AFTER a 132-shot mauling by Shropshire in June, the Cheshire men's county team restored some pride on Sunday when they defeated North Midlands by 31 shots.

In the home leg at Crosstown, Knutsford, the team recorded nine winners to win the game 229-185.

Cheshire got off to a flawless start with the first five winners - among them were Tom Vickers (21-12), Danny Nixon (21-12), Andy Hamman (21-19), and Glynn Cookson (21-11).

At game eight, Owen Cookson registered the best win of the day (21-9) and was followed into the winner’s enclosure by Ian Howell (21-11) and Neal Ocego (21-20).

The away team, playing at Bulkington BC, put in a respectable performance to lose by 13 shots.

Cheshire’s two wins from three games was not enough to see them progress to the semi-finals as Shropshire defeated Greater Manchester to maintain their 100 per cent record.

Shropshire are joined in the semi finals by Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire.

Cheshire County stage the second of their junior fun days this Sunday from noon at Castle Sports and Social Club, David Street, Northwich.

The sessions are for juniors of all abilities, and they would welcome any juniors wanting to try the game out.

The sessions are run by ex-Witton Albion forward Paul Henin and all equipment is supplied by the county.

Wharton Cons B fell just short of progressing to the final of Cheshire’s DeKnoop Cup on Saturday when they lost a close-fought game with Houldsworth WMC by three shots.

Attention turns to the Norman Cup on Saturday when local teams looking to progress to the semi-finals stage are Moulton RBL, who take on Frodsham Red Lion at Owley Wood;  Rudheath, who face Crewe PO at Packhorse BC; and Comberbach, who play Metro Sports at Swettenham BC.

Delamere Bowling Club Golf Society ‘The Firbobs’ celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.

The golf society was inspired by Graham Hobson and had nine founder members.

The first event was staged at Upton GC in June 1973 and in the following 50 years the society has played at nearly 150 courses and raised an amazing £61,000 for charity.

The society is still going strong with 10 events planned for its Golden Jubilee year that inevitably sees them add to their fund-raising efforts that are all donated to local charitable organisations.