Ladies county – the big weekend…

This is a huge weekend for Ladies bowls as it sees the semi-finals of the Ladies county championship and the Ladies supplementary county championship.

The first semi-final has Warwick and Worcester trying to retain the trophy. They will have a battle on with South Yorkshire though, who are recent winners of this very trophy.

The Warwick and Worcester ladies will be using the fearsome Ye Olde Knowle club in Solihull.  Emily Kernick and her sister Shannon, current Waterloo junior champion, will be trying to lead the way as they attempt to retain the trophy.

They will find the South Yorkshire ladies determined to claim the trophy for the first time since 2014. South Yorkshire eyes will be on the Hallamshire Proprietary club in Sheffield. The South Yorkshire average leaders Janet Bisatt and Andrea Ainley will be hoping to lead the way to the final.

The second semi-final is between the 2016 and 2017 champions Shropshire and Yorkshire.  The Rastrick Club in Brighouse is the scene for the Yorkshire ladies home game. Interestingly Shropshire have sent both their average leaders – Sian Skelton and Sonya Lucas – to this venue. Here they will find the Yorkshire average leaders Julie Mallinson and Suzanne Howarth. Should be good!

The Shropshire ladies home game is at the Hanwood club in Shrewsbury. Leading the way for the Shropshire ladies is Natalia Connor who is unbeaten in the Shropshire home team this season.  Alexis Lunn-Gadd leads the way for the Yorkshire ladies in this game but I point you to the last game of the day as Shropshire’s Tracy Ryan plays Yorkshire’s Andrea Buckley. That should be worth the entry fee!

The Supplementary county championship, for second and third placed teams in the groups, takes place at the Winnington Recreation Club in Cheshire. The teams are split into two groups and the winners of each group will go through to the final.

Group 1 – North Derbyshire, Dudley & Dist, Mid Cheshire and Lancashire.

Group 2 – Burton & Dist, North Lancs & Fylde, Wales and North Warwickshire

The supplementary county championships, both men’s and ladies, provide some of the best bowling days in the Calendar. Sixty-four of the best battling it out for the teams. Should be a good day, weather permitting!

Steve Davies

Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game as well as a keen player of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Media Officer for the BCGBA, 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 which became the Bowls Observer channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report on and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine.