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Winter Cup Round 1 at Milnsbridge tomorrow

Winter Cup

This brand new Knock-Out competition with its unique format starts tomorrow with all 27 entrants from Division 1 teams competing at their normal Milnsbridge green starting at 12noon. This will be followed on the next 2 days by the Division 2 qualifying rounds being played at Springwood on Thursday (1.00pm start) and then on Friday we have the Division 3 qualifying rounds at Thorpe Green (1.00pm start).

We have exactly 60 entrants in total with 17 at Springwood and 16 at Thorpe Green. The top two qualifiers will progress through to Finals Day along with the two best losers across all three greens. That will give us eight qualifiers to go through to Finals Day which will be played at Milnsbridge BC on Thursday 14 April starting at 1:00pm.

The Finals Day qualifiers will be handicapped based on which division they played in during the Winter League season. Division 1 qualifiers will all play off Scratch. Division 2 qualifiers will have a plus-2 handicap and those coming from Division 3 teams will all have a plus-4 handicap.

The draw for the Division 1 qualifying rounds is below and features just one first round clash between two bowlers from the same team as Julie Best and Shirley Dillingham both play for the New Millers. The Division 1 Top Bowler is Graham Hirst of Lower Hopton and he faces Gordon Walker of Kirkheaton Cons in the opening match of the round.

The Winter Cup has been donated to the League by Kirkheaton Con bowlers Tony Butterfield and Garry Senior who are both in the draw for the Division 1 Qualifying Round. In future years we expect to incorporate the Winter Cup into the winter season programme but we ran out of time this year, hence the April start.

Note the earlier start time of 12noon for this round with 27 bowlers starting out in hunt of the two places guaranteed in the Finals Day placings. Free entry and free match programme for all spectators with hot drinks and refreshments available for all. Winter bowling in April is new to us all so come along for the ride.

Division 2 Qualifying Rounds at Springwood on Thursday 7 April from 1.00pm Division 3 Qualifying Rounds at Thorpe Green on Friday 8 April from 1.00pm

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