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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Against all the odds Luton Town Bowling Club made history becoming the only club in Bedfordshire to have won League Division 1, the Harmsworth Cup and the Pell Shield all in the same season. The win against Sandy Cons in the Pell Shield was by the relatively narrow margin of just 13 shots but the victory against Stotfold in the Harmsworth was by the more emphatic margin of 31 shots winning on 3 rinks and drawing on 1 rink. Congratulations must go to Captain, Dave Taylor in delivering these successes, an extraordinary achievement by any standards.
The only downside to report is Jonny Stokes’ defeat in the final of the Tompkins Trophy where he lost out to Jon Weedon by the score of 21-15. Still, it was a great achievement to reach the final.
This effectively draws the season to a close other than to remind everyone of the work party dates below to undertake the autumn work on the Green. The more people that turn out the easier and quicker the job becomes. The dates are as follows:
- Friday 25th September – Time TBC
- Saturday 26th September – Commencing 9.30am
- Sunday 27th September – Commencing 9.30am
- Saturday 3rd October – Commencing 9.30am
From the Club standpoint this is an exceptional month but the standout performances in August thus far have come from Jonny Stokes in the County Tompkins Singles Trophy where JS has reached the Semi-Finals to be played this coming Friday, 28th August @ 2pm at Bowling Green Lane. I am sure JS would appreciate all the support he can get.
Following some justified dissatisfaction with the dates offered by Bedford Borough to play the game LTBC were forced to field a weakened team and so needed no encouragement to beat Bedford Borough BC in the Harmsworth Cup Semi-Final thanks in part to the performance of the home rink of Andy Geddes, John Clayton, Rollie Cawdell and Roger Manning who won by a margin in excess of 20 shots to steer the Club to victory and a place in the Final against Stotfold BC in early September.
The Club is now on the brink of making history having the potential to be the first club to win County League 1, The Harmsworth Cup and the Pell Shield in the same season following LTBC’s win against Sandy Town in the Semi-Final of the Pell Shield taking us to a showdown in the Final against our traditional adversaries Sandy Conservatives on 6th September.
Last, but certainly not least, Tom Cawdell became our only representative at the National Championships in Leamington having qualified by winning the area final of the Champion of Champions against Chris Beard of Sandy Conservatives in a closely fought encounter. Unfortunately Tom was defeated in the 1st Round of the Championships 21-17 in a game that could have gone either way. On a completely different tack, of real concern is the number of Club Friendly matches that are being cancelled by both ourselves and our opponents this year. There are now a significant number of Clubs in Luton that are struggling to fulfil their fixtures, of which we are one, due primarily to shrinking membership which in reality probably reflects the trend in the UK as a whole. For the sake of the sport maybe the time has come for the Luton Clubs to set up a working party to map the way forward and help preserve the game we all love and enjoy. Clearly someone needs to take the initiative rather than sitting back and wait for Clubs to go to the wall. Food for thought.
LTBC notched up another County League Division 1 title following their win at home to Sandy Conservatives and closing out with a comfortable away win at Ampthill BC collecting sufficient points to win the title following Bedford Borough’s heavy defeats away to Houghton Regis and Sandy Conservatives.
Unfortunately in the County Singles competition, Andy Geddes went down to last year’s winner Steve Mead who went on to make the final. For the second year running we again failed to produce any qualifiers for the National Championships at Leamington although Tom Cawdell is still making good progress in the Champion of Champions Singles.
Back on the Club front we failed to make further progress in the London & Southern Counties Shield but perhaps the most disappointing result was the loss to Barton BC in the area final of the National Top Club competition by the narrowest of margins and if I were to be honest the best team lost. The tipping point was the loss of the 4 wood singles when Tom Cawdell was holding match lie on two occasions only for Rhys Lee to pull out some desperate shots to save the game on each occasion. Considering the size of our squad it was a fantastic effort.
The loss in the Top Club was to an extent offset by our progress in the Harmsworth Cup and Pell Shield competitions. A decisive victory in the Harmsworth against Sandy Conservations, last year’s winners, leaves LTBC favourites to lift the trophy going into the Semi- Final against Bedford Borough BC in early August. Likewise the Club is contesting in the Pell Shield where a place in the Final beckons should we defeat Sandy Town BC in the Semis.
