THE Mid Cheshire Federation bowls team had an excellent 20-12 victory against Rochdale on Sunday, writes David O'Brien.

They now top the Division Three table after two rounds of fixtures.

In the home leg at Comberbach, the Mid Cheshire team had 10 winners with John Gurney from Castle Sports and Paul Drinkwater from Rudheath Sports returning the best cards with 21-10 victories each.

The away team stood their ground on the Rochdale home green, gaining four winners with Anthony Lloyd the best of the winners posting a 21-7 victory.

They will face East Lancs in the next round of fixtures as they attempt to win the Division Three title this year.

Castle Sports started their defence of the Brunner Cup in emphatic style on Saturday when they recorded 12 winners against Middlewich RBL at Moulton.

Wharton Cons also progressed to the quarter finals with a 31-shot victory over Tixall BC.

Owley Wood suffered the cruel fate of drawing their game against Heswall RBL but then losing out in a four-game play-off.

There is a bumper day of bowls at Castle Sports on Saturday.

Starting at 10am, there is the annual sets competition with a field featuring Callum Wraight (Castle Classic winner 2021), Darren Plenderleith, Lee Johnstone and Ben Harris how recently won the Castle Open pairs.

In the evening, the Castle Classic qualifiers get under way at 6pm with the first qualifying session of this year’s competition.

Players will be attempting to progress to the final day to be held on Saturday, July 23, when there will be a cheque for £1000 awaiting the eventual winner.

The line up for the Mid Cheshire League's Littler Cup is now decided after the quarter finals took place last Tuesday.

Frodsham Red Lion play Wharton Cons A at Rudheath, while Middlewich BC face Comberbach A at Davenham, with both games to be played on Tuesday, May 31, at 6.45pm.