Ladies County preview

BCGLBA COUNTY MATCHES

On Sunday 24th April the first county matches of the BCGLBA season take place. The finals take place in August & there will be a few counties who will fancy themselves to go all the way.

All eyes will be on the repeat of last years final as Lancashire face Yorkshire in another roses battle. Lancashire face a tough battle on Meltham Bowling Club and will be hoping that they can provide the Yorkshire away team with as tough a task on Ainsdale Bowling Club. The winners of this game will have to battle it out against South Yorkshire, Mid-Cheshire & South Staffordshire. Personally I can see this group going down to the final games in July when South Yorkshire play Yorkshire & Lancashire face South Staffs.

Another county determined to improve on last year will be Warwick & Worcester who lost to Lancashire in the semi-finals. They have to battle past Cumbria, Staffordshire, Burton & North Shropshire but the Midlanders will count themselves as group favourites. Warwick & Worcester beat Cumbria in the Waterloo Cup, for the teams losing in the semi-finals, last year.

Wales will have a battle with North Warwickshire for the honours in group 2. North Midlands, Cheshire & North Derbyshire will have something to say about that of course.

Shropshire will most likely face a tough battle with North Lancs & Fylde for group 4. This again will most likely go down to the last group games in July.

my predictions, or most likely curses, are Yorkshire, Warwick & Worcester, Wales & Shropshire to win their groups. History shows that most of these predictions will be wrong….

Steve Davies

Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Merseyside champion in 2002 and Merseyside County President (2014-15) Steve has always been keen to promote the game especially through the broadcast of the game on TV or Internet. Steve set up the LIVE BOWLS YouTube channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine after consulting with respected figures in the game and journalism.