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4g - THE WHITE ROSE (Summer) LEAGUE

Content reviewed 7/8/17

This is the only page for the WHITE ROSE LEAGUE

The contact for this league is Secretary Derek Beardsley - 01423 864418

 

The league tables and match reports for the last 14 years follow the general information below

 

FORMAT 6 clubs - 7 teams - 1 division
Each team has two TRIPLES and each plays a single game using 2 woods over 16 ends
HISTORY
2003 Formed by 5 clubs - Hambleton, Raskelf, Knaresborough, Great Ouseburn and Bilsdale 
End of season Challenge match introduced
2004 Matches against Durham SMBA introduced
2005 Great Ouseburn withdrew. David Moore memorial match introduced (vs Kyle Valley league)
2006 Bilsdale resigned and Branton and St. Cuthberts join
Matches against Derbyshire SMBA introduced
  Match against England initiated (outside of season) and developed with NYSMBA
2008 Matches against Cambridgeshire SMBA initiated
2010 Boroughbridge joined
2013 Knaresborough reduce to 1 team
2014 Knaresborough increase to 2 teams
2016
ROLLS OF HONOUR LEAGUE WINNERS DAVID MOORE TROPHY BETTY OLIVER MIXED PAIRS ANTHONY BURRELL TRIPLES
2003 Knaresborough
2004 Great Ouseburn
2005 Knaresborough White Rose League  
2006 Knaresborough A Kyle Valley League
2007 Raskelf Kyle Valley League
2008 Raskelf Kyle Valley League
2009 Knaresborough 2 White Rose League Barry Simmonite & Margaret Mellors
2010 Knaresborough A White Rose League Robert & Lesley Harris
2011 Knaresborough A White Rose League Derek & Pat Beardsley Pat & Bryan Jones Jo Hearld
2012 Knaresborough A Kyle Valley League G Fletcher & A Banthorpe A Jackson   R & E Clark
2013 Raskelf

Barry & Ann Simmonite Gill Fletcher  Ken Thompson

Joyce Hughes & Arthur Jackson

Keith Gough Linda Jackson Chris Lee

2014 St. Cuthberts

Arthur Jackson, Harry Welch, Keith & Joyce Hughes

Dennis Jarvis & Pam Carass Dennis Jarvis  Gill Fletcher  Lucy Hubbard
2015 Raskelf

Derek & Pat Beardsley  Bryan & Pat Jones

Arthur Jackson & Joyce Hughes Not held
2016 Raskelf D Sorley, G Daniel, T Jackson, D Jarvis Allan Meek   Margaret Manfield D Sorley, S Pittham, D Jarvis
2017 John & Thelma Price  Harry Welch   Arthur Jackson
2018        

 

2017

 

Betty and John Oliver Trophy -

 

A. Burrell Trophy - not held this year

 

Durham Test matches - not held this year

 

David Moore Trophy Sunday 4th June 2017 (Reported by Derek Beardsley) 

This fours memorial competition was organised by Barry Simmonite (Hambleton SMBC) and hosted by Boroughbridge SMBC.

Each team played six 40 minute games using four mats. The winners were John Price, Harry Welch, Thelma Price and Arthur Jackson who won all their games

(12 points/65 shots). The runners up were Doreen Sorley, Sue and Stuart Parton and Dennis Jarvis (9 points/ 54 shots). Everyone enjoyed the well-organised event and went home for a rest after playing four hours of competitive bowling.

Visit to Cambridgeshire SMBA (20/21st May) (Reported by Derek Beardsley)

This year it was our turn to visit Cambridgeshire SMBA for our annual bowling weekend. Our party of 35 was a record number and we stayed at the Causeway Guest House in March renowned for it’s breakfast and fine hospitality. The bowling took place at March Indoor Bowling Centre.

On the Saturday we played triples with each of our 12 teams playing 3 games of 9 ends. There were some very competitive matches with one team (Pat Beardsley, Pat Jones, Derek Beardsley) winning all three matches and Jean Weatherill, Bryan Jones, Jim Weatherill securing 5 points. Unfortunately we did not retain the Trophy loosing 27/45 points (238/308 shots). It was pointed out at the presentation that the trophy was only on loan and would be returning to its rightful ownership in Yorkshire next year. The evening was spent with our hosts enjoying an excellent carvery at the Wheel Inn Wisbech St Mary that unfortunately for most added to our weight gain from the breakfast and the lunch provided by the bowling club.

On Sunday a triples bowls drive had been arranged in which players were mixed together playing three games of eight ends. The highest scorer for Cambs was Kevin Stamford (40 shots) and for WRSL Mike Jones (33shots). It was [particularly pleasing to the Knaresborough SMBC bowlers that they had done so well over the two days.

That concluded a most enjoyable weekend and we look forward to the visit of our colleagues in 2008 when the trophy will be back at home!

(See PhotoGallery- presentation of the trophy)

TABLE FOR 2017

DATA  PROVIDED BY PAT JONES - WRSL COMPILER

Last updated - Aug 17  at 10.00am

 

Team Name P W L D F A +/- points
Raskelf 10 9 1   401 214 187 53
Branton 10 8 2   310 269 41 42
St Cuthberts 10 5 5   309 300 9 30
Knaresborough A 10 4 5 1 281 278 3 29
Boroughbridge 10 4 5 1 268 341 -73 26
Knaresborough B 11 3 8   295 357 -62 22
Hambleton 11 2 9   266 371 -105 14

2016

Norfolk Over 60s Short Mat Bowlers - August 6/7th  (Reported by Derek Beardsley) For a number of reasons only 12 North Yorkshire bowlers made the visit. To produce a viable number 15 bowlers from Cambridgeshire SMBA were recruited making nine triples teams. In the match on the Saturday each team played four games of 10 ends across 9 mats. The host squad won the match (43pts, 325 shots) with the visiting squad scoring (29 pts, 298 shots). On the Sunday a more leisurely competition took place with mixed teams of either 2 visitors, 1 host or 1 visitor 2 hosts each playing 6 sessions of six ends.  

Betty and John Oliver Trophy - Sunday 21st August: (Reported by Derek Beardsley) Sixteen mixed pairs took part in two groups each playing four games of nine ends across four mats. There were some very competitive games with victors winning by a single shot. The winners of Group 1 were Sue and Stuart Parton, Knaresborough (7pts, 37 shots) and the runners up Jean and Jim Weatherill, Knaresborough (6pts, 38 shots). In Group 2 the winners were Margaret Manfield and Alan Meek, Branton (7pts, 36pts) with the runners up Barbara Pickles and David Daddy, Boroughbridge (6pts 29 shots). The winner of each group then played in the final, again over nine ends. Sue and Stuart took an early lead but by the seventh end they had been pegged back, with Margaret and Alan the eventual winners 11 shots to 7. That concluded an enjoyable days bowling which was the last event for the 2016 season

 A. Burrell Trophy   17-7-16  (Report courtesy Arthur Jackson July 18th)
 Held at Gt. Ouseburn.
 Their was 8 No Teams of Triples in Two Groups. Playing each other over 9 No ends.
 The winner of Group One was D. Sorley, S. Pittham and D. Jarvis. The winner of Group Two was    E. Clark E. Ingles and R. Clark.
 The Final was Played over 9  ends Dennis's Team won  15 Shots to 4. Thus winning the Trophy 
 Twice in a row. 

