World Club Championship History

Since the World Club Championships were created we have not had a winner, with Meole Brace making the Semi Finals in 2016. In its previous guise, as the Club Championship, Castlefields won it 3 times in 1993, 1997 & 2006 while Chester Road won it in 2005.

For a history of the competition please click here.


Sir John Bayley lost their first game at the 2019 BCGBA World Club Championships by 25 to the Grapes of Greater Manchester. They were 3 down after four as Spencer Clarke won 14 to be the best of two winners, but an 8 and 11 loser in the back four meant they lost out. Castlefields put up a good fight but just lost out to local side Lower Hopton today. They found themselves just three down after four games off with Jon Palmer winning 11 and Rich Goddard 17. They then were seven up as Mike Beer won 11, but Rob Hitchen won 7 for Lower Hopton which meant Adie Rowe's 19 win was in vain as they lost by 11.


Sunday 25th March 2018

1st round results:

No.1 Green Parkfield Labour Club (N Lancs & Fylde) 147-106 Crosland Moor (Yorkshire) Greville Arms (Warwick & Worcester) 143-138 Meersbrook (South Yorkshire)

No.2 Green Hollinhurst (Greater Manchester) 121-152 Thongsbridge (Yorkshire) Dudley Dell (Staffordshire) 154-123 Cunliffe (Wales)

2nd round results:

No.1 Green Thongsbridge 160-109 Dudley Dell

No.2 Green Parkfield Labour 163-121 Greville Arms

Sunday 1st April 2018

St Georges lost out at the 1st round stage of the BCGBA World Club Championship. They were only one down against Castle S & SC after the 1st four with John Cooke winning 11 and Pete Grimston 19. But only one win at the back for Tony Rhodes 21-10 meant they lost by 15.

1st round results:

No.1 Green Castle S & SC (Cheshire) 145-130 St Georges (Shropshire) Garswood Hall (Lancashire) 106-157 Queens Park (Potteries & District)

No.2 Green Gladstone (Merseyside) 151-144 Hoghton (North Lancs & Fylde) Dukinfield Central (Greater Manchester) 123-151 Haunchwood (North Midlands)

2nd round results:

No.1 Green Gladstone 133-148 Haunchwood

No.2 Green Castle S & SC 136-135 Queens Park

Sunday 8th April 2018

1st round results:

No.1 Green Maltby (South Yorkshire) 122-141 King George V (Warwick & Worcester) Levens (Cumbria) 143-146 Atherstone Cons (North Midlands)

No.2 Green Holme (Cumbria) 149-127 South Ramsey (Isle of Man) Wharton Cons (Cheshire) 112-163 Eccleston (Merseyside)

2nd round results:

No.1 Green Holme 137-129 Eccleston

No.2 Green King George V 152-113 Atherstone Cons

Sunday 15 April 2018

Castlefields have gone through to the finals day of the BCGBA World Club Championships after two healthy wins. They recovered from 17 down against Birches Head Hotel after three games off to have the last 5 winners and win by 26 overall, Adam Jones winning 6 and Andy Duckett 9. They took on Pudsey from Yorkshire in their second game on the smaller green and were comfortable winners. They led by 18 off four games with Jon Palmer the best 21-10, and then held on with three winners at the back to extend their victory to 24.

1st round results

No.1 Green Stretton Anglesey (Derbyshire) 136-158 Pudsey (British Parks) Birches Head Hotel (Potteries & District) 125-151 Castlefields (Shropshire)

No.2 Green Eastwood Park (Derbyshire) 122-144 Willenhall Nordley (Staffordshire) The George (Warwick & Worcester) 160-122 Broughton & Bretton (Wales)

2nd round results

No.1 Green Willenhall Nordley 138-152 The George

No.2 Green Pudsey 138-162 Castlefields

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Castlefields reached the final of the BCGBA World Club Championship but were defeated by Parkfield Labour club  by 15. Castlefields led by 4 after the first four games off with Champion of Champion Mike Beer leading the way winning 8, while Owen Jackson had won 13 for the North Lancs & Fylde side. But Parkfield took 3 out of the back four, with Wayne Ditchfield winning 11, Gary Ellis 12 and Dave Watters 14. They had beaten Castle S&SC by 17, taking 5 of the winners, the best being Mike Beer 8. Steve Morrey and Mike Yearsley were best for the Cheshire side, winning 16. The Quarter Finals saw them shock 2015 winners Thongsbridge by 14 shots in their first game, Leighton Roberts the best winning 6, while Craig Gant’s 8 best win was in vain for the Yorkshire side.

