BCGBA WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Spen Victoria Cricket, Bowling & Athletic Club, Spen Lane, Gomersal, Cleckheaton BD19 4PJ
WEEK 3 (Sunday 2nd April) of the BCGBA World Club Championship see’s the 2012 Champions, Lloyd Hotel (Cheshire), hoping to make it through to finals day. Their first round match is against Staffordshire’s Woodman Mount Pleasant where the winners will face the winners of the Birches Head Hotel (Potteries & District) and Littleover (Derbyshire) encounter. In the other half of the draw, South Ramsey make their trip over from the Isle of Man to face Crossland Moor from the host county. Hopwood (Greater Manchester) and Woolston Sports & Social (Lancashire) meet in the other match. Play gets underway at 11am.
WEEK 1 – Sunday 19th March
Defending champions, Pudsey, successfully cleared the opening two rounds of the World Club Championship to book their place in the final eight on Sunday 16th April. The British Parks champions defeated Cunliffe (Wales) by 65 and Haunchwood (North Midlands) by 45, losing just a solitary game in each match. Josh Mordue (21-8), dad Chris (21-9) and David Poole (21-9) were the star performers against Cunliffe while James Hanson’s 21-4 victory was the stand-out card against Haunchwood.
The George Warley (Warwick & Worcester) who accounted for Atherstone Cons (North Midlands) by 4 and Lindal (Cumbria) by 42 will join them on finals day. Mark Wilson’s crucial 21-8 card secured victory over Atherstone Cons in a hard-fought match with both sides claiming four winners each. Wilson led the way against Lindal with a resounding 21-4 success with Adam Patrick (21-5) and Paul Hemming (21-9) also in top form.
Pudsey drew number 2 on finals day with The George Warley drawing number 5.
WEEK 2 – Sunday 26th March
Stretton Anglesey (Derbyshire) and Fenton Private (Potteries & District) were the latest qualifiers from the second week of qualifying, booking their place in next month’s finals.
Stretton Anglesey won a hard-fought encounter with Yorkshire’s Littlemoor Sports & Social despite only having three of the eight winning cards. Connor Chamberlain’s opening 21-4 card proved vital in their 13-chalk victory. They booked their place in the final courtesy of a comfortable 47 chalk defeat of King Alfred (Cumbria) who had defeated their Welsh opponents, Mold, by 10 in round one. Connor Chamberlain was again in top form, winning 21-9 but Neil Brown claimed the sweep with his 21-5 card with Darren Carter (21-7) claiming second sweep.
Fenton Private eased past Garswood Hall inflicting a heavy 64 chalk defeat on the Lancastrian side. Matt Hill (21-4), Darren Clutton (21-6), Steve Morrey (21-7) and Nick Tideswell (21-8) were the best of their six winners. In round two, despite having only three winning cards against the 2017 champions, King George V (Warwick & Worcester), they had Darren Clutton to thank as his 21- 3 victory earned the ‘potters’ a place in finals day with 19 chalks to spare.
Stretton Anglesey drew number 3 on finals day while Fenton Private drew 6 and will face The George Warley in the last eight.