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10 - THE LITTLE CUP

(The competition was known as the "Inter-League Cup" from 1998-2007)

(Content reviewed 16/8/17)

This is an annual open competition for teams of 4 which historically takes place towards the end of each season.

However, it was decided in 2016 to move the date to pre-Christmas which did not prove popular 

The fate of this competition now hangs in the balance

HISTORY

1998 - The competition originated in the Kyle Valley League as a friendly with the Selby league. The Cup was donated by Gordon Hanson and Roger Green (Chairman and Secretary of the Kyle Valley league). The original format was for 12 triples from each league.

1999 - Scarborough league invited to join in to make it a three sided competition using 12 mats (but anyone from the few clubs who do not play in any of the 3 leagues could still enter but would "guest" for one of them).

2003 - Competition adopted by the NYSMBA  due to unwillingness of KVL to continue with organisation.

2006 - Format was changed from 6 sessions on 12 mats to 8 sessions on 9 mats to improve administration.

2007 - The competition was renamed in memory of Gordon Little, the former manager of the Y&D IBC, without whose enthusiastic support, the competition would probably never have got off the ground. Gordon's wife Nonie presents the Cup.

2008 - After 10 years, the Scarborough league opted out due to their inability to guarantee a full entry of 12 triples. The competition was reformatted into an "open" competition for teams of 4 playing a mixture of Singles, Pairs and Triples.

2011 - After 13 years at the Y & D IBC, the location was moved to the Galtres Centre in Easingwold.

2013 - Nonie Little passed away shortly after presenting the Cup at the 16th competition

2015 - Not held

2016 - Organised by the BSA SMBC at Swinton

2016 - Date changed from that used historically (March) to November (hence the TWO competitions in 2016 shown below).

2017 -

 

(For details of all winners in old format prior to 2008 - page down to end)
WINNERS RUNNERS UP
2008 David & Joseph Newsome, Ben Render, Richard Lochman Derek & Pat Beardsley, Bryan & Pat Jones
2009 Eric Richardson, Jean Calvert, Gary Burnham, David Daddy David & Joseph Newsome, Ben Render, Richard Lochman
2010 David & Sheila Loraine, Barry Crossland, Penny Witham Geoff & Anne Whitehead, Richard Lochman, Geoff Dye
2011 Rose Haynes,  Simon Holtby,  Nicole Baddeley,  Roger Green David Randon,  Bruce Fryer,  Gareth & Jacinta Townend
2012 Bronagh Malone    Ben Render    Jacinta & Gareth Townend Geoff & Anne Whitehead    Geoff Dye    Jill Newsome
2013 Geoff & Anne Whitehead    Geoff Dye    Roger Green (sub) Robert & Lesley Harris    Jim & Jean Weatherill
2014 Dennis Jarvis Doreen Sorley  Arthur Jackson  Sue Pittham Robert & Lesley Harris    Jim & Jean Weatherill
2015 NOT HELD
2016 - 1 Geoff & Anne Whitehead    Geoff Dye    Jill Newsome Ben Render  Joyce Perry  Jane Rudd Joanne Senior
2016 - 2 NOT HELD
2017 NOT BEING HELD
2018    

 

2016 19th LITTLE CUP (Saturday November 12th at Swinton) NOT HELD

2016 18th LITTLE CUP (Saturday March 19th at Swinton) - This year the BSA club agreed to organise and host this competition on behalf of the NYSMBA (due to a continued lack of organisational resources because of the absence of any elected NYSMBA Competition Secretary), The format remained the same and with 20 entries (teams of 4) the competition took part on 10 mats with each team playing in alternate sessions. All participants had 4 games of 45 minutes - two played as 2 x Pairs and two played as 1 x Single and 1 x Triple. At the end of the day 4 teams remained undefeated with 16 points so the places were determined on total shots. The runners up (50) were Ben Render, Jane Rudd, Joanne Senior and Joyce Perry whilst the Cup and 100 went to Geoff & Anne Whitehead, Geoff Dye and Jill Newsome.