 

 D. Moore Trophy   19-6-16. (Report courtesy Arthur Jackson July 18th)
 Held at Dalton
 Their was 6 no Teams of Fours playing each other over 40 minutes. 
 The winning Team was D. Sorley, G. Daniel, T. Jackson and D. Jarvis. 
 With 9  Points and 48  Shots.
 

Games against Durham - (Report courtesy Arthur Jackson July 5th)

There is 6 No Triples Teams playing 9 No Ends on three mats.
On June 5 th was the home match against Durham at Scotton.
 The White Rose won 28 Pts  168 Shots.
 Durham  8 Pts 113 Shots..
 The return match was on June 28 th at Murton. Playing the same format.
 By dinner Time the White Rose had got 8 Pts. Leaving 3 No Session and 9 Games left.
 It was looking possible if the morning session was any think to go by ??.
 The 1 st session Durham came back hard and won all 3 games.
 In the 2 nd session Durham won 2 No games and the White Rose won 1 No The Score
 was 13 Shots to 4. By K. Hughes, J. Hughes A. Jackson. 
 Durham also won the last 3 No games. 
 White Rose  38 Points and 286 Shots.
 Durham   34 Points and 291 Shots
 White Rose won the Shield, But it was a very close game.

 

FINAL TABLE for 2016

DATA  PROVIDED BY PAT JONES - WRSL COMPILER

Last updated - Aug 19  at 2.15pm

 

Team Name P W L D F A +/- points
Raskelf 12 7 5   431 285 146 50
Branton 12 7 4 1 357 407 21 39
Knaresborough B 12 7 5   344 358 -14 38
Boroughbridge 12 7 5   363 347 16 36
Knaresborough A 12 5 6 1 326 352 -26 36
St Cuthberts 12 4 5 3 362 313 28 34
Hambleton 12 1 8 3 302 423 -121 20

 

Cambridgeshire SMBA Visit (21st/22nd May) (Reported by Derek Beardsley 31/5/16)

For this year it was the turn of the Cambs bowlers to visit North Yorkshire The party of 22 stayed at the Cairn Hotel, Harrogate with the bowling taking place at Scotton Village Hall, Knaresborough.

In the Saturday the triples competition each of the eight teams played four games of 35 minutes in what proved to be very competitive affair. By lunchtime the scores were level, 16 points and at the end it was still level with 32 points each. Much to the disappointment of the visitors the WRSL team won back the shield on the total number of shots scored (202/168).

In the evening 16 WRSL bowlers joined the visitors for a meal at Ascot House Hotel, which included a quiz to keep the grey cells active.

On Sunday a four mat Ladder Competition was held with each bowler playing three 40 minute games.The highest shot score for the visitors was achieved by John Paddy (34) and for the WRSL Joyce Hughes (39).

We look forward to our visit next year in May when we hope to retain the trophy.

(See PhotoGallery – Visiting Party and Ladder Competition winners.)

 

 

FINAL TABLE for 2015

DATA  PROVIDED BY PAT JONES - WRSL COMPILER

Last updated - Aug 26  at 11.10pm

Team Name P W L D F A +/- Pts|
Raskelf 12 10 2   414 280 134 52
Knaresborough B 12 8 4   324 292 32 44
Knaresborough A 12 6 6   339 335 4 38
St. Cuthberts 12 5 7   330 297 33 36
Boroughbridge 12 5 7   358 339 19 34
Branton 12 5 7   306 422 -116 28
Hambleton 12 3 9   281 387 -106 20

 

Betty and John Oliver Trophy (Sunday 16th August) - Sixteen mixed pairs took part in two groups each playing four games of nine ends within their group. Two points were awarded for a win and one for a draw. After two games two teams in Group 1 (Pam Carass/Dennis Jarvis and Jean/Jim Weatherill) had four points and in Group 2 only one team  (Margaret Mellors/Arthur Morley). After three games it reduced to only one team in each group with six points Group 1 (Jean/Jim) and in Group 2 (Margaret/Arthur). In the last session Joyce Hughes and Arthur Jackson beat Jim/Jean in a close game (8 shots to 5) to gain first position in Group 1. Similarly in Group 2  Margaret/ Arthur lost first position to  Muriel Trewitt and David Daddy. In the final between the group winners Joyce and  Arthur ran out the winners (13 shots to 5). All agreed that concluded an enjoyable days bowling with some very competitive matches.

The AGM was rescheduled to Tuesday 1st September, 7pm, Coronation Hall Boroughbridge.

Norfolk Over 60s Short Mat Bowlers (August1st/2nd) (Reported by Derek Beardsley 9/8/15). Forty eight visiting bowlers and an equivalent number from the WRSL and North Yorkshire took part in the weekend event held at the Galtres Centre, Easingwold. On the first day the annual triples match took place using eight mats with each team playing four seven end games. After two of the eight sessions the teams were level but by lunchtime the home team had taken the lead, 40/24 points, 216/194 shots. The winning ways continued in the afternoon, only losing one of the four sessions. The final result was 76/52 points, 426/386 shots. This was very pleasing after a defeat in the away visit. The trophy was not presented as Theresa had forgotten to bring it, which proved to be a bad omen! On the Sunday a ladder style triples competition was held when players from both teams were mixed together. Again each triple played four seven end games and the winner from each party was the bowler with highest total score. For Norfolk it was C. Lirocchi, 46 shots and for the home team, Dennis Jarvis, 50shots. In terms of the number of bowlers the competition was the largest event hosted by the WRSL and thanks are due to all that contributed to its success.(See PhotoGallery)

David Moore Memorial Trophy (Sunday 21st June) (Reported by Derek Beardsley 22/6/15 - corrections 25/6/15)

This fours competition, hosted by Hambleton SMBC, attracted six teams each playing one another in a seven end round robin over three mats. The winning team was Pat Beardsley, Pat Jones, Bryan Jones,  Derek Beardsley who won  all their games (10 points, 51shots). Runners up were Margaret Manfield, Allan Meek, Harry Welch, Arthur Jackson (8 points 45  shots) This was the reversal of last year's result.

(See PhotoGallery)

 

Durham SMBA (June 7th) (Reported by Derek Beardsley 20/6/15)

The first leg of this annual competition was hosted by Knaresborough SMBC. Each of the six triples in the teams played three nine end games across three mats. The outcome was a resounding win for the WRSL team 24/12 points, 178/110 shots which hopefully places us in a strong position for the return game at  Murton on July14th. By coincidence the point score last year in the home leg was  also a win 24/12. The swinging mats at Scotton Vilage Hall served us well but now the floor is being refurbished so lets hope we do not loose our home advantage

 

Cambridgeshire SMBA Visit (30th/31st May) (Reported by Derek Beardsley 4/6/15)

For this year's annual event 20 bowlers and one non bowler made the visit to March. On both days the bowling was held for the first time at the March Indoor Bowling Centre. Saturday was  a triples competition using four mats with each team playing four seven end games on an alternating basis for the trophy. After three rounds the scores were level but in the last round before lunch the home team took  the lead winning on all four mats. Unfortunately in the afternoon their dominance continued with the overall result Cambs 41pts/ 226shots WRSL 23pts/ 156 shots.  As was pointed out the trophy was only on loan until the home return in 2016.

On the Sunday the bowlers played in a Ladder style triples competition again over seven ends with each bowler playing three rounds. The best score by a Cambs player was  Tony Kent with 28 shots and Dennis Jarvis for the WRSL with 26 shots having beaten Pat Beardsley on shot difference.

