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THE LITTLER CUP

The Mid Cheshire League's Top Team Competition

 

1919

REVIEW OF THE NEW SEASON

Apart from the league programme, I learn that Mid Cheshire is to be placed in possession of a beautiful trophy for the purpose of a club competition, and to benefit the Towns Victoria Infirmary.

The arrangements are to be entrusted to Mr Tom Cowley, and a new charity organisation has been formed, chiefly of the old patriotic committee, with a reprosentative from each Mid Cheshire club, I am not at liberty of the particulars at the moment.

The Littler cup was donated to the Mid Cheshire bowls association in 1919 by James Littler of the well known timber merchants in Northwich.

The cup was to be played for by affiliated clubs, who would be handicapped and all proceeds from the competition were to be given to charity.

The first winners of the competition were Verdin Park BC, James Littler's two sons playing for the winning side.

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1921

FINAL : Played at the Gladstone club, Northwich.

Saturday 3rd September.

VERDIN PARK 345 v 323 RUDHEATH BC

There was a splendid attendance at the Gladstone club, perhaps accounted for by the fact that the games were held back until 4:30pm to permit football enthusiasts a chance of seeing them.

The venture turned out disasterous from a playing point, because the last four games were played in almost darkness.

The cup and medals were presented to the winners at the conclusion by the donar, Mr James Littler in the billiard room at the club and almost without exception the players answered the call for their medals.

* 18 a side in 1921.

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1924

From the Northwich Guardian, by Thumb Bias.

The final of the Littler cup, between Northwich and Rudheath will take place at the Gladstone club tomorrow Saturday. The game will commence at 5pm prompt, and the cup will be presented to the winners by Councillor J.O. Gleave, chairman of the club. Jim harper the popular Heathen will captain his side, while Arthur littler will be in charge of Northwich. Mr Tom Hodkinson, the league chairman will officiate as referee assisted by Messrs George Roden and W. Pickstock as measurers.

RUDHEATH BC (20) Score NORTHWICH BC (5)
J. Christie 21-15 R.C. Palin
F. Oakes 21-14 T.W. Cowley
J. Bickerton 21-5 H. Kirkham
J.K. Harper 16-21 J. Winnington
C. kirkham 21-12 G.R. Russell
H. Page 21-16 M. Marsland
W. Naylor 21-19 H. Stubbs
E. Peover 21-7 W. Gandy
Sam Blackhurst 21-13 J. Eyes
A. Goodier 21-18 A. Wood
P. Murray 9-21 A. Littler
H. Garner 20-21 F. Jones
  234-187  

The rain fell heavily and hurried the players to the pavilion on several occasions, and Bill Naylor in particular suffered mostly as a result in his game with Harry Stubbs, but like the sticker that he is, ran to 19 from 14-18 in arrears, and finally won 21-19.

Jim Harper made a big effort at 10-9 in arrears to catch up with Jesse Winnington, who had sent along some fine woods on round peg marks, and so well did he play that 16-19 next went up before, the Northwich secretary secured the winning double. Edgar Peover made a run of 15 points before sacrificing the jack to Bill Gandy, and continuing to play well, left the green a good winner at 21-7. At this stage Rudheath were leading by 54 points and although this was greatly reduced by the fine card of Arthur Littler at 21-9, the match was all over bar the shouting, and the Rudheath supporters were more useful at this part of the buisness.

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1925

Saturday 12th September.

There was an excellent attendance of enthusiasts at Rudheath on Saturday, when Northwich and Lostock Gralam met to decide the final of this years competition for the James Littler Charity cup.

LOSTOCK GRALAM Score NORTHWICH
J. Heyes 15-21 H. Kirkham
S. Heath 14-21 F. Jones
T. Jones 18-21 W. Edge
J. Heath 10-21 R.C. Palin
J. Cawley 21-16 J. Bradley
J. Buckley 21-14 H. Stubbs
G. Heath 17-21 T.W. Cowley
F. Emson 3-21 W. Gandy
A. Jones 18-21 A. Wood
R. West 21-4 J. Winnington
T.E. Martin 13-21 J. Eyes
A. Hassall 3-21 A. Littler
   (30) 204-223 (0)  

 

1927

Saturday 27th August

With the exception of one or two league games, unplayed on the original dates, owing to cup ties, the bowling season in Mid Cheshire was concluded on Saturday with the final of the Littler Cup at the Bulls Head at Davenham.

