both teams had 7 players.

QF2 between the Talbot and the Cross Foxes at the Egerton was postponed last week, new date TBA.

In QF3 Bawn Lodge played the Union Vaults at the Olde Cottage.   The Union Vaults batted first and put in a very solid first half to give themselves a good lead at the break HT scores 264-201.   Bawn Lodge closed the gap in the second half but the Vaults held on to win FT scores 449-400.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were all in the first half, Mal Coppock (69), Tommy Murphy (68), Phil Chesters (65) and Dave Williams (62).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Andy Burrows (82), Adam Wallace (67 2nd visit), Alan Hewitt (63) and Pete Evans (53).   The Union Vaults had 6 players and Bawn Lodge had 7.

In QF4 the Spital Vaults played St. Werburgh's Club at the Cross Foxes.   St. Werburgh's batted first, and in a close first half the Spital had edged ahead by 16 points at the break HT scores 268-284.   St. Werburgh's turned the game round at the start of the second half and were ahead by 19 points after 5 men, 12 after 6, 11 points after 7, but then last man Dan Harrison won the day for the Spital FT scores 483-501.   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Mike Peacock (76), Dave Watton (67 - including a 4 ball shot 9,7,5 &3!), Craig Lamb (66) and John Clarke (63).   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (80), Jim Gahan (73), Dan Harrison (71) and Luke Evans (69).   Both teams had 8 players.

23rd November 2017
West Cheshire Shield - re-arranged game
Next week's game between the Talbot and Cross Foxes, due to be played at the Egerton Arms, has been postponed with the agreement of both teams.   The game is to be re-arranged, but no new date has been set yet.  

When a new date is agreed, can the teams please check with Paul McAleer that the new date is ok with the pub, thanks.

351 Competition - Preliminary round
In game 1 the Talbot played the Cross Foxes at the United Services Club.    The Cross Foxes batted first and all four played well to build a good lead by the break HT scores 288-219.  This left the Foxes needing 63 and the Talbot needing help.     In the 'one stick each' stage, the Talbot's first man had left the building after playing his sticks, so the Talbot defaulted the first man, but it wouldn't have made much difference if he'd played, as the Cross Foxes scored the 63 they needed with their first two men.   Foxes win.

In game 2 the Cottage played St. Werburgh's Club at the Talbot.   St. Werburgh's won the toss and chose to bowl, and there were just 11 points between the teams at the break HT scores 276-265.   This meant the Cottage needed 75 and St. Werburgh's needed 86.   After the first men had played again the teams needed 50 and 51 respectively, and after the second men the teams needed 35 and 26.    The Cottage then got out in 7 balls and St. Werburgh's didn't, Cottage win.

22nd November 2017
Winter league - week 6
Early leaders the Spital Vaults made it 6 wins out of 6 when they entertained the Royal Oak this evening.   They put in an excellent first half to give themselves a commanding lead at the break HT scores 303-228.   They didn't score quite so many in the second half but still won comfortably FT scores 586-443.   Top scorers for the Spital were Dan Harrison (82), Luke Evans and Paul McLaughlin (both 81) and Sandy Churms (80).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Bill Lloyd (80), B. Brooks (71), Steve Williams (64) and Chris Barlow (59).   The Spital had 8 players and the Royal Oak had 7.

Bawn Lodge entertained second placed United Services who stay in touch with the leaders after a fine away win.   After a closely contested first half the Services had edged ahead by 12 points HT scores 234-246.   The Services increased their lead to 40 points after the break but were then pegged back to just a 10 point lead after 7 men, and then pulled away again to win FT scores 440-494.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Adam Wallace and Alan Hewitt (both 73), Dave Burrows (71) and Pete Evans (59).   Top scorers for the United Services were Dave Cooper (84), Ted Randles (79), Brian Bonham (72) and Brian Welch (68 2nd visit).   Both teams had 7 players.

The United Services play the Spital Vaults next so who will be our Christmas number 1?

The Cottage entertained the Cross Foxes and there were only 5 points between the teams after 3 men had played with the Foxes then opening up the gap to 28 points just before the break HT scores 224-252.   The Cottage closed the gap after the break and inched ahead by 4 points after 7 men, but the Foxes finished strongly to win a closely contested game FT scores 473-496.   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (78), Neil Davies (68), Jamie Price (63), and Alan MacIver and Steve Hague (both 62).   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Richard Evans (76), Barry Tipton (69), John Ford (68) and John Lea (66).   Both teams had more than 8 players present.