Thanks were extended to Tony Hart who had organised the bowling following the untimely death of Roy Everitt

That concluded a very enjoyable weekend both in terms of the bowling and socially. We look forward the their visit to North Yorkshire in 2016.

 

 

 

FINAL 2014 LEAGUE TABLE

 

DATA  PROVIDED BY PAT JONES - WRSL COMPILER

Last updated - September 1st  at 8.40am

Team Name P W L D F A +/- Pts|
St Cuthberts 12 10 2   406 272 134 55
Knaresborough A 12 10 2   434 282 152 50
Raskelf 12 8 3 1 372 322 50 50
Hambleton 12 4 8   291 381 -90 30
Knaresborough B 12 4 6 2 317 378 -61 26
Branton 12 2 9 1 305 382 -77 24
Boroughbridge 12 2 10   279 387 -108 17

Betty and John Oliver Trophy (Sunday 17th August) (Report from D Beardsley Aug 18) Sixteen mixed pairs took part in two groups each playing four thirty minute games within their group. The  winners were Group 1 Pam Carass (Knaresborough) and Dennis Jarvis (Raskelf), 6 points/47 shots and Group 2 Gill Fletcher (Hambleton) and Harry Welch (St Cuthberts), 8 points/51shots  The runners up were Pat and Bryan Jones (Knaresborough) in Group 1, 6 points/38shots and  June Lee with Ken Brailey (Boroughbridge), 6 points/45shots in Group 2. As there was no semi-finals the group winners played in the final which proved to be a close run affair with the lead changing hands on a regular basis. At the start of the final end Harry's team had a three shot lead but there was a surprise in store; Dennis's team scored four on the last end to clinch the trophies.  (See PhotoGallery).

Visit to Norfolk Over 60 Short Mat Bowlers (August 2nd/3rd) (Report from D Beardsley Aug 8)

This was the first visit of the WRSL which, like that with Cambridgeshire SMBA, will become an annual event. Twenty six bowlers and one non bowler took part in what proved to be most enjoyable after a tedious journey down due to problems on the A47.

On the Saturday we played as six triples (2 woods) and four pairs (3 woods)  each playing four games of ten ends across ten mats which were on the fast side  The outcome was Norfolk 59 points/445 shots, WRSL 21 points/284 shots which was disappointing. We hope in 2015, as the home team, we will reverse the outcome.

On the Sunday eighteen teams took part in the Friendship Triples with teams of two WRSL/one Norfolk player or vice versa each with animal names such as polar bears and mountain lions.  Each played six games of six ends and this time we had success; Margaret Manfield, Alan Meek (WRSL) with Mick Boswell (Norfolk) were the winners. That concluded the visit which added to the friendships we have made with other short mat bowlers. (See PhotoGallery)

Durham SMBA (Tuesday July 29th) (Report from D Beardsley Jul 30) Our six triples WRSL team travelled to Murton to play three games each in the second leg of the annual competition having secured a 24/12 points lead in the home game. Only 13 points were required from the available 36 to secure victory.  By lunchtime the home team were leading 10/8 and after lunch they continued with the strong fight back. In the final session the WRSL team required one point from the three matches which they did not secure much to the delight of the home team. However there was  a sting in the tail as both teams had now secured 24/12 wins so it was all down to total number of shots over the two matches. The outcome was a 298/284 win for the WRSL team and a 6/5 lead in the series. All agreed it was an excellent days bowling with the closest of outcomes. In the traditional manner the hosts provided a first class buffet lunch which was the icing on the cake.

Anthony Burrell Trophy (Sunday 20th July) - (Report from D Beardsley July 21) Twelve triples teams, in two groups, took part each playing three 35 minute games. The winner and runner up in each group progressed to the semi final. The winner of the first group was Thelma and John Price, Janet Lee (4pts 33shots) and the runner up Dennis Jarvis, Gill Fletcher, Lucy Hubbard (4pts, 25 shots). In the other group the winners were Pat and Derek Beardsley, Pam Carass (6pts, 37 shots)  with Jim and Jean Weatherill, Judy Newbould (6 pts 30 shots) runners up. In the semi finals Jim's team beat Thelma's 12/5 and Dennis's team beat Derek's 9/8.  Like one of  the semi finals the final was hotly contested  with Dennis's team again winning by one shot (6/5). It concluded  a very enjoyable days bowling in which we missed the tropical rain in the afternoon. Thanks to Branton SMBC for hosting the event and Louise Bumby for the excellent buffet. (See PhotoGallery)

David Moore Memorial Trophy (Saturday June 21st)  (Report from D Beardsley Jun 22) This fours competition, hosted by Hambleton SMBC, attracted six teams who played one another in a round robin format with each game of seven ends. The winning team was Arthur Jackson, Harry Welch, Keith and Joyce Hughes 8 points (42 shots) and the runner up Derek and Pat Beardsley, Pat and Bryan Jones 7 points (41shots) The day was enjoyed by all with some very competitive matches.

Durham SMBA  (Sunday June 8th) (Report from D Beardsley Jun 22) In this first leg, hosted by Knaresborough SMBC, each of the six triples in the teams played three nine end games across three mats. The outcome was a convincing win by the WRSL team 24/12 points (181/110 shots), which places them in a strong position to win the trophy at the away match in July.

Cambridgeshire SMBA Visit (17/18th May) - (Report from D Beardsley May 26) A party of 30 visited us for our annual weekend event with Cambridgeshire SMBA. The triples competition for the shield was held on the Saturday at the Galtres Centre Easingwold  where the WRSL team were the victors 34-24 shots  The shot difference was only 11 which reflected the competitive nature of the matches.On the Saturday night a party of 56 enjoyed a meal together at a Harrogate hotel which included a quiz to keep the brain cells active. The Sunday bowling was a  four mat Ladder Competition, hosted by Branton SMBC, with each team playing three games in triples or fours. The winner of the triples was Pam Carass (WRSL), 45 shots and the fours Maureen Fyson (Cambs), 35 shots.

Our visitors are now waiting for revenge when we make our visit to them in 2015. (See PhotoGallery).

2013

Ladder Competition (Sunday 8th September) - (Report from D Beardsley 9th Sept.) Thirty two bowlers, in two groups, took part playing four 35 minute triples games using three mats and it resulted in an exciting finish. In Group A by lunch time David Daddy was well in the lead but on completion of their four games Barry Simmonite  had  caught up both finishing with a total of 46 shots. In the play off, over two ends, they were not separated but on a further end Barry managed to secure first place. In Group B after the third game Morley Forrester, George Daniel and Pat Beardsley were in close contention (33, 32, 31  shots resp.) but in the end a further play off was required between George and Morley which Morley won by a single shot. That concluded a most enjoyable day with some very competitive bowling, even after a fish and chips lunch! (See PhotoGallery)

Betty Oliver Trophy (Sunday 18th August) - (Report from D Beardsley 25th August) Sixteen mixed pairs teams in two groups took part with each team playing four thirty minute games within their group. There were some tight games played on very swingy mats and in each group two teams won three matches. In the first group it was Joyce Hughes/ Arthur Jackson and Lesley/Robert Harris and in the other group Ann/Ken Thompson and Ann/Barry Simmonite. Based on the total number of shots scored in the four matches the finalists were Joyce/ Arthur and Ann/ Ken.  In the new mat position again the outcome depended on the teams ability to master the swinging mats with Joyce/Arthur the victors by 18 shots to 7 (See PhotoGallery)

Durham SMBA (Away July 15) - (Report from D Beardsley 30th Jul.y) The format for the away game was as per the home game i.e. a team of six triples each playing three games over nine ends with two points for a win and one for a draw. Having established a 24/12 point lead from the home game the WRSL team needed 13 points to secure overall victory. They made a very good start in the first session winning all three matches but this was reversed in the next session In the final session before lunch our team won two out of the three matches and as a result only three more points were required for an overall victory. Like the morning session in the afternoon the WRSL team won five out of the nine games and as a result they retained the trophy. Each team has now won the event five times. Special thanks are due to the excellent hospitality given to us on our visit to Murton.

