2023 Bill Hatto Trophy Match report

Yesterday saw the final of the 2023 Bill Hatto Under 25's trophy between Hampshire and Sussex played in the glorious sunshine at Alton Social Bowls Club.

The club provided us with a good green, food and drink throughout the day and parasols to shade under from the hot sun.

The game was played by two very competitive teams with the youngest in the Sussex side only 10 years old and two young ladies.

There was very little in the scores throughout the match with Sussex making a late rally when it looked as if Hampshire were going to have a comfortable win. Sussex were rallied by a 5 on the last end on one of the rinks but just missed out on the win, with Hampshire taking the game 62-59.

Both teams had plenty of support from 'vocal' parents and supporters which helped to create an exciting atmosphere.

Thanks go to Hampshire's Umpiring co-ordinator who was used a number of times to adjudicate on close woods.

Both teams were a credit to their County as they sported their County colours in both shirts and shorts making each of them actually look like a team.

The future looks bright for bowls in both Hampshire and Sussex.

 

HCBA v Middlesex upcoming fixture.

The HCBA will be playing Middlesex County BA (Chairman's County), on Friday July 22nd at The Broomfield Club.

Middlesex will be keen to match their Home Counties team after their success in this years Leonard Denny Cup.

Middlesex 2022 Leonard Denny Champions

Congratulations to Middlesex on their win in the 2022 Leonard Denny Cup in a closely competed contest against Oxfordshire at todays final played at Chesham BC.

Thanks go the the Chesham club for hosting the event and for looking after bowlers and their supporters.

Details are in the Leonard Denny Match result section.

FINALS DAY RESULTS

The results of yesterdays Championships finals played at Old Coulsdon BC are shown in the Championships section.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the bowlers who took part. Thanks also go to the Old Coulsdon club for making their facilities available. 

The draw for next years finals were made at yesterdays event and will be published on the website next week.

Ready for 2022

We are ready and looking forward to the new season which will soon be upon us and you will notice a few changes to previous years.

At long last we will be playing the Championships in May, with the 2021 County Champions contesting the Under 25 Singles, Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours at the Old Coulsdon Bowling Club on Sunday May 15th. The draws are on the website and if you are in the Pairs, Triples or Fours and didn't manage to play your quarter-final before the end of September 2021, you have until Sunday May 8th to play the game. Under 25 Singles and Singles contestants go straight through to Finals Day.

The Leonard Denny Cup in its new format of two leagues of four counties with Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex making up Group 1 and Group 2 counties Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent and Middlesex, at last gets underway. The winners of each league will play off for the Cup.

At some time, most of the member counties of the asociation have had season's when they have been unable to fulfill their Under 25 fixtures or even enter the Bill Hatto competition, due to the shortage of under 25 players. The format, like the Leonard Denny Cup has been changed into two leagues of four counties. The counties in each group have been chosen to try and keep travelling distances shorter.            To try and help counties get 12 - or 9 in the worst scenario -  Under 25 players, sides can now be made up from players of any gender who are members of County Affiliated clubs.

The two groups are:

East Group - Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex. Sussex will not be taking part this season.

West Group - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

If any of these games are happening near you and you have a spare couple of hours, give them your support.

 

Sussex win the 2021 Leonard Denny Cup

Congratulations to Sussex who won this season's Leoard Denny Cup with a 119-114 victory over Hampshire newcomers to the Home Counties Bowls Assocation, in Saturday's final at the Egham bowling Club.

Thanks go to the Egham club for hosting the final at comparatively short notice.

In what has been a disjointed season for bowls, it was good to see the members counties of the HCBA take on board the changed format for this seasons competition, with Saturday's final bringing this season's HCBA programme to a close.

Hopefully, we will see the Leonard Denny Cup back to its two league format in 2022.

Coronavirus Statement

The impact of the Coronavirus epidemic on the bowls programme of the Home Counties Bowls Association, was addressed in a set of recommendations circulated to the eight member Counties on the 19th March 2020. Based on the feedback the following DECISIONS for the HCBA 2020 and 2021 programmes have been promulgated.

1. The Senior and Junior Leagues will be cancelled for the 2020 season.

The DRAW and ORDER OF PLAY agreed for 2020 to apply for the competitions in 2021.

The dates for the Senior Competitions to be the Saturdays of the same standard weeks as 2020.

2. This year’s Championships (based on 2019 County Champions) planned for 10th May to be cancelled.

The proposal that the players be invited to take part in a delayed event in May 2021 to be discussed at the Management Meeting to be held on October 19th 2020.

3. Representative Matches:

ALL Representative matches to be cancelled this year.

All of this year’s Celebratory matches will be honoured on new dates in 2021 if the clubs/Counties wish to do so.

The Annual Matches will be re-diaried for 2021.

Management of the HCBA

The Chairmanship of the HCBA will remain with myself until Eddie Long (Kent) takes over at the 2021 (8th March 2021), and all currently elected Officers will remain in post, until that date also.
 
The decisions reflect the majority view our members, and on a positive note, all the responses put an emphasis on looking forward to “A Clean Slate” in 2021, when we can return to Bowls. All of you are, I am sure, working hard within your own Counties to stabilise the sport, and may I wish you well as you do so. Finally, while tackling the unique challenges presented by Coronavirus, please make sure you keep safe yourselves to return fortified for the 2021 Season.

Regards

John Lonergan Chairman HCBA