Founded in 1907 Luton Town Bowling Club is the third oldest Flat Green Bowling Club in Bedfordshire, having celebrated its Centenary in 2007, yet it remains forward thinking and imaginative. We were one of the first clubs in Bedfordshire to adopt coloured shirts as an alternative to the more traditional white… and we were also the first outdoor bowling club in the county to set up a Web Site.
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The 2016 season is now well underway and thus far has produced a mixed bag of results. After a good opening win in the County League Div 1 game against Houghton Regis the Club was brought back down to earth in the following game with an unexpected defeat away to Barton. But, as always, we picked ourselves up and recorded consecutive wins against Maulden, Bedford Borough and crucially Sandy Conservatives. The margin of victory against the latter (9-0) means that the Club is now in the driving seat in Div 1 and victories in the forthcoming games against Henlow and Stotfold should secure the Div 1 title again for the tenth time in 13 years, a fantastic achievement by any standards.
Sadly our participation in the Top Club and National Two Fours competitions was restricted to 1st Round exits at the hands of Sandy Conservatives (away) and Maulden (away) respectively. Both matches went to the wire and could have gone either way up to the last wood being bowled.
In the County Competitions Steve Brewer, Andy Geddes, Rollie Cawdell and Roger Manning made it through to the Quarter-Finals of the Fours only to lose out to Houghton Regis who subsequently went on to reach the Final. However, hopes remain high in the Triples were we are guaranteed a Triple in the Semi-Final given that Jack Cawdell, Jim Allen and Tom Cawdell find themselves drawn against John Pinnock, Eddie Swann and Dave Taylor in the Quarter-Finals to be played on Sunday, 3 July at Kempston. The Pairs and Singles competitions are now underway and the Club has the potential to do well in both competitions so watch this space.
However, without doubt the highlight of the Season thus far was Jonny Stokes selection for the Disability Bowls England Team at the Home International Series in Scotland in June. Jonny’s progression since his move from Luton Coop to LTBC in 2014 has been dramatic to say the least. Jonny featured regularly in the Clubs winning teams in the Harmsworth Cup, Pell Shield and Div 1 League title successes last Season which combined with him coming Runner Up in the County Tompkins Cup (singles) has led to Trials earlier this year for the County’s Middleton Cup Team. Whilst England did not win the Home Series Jonny’s performances should secure him a place in the England Team next year. This is a great honour both for himself and Luton Town Bowling Club of which Jonny should feel justifiably proud.
More news to follow in July with hopefully more success to report.
Shoots, shoots, shoots!!!!!!
A comprehensive victory over Henlow (99-52) in June followed up by a hard fought victory away to Stotfold (85-80) in July secured the County League Div 1 title again for the 9th time in 13 years by the comfortable margin of 12 points over our nearest challengers Sandy Conservatives.
Victory in the County League enabled the Club to turn it’s attention to the Harmsworth Cup and Pell Shield competitions. Decisive victories in the Harmsworth Cup against Sandy Town (96-70) and Wilstead (87-52) secured a Qtr-Final match against Houghton Regis, a nail biting game that went to the wire with Houghton running out the victors by just 1 shot, 78-79. However, the Club had more success in the Pell Shield recording victories against Beech Hill, Bridgeman, Sandy Town & Houghton Regis thus securing our passage through to the Final where we came up against Maulden who we defeated 78-69 thus retaining the Trophy we had won the previous year.
In the County Competitions the Club enjoyed a good measure of success with Rollie & Jack Cawdell winning the Pairs Title against Sharnbrook by the margin of 25-21 and in similar fashion Dave Taylor, Eddie Swann & John Pinnock recorded a comprehensive victory over Beech Hill by the impressive margin of 28-9 to secure the Triples Title. Rollie/Jack and Dave/Eddie & John went on to represent Bedfordshire in the National Championships at Leamington Spa in August. These titles along with the success in The County League and Pell Shield serves to reinforce the Club’s status as the most successful club in Bedfordshire.
On the County scene Dave Taylor, Daniel Hall, Jim Allen, Steve Brewer, Jack & Tom Cawdell and Roger Manning were selected to play for Bedfordshire in the Middleton Cup, a team captained by Rollie Cawdell which saw Bedfordshire progress to the Semi-Finals at Leamington Spa for only the second time in 20 years, no mean achievement.
To round the season off the icing on the cake was Jonny Stokes being named as Disability Bowls England ‘Player of the Year’ for 2016. For further information on his achievement log into Luton Today. To crown his season off Jonny has again been picked for the Trials which will be held at Gedling Indoor Bowls Club, Nottingham on 26 February 2017. Well done Jonny.
It's the start of another new season and the Town would like extend a warm welcome to their three new players Nick Taylor, Matt Bonsey & Dave Whelan! Nick and Matt are fairly new to the game, but have promising skill. Dave Whelan is an experienced bowler making a switch from Houghton Regis Bowls Club and is another fantastic addition to the ever growing roster of Luton Town Bowlers.
First a Big Congratulations to Jonny Stokes and the England Team for winning the Para Tri-Nations Disability Bowls Challenge! Next on to the County League news. The Town got the season off to a good start with a decisive Victory over Queens Works, with a score of 112-33. Unfortunately the next match was a close defeat by Houghton Regis (69-67). Over the following 3 games though Luton came back with all wins against Barton (88-53), Maulden (84-44) and Biggleswade Town (63-50). The next match against Sandy Cons could be a major deciding factor whether we win the league or not.
In the county fours Tom, Jim, Rollie & Jack bested our other 4 of Dave. T, Eddie, John, P & Dave. P in the extra end to go through to the semi finals. Once through to the semis they were up against Flitwick, where they put up a tremendous show and Flitwick ended up conceding after 11 Ends! They are now through to the Lemington County Fours, Good luck lads.
In the county Pairs we still have 3 teams in the mix (Bob & Tony, Dave. T & Dave.P, Tom & Jim) and a strong possibility of Luton colours being shown at the end of competition.
In the Pell Sheild Luton secured a decent Victory over Shefford (83-71) and are now through to face Sandy Con on the 9th of July. For the Harmsworth Cup Luton have recieved a bye and could either face Maulden or Kempston Hammers on the 26th of July. In the Crawley triples Andy Geddes' Team closed down a close victory (20-18)in round 1 and are now through to Round 2 on the 10th of July. More news on the County Domestic Competitions will be available over the next month or so, so be sure to check back.
Every year there is a Gala day held at Flitwick and this year our boys "The Towners"(Dave Butler, Dave Taylor & Andy Geddes) managed to bring home the trophy. Good job guys!
Last but definitely not least Jonny Stokes has qualified for the finals at Leamington in the Disablity National Singles!
In other minor news...you may have noticed the website has been going through a few changes the past few months. Well that's because the website editor/admin has changed hands and it's now kind of being remolded. Luton now has a Facebook page and will soon have a Twitter page too, you can check out and like our Facebook either to left of this post or visit "here"
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back at the end of next month for more Luton Town Bowls Club news!