Anthony Burrell Trophy (Sunday 7th July) - (Report from D Beardsley 28th June) This was the third year of this triples event hosted by Branton SMBC. Ten teams, split  into two groups, took part and each team played 35 minute games against each team in the other group. In Group 1 the teams of Keith Gough (Keith, Linda Jackson, Chris Lee) and Barry Simmonite (Barry, Gill Fletcher, Ken Thompson) both won four matches with Keith's team the group winners on shot difference (57/40). In the other group the winners were Derek Beardsley's team (Derek, Pat Beardsley, Pat Jones ) who also lost one game which was to Keith Gough. The runners up were Dennis Jarvis's team (Dennis, Sue Pittham, Doreen Sorley) who lost two games.

In the final  Keith's team again beat Derek's (11/8)  which was a much tighter game than in the previous. The winners were delighted with their success as they had come runners up in last years event. In the last two events of this season the winners have come from the host club so lets see if it can be changed in the next event, the Betty Oliver Trophy hosted by Hambleton SMBC  (See PhotoGallery)

David Moore Memorial Trophy (Sunday June 23rd, Dalton Village Hall - (Report from D Beardsley 28th June) The new format, as a fours competition, attracted six teams each playing one another over seven end games. Most of them were hotly contested with the home team  of Barry Simmonite (Barry, Gill Fletcher, Ken Thompson, Ann Simmonite) the eventual winners having won all their games. The runners up were the Knaresborough team (Pat and Derek Beardsley, Pat and Bryan Jones) who won three, drew one and lost one game. The days bowling was enjoyed by all and the new format was considered to be a success. (see PhotoGallery)

Durham SMBA (Home June 9) - (Report from D Beardsley) In the first leg of this annual match with Co Durham, hosted by Knaresborough SMBC, the WRSL team  were the victors with each team consisting of six triples playing nine end games across the three mats. After three sessions the point score was 11/7 (shots 92/54) in our favour and the final outcome was 24/12 points (shots 168/116). Hopefully this will be a sufficient lead to enable us to retain the trophy after the  return match in July .

Cambridgeshire SMBA (Away May 18/10) - (report & photos from D Beardsley June 9th) All but one of our party of 26 took part in the bowling with Cambridgeshire SMBA. On the Saturday in the annual trophy match our team (7 triples and a four) each played four games and only managed to secure 15 points out of a possible 64. so we failed to retain the trophy.  Like the comment made to us last year we informed the hosts that they only had the trophy on loan and it would return to its rightful owners in 2014, On the Sunday 52 bowlers took part in a Bowls Drive in teams of four and our team captain, Arthur Jackson, won a prize as the highest scoring WRSL player.

Like the previous visits there was no shortage of sustenance. The breakfasts at the accommodation and the Friday evening carvery were of a high standard and the Saturday evening was spent at a new venue where the quality and volume of food was superb. We came home as the losers but an enjoyable time was had by all and I am sure many had gained in weight. (See  PhotoGallery)

 

DATA  PROVIDED BY PAT JONES - WRSL COMPILER

Last updated - Aug 25  at 8.40 pm

 

FINAL - SUMMER 2013

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
Last year Last week
4 1 Raskelf 10 6 4   38 82
6 3 St. Cuthberts 10 6 4   34 55
1 2 Knaresborough 10 6 4   32 28
7 4 Hambleton 10 5 5   29 -45
3 6 Boroughbridge 10 5 5   23 -35
2 5 Branton 10 2 8   20 -85

 

 

2012

8th David Moore Memorial Trophy – (Sunday September 30th) This annual event (re-arranged from its original date in June) is between teams representing the White Rose Summer League and the Kyle Valley League (i.e. players who do not play regularly during the summer). Each league fielded a team of six triples with each triple playing three matches of nine ends. By lunchtime the WRSL league team were narrowly ahead by one game and also on shots (79/71). In the afternoon however, after a fish and chips lunch, the WRSL team did not perform so well. They won only three of the nine games and were down on shots (55/77). The lunch had taken its toll.

Thus, the final outcome was a win by the Kyle Valley League team by 148/134 shots. It concluded a most enjoyable days bowling and the result levelled the matches at four each. This was a fitting end to this annual challenge being the last in the present format. In future years, this memorial game will be organised as an internal WRSL competition.

Challenge Match – (Saturday September 8th - hosted by Hambleton SMBC) (Report from D Beardsley)  In this triples tournament all the teams in the league had one entry, apart from the league winners Knaresborough A, who had two. Four mats were used and each team played three games of nine ends with the top two teams playing in the final. They were Hambleton (Pat Adams, Barry Simmonite, Jim Adams) 6pts 35shots and St Cuthberts (Joyce Hughes, Audrey Craven, Arthur Jackson) 6pts 38 shots. The match was hotly contested on a very swinging mat with Hambleton setting the early pace but St Cuthberts managed to draw level after the nine ends. In the extra end St Cuthberts managed to be the victors by a single shot. They went home with a bottle of wine each to celebrate their victory. (See PhotoGallery). 

Ladder Competition -  (Sunday 12th August, Scotton Village hall) - (Report from D Beardsley) - Thirty-three bowlers in two groups took part in this triples competition each playing four alternate games of 30 minutes. The group selection was computer generated and players from the resting group made up the short fall in numbers. In each game players chose a token to indicate on which mat and in which team and position they had to play. They were not allowed to make any changes. The group winners, with the highest total number of total shots were Alan Meek (Branton SMBC) and Dennis Jarvis (Raskelf SMBC). Like last season a fish and chip lunch was provided which was very well received. (See PhotoGallery)

Betty Oliver Trophy (Sunday 22nd July) (Report from D Beardsley)

Sixteen mixed pairs teams took part in two groups each playing four 30-minute games. The group winners who did not lose a match were J Hughes/ A Jackson (58 shots) and G Fletcher/ A Banthorpe (46 shots). The runners up in the groups were S and M Forrester and Lesley and Robert Harris both from Knaresborough SMBC.

The final between the group winners was closely contested with Gill Fletcher holding two shots to level the score at 11/11 when the whistle blew. In the extra end Alan Banthorpe ditched the jack with Arthur Jackson attempting to draw the shot with his last bowl. On a tight measure Alan’s team were the victors.

John Oliver ended an enjoyable days bowling by presenting the trophies to the winning team. (See PhotoGallery).