FINAL POSITIONS 2016 (March)

 

 

Captain Club POINTS DIFF Total Shots
1 Geoff Whitehead SWMC 16 119 174
2 Jane Rudd X Gates 16 68 143
3 Janet Clark  N Duffield 16 55 136
4 A Banthorpe Hambleton 16 41 127
5 Arthur Jackson St C/Ras/Kna 14 88 149
6 J Newsome N Duffield 12 77 160
7 Roger Green Easingwold 10 54 143
8 Edwin Smith Scarboro' 9 27 121
9 Gyl Sampson S Ross 8 -51 87
10 Anne Ridge X Gates 7 -7 106
11 Wilson TLD 6 -6 99
12 C Barthram Hambleton 6 -30 97
13 Keith Tingay Scarboro' 6 -54 83
14 A Leng Yedingham 5 -18 93
15 Ruby Rounding TLD 5 -19 88
16 BSA BSA 4 -46 78
17 David Herbert Ch Fenton 2 -45 89
18 Colin Stevens S Ross 2 -68 66
19 C Welford Hambleton 0 -56 84
20 Arthur Morley Hambleton 0 -129 45

2015 (Saturday March 21st) - CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ORGANISATIONAL RESOURCES

2014 (Saturday March 26th) - This was the 17th competition for the Little Cup.  20 teams of 4 were entered from 11 different clubs (although some entries were from mixed clubs). The proven and popular format was again used with everyone getting 4 games of 45 minutes played in alternate sessions using 10 mats. Each team as usual played 2 games as a Single and a Triple and 2 games as 2 Pairs and this meant there were a maximum of 16 points per team available. Once again, there was no team that managed to survive the day unscathed but several came close. The top 2 teams had each only lost 1 of their 8 games and so ended equal on 14 points and were only separated by a shot difference of 2, with Arthur Jackson, Dennis Jarvis, Doreeen Sorley and Sue Pittham claiming the Cup and the 100 first prize with Robert & Lesley Harris and Jim & Jean Weatherill settling for the runners up slot and 50 for the second year running.

In making the presentation, Chairman Pat Jones reminded those present to remember Nonie Little who had given the Cup its name in memory of her husband Gordon and who herself had sadly passed away a few short weeks after attending to make the presentation last year.

See PhotoGallery and latest OOM.

FINAL PLACINGS 2014

Pos Team Skip Club Points Diff
1 A Jackson St Cuthberts 14 67
2 R Harris Knaresborough 14 65
3 G Whitehead SWMC 13 59
4 F Boatman E Cottingworth 13 47
5 A Banthorpe Hambleton 11 36
6 J Hughes Easingwold 11 36
7 A Leng Yedingham 11 5
8 G Raggett Church Fenton 10 42
9 D Herbert Church Fenton 9 -7
10 D Beardsley Knaresborough 9 -11
11 A Meek Branton 8 -18
12 J Dawson Yedingham 7 -4
13 C Barthram Hambleton 6 -8
14 C Stevens Seaton Ross 6 -12
15 P Lawry Kirkbymoorside 5 -22
16 J Ramsden Great Ouseburn 4 -15
17 L Marshall Church Fenton 4 -62
18 M Cowman Knaresborough 3 -39
19 A Morley Hambleton 2 -52
20 S Parton Knaresborough 0 -107

2013 (Saturday March 9th) - The 16th competition for the Little Cup began on a sombre note with a silence held in memory of Phil Elgie of Branton SMBC whose funeral had been held the previous day.

There were 22 entries for this years contest with teams representing 14 of the counties clubs and this increase in entries meant that 2 extra mats had to be brought in (from Crayke) in order to lay the 12 required so that everyone was able to play their 4 games in alternate sessions as usual. This is the first time that so many mats had been used at the Galtres Centre. Unfortunately, one team had to retire almost immediately due to the illness of one of their players which necessitated a trip to hospital. Competition Secretary Lesley Harris immediately worked out some changes to the running order in order to make sure that all remaining entries had their full complement of games - no mean task - well done Lesley.

