THE Brunner Cup reaches the quarter final stages on Saturday and the Mid Cheshire Crown Green Bowling League supplies half of the teams battling for the 2021 title, writes David O’Brien.

2019 winners Wharton Cons face Packhorse, Macclesfield, in their pursuit to retain the title while Castle Sports face the six-time winners Lloyds.

Victory for both Mid Cheshire teams would set up a semi-final that would be a repeat of the 2019 final.

In the other half of the draw Comberbach face a tough game against Houldsworth WMC.

Red Lion, Frodsham versus Crosstown makes up the last quarter final.

The ties will continue to be held on a ‘six home six away’ format with all games commencing at 2pm.

When the competition reaches the semi-finals stage it will revert to the traditional format of neutral venues.

David Orr of Norley won Mid Cheshire’s Challenge Cup on Saturday evening at Meadowbank.

Orr trailed Pete Bryan, Barnton Cricket, 15-8 in the final before mounting a comeback to win 21-16 and take home the prize for players playing in Section 2 and below.

The latest qualifiers for the Castle Sports Classic on Saturday were former winner Ashley Woof who was joined in the final day, to be held on Saturday, July 31, by Matty Worden, Chris Ashton and Leighton Roberts. The final qualifying sessions will be held this Saturday.

Over in Winsford the Wharton Cons Open continued and this week’s qualifiers were Paul Drinkwater of Rudheath Sports and Leighton Roberts from Wrexham who continued his good form from Castle Sports the previous day.

Play resumes on Sunday at 4pm where Andy Hamman, the recent Cheshire Merit winner, is joined by clubmates Jason Cornes and Adam Cornes in the field.