 

Anthony Burrell Trophy (Sunday 8th July) (Report from D Beardsley) This was the second year of this triples competition hosted by Branton SMBC in memory of their past chairman. Twelve teams in two groups took part each playing three 35-minute games with the winner of a group playing the runner up of the other in the semi- final. The winners of Group 1 were L Jackson, C Lee, K Gough (6 pts, 36 shots) with E Clark, R Clark, A Jackson (6pts, 35 shots) runners up.  In Group 2 the winners were P Adams, L Hubbard, J Adams (6pts, 23shots) and the runners up J Hughes, J Ramsden, K Thompson (4pts, 23shots). The finalists were the two Group 1 teams with Arthur Jackson’s team the overall victors beating Keith Gough’s team 14/7.

Test Match with Co Durham at Scotton - (Sunday June10th) (Report from D Beardsley) This was the return match with the visitors having established a handsome lead of 17 points from the first leg (see below). They only needed to win 6 games from the 18 to be played on the day to win back the "Cooledge Cup". By lunchtime they had won 2 games and only 1 more in the afternoon so the WRSL team won the match by 33 - 6 points and retained the trophy. A most pleasing result for the WRSL team and one of disappointment to the visitors. The mats at Scotton served us well. (Overall WRSL have now won the trophy five times and Co Durham four times).

(See PhotoGallery).

Cambridgeshire SMBA Visit (19/20th May) - (report & photos from D Beardsley) A party of 28 visited us for the annual bowling weekend with Cambridgeshire SMBA.  On the Saturday we played the triples competition for the shield in which we regained the trophy. It was well contested with the scores level after 10 games, but by the end when 30 games had been played WRSL were the victors by 34-26 points. The visitors informed us that we only had the trophy on loan for one year!

On the Sunday it was a more relaxed event playing a Fours Ladder Competition in two groups. Each player played three 35-minute games with Robert Harris winning one group and Doreen Sorley the other.  It did not go down well that WRSL players were again the victors. I am sure Cambridgeshire will be out for revenge on our visit to them in May 2013.

Socially the weekend was a success with some of our players joining the visitors for excellent evening meals in Harrogate, where the visitors were based. Overall it was a most enjoyable weekend with most of the visitors returning home to a crash diet. (See PhotoGallery)

Test Match with Co Durham at Murton - (Wednesday 9th May). (Report from D Beardsley) This was the first leg of the annual match with our Durham colleagues. The teams consisted of six triples each playing three nine end games across three mats. After the first session we were level on points but as the day progressed the home team gradually took charge running out as the victors by 28-11 points. There were some very close games with teams only winning by a single shot. Unfortunately in most cases our team were the losers with a final overall shot difference of 43 in favour of Durham.

Even in defeat it was an enjoyable day with the traditional excellent hospitality. We look forward to the return game on the 10th of June when we hope to overcome the deficit on the mats at Scotton Village Hall.

DATA  PROVIDED BY PAT JONES - WRSL COMPILER

Last updated - Sep 4  at 2.55pm

 

FINAL SUMMER 2012

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
Last year Now
1 1 Knaresborough A 12 11 1   62 200
6 2 Branton 12 7 5   44 51
7 3 Boroughbridge 12 6 6   36 -9
3 4 Raskelf 12 5 6 1 32 -28
5 5 Knaresborough B 12 4 8   29 -66
2 6 St. Cuthberts 12 4 7 1 27 -70
4 7 Hambleton 12 4 8   22 -78

2011

7th David Moore Memorial Trophy - (Sunday September 18th) This is an annual event between teams representing the White Rose Summer League and the Kyle Valley League (i.e. players who do not play regularly during the summer). Each team fielded six triples with each triple playing three matches of nine ends. With 3 wins apiece to date, the match was again hotly contested but by lunch the White Rose team had won 6 of the 9 games and had opened up a substantial lead of 28 shots. After a good buffet, the Kyle Valley side rallied a little, winning 4 of the remaining games and reducing the deficit to 20 points. Thus the final outcome was that the WRSL retained the Trophy by 148 shots to 128. An excellent days bowling which concluded the White Rose's summer season and gave the Kyle Valley players a good warm up game for the season ahead.  As usual, Margaret, David's mother, presented the trophy to the WRSL Captain Arthur Jackson. (See PhotoGallery)

 

Challenge Match - Sunday September 12th - hosted by Boroughbridge SMBC (Report from Derek Beardsley)

In this triples tournament all the teams had one entry, apart from the league winners Knaresborough A who had two. The six clubs were divided into two groups who played in a round robin of nine ends to decide who would play the Knaresborough A teams.

Group 1 consisted of St Cuthberts, Knaresborough B and Branton with St Cuthberts winning the group and in Group 2  Raskelf, Boroughbridge and Hambleton played one another with Hambleton as the victor.

In the finals the St Cuthberts team (Gordon Cripps, Harry Welch, Arthur Jackson) beat the Knaresborough A team (Pat Beardsley, Jean and Jim Weatherill) 7/5. and the second Knaresborough A team (Pat and Bryan Jones and Jo Hearld) beat Hambleton (Margaret Mellors, Gill Fletcher, Arthur Morley) 11/8. The winning players each received a bottle of wine.

At the AGM which followed the tournament Knaresborough A were presented with the Shield for winning the league and Boroughbridge the wooden fork for propping up the teams in the league.

(See Photogallery)

3rd Betty Oliver Mixed Pairs (August 21st) - (Report from Derek Beardsley) In this its third year sixteen teams entered the mixed pairs tournament, hosted by Hambleton SMBC, in memory of Betty Oliver. Each team played four matches of 30 minutes across the four mats in two groups with the winner of each group playing in the final. The winner of Group A was Hilary Heaton and Phil Elgie with three wins and a draw and Group  B Pat and Derek Beardsley with four wins. In the final Pat and Derek beat Hilary and Phil by 14 shots to 2. It was very pleasing that John Oliver was able to attend to present the trophies to the winners. (See Photo Gallery)

Ladder Competition, Sunday 7th August held at Scotton Village Hall - (Report from Derek Beardsley) Forty bowlers took part in this triples competition in two groups each playing four games of 35 minutes. The group selection was computer generated and the four mats were not in their usual positions in order to reduce the home advantage to the Knaresborough players. For each game players chose a token to indicate in which team and position they had to play. They were not allowed to make any changes. The group winners, with the highest total number of shots, were Pam Carass and Stella Dunn both of Knaresborough SMBC. A change this year was the introduction of a fish and chips lunch that proved to be very popular (See PhotoGallery

Anthony Burrell Trophy  - Sunday 10th July 2011 (Report from Derek Beardsley)

This open triples competition, a new addition to our calendar, was in memory of Tony a very popular and loved bowler who was the Chairman of Branton Club.

Twelve teams took part each playing three games of nine ends in two groups with the winner of each group playing in the final. There were some very competitive matches, which resulted in two teams from the Knaresborough club reaching the final. Again this was a close match on a very difficult slow mat with Pat and Bryan Jones and Jo Hearld beating Pat and Derek Beardsley and Irene Edwards 10-8.

All agreed the event was most enjoyable with a special thank you to Branton Club for their hospitality in hosting the event in memory of a past member.

(See PhotoGallery)

MATCHES v DURHAM - (Report from Derek Beardsley) This year’s annual Test Matches with Co Durham were hotly contested. Unlike last year the format was six triples rather than the county format with two points for a win and one for a drawn game.

