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APRIL 2013 NEWS

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18/04/13 - A full house for the Dudley team with 10 points and 8 winners against Coseley Tavern 'B' at home. Single figure wins for Dan Chilton 21-5 and Frank Newman 21-7 with Mick Haydon 21-16 and Joe Wilson 21-17 making it three from three this year. Dave Childs 21-13, John Hardman 21-20 and first wins of the season for Pauline Broadhead 21-13 and Denise Killion 21-18. A great start for the Dudley side in Division 5 with 26 points from the first three matches.

17/04/13 - Eight points for the Oldbury team tonight with a 42 shot win at home against Cradley Heath Libs. Six winning cards: Jonathan Blakeman 21-1, John Wilson 21-9, Chris Price 21-12, Darren Griffiths 21-16, Dave Chilton 21-19 and Dan Chilton 21-19. Broomfield move up one place to 5th and are chasing George 'A' (1st), Beeches 'A' (2nd), WBFSC (3rd) and Royal Oak (4th) who have all opened the season with back to back wins.

The West Bromwich side remain top of Division 1 collecting 9 points from Rowley Labour for the second week running. This time an 18 shot away win with six winning cards: Keith Lawlor 21-7, Malcolm Spencer 21-13, Terry Jones 21-15, Marc Hadley Jnr 21-16, John Hardman 21-18 and Jake Dancer 21-18.

14/04/13 - A win by the narrowest of margins for the Smethwick 'A' team this morning as they faced Beeches 'A' at Portland Road. Four winners each with Broomfield winning the match by 3 shots: Jonathan Blakeman 21-13, Mick Barnwell 21-16, Chris Price 21-18 and Chris Chilton 21-18 who was last on the green. The Smethwick 'B' team had three winners away at Cradley Heath Libs but lost the match by 14 shots: Joe Wilson, Andy Calvert and Mark Hadley Snr all winning 21-13 (5 of the 8 matches were 21-13).

13/04/13 - The Warwick & Worcester season started today as the rain came down from 2:00pm right through to the final end of the game. Broomfield welcomed Ward End Cons to Portland Road. Two years ago Ward End Cons recorded an 18 shot victory in this fixture with winners shared six a piece. Today was Joe Wilson's first match as captain, Broomfield's 14th in their 36 seasons in the Warwick & Worcester.

The first four looked shaky after the opening 15 minutes with three cards well down. Joe Wilson was the first card off with a 21-13 win. Mark Hadley Snr recovered superbly to win his match 21-19 whilst Chris Price 20-21 and John Wilson 19-21 battled to ensure Broomfield held a 7 shot lead after the first four. Four winners in the middle four but all had to work hard to increase the lead by 17 shots to +24. Wins for Keith Lawlor 21-15, Paul Newman 21-16, Dan Chilton 21-20 and Dave Chilton 21-16 in his 100th W&W Premier outing for Broomfield. A further three winners in the back four and only a couple of shots dropped saw Broomfield record a 52 shot victory: Jonathan Blakeman 21-5, Mick Barnwell 21-13 and Chris Chilton 21-15.

A positive start for the first team in what will no doubt be a testing season. It's only one game in but Broomfield sit 4th in W&W Premier 2 for the first time since 29/05/2010 - a significant date in that it was the day we left Broomfield (Smethwick Cricket Club) and recorded a 1 shot win away at West Bromwich Labour. Elsewhere in Premier 2 on the opening day Royal Oak and Tanworth In Arden recorded away wins at New Inn (WCWMC) and the Valley respectively.

12/04/13 - Six winners for the Dudley side making it two wins from two this season. At Somers wins for John Hardman 21-6, Dave Childs 21-11, Tonia Hadley 21-13, Joe Wilson 21-15, Mick Haydon 21-16 and Keith Underhill 21-20. Broomfield won the game by 17 shots and picked up 9 points.

10/04/13 - Four winners for the Oldbury team away at Cradley Heath Libs but just missing out by 3 shots. Winners all in the first four: Chris Price 21-15, Darren Griffiths 21-16, Ollie Newman 21-17 and Jonathan Blakeman 21-18. At Portland Road a 74 shot drubbing by the West Bromwich team against Rowley Labour. Seven winners with four single figure cards: Terry Jones 21-4, Keith Lawlor 21-7, Malcolm Spencer 21-8 and Jake Dancer 21-9.

09/04/13 - The Oldbury Cup match vs George 'A' on Monday 17th June will be played at the Wernley B.C.

