Covid has had a massive impact on local lives and communities and I think everyone accepts that sport is less important than saving lives.

Even so, for many people who love playing and watching sport outdoors, the loss of physical activity and social interaction will have had a real impact on their health and wellbeing.

As the likelihood of non-league football suffering a second null and void season increases, thoughts are turning to summer sports and for me and many others the hope that competitive crown green bowls will return across mid-Cheshire.

League bowls typically starts in April. Given the current uncertainty on when Covid restrictions may be relaxed sufficiently to allow outdoor sports to resume and the fact that a high proportion of crown green bowlers are over 50, it would seem sensible to plan for a later start, especially as the Government is promising all overs 50s will be offered a vaccination by the end of April.

So, I think delaying the start until mid or even late May with a finish later in September, when the weather is often better than in April, is something local bowling league officials should plan for.

Hopefully by then, the pandemic will be under control and more people will feel confident about playing and mixing with other bowlers.

I wonder if other bowlers feel the same?

Chris Koral,

Norley BC and Owley Wood BC,

Moss Lane,