Right royal celebrations planned for Wellesbourne

Wellesbourne Bowls Club members are preparing for a memorable year at the Mountford Sports Field-based club. Picture submitted

Wellesbourne Bowls Club members are preparing for a memorable year at the Mountford Sports Field-based club. Picture submitted

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Wellesbourne Bowls Club are celebrating 90 years with a series of special celebrations planned to coincide with the Queen’s landmark year.

Flat green bowling in the village was introduced in 1926 and originally played on the cricket outfield.

Wellesbourne moved to their present location, in the southwest corner of the Mountford Sports Field, in 1960.

An open day is planned for Sunday with anyone aged nine years and over welcome to go along and try out the sport.

For more information, contact secretary Cathy Allfrey on 07885 716559 or email cathyallfrey@hotmail.co.uk

Southam United opened their 2016 season with defeat at Byfield.

In atrocious conditions, both Dave Cooke and Aubrey Brown skipped their rinks to draws while Fran Padbury’s rink had a last-end win.

Denis Ward’s rink struggled in the heavy conditions and went down by eight shots to leave Byfield six-shot winners.

It was a totally different picture the next day when the men opened their Courier League campaign with a convincing 95-40 win at Snitterfield.

Dave Cooke’s rink won 32-13 with Denis Ward’s rink romping to a 39-5 success. Ted Coupe completed the clean sweep with a hard-fought 24 -22 success.

Southam are holding open days on May 15 and 22.

See www.southamunitedbowlingclub.org for details.

Royal Leamington Spa’s men made a fine start to the season with a comfortable 137-74 win in their five-rink match at home to Coventry Avenue.

The rout was led by David Payne, Mike Brayne, John Rheams and Ray White who won 38-8 and Malcolm Wickens, Phil Lennon, Chris Tarrant and Dick Allibon who eased to a 32-8 success.

On the other three rinks, Mike Wallace won 25-12 and Bill Griffin came out on top 25-22 while Jerry Horne lost 24-17.

Home Guard claimed a resounding 69-45 win in the first leg of their annual triples fixture with Warwick Police at Victoria Park.

Captain Les Woodfield led his rink to a ten-shot win, with Dave Ballard (9 shots) and Bernard Fisher (5 shots) also successful and Fred Sawyer gaining a draw.

Lillington went down to a 96-75 defeat at Coventry Avenue in their five-rink match.

The visitors had two winning rinks, with John Buggins skipping Mick Russell, B Mann and Ray Mace to a 19-shot winning margin and Malcolm Welch claiming victory by four shots.

Avenue’s men were trailing 39-22 at Norgren when their three-rink triples match had to be abandoned due to heavy rain.

The deficit would have been even greater had Ron Walton not played a weighted shot to reduce a eight bowl head for the home team to only one.

Avenue proved too strong for hosts Snitterfield, winning all five mixed rinks. The highest winning rink was skipped by Phil Wadland (26-10).