GLYNN Cookson made sure he got his hands on the Cheshire Senior Merit title at the weekend.

Defeated in the final last year, Cookson, one of seven Mid-Cheshire Bowling Association players starting out at Helsby CSC, overcame Steve Morrey in Saturday’s decider at Helsby.

But the Wharton Cons crack shot was pushed to the wire, finally winning 21-20.

Cookson was awarded a walkover against Dean Higginbotham in the first round and saw off Comberbach’s John Gurney 21-12 in the second.

He convincingly overcame Steve Cook 2-17 in the last eight and booked his passage to the final with a 21-5 knockout of Paul Garwood.

Thomas Vickers (Wharton Cons), James Gurney, Daniel Moores (Comberbach), Andy Hamman (Castle Private) and Phil Scott (Rudheath) also featured.


First round: Mark Winnington 21 Chris Koral 17, Michael McDonnell 21 Bob Johnston 7, Steve McConagle 17 Thomas Lowndes 21, Paul Garwood 21 Arthur West 18, Steve Cook 21 Andy Hamman 19, Dave Baskerville 21 Danny Moores 10, Dean Higginbotham v Glynn Cookson (walkover), Matt Barnett 19 John Gurney 21, Phil Scott 9 Gerald Merry 21, Brian Whitlow 21 Mike Geraghty 15, Dave Read 21 Mike Collier 10, Grant Soller 18 James Gurney 21, Phil Cookson 18 Matt Sands 21, Steve Morrey 21 Paul Plant 16, Tom Vickers 19 Lee Powell 21, Lee Cadman 6 Ian Howell 21.

Second round: Mark Winnington 19 Michael McDonnell 21, Thomas Lowndes 10 Paul Garwood 21, Steve Cook 21 Dave Baskerville 16, Glynn Cookson 21 John Gurney 12, Gerald Merry 7 Brian Whitlow 21, Dave Read 12 James Gurney 21, Matt Sands 8 Steve Morrey 21, Lee Powell 13 Ian Howell 21.

Quarter finals: Michael McDonnell 14 Paul Garwood 21, Steve Cook 7 Glynn Cookson 21, Brian Whitlow 15 James Gurney 21, Steve Morrey 21 Ian Howell 15.

Semi finals: Paul Garwood 5 Glynn Cookson 21, James Gurney 16 Steve Morrey 21.

Final: Glynn Cookson 21 Steve Morrey 20.

MID Cheshire played their final group-stage fixture in the British Ladies’ County Championship at the weekend, when they met South Yorkshire in Section Three.

Unable to qualify for the knockout stage after losing two of their three matches, they ended up on the wrong end of the scoreline again.Overall they were defeated 454-383, with the home side falling 210-192 and the away team going down 244-191.