The match was timed to commence at 5:30pm owing to football matches being played in the afternoon, a decision which proved popular by the large crowd gathered around the green. The contestants were Northwich and Rudheath, who won the cup three years ago, on which occasion they defeated Northwich at the Gladstone club.

RUDHEATH BC Score NORTHWICH BC
J.K. Harper 14-21 W. Gandy
W. Naylor 20-21 W. Edge
A. Goodier (C) 12-21 W. Hitchens
C. Kirkham 20-21 J. Eyes
J. Harper 21-19 A. Littler
T. Robinson 15-21 M. Stubbs
Sam Blackhurst 21-17 H. Kirkham (C)
J. Atherton 8-21 J. Winnington
W. Lilley 21-11 H. Hayes
Sid Blackhurst 13-21 A. Perry
S. Platt 8-21 R.C. Palin
H. Price 14-21 A. Wood
  (24) 187-236 (0)  

The league chairman, Mr Tom Hodkinson presented the cup to the winning team, and congratulated both clubs on the excellent feeling exhibited during the match, and hoped the proceeds would be in advance of the previous years. Mr kirkham and Mr Goodier, the respective captains, returned thanks.

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1938

Friday 12th August.

Davenham Rec B created one of the biggest surprises of the season by beating Northwich bowling club B in the final of the Littler cup, in front of a great crowd at the Farmers arms, Rudheath.

DAVENHAM REC B (65) 286 v 257 (60) NORTHWICH BC B

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1944

Saturday 26th August, played at Verdin Park, Northwich.

Barnton Civil defence triumphed in the Littler cup final on Saturday before a record crowd. It was the cups jubilee year and an additional £100 will be presented to the Northwich Victoria Infirmary to mark the occassion. Barnton secured a 23 point victory over Rudheath.

BARNTON CIVIL DEFENCE (45) 230 v 207 (40) RUDHEATH BC

The cup was presented by Mr J.A Hodkinson, chairman of the Northwich Urban council.

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1961

LITTLER CUP GOES BACK TO FARMERS

Played at Lostock Alkali on Saturday 29th July.

Dropping only one chalk in the last four blocks, Farmers Arms A overtook Owley wood B to win the Littler charity bowls cup, by the terrific margin of six chalks at Saturday evenings final at Lostock.

Farmers thus captured the trophy for the first time since 1952.

Owley Wood started with a handicap advantage of 55 and held their ground early on, thanks to a fine 21-5 victory by Bill Storey over off colour John Goolding.

But Farmers made big inroads into the Weaverham team's lead when they won games number 5,6,7,8 three of them by wide margins. Then came the last four blocks and three more winners, with Alan Lewis to Owley woods only other individual winner, Ron Gurney, by 21-20.

FARMERS ARMS (28) 260 v 254 (55) OWLEY WOOD B

The trophy was presented by Tom Curbishley of knutsford. Referee was Fred Johnson, vice chairman of the Mid Cheshire association.

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1968

FINAL
Friday 26th July, held at Moulton RBL

OWLEY WOOD A 255 v 207 FARMERS ARMS A

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1969

Played at the Farmers Arms, Rudheath on Friday 8th August, Owley wood C beat Moulton RBL A 365-305, the Weaverham side were off 115 while thereopponents were off 150.

The Littler cup was presented by northwich Town councillor Mr Ron Carey.

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1970

MOULTON'S LITTLER CUP

Northwich Guardian, thursday 13th August.

After the disappointment of losing the 1969 Littler charity cup final, Moulton RBL won the trophy at Owley Wood on Friday, when they defeated Meadowbank B by 21 chalks.

The referee for the evening was Jack Jolley and the trophy was presented by former Winsford UDC chairman John Jackson.

MOULTON RBL (60) 284 v 263 (90) MEADOWBANK B

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1977

Played at Castle private, Northwich

Friday 29th July, 6:30pm

WHARTON REC Score FARMERS ARMS
B. Cookson 21-18 I. Forster
K. Winnington 21-11 K.C. Birtwistle
P. Whalley 21-20 R. Holland
H. Greatbanks 21-13 S. Stelfox
M. Winnington 17-21 P. Nolan
G. Cookson 21-17 W. Crank
K. Fleet 21-16 S. Farrington
T.W. Oakes 12-21 D. Evans
G.S. Molyneux 21-12 R. Gough
R. Curzon 9-21 N. Greatbanks
C. Cookson 21-8 S. Frith
K. Burrows 21-14 E. Holland
  237-212  

Referee for the final was Percy Wilkes, and the trophy was presented by the President of Winsford Liberal club, Fred Dodd.

