Chairman’s Cup

The Chairman’s Cup will be held this coming Sunday (21st October).  Entry will be £2 per person, with pairs drawn out of the hat.  Exceptions will be made where parents/relatives want to play with children or if you want to bring a beginner as a partner.  Please arrive by 12 noon and we will aim to start as soon as possible after we have made the draw.  It will be round robin with final details depending upon numbers.  Last year the comp was won by Dave Ball and Mike Fagan, with Peter Ashcroft and Kevin Wilcox as runners-up.


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Final Junior Session

0CEBD65A-5D54-4FF5-8FFB-C4A52B0FEFD9The Club held its final junior session late this afternoon. A mini competition was held under the floodlights, with older players/relatives playing with the juniors in a round robin tournament. Deserved winners were Joey and Joe, with Joe loving the trophy he was presented with.

junior seasons will start again next season and if anyone knows of any potential young players (7-16) who may want to give it a go then get in touch with Ian Gill.

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Winter Bowling

img_0047Winter membership at Ormskirk Bowling Club runs from the start of October through to the end of March.  Come and bowl whenever you want on our fabulous artificial green for just £25 (if you are an existing full member there is no extra charge).  If you want you can also join our winter bowling ladder.  Further details can be found on this website, or by contacting Ian Gill on

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Trophy Haul Continues

Congratulations to Ian Mayne who won the Lethbridge Cup tonight, beating Tim Hodge in the final.  Tim had beaten Ian Gill in the semi final to reach the final.

The presentation night after the final saw Ian Mayne also receive the Ormskirk League Pairs Trophy with Ian Gill.

Ian Gill was also presented with the DC Scott Trophy for having the best averages in the Ormskirk Premier Division.

In terms of teams prize money was awarded to our Club for finishing as the runners up in both the Premier Division and  the 1st Division, with Ormskirk Castle gaining promotion to the Premier Division.

All in all another successful night for players from Ormskirk Bowling Club

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Fantastic Charity Event


The Charity Pairs Competition held today was a great success with 42 people of all ages taking part.  In total £470 was raised on the day which will rise to £970 for Queenscourt Hospice, as Barclays will match the amount pound for pound.  Many thanks should go to Octogon Wealth Management of Burscough who sponsored the event; the Co-op in Aughton who provided the tea and coffee; Iceland in Ormskirk who provided the biscuits; and finally to all those who brought along raffle prizes. One of the biggest thank you’s should go to Eric Barklem for planning the event and for organising it on the day.

The day started with heavy drizzle but it wasn’t too long before the rain cleared and there was a fantastic day’s bowling.

The day culminated in a final between Steve (Uncle) Jones & Andrew Arnold against Ian Gill & Mark Woods. After a tense final end with Ian & Mark lying game, Steve kept his cool and delivered a matchwinning bowl to take the title.

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And the winner is…Ormskirk Bowling Club

We have a very proud Chairman and he has written this piece setting out the Club’s successes over the last few weeks……
It has been a remarkable few weeks for OBC.  A number of our teams have had very successful league campaigns.  We finished runners up in Ormskirk Premier League with Ian Gill winning the league averages and a total of 6 of our players finishing in the top 20. Congratulations to Ian on his achievement of losing only one game out of 18 played. Ormskirk Castle secured promotion from Division 1 and are now back in the top league, where they belong, with 4 bowlers finishing in the top 20.
Ormskirk Castle also secured runners-up spot in Division 2 of the Aughton District League and also secured promotion, with Peter Bailey completing the perfect season with 12 unbeaten matches to win the averages. Congratulations to both Ormskirk Castle teams.
Dave Ball also led our Maghull League team to runner up spoilt in the 4th Division and secured promotion to the 3rd Division for next season (subject to possible league restructure.
However, the success has not ended there! On 11th September Ian Gill and Ian Mayne won the Ormskirk League pairs title. In the last 8 the Ians beat D. Stephenson and D. Scott in the quarter-finals and D. Knowles and D. Doyle in the semi-finals, winning both games to 11. These were impressive results but the best was yet to come with a 21 v 15 winner over Dave Fenney and Tim Hodge, two excellent  bowlers. It was a great result and all at OBC are very proud of their achievements.
However, the silverware trail didn’t end there! Two OBC pairings had played their way through to the Westhead League pairs finals night last Friday – Steve James and Chris Horsfall and Ian Mayne and Mike Fagan. Steve and Chris bowled very well in the quarters and semi and had single figures victories in both. Ian and Mike achieved a remarkable comeback in the quarter final being 18-3 down to Andy Slater and Lol Wells to run out 21-18 winners. Mike Fagan was instrumental in starting the comeback with some inspired leading. Mike and Ian then beat Don Morris and Tim Hodge in the semi to set up an all OBC final. Ian and Mike bowled very well, particularly on corner marks, to take the final to 13 and were worthy winners. Again, all at OBC are proud of the achievements of all four finalists and are delighted that members of our club now hold both of these pairs trophies.
Finally, good luck to all OBC members playing in the Ormskirk and Aughton League singles starting this Tuesday. Surely we couldn’t win that as well could we?
Thanks to everyone for their contributions on the greens this season. It has been our most successful campaign to date. Everyone has enjoyed their bowling and represented the club magnificently. Look out for an announcement shortly about our winter singles bowling ladder and the Chairmen’s cup. The bowling never stops at OBC, especially now we’ve got our lights!
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Planning & Great Job Done

Our planning consent for the lighting and shelters etc has now been granted by the Council.  Thanks to Ken Knowles for his work on this.

One of our planning requirements was that we had to paint our container green and thanks to Ted Baker, John Leadbetter, and Ian & Matthew Gill (when he wasn’t having a ‘rest’) this was done tonight.  Thanks to all that helped.

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Singles Champion Crowned

A cracking day’s bowling today saw Ian Gill crowned as the Ormskirk Bowling Club’s Singles Champion for 2018 after defeating Ian Mayne in the final.  A large field of 24 bowlers turned out and there will be a full report posted in due course.364AF8EB-5BBD-4BA4-BCC9-A20DC406499D

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Charity Competition at our Club

A Charity Pairs Competion to be held in aid of Queenscourt Hospice will be held at our club on Sunday 16 September.  Details on the link below.  Please note that the Autumn Pairs competition planned for that date will be postponed and a new date rearranged.  Any new or beginner bowlers will be paired with more experienced bowlers. Start time is 11am, with practice from 10am.  Entrance fee is £5 per pair (£2.50 each).  Eric Barklem can supply further details if required.

The event is being sponsored by OCTAGON Wealth Management, The Wharf, Burscough.  There will be raffle prizes and you can bring your own food and drink


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National Champions


Congratulations  to Ian Mayne who was part of the victorious Lancashire team who won the Men’s National Triples today in the flat green game, beating Devon in the final.  This is a marvellous achievement when you consider how few flat greens and players there are in the County compared to many other counties.

When added to Dave ‘Flash’ Gordon reaching the last 64 of the Waterloo, it emphasises what talent we have within our Club.

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