At lunchtime in the Home game, hosted by Branton SMBC at Great Ouseburn Village Hall, the teams were level on points and shots. After lunch our team managed to pull out a four shot lead with the final score (points/shots), WRSL 20/141, Durham1 16/126. In the Away game playing on the fast swinging mats at Murton we managed to further increase our lead with the final overall score (points /shots) WRSL 40/291, Durham 32/268. Naturally we all came away delighted to have retained the Trophy (Cooledge Cup). We look forward to the matches next season which are enjoyed both for the bowling and the friendships that we have established with the Co Durham players. (See PhotoGallery)

TRIP TO CAMBRIDGESHIRE - (Report from Derek Beardsley) On the weekend of the 14th/15th May twenty six WRSL bowlers made the trip to March, Cambridgeshire for our annual bowling weekend with Cambridgeshire SMBA. On the Saturday we played, as eight triples, for the Challenge Shield. Unfortunately we failed to retain the trophy losing 53/27 but as we pointed out they only have a loan on the trophy until they visit Yorkshire in 2012. On the Sunday all the bowlers were mixed together, in fours, in a Ladder Competition in which we were more successful. Doreen Sorley gained the most shots from our bowlers. The finale for the bowling was a 'spider' where each bowler bowled one bowl simultaneous at three targets across the four mats joined together. We won two of the three prizes.

Apart from the bowling the other highlight of the visit was the opportunity to increase your weight with the quality of the breakfasts at our accommodation and the carvery at the Wheel Inn, Wisbech on the Friday evening. Unfortunately there were some problems with the Saturday night meal but it will be part of the memories of the visit.    

All were very appreciative of the effort made by Roy Everitt, Chairman Cambridgeshire SMBA, and his collegues to ensure we had  a most enjoyable weekend, both socially and from the bowling. See PhotoGallery

 

 

DATA  PROVIDED BY PAT JONES - WRSL COMPILER

Last updated - Aug 30  at 9.20am

FINAL SUMMER 2011

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
 Last year Last Posn. Current
1 1 1 Knaresborough A 12 9 3   54 120
2 2 2 St. Cuthberts 12 8 4   46 61
4 3 3 Raskelf 12 8 4   43 48
5 4 4 Hambleton 12 6 6   36 -8
7 6 5 Knaresborough B 12 4 8   28 -56
6 5 6 Branton 12 4 8   25 -59
3 7 7 Boroughbridge 12 3 9   19 -106

 

2010

6th David Moore Memorial Trophy - (September 19th, Dalton Village Hall) - This is an annual event between teams representing the White Rose Summer League and the Kyle Valley League. Each team consisted of six triples with each team playing three matches of nine ends.  The match was hotly contested with some triples from each team winning all three of their games. The final outcome was that the WRSL retained the Trophy by 151 shots to 128 although it was pointed out that if the match had been decided on points the outcome would have been the reverse, by two points. Hard luck KVL - the result has always been based on shots! An excellent days bowling concluded with Margaret, David's mother, presenting the trophy to the WRSL Captain Arthur Jackson. (see Photo Gallery).

End of Season Challenge Match + AGM (September 12th - Great Ouseburn Village Hall) - In this event, hosted  by Branton SMBA, six triple teams in the league played in two groups in a round robin to decide who would play the two triples teams of the league winners, Knaresborough 'A'. The group winners were St. Cuthberts (Christine Peel, Richard Clarke, Arthur Jackson) and Knaresborough 'B' (Sheila Haffey, Doreen Sorley, Ken Brailey). St. Cuthberts went on to beat one of the Knaresborough 'A' teams ( Pat Beardsley, Jim Weatherill and Derek Beardsley) by 7-4 and the Knaresborough 'B' team was defeated by the 'A' team (Pat Jones, Jean Weatherill, Bryan Jones) by 14-5.

After the match the WRSL Shield was presented by Arthur Jackson to the 'A' team captain, Derek Beardsley. This was the fifth time that this team has won the league since its introduction in 2003. (See PhotoGallery).

The leagues AGM was held after the above match. The elected officers for the 2011 summer season are: Chairman - Pat Jones; Secretary - Derek Beardsley; Treasurer - Margaret Moore; Captain - Arthur Jackson.

 

The 2nd Betty Oliver Mixed Pairs - (5th September - Thirsk). 22 pairs played in 3 groups (8, 8, 6) with each pair having 3 games of 30 minutes. The 3 group winners and the best loser then went into the semi-finals. In these Jim & Pat Adams beat Arthur Jackson & Audrey Craven (17-4) and Robert & Lesley Harris beat Derek & Pat Beardsley (8-5). The Final between the Adams and Harris partnerships resulted in a win for Robert & Leslie who eventually won 12-8 after initially trailing. John Oliver presented the trophy to the winners thus concluding a very successful and enjoyable day.   

 

DURHAM 2009 - Home leg June 5th/Away leg June 14th. This was the 7th year running that the league had played against the Durham County team. Many White Rose players were key members of last years County B team and having been beaten into 2nd place by Durham in the IC league, the match this year was maybe a little more significant than usual, especially as both teams will once again be facing each other next season, this time in the leagues 1st Division. The home leg was won convincingly by the league 28-12 (229 shots to 157) giving them a good start when they went to Murton. The away leg was a very evenly matched game which actually ended all square on shots (164-164). However the geordie team had a 2 point advantage to win by 21-19 but this was not enough for them to retain the Cooledge Cup which was brought back to Yorkshire after an absence of 5 years. (See PhotoGallery)

  

CAMBRIDGESHIRE - On the 8th/9th May the league hosted a party of 33 Cambridgeshire SMBA bowlers for the annual bowling weekend. On the Saturday a Ladder Competition was held in Great Ouseburn Village Hall with the winners being Marian Robotham of Knaresborough SMBC (Group A) and Margaret Manfield of Hambleton SMBC (Group B). Our success was continued on the Sunday, this time at the Hambleton Club's Thirsk venue. Here, the league won back the Triples Trophy held by Cambridgeshire after last years contest.  Each side had ten teams of triples and the final score was 38-22 to the league (270-214 shots).  We now look forward to our visit to March in May 2011. (Report from Derek Beardsley)  (See PhotoGallery)

 

 

FINAL - SUMMER 2010

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
 Last year Last Week Current
1 1 1 Knaresborough A 12 9 2 1 49 109
2 2 2 St. Cuthberts 12 6 5 1 43 18
n/a 3 3 Boroughbridge 12 7 4 1 42 3
3 4 4 Raskelf 12 6 6   36 25
5 5 5 Hambleton 12 5 6 1 29 -23
4 7 6 Branton 12 3 8 1 28 -62
6 6 7 Knaresborough B 12 3 8 1 25 -70

 

2009

vs KYLE VALLEY LEAGUE - September 19th - Once again the league finished its season with a challenge match against the Kyle Valley league (a memorial to the late David Moore). Both teams fielded a team of 6 triples and by using 3 mats at the Thirsk venue, all players were able to enjoy 3 games of 9 ends. Having lost the last 3 contests, the White Rose side, captained by Arthur Jackson, turned up the heat this year and only allowed Ralph Parson's Kyle Valley side to win 4 of the 18 games played. The final score was therefore 28-8 (179-116 shots) giving the league a well deserved second win in the 5 year history of this match. 

