Ladies Senior County Merit
A ladies team of nine senior Isle of Man Crown Green bowlers recently represented the island in the British Crown Green Senior County Merit which was held at Vale Park, Todmorden, West Yorks. The weather was kind although there was a short shower mid afternoon, however it didn’t spoil the day.
The competition format was four groups of four counties who played each other on a round robin basis and the winners from each group then played in the semi final and subsequent winners went on to the final.
The Isle of Man team were drawn in a tough group and also had to combat a very fast tricky green which proved a problem in the first game against a strong Wirral team but then an improvement with the second against Yorkshire (previous winners and this year’s finalists) and a great result in the third beating last years winners (Gtr Manchester) The eventual winners were North Shropshire who were first time winners.
The IOM team bonded together under the leadership of captain Val MacFarlane who kept the team’s spirit up all day.
Thanks go to our referee Mary Simmonds for her hard work all day and for keeping us and some of the other referees in order!! Thanks also to those who came along on the trip to support – it was much appreciated by all the team.