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More teams needed to take part in Burnley based BEST bowls league
AN indoor bowls league begins its second season next month and organisers are hoping the BEST is yet to come.
The league, based at the Burnley Enterprise of Sport and Training Centre, will begin in early October – but there is still time for new teams to join.
Matches will be played on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons between 12noon and 4pm.
Organisers are hoping to have more than the 10 teams that competed in its inaugural campaign while there are also plans to possible introduce an FA Cup-style tournament and maybe add a few more incentives.
Each team must have a minimum of four players and a maximum of eight to cover absentees.
Causeway Cougars were the first winners of the league last season.
And the league will be hoping for an equally as thrilling climax to that campaign.
For Causeway were pushed all the way by Team Refugees who themselves held off the challenge of Towneley to take the runners-up spot.
Victory was fitting for Cougars captain Ken Musk who was an orginal founder member of the league when it used to run at Barden Sports Centre.
But thanks to the BEST Centre and with the help of the Burnley Bowls Partnership, the league has been re-established.
The Indoor Bowls League was the first of its kind in the Burnley area for more than eight years and was welcomed by all bowlers as it allowed them to keep their hand and eye in over the winter period as well as keeping the social aspect of the outdoor game going.
It attracted teams from the Padiham, Towneley, Ightenhill and Queensgate areas – who are all members of the Burnley Bowls Partnership – while there has been an interest shown by teams from as far as Todmorden.
“We had a great first season and we are hoping it will be even better when the new one starts next month,” said Andrew Smith, director of The Best Centre. “At the moment we have eight definite teams who will play but there are others we are waiting to hear from.
“But it is not too late for other teams wishing to join – all they have to do is get in touch.”
The league is played on a special indoor 90ft by 10ft indoor mat and Smith says he has been impressed with the standard of bowling.
“For the bowlers, it enables them to play all year around, keep their eye in and also maintain the social side of the game.
“We hadn’t run it before but I have been impressed with what I have seen.”
He added; “Last season we only had teams from the Burnley area but now more are showing an interest which can only be a good thing.”
However, teams wishing to join must do so as soon as possible as the deadline to enter is Friday.
Smith added: “There is still time for teams to join and we welcome any new team who wishes to come and have a go.
“It is competitive with silverware up for grabs but at the same time, it is very socialable and a great way to meet new friends.”
For further information ring 01282 455068.
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