CHESHIRE take on Warwick & Worcester, the defending champions, when they resume their British Senior County Championship campaign this afternoon.

They do so with a point to prove after pushing South Yorkshire, last season’s runners-up, hard in their Section One opener last month before losing by 16 chalks on aggregate.

A change of approach has led to Metro Sports and Social Club, host venue for the 2018 Brunner Cup final, being selected for the home leg.

Glynn Cookson (Wharton Cons) is the only player from the Mid-Cheshire Bowling Association slated to bowl there.

He will be joined by five members of a Lloyd Hotel side, including captain Ben Phillips, that was put to the sword by the Winsford club on Saturday.

Greg Smith, a former British Senior Individual Merit winner, is in the visitors’ line-up.

Meanwhile Northwich club Castle provide the bulk of a side that will travel to the George Bowling club in the West Midlands for the away leg.

Captain Rob Winnington is joined by Jason Cornes, Steve Curbishley, Andy Hamman, Steve Morrey, Dave O’Brien and Mike Yearsley.

Winsford star Daniel Nixon is on duty too.

Play at both venues starts from 2pm.


British Senior County Championship

Section Two

Warwick & Worcester v Cheshire

Sunday, June 2

At George Bowling Club, Oldbury

Ross Dunkley (Greville Arms) v Andy Hamman (Castle)

Peter Dunkley (Greville Arms) v Rob Winnington (Castle)

Tom Palmer (Kings Heath Park) v Daniel Nixon (Wharton Cons)

Barry Maskell (TIA) v Carl Armitage (Houldsworth WMC)

Anthony Bracken (Greville Arms) v Jason Cornes (Castle)

Adam Kirby (The Maggies) v Steve Morrey (Castle)

Carl Fielding (Greville Arms) v Steve Curbishley (Castle)

Andy Saunders (West Bromwich) v Lee Johnstone (Houldsworth WMC)

Jack Whitehead (Moor Lane) v Mike Yearsley (Castle)

Neil Clarke (TIA) v Neal Ocego (Frodsham RL)

Tom Pritchard (KGV) v Dave O’Brien (Castle)

Steve Darling (Greville Arms) v Neil Smith (Houldsworth WMC)

Reserves: Matty Hamman (Castle), Pete Illidge, Martin Kettle (both Wharton Cons)

Cheshire v Warwick & Worcester

At Metro Sports and Social Club, Stretford

Dave Phillips (Lloyd Hotel) v Gareth Herbert (The George)

Jamie Bramley (Lloyd Hotel) v Ryan Prosser (The George)

Dave Jackson (Railway Mobberley) v Peter Davenport (The George)

Tommy Johnstone (Houldsworth WMC) v Josh Hale (Greville Arms)

Ryan Sandham (Lloyd Hotel) v Adam Patrick (Moor Lane)

Glynn Cookson (Wharton Cons) v Elliot McGuinness (The George)

Noel Burrows (Sale Excelsior) v Rob Carter (West Bromwich)

Pete Smith (Lloyd Hotel) v Jason Galvin (KGV)

Andy Birtles (Wilmslow) v Paul Hemming (The George)

Michael McDonnell (Lloyd Hotel) v Mitchell Harvey (The Maggies)

Larry Wells (Houldsworth WMC) v Greg Smith (The George)

Ben Phillips (Lloyd Hotel) v Phil Clinton (The George)

Reserves: Dave Baskerville (Knutsford), Rob Lawrenson (Houldsworth WMC), Lee Fletcher, Matt Sands (both Lloyd Hotel)