ROSS-ON-Wye Bowling Club retained the Hereford Times Cup title beating Ledbury Bowling Club on all three Rinks at St Martin’s Bowling Club. 

The winning Ross-on-Wye team consisted of Mike Holmes, Dan Holmes, Ian Roe, Jeremy Watkins (team captain), Tom Holmes, Paul Rainthorpe, Phil Middleton, Dave Watkins, Mike Stevens, Barry Payne, Ivan Beesley and Keith Caldicutt.

Also part of the team were Shaun Jones, Adge Ruck and Tony Vitale.

The final competition of the Ludlow Motors Ludlow and District Bowls League took place recently, with the 2022 running of the League Knockout Handicap Cup held at the neutral venue of Craven Arms.

The handicap was based on this season’s scores between the two teams. With Ludlow Castle beating the Corve both home and away, their winning totals were added together and then halved meaning that the Corve started with a 62-shot advantage at the start.

Ludlow Castle needed to start strongly to claw back the shots and did so with both Neil Crump and Carl Bowen winning to single figures in the front four.

Young Jack Lawrence continues to impress and scored a good 18 aid his team but after the first four games Ludlow Castle had gained 49 shots back on their opponent.

Corve appeared to load up the middle four to try and stem the flow but the father and son combo of Phil and Nathan Baker used their knowledge of their old green of Craven Arms and won 4 and 15 to put Ludlow Castle into the overall lead.

Corve fought back though with John Pink winning 17 and Doog Williams rolling back the years to win 13 which then put Corve back in the game.

It all came down to the final two games with game nine between Corve captain Graham Prince and the always reliable Mal Griffiths of Ludlow Castle seeing Griffiths edge a 21 - 15 victory giving Ludlow Castle a slender advantage going into the final game of Ludlow Castle's Jordan Bull and Corve's Brian Broome with Bull taking victory 21-12. Ludlow Castle won the trophy for the first time in their history with an overall 13-shot victory.