Stowmarket & District Leagues

Monday League Div 1  After promotion last year, our aim for 2017 was to survive, but alas it would not be the case.  The difference between the divisions is a big one, and having lost one or two regular players survival was always going to be a big ask.  We did have some close encounters and managed a couple of wins, but we never climbed off the foot of the table.  The future for 2018?  I don’t think that we will be able to mount a serious challenge for promotion, so consolidation is something we should be aiming for.  If we can maintain a good level of play, and create a springboard for the following season, then that would constitute a good season.

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

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