 

FINAL - SUMMER 2009

Updated 12th August

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
 Before Last Current
    1 Knaresborough 2 10 7 2 1 41 83
    2 St. Cuthberts 10 5 5   30 23
    3 Raskelf 10 5 4 1 29 25
    4 Branton 10 5 5   29 -52
    5 Hambleton 10 4 6   28 -39
    6 Knaresborough 1 10 3 7   23 -40

End of Season Tournament (Great Ouseburn) 9th September - Six triple teams (one from each team in the league) were involved playing in two groups in a round robin. The final was between Hambleton (Pat Adams, Barry Simmonite, Jim Adams) and Knaresborough 1 (Freda Lyon, Hilary Heaton, Ken Brailey). Hambleton were the 12/7 winners. The event was followed by the AGM during which the winners of the League, Knaresborough 2, were presented with the Winners Shield. The Wooden Fork for the team in most need of improvement was presented to Knaresborough 1. This was in direct contrast to their performance in reaching the final of the End of Season Tournament. (with thanks to D. Beardsley)

Betty Oliver Mixed Pairs (Great Ouseburn) 23rd August - This was a new competition and 24 Mixed Pairs entered. 4 Mats were laid at Gt. Ouseburn and all Pairs had 3 games of 30 minutes (all on a different mat). The top 4 teams then played a Semi-Final followed by the two winners contesting the Final. After the preliminary rounds it was only Len/Diana Rose who were undefeated with the next best three being Jim/Jean Wetherell, Dennis Jarvis/Joan Ramsden and Margaret Mellors/Barry Simmonite. In the first Semi, Len and Diana beat Jim & Jean by 16-6 whilst in the other, Barry and Margaret beat Dennis and Joan by 10-8. In the Final it was Barry and Margaret who eventually won the new Trophy (presented by John Oliver), beating the Roses by 13-6.

Ladder Competition (Knaresborough) 2nd August - 36 bowlers took part with each playing in 4 triples of 35 minutes. Triples drawn from a hat for each game. Won by Freda Lyon (Knaresborough) with 45 shots, with Pat Beardsley and Robert Harris (both Knaresborough) in 2nd with 43 shots. Dennis Jarvis (Raskelf) came 4th.

Bowl & Bite Day (Dalton) 11th July - Robert Harris (Knaresborough) and Pat Adams (Hambleton) shared 1st place. The traditional Fish & Chip lunch was again well received.

vs DURHAM Home (Thirsk) 6th June - This years home match against the Geordies ended a string of defeats that the league had suffered over the last few years. The match was evenly balanced with the Singles, Triples and Fours all sharing their points with 2 wins and 2 losses apiece. However the Pairs succeeded in winning 3 of their 4 games to tip the balance in the leagues favour. The final result was 23-17 (+15 shots) to the home side. Away (Murton) 20th June - With some of the leagues key players being unavailable it was a slightly weakened side that travelled north for the return match. The Singles, Pairs and Triples all won 2 games and lost 2 whilst the Fours had a bad day losing all 4 of their games. So the result was a win for Durham by 26-14 (+33 shots).   

vs CAMBRIDGESHIRE Away 9th/10th May - After last years successful weekend visit by Cambridgeshire to play at Thirsk and Knaresborough, it was the turn of the White Rose League to send a team in the opposite direction to play against Roy Everitt's team. On the Saturday a straightforward triples match (10 teams per side) was played at the Braza British Legion Cub in March. Each Triples had 4x35 minute games so there were 80 points available to be won. By the end of the day it was 46 points to the hosts and 34 to the visitors (352-261 shots) resulting in Cambridgeshire retaining the Shield they had won last year.

 

The location changed on the Sunday to the Manea British Legion Club and the format to  a "Fours Bowls Drive". In this each Four was composed of two Cambridge and two WRSL players. Again, four games were had by all and between each game the composition of each of the Fours was changed (but always with two from each team). All players carried their scores with them and the winner was the player with the highest accumulated score. This again resulted in a win for the hosts.

 

However the results were really secondary to what was essentially a social event and the hospitality of Roy and his colleagues could not be faulted. The whole trip was adjudged by one and all to be a resounding success.   

 

2008

vs KYLE VALLEY LEAGUE (David Moore Memorial) 28/9/08 - Once again the league finished its season with a challenge match against the Kyle Valley league as a memorial to the late David Moore. Both teams fielded a team of 6 triples and using 3 mats at the Dalton venue, all players were able to enjoy 3 games of 9 ends. However, in spite of the benefit of playing throughout the summer, including games against 3 county teams, White Rose was once again unable to prevail against the Kyle Valley team who won 23-13 (164 shots-133 shots) and who have now won the last 3 matches in this annual event.

 

FINAL - SUMMER 2008

Last updated 28th September

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
 Before Last Current
    1 Raskelf 10 8 2   44 +138
    2 Knaresborough A 10 5 5   35 +31
    3 St. Cuthberts 10 5 5   31 +38
    4 Branton 10 5 4 1 31 +4
    5 Hambleton 10 3 6 1 20 -91
    6 Knaresborough B 10 3 7   19 -118

 

Versus DURHAM - Home (7/6/08) - The match was played at Thirsk and  Durham won comprehensively by 27-8 (187-153) Away (29/6/08) - The away leg at Murton was also lost by a similar margin -  12-23 (147-189).

Versus CAMBRIDGESHIRE - At home only 10th/11th May '08 - On the Saturday, teams of 24 (triples only) faced up to each other on 4 mats at Hambleton's home venue in Thirsk. Although space was at a premium, luckily the weather was fine, so those not playing were able to spill out into  the sunshine. All players had 4 games which were timed at 35 minutes and after some very close contests, the day ended with 17 wins for the visitors and 14 for the hosts with one game drawn. With 4 points for the aggregate, Cambridge thus ran out as winners by 39 points to 29. On Sunday the action moved to Knaresborough's venue at Scotton for a "ladder" competition. In this, all players from both sides were jumbled up and random triples were picked for the first game.  Everyone had three games, (again timed at 35 minutes) with a new draw for playing partners being made prior to each game. Each player accumulated their three scores with the winner being he/she with the most shots over their games. Our most successful player was Jo Hearld with 35 shots closely followed by Derek Beardsley and Jean Wetherell on 34. The weekend was a most enjoyable one for both sides and it is hoped that a White Rose team will be able travel to Cambridge for a repeat weekend next year. 

Versus DERBYSHIRE - Away (13/4/08) - In spite of a couple of narrow defeats, the White Rose team was comprehensively outclassed in their first match against the strong Derbyshire side. Derbyshire, which had finished 2nd in the 1st Division of the NESMBA winter league, only allowed the visitors to win 2 games and draw 1 other to end the day 30-5  and 215-124 shots. Home (20/4/08) As is to be expected, there was an improvement on the home mats at Scotton. However, Derbyshire were not giving anything away and still won the match by 23-12 and 193-134 shots.

2007

DAVID MOORE CHALLENGE TROPHY - 2007 - In the 3rd of these annual Challenge days, 6 triples from the White Rose league met 6 from the Kyle Valley league at Dalton to simultaneously round off the summer season and open up the new winter season. As usual, on paper, the advantage (simply based on numbers) should have easily been in favour of the latter. However, the White Rose team contain several key members of the county team and all had of course been playing regularly throughout the summer months. For most of the challengers, this was only the first match for several months. This made for a close encounter, with all players getting 3 games of 45 minutes over 6 sessions on Daltons three, sometimes tricky, mats.

