The Warrington contingent at the Provincial bowls tournament

The West Lancashire Masonic Charity Bowling Tournament was hosted by the Chorley and District Group at Fox Lane Sports and Social Club in Leyland and was well supported by bowlers, spectators and helpers. The weather that greeted the Warrington team of bowlers was heavy drizzly rain with both the greens which were in excellent condition, being very wet. The team of Andrew Anderson, Bob Armstrong, Alan Greggs, John Gregory and Geoff Wright ably assisted by the non-playing team captains David Anderson and Chris Eyres were registered and prepared to enter the fray. The day was well organised by Trevor Barber, secretary, Alan Jones, assistant secretary and Len Hart, treasurer.

The event set off on time, in the rain, with both greens being bowled and as is usual in this first round of the competition, the matches were very close. Unfortunately all Warrington members except John Gregory, who had a bye, were knocked out of the main competition. As the weather brightened up, the second round of the Cowper Trophy commenced and the first round of the Cyril McGibbon Trophy was started, which was for players who were not successful in their first round of the Cowper Trophy.

Pictured left to right, are: John Tyrer, Alan Greggs, Bob Armstrong, John Gregory, Geoff Wright, Andrew Anderson and Chris Eyres

In the Cyril McGibbon Trophy competition, Geoff Wright went all the way to the semi-final, losing to the eventual winner Chris Bell, in a very tight game.

John Gregory played four matches in the Cowper Trophy competition, eventually losing in the semi-final to Colin Wood, who went on to win the trophy. John was presented with a fine pair of Portmerion wine glasses for his fourth place finish, by Stewart Seddon, Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

The early rain didn’t dampen the players spirit and despite the early inclement weather all the players enjoyed the day’s bowling at an exceptional venue.

Story by John Gregory.