Ethan is “Lowd ‘n Proud” as he tops the merit table

Its a case of like father like son for the Lowden family in the Furness and District bowling league sponsored by John Sharples Letting Agents.

Dad Barry has taken the individual merit title for the previous 3 seasons and now son Ethan is looking to take up the mantle, starting the season in fine style for current leaders King Alfred.

Ethan (right) made it five wins from five this week with an excellent 21-14 victory away at Salthouse. Barry was in fine form himself with a 21-9 victory whilst new signing Darren Woodend bettered them both with a 21-8 win to make it 3 from 4 for his new club. It wasn’t all one way traffic though as the home team held the Alfred to 4 games apiece, Remarkably three of the Salthouse wins were 21-20, top man and lover of tattoos Danny Rogers, Mark Smith and Bob Parkinson all taken their games on the final ends. Star man for them though was John Mason with a terrific 21-6 victory.

Lindal kept up the heat on the Alfred after they made the short trip down the A590 to Dalton CC and returned a couple of hours later with 9 points in the bag. It could have been a whitewash quite easily however excellent wins from Stan Jones (21-20) and the ‘Iceman’ Keith Alexander (21-19) ensured the Cricketers had something to show for the evening. Andy Armstrong led the way for the village side with an excellent 21-5 victory whilst Ian France (21-10) and Alf Moore (21-13) weighed in with good wins of their own.

A close game was fought out at Hawcoat Park were the home sided hosted the Police. Roy Moxham was on fire, winning 21-7 against an in form opponent with Barry Christian’s 21-13 victory helping Hawcoat to the aggregate by just 5 chalks and so taking the game 6-4. Stuart Price (21-10) and Billy Thornton (21-12) starred for the Police, once again proving that you don’t need a brain to be a good bowler.

Coop have had a strong start to the season and currently find themselves in third place, this week defeating West Shore 7-3. Martin Ryder is continuing to roll back the years his 21-8 victory being matched by the recently crowned County Merit champ Paul Clark. Steve Oldfield matched that score for West Shore who had Zack Walker (21-20) and Paul Knott (21-18) to thank for their other points. A big relief for Paul who can now talk about what it is like to win a game with the rest of the family.

Walney Park welcomed Askam onto the island this week and also welcomed the 7-3 victory. Captain Keith Dixon found his form with a brilliant 21-6 win, top man Mo Edmonds joining him in the winners circle with his own 21-13 victory. More importantly seeing his name in this report will stop him moaning. For Askam John Harris’s 21-7 victory was the highlight with Richard Wearing’s 21-9 win not far behind.

Division 2 sees Glaxo continue to dominate at the top of the table . Kirkby has always been known as a hard place to visit but Glaxo made short work of their trip over the moor taking the game 11-0 against the village A team. Stephen Viney 21–6 and Derek Bell 21-7 being the pick of the bunch.

Red River have returned to their home after playing their first few games at Barrow Park and it was a welcome return as they overcame Kirkby 7-3. Dave Shaw came in at bottom man to win 21-7 in a match where many of the games could have gone either way. Kirkby’s best winner was Ian Parkinson whose 21-13 victory meant that the two smallest people on the green had the two best wins.

Roose and Hawcoat Park fought out a 5-5 draw in a game where Roose took the aggregate points thanks to single figure wins by Mike Hool (21-2), Ron Rhodes (21-4) and Mike Watt (21-5) (left) proving age is no boundary to talent in bowls. Hawcoat’s James Bawden bamboozled his opponent with his unorthodox delivery to win 21-7.

A strong on paper King Alfred A proved to be strong on grass as well this week taking a 9-1 win when entertaining Salthouse A. Steve Atkinson was back to his brilliant best (last seen in 2012) with his 21-6 victory whilst Jeff Hinde backed that up with a 21-11 win of his own. Salthouse can count themselves unlucky to only take one point from the game losing 3 games to 19 and 2 to 18. Martin Carpenter nailed his victory with a 21-14 hammering of his opponent.

Coop A proved they no longer need to rely on people called Dave to claim victory when they visited a strong looking West Shore A and took the game 8-3. Les Vickers 21-7 win being the pick of the bunch with Alan Fay and Peter Phizacklea backing him up 21-14. West Shore looked to the Post Office connection of Ian Pullin and Roly West for their wins whilst at the bottom Rohan Massey-Holmes made his first start of the year a victorious one, 21-19.

Division 3 saw a first win of the season for Hawcoat Park B and in some style, winning 7-3 and dropping only 99 points. Ray WIlliams 21-1 and Anthony Woods 21-2 were unbeatable at the bottom of the sheet whilst George McFarlane was in fine form himself winning 21-7, a performance I am sure he matched with his cup collecting skills later. Steve Holmes (right) continues to impress at top man for West Mount making it 4 on the bounce with his 21-14 victory.

