Bowls
Alcester BC celebrate their finest ever season

By Liam Moakes Monday 26 November 2012 Updated: 03/12 16:25

ALCESTER Bowling Club held their annual presentation evening at Hillers Bistro in Dunnington last Friday amidst an unprecedented array of silverware and trophies.

There was plenty to savour as the club celebrated its best ever season which saw promotion in no less than three of the leagues in which it plays as well as four individual best league average performances.

The cream of the results came from the Heart of England League over 60s A team who won the Division Two title in fine style, guaranteeing them promotion to Division One for the first time in their history.

In addition, Ken Craddock won the best overall Division Two average title, whilst Jean Bannister won the best female average title in the same division.

Lower down the leagues in Division Six, the over 60s B team, whilst not achieving promotion, bagged another trophy with an excellent result from Jean Craddock who won the best overall average title for that division.

In the Heart of England Evening League, Alcester A team bowled consistently well all season to finish in second spot in Division Two, thus gaining promotion to the top flight for next season.

Whilst all players helped in the promotion push, Jean Bannister was again pick of the crop, winning the best female average for the division.

Not to be outdone, the Yardley Wood A team also decided to get in on the action by achieving second place in Division Three of the league, which gives them promotion into Division Two.

All the members of the promoted teams were presented with commemorative certificates of their performances.

Results did not go quite as well in the Sunday Northfield League, although John Alderson narrowly missed the best Division Three average spot in finishing second, just one shot adrift of the overall winner.

As well as the league trophies, the annual club trophies were presented, with John Alderson claiming the Club Championship trophy, Renny Bannister both the Singles Merit and the Over 60s trophies, Dave Hovell and Jean Bannister the Doubles Merit, Renny Bannister and John Slater the Doubles Handicap and John Alderson and Barbara Parker the Round Robin doubles competition.

Commenting on the club's performance, chairman John Alderson congratulated all players on what had been their best ever season in the club's history, as never before had three of the club's seven teams been promoted all in the same season.

Alcester Bowling Club, whose green is in Meeting Lane in the centre of the town, is always on the lookout for new members and would welcome new players whether novices or experienced.

Anyone interested should contact secretary Jean Bannister on 01789 762910 or chairman John Alderson on 01789 764120.

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