Outdoor Bowling At Ilminster
Ilminster Outdoor Bowling Club has a long and successful history, continuing to the current day. Ilminster in the past had one of the most successful men's teams in Somerset, with great players playing at the Club during that time. This led Ilminster the Somerset County Cup four years in a row between 1969-1972.
During that time, Ilminster also had England Internationals and County and National Champions in the team, including, Bryn Mattravers, John Wiseman and Charlie Burch. In more recent years players have included current England Junior and Senior International Louis Ridout , Neil Kunc and Robert Paxton playing at the club.
Ilminster is a competitive and extremely friendly club, where the social side of bowls is as important as the competitive nature of the game. All players enjoy the facilities, which include a fully stocked bar and restaurant.
A current Ilminster player is Peter Mattravers, who was England Under 25 Singles Champion in 1979.
In recent years Ilminster men have been a force within Somerset bowls, winning the Bowlsshirts.com Somerset League Championship in 2010 with a superb display. In 2012, 2013, 2014 ,2015 and 2017 Ilminster became the first team to win the Men's Somerset Premier League in back to back seasons, and then continued that success by winning 4 seasons in a row,and going on to winning 6 out of 8 season .
Ilminster men have also won the Somerset Turnbull Cup three times in the last four years. This Cup is a competition that all clubs keenly contest, and hope to win, the history it has within Somerset. Ilminster have now won the Turnbull Cup 10 times in their history .
Ilminster currently run four men's league teams in the Somerset County League format. They also play in the Somerset Mid Wessex League which is played during the week and is a very popular competition. This year the Club were runners-up in the Wessex Mixed Triples Knockout Cup. As well as these competitions the club also play in all of the Bowls England Competitions throughout the outdoor season, and entertain visiting teams on tour, and friendly fixtures.
Ilminster Bowing Club were runner up in the 2017 Bowls England Club Of The Year .