A Short History
of the Association
The Berkshire County Bowling Association was formed in
1910 having developed from the Reading & District Association who had
previously developed the game with distinction in Berkshire and in South
Oxfordshire. Indeed the Reading and District Association were represented at
international level from 1905 to 1908.
Berkshire has provided
several Presidents of the English Bowling Association over the last 100
years. Harry Childs (1912), T Campbell-Dykes (1942-45), Eric Marsh (1974)
and Roy Thomas (1991) Wayne Manley 2002.
President of The English Bowling Association during most of the second world
war years was President of Berkshire from 1929 until 1961. A feat that with
some certainty one could say will never be repeated.
Berkshire have had some
success in the Middleton Cup over the years. We were finalists in 1922 and
semi-finalists in 1954 and quarter-finalists in 1977 and 2000. Our greatest
moments however have come in 1982 & 2013 when we won the coveted trophy, a moment all
those involved will cherish.
We have also provided
our fair share of national champions over the years and have two current full
internationals Robert Newman who became England's youngest international in
1995 & Andrew Knapper who became a Senior International in 2013.
In addition B J Byles &
Lloyd Sabatini have both become Junior International's in recent years.
our 90th anniversary in the millennium year and as a result of
permission from Her Majesty the Queen we changed our title to The Royal
County of Berkshire Bowling Association.