David Delight

A bowler with a top class pedigree put the icing on the League’s 90th anniversary cake.

David Wolverson, representing Much Wenlock, won  the special singles knockout at St Georges on Saturday 4th June as the League celebrated being established in 1932.

David, a regular in Warwick & Worcester’s senior county team until 2013, defeated Hadley USC stalwart Dave Price 21-18 in a high class final on the original bottom green at St Georges to bring the curtain down on eight hours of action.

Having taken a break from the game, David – now living in Wenlock – decided to start playing again for his new local club and is unbeaten to date this season for their second division team.

His reward for Saturday’s success was the lion’s share of £90 in prize money and a trophy dating back to the 1940s that had been donated to the league.

A total of 32 bowlers nominated by clubs present and past battled it out and in the semi-finals the eventual winner defeated Stuart Gittings (Highley) 21-16 while Dave Price was ending the fine run of Broseley’s Tony Pritchard 21-10.

League secretary Malcolm Fletcher said: “It was good to see so many people there and, despite a bit of rain, most stayed to watch a brilliant final played in super sunshine.”

A fun challenge match on the top green in the afternoon ended with a team representing 1935 champions Duke of York Trench (captained by Paul Beer) beating Royal Exchange Dawley (Alison Cotton) – the inaugural league winners in 1933 – by more than 30 shots.

Commemorative medals were presented to all 32 bowlers who contested the MSBL @ 90 Singles and thanks were given to Phil King for running that knockout and to the host club’s members, led by Paul and Alison.

“There were losts of smiles and friendly faces and I just hope people think we did the League proud and gave it the kind of 90th birthday it deserves,” added the secretary.

PICTURED – The semi-finalists who were in the money at the MSBL @ 90 Singles (from left) Stuart Gittings, eventual winner David Wolverson, league chairman Sean Round, competition secretary Phil King, Tony Pritchard, runner-up Dave Price.

For the full results see Competition News