THE Mid Cheshire Federation team were crowned Division Three champions in what proved to be a drama filled Sunday, writes David O’Brien.

In a close-fought game against Furness, the Mid Cheshire team came out on top winning 17pts to 15pts which meant they were tied on points at the top of the table with the Cumbrian team.

In the other fixture of the day in the division, Barnsley routed Preston 24-8 which meant all three teams were now at the top of the table with 70pts.

Mid Cheshire claimed the title by virtue of the fact they had won three of their four fixtures.

In the home leg at Rudheath Sports Club the Mid Cheshire team recorded seven winners with David Bamford posting a remarkable win of 21-0.

The away leg in Barrow saw the team register four winners with Ian Wassel having the best win 21-3.

The game in Barrow was slightly behind proceedings at Rudheath and with one game left on the green the team were staring at the possibility of finishing third in the group, but Paul Dooley provided the decisive win (21-19) to ensure the team finished top of the pile.

Owen Cookson collected a national title on Sunday when he won the British Crown Green Open Championship for 18-23 year olds.

He came through the field of 29 runners winning five games to collect the title, winning the final in empathic style 21-10 against Louis Jones of Warwick & Worcester.

The previous day saw Emma Earlam and Katie Harrop reach the final of the British Crown Green women’s doubles competition in Barrow, but sadly they lost out in the final 21-10.

Castle Sports had a bad day in the Brunner Cup on Saturday when both their A and B teams lost out to their opponents.

Castle A lost by 11 shots against Houldsworth WMC and the B team were overpowered by the current holders Lloyds Hotel losing by 72 shots.

The latest qualifiers at Wharton Cons on Sunday were Matty Worden and Ben Stapleton.

The final round of qualifiers takes place on Sunday, starting at 6pm with the final day the following Sunday.