At the start of the season, Roose and West Shore were tipped for promotion from Division Two of the John Sharples-sponsored Furness and District Bowling League and up to now they haven’t disappointed with just five points between them at the top.

Roose currently sit in pole position having returned with an excellent 12-3 victory from a tricky encounter against Dalton CC A. Phil Kelly (21-6) and Danny Graham (21-8) were in fine form for Roose as they continue to improve their games. For the Cricket, Harry Dagger and Colin Norman were in top form.

West Shore lost a little ground on their rivals, having struggled to beat a Kirkby A side who continue to impress before eventually prevailing 9-5. Lol Wilson again was the best winner for the Shore with Jonny Richardson and Paul Wrathall backing him up.

Top man Steve Hunter had his toughest game of the year so far but his 21-17 victory means he is now 14 out of 14 for the season. Peter Tyson was awesome in his 21-5 win for the villagers.

The leading two can’t let up as Salthouse A lead the chasing pack with some impressive results. None more so than this week's 12-3 victory away at Walney Park A. Club secretary Mike Last had a great 21-9 win for the Raglan St outfit with Alan Newsham also having a decent 21-12 victory.

At the other end of the table, there is a real fight for survival. After their defeat, Walney Park A are three points adrift at the bottom, although they didn’t lose any ground on their main rivals as Hawcoat Park B and Barrow Island picked up two and three points, respectively.

Hawcoat B suffered a 12-2 mauling on a tricky Red River green, the home of Police A. Brian Winder and Paul Lewis won 21-4 and 21-5 to make sure the game was never in doubt, whilst John Sutherland and Ian McBride against his former club gaining wins for Hawcoat.

Barrow Island made the trip across the bridge to King Alfred B and struggled to get a foot in the game losing 11-3. Jimmy Johnson (21-11) and Billy Caulfield and Gary Hogg (both 21-12) led the way for the Alfred, whilst Ron Barclay showed all his experience as he won 21-8 for the Island.

Askam A entertained Co-op A on a day when most of the village were being entertained at Askambury. With this distraction in the village, the home side would have been happy with their 9-5 win. Ronny Kitchen was in a rush to get to the main stage as he blew his opponent away 21-4 with Barry Wearing winning 21-12 to back him up. Stuart Urmston was the best winner for Co-op.

Roose A welcomed a Kirkby team trying to get out of the shadows of their A team and the result was always in the balance in a close game that finally went to the home side 8-6. Chris Burton, finding himself in a rare number 12 spot, showed his class in winning 21-5 for Roose with Mike Irving delighted with his 21-9 victory. For Kirkby, Jack Park was brilliant in his 21-6 win.


Division One

Lindal 11 King Alfred A 3, Glaxo 6 Post Office 9, Hawcoat Park A 4 Police 11, Co-op 9 Askam 5, King Alfred 12 Dalton CC 2, Salthouse 9 Walney Park 5, Red River 6 Hawcoat Park 9.

Division Two

Police A 12 Hawcoat Park B 2 King Alfred B 11 Barrow Island 3, West Shore 9 Kirkby A 5, Askam A 9 Co-op A 5, Roose A 8 Kirkby 6, Walney Park A 3 Salthouse A 12, Dalton CC A 3 Roose 12.

Division Three

Salthouse B 12 Walney Park B 2, West Mount A 9 Lindal A 5, Co-op B 5 Glaxo A 10, Barrow Island A 13 North Scale 1, Roose B 5 West Mount 10, Hawcoat Park C 7 Red River A 8.