The Union Vaults entertained previously unbeaten St. Werburgh's Club, but it was the home side who had much the better of the first half HT scores 226-164.   The Union Vaults added to their lead after the break to win comfortably in the end FT scores 439-355.   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Trevor Craggs (62), Steve Fowles (60), Tommy Murphy (58) and Kenny Williams (57).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Brian Walker (53), John Kenyon (50), Nigel Walker (49) and Mike Peacock (48).   Both teams had 8 players.

Still waiting for the Egerton v Talbot result.  Update: In what must have been an exciting match, I understand the Talbot won by just 1 point, FT scores were 400-401, and the Egerton had a green field too!   Despite losing, it's a much improved team score from the Egerton.  Their score last night would have easily beaten the Spital a couple of weeks ago, and the Spital are top, so keep going lads, you're moving in the right direction!

16th November 2017
5-a-side Preliminary Round
In game one, St. Werburgh's Club won the toss, chose to bat, and beat the Cottage 329-303 at the Cross Foxes.

I don't yet have the result of game two between the United Services and Talbot at the Union Vaults.  Update 20th Nov: I understand the Talbot beat the United Services to continue their excellent cup form this season.

15th November 2017
Winter league - week 5
The Royal Oak entertained early pacesetters the Spital Vaults and the visitors had the better of the first half, leading by 29 at the break HT scores 186-215.   The Spital won the second half by a similar margin to record an excellent away win and stay top FT scores 393-454.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Chris Barlow (85), Fran Williams (59) and Sean Littlehales (55).    Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (83), Luke Evans (67), Russ Clarke (65) and Sandy Churms (64).   Both teams had 8 players.

The United Services played Bawn Lodge and the home side had built up a commanding lead by the break HT scores 274-216.    The Services scored 319 after the break and they won easily in the end FT scores 593-452.   Top scorers for the Services were Ted Randles (91), Dave Cooper (89), Alan Biddle (79) and Ray Potbury (77).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Alan Hewitt (86), Rob Bawn (62), Tony Harvey (59) and Dave Burrows and Pete Evans (both 57).   The Services had 8 players and Bawn Lodge had 7.

St. Werburgh's Club played the Union Vaults and the home side had a useful lead of 26 points at the break HT scores 255-229.    The home side added to their lead in the second half to win comfortably in the end FT scores 515-403.    Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were Ray Lamb (74), Mike Peacock (73), Nigel Walker (71) and John Kenyon (69).    Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (81), Mick Dodd (61 2nd visit) and Dave Williams (60).    St. Werburgh's had 8 players and the Union Vaults had 6.

The Cross Foxes entertained the Cottage and there was just 6 points between the teams at the break HT scores 249-243.   In a well contested game there were only 11 points between the teams after 6 men had played, but then the Foxes pulled away FT scores 474-399.   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Ford (80), Frank Whitley (70 2nd visit), John Lea (62), and Iain Ellis and Terry Davies (both 61).   Top scorers for the Cottage were Neil Davies (65), Jim McClurg and Tina McClurg (both 61), and Alan MacIver (59).   The Cross Foxes had 7 players and the Cottage had 8.

The Talbot entertained the Egerton Arms and the home side led by 18 points at the break HT scores 244-226.   The hosts pulled away in the second half to register their first win of the season FT scores 472-391.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Shaun Done (77), Pat Wallace (74), Alan Joinson (70) and Paul Halliwell (69).    Top scorers for the Egerton were Paul McAleer (74), Alan Boddy (64), Joe Fellows (62) and Tony Hunter (60).    Both teams had 8 players.

St. Theresa's Club have their byes this week and next.

10th/11th November 2017
Bagatelle at Cheshire Beer Festival
Spent two days at the Cheshire Beer Festival promoting bagatelle and other pub games.   The pub games section included bagatelle, bar billiards, shuffleboard, table skittles, shut the door and shoot the moon and was immensely popular with visitors.   As a side bonus, we raised 269 for Dee Banks which is a school for children with learning difficulties.     We had a small article in the Beer Festival magazine which will help promote bagatelle, and we had prizes for the highest scorer in each session.   On Saturday the top scorer was a lovely young lady from Canada who won by scoring 39, an excellent score on our small, folding bagatelle table!

