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Yorkshire

Contact: Mr Stephen Atkinson
email: yorkshire@bowlsengland.com http://www.yorksba.co.uk

Agreed Centre: York

County Profile

In 1922 the seeds were sown for the formation for Yorkshire County Bowling Association with the formation of the Durham and Yorkshire Joint Association who became affiliated to the English Bowling Association. In 1932 Yorkshire became independent of Durham though at that time the association was male orientated until the ladies association was formed in 1950, both operated as separate organizations until unification in 2011.

The County has proudly produced five England Presidents namely Mr R Richardson 1964, Mrs J Kendall 1966, Mr H Armstrong 1982, Mrs K Horncastle 1990 and Mr IRD Woodcock 2005.

In addition Yorkshire has also provided 5 female and 18 male internationals in addition to 4 female and 8 male junior internationals. Included in these are several players who have represented England in the Commonwealth Games, it was in 1978 that Bobby Robertson and Jim Ashman  represented England in the Toronto Games. Whilst Betty Stubbings followed in 1982 and 1986 at Brisbane and Edinburgh respectively.

Yorkshire has enjoyed great success on the greens over the years, for the men the late Tom Fleming dominated proceeding in the 1950’s and 1960’s winning 8 County Championships. However Tom’s achievements have been surpassed by Mark Walton who has taken 17 titles from 1989 through to 2011. For the ladies two names dominated the scene from the early 70’s through to 2005, their name being Beryl Alderson and Betty Stubbings being Yorkshire County Champion 13 times between them.

Nationally the county has won the John’s Trophy on 3 occasions and the Middleton Cup 6 times. However it is the individual national titles that have provided most success for the Yorkshire bowlers in 2003 P Allenby was National Singles Winner with M Walton Runner Up, the following year M Walton won the title. Joined by S Dilks and C Kelly, Walton also won the National Triples the same year. Walton went on to win the singles again in 2006 and be Runner Up in 2007. The Ladies have also enjoyed success with the late Carol McLean and Michelle Mooring winning National U25 Pairs in 2003. Whilst their Amy Rose Team were National Champions in 2008. The most recent successes for the men being B Render 2 Wood Singles champion in 2013 before being joined by S Wells, D Kelly and N Brignall to reach the Final of the Fours at Leamington in 2014.

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