In the last 3 years this competition has been won outright by the only team to win all their games and gaining the maximum 16 points but by the end of the day there was no team with such a distinction. Two teams however tied on 14 points having lost just one of their 8 games and the winners with the greater shot difference was Geoff & Anne Whitehead with Geoff Dye and Roger Green. (Roger had substituted at short notice due to the aforementioned illness). In second place were Robert & Lesley Harris (proving that you can run the competition AND play well!) with Jim & Jean Weatherill.

Nonie Little (whose son Ian was in the 3rd placed team from Great Ouseburn) was once again present to present the prize money and the Cup (named in memory of her late husband Gordon). (See PhotoGallery and latest OOM)

FINAL PLACINGS 2013

Team 22 scratched due to illness

  CAPTAIN   PTS DIFF
1 G Whitehead SWMC 14 75
2 R Harris Knareborough 14 57
3 R Haynes Great Ouseburn 12 56
4 A Banthorpe Hambleton 12 46
5 D Brown Easingwold 12 29
6 D Beardsley Knaresborough 11 15
7 J Pennock Easingwold 10 34
8 G Kelleher Kirkbymoorside 10 -4
9 D Jarvis Raskelf 9 18
10 S Spencer Seaton Ross 9 5
11 G Raggett Church Fenton 8 20
12 D Herbert Church Fenton 8 -10
13 M Jackson Tollerton 6 9
14 E Smith Scarborough 5 -19
15 J Ramsden Great Ouseburn 5 -31
16 L Wilson Boroughbridge 5 -44
17 A Meek Branton 4 -42
18 C Barthram Hambleton 4 -43
19 M Cowman Knaresborough 4 -50
20 B Dobson Easingwold 4 -55
21 A Ridge Crossgates 2 -66
22 D Newsome North Duffield 0 0

2012 (Saturday March 10th) - For the second year this competition (now in its 15th year) was held at Easingwold and there were once again 20 entries. Last years format  was repeated exactly with each team of 4 having 4 games of 45 minutes (two as 2 Pairs and two as a Single/Triple) in alternate sessions on 10 mats. Undefeated teams would thus score 16 points.

At the halfway stage (after 4 sessions) only 3 teams were undefeated these being David & Jo Newsome, Richard Lochman and Peter Brown; Rose Haynes Simon Holtby, Roger Green and Megan Holtby and Bronagh Malone, Ben Render and Jacinta & Gareth Townend although the teams of Geoff Whitehead, Derek Beardsley and Carolyn Barthram had only lost a single game so were still in with a chance.

In session 5, Rose's team were drawn against Bronagh's and both games went into the last end with scores even. However it was the 4 England players who took both games with their last woods to claim the 4 points and scupper Rose's chances of retaining the Cup fpr a second year.  Meanwhile Geoff Whitehead with wife Anne, Geoff Dye and Jill Newsome  won all their remaining 4 games and along with David (who lost 1 game) finished their day on 14 points. Simon Breeze had a good afternoon winning all 4 games and along with Rose and Derek ended up with 12 points. However, Bronagh's team completed the day with 2 easy wins to become the only team to end the day on 16 points. They therefore claimed the Little Cup and the 100 first prize whilst the runners up were Geoff's team who, with a slightly better shot difference pushed David into third place and took the second prize of 50.

The presentation was made by Chairman Pat Jones in the absence of Nonie Little who was unfortunately in hospital. The Umpire for the day was Tom Hillbeck and the raffle raised nearly 150. Pat reminded everyone of the forthcoming Irish Night social evening and urged those present to come along and have an enjoyable evening.

