ROBERT Winnington survived a scare in the opening game of the Roberts Bakery Cup finals night at Crosstown BC in Knutsford before going on to win the silverware for the second time, writes David O'Brien.

Winnington trailed Karen Mackie in his quarter final game but recovered to win by the finest of margins 21-20.

In the semi-final Winnington defeated Danny Nixon 21-13.

In the other half of the draw Andy Gregory made his way to the final with victories over Nick Hamman 21-12 and Jason Cornes, the defending champion, 21-16.

The final saw Winnington gain the upper hand and claim the £400 first prize with a 21-15 win and add to his 2005 title.

Castle Sports & Social Club stage the final of the Castle Sports Classic on Saturday, with play starting at 4pm.

Sixteen players will assemble to compete for the £1,000 first prize.

Wayne Ditchfield and Lee Johnstone are the two former winners in the field and will be highly fancied to take the title alongside Greg Smith.

Danny Nixon (Wharton Cons), Gerald Merry (Delamere) and Craig Jones (Middlewich RBL) provide the local interest in the field.

The year’s competition is sponsored by Northwich Carpets & Laminates and Grange Valley Amusements.

The Mid Cheshire women's county team had an empathic vicytory against Merseyside on Sunday, winning both home and away legs to come out on top by a margin of 74 shots.

The home team had nine winners at Barrow BC with Liz Roscoe and Pat Newhouse posting single-figure victories.

In the away leg at Tixall BC, the team had seven winners including two 21-4 victories for Linda Harding and Debbie Williams.

The team have a 100 per cent winning record for their 2023 campaign and topped the Presidents Group.

Castle Sports A and B teams both progressed to the semi-final stage of the Brunner Cup on Saturday.

Castle A eased through with a 73-shot victory over Quarry Bank and now face Houldsworth WMC in the semi-final.

Houldsworth WMC reached the semi-final by defeating Wharton Cons by 25 shots.

Castle B were victorious against Crosstown BC and now face the defending champions Lloyds BC in the other semi-final.

Owley Wood host the Federation Individual Merit on Saturday, starting at 9.45am.

The Mid Cheshire players bidding to take the national title are James Eaton, Phil Scott, Paul Drinkwater, Owen Cookson, Robert Winnington and Darren Beardmore.

Glynn Cookson collected his second title in as many weeks on Wednesday when he won the Norley League Fred Hopkins Memorial Trophy at Kingsley BC, defeating Jon Teratta 21-15 in the final.

The latest qualifiers on Sunday at Wharton Cons were Glyn Storer and Danny Ferris. The competition continues on Sunday starting at 6pm.