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Welcome to the first news of 2015 and its 7th year. After a lot of hard work, by many members, we started the year with the usual pre season Coffee Morning.

11th   Our opening Game resulted as Past President 143 and President 89. Followed by pie and peas, nice to be outside again!

12th  An open day to encourage new bowlers proved successful, with 15 visitors attending, despite very bad weather.  

13th  Monday night aggregates got under way with 20 players competing.

15th  20 Members took part in the first Wednesday Jumbles, with Bill Ward the 1stwinner of the season.

17th    8 teams marked the opening of the men’s Friday night triples league.

18th   George Goode Trophy, first round played, with 14 pairs entered 3 down on last year.

19th  The 1st Friendly of the season against Port Carlisle 84 and Croft 76. Croft hosted the 2014 Final of the WCMTL with a win for Whitehaven “A”

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

27th  Croft entertained Lazonby for our 1st  home friendly of the season, which resulted in a draw 67 - 67.

29th  WCMTL, Croft “A” 8  Croft “B” 1, similar result as last year


2nd     Rose Bowl started with 32 entries, (2more than last year).

3rd   Keith Davison memorial had to be cancelled because of bad weather – rearranged for 21stJune

4th  8 Teams competed at Croft in the Roland Starkie Tournament

5th  WCMTL,  A Team lost to Egremont  2-7, B Team lost to Whitehaven A 2-7

7th  Ladies friendly against Aspatria resulted in a win for Croft  47-34

9th   Friendly at home against Linton,  Croft won 114-90

10th  13 members entered the start of the “Croft Cup” fewer than last year

12th  WCMTL, Croft A lost to Whitehaven A 4-5, Croft B won against Seascale A 7-2

14th   Croft men 71 HVPs 59

15th  County Ladies played Durham at Croft

16th  Green Championship competition started  

17th Friendly Fitz Park 91 Croft 91  (1st leg) home.

19th   WCMTL, Croft A 9 v Cleator Moor 0  , Croft B lost to Maryport 2-7

21st  Friendly   Croft 71 Wigton 66.

23rd  Jackson Little Cup, singles, started  

25th  A successful Croft Mixed Triples Tournament was held was held without delays this year, but was very cold. Again we had a full entry of 24 teams and 2 reserve teams from Croft.

26th  WCMTL,Croft A lost to Aspatria 2-7, Croft B lost to Workington A 0-9

28th  Friendly against Seascale,  Croft losing  77 to 114

30th   G&E Benson Trophy started  

31st  Croft hosted county under 25’s – only 6 entries this year


2nd  WCMTL Knockout Cup. Croft A beat Harris Park 9-0. Croft B had a Bye. Croft Hosted Men’s County Singles ,Rnd 2

3rd   Croft hosted Rnd 2 of the men’s County Pairs

4th  Croft Ladies friendly away against Linton resulted in Croft winning  67-60

6th   Croft away for the friendly with West End but lost 75-76

7th  Croft hosted the County Vice Presidents Day. A successful day raising over £1200

9th  WCMTL. A Team lost to Workington A 4-5, B Team beat Egremont 7-2.

13th  Ladies v Gents 1st round won by Ladies AGAIN 100-89

14th  Keith Buckly Trophy, won by T.Dixon, J.Denwood & S.Roberts with J.Hunter, V.McDonald & A.Newbigging runners up.

15th  Ladies friendly against Fitz Park cancelled

16th  WCMTL. A Team lost to Workington B 3-6, B Team beat Cleator Moor A 5-4.

20th    Presidents Cup Tournament  was won by S.Dixon, M.Sutton & A.Short with H.Casson, P.Cowan & E.Abbot runners up.

21st  Keith Davison Memorial was won by R.Forster, J.Abram & J.Denwood with G.Studholme, P.Cowan & N.Highton runners up

23rd  WCMTL. A Team beat Seascale 5-4, B Team lost to Harris Park 2-7.

27th  Bert Kitching Trophy won by R Forster,W.Ward & F.Dixon with H.Casson,G.Studholme & A.Newbigging  runners up.

28th  Friendly against Seaton away,   Croft lost  70-117

30th  WCMTL Knockout Cup- “A” beat Workington”B” 5-4 and “B” lost to Whitehaven 1-8


4th & 5th   Maurice Graham Trophy played over 2 days  , John Sewell won with Alan Hunter Runner up.

6th  Friendly, Croft v Probus , Croft won 80 – 58.

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

8th  Croft hosted Yorkshire Mens touring team but lost 70-121

8th & 9th  The town pairs competition was won by a pair from Harris park, with Tony Dixon & Margaret Minshaw runners up.

10th  Croft hosted Bowls England Presidents Touring Team and again losing 88-129

11th  Friendly against Bedale resulted in a win for Croft 109-83  

12th  Les Partridge Trophy took place with D Biggadike, P.Holmes & B.Ward winning and R.Forster, A.Sloan & D.Taylor runners up

14th  WCMTL “A”5  Maryport 4, “B” 2 Frizington  7

17th  Ladies Austin Wren was won by Isla Murray with Frances Dixon runner up

19th    Friendly against Fitz Park Cancelled due to bad weather

21st  WCMTL “A” No Game.“B” 0  v Aspatria 9

25th  Ladies v Gents return match reversed the 1st games score, Ladies 78 Gents 111. Aggregate score Ladies 178 Gents 200

29th  WCMTL  KO Cup Semi Final at Harris Park, “A”  7   Frizington 2. Croft “A” now play Whitehaven in the final,date & venue to be arranged

