BROOMFIELD BOWLS CLUB
Portland Road, Birmingham, B17 8LS
APRIL 2014 NEWS
Items listed below are news items that have appeared on the Home Page but may now be out of date...
30/04/14 - Six winners for the Oldbury side who move up to third place after a 23 shot win at Netherton Cons tonight. Wins for John Wilson 21-9, Ollie Newman 21-13, Chris Price 21-15, Darren Griffiths 21-17, Dave Chilton 21-17 and Mick Barnwell 21-20.
28/04/14 - A first win in the Summit Garage Premier League for Broomfield tonight. Away at Woodfield 'B' it was a six shot lead after four with wins for Chris Price 21-10, Mark Hadley Snr 21-17 and Jonathan Blakeman 21-19. Wins in the back four for Manjeet 'Monty' Panesar 21-4 and Dan Chilton 21-10. 18 shots the final difference and nine points gained to lift us off the bottom of the table.
27/04/14 - On Friday 9th May Broomfield will face Birches Head Hotel in the Super Cup. This is played on a 4-home 4-away format with games 31-up. The match starts at 7:00pm and all four ends will play at once at Portland Road. At Birches Head Hotel it will be two ends at a time as they have floodlights. The address for those travelling to the away venue: Birches Head Road, Stoke On Trent, ST1 6LL (45.0 miles from our green).
Round 1 of the Warwick & Worcester Cups take place on Friday 16th May. In the Premier Cup Broomfield face Kings Norton on the George. In the Alliance Cup Broomfield face Triplex on King George V.
27/04/14 - The Smethwick 'A' side lost by 16 shots away at Dudley Dell this morning. Three winners for Broomfield: Mick Barnwell 21-13, Chris Chilton 21-14 and John Wilson 21-19.
26/04/14 - Four winners for the W&W Premier team who lost by 32 shots at the Drakes Drum today. Only three shots behind after the first four thanks to a 21-3 from Terry Jones. Also wins for Mark Hadley Snr, Dave Chilton and Ollie Newman - all 21-17.
Seven winners and a 34 shot win for the W&W Alliance team who played the Baldwin at home. Single figure wins for Andy Calvert 21-2, Darren Barnwell 21-7, Jim Watkin 21-7 and Malcolm Spencer 21-9. Also wins for Tonia Hadley 21-12, Denise Killion 21-15 and John Hardman 21-20.
24/04/14 - A second away win of the season for the Dudley team who had five winners against Somers 'B' tonight. The result keeps Broomfield at the top of Division 5. Wins tonight for Joe Wilson 21-6, Keith Underhill 21-8, John Hardman 21-10, Mick Haydon 21-13 and Malcolm Spencer 21-16.
23/04/14 - A wet evening at Portland Road for the Oldbury team who played Old Cross 'A'. Four winners in the first four and a 21 shot lead: Joe Wilson 21-10, Mick Barnwell 21-17, John Wilson 21-17 and Chris Price 21.19. A further 24 shots added in the back four with three winners for Broomfield: Ollie Newman 21-7, Jonathan Blakeman 21-8 and Dave Chilton 21-15. (159-114 +45, 9pts). Our next fixture takes us to "Chip Shop Corner" as we face Netherton Cons 'A'.
22/04/14 - Broomfield will face Moseley Cricket Club 'A' in the first round of the W&W Arthur Mitchell 'Bomber' Cup. The last time the two clubs met in this competition were the 2007 semi finals. First round matches are to be played by 25th May and 32 teams have entered.
21/04/14 - Results updated.
20/04/14 - The Smethwick 'A' team faced Dudley Dell on a cold morning at Portland Road. A 13 shot lead after the first four with winners shared. Dave Chilton 21-4 and Joe Wilson 21-17 for Broomfield and Craig Skidmore 21-15 and Nathan Dawes 21-19 for the Dell. A full house for Broomfield in the back four with wins for Keith Lawlor 21-10, Jonathan Blakeman 21-13, Mick Barnwell 21-17 and Ollie Newman 21-17 (160-120 +40).
Two winners for the Smethwick 'B' side who lost by 47 shots at Cradley Heath Libs: Mark Hadley Snr 21-17 and Mick Haydon 21-18.
