Mossley Hill Classic report

Mossley Hill last 16This report was written by Aiden Kenny, the competition organiser, and is reproduced with his permission. The report first appeared on the crown green competitions page on Facebook on Sunday 31st July.

The first season of this new competition culminated into today’s final day. Along the way we had encountered some trials and tribulations, could be described I suppose as a few teething problems, anyway to the bowling today we were blessed with lovely weather which always helps. An outside bar and a barbecue were in place and a bookmaker was present, namely Mr Billy Forber esq.

We started at 2pm and first game on was Preston’s Wayne Ditchfield vs Carl Doyle from Liverpool, Wayne was the favourite at 5/2 for today’s competition and dominated from the start winning 21-07. Next was Josh Mordue from Bradford vs Liverpool’s Steve Davies, Steve went into an early lead before Josh settled down and Josh soon hit the front, Josh in fact looked in no trouble when he was 19-14 & 20-16 up but Steve got a single and a couple of pairs to win 21-20.

Next game on was Wallasey’s Matt Gilmore yesterdays All England Champion against Liverpool’s Phil Lee pity really as they are team mates but can’t split anybody in the final. Phil quickly went into a 5-0 lead and Matt then got back to 3-5 but this was the closest Matt ever got to Phil who quickly began to ease away before winning 21-09. Next game was Bradford’s Chris Mordue vs Warrington’s Chris Ashton, it was Chris Ashton who started very brightly as Chris Mordue was quickly under pressure sprinting into a 13-1 lead, although Chris Mordue then got a few chalks Chris Ashton finished off the game winning 21-09.

Fifth game was two Liverpool lads Mike Tunstall & Michael Havern. Once again here a quick early start was to prove decisive Tunners went into a quick lead and never looked in any danger, Michael clawed a few back was trailing 20-9 got to 15-20 before Tunners got out to win 21-15. Sixth game was Llanwrsyt’s John Bailey vs Liverpool’s Phil Aspinall from an even start at 3-3 John Bailey then settled on a mark quickly going into a 16-3 lead he was never in trouble running out a comfortable 21-06 winner over the ‘Asp’.

Seventh first round game was between Sheffield’s Chris Brown and Nuneaton’s Darren Plenderleith, Darren was 10/1 to win this competition at 1.30pm but it seemed like everybody wanted to back him and before the off his price had crashed from 10/1 into 4/1. As the game started it quickly became apparent that maybe the gamble was to pay off as Darren poured on the pressure quickly building up a 16-3 lead over lucky brown, Chris though never gives up and kept on chipping away at Darren, but the big lead was to prove crucial with Darren eventually running out winning to 14. The last first round game was between Wrexham’s Nick Hughes and Kendal’s Martin Gilpin, this game swayed from one side to the other Martin looked the likely winner at 19-16 but Nick reeled off 3 singles and a double to win 21-19.

On to the quarter finals, the first game to the green was Wayne Ditchfield & Steve Davies. Steve started quicker leading 5-2 and the beast struck and hit and caused a lot of damage to one of Steve’s bowls, it couldn’t be used again so we had a small delay whilst Steve went to the car to retrieve another set, from this point though Steve never really seemed comfortable as Wayne was to run out a 21-14 winner.

Second quarter final was Phil Lee and Chris Ashton. Phil started very brightly and quickly built up a 12-3 lead there was no real recovery as Phil finished with a comfortable 21-12 win.

The third quarter final was between John Bailey and Mike Tunstall. John was quickest away going into a useful early lead 11-3 before Tunners started playing one of the edges the scores closed to 12-15 before John Bailey got hold of the block again and ran out a 21-13 winner.

The last Quarter final was Darren Plenderleith and Nick Hughes, once again here Darren started exceptionally quickly, playing really close bowls down an edge, building up a 13-3 lead and ran out an easy winner 21-12 despite Nicks effort to keep tabs on him.

On to the semis and once again here quick leads semi final number one was Wayne and Phil and it was Phil who made the early running leading 17-8 the beast wouldn’t lie down getting to within 3 at 16-19 before Phil found a double to become our first finalist. In the other semi it was John Bailey who was quickest away again leading 17-8 over Darren Both games were actually 17-8 at the same time, John was playing very tidily and despite all of Darren’s efforts it was John who was to win 21-11 to take his place in the final.Mossley Hill Final

It was nice to see that there was still about 50 people there watching the final. We had a good crowd really estimated to be slightly over a hundred. The final started and Phil was 6/4 with John Bailey being 1/2 to win with Billy Forber. Phil again started quickly building up a 5-0 lead before John scored, within 6 ends it was John who now hit the front leading 8-5, Phil then lead 9-8 before a few ends later it was 12 across. Phil then got back in and hit a quick 7 break to lead 19-12 before John got back in and wouldn’t lie down clawing in a 6 break to go 18-19 Phil then got 2 singles to win 21-18 & become the first to lift this new competition and take home the first prize of £1,100.

An excellent days bowling, and the presentation was to take place 5 minutes later in the club.
The presentation started by me thanking the sponsors Carlsberg for their sponsorship, and also to all those that helped and assisted both June and I over the 8 heats and today’s final, but the biggest thank you was to today’s finalists as 14 out of the 16 finalists today stayed behind to watch the proceedings of the day and wait for their prize money, a brilliant gesture from all of you and all June and I can say on behalf of Carlsberg is a massive thank you.

The prizes were awarded and Phil Lee was presented with the Mossley Hill Classic Tournament trophy, Phil & John also received replica trophies for themselves to keep, I have been asked was I running it again and more news should follow on this next weekend as there is a meeting on Friday to discuss this, altogether we had 121 players take part.  Out of the 7 who didn’t there was 5 on one night that was the lowest point as no warning was given over this. All organisers need is some form of notice, if notice is given and you can’t come and we find a reserve for you the player gets a full refund. This year I have done 33 bank transfers back to players I have managed to replace and June and I haven’t heard any negativity about the green or competition whether the bowlers won or lost. When setting this up we were unsure as to whether or not criticism would be received because of the artificial surface, but if there has been any we haven’t heard it and it hasn’t been relayed back to us. All in all it has been a successful competition and for that June and I would like to personally thank all the 121 who did attend and took on the challenge.

£4,560 MOSSLEY HILL CLASSIC
FINALS DAY – RESULTS
1- Wayne Ditchfield 21 21 16
2- Carl Doyle 07
3- Josh Mordue 20
4- Steve Davies 21 14
5- Matt Gilmore 09
6- Phil Lee 21 21 21 21
7- Chris Mordue 09
8- Chris Ashton 21 12
9- Mike Tunstall 21 13
10- Michael Havern 15
11- John Bailey 21 21 21 18
12- Phil Aspinall 06
13- Chris Brown 14
14- Darren Plenderleith 21 21 16
15- Nick Hughes 21 12
16- Martin Gilpin 19

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.