Quarter Finals

No.1 Green Parkfield Labour Club 152-112 The George, Holme 91-168 King George V

No.2 Green Haunchwood 138-146 Castle S & SC., Thongsbridge 127-141 Castlefields

Semi Finals

No.1 Green Castle S & SC 140-157 Castlefields

No.2 Green Parkfield Labour Club 139-134 King George V


Castlefields 132-147 Parkfield Labour Club


The 2017 BCGBA World Club Championship saw Shropshire Premier Bowling League Winners Sir John Bayley and KGJ Insurance County Cup Winners Bowring taking part in this year’s event for us at Fox Lane in Leyland near Preston.

The full details are here.

Sir John Bayley – Sunday 19th March

Sir John Bayley dipped out in the 2nd round of the World Club Championship by just 5 chalks today. It started off well as they won their first game against Brighouse Sports by 38 chalks on the smaller green, which was saturated and heavy after constant rain over the last couple of days. But Spencer Clarke flew out the traps and led 18-2 all around the green before getting out 9. Paul Evans struggled early doors with the weight but was only ever a few behind before recovering from 15-11 down to lead 18-16 before his opponent Tony Riley rallied and won 20. Aaron Tapper was the last of the first three on and despite a good start leading 10-6 his opponent got him on a run to lead 15-11 before Aaron ran out over the middle. So after 3 they led by 17. But Gary Cooper was 13-0 down in the corners and Chris Ward was struggling at 13-10 down. Gary got in and played some good stuff and got to 9 but Chris enjoyed a fortunate strike and made the most of it only conceding one more in winning 14 and giving the Bayley a 12 lead going into the back three. Paul Reeves and Gordon Hawkins were next on and while Gordon was always comfortable in winning 9 in the corners, Paul had it harder as he was only 10-9 up before winning 13 and meaning when Tom Roden went on it was already won. Tom won 15 in the corners to give the Flowfit Shropshire Premier League Champions a 38 shot win.

They knew it would be a tougher challenge in the 2nd round as they faced Newdigate of North Midlands, a team made up of county players from both their county and Warwick and Worcester. But the team from Wellington started excellently as Chris Ward was excellent in leading Darren Plenderleith 11-0 and 15-1 on the longer marks, before Darren showed his class to get back to 10. Spencer was in a close game at 6-5 up before Dane played a great runner and then didn’t give Spencer much room to lead 17-6 over the middle. Spence though managed to scramble his way back to 12. Paul Evans had a run of five 2s in leading Jim Robertson 11-3 in the corners but Jim got back at Paul and actually led at 16-15 before Paul got the block back and won 17. Aaron Tapper had a very close game with Josh Hale with Aaron using the shorter marks and Josh the longer ones in the main but Aaron ran out from 20-17 down to give the Bayley a 7 shot lead.

Into the back and three of the four players enjoyed a poor start to their games, Gordon Hawkins was 8-2 down, Tom Roden 8-0 in the corners and Gary Cooper 13-3 to Elliott McGuinness. Gordon and Tom managed to get back in their games but Gary struggled throughout not helped by some good bowling by Elliott. Paul Reeves was the other game and enjoyed a very good game with Mitchell Harvey which Paul led 12-6 before Mitchell showed his quality to lead 17-16 in the corners. Paul came off winning 18 though and gave the Bayley a lead of 10, but then Tom came off losing 10 after Pete Varney had another run to lead 15-7 in the corners and finished it off. This left Gary on the green 20-11 down and Gordon Hawkins only 14-13 up. Despite Gary leading a good bowl Elliott played it out first bowl and won the game not just for himself but Newdigate to. Gordon enjoyed a good end to his game to win 15 but this meant a 5 shot loss for the Premier League Champions.

