RUDHEATH ended the run of holders Hazel Pear when the Cheshire County Bowling Association's Norman Cup reached the semi-finals stage.

Both teams returned five winning cards at The Limes in Sandbach but triumphs to single figures for Steve Brittleton (21-6) and Jimmy Taylor (21-4) helped their side to prevail by a 21-chalk margin on aggregate.

The Acton Bridge outfit, victors in the final last season, established early control when they won the first three blocks.

However they were soon reeled in by their Mid-Cheshire Bowling Association rivals who took four of the next five head-to-heads.

Taylor was last on the green against Rob Pace as momentum swung back towards Rudheath.

They will take on Lloyd Hotel later this month after the favourites dashed the hopes of underdogs Lostock Graylams at Goostrey.

The Chorlton-based side had to overturn a 70-chalks handicap deficit against the Northwich outfit, but did exactly that on their way to scoring a full house.

Darren Fallows and Mark Woodyatt were the pick of Lostock's performers in a 210-168 reverse.

The final is fixed for Saturday, August 31.


Cheshire County Bowling Association

Norman Cup


Saturday, August 10

At The Limes

Hazel Pear (30) 189-210 Rudheath (30)

Alan Dean 21-9 Eric Finley

Joe Tomkinson 21-18 Dave Buckley

Phil Wingfield 21-20 John Lightfoot

Martin Gerrard 6-21 Steve Brittleton

Dave Hamlett junior 21-9 Tom Davies

Conall Redmond 17-21 Gary Taylor

Steve Gent 17-21 Tim Hulme

Jimmy O'Brien 10-21 Jack Hazeldine

Dave Hamlett senior 21-19 Gary Brady

Rob Pace 4-21 Jimmy Taylor

At Goostrey

Lloyd Hotel (scr) 210-168 Lostock Graylams (70)

Jamie Bramley 21-9 Paul Turnbull

Graham Law 21-4 Clive Nelson

Lee Fletcher 21-4 Phil Hulse

Billy Hibbert 21-16 Darren Fallows

Steve Ridley 21-12 Ray Brandreth

Chris Alderson 21-12 Andy Woodyatt

Dave Phillips 21-7 Danny Hitchen

Pete Smith 21-13 Daniel Malisch

Mike Geraghty 21-14 Mark Woodyatt

Ben Phillips 21-7 Tony Malisch