19/04/14 - Club Captain Joe Wilson has named his 16-man Super Cup squad as follows: Joe Wilson, Jonathan Blakeman, Ollie Newman, John Wilson, Darren Griffiths, Chris Price, Mick Barnwell, Terry Jones, Mark Hadley Snr, Chris Chilton, Dave Chilton, Dan Chilton, John Hardman, Keith Underhill, Manjeet Panesar, Jim Watkin.
Only the above players will be eligible to face Birches Head Hotel (Potteries) in the first round of the Super Cup which is played on a 4-home 4-away format with games 31-up.
18/04/14 - Averages now online.
17/04/14 - Broomfield have a bye in the first round of the 2014 Free Press Cup. The competition plays straight through as per the draw below. First round games are to be played by Sunday 1st June 2014.
17/04/14 - Seven winners for the Dudley team at home tonight which takes them to the top of Division 5. The 60 shot victory against Old Cross 'B' included single figure wins for John Hardman 21-3 and Tonia Hadley 21-7.
16/04/14 - Broomfield opened their 46th season in the Oldbury & District League with a trip to the Old Cross. Three wins in the first three and a 21-shot lead: John Wilson 21-14, Jonathan Blakeman 21-14 and Mick Barnwell 21-14. 36 shots were dropped over the next three ends which left the final pair with a 15 shot deficit to overturn. Wins for Joe Wilson 21-19 and Ollie Newman 21-16 saw Broomfield pick up 5 points but lose the match by 8 shots. W.B.F.S.C. are the Division 1 leaders after the first match having beat Hilly House by 72 shots with 7 winners.
15/04/14 - The article below featured in the most recent edition of Warwickshire County Cricket Club's "Beyond The Boundary":
OPENING TIME AT M&B
Warwickshire will benefit from a second ground within Birmingham after agreeing terms to take over the old Mitchells & Butlers site on Portland Road in Smethwick.
It is an excellent deal for the club. The ground cost Warwickshire £1 and in return for our obligations to maintain the sporting area, the developers (Persimmon) are tearing down the old building and constructing a new pavilion to ECB specifications. We hope that the playing surface will be ready for recreational games towards the end of the 2014 season with higher-quality matches following a season later.
In years to come – we may host first team games at Portland Road if Edgbaston is being used for international fixtures. It may be too, that we eventually host some first-team games there if Edgbaston is being used for international fixtures.
In the shorter-term, the aim is that the ground will provide a regular venue for our second XI, academy and youth teams who will play on pitches that are very similar to Edgbaston.
We also hope that the ground will offer an opportunity for us to reach out to a part of the community that might have felt that Warwickshire CCC had little relevance to them. The ground will offer a good deal of recreational and community usage and we hope it will play a part in inspiring another generation of supporters and players.
The M&B ground has hosted first-class cricket before. As historian Robert Brooke details, after being used for a few friendly games in 1930, it was first used in a first-class fixture in 1931 (Kent were the opponents) and continued to be utilised for a Championship game every season until 1938 and a first-class game until the outbreak of the war in 1939. After that, first-class cricket did not resume there until 1957 and the final match at that level took place (against Cambridge University) in 1961. It was the ground on which Jack Bannister claimed 10-41 – still the best figures by a Warwickshire bowler in first class cricket – against Combined Services in 1959 and the club only lost one of the 13 first-class gamed played there.
It continued to be used for Second XI Championship games until 1977 and other matches, such as warm-up games for youth teams until 1993. Courtney Walsh claimed 5-59 for West Indies Young Cricketers against National Association of Young Cricketers at the ground in 1982, a 17-year-old Graeme Hick made a half-century for Zimbabwe in a warm-up game there ahead of the 1983 World Cup and several generations of England’s finest women cricketers played at the ground regularly.
It is sometimes confused with M&B’s original Cape Hill ground. That ground, situated within the brewery, was used until about 1930 by M&B – founder members of the Birmingham and District Cricket League in 1888 – but was abandoned long ago once the brewery owner, Sir Williams Waters Butler opened the new ground on Portland Road on 2 August 1930.
After the brewery closed in 2002, the land on which it stood was purchased by Persimmon and, in return for planning permission to build 800 homes on the site, they were obliged to maintain the playing area for sporting use. The deal with Warwickshire CCC works for all parties and has the support of the ECB, the council, the developers and local community. The bowling greens and football pitches at the site will not be affected and will remain available throughout construction.
The club plans around 90 days of cricket a season at the ground, with a mixture of development, recreational and community use.