IT’S been a real bumper crop for the ladies of Cirencester Bowls Club, who recently completed one of their best seasons yet.

The Cirencester ladies won Gloucestershire Top Club 2017, triumphing at every stage in singles, pairs, triples and then a rink game.

They started on a high, winning on all rinks against Cheltenham Spa, and finished on the same note, again victorious on all rinks in a final against Olveston (Bristol).

Unfortunately, in the South West area final, Cirencester fell short against Box (Wiltshire).

Glos Top Club was just one of the many successes Cirencester ladies bagged this season. In the Ladies' Four, at the county championships, they finished runners-up to Ardagh Bowling Club from Bristol, to qualify for the national finals in Leamington Spa where they lost to a team from Cornwall.

They missed out in the county semi-final of the Ladies' Over 55s by just a single point to Gloucester Spa.

And in the Ladies 4 Wood Singles, Ann Jones was runner-up in the county finals, before losing 21-19 at Leamington Spa against a player from Hampshire.

Ciren Ladies were also runners-up in the Stroud Valley Triples and Corinium Monday night leagues.

Despite missing first place in these competitions, the women of Cirencester Bowls Club have a lot to be proud of.

“All credit must go to everyone who has played at national, county and club level," said captain Ann Jones. "I cannot remember a year when we have done so well.

“As ladies' captain and a club member for more than 20 years, I have to say that it has been a very great honour and privilege to have been in this position when the ladies have achieved so much.”

The team have packed away their bowls on a high and are looking ahead to future peaks.

“Hopefully it has spurred us all to bigger and better things for next year,” added Ann.