As teams start to settle down and players start to find form, it is clear that the Alan Myercough (Ford) Ulverston and District Bowling league is going to be the bowling equivalent of the Championship in football, where there are no easy games and half the division will be fighting for the title.

With three games in and only six points separate the top eight teams and only Hawcoat Park have a 100 per cent record.

Hawcoat’s victims this week were a King Alfred team finding it tough as they try to defend their title. Bob Stewart and Matthew Ryder were in scintillating form, winning 21-4 and 21-5 respectively. For the Alfred, Keith Mills and Martin Barrow continued their fine starts to the season with good wins at the top of the sheet.

Red River currently occupy top spot after travelling to Walney Park and gaining an impressive 11-4 victory. Barry Lowden’s 21-8 win was matched by David Jones to set them on their way. Whilst Ian Fairclough had a tremendous 21-5 win for the Park before going back to his usual place behind the tea bar.

Askam sit just a point behind the Reddies, thanks to a good away win at Roose. Andrew Rigg and Don Logan both won 21-11 to record the villagers best results, Ian Pearson replied for Roose with a great 21-8 victory against an opponent with plenty of green experience.

In the 'El Co-opico,' or the Dane Ave Derby, the Co-op first team, as expected, had too much power for their A team, returning a 12-3 victory.

Top man Steve Bushell again was in top form (21-6), with Dave Pedley and Dave Dawes backing him up with 21-7 results. John Crosthwaite, Ron Walmsley and Dave Watterson took bragging rights for the A team by winning against their opposite numbers.

After a strong first two results, Dalton CC found things tougher when they visited Salthouse this week. Their ‘Big four’ of Gareth Jones, Andy and Billy Thornton and Dave Kent scored the Cricketer’s points in an 11-4 defeat.

Top man John Taylor, Andy Woods and Barry Asbury replied for the Salthouse to set them on their way to a comfortable win.

After a heavy defeat last week, Glaxo showed great bouncebackability as they entertained Lindal, resulting in a comfortable 10-4 win.

French import Christophe D’Leny was the best winner for the works outfit along with Phil Viney both recording 21-11 victories. Ian France showed his class for Lindal with a brilliant 21-4 win.

Sadly the Ulverston Cons v Post Office game was cancelled as the Posties were unable to field a team.