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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Luton Lads At Leamington
It was a great month (August) for Luton this year where we found 6 of our lads representing Bedfordshire & Luton at Leamington! There was Jack, Jim, Rollie & Tom in the fours and Jack, Jim & Tom again in the Triples. Then towards the end of this month we had David Payne & Dave Whelan both in the Singles! Lets start off with the story of the fours and triples.
In the County Triples two Luton sides (Jim, Tom, Jack vs Andy, Kev Rollie) faced off against each other and Jim's Team prevailed. They then went on to face Sandy Cons in the semi finals and pulled off a win in the extra end to go through to the finals! They then went on to win in the final and bag the County trophy.
Jack, Jim & Tom then went on down to Lemington and won 19-11 against Somerset B in the First Round. That same afternoon they went on to face Kent B in the second round and with some cracking bowling they beat them 19-18! The very next day they faced Cumbria A in the Last 16 and with some bad luck and a great opposite skip they unfortunately lost 12-17.
Next up is Jack, Jim, Rollie & Tom in the National fours. After some great bowling in the County they went on through to Leamington to face Dorset A in the First Round in the morning session. They went on to win this round 17-15 comfortably and thus advance them onto the second round - afternoon session. Unfortunately the afternoon session didn't go as planned and the lads were eliminated from the competition by Berkshire A with a score of 15-18.
After a great showing by the triples and fours teams, it was down to our two lads David Payne & Dave Whelan in the Singles to make the club even more prouder than it already is!
With a great show of skill by both Whelan and Payne in the county singles competition they managed to face each other in the County Final on the 30th of July. It was a great match but in the end Dave Whelan came out triumphant with a score of 21-15 and lifted the county singles trophy.
Fast forward a few weeks and both are down at Leamington. The week started off with David Payne in the Prelims against Northumberland B and what an amazing match that was! At one point he was 16-11 down and then crawled his way back to 20-19 down. He is then holding two shots with 3 woods still to come. The opponent has one final chance to secure the win but misses and with some great composure and bowling David wins the match! This means he now advances to the First Round the next day when Dave Whelan will also be bowling.
Come the next morning, both the Dave's set off with their first woods of the day and fight a hard battle the first 4 or 5 Ends. Payne was against Devon C and Whelan was against Nottinghamshire B. Unfortunately both of the opposition started to pull away and in the end both Dave's lost.
All of the Luton lads who represented us this year in the Nationals did the County & the club proud! Well done all and here's to next year and hopefully more Town success!
Luton Club Singles Final
This year Luton decided to hold it's club singles competition and the turnout for it was fantastic, with over 20 players signing up. The final of this competition was played on 28th and it was Eddie Vs David Payne in the end. The sun was out, we had a great turnout of spectators and overall it was a lovely evening. Unfortunately though there can only be one victor!
All through the match both Eddie and David was showing some great bowling, one would go two shots up...the other would go two shots up. Eventually though Eddie broke through and managed to secure the win with a score of 21-15! Check out the video below of the final three ends (alibeit a very shaky video with no audio).
So congratulations to Eddie this year for becoming the Luton Town Bowls Club Singles Champion and lets hope we can carry this on next year!