(See PhotoGallery and latest OOM)  

FINAL PLACINGS 2012

  Captain POINTS DIFF
1 MALONE 16 98
2 WHITEHEAD 14 77
3 NEWSOME 14 73
4 HAYNES 12 83
5 BREEZE 12 29
6 BEARDSLEY 12 28
7 JARVIS 11 21
8 RAGGETT 9 -3
9 MATHER 8 31
10 BANTHORPE 6 19
11 STRICKLAND 6 -28
12 RAMSDEN 6 -36
13 BARTHRAM 6 -40
14 JOHNSON 6 -42
15 SPENCER 6 -50
16 PICKLES 5 -42
17 HARRIS 4 -43
18 SMITH 4 -54
19 MALEY 2 -56
20 ELLIS 1 -65

2011 (Saturday April 16th) Date changed to March 12th. Due to logistical problems the location was changed from the Y&D IBC to the Galtres Centre in Easingwold. However in spite of a clash with a re-arranged Yorkshire (North) League game which meant that several "regulars" chose not to take part, there were once again 20 entries. Last years format  was repeated exactly with each team of 4 having 4 games of 45 minutes (two as 2 Pairs and two as a Single/Triple) in alternate sessions on 10 mats. Undefeated teams would thus score 16 points.

With one session to go, only 3 of the 20 teams were undefeated and in with a chance of winning. These were David Randon, Bruce Fryer, Jacinta Townend and Gareth Townend (+91); Alan Banthorpe, Barry Simmonite, Pat Banthorpe and Derek Williams (+87);  Rose Haynes, Simon Holtby, Nicole Baddeley and Roger Green (+48). However, in their final session both of Alans's Pairs lost, to slip to 4th just behind Geoff & Ann Whitehead, Geoff Dye and Jill Newsome who ended in 3rd. One of David's Pairs also lost their last game leaving them as runners-up, whilst Rose's team, completed their day with two more substantial wins which more than doubled their shot difference and meant they were the only team to claim the full 16 points for the day. Nonie Little was delighted to be able to present the Little Cup Trophy and 1st prize of 100 to her Great Ouseburn club colleagues and the 50 second prize to David Randon's foursome. (See PhotoGallery and Order of Merit)

Thanks go to John and Eileen Bunting who had "come out of retirement" to keep track of the scores, to all who supported the raffle which raised 120 and to all those who assisted with setting up and putting away the equipment, looked after teas and coffees and selling raffle tickets.

FINAL PLACINGS 2011

  Captain POINTS DIFF
1 HAYNES 16 98
2 RANDON 14 97
3 WHITEHEAD 14 49
4 BANTHORPE 12 71
5 SHERBURN 11 13
6 BEARDSLEY 10 21
7 HUGHES 10 2
8 NEWSOME 8 42
9 RAGGETT 8 22
10 LORAINE 8 15
11 MATHER 8 1
12 CLARK 8 -7
13 HUBBARD 6 -14
14 STEVENS 6 -45
15 FLETCHER 6 -55
16 MALEY 5 -64
17 CRAVEN 3 -39
18 GRAYSON 3 -67
19 SPENCER 2 -62
20 BREEZE 2 -78

2010 (Saturday April 23rd) - Once again 20 teams of 4 took part with all teams having four games of 45 minutes in alternate sessions. As before, two of the games were played as 2 Pairs and two as a Triple/Single. By the end of the day only one team remained totally undefeated claiming the maximum 16 points and thus making deciding upon the winner an easy task. It was therefore David & Sheila Loraine, Barry Crossland and Penny Witham from Flixton who received the Little Cup from Nonie Little this year (and who also took away the 100 1st prize). Two teams had both lost a single game and drew another and so ended tied on 13 points as runners up. However with a huge shot difference of 81 it was Geoff & Anne Whitehead  and Geoff Dye (SWMC) and Richard Lochman (E Cottingwith) who shared the 50 2nd prize.  (See PhotoGallery) (Note the raffle raised 134 - thanks to Pat & Pat)

 

FINAL POSITIONS 2010
  Captain POINTS DIFF
 1 LORAINE 16 81
 2 WHITEHEAD 13 81
 3 SHERBURN 13 33
 4 HAYNES 12 23
 5 BROWN 11 39
 6 BEARDSLEY 10 27
 7 RANDON 10 12
 8 HARRIS 10 -4
 9 JACKSON 8 7
 10 JARVIS 8 -7
 11 WEATHERILL 8 -8
 12 BARTHRAM 7 -5
 13 LENG 6 15
 14 ROSE 6 4
 15 RICHARDSON 6 -10
 16 WARD 5 -51
 17 SPENCER 4 -17
 18 HUBBARD 4 -67
 19 RAMSDEN 2 -60
 20 CRABTREE 1 -93

