Father and son honoured again with annual battle

Members of Nuthall Northern Bowls Club are pictured after this year's competition, with winner Mark Lillycrap holding the trophy and runner-up Kevin Broadley (front left) looks on.

Members of Nuthall Northern Bowls Club are pictured after this year's competition, with winner Mark Lillycrap holding the trophy and runner-up Kevin Broadley (front left) looks on.

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The outstanding contributions of former bowling stars Frank Ellis and his son Nicholas have been remembered once again by players taking part in Nuthall NBC’s annual two-woods singles competition.

Frank, who played for the club for three decades, and Nick, who was a shining star until he passed away in 2011, were the heart and the soul of the club as well as being great ambassadors for the game and true sportsmen in their own rights.

Ellis family members funded the provision of a trophy which is played for annually and two of the club’s leading lights in county players Kevin Broadley and Mark Lillycrap have since claimed monopoly of the coveted trophy.

Nuthall Northern’s 2013 tournament, staged at the Basil Russell Recreation Ground, was played on a league basis with members competing in two wood singles.

Fine weather played its part and sporting competitive rivalry was again a feature of the competition.

At the semi-final stages Nuthall’s leading players earned hard-fought victories, Lillycrap beating Peter Jordan and Broadley edging home against Bill Cardwell.

In the final Nuthall’s two kingpins once again showed their merits, Lillycrap finally gaining the upper hand to win the memorial trophy for the fourth time in the last five years.

The club is keen to recruit new players for next season.

For details contact club Secretary Brian Watson on 0115 913 5087.