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Bowls Northumberland Ladies' County Championships. Semi-finals weekend

July 13th and 14th saw eight of Morpeth's ladies playing in this county championship weekend.

First to play were Dorothy Tait vs Fiona Charlton, both of whom are Morpeth and county players, in the ladies singles semi-final.

In a match of outstanding quality, which was acknowledged by many of the officials watching, Fiona managed to get more of her bowls that millimetre closer to the jack than did Dorothy.

Fiona proceeded to the final 21 - 6 in the end but the score doesn't really reflect how many of the ends were decided by fairly close margins, which mainly went Fiona's way.

Fiona and her opponent in the final in a fortnight both have won the right to play at the national championships in Leamington Spa.

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Senior 4s - Next was the team of Lynne Fryer, Dorothy Tait, Karen Milner (another Morpeth and county player) and Fiona Charlton taking on the current county champions of Gosforth's Sheila Storey.

At the end of the match the Morpeth team emerged as winners by 18 to 12 and go through to the final in two weeks against a team from  Benfield. The winner of that match earns a place at Leamington Spa for the national championship.

The second Morpeth team in this event comprised of Sandy Alden, Susan Heppell, Stephanie Donaghy and Janet Harrison. They put up a good fight against the Benfield team but were beaten by Benfield's final bowl of the match.

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The final event involving Morpeth players was the ladies' pairs, where Fiona Charlton and Karen Milner took on the renowned pair of Kayleigh Proctor and Rachel Cartwright from Benfield who were playing on their home ground.

After falling behind by 6 - 0, the Morpeth team gradually found their lines and length and fought back to tie the match and, following some extremely tight heads and a very tense final end, they won 15 - 13. 

The final will be played in two weeks at Portland, with both finalists guaranteed a place in the national finals in August.

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Well done to all involved!!
Vets Shield winners 2024

Congratulations to John Fryer and James Heppell on winning the vets pairs shield.

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Delicatessen Cup winners 2024

Congratulations to Pat Saunders, Lynne Fryer and Fiona Charlton  for winning the the ladies' trebles competition.

The runners-up were Joyce Calcraft, Enid Saint and Jean Pritt.

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Owen Armstrong trophy winners 2024

Congratulations to Richard Tweddell and Maurice Crake who won this trophy after playing an extra, deciding end against the runners-up of Wally Ray and Betty Websell.

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Bowls England Top Club (update)

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Morpeth ladies were beaten in the second round of this competition by a very good ladies' team from Wigton which featured several national finals players.

Well done though for making it this far on the first attempt at this competition.

Macfarlane Quaich winners 2024

Congratulations to Paul Charlton and Marion Wilkinson for winning this vet's competition

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Des MacLaughlin trophy winners 2024

Congratulations to Ann Wilson and David Calcraft for winning this competition.

Runners-up were Blanche Cole and Sheila Wilkinson.


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Winners of the Lesbury open pairs competition 2024

Congratulations to Paul and Dorothy Tait for winning the Lesbury pairs competition.

Paul and Fiona Charlton were runners-up.

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Winners of the Len Wheaton trophy 2023

Congratulations to Mark Wilson and Frank Pattison for winning the vets Len Wheaton trophy.

Paul Charlton and Andrew Wilkinson were runners-up.

Winners of the Litle League 2023

Congratulations to team Lancaster Park for winning the Little League.

Team Welway was runner-up.

Winner of the Ladies' Championship 2023

Congratulations to Enid Saint for winning the ladies' championship.

Fiona Charlton was runner-up.

Winner of the Men's Championship 2023

Congratulations to Bob Leeson for winning the men's championship.

Maurice Crake was runner-up.

Winner of the Captain's Prize 2023

Congratulations to Nick Armstrong for winning the Captain's Prize.

Wally Ray was runner-up.

Winner of the Mary Wright NovicesTrophy 2023

Congratulations to Bernie Bell for winning the Mary Wright novices trophy.

Pat Saunders was runner-up.

Winner of the Waterson Rose Bowl 2023

Congratulations to Jean Pritt for winning the Waterson rose bowl.

Enid Saint was runner-up.

Winners of the Men's Triples 2023

Congratulations to Nick Armstrong, Matty Brown and Paul Charlton for winning the men's triples.

Jimmy Dixon, Maurice Crake and Wally Ray were runners-up.

Winner of the Dora Hills Trophy 2023

Congratulations to Fiona Charlton for winning the Dora Hills trophy.

Carol Dixon was runner-up.

Winner of the 100 Up Handicap 2023

Congratulations to Paul Tait for winning the 100 points up handicap.

Ann Wilson was runner-up.

Winner of the 4 Bowl Handicap 2023

Congratulations to Nick Armstrong for winning the 4 bowl handicap. Wally Ray was runner-up.

Winners of the Taff RowlandsTrophy 2023

Congratulations to Pat Saunders and Derick Irving for winning the Taff Rowlands mixed pairs trophy.