2009 (Sunday 26th April) - This was the 12th year since the Cup was introduced but only the 2nd in the new "open" format for teams of four playing in a mixed Singles, Pairs and Triples. Last year sponsors had withdrawn so to enable prize money to be awarded once again, the competition was sponsored very generously by Nonie Little.  For the first time this competition was held on a Sunday and delayed for a week due to the absence of key personnel on the originally planned date. This led to a reduction in entries from 24 to 20 so only 10 mats were required which, as usual were loaned by the BSA club and transported by Arthur Jackson on the night before when they were laid and cleaned by the usual 6 willing helpers. All 80 players had 4 games in alternate 50 minute sessions. In two of these sessions the teams played as two Pairs and in the other two sessions they played as a Single/Triple. Thus an undefeated team could score a maximum of 16 points over the day.  

This was essentially a relaxed "fun day"  to round off the Short Mat season. The entrants varied greatly in talent and experience from our newly crowned ESMBA National Champion, David Newsome (whose team had won the Little Cup last year) and our NESMBA Singles Champion Geoff Whitehead, to two youngsters from the Riccall school club run by Jill Newsome, who at just 9 years old must currently be the youngest SM bowlers in the county.  

There were no rules about how each team should divide up into their Singles, Pairs and Triples and variations in this between the sessions was freely allowed. In the Pairs games, the teams were allowed to decide which of their Pairs played against which of their opponents Pairs (by mutual agreement) and Singles players had the option of stopping after 10 ends rather than play for the full 50 minutes (again by mutual agreement).  

By the end of the day, no team was completely undefeated but three had managed to survive with just a single game lost thus ending drawn on 14 points. (All three of these teams had in fact only lost the one game by just 2 shots). The final positions were therefore decided on shot difference. This left Arthur Jackson, Gordon Cripps, Harry Welch and Margaret Watkinson in 3rd place (+60) and last year winners, David & Joseph Newsome, Ben Render and Richard Lochman claimed the 50 runners up prize (+64). However it was Eric Richardson, Jean Calvert, Gary Burnham and David Daddy who finally held the Little Cup aloft as well a taking home the 1st prize of 100.

Most entrants once again opted to enjoy the buffet lunch whilst the raffle (with prizes donated by the players) raised 141. There was no umpire present so all players resolved their differences amicably amongst themselves (no fights were reported anyway). For photos see PhotoGallery.     

 

FINAL POSITIONS -2009

  CAPTAIN POINTS DIFF
1 RICHARDSON 14 80
2 LOCHMAN 14 64
3 JACKSON 14 60
4 LORRAINE 12 56
5 BANTHORPE 12 27
6 JARVIS 11 35
7 FRYER 10 34
8 WHITEHEAD 10 27
9 BEARDSLEY 9 16
10 RAMSDEN 8 -24
11 TREWITT 8 -29
12 ELGIE 8 -31
13 HAYNES 6 7
14 BRAILEY 6 -36
15 RAGGETT 4 4
16 FORRESTER 4 -44
17 LENG 4 -72
18 BEARDMORE 2 -44
19 ROSE 2 -60
20 JI NEWSOME 2 -70

2008 (Saturday 12th April) - Sponsored by Greensleeves Lawn Care, our 11th year saw the competition completely changed into a new format. The old "Inter-League" format (which called for 3 teams of 12 Triples from each of the counties three major leagues) was dropped in favour of a competition open to teams of four players (who did not necessarily have to come from within the same league or club). The originally stipulated maximum of 20 teams was increased to 24 in order to accommodate all those who wanted to take part and this required the provision of 12 mats which were all transported to the Y&D IBC the evening before where they were all laid and cleaned by a small group of willing helpers.