31st  Audrey Greenslade Ladies Trophy won by Ann Donaldson after a play off with Val MacDonald and 3rd was Jennifer Denwood

Cleator Moor Indoor Bowling starts on Friday 2nd October, see list in pavilion


1st  Tom Starkie trophy, won by L.Abram, A.Short & I.Murray with J.Cowan, E.Rae & J.Denwood runners up  

2nd  Friendly with Wetheral resulted in a win for Wetheral 101 to 76

4th  WCMTL Croft “A” lost to  Seaton 2-7 “B” No Game

6th  Friendly against Harris Park away with Croft losing 94-88

8th  Celebration Trophy won byJ.Denwood, P.Holmes & A.Sloan with T.Edmondson, H.Casson & I.Murray  runners up

9th  Friendly against Stanwix away – Croft lost 109-102

11th  WCMTL Croft “A” beat  Whitehaven “B” 7-2, Croft “B” v Seascale “B” postponed

13th  Croft Ladies lost to Harris Park Ladies 58-40

15th  Croft Triples Tournament won by L.Abram,J.Walsh & A.Newbigging with H.Casson P.Holmes & I.Murray runners up

17th   Croft Ladies lost to Silloth 42-35

18th  WCMTL Croft “A” beat Frizington 7-2, Croft “B” beat Whitehaven “B” 7-2.

19th Friendly against Whitehaven away. Croft won 110-78

20th  Croft Ladies lost to Wigton 56-33

23rd   The Ladies Triples Tournament was held under a cloudless sky for a change and proved to be very successful with a full entry of 24 teams.

25th  WCMTL. Croft “A” beat  Harris Park 5-4,  Croft”B” lost to Seaton 5-4

29th& 30th A successful Finals Weekend with results on a Separate sheet


Croft Bowling Club Finals Results - August 2015

Competition Finalists Winners

Gents Green Championship

D. Alexander v J Sewell

D. Alexander

Ladies Green Championship

L. Abram v N Highton

L. Abram

Jackson Little Cup

J Sewell v A Hunter

J. Sewell

G & E Benson Trophy

L. Abram v J Barwise

J. Barwise

Croft Cup

W. Ward v P. Holmes

W. Ward

Rose Bowl

L. Abram & W. Ward v J. Sewell & J. Abram

L. Abram & W. Ward

George Goode Trophy

J. Sewell & S. Emmerson v P & A Sloan

J. Sewell & S. Emmerson

Clem Chester Trophy

L & J Abram v J. Denwood & K. Regardsoe

L & J Abram


This year by popular demand we extended the tour to 4 days, so we set off from Main street on Friday 4th September at 8.30am & after a break at Gretna, we headed up to Kilmarnock in Ayrshire for a look around and lunch, quite a nice town with a good street market.

The first game was at Portland Bowling Club which was a very smart club with 2 good greens, surrounds, and a super clubhouse. We were made very welcome and treated to the usual Scottish hospitality, also a good game of bowls.

We arrived at the hotel and were warmly welcomed by Stewart and staff who got us nicely settled in. The hotel was extremely busy, with a wedding in full swing as well as the Live in Troon music festival in progress. The staff coped very well and served us an excellent dinner at 7.30.

Saturday saw us in Ayr for a look around (where I discovered a liking for sugar in coffee! Ayr is a very pleasant old town with nice street furniture and flower displays. On then to Hawkhill Bowling Club where we were treated to tea and sandwiches for lunch, followed again by more hospitality, this time including the Red Arrows and bigger birds! They can’t do enough for you in Scotland!

Sunday saw us having a morning in Troon itself, a very pleasant town with lovely beaches, walks and open spaces with bonny flower beds &displays. On then to Dundonald Bowling Club for an interesting afternoon, (more hospitality after only 2 ends). Another very friendly club in nice surroundings, overlooked by Dundonald Castle.

Monday, last day already! after another filling breakfast we said our goodbyes to South Beach Hotel and headed for Dumfries.

I pause a moment to pay tribute to everyone at South Beach for making us so welcome, the staff,  management and hotel itself left nothing to be desired.

At Dumfries, after a look round the town, we headed to Maxwelltown Bowling Club where again we were well received and fed after a very good game. We departed Dumfries around 6.00pm, arriving back home at 8.00pm.

Apart from light rain on Friday the weather was very good, I will conclude by saying thank you to everyone for helping to make it a memorable weekend, also for the kind donation.

P.S. While the scores look poor, remember that  we were up against county &international players, also our members were competing for the coveted wooden spoons! Anyway scores don’t matter on tour.

Results. Croft first.

v Portland Kilmarnock.83-114

v Hawkhill Ayr   61-80

vDundonald 76-128

v Maxwelltown Dumfries 65-100

I hope to see you all on the next tour,(any suggestions?)

David Alexander.


1st WCMTL KO Cup Final. Croft”A” v Whitehaven at Cleator Moor, Croft lost 7-2

4th 7th   Croft tour to Troon was enjoyed by all who went. See separate report

14th  Croft Ladies lost to Caldbeck Ladies at home.  

19th  Second Leg and final game of the season, President v Past President for the Penrice Trophy. With the President winning by 90 shots on aggregate

26th Sep


End of Season Coffee Morning 10.00-11.30am

Indoor bowling starts at Cleator Moor on 28th Sept & 2nd Oct

Presentation Lunch at the Trout Hotel.

See winter programme for more events

Next “Croft News--------“ will appear April 2016