 

The Kyle Valley team made a good start winning all 3 games in the first session to lead by 18 shots but White Rose immediately responded with 3 wins in the next to go ahead by a single shot. They also won 2 of the next sessions 3 games, so the lunch break was taken with the home side ahead by 11 shots. The Kyle Valley team slowly fought back over the 4th/5th sessions so that when the 6th and final session of the day got underway they had just eased ahead by 2 shots. They then had a decisive final session to retain the Cup by 200-180 shots. Brian Foster, life President of the Hambleton club, presented the Cup to Ralph Parsons who vowed to return next year to try for a 3rd successive win. (See PhotoGallery).   

versus DURHAM 2007 - Both games against Durham  were lost. Home at Thirsk 10-22 (-53 shots) and Away at Murton 14-18 (-28 shots).

 

FINAL - SUMMER 2007

Last updated 25th August

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
 Before Last Current
    1 Raskelf 10 9 1   50 +159
    2 Knaresborough A 10 7 3   37 +65
    3 St. Cuthberts 10 7 3   36 +39
    4 Hambleton 10 3 7   24 -45
    5 Knaresborough B 10 2 8   19 -109
    6 Branton 10 2 8   14 -109

2006

WHITE ROSE versus DERBYSHIRE (Away) - (4/11/06) Played at Shirland. Derbyshire won by 29-6 (243 shots - 121 shots)

WHITE ROSE versus DERBYSHIRE (Home) - (7/10/06) Played at Scotton. Derbyshire won by 26-9 (199 shots - 158 shots)

WHITE ROSE versus DURHAM - (2006) This year the Home game was tied 16-16 and the Away game lost 13-19.

DAVID MOORE CHALLENGE TROPHY - 2006 - (16/9/06) For the 2nd year, players from the clubs in the White Rose league held a match against the (non White Rose) players in the Kyle Valley league. Each side fielded 6 triples with everyone having 3 games of 9 ends. The  White Rose team (captained  by Arthur Jackson) made an excellent start winning all 3 games in the first session. However, Ralph Parsons had picked a  team who were determined to get their name on the Trophy and in the remaining 5 sessions they allowed the White Rose to win only 2 further games.  With 2 games drawn, the final score was 24-12 (173-123) making the tally 1 match apiece.  A very enjoyable day, including a huge buffet lunch in what will hopefully become an permanent annual curtain raiser to each new season.  

FINAL - SUMMER 2006

Last updated 23rd August

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
 Before Last Current
    1 Knaresborough A 10 10     54 +146
    2 St. Cuthberts 10 7 3   42 +99
    3 Raskelf 10 5 4 1 34 +27
    4 Hambleton 10 4 6   25 -39
    5 Branton 10 2 7 1 14 -111
    6 Knaresborough B 10 1 9   11 -127

2005

DAVID MOORE CHALLENGE TROPHY - 2005 - This was a new match inaugurated in memory of David Moore, a young player from Hambleton who died very unexpectedly at the beginning of the year. It took the form of a Challenge against a team representing the Kyle Valley league. Each side fielded 6 triples with everyone having 3 games. A very enjoyable day, including buffet lunch resulted in a win for the White Rose side by 26-10 (164 shots to 125). It is hoped this match will be repeated annually during the second week in September

"TEST MATCHES"   vs   DURHAM COUNTY - 2005 - This year, the League  played two games against Durham county. The first was at Home (played in the winter Hambleton venue at Thirsk) and resulted in a 19-16 win for the league (174-172 shots). In the Away game at Murton the league fared even better, overcoming the geordies by 21-14 (175-157 shots). The Captain, Arthur Jackson was very pleased to bring the Cooledge Cup back to Yorkshire, although he admitted that Durham had not turned out their top county team. Chairman John Bunting said he was proud of the leagues achievement and felt the White Rose team had given Durham a bit of a shock.

                   BELGIUM 2005                 

 

The White Rose League committee regret that they have had to cancel their plans to visit our Short Mat Bowling colleagues in Belgium in July 2005 due to the minimum number of participants not being reached. However they will be going ahead with plans to invite members from Belgium to North Yorkshire in 2006. Details can be obtained from League Secretary Derek Beardsley on 01423 864418 or at Derek.Beardsley@aspin1999.freeserve.co.uk

 

FINAL - SUMMER 2005

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
Week before Last Week Current
    1 Knaresborough 8 5 3   30 +62
    2 Hambleton B 8 5 3   30 +36
    3 Bilsdale 8 3 5   23 +12
    4 Raskelf 8 4 4   21 -28
    5 Hambleton A 8 3 5   16 -82

2004

2004 END OF SEASON CHALLENGE MATCH - September 13th 2004 - This final event of the season was once again held in the showroom at Lookers Toyota in Northallerton. There were two sessions of 8 ends playing two wood triples on two mats brought in from Dalton. The only drawback to the venue was the low sun streaming in down the length of the mats through the showrooms large glass windows making bowling from one end a little problematic.

In the first session Knaresborough lost 5-13 to Hambleton whilst Bilsdale overcame Raskelf 10-6. These two winning triples then went on to play league champions Great Ouseburn in the final session. In these David Moore, John Bunting and Barry Simmonite had a good win over Allan Meek, Keith Gough and Simon Holtby by 9-1. However on the other mat, Phil Elgie playing with Derek and Iris Johnstone wiped out George and Nancy Cook and Bill Lowther by 18-3. Great Ouseburn thus won this Challenge in addition to the league. After the presentation made by Colin Tipton of Lookers, all those present retired for a free buffet courtesy of the White Rose League.

Test match 1 (Durham): Sunday 6th June 2004 - Home game played at Knaresborough (Scotton). This inaugural game was won convincingly by the League team by 23 points to 12 (217 shots to 149).

Test match 2 (Durham): Sunday 27th June 2004 - Away game played at Murton (Sunderland). Durham got full revenge for their defeat at Knaresborough three weeks ago by only allowing the White Rose team two victories - one in the Singles (Arthur Jackson) and one in the Triples (Dennis Jarvis). Final score was Durham 31 points and White Rose 4 points (233 shots to 130). The result of the final match on neutral territory next month is eagerly awaited.  

Test match 3 (Durham): Sunday 25th July 2004 - Final match played on neutral ground at Eston (Middlesborough). A good morning for the White Rose team meant that Durham went into the last session 10-14 down knowing they had to win three of the fours mats to draw. They actually went one better winning all four mats to take the Cooledge Cup by 21-14.  The shot different of 179-175 (to Durham) showed how close a match this really was. Both teams then retired to a local hostelry for an early evening meal at which Ralph Parsons, the NYSMBA Captain, presented the Cup to Derek Gray, the captain of the Durham team.    

FINAL - SUMMER 2004

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
Week before Last Week Current
2 1 1 Great Ouseburn 8 6 2 0 32  
3 2 2 Knaresborough 8 4 4 0 26  
1 3 3 Bilsdale 8 4 4 0 24  
4 4 4 Hambleton 8 5 3 0 24  
5 5 5 Raskelf 8 1 7 0 14  

2003

2003 END OF SEASON CHALLENGE MATCH - League winners Knaresborough were beaten by a combined team from the other league clubs at "Lookers" showroom in Northallerton in September 2003.

FINAL - SUMMER 2003

League Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points Shot Difference
Week before Last Week Current
    1 Knaresborough 8 6 2 0 34  
    2 Bilsdale 8 4 4 0 28  
    3 Great Ouseburn 8 3 4 1 21  
    4 Raskelf 8 4 4 0 20  
    5 Hambleton 8 2 1 5 17