First county-level match played at new Biddulph bowling green

BIDDULPH Bowling and Recreational Club welcomed a crowd of over 90 people to its first Endsleigh County Championship match at the town’s new bowling green and pavilion earlier this month.

And they were treated to a great day with a win for the local Potteries and District side who played the Staffordshire County team with ten out of twelve winners leading to a win by 57 chalks.

It was the first county-level match since the new facilities were handed over by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council last year.

Players and match officials were treated to a buffet for over 40 people in the refurbished café in the pavilion.

Barry Massey, Staffordshire County Bowling secretary and treasurer said: “The hospitality shown to all in attendance was a credit to the committee and club members of Biddulph. We kept everyone fed and watered throughout the afternoon on what was a beautiful, sunny day. ”

The bowling amenities at St Lawrence Recreations Ground are part of a programme of significant investment in sports facilities by the district council and complement other investments including £25,000 in new lighting for the sports hall at Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre and almost £208,000 on a multi-use games area, tennis courts, a new playground and car parking at Halls Road.

Keith Parker, Head of Operational Services at SMDC, said: “The council has always been clear about its commitment to providing sporting and leisure facilities to suit a variety of activities so it’s great to see events such as this taking place in the town.

The club did a great job and this is hopefully just the first of many such occasions to look forward to.”