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1979

Played at the Beech Tree, Barnton on Friday 27th july at 6:15pm.

WINSFORD LIBERAL Scores FARMERS ARMS
A Robinson 21-15 K Birkett
S Bailey 20-21 K Winnington
G Edwardson 21-15 T Forster
B Yardley 12-21 S Frith
J Wilkinson 21-10 D Evans
H Ingham 21-4 I Davies
B Threadgold 21-17 W Crank
F Cooper 21-19 L Birch
J Webb 21-9 K C Birtwistle
G Vernon 21-9 M Watson
J Shaw 18-21 E Holland
G Merry 21-9 M Winnington
  239-170  

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1993

Played at Meadowbank on Tuesday 3rd August

Cup presented by Alf Harrison, President.

Referee Mr john Maylor of Norley.

WHARTON CONS C (90) SCORE LOSTOCK S C (26)
Harold Lamsdale 21-20 Alan Fray
Marshall Morrey 8-21 Phil Scott
Wilf Barrow 11-21 Jason Cornes
Roy Hudson 5-21 Eric Holland
Brian Hamlett 5-21 Andy Goolding
Jim Hatton 7-21 Martin Griffiths (C)
Peter Walton 6-21 Charlie Linegar
Eric Kennedy 21-15 Trevor Whittaker
Ted Whitney 17-21 Terry Hall
Bill Wooding 8-21 Eric Finlay
Ken Burrows 2-21 Kenny Clarke
Brian Larkin  10-21 Steve Nixon
  211-271  

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1997

Played at Comberbach Bc on Tuesday 5th August at 6:30pm

cup presented by Mr G Bebbington , President MCBA

Referee, Mr Bernard Morgan of Crewe.

KELSALL A (20) SCORE WHARTON CONS A (0)
J Biddle  18-21 K Burrows
A Bannister 19-21 P Kelly
D Biddle 21-11 B Cookson
R Jamieson 21-11 R Lightfoot
H Nicholas 13-21 W Carter
D Owen 19-21 G Cookson
F E Nicholas 13-21 A Robinson
F Hopkins 15-21 M Cookson
J Nicholas 11-21 A Hough
N Mathias 7-21 S Burgess
A Biddle 21-19 A Vickers
T Halliwell 19-21 I Wilkinson
  217-230  

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1998

Played at Comberbach BC on Tuesday 14th July at 6:30pm 

LOSTOCK A (0) SCORE WHARTON CONS A (4)
Paul Mackie 21-14 Peter Kelly
Steve Nixon 14-21 Barry Cookson
Gerald Merry 21-19 Glynn Cookson
Alan Fray 17-21 Ron Lightfoot
Jason Cornes 21-18  Keith Burrows
Martin Griffiths 21-9 Alan Hough
Jamie Mottershead 21-17 Stewart Bailey
Daniel Nixon  21-7 Warren Carter
Ken Clarke 8-21 Alan Vickers
Charlie Linegar 15-21 Alan Robinson
Mark Winnington 17-21 Mark Cookson
Steve Brittleton 21-8 Ivan Wilkinson
  218-201  

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1999

Played at Crosstown BC on Tuesday 13th July at 6:30pm

Cup presented by Mr K Moran, referee Mr Dennis Warburton

SLOW & EASY A (92) SCORE WHARTON CONS A (0)
Dennis Aldred 12-21 Barry Cookson
Mark Woodyatt 8-21 Peter Kelly
Brian Smith 11-21 Ron Lightfoot
Brian Taylor 2-21 Glynn Cookson
Ray Brandreth 10-21 Alan Hough
Eileen Bostock 8-21 Alan Robinson
Tamsin Manton 14-21 Stewart Bailey (C)
Andy Woodyatt (C) 8-21 Ivan Wilkinson
Andy Southern 19-21 Warren Carter
Terry Palin 5-21 Simon Burgess
John Houghton 16-21 Mark Cookson
Peter Illidge 21-11 Alan Vickers
  226-242  

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2000

Played at Winnington Park on Friday 14th July at 6:30pm

Cup presented by Mr K Moran, past president.

referee, Mr N Kennerley, measurers Mr A Stinton & Mr F Cadwallader

OWLEY WOOD B (50) SCORE WHARTON CONS A (0)
Peter Catterall 12-21 Peter Kelly
Norman Lovatt 21-17 Ron Lightfoot
Ray Brearley 9-21 Glynn Cookson
David Haspell 11-21 Barry Cookson
Reg Jones 20-21 Alan Hough
Ray Worthington 8-21 Ivan Wilkinson
Reg Mainwaring 13-21 Stewart Bailey
Andrew Oultram 16-21 Graham Spruce
Peter Thomason 20-21 Warren Carter
Jeff Simpson 11-21 Alan Robinson
Frank Allen 14-21 Mark Cookson
Brian Beschorner 12-21 Alan Vickers
  217-248  

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2001

LITTLER BIT OF JOY AT LAST

Northwich Guardian, Wednesday 18th July.