The scores are here.

Bowring – Sunday 2nd April

Bowring lost in the 2nd round of the World Club Championships after winning their first comfortably, just like the Sir John Bayley did a couple of weeks ago. On the smaller green they dealt with South Ramsey comfortably despite a slow start. John Cooke won 12 and Rich Lawson 16 but James Grimston got 18 off Isle of Man Star Man John Kennish to put them 11 up off 3. Rob Roden and Jamie King both won to extend the lead to 21 before Josh Bradburn won 1 to win the match for the reigning KGJ Insurance County Cup holders. Aaron King won 18 and Dave Lloyd got 13 which meant they wonthe game by 38.

Onto the bigger green, and it was a similar story as like the Bayley as they struggled on a heavier green. They started off alright in the first four though with James winning 14 and John 15 but Rob got 8 and Rich 18 to give them a deficit of 3 into the back four. But after single figure defeats for Aaron and Josh the game was over despite Dave winning 11 and Jamie 18 as they went out by 17 chalks.

The scores are here.

Well done to both teams on doing the County proud but couldn’t quite manage to get over the line on the bigger heavy green both times.


The two teams that we sent for the 2016 Championships were Castlefields and Meole Brace.

Castlefields lost in the 1st round to Florence by 22 chalks with only two winners. Two single figures cards cost them with Callum Wraight winning 15 and Andy Judson 18.

Castlefields vs. Florence T & BC Scores:

1. Clay Flattley 20-21 Adam Jackson
2. Rich Goddard 19-21 Jon Price
3. Dave Peach 8-21 Chris Cooper
4. Paul Williams 20-21 Anyd Booth
5. Luke Jones 8-21 Steve Parkin
6. Callum Wraight 21-15 Aaron Steele
7. Andy Duckett 20-21 Aaron Jones
8;. Andy Judson 21-18 Sam Bailey
Castlefields 137-159 Florence T & BC

Meole Brace qualified for the finals day for the second year in a row. They beat New Brighton Quarry Vikings from Merseyside by 39 in the first game, Darren Wellings winning 3 and Martin Middleton winning 8 as they had 5 winners out of the 8. In the 2nd round they met Dudley Dell from Staffordshire and beat them by 26 chalks. Doug Edwards won 4 in the first four but they trailed by 1 chalks with a 9 and 13 loser. However they took the whole of the back four led by Darren Wellings and Bill Tarrell both winning 12.

They drew Kings Heath Park from Warwick and Worcester on finals day. but lost by 6 despite having 5 winners. They had the first three losers to trail by 20, which after Doug Edwards' 18 win was reduced to 17 after four. Meole then had all 4 winners in the back but with Craig Wilson being the best 14 it wasn't enough.

1st round:

1Colin Beaman16Michael Havern21
2John Nash17Chris Barton21
3Darren Wellings21Owen Doyle3
4Pete Bound21Les Henderson11
5Doug Edwards21Phil Vaughan10
6Craig Wilson16Steve Nugent21
7Martin Middleton21Lynsey Gorman8
8Mark Thomas21Paul Saville20

2nd round:

1Nathan Dawes19Craig Wilson21
2Jamie Wyer21Pete Bound13
3Craig Skidmore4Doug Edwards21
4Craig Cartwright21Martin Middleton9
5Mick Brown12Darren Wellings21
6Jamie Broadhead12Bill Tarrel21
7Pete Withey18Colin Beaman21
8Simon Homer15John Nash21

Quarter Finals:

1Colin Beaman19Jon Palmer21
2Pete Bound17Steve Freer21
3Darren Wellings7Dan Petcher21
4Doug Edwards21Colin Weaver18
5Martin Middleton21Tom Palmer20
6Will Tarrel21Paul Gamsby20
7Craig Wilson21Jason McLoughlin14
8Nigel Bound21Lee Kington19