WHARTON Cons cruised through to the Brunner Cup final after dropping only three chalks in a comprehensive defeat of Crosstown at the Limes on Saturday.

The Winsford outfit led by more than 30 chalks after wins in the first four blocks, including an impressive 21-5 success for Graham Donnelly – who had interrupted a break in Blackpool to play – against Ashleigh Woof.

And they did not look back.

A 21-18 reverse for Dave Hamlett junior was a blip, and the only occasion they failed to return a winning card, as they remained on a course to win the Cheshire County Bowling Association’s most coveted team prize for a fourth time.

Standing in their way will be Tixall, who were similarly emphatic victors against West Kirby Victoria in the other semi-final encounter.

Jimmy Harrop followed his triumph in the Guardian Cup final the previous evening with another against Dave Rogerson while Mark Winnington recovered from a slow start to beat Ann Jones.

Dave Hamlett senior despatched Jidd Webb (21-9) while Dave Morrey also restricted Howard Taylor to a single-figure score.

Shaun Yearsley’s break of 15, from 11-6 down, secured for him a morale-boosting win to finish his side’s afternoon in style.

They turn their attention next to a head-to-head with the Wirral outfit on Saturday, August 18.


Cheshire County Bowling Association

Brunner Cup


Saturday, July 21

At Broughton & Bretton

Tixall 244-188 West Kirby Victoria

At Limes

Wharton Cons 249-156 Crosstown

Daniel Nixon 21-17 Dave Johnson

Glynn Cookson 21-12 Chris Jones

Graham Donnelly 21-5 Ashleigh Woof

Tom Vickers 21-16 Darren O’Hanlon

Dave Hamlett junior 18-21 Paul Dean

Jimmy Harrop 21-14 Dave Rogerson

Pete Illidge 21-15 Nigel Blackley

Mark Winnington 21-17 Ann Jones

Dave Hamlett senior 21-9 Jidd Webb

Simon Cookson 21-11 Bob Downes

Dave Morrey 21-8 Howard Taylor

Shaun Yearsley 21-11 Darren Brookes