Comberbach took the Littler cup for the first time in their history with a 19 shot win over Hazel Pear. the winners began the final at Moulton RBL on Friday with a plus 18 handicap and steady bowling throughout gave them the trophy.

There was some outstanding stuff played in front of the large crowd, with Mark winnington and Steve Brittleton keeping the losing side in it with 21-11 victories.

At number 11 for Hazel Pear, alan Chantler tried to keep their hopes alive with a 21-14 win but it wasn't enough.

for Comberbach, John Kellett won 21-8 and son Stuart wasn't to be outdone as he had a 21-15 success. Andy Hamman and Matt Thurwell won their games 21-16 to keep Hazel Pear at bay.

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2003

Played at the Farmers Arms, Rudheath on Monday 8th September.

Referee, Mr M Harding, measurers Mr V Slater & Mr D Warburton.

Winers £250, runners up £140

WHARTON CONS A (0) SCORE BEECH TREE A (34)
Glynn Cookson 21-10 Dave Palin
Barry Cookson 6-21 Kevin Duncalf
Peter Kelly 6-21 Ian Davies (c)
Mark Vernon 10-21 Dave Haspell
Alan Hough 21-18 Stephen Fields
Ivan Wilkinson 21-21 Phil Wingfield
Stewart Bailey (C) 21-16  Bob Taylor
Daniel Nixon 19-21 Geoff Dale
Graham Spruce 21-14 Richard Binnersley
Alan Vickers 16-21 Kelvin Hardy
Dave Hamlett Jnr 21-2 Alan Jackson
Stuart Kellett 21-16 Peter Hayes
  203-236  

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2004

Littler 2004 

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2007

Played at Meadowbank BC on Sunday 9th September 

BARNTON CC A (52) SCORE FRODSHAM RED LION A (0)
Joan Bradshaw 3-21 Rob Winnington
Wendy Allen 12-21 Ritchie Jamieson
Rob Randles 14-21 Barry Ellams
John Lyon (C) 6-21 Mark Winnington
Jenny Randles 18-21 Jim Wikeley
Janet Agnew 9-21 Geoff Brassington (C)
Billy Phillips 13-21 Simon Jones
Tony Williams 15-21 Fred Worrall
Steve Tomkinson 21-16 Mark Nield
Jeff Langham 12-21 Dave Williams
John Dewsbury 15-21 Nicola Dolby
Ray Agnew 9-21 Graham Donnelly
  199-247  

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2008

From the Centurian, Friday 18th July.

A large crowd turned out at Moulton RBL last Sunday to watch the 89th Littler cup final between Wharton Cons A and Winnington Park A.

The Wharton club who last won the trophy in 2005 had to give Winnington, who were last winners in 1990, 32 points start and they powered to a 28 point victory. Cons started with four winners in the first four games clawing back twenty points. In the middle four the games were shared and the points shared leaving Winnington leading by twelve chalks with the last four to play. Cons posted all four winners to overpower the Winnington four by 40 points and thus gain match victory.

The competition was sponsored by Diamond metal finishing Co Ltd and the trophy was presented to the winning captain Glynn Cookson by Ted pendleton the company managing director.

Wharton Cons have won the competition on eleven occasions and Winnington Park on seven occasions since the first running in 1919.

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2009

Played at Wharton Cons BC on Sunday 19th July at 2:30pm.

Referees : P. Humphreys, D. Stocking & F. Huxley

Winning team £250, runners up £140.

