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Welcome to the first news  of 2014. After a lot of hard work, by many members, we started the year with the usual pre season Coffee Morning (raising over £500).  

12th   Our opening Game resulted as Vice President 104 and President 115 much the same as last year. Followed by pie and peas.

13th  An open day to encourage new bowlers proved successful, with 18 visitors attending.  

14th  Monday night aggregates got under way with 30 players competing.

16th  30 Members took part in the first Wednesday  Jumbles, with Andrew Denwood taking 1st place.

18th    8 teams marked the opening of the men’s Friday night triples league.

19th   George Goode Trophy, first round played, with 17 pairs entered another  increase on the last 2 years.

26th  Clem Chester Trophy 1st Round played, 14pairs entered, down on last year.

27th  We visited Lazonby for our 1st friendly of the season, unfortunately Croft Lost 44 to 76.

29th  WCMTL, Croft “A” 7  Croft “B” 2, same result as last year


3rd  Rose Bowl started with 30 entries, (4 less than last year).

4th  17 members entered the start of the “Croft Cup” ( 5 more than last year)

5th  A 4 man team competed in “Roland Starkie” competition

6th  WCMTL,  A Team lost to Egremont  4-5, B Team beat Whitehaven A 5-4

8th  Ladies friendly against Aspatria resulted in a win for Croft  48-32

10th   Friendly away against Linton,  Croft won 104-86

11th  A home friendly with Port Carlisle was another victory for Croft 117-80

12th  Croft entertained Norfolk Gents County team but lost 131 to 104

13th  WCMTL, Croft A lost to Whitehaven A 0-9, Croft B won against Seascale A 6-3

15th  Croft men 67 HVPs 87

17th  Green Champion competition started with 18 men and 6 ladies entered. Both down on last year

18th Friendly Fitz Park 79 Croft 123  (1st leg) away.

20th   WCMTL, Croft A 5 v Cleator Moor 4  , Croft B lost to Maryport 4-5

22nd  Friendly   Croft 84 Wigton 67.

24th  Jackson Little Cup, singles, started with 20 entries

25th  A successful Croft Mixed Triples Tournament was held was held despite almost an hours delay due to a heavy downpour. This year we had a full entry of  24  and 2 reserve teams from Croft.

27th  WCMTL,Croft A beat Aspatria 5-4, Croft B lost to Workington A 2-7

29th  Friendly against Seascale,  resulted in a win for Croft  108 to 90

31st  G&E Benson Trophy started with 21 entries, 1 more than last year


1st   Croft Hosted the County Under 25 competition, once again a successful day.  

3rd  WCMTL Knockout Cup. Croft A beat Maryport 6 - 2. Croft B lost to Harris Park 2-7.  Croft Hosted Men’s County Singles ,Rnd 2

4th  Croft hosted Rnd 2 of the men’s County Pairs

5th  Croft Ladies friendly at home against Linton resulted in Croft losing 63-75

7th   Croft hosted the friendly with West End but lost 42-57

8th  Croft entry into Wigton’s Top9 resulted in their best score ever

10th  WCMTL. A Team lost to Workington A 2-7, B Team game against Egremont was postponed.

14th  Ladies v Gents 1st round won by Ladies ( with assistance!) 89-73

15th  Keith Buckly Trophy, won by J Sewell, B Sutton, & E Grisedale with G Borwick, N Highton & M Sutton runners up.

16th  Ladies friendly resulted in a win for Fitz Park 52-47

17th  WCMTL. A Team lost to Workington B 0-9, B Team beat Cleator Moor A 5-4.

21st   A very successful Midsummer Coffee Morning was followed by the Presidents Cup Tournament & was won by G Borwick, E Williamson & T Edmondson with A Sloan, F Dixon & M Sutton runners up.

24th  Croft hosted 2nd rnd & ¼ final of the Ladies County Triples Competition. WCMTL. A Team v Seascale Postponed, B Team lost to Harris Park 2-7.

27th  Cumbria v Nothumbria NT County  game held at Croft

28th  Bert Kitching Trophy won by R Forster,E Williamson & D Rae with D Biggadike, E Alexander & M Sutton runners up.

29th  Friendly against Seaton at home,   Croft lost  93-95



WCMTL KO cup.”A” lost to Workington “A” 4-5, ‘B’ lost to Egremont in a previously cancelled match

5th & 6th   Maurice Graham Trophy played over 2 days  , John Sewell won with Bobby Forster Runner up.

7th  Friendly Croft v Probus , Croft lost 61 – 59.

8th  WCMTL  “A” 4 Seasale “B” 5, “B” 2  Workington “B”7

9th & 10th  The town pairs competition was won by Cliff Eastwood and Peter Holmes, with John Sewell and John Abram runners up.

12th  Friendly against Bedale resulted in a win for Croft 99 - 81  

13th  Les Partridge Trophy took place with D.Alexander, J.Denwood & R.Davison winning and G.Borwick, M.Minshaw & E.Grisedale runners up

15th  WCMTL “A”4  Maryport 5, “B” 0 Frizington  9

17th  Ladies Austin Wren was won by Edna Alexander with Jean Barwise runner up

20th    Friendly against Fitz Park 84 Croft 106, Croft retain the Duerden Trophy by 66 shots on aggregate.

