Stowmarket & District Leagues

Monday League Div 2  After relegation last year, our season in Division 2 did not get off to the start we would have liked.  In miserable, cold conditions at Haughley, we lost our first game only gaining 0.5 points!  With a new captain in Mark James, the side kept plugging away and with two games left we were in contention to win the title, but once again we lost against Haughley, this time only gaining 1 point from the home fixture.  With Walsham breathing down our necks we needed to win the final game away to Stanton by a large margin .  The game was played during Skegness Week and some members of our team were attending it, resulting in a somewhat scratch team being put out.  Against all the odds 6 points were gained and second place confirmed, so promotion back to Division 1 was achieved.  Next season the aim must be survival.

Tuesday Afternoon League Div 1  After last years successful season which saw us gain promotion to Division 1, this year was one of consolidation. Winning 8 of the 18 games Ixworth finished in a comfortable position, all be it in the lower half of the division.  Captain Paul Cook oversaw some big victories, but also had to contend with one or two heavy defeats; but a good platform for the future has been built.

County and Bury & District Competitions

County Competitions.  Two County titles were brought back to Ixworth with Ann Lilley and Pat Jennings winning the Senior Pairs, and Matthew Smith winning the Secretaries Singles Title.   However at the  National  Finals in Skegness  both lost in the first round.

Despite these losses much credit must be given to all three, it is no mean feat to win a Suffolk Title!  There was

some consolation as Ann and Pat were in the successful Suffolk Donald Stewart team and Matthew was a member

of the winning Suffolk Adams team. Well done to all three.

Bury & District Competitions.  It was a mixture of success and disappointment for Ixworth at the Bury League

Finals.  On the plus side excellent wins for Phil Hope (see photo) in the Mens Senior Singles, and Matthew Smith

retained the Mens Singles with a convincing win.  However Ixworth suffered a decisive defeat in the final of the

Bury League Shield against a strong Tuddenham side, while Phil lost his second final, this time in the new

Competition, the Open 2 Bowl Singles against the same player he had previously beaten  in the Senior Singles!


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President Mr. John Sharpe Chairman Mr. Phil Sinclair Secretary Mr. Matthew Smith Captain  Mrs. A. Lilley Ixworth Bowls Club  Founded 1907  Affiliated to the English Bowling Federation, Bowls England, Suffolk County Bowls Association, Bowls Suffolk, Bury & District League, Stowmarket League, and the Area ‘D’ Triples League.

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