FRODSHAM RED LION (Off 10) Score SLOW AND EASY  (Off 54)
Chris Ashton 21-10 Brian Taylor
Alan Mayne 18-21 Stan Chadwick
John Brown 15-21 Tony Malisch
Rob Winnington 17-21 Peter Illidge
Dave Williams 21-6 Norman Hardy
Mark Nield 21-13 Tom Palin
Jim Large 20-21 Mark Woodyatt
Mark Winnington (C) 9-21 Graham Powell
Brian Furber 21-17 Dave Palin (C)
Simon Jones 21-18 Joe Illidge
Barry Ellams 21-9 Jonathan Lightfoot
Fred Worrall 12-21 Jonathan Malisch
  227-253  

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2010

Played at the Beech Tree, Barnton

WHARTON CONS A Scores RUDHEATH SOCIAL C
Glynn Cookson 21-5 Gordon Kinsey
Dan Nixon 21-8 Dave Morris
Peter Kelly 8-21 Kelvin Hardy
Jim Harrop 21-3 Doug Stocking
Tom Vickers 21-5 Chris Miller
Shaun Yearsley 21-5 Phil Nelson
Mark Vernon 21-18 Norman Hardy
Simon Cookson 21-11 Pat Miller
Martin Kettle 21-9 Brian Southern
Graham Donnelly 21-3 Rob Bradley
Alan Vickers 21-19 Jack Hardman
Lester Bebbington 19-21 Paul Hennin
  237-248  

 

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2011

CASTLE ARE KINGS

Castle Private A stormed to success in the Mid Cheshire bowling associations Littler Cup.

They overcome a 48 chalk start to defeat underdogs Rudheath Private B 250-206 at the Beech Tree in Barnton. Ten of the twelve up's went Castle's way, with Chris McDonald the best winner with a 21-2 card against Kelvin Hardy. Dave Buckley and Dave Freeborough were Rudheath's two victors, while Phil Gandy, Ian Kennerley, Clive Nelson and Tom Lowe pushed their Private opponents to the wire.

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2012

RUDHEATH BOWLERS DO DAVE PROUD IN CUP SHOWDOWN

Northwich Guardian, Wednesday 22nd August.

Dave Morris hailed his teams will to win after they captured again the Littler Cup. Rudheath Private C, winners in 2010, recovered from a slow start to defeat Cuddington in Thursday's final at Wharton Cons.

'I'm over the moon if i'm honest,' said the captain afterwards. 'It was a close one though. They pushed us all the way and we only took the game away from them in the final four blocks. The lads did a great job though.'

Rudheath lost the first two head to heads when Morris and Dave Wilding were on the green, but were victors eight of the next nine to clinch victory. In the end, their 10 chalk handicap advantage didn't matter.

Morris added,'Rudheath Private is having another good season on the green, si it's good that we can play our part in that. It's a good group, and i've loved playing here over the past few years with them.'

RUDHEATH C 345 v 329 CUDDINGTON

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2013

Played at Davenham BC on Monday 12th August at 6:30pm


 

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2014

TAMSIN HAILS TEAM SPIRIT

Northwich Guardian, Wednesday13th August.

Bowlers from Spinner & Bergamot made history at the weekend when they won the Littler Cup for the first time. After knocking out Mid Cheshire bowling association premier league teams Wharton Cons B and Castle Private A in previous rounds, they completed a hat trick of surprise successes against neighbours Comberbach A.

The margin of victory on Sunday at Owley Wood, where the underdogs started with a 71 chalk handicap advantage, was 15 points.

‘Were all on a big high still,’ said Spinner captain Tamsin Birkett on Monday.

‘Most of our players hadn’t taken part in a final before, which makes our triumph that little bit more memorable. The trophy will take pride of place now back at the pub, so hopefully lots of people will notice and ask why it’s there’.

Comberbach, hoping for a third win since the turn of the century, returned ten winners in windy conditions at the Weaverham venue.

However victories for Dave Gallimore, against last year’s Guardian Cup winner and Comberbach captain Matt Thurwell and Lisa Kerford tipped the aggregate score Spinners way.

Peter Thorp made it to 20, while Keith Birkett and Nigel Cwiklinski both lost to 19.

Tamsin said,’ it was a real team effort, just as it had been to get through to the final in the first place. We thought we stood a chance, but of course you can never be too confident against an opponent from the top division. We were aware all the way through what we had to do, and it was a relief to make it to the finish line. It was an important moment for the pub, particularly (Landlords) Rob and Anita (Southerton) who have been big supporters of bowls. They’ve paid to improve the facilities, including lights around the green, so it was a way of saying thanks to them’.

 

 

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2015

Wharton Cons A captured an eighth Mid Cheshire bowling Association Littler cup title after beating old foes Castle Private A in last Mondays final at Davenham, the Winsford outfit returned eight winners in a 231-197 success.

Winners for Wharton Cons :- G Donnelly, J Harrop, G Cookson, S Yearsley, T Vickers, P Cookson,      A Vickers & D Hamlett Snr 

Winners For Castle :- J Cornes, M Hamman, R Binnersley & S Curbishley

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