The results of the County League, Luton & District League and Friendlies are now posted on this site.
The Club is still in contention to win County League Div 1 despite losing away to Bedford Borough on a very challenging and tricky artificial surface. In fact we are the first Club to come away with any points from the Borough having cleaned up at home in their previous three matches. The crunch game will be at home to Sandy Conservatives on 1st July where nothing less than a win will suffice and at the same time hope that the Borough slip up away to Houghton Regis or Sandy Cons.
Performances in the County Triples Competition were again disappointing with the Club failing to get anyone through to the Quarter-Final stage despite having three triples in the Open Round. The same comment applies to the County Pairs. But in the County Singles Andy Geddes has made it through to the Open Round and is rewarded with a home tie against last year’s winner Steve Mead of Barton. Fingers crossed!
In the London & Southern Counties Shield Competition the Club is making steady progress having followed up its 1st Round win against Woburn Sands with victories against Leighton Buzzard and Chesham. This takes us through to a 3rd round match against local rivals Barton on 12th July.
The Club is still making good progress in the National Top Club Competition with further wins against Kents, 4-1 and Maulden, 3-2. We are now awaiting confirmation of our next opponent in the 4th Round where we will meet the winner of the Sandy Cons vs Barton match. Tom Cawdell is also challenging in the National Champion of Champions having reached Round 3 where his opponent will be Terry Lynch from Ampthill, the match to be played by 12th July.
The season got off to a good start with friendly wins (if there is such a thing) against St Neots in the season’s traditional opener and Ampthill. This was followed by a creditable draw away to Kents and a resounding home win against Wardown Park in the Luton & District League.
The Club has made an impressive start in the County League winning at home to Stotfold 97-59 followed by good away wins at Queens Works 90-61 and Houghton Regis 77-60. This leaves the Club in 4th place in the League Table with a game in hand on those teams above them except for Bedford Borough who are on the same number of games and 3 points to the good. The next game is a must win against Barton in early June if the Club is to have any aspirations of winning the League this year.
Performances in the County 4’s Competition were unusually disappointing this year with the Club’s entries failing to reach the Quarter Finals. Hopefully we will see a change in fortunes in the County Triples which is in the early stages but will be played through to the Quarter Finals in June. Late June will also see the commencement of the County Singles and Pairs Competitions. However, the success story so far is Steve Brewer who has reached the Semi-Finals of the County 2 Woods Competition, the two finalists of which will gain entry to the National Championships at Leamington Spa in August, so fingers crossed.
The London & Southern Competitions are up and running and I will provide an update on progress in June but the Club is making steady progress in the Shield having won it’s opening match away to Woburn Sands in fine style.
On the National Competition front the Club opened up with a Prelim Round win away to Stotfold in the National Club 2 Fours only to fall victim to Barton at the next hurdle. However we are making good progress in the National Top Club Competition with wins against Kempston Hammers 4-1, followed by a comfortable win over Biggleswade Town in the next Round 5-0 leading to a Round 2 match at Home to Kents in June so watch this space.
The new season approaches with our traditional opening fixture against St Neots BC, Away on 25 April. Some of the season’s fixtures are now posted on the website. But before then there is a work party arranged for Saturday 11 April @ 9am to tidy up the green and surrounds. Every pair of hands is most welcome.
Welcome to Geraint Jones who has joined the Cub this year and we hope you settle in quickly and make plenty of new friends. Also, returning to the Club after a brief absence is Marie Lake, Chris Ford and John Nixon and after a slightly longer absence (through work) Ian Newman. Welcome home!
There is much to be optimistic about this year. With a new lease in place the Club can now concentrate on matters on the Green. Added to which Steve Peck and Rollie Cawdell have managed to conclude negotiations with our Landlord’s and Caterers concerning improved bar access and catering arrangements for the forthcoming season.
Dave Taylor is the Men’s Captain this year (‘Panda’ to his mates) and Carole Smith the Ladies Captain. We wish them all success and the patience of a saint!!
Fingers crossed for a successful year both collectively and individually and hopefully we will have a few qualifiers for the National Championships at Leamington in August. Enjoy the season.