King Alfred B are setting the pace at the top of the table, helped by a 10-0 defeat of North Scale this week in a game which featured 5 single figure victories. Ian’s Gomersall and McDonald winning 21-5 and 21-6 respectively. Peter Roberts 21-7 and Matt Wall and Dave Whitehead’s 21-8 wins ensuring an early finish for the teams.

Lindal A were almost as impressive on their tricky home green defeating Dalton CC A 9-1. Alex Spelman was wizardly in his 21-4 win with Fraser RIgg (21-6) (left) and Ron Woods (21-8) being next best. For Dalton Keith Clarke managed his first win of the season, some feat on Lindal, when he won 21-17. I’m sure everyone at Dalton is looking forward to hearing about his win on Lindal for the next ten years.

The other two games in Division 3 were close run things, at Askam their A team drew the games 4 all against Walney Park A however thanks to great wins by John Whittall (21-4), Geoff Stubbs (21-5) and Matt McKeller (21-8) they away side took the aggregate and returned to Walney 7-4 victors. the Sandrats best wins came from Bill Coates 21-15 and Derek Porter 21-17.

Glaxo A and Roose A also fought out a 4-4 draw but this time the home side took the aggregates to take the game 6-4. Ken Taylor was in top form winning 21-8 with Jack Brannon also playing some great bowls in his 21-10 victory. Bill Burgess showed their is life in the old dog yet winning 21-9 for Roose, Top man Mike Gasson backing him up with a fine 21-12 win of his own.

Salthouse B are taking Division 4 by storm , keeping their unbeaten record with a whitewash of King Alfred C, made all the more impressive by the fact that until this game they were also unbeaten. Jason Truman had his own show as he cruised to a 21-6 win, Shaun Mason 21-8 and Ronald Crompton 21-9 also winning to single figures. Top man Mike Singleton’s win keeps him at the top of the Merit table.

Roose B are currently the nearest challengers at the top after a 9-2 defeat of a Salthouse C team who turned up 2 men short. Mike Irving 21-5 was in amazing form for Roose along with Norman Whitehouse 21-9 whilst Dave Hawkrigg’s 21-9 victory and Ron Burley’s 21-16 win meant the Raglan St mob didn’t leave empty-handed.

It wasn’t such a good week for Roose C who fell to a heavy defeat away at Coop C. Mike Bram and George Akred both won 21-6 for the Coopermen with the aptly named Bernard Cooper barreling in with a 21-8 victory of his own. Making his first appearance for Roose, David Hamilton hit the ground running 21-5 whilst Barry Lamb was their other winner 21-17.

It was a good week for the Coop in the division, the B team visiting West Shore B and taking the game 8-3. That only tells half the story though. The match saw many close games and even though the home side only took 2 games they managed to tie the aggregate thanks to the 21-12 win of Phil Chesworth and 21-16 victory of Paul Imison. Gerry McDonald’s 21-16 win was best for the Coop along with Dave WIlson’s 21-17 in a match where they managed to take three of the games 21-20.

Hawcoat Park C made the short trip round the corner to West Mount for a local derby and will have been delighted with a comprehensive 9-2 victory. Steve Lidicott’s 21-10 the pick of their wins backed up by Len Case shutting the lid on his game 21-16. The Mounties had “Mr West Mount” Mike Hodgson in good form as he won 21-15, with top man Seymour Benson taking the other point 21-18.

RESULTS

DIVISION 1

COOP 7 WEST SHORE 3, HAWCOAT PARK 6 POLICE 4, DALTON CC 2 LINDAL 9, WALNEY PARK 7 ASKAM 3, SALTHOUSE 4 KING ALFRED 7.

DIVISION 2

WEST SHORE A 3 COOP A 8, KIRKBY A 0 GLAXO 11, KING ALFRED A 9 SALTHOUSE A 1, RED RIVER 7 KIRKBY 3, ROOSE CONS 5 HAWCOAT PARK A 5.

DIVISION 3

KING ALFRED B 10 NORTH SCALE 0, LINDAL A 9 DALTON CC A 1, HAWCOAT PARK B 7 WEST MOUNT A 3, GLAXO A 6 ROOSE CONS A 4, ASKAM A 4 WALNEY PARK A 7.

DIVISION 4

SALTHOUSE B 10 KING ALFRED C 0, WEST SHORE B 3 COOP B 8, ROOSE CONS B 8 SALTHOUSE C 2, COOP C 8 ROOSE CONS C 2, WEST MOUNT 2 HAWCOAT PARK C 9.

Written By
Mark Curwen

Mark Curwen

Bowls Editor

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