09/04/13 - The 2013 season is well underway with Broomfield having already competed in league, cup and friendly competition. The first match took place last Thursday in bitterly cold conditions. The Dudley team were at home to Somers 'B' and recorded a 30 shot victory with 5 winners. Single figure wins for Mark Hadley Snr 21-4, Chris Price 21-6 and Joe Wilson 21-7. Mick Haydon won on his Broomfield debut 21-15 against his former club. The first round of the Dudley Herald Cup took place the following evening with Broomfield beating the Old Cross by 36 shots. A full house at home (+35) with wins for Jonathan Blakeman 21-5, Dan Chilton 21-10, Ollie Newman 21-18 and Mick Barnwell who recovered from 6-14 to win 21-16. At the Old Cross winners were split - John Wilson 21-8 and Chris Price 21-13 in the 1 shot away win. It was Dan Chilton's 450th game (league & cup) for Broomfield since joining in 2007.

Friendly fixtures took place on Saturday 6th April with the first and second teams playing Boldmere Sports. At Boldmere, Broomfield had 7 winners and won the match by 25 shots. Wins for Jonathan Blakeman 21-12 and Dan Chilton 21-18 in the first four. Three winners in the middle four: Mick Barnwell 21-4, Keith Lawlor 21-12 and Dave Chilton 21-16. Broomfield had to double up in the back four due to a shortage of players. The first four returned to the green and there were wins for Terry Jones 21-14 and Dan Chilton 21-16. At Portland Road the Alliance side had a comfortable 66 shot win against the Boldmere Sports Business Houses team. Nine winners, three of which were single figures: Darren Griffiths 21-4, Jim Watkin 21-5 and John Wilson 21-9. Thank you to Peter Sankey, Andy Dugmore and Dave Southall for helping us to field a team.

The Smethwick League kicked off on Sunday and reigning Division 1 Champions Broomfield 'A' travelled to rivals the Beeches 'A' but could only pick up two winning cards in a 21 shot defeat. Ollie Newman 21-4 and Chris Chilton 21-18 the winners. The fixture remains an achilles heel for Broomfield having not won since 2007 when six of the eight players were present from the current team.

Smethwick League
Broomfield 'A' vs Beeches 'A' (Away)
Year
Result
Winners
2013
-21
2
2012
-19
3
2011
-34
2
2010
-28
3
2009
-32
2
2008
-18
4
2007
6
5
2006
-46
1

The Smethwick 'B' team played at home against Cradley Heath Libs. A tight win for Jim Watkin's team (10 shots) with three of the four winners being single figure cards: Mark Hadley Snr 21-6, Jake Dancer 21-6 and Joe Wilson 21-8.

Averages and results are updated with the above.

03/04/13 - Tomorrows Dudley league fixture at home to Somers will take place. Just one very small area of the green is covered in snow but this is expected to melt away tomorrow afternoon. The match starts at 6:30pm.

On Friday Broomfield play the Old Cross in the first round of the Dudley Herald Cup (4 home 4 away). Last season Broomfield had their best run in this competition reaching the semi finals. This season Club Captain Joe Wilson will take care of the team in addition to the W&W Premier Cup, W&W Arthur Mitchell 'Bomber' Cup and The Free Press Cup.

02/04/13 - Around 20 people still owe yearly subscriptions. The deadline has been extended to Sunday 7th April because of the recent bad weather. With games taking place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday can you please take the opportunity to pay your subs to Terry Jones or a member of the committee.

01/04/13 - Club Competition dates for 2013 were set at the recent committee meeting. This year the competitions have been set taking into consideration the preparation for the BCGBA Senior Merit and local league merits and cups. The Roy Freeman Club Championship will take place on Saturday 18th May. The William Purcell Club Pairs will be played on Sunday 26th May which is also a Bank Holiday weekend. Finally on Sunday 11th August the Janice Freeman Club Handicap takes place. All club competitions remain 1:45pm sign in and 2:00pm start.

01/04/13 - We are sad to announce the passing of former Broomfield bowler Chris Mullis. 'Musher' also had spells with Smethwick Ex's and Lightwoods but will mostly be remembered for his years at Broomfield which covered a 25-year span from the mid 1970's to the late 1990's. Chris was our very first Smethwick Sunday Morning captain when the league formed in 1976. He played in Broomfield's first season in the Warwick & Worcester in 1978 and was part of the league winning teams in 1980 (Premier 10) and 1982 (Premier 8). In his final spell at Broomfield Chris played for Dave Jones in the W&W Alliance and was part of the Division 2 winning side in 1997 and Division 1 Runners Up in 1998. 'Musher' spent his final years living in Blackpool and had battled cancer. His father Bill and son Chris also played for the club.