   

9th November 2017
Northgate Cup - semi-finals
The Cross Foxes played the Talbot in semi-final 1 at St. Werburgh's Club.   The Cross Foxes batted first and were behind from start to finish. HT scores were 209-249 and FT scores were 488-498 in favour of the Talbot.

The United Services played the Spital Vaults in semi-final 2 at Bawn Lodge.   The United Services batted first and there were just 2 points between the teams at the break HT scores 262-264.   The United Services were ahead by 1 point after 5 men had played, I have no more scores but understand the United Services went on to win.

8th November 2017
Winter league - week 4
The Spital Vaults entertained the Egerton Arms and the home side led by 33 points at the break HT scores 261-228.   The Spital put their foot on the gas after the break and pulled away from the Egerton to record a fine home win FT scores 533-421.   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (83), Craig Boggan (82), Luke Evans (70), and Russ Clarke and Sandy Churms (both 68).   Top scorers for the Egerton were Joe Fellows (70), Des Jones (62 2nd visit), Tony Hunter (57) and Paul McAleer (54).   The Spital had 8 players and the Egerton had 6.

The Olde Cottage played the United Services Club and there was just 1 point between the teams at the break HT scores 223-224.   The Services led by 25 after 6 men but the Cottage came back to win FT scores 467-455.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Trevor Summerhill (78), Jamie Price (75), Steve Hague (72) and John Pritchard (71).   Top scorers for the Services were Dave Cooper (78), Ted Randles (77), Dave Biddle (65) and Brian Welch (62).   Both teams had 8 players.

Bawn Lodge entertained the Royal Oak in the second of the Hoole Championship games and the home side were 41 ahead at the break HT scores 259-218.   Bawn Lodge added to their overall lead in the second half to win the game (and the Hoole Championship!) FT scores 498-385.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rich Tarr (84), Alan Hewitt (71), Adam Wallace (70) and Dave Burrows (64).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Steve Williams (68), Richard Williams and Chris Barlow (both 60) and Fran Williams (49).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Royal Oak had 7.

I'm informed the Cross Foxes beat St. Theresa's but I have no more details.

The Union Vaults v Talbot game was postponed due to the Chester v Wrexham match being played on the same night.

St. Werburgh's Club had their second bye this week.   They're back in action next week at home to the Union Vaults.

7th November 2017
Len Morgan playing bagatelle

Local author and historian Len Morgan visited the Olde Cottage recently for a pint and a game of bagatelle.   Here he is in action, hope he comes back on Wednesday, he might get a game!

 

3rd November 2017
15 minutes practice time for away teams
Following a recent game where home players practiced after 8.15pm, captains are reminded that rule 16 should be adhered to, and in the interest of fair play, ensure that home players respect this rule.

16) The visiting team must be allowed free use of the table for a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes before the start of any league match.

1st November 2017
Winter league - week 3
The Egerton Arms entertained the Spital Vaults and after a closely contested first half the visitors held a small 13 point lead HT scores 154-167.   The Spital just managed to stay ahead in the second half with last man Jim Gahan sealing the win in his second stick FT scores 337-366.   Top scorers for the Egerton were Nathan Dean (54), Tony Hunter (47), Paul Grindley (45) and Paul McAleer (44).   Top scorers for the Spital were Paul McLaughlin (76), Jim Gahan (54 2nd visit), Craig Boggan (47) and Sandy Churms (46).    The Egerton had 8 players and the Spital had 7.

The United Services played the Cottage and the visitors were ahead by 5 points after 3 men before falling behind by 35 at the break HT scores 281-246.   The Cottage closed the gap to just 11 points after 7 men with the Services holding on to win FT scores 537-484.   Top scorers for the United Services were Dave Biddle (82), Alan Biddle (74), Brian Welch and Dave Cooper (both 73).    Top scorers for the Cottage were Mick Ward and Tina McClurg (both 83), Jamie Price (76), and Neil Davies and John Pritchard (both 68).    Both teams had 8 players.
The United Services have said "no" to a request from the Cottage to postpone next weeks game.

