Club shows off new shirts

MEMBERS of Keynsham Bowling Club got the chance to try on their new shirts after collecting them at their July coffee morning.

They are pictured under the flag pole where, above the club flag, flies the flag of Ukraine, which has been there since the invasion took place as a show of solidarity for the people of that country.

League bowling is now well under way and here, as promised in last month’s article, is a results update. 

It is always good to start with good news and that has to be our ladies. As well as having won their last nine league matches, they have also been enjoying good cup results. 

They are through to the second round of the Southey Cup plus, after a great win in the Fear Cup, they were looking forward to playing Bath as the Voice went to print.

Regrettably, our men have not experienced the same level of success. In the Thursday Bristol and District League, our A team won promotion last year and are now playing in Division 1. The quality of teams in this league is good and we are struggling somewhat, having won just one of 11 fixtures. 

The B team also went up a division and is playing in Division 3, where it has won four of 10 fixtures. Our C team is in Division 4, with three wins from 11. 

On Saturdays we play in the North Somerset League, and in East 1 our A team is in fifth place, with three wins out of six. Both our B and C teams are in East 2, with our B team having won one out of five, and our C team one out of six. 

Our most successful men’s side is the Friday Triples team, winning eight of 13, and they are currently third in a league of 12. We are also in the semi-final of the Triples Cup.

In our cup competitions, we lost at home to Redland Green in the first round of the Lloyds Trophy but beat local rivals Frys in the Turnbull Cup. In the next round, we were drawn away to Purnells and narrowly went down against a strong side.               

Since our club was created in 1957, mixed team bowling has always been a feature of our matches. This is reflected in our membership of the Mixed Mid Somerset League, which bowls on a Friday evening. 

The club uses this as an opportunity to field new and well-established alongside each other, giving valuable experience to beginners in a competitive league.

At the time of writing, we are looking forward to our captains’ charity barbecue, when we will be entertained by Lizz Lipscombe, strolling among us while playing her electric violin.    

Mike Barrow