The day itself was organised into 8 sessions, each lasting 50 minutes. All teams played in alternate sessions giving everyone 4 games throughout the day. The main innovation was that teams played as two Pairs in two of their sessions and as a Triple and a Single in the other two sessions. This gave each team the possibility of scoring 16 points. The day commenced at 09.15 and a buffet lunch was provided in two "sittings" after each team had played in two of their sessions.  Bowling was complete at 4.50 and whilst the final results were tabulated, many hands made light work of rolling up all the mats and loading them up ready to be returned to their "homes". (10 were loaned by the BSA club and 2 were the NYSMBAs own mats from the Galtres Centre in Easingwold). 

Of the 96 games played, many were close, with 4 being drawn and 18 being won/lost by only 1 or 2 shots. However, only four teams ended the day with more than 5 wins out of their 8 games. These were David Randon's team from Escrick with 6 wins (+76). Alan Banthorpe's team from Hambleton with 6 wins and a draw (+80), and the Knaresborough team of Derek Beardsley with 7 wins and a draw (+85). However it was Richard Lochman of East Cottingwith, playing with Ben Render from Crossgates and the Newsome brothers from North Duffield who won the day with a full house of 8 wins (+67). Nonie Little once again made the presentations - 50 to the runners up and 100 to the winners and the Little Cup . (see PhotoGallery).

The sponsorship provided by Greensleeves and a well supported raffle, which raised 163 meant that the day was run at a healthy profit of over 200. Clive Scholefield provided umpiring duties throughout the whole day. All final positions shown below.      

 

FINAL POSITIONS 2008
  Points Diff.
1st LOCHMAN E COTTINGWITH 16 67
2nd BEARDSLEY KNARESBORO' 15 85
3rd BANTHORPE HAMBLETON 13 80
4th RANDON ESCRICK 12 76
5th WHITEHEAD T & L 11 23
6th RIDGE BARN 10 15
7th MITCHELL WILBERFOSS 10 12
8th CROSSLAND FLIXTON 10 37
9th JACKSON ST CUTHBERT 10 52
10th LUND BSA 8 10
11th HEARLD KNARESBORO' 8 2
12th CLARK SUTTON 8 -27
13th LENG YEDINGHAM 8 -13
14th PENNOCK EASINGWOLD 8 8
15th SHERBURN FLIXTON 7 11
16th SMALLWOOD GT OUSEBURN 7 22
17th WEATHERELL KNARESBORO' 7 -14
18th STANNARD CAYTON 6 -45
19th HUGHES EASINGWOLD 4 -27
20th FRIDLINGTON SEATON ROSS 4 -85
21st NEWSOME N DUFFIELD 4 -34
22nd MATHER EASINGWOLD 4 -49
23rd LODGE CAMPSALL 2 -110
24th DOWSON GRISTHORPE 0 -96

2007 - (Saturday 14th April) 10th anniversary year. Due to the late withdrawal of the Scarborough League (who could not find the required 12 triples to take part), the format this year was revised to cater for two leagues only on just 6 mats (which  were laid down in the "annexe" at the Y&D IBC rather than the main arena). Once again, the 24 triples each had 4 games of 50 minutes duration. The holders (Kyle Valley) kept a tight grip on the Cup winning 30 of the 48 games and ending the day with 672 shots as opposed to Selby's 544. The best triples were Alan Banthorpe, Danny Brown and Derek Williams for the Kyle Valley team with 87 shots and David Newsome, Ian McKenzie and Bruce Fryer for the Selby team with 82 shots. This was the 4th win in this competition for Ian whilst Alan and Bruce had both won twice before.