The Royal Oak played Bawn Lodge in the first of the "Hoole Championship" games, and after a very close first half the visitors were ahead by just 4 points HT scores 205-209.   The Royal Oak scored well after the break but were just pipped at every stage by Bawn Lodge who scored an impressive 260 in the second half FT scores 441-469.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were B. Brooks (68), Chris Barlow (59), Steve Williams (58), and Bill Lloyd and Mitch Williams (both 57).   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Rob Bawn (69), Adam Wallace (68), Andy Burrows and Alan Hewitt (both 64) and Dave Burrows (63).    Both teams had 8 players.

St. Theresa's Club played the Cross Foxes and the visitors were ahead by 29 points at the break HT scores 240-269.   Both teams played well and each scored 267 after the break, which meant the Foxes won by 29 FT scores 507-536.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Elwyn Smith (76), Les Allman, Paul Allman and Gordon Vickers (all 72) and Daz Cowley (63).   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Nick Hutchison (77), Pete Ashford (73), Iain Ellis (72) and Barry Tipton (70).   St. Theresa's had 7 players and the Cross Foxes had 8.

The Talbot entertained the Union Vaults and the visitors put in an excellent first half to lead by 36 at the break HT scores 249-285.   The Talbot closed the gap after the break but the Union Vaults held on for a fine away win FT scores 475-487.   Top scorers for the Talbot were Paul Halliwell (90) and Shaun Done (82).   Top scorers for the Union Vaults were Mal Coppock (87), Phil Chesters (78), Tommy Murphy (71) and Steve Fowles (65).   The Talbot had 8 players and the Union Vaults had 7.

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

31st October 2017
Cup engraving / Bills
The engraving has been done on all cups, I delivered 3 to the United Services today and 1 to the Cross Foxes.  Mike Hillier is dealing with the others.

Also, the cup fixtures and bills for fees have been delivered to everyone.   Many thanks to St. Theresa's Club, the Talbot and the Cottage, who all settled their bills on the spot today, it's much appreciated.

30th October 2017
Committee Meeting / Cup draws
A committee meeting was held in the Talbot this evening.   Draws were done for all competitions, these can be seen on the Cup Fixtures page.

As it's Halloween, as well as the Cup Fixture sheets, I'll be distributing bills for fees to everyone.   Scary!!!

Also, the Chester v Wrexham game was discussed briefly at the meeting as this is being played on Wednesday, 8th November and is live on television.     If any teams want to re-arrange their scheduled games on that evening they can be played on a different date, with the agreement of both teams.

25th October 2017
Cup Entry sheets and next Committee Meeting
Can teams please return their Cup Entry forms  no later than Saturday, 28th October  please.


The next Committee Meeting to do the draws is on Monday 30th October at the Talbot and it speeds things up no end if forms are returned before the meeting, as individual numbers have to be allocated to each entrant.     If your form isn't returned, you won't be entered into anything.   

So far I only have forms back from the Cross Foxes, St. Werburgh's and the Cottage.

Winter league - week 2
The Cross Foxes played St. Werburgh's and the visitors just edged the first half by 13 points HT scores 260-273.   St. Werburgh's pulled away in the second half to win comfortably FT scores 432-525.   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were John Lea (78), John Ford (71), Pete Ashford (56) and Richard Evans (55).   Top scorers for St. Werburgh's were John Clarke (80), Mike Peacock (76), Nigel Walker (74) and Craig Lamb (70).   Both teams had 8 players.

Bawn Lodge played the Spital Vaults and the Spital shaded the first half and were 15 ahead at the break HT scores 240-255.   The visitors added to their overall lead in the second half to record an excellent away win FT scores 470-536.   Top scorers for Bawn Lodge were Adam Wallace (72), Dave Burrows (70), Andy Burrows (64) and Rob Bawn (63).   Top scorers for the Spital were Tommy Fennell (88), Paul McLaughlin (82), Dan Harrison (81) and Jim Gahan and Craig Boggan (both 62 - Craig's on his 2nd visit).   Bawn Lodge had 8 players and the Spital had 7.

St. Theresa's entertained the United Services and the visitors got off to a flyer and had built a commanding lead by the break HT scores 146-236.   The second half was much closer with just 4 points between the teams, the first half lead proving decisive FT scores 368-462.   Top scorers for St. Theresa's were Elwyn Smith (72), Paul Allman (64), Paul Siddall (62) and Gordon Vickers (49).   Top scorers for the United Services were Ted Randles (81), Dave Biddle (76), Alan Biddle (75 2nd visit) and Dave Cooper (70).   Both teams had 7 players.

