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December 4th: AGM @ Ixworth


Despite losing their final game to the Saxmundham League at Yoxford by 7.5 -1.5 points (184-147 shots), the Stowmarket League secured enough points to retain the Interleague championship. In a closely fought league, 3.5 points only separated top from bottom.



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Ivan Sams from Coney Weston and Richard Sewell from Stanton were double winners at the Bury League finals on Sunday September 9th  at Stanton bringing the season to a close.

Ivan won through in two events, the Over 60 Singles and the Mixed Pairs with his wife Lindsey.  The Singles was against Paul Cook of Ixworth, recent winner of the national title at Skegness, and Ivan made an excellent start leading 11-1.  Paul came back into the match and got in front at 18-20 before Ivan took the next two ends to triumph by the closest of margins 21-20.  It took 31 ends to decide the contest and there were only two counts of 3 and six of 2 on the card.  The opponents in the Mixed Pairs were Viv Sword and League President Anthony Foulger of St Botolphs.  The Sams were ahead 13-2 at 8 ends and maintained that advantage, eventually winning 21-8.

Richard Sewell participated in the Men’s Pairs and the 3 Bowl Triples.  In the Pairs, he partnered Brian Cotton against clubmates Jonathan Frost and Dennis Andrews, and eased to a comfortable victory by 21-9.  Support in the Triples was provided by Scott Parrin and Jason Sewell and they faced the Brandon Town trio of Allen Towler, Ray Granger and Barry Granger. From 7-7 at 10 ends,Stanton did not lose another end.

Sandy Sargeant (St Botolphs), also a national champion at Skegness, played in both Ladies’ Singles.  In the main event, she led 17-9 against Celia Gordon (Tuddenham) but got stuck on 17 and 18, had some misfortune and Celia came through to win 21-18.Pat Gattlin (Tuddenham) was the opponent in the Over 60’s match, and Sandy won 21-14 despite conceding

5 ends while on 20.

The Men’s Singles was another very close game and brought together Mark James (Ixworth) and Henny Van Holland

(Great Barton). There were never more than 4 shots between them, and Mark was able to get the crucial shot to win 21-19.

Dennis Andrews had a second opportunity in the 2 bowl Open Singles playing Alan Blowers (Hengrave) but it was not to be his day as Alan won 21-15.

The Under 16 Singles is 4 bowls and Matthew Catterwell (Hengrave) led 15-5 against Jack Bishop (Greene King) before a complete reversal for Jack to go ahead 19-17.  Matthew then scored a 3 and 1 for his first success.

Jack Bishop also played in the 2 bowl Under 25 competition but the older and more experienced Scott Parrin (Stanton)

was too steady and the result was 21-5.

Ixworth’s Ann Lilley and Pat Jennings are a formidable team and they managed to win the last four ends of their Ladies’ Pairs final to deny Great Barton’s Maggie Norman and Christine Whitton and record their tenth title in fifteen years.

The 2 Bowl Triples gave another chance to Viv Sword and Anthony Foulger skipped by Sandy Sargeant (St Botolphs) and they played John Middleton, John Hanlon and Trevor Dodds (Brandon Town).  St Botolphs led 18-15 with only four ends remaining, but failed to score again for Brandon to take the trophy.

First-time finalists GW Staniforth could not stay with Greene King in the Shield.  At 13 ends Greene King led by 8 shots, but the closing ends were one-sided as Greene King increased the margin to 38.

Greene King were also in the Agnew Cup but lost a tight match to St Edmundsbury with Robert Lillistone’s victory

by 6 shots covering Ross Burroughs’ deficit of 2.

The winners of the Victor Ludorum were Stanton.


Ladies’ singles – C Gordon (Tuddenham) 21-18 S Sargeant (St Botolphs)

Men’s singles – M James (Ixworth) 21-19 H Van Holland (Gt Barton)

2 bowl open singles – A Blowers (Hengrave) 21-15 D Andrews (Stanton)

Under 16 singles – M Catterwell (Hengrave) 21-19 J Bishop (Greene King)

Under 25 singles – S Parrin (Stanton) 21-5 J Bishop (Greene King)

Ladies’ over 60 singles – S Sargeant (St Botolphs) 21-14 P Gattlin (Tuddenham)

Men’s over 60 singles – I Sams (Coney Weston) 21-20 P Cook (Ixworth)

Ladies’ pairs – A Lilley P Jennings (Ixworth) 23-18 M Norman C Whitton (Gt Barton)

Men’s pairs – B Cotton R Sewell (Stanton) 21-9 J Frost D Andrews(Stanton)

Mixed pairs – L Sams I Sams (Coney Weston) 21-8 V Sword A Foulger (St Botolphs)

2 bowl triples – J Middleton J Hanlon T Dodds (Brandon Town) 21-18 V Sword A Foulger S Sargeant (St Botolphs)

3 bowl triples – S Parrin R Sewell J Sewell (Stanton) 19-7 A Towler R Granger B Granger (Brandon Town)

Shield – Greene King 88-50 GW Staniforth A - G Swindles P Denman J Denman 28-13 S Hurrell M Kay D Kay,

P Challis J Bishop A Amps 23-6 K Margerum I Watchman E Melton, R Skillings I Levett A Bishop 20-14

R Lee A Melton T Bingham, R Mayhew A Bryant N Bennett 17-17 D Coote J Kew P Kay.

Agnew Cup – St Edmundsbury 34-30 Greene King – S Manley C Newman M Golston R Burroughs 13-15 P Denman A Bryant R Mayhew A Amps, J Goldsmith T Frost B Hinchliffe R Lillistone 21-15 P Challis J Bishop N Bennett A Bishop.

Victor Ludorum – Stanton.

 Greene King bowlers celebrate their Shield Victory