The Secretary explained that the decision had been taken to rename the cup to the LITTLE CUP in memory of Gordon Little, who was the manager of the Y&D IBC back in 1998. It was his enthusiastic support that enabled us to launch this competition even though he had died shortly before the first competition took place.  It was felt appropriate to commemorate his contribution permanently in this way. He also thanked Gordon's wife, Nonie Little for coming along to make the presentations. (see PhotoGallery)        

2006 - Once again a majority of the counties clubs (26) took part in this, the final event (now that the Cameo Shield has been discontinued) of the season . For the first time since it was started, the format had been changed - from 6 sessions on 12 mats to 8 sessions on 9 mats. Apart from reducing the mat handling and preparation time, this meant that all participants played in alternate sessions (rather than 4 out of 6) and there were only 2 lunch sittings instead of 3. The day did not get off to a very good start as three teams failed to turn up in time for their start in Session 1,  with another not arriving in time for the beginning of Session 2. This meant that their opponents, who were present on time, missed out on one game and had to be awarded 'nominal' points.

Apart from that the day then went very smoothly, with the Kyle Valley team dominating for the 6th year in succession and taking the Cup with a total of 632 shots. Scarborough with 549 and Selby with 539 had another close tussle for the runners up slot. Jean Calvert and Paul Williamson were the Best Kyle Triple for the second year in succession with 78 shots. They were playing this year with Ken Calvert who has also won before. The Selby Best Triple were Janet Clark, Jill Newsome and Ron Watson with 74 shots whilst the Scarborough Best Triple were Barry & Joan Crossland (winners in 2003) and Mary Dyson on 64 shots (+25) who just pipped last years winners John Coffey, Sue Watson and Richard Lund who also had 64 shots but a difference of +21. (see PhotoGallery)       

2005 - St. Georges Day saw bowlers from all four corners of the county (Bilsdale, Eggborough, Darley and Scarborough were all represented) once again descend on the York & District IBC to contest the Inter-League Cup for the 8th time. In recognition of the distances many players had to travel, the session times had been reduced to 55 minutes (from 60) and inter-session breaks to 10 minutes (from 15) allowing for a later start time of 10am. However the basic format remained unchanged with each of the 36 Triples taking part having 4 games - everyone being on a different mat. After our players had been welcomed by this years Y&D IBC President, Sid Batty, the NYSMBA Secretary thanked the BSA and North Duffield clubs for the loan of their mats, Noel Clark and Arthur Jackson for transporting them an the usual band of helpers who had spent the previous evening preparing the venue.

After a very enjoyable days bowling, it was the Kyle Valley team who triumphed for the 5th successive year after clocking up an impressive total of 708 shots against Selby with 562 and Scarborough with 558. Of the 48 individual games played by each league,  the Kyle Valley had in fact won 29 of theirs, Selby 24 and Scarborough 17. Hot Shot Sixes were achieved by Harry Welch (Strensall), Jean Calvert (Boroughbridge), Tom Hillbeck (Selby) and David Randon (Escrick). 

The individual prizes for the best performances in each team went to David Randon, Bruce Fryer and Ian McKenzie  (Escrick) with 66 shots (also winners in 2003 whilst David & Ian also won in 1999 with a different teammate); Richard Lund, Sue Watson and John Coffey (BSA) with 74; and Jean Calvert (also a winner in 2001), Paul Williamson and Simon Holtby (Boroughbridge) with 96 shots - of which 41 came in their final game - the biggest win of the day.

2004 - Once again over 100 bowlers from across the county, including guests from Guisborough (representing the Selby league!), gathered at the Thanet Road indoor arena for the 7th running of this competition. The usual preparation work had taken place on the previous evening to bring in the 12 mats required and then lay, align and clean them. In his welcome, the Secretary thanked the band of helpers and also the 4 clubs who had loaned the mats for without them this popular competition would be a non-starter.