The Olde Cottage entertained the Royal Oak and there was just 16 points between the teams at the break HT scores 250-234.   The Cottage added to their overall lead after the break to win comfortably FT scores 468-369.   Top scorers for the Cottage were Jamie Price (82), Neil Davies (68), Jim McClurg (67) and Tina McClurg (65).   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Rich Williams (61), Steve Williams (59), B. Brookes and Chris Barlow (both 57).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Union Vaults entertained the Egerton Arms and I'm informed the Vaults won, no more details as yet.

18th October 2017
Cup Entry sheets
Can I please remind all teams to return their Cup Entry forms  no later than Saturday, 28th October  please.    Thank you!

Winter league - week 1
Last seasons champions St. Werburgh's entertained last seasons runners-up the Cross Foxes (formerly Royal Oak B) and the home side got off to a good start and led by 49 at the break HT scores 293-244.   The Foxes reduced the gap by 34 points at the start of the second half but then St. Werburgh's pulled away again to record their first win of the season FT scores 552-509.   There was just 4 points between the five top scorers for St. Werburgh's who were Brian Walker (80), John Clarke (79), John Kenyon (78), Nigel Walker (77) and Mike Peacock (76).   Top scorers for the Cross Foxes were Ian Davies (78), Nick Hutchison (68), John Ford (67), Pete Ashford (65) and Terry Davies (63).   Both teams had 8 players.

The Spital Vaults entertained Bawn Lodge and the hosts played well to build a commanding lead of 58 points by the break HT scores 275-217.   The Spital added another 35 to their overall lead after the break to give them a solid home win FT scores 559-466.   Top scorers for the Spital were Dan Harrison (93), Paul McLaughlin (81), Russ Clarke (71), Luke Evans and Tommy Fennell (both 70).   Top scorers for the Spital were Andy Burrows (82 2nd visit), Tony Harvey (68), Adam Wallace, Pete Evans and Alan Hewitt (all 64).   The Spital had 8 players and Bawn Lodge had 7.

The Royal Oak entertained the Cottage and overcame an early setback to lead by 28 points at the break HT scores 211-183.   The lead went down, up and down again after the break with the Cottage just managing to get in front at the end FT scores 375-395.   Top scorers for the Royal Oak were Francis Williams (66), Rich Williams and Chris Barlow (both 57) and Steve Williams (56).   Top scorers for the Cottage were John Pritchard (70), Neil Davies and Mick Ward (both 62).   The Royal Oak had 8 players and the Cottage had 7.   Quick mention for the half-time pizzas and cheesy garlic bread which were all superb, thanks Sean!

I understand the United Services had a good home win against St. Theresa's, I have no details but 2 points awarded to the USC.  Update: HT scores were 252-167, FT scores 481-358.   Top scorers for United Services Brian Welch (82), Ray Potbury (78), Dave Biddle (61).  Top scorer for St. Theresa's was Bob Rumsey (66 2nd visit).   United Services had 8 players, St. Theresa's had 6.

The game between the Egerton Arms and the Union Vaults was not played as the Vaults did not have a full team.  At the moment I'm putting this down as a game to be re-arranged, no points awarded either way for this one.  Confirmed: game to be re-arranged.

16th October 2017
Winter League starts on Wednesday
Get chalking your cue tips, bagatelle starts again on Wednesday!

Chester v Wrexham game
This game is to be shown live on television and the date has been brought forward to Wednesday, 8th November.

4th October 2017
Fixtures, Cup Entry and blank Match Sheets distributed today
I did the rounds today and delivered a copy of the winter fixtures, Cup Entry sheets and a supply of blank match sheets to each pub and club.

The Cup Entry sheets need to be returned by 28th October, please, as our first Committee Meeting is on Monday, 30th October in the Talbot.   Your help in this is greatly appreciated.   Please remember, if we don't know what you want to do, your team or players won't be entered into anything.

3rd October 2017
Winter League Fixtures
Fixtures can now be seen on the League Fixtures page and will be distributed sometime this week.

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 page.   See the link below.

For earlier items see News Archive

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