CHESHIRE’S latest bid to win the British Senior County Championship ended on Sunday when they lost to the reigning champions.

However there was plenty to be encouraged by despite losing by 23 chalks on aggregate against Warwick & Worcester – their conquerors in the 2015 final.

Glynn Cookson, of Wharton Cons, recorded an emphatic 21-3 victory against Elliot McGuinness in the home leg at Metro Sports and Social Club in Stretford.

He was one of eight winners during a 220-189 win.

Meanwhile Castle, the Mid-Cheshire Bowling Association champions, most players for the away leg at the George Bowling Club in Oldbury.

Two of those, captain Rob Winnington and Steve Morrey, were among the visitors’ three winners.

Neil Smith, of Houldsworth, was the other.

Matty Hamman stepped in to take the place of Castle clubmate Steve Curbishley, scoring 11 against Carl Fielding.

Andy Hamman and Mike Yearsley, two more regulars at the Northwich club, did well to post 18 and 17 respectively in a 239-185 reverse.

Jason Cornes and Dave O’Brien completed Castle’s contingent, while Daniel Nixon (Wharton Cons) and Neal Ocego (Frodsham Red Lion) were on duty too in the West Midlands.

Cheshire finish bottom of Section Two with two defeats but the fact they were drawn with two teams that contested last year’s final made their task a daunting one.

Warwick & Worcester will take on South Yorkshire next month to decide who goes through to the semi-finals stage.


British Senior County Championship

Section Two

Warwick & Worcester 239-185 Cheshire

Sunday, June 2

At George Bowling Club, Oldbury

Ross Dunkley (Greville Arms) 21-18 Andy Hamman (Castle)

Peter Dunkley (Greville Arms) 15-21 Rob Winnington (captain, Castle)

Tom Palmer (Kings Heath Park) 21-3 Daniel Nixon (Wharton Cons)

Barry Maskell (TIA) 21-13 Carl Armitage (Houldsworth WMC)

Anthony Bracken (Greville Arms) 21-14 Jason Cornes (Castle)

Adam Kirby (The Maggies) 18-21 Steve Morrey (Castle)

Carl Fielding (Greville Arms) 21-11 Matty Hamman (Castle)

Andy Saunders (West Bromwich) 21-19 Lee Johnstone (Houldsworth WMC)

Jack Whitehead (Moor Lane) 21-17 Mike Yearsley (Castle)

Neil Clarke (TIA) 21-13 Neal Ocego (Frodsham RL)

Tom Pritchard (KGV) 21-14 Dave O’Brien (Castle)

Steve Darling (Greville Arms) 17-21 Neil Smith (Houldsworth WMC)

Cheshire 220-189 Warwick & Worcester

At Metro Sports & Social Club

Dave Phillips (Lloyd Hotel) 14-21 Gareth Herbert (The George)

Jamie Bramley (Lloyd Hotel) 21-13 Ryan Prosser (The George)

Dave Baskerville (Knutsford) 16-21 Peter Davenport (The George)

Tommy Johnstone (Houldsworth WMC) 21-13 Josh Hale (Greville Arms)

Lee Fletcher (Lloyd Hotel) 21-12 Adam Patrick (Moor Lane)

Glynn Cookson (Wharton Cons) 21-3 Elliot McGuinness (The George)

Noel Burrows (Sale Excelsior) 13-21 Rob Carter (West Bromwich FSC)

Pete Smith (Lloyd Hotel) 21-15 Jason Galvin (KGV)

Andy Birtles (Wilmslow) 21-17 Paul Hemming (The George)

Michael McDonnell (Lloyd Hotel) 9-21 Mitchell Harvey (The Maggies)

Larry Wells (Houldsworth WMC) 21-14 Greg Smith (The George)

Ben Phillips (captain, Lloyd Hotel) 21-18 Phil Clinton (The George)

Warwick & Worcester win 428-405 on aggregate