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INTER-COUNTY GAMES - 2008/09

Note that maximum points per match is now 40 (2 points per game + 2 points aggregate for each discipline)

2008/09 winter season

A TEAM

DATE OPPONENTS   POINTS SHOTS

ACCUMULATED TOTALS

Points Shots for Shots against
SUN OCT 5 STOCKPORT AWAY LOST 11-29 139-197 11 139 197
SUN NOV 2 DURHAM HOME WIN 37-3 238-110 48 377 307
SUN NOV 16 W YORKS A AWAY DRAW 20-20 165-202 68 542 509
SUN DEC 14 DERBYSHIRE HOME WIN 23-17 190-160 91 732 669
SUN JAN 18 STOCKPORT HOME WIN 25-15 182-169 116 914 838
SUN JAN 25 W YORKS A HOME LOST 15-25 149-200 131 1063 1038
SUN FEB 15 DERBYSHIRE AWAY LOST 13-27 159-187 144 1222 1225
SUN MAR 1 DURHAM AWAY LOST 18-22 165-184 162 1387 1409

 

Note that maximum points per match is now 40 (2 points per game + 2 points aggregate for each discipline)

2008/09 winter season

B TEAM

DATE OPPONENTS   POINTS SHOTS

ACCUMULATED TOTALS

Points Shots for Shots against
SAT OCT 4 LANCASHIRE AWAY LOSE 11-29 162-197 11 162 197
SUN OCT 19 W YORKS B AWAY WIN 30-10 207-154 41 369 351
SUN NOV 2 HUMBERSIDE B HOME LOSE 19-21 175-196 60 544 547
SUN NOV 16 HUMBERSIDE A AWAY LOSE 7-33 136-194 67 680 741
SUN NOV 30 MERSEYSIDE AWAY WIN 24-16 182-182 91 862 923
SUN JAN 18 HUMBERSIDE B AWAY WIN 21-19 176-173 112 1038 1096
SUN JAN 25 MERSEYSIDE HOME WIN 27-13 206-142 139 1244 1238
SUN FEB 15 W YORKS B HOME WIN 27-13 189-154 166 1433 1392
SUN MAR 1 HUMBERSIDE A HOME LOSE 17-23 163-193 183 1596 1585
SUN MAR 15 LANCASHIRE HOME WIN 28-12 204-145 211 1800 1730

 

COUNTY TOURNAMENT - (Saturday March 14th) - Apart from the annual Little Cup, this was the biggest day organised by the NYSMBA and involved a total of 112 bowlers from clubs across the county playing on 10 mats in the Galtres Sports Hall at Easingwold. The day was organised in two distinct halves.

In one half, the County team had accepted a challenge from Joseph Newsome to play a side composed of players all under the age of 25. This match involved 40 players on 4 mats playing in normal IC format. Joseph's young team suffered somewhat from the unavailability of some key players and others who had dropped out for various reasons. None the less he had finally assembled a full squad of 20 including young Jack Harrington from Riccall who was just nine and a half years old. Their level of experience varied from several who were in their first short mat season to others who were seasoned county and England junior players. It was good to see them all enjoying their bowls and persevering in the face of the experienced and MUCH OLDER players in the county team which some of the younger ones must have found a little intimidating. Although the final score was 30-10 (237-148) to the County side, it is to be hoped that this match will be repeated next year when it is to be expected that after another years experience, the result will be closer. (Arthur Rathmell performed the umpiring duties (see Photo)).

In the other half, the other 72 players had been drawn in 24 random triples so most people found themselves playing alongside unfamiliar faces from unfamiliar clubs. To give everyone a good days bowling with a minimum of sitting out, 6 mats were used with everyone playing in 5 alternating sessions of 8 fixed ends. The objective was to score as many shots as possible over the day so an early poor couple of games did not mean that all was lost. At the conclusion of the day 3 teams ended in joint 3rd place with 42 shots. These were the triples of Barbara Pickles, Mike Hannan & George McDowell; Ron Czernik, Pam Walker & Elaine Thornburn; Jill Newsome, John Clifton & Doreen Wilkinson. The runners up, with 45 shots were Howard Burdock, Nigel Boatman & Marlene Jackson whilst the winners with 48 shots were Philip Elgie, Pat Jones & Freda Lyon. Small cash prizes were awarded to the winners and runners up.           

JEAN CALVERT - Sunday December 18th - Although this day saw the County 'A' team clock up their second win of the current season (to go within 13 points of the top of the 1st Division table), the day was a particularly memorable one for another reason, namely that it marked Jean Calvert's 100th inter-county game for North Yorkshire. Jean's county record started way back in 1993 since when she has represented the county in each of the 16 subsequent years. She is only the second player to achieve this distinction (Dennis Jarvis beat her to it last year) and to honour her achievement, the 'A' team captain Ralph Parsons presented her with an inscribed glass trophy. Congratulating her on her record, Ralph thanked her for the substantial contribution she has made to the team and said he hoped she would continue to play her part for many years to come. (See PhotoGallery)

WARM-UP DAY  (21/9/08) - 40 players mostly from last years squad, played against each other (nominally A team v B team) in normal IC format. Apart from being a "loosener" for those who have not been playing during the summer, the day was also a "fund raiser" with a raffle to boost NYSMBA funds. Many regulars were not present due to other commitments but for those taking part, the appetite for the season ahead was wetted ahead of the normal club, league and inter-county games ahead. The result? Immaterial really, but for the record, the A team came out on top in spite of some good bowling on both sides, by 25-15 (181 shots to 169). (Note that the new scoring system gives a 2 point aggregate to each discipline (rather than an overall one for the whole match).      

TRAINING DAY  (7/9/08) - 32 of last years County squad members were invited to take part in this "experimental" day jointly organised by our 2 Captains and the ESMBA. From the ESMBA we had enlisted the help of Barry Hedges (ESMBA Coaching Director, England team Manager and current National Singles Champion) together with Babs Morokutti (ESMBA committee member and current World Pairs Champion). Those taking part were split into 2 equal groups with each being given 3 short lectures by Barry (Controlling the Bowls, Head Building and Rules) and 3 sessions of "skill tests" (9 in total) organised by Babs. For the latter all participants were marked with the help of 6 other county squad members who had come along to help. The best performance in these came from Francis Boatman from East Cottingwith. This was followed by a short game and a session on the "Target" mat. So far feedback from those taking part has been positive and we are indebted to Barry and Babs for travelling north to give us the benefit of their knowledge and experience. A repeat for next year?? Possibly.