22nd  WCMTL “A” No Game.“B” 6  v Aspatria 3

26th & 27th    A very enjoyable Finals weekend see separate sheet or web site for results

29th  WCMTL  “A” 2, Seascale “A” 7,  “B” no game

31st  Audrey Greenslade Ladies Trophy won by E.Rae with B.Sutton runner up

Croft Bowling Club Finals Weekend - 26th and 27th July 2014

Competition Format Finalists Winners

Gents Green Championship

4 Woods, 21 Up

R. Foster v T. Dixon

R. Foster

Ladies Green Championship

4 Woods, 21 Up

L. Abram v R. Davison

L. Abram

George Goode Trophy

3 Woods, 18 ends

J & P Cowan v S Emmerson & J. Sewell

S Emmerson & J. Sewell

Jackson Little Cup

4 Woods, Best of 3 sets of 7 ends

A, Hunter v S. Dixon

S. Dixon

Croft Cup

4 Woods, 21 Up

J. Abram v A. Short

A. Short

Clem Chester Trophy

2 woods, 21 ends

J & L Abram v S. Dixon & J. Sewell

J & L Abram

Rose Bowl

3 woods, 18 ends

A. Short & L. Abram vs J. Barwise & J. Lapraik

J. Barwise & J. Lapraik

G. & E. Benson Trophy

2,3,4 woods, 3x7 ends

L. Abram


31st July Audrey Greenslade Trophy amendment to result, Should be 1st E.Rae and  E.Lowrey with

P Cowan runner up

2nd  36 entered Tom Starkie trophy, won by J.Cowan, E.Rae & M. Roberts with A.Donaldson, S.Dixon & J.Lapraik runners up  

3rd  Friendly with Wetheral resulted in a win for Wetheral 127 to 87

5th  WCMTL Croft “A” beat  Seaton 5-4 “B” No Game

7th  Friendly against Harris Park away with Croft winning 110-106


  Celebration Trophy won by T.Dixon & D.Rae with D.Barwise, S.Roberts & J.Barwise  runners up

10th  Friendly against Stanwix at home – Croft lost 103-100

12th  WCMTL Croft “A” lost to  Whitehaven “B” 7-2, Croft “B” v Seascale “B” rained off

14th  Croft Ladies beat Harris Park Ladies 71-33

16th  Croft Triples Tournament won by R.Forster, S.Roberts & J.Storey with L.Abram, B.Storey & M.Roberts runners up

17th  The Ladies Triples Tournament had to be abandoned due to heavy rain.

19th  WCMTL Croft “A” lost to Frizington 7-2, Croft “B” beat Whitehaven “B” 5-4.

20th  Friendly against Whitehaven away. Croft won 124 -80

24th  A mens team entered the West Cumbria Top Nine at Workington

26th  WCMTL. Croft “A” 7 Harris Park 2,  Croft”B” 2 Seaton 7

29th to 31st  A very enjoyable tour to Stirling  with mixed weather first 2 days ending in beautiful sunshine on Sunday ,Results; Dunblane 94 Croft 88,  Causeway Head 86 Croft 101 & Bridge of Allan 110 Croft 70.  

Croft Bowling Club, Cockermouth 2014

Croft Stirling Tour Summary - 29th, 30th and 31st August 2014

This year there were 43 souls on the tour,35 of whom were  bowlers.

As there were road works in town, the coach picked us up in Wakefield Road car park at 8.30am and off we went.

After a brief comfort stop we arrived in Dunblane at noon, lunched in the town then on to the bowling club. The rain that had persisted most of the way up miraculously stopped while we played 17 ends, then started again as soon as we finished. How’s that for organisation then?

The hosts were very friendly ,and we played 6 rinks against Dunblane, and 1 rink against 2 Croft teams which wasn’t ideal, but it gave a few more of us a game. As we only counted the scores on 6 rinks, we lost by 6 shots.(scores at the end).After tea & biscuits we headed off to our hotel in Stirling.

The Premier Inn, Stirling, proved to be a new facility, and was situated just over the bridge from the town centre. The hotel itself was very clean and comfortable, and the restaurant next door provided good breakfasts and other meals.

Saturday was a better day weather wise, so after lunchtime we headed off to our second venue which was Causewayhead, very near the Wallace Monument.6 rinks played 17 ends in exceedingly good spirits,(pardon the pun!) and we actually won the match. It was a good afternoon with excellent company, followed by a small buffet, which was very welcome.

On Sunday, the impromptu trip to the Wallace Monument was marred because the bus couldn’t get to the car park. Anyway, everyone boarded the bus at the hotel at 1.00pm and we got to Bridge of Allan in good time for our match.

The weather was brilliant, but unfortunately the result wasn’t. The company was very sociable, and the club provided a lovely buffet to send us on our way home. The highlight of the match was that Bobby was our only winner, which meant he didn’t manage a full set of wooden spoons.

5.45pm saw us setting off to Cockermouth and we arrived back at 8.45

I’m sure you will all have good memories of this tour, and I think most of us would like to return here sometime in the future. Also I would like to thank you all for your co-operation in making the tour so pleasant.


3rd  Croft ladies played Aspatria Ladies away and lost by 3 shots 42 – 45.

6th  The second leg of the Ladies v Gents was won by the Gents 95-64 with the Gents winning on aggregate 168-153

7th  The 1st Keith Davison Memorial Competition, playing to West Cumberland rules resulted in a win for L.Abram, E.Alexander & P.Holmes,  2nd R.Forster, S.Lapraik & F.Dixon 3rd J.Cowan, M.Minshaw & E.Lowrey

9th  Croft Ladies played Caldbeck Ladies Away  Croft 44  Caldbeck 68

13th  Second Leg and final game of the season, President v Vice President for the Penrice Trophy. With President winning 131-130 on the day and by 246 – 234 on aggregate.


20th Sep  End of Season Coffee Morning 10.00-11.30am

31st Oct  Presentation Night at Hundith Hill, please come along.

See winter programme for more events

Next “Croft News--------“ will appear April 2015