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04/07/17 - Mel Evans MBE (1952-2017) - It was with sadness yesterday that the club heard the news that Mel Evans had lost his fight against motor neurone disease.

Born in 1952 he took up the game aged 9 and went on to win over 100 tournaments. In Staffordshire he lifted the Individual Merit in 1977 and 2006 and the Champion Of Champions in 1973, 1976 and 1985. He was a three time winner of the Coombs Wood Floodlit (1989, 1990, 1994) and four time winner of the Cannock League Individual Merit (1977, 1984, 1989, 1992).

Mel’s sole competition win at Portland Road came in 1983 when he won the M&B Floodlight. He was no stranger to our home venue with numerous finals day appearances including the Midland Masters in 1979 (QF), 1980 (QF), 1981 (SF) and 1983. In 1990 and 2008 he was a runner up in the Deers Leap Open. Most memorably he won five matches on the M&B greens to reach the 1982 All England final where he lost out to Yorkshire’s Ian Bottemley. Later that year he was invited back to Portland Road for the Sports Argus Superstars where he reached the final and narrowly lost out 21-18 to Glenn Morris. Mel made it to the 1990 All England finals losing his first match 21-18 on what is now the Broomfield green.


When Broomfield secured the 2013 All England, Mel was supportive of the clubs efforts to host a successful tournament and made several visits to the club in the months leading up to the event. In 2014 he was awarded an MBE for dedicated and exemplary service to bowls and vowed to use the honour to promote the sport of crown green bowls. In recent years he had taken on the role of BCGBA Commercial Officer and was instrumental in the sport returning to terrestrial TV.

He served the sport for well over 50 years as a player, administrator and more recently passionately promoting the game through the internet and endless TV and radio shows. He will be sorely missed and our condolences go to his family and in particular his partner Lynn Pritchatt.

J Blakeman 04/07/17

03/07/17 - Averages and results updated.