Following the usual format, the players, organised into 36 triples all had four games of one hours duration over the course of the day with each game being played on a different mat. By the end of the last session, the Kyle Valley league team had clocked up 713 shots - the best total in the competitions history - to win the Cup for the fourth year running. Not far behind came the Scarborough league team with 696 - their best showing ever whilst an under strength Selby team only managed 627 - their second lowest total ever. The individual prizes for the best triples in each team went to Geoff & Anne Whitehead and Vic Willis (Tate & Lyle) with 89 shots (they also won in the first game in 1998 whilst Geoff also won in 2002 with different partners); Pat Lowry, Ron Czernik and Ken Hotchkin (Kirbymoorside) with 83; and (for the second successive year) Arthur Jackson, Len Lofthouse and Gordon Cripps (Bilsdale) with 90 shots. 9 triples had managed to claim Hot Shots during the day with Philip Elgie, Allan Meek and Ken Calvert hitting the jackpot twice.  (See PhotoGallery)

2003 - 116 players from 28 clubs across the county met at the York & District Indoor Bowls club for the 6th running of this end of season competition. Twelve mats, on loan from four clubs,  had been laid the previous evening over the main 6 rinks at this popular venue. Following the usual format the players, organised into 36 triples all had four games of one hours duration over the course of the day with each game being played on a different mat. In the closest finish ever recorded the Kyle Valley League on 702 shots just pipped the Selby League on 697 shots to take the Cup for the third year running. The Scarborough League, who have yet to record a win, were in third place with 658 shots. Trophies also went to the triple in each league who contributed most to their teams overall score. These were David Randon, Ian McKenzie and Bruce Fryer from Escrick who scored 96; Barry & Joan Crossland with Gwen Barningham from Flixton who scored 73; Arthur Jackson, Len Lofthouse and Gordon Cripps from Bilsdale who score 89;    

LEAGUE WINNERS & BEST TRIPLES (inter-league format) 1998-2007

Selby league 1998, 1999, 2000          Kyle Valleyleague 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

 

  SELBY KYLE VALLEY SCARBOROUGH
       
1998 VIC WILLIS ALAN BANTHORPE  
  GEOFF WHITEHEAD BRIAN BENNETT No entries
  ANNE WHITEHEAD PAT BENNETT  
       
1999 IAN MCKENZIE ERIC RICHARDSON ALAN BARNINGHAM
  DAVID RANDON KEN CALVERT KEITH HARDCASTLE
  RON WATSON RICHARD KAY AUDREY HARDCASTLE
       
2000 BERYL JEMPSON ALAN BANTHORPE JOHN MYERS
  MARGARET KITWOOD BRIAN BENNETT HEATHER MYERS
  BARBARA POTTER PAT BENNETT TREVOR COLLIER
  KEN CHAPMAN    
       
2001 GUY STEPHENSON KEN CALVERT GRAHAM SHERBURN
  TOM SERGISON JEAN CALVERT LINDA SHERBURN
  GILL SERGISON MURIEL TREWITT TONY HEWLETT
       
2002 ALBERT PICKUP DEREK JOHNSTONE GEORGE CROSBY
  ALICE PICKUP IRIS JOHNSTONE JANET CROSBY
  GEOFF WHITEHEAD ROSE HAYNES CHRISTINE SHAW
    NONIE LITTLE  
       
2003 IAN MCKENZIE ARTHUR JACKSON BARRY CROSSLAND
  DAVID RANDON LEN LOFTHOUSE JOAN CROSSLAND
  BRUCE FRYER GORDON CRIPPS GWEN BARNINGHAM
       
2004 VIC WILLIS ARTHUR JACKSON PAT LAWRY
  GEOFF WHITEHEAD LEN LOFTHOUSE RON CZERNIK
  ANNE WHITEHEAD GORDON CRIPPS KEN HOTCHKIN
       
2005 IAN MCKENZIE JEAN CALVERT RICHARD LUND
  DAVID RANDON PAUL WILLIAMSON SUE WATSON
  BRUCE FRYER SIMON HOLTBY JOHN COFFEY
       
2006 JANET CLARK JEAN CALVERT GRAHAM SHERBURN
  JILL NEWSOME PAUL WILLIAMSON LINDA SHERBURN
  RON WATSON** KEN CALVERT MARY DYSON
       
2007 DAVID NEWSOME ALAN BANTHORPE  
  IAN MCKENZIE DANNY BROWN No entries
  BRUCE FRYER DEREK WILLIAMS