Enid Saint and Maurice Crake were runners-up.

Winner of the Wilson Trophy 2023

Congratulations to Fiona Charlton for winning the Wilson trophy.

Karen Milner was runner-up.

Winners of the Men's Pairs 2023

Congratulations to Rob Lee and Ian Smith for winning the Men's pairs.

Maurice Crake and Jimmy Oliver were runners-up.

Winner of the 2 Bowl Handicap 2023

Congratulations to Nick Armstrong for winning the 2 bowl handicap.

Bob Leeson was runner-up.

Winner of the Bainbridge Cup 2023

Congratulations to Paul Tait for winning the Bainbridge Cup.

Dougie Morrison was runner-up.

Winner of the vets' Holland Shield 2023

Congratulations to Malcolm Milner for winning the Holland Shield.

Paul Charlton was runner-up.

Winner of the Coronation Rose Bowl 2023

Congratulations to Karen Milner for winning the Coronation Rose Bowl.

Fiona Charlton was runner-up.

Winner of the men's novices rose bowl 2023

Congratulations to Mark Wilson for winning the Novice's Rose Bowl.

Gavin Milroy was runner-up.

Winners of the Jim Landles trophy

Congratulations to Paul Tait and John Fryer who won the Jim Landles trophy by beating Enid Saint and Marion Wilkinson in the final.

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Morpeth ladies win the NELBL (North East Ladies’ Bowling League) title!

Not to be outdone by the Collins and Shipley teams, the players in the NELBL league have also won their league with a game to spare.


Captained by Ann Wilson with vice-captain Marion Wilkinson, this squad introduced some players who had only started to bowl for the first time this year.

The depth of talent in the ladies’ squads from Morpeth has really come to the forefront this season.

As players continue to develop their skills and learn the differing roles required to play in different team positions, the outlook is very promising.

Congratulations to all who played throughout the season!

Morpeth ladies win the Collins and Shipley Division 1 league title!

After leading the table for the entire season, a revitalised team of Morpeth ladies has won the Division 1 league trophy with a match to spare.

The competition pits the top eight local clubs against each other playing home and away over fourteen matches. This win is a fantastic achievement and is, as far as we can tell, the first time Morpeth has won this league.

With a new captain in Bernie Bell and vice captain of Fiona Charlton, the squad of players really rose to the challenge of being league leaders and a great team spirit developed with newer players raising their games in support of their skips.

The trophy will be presented at the end of the season as it is currently being engraved.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this outstanding win!

Winners of the Joe McDonnell Trophy 2023

Congratulations to Joyce Calcraft and Blanch Stuart-Cole for winning the vets' Joe McDonnell trophy after defeating Malcolm Milner and James Heppell in the final.

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Winners of the Ladies' McEwan Pairs, Jenny Spratt Trophy 2023

Congratulations to Jean Pritt and Karen Milner for winning the ladies' pairs after defeating Fiona Charlton and Tammy Holmes-Bingham in the final.

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Morpeth Team Are County Triples Champions  2023

After having beaten Gosforth in the county triples semi-final (thus qualifying for the national championships at Royal Leamington Spa as Northumberland's representatives), the triples team of Nick Armstrong, Bob Leeson and Wally Ray, have now won the final in Alnwick beating St Georges 21 -19.

This is the first time that Morpeth BC have had representation at the National Finals in almost 40 years. Congratulations to them.





The County semi-finals featured Nick Armstrong in the Champion of Champions and in the Singles. Sadly, Nick narrowly lost in both but had a very close game in the Singles when he just fell short by 21-18. Well done to him.

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Ladies Benevolent Trophy runners-up 2023

Congratulations to Carol Dixon, Dorothy Tait and Fiona Charlton who won through the preliminary rounds to take them to the finals in Hexham. There, they progressed to the final where they lost to a strong Gosforth team after a tight match decided by one significant lost end.

Click the link to read a match report. Benevolent Winners! | Bowls Northumberland

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Ladies Jean Richardson Pairs Competition Winners 2023

Congratulations to Joyce Calcraft and Fiona Charlton on winning the ladies' pairs trophy.

The runners-up were Karen Milner and Lynne Fryer.

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Morpeth win county trophy

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A great day for MBC in the final stage of the Jubilee cup at Portland. We won the first game against Benfield but lost the second to New Delaval Knights. We were two up with two ends to play and held one shot when the opposing skip fired the jack into the ditch and we dropped 6 shots. We got two on the last end to lose by two shots. In the final round we beat Forth by 19-2 so if Benfield beat NDK it would be down to shot difference. On their last end we needed NDK to take two shots. They held 3 with the Benfield skip’s last bowl on its way. It took the jack and left Delaval with only one. This meant that we lost the cup by just one shot to Benfield having beaten them.

The consolation is that the runners-up win the Jubilee cup whilst the winners win the Griffith cup. The first County trophy for Morpeth.




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