As we reach the business end of the season, every point becomes crucial as the pressure mounts on everyone in the Ulverston and District Bowling League, sponsored by Alan Myerscough (Ford).

Although Salthouse A are still firm favourites to take Division Two honours, they have faltered a little of late, allowing the chasing pack a little glimmer of hope.

Travelling to Kirkby this week the league leaders were involved in a titanic battle where they managed to take seven of the 12 games but lost the aggregate by a solitary chalk and in doing so drew the game 7-7. Kirkby’s star man was Peter Lee who had the only single-figure victory in the match (21-8) with Stephen Hurst supporting him with a 21-12 win. Salthouse’s Snoozy Newsham was their best winner (21-11).

Two teams fighting for a promotion place met at Pennington Lane where Lindal A hosted Dalton CC A. It was the homes side who took the honours 9-5, although Dalton will be happy to take five points away from the tricky green.

John Reilly rolled back the clock with his 21-8 victory at top man for Lindal, although Alex Spelman was equally impressive in winning 21-7. Kevin Edwards and Jimmy Bridle shared Dalton’s sweep as they both won 21-13.

West Mount have been on a good run recently and continued in fine form as they destroyed Barrow Island 13-1. The unbeaten merit leader Steve Holmes doesn’t look like losing anytime soon, this week taking his game 21-2 with no fewer than four of his teammates following him home with 21-12 scorelines. Mick Jones was the only Islander to win his clash as he ran out a 21-13 victor.

West Shore can still make a late charge for promotion, although they will have been disappointed to fall to a 9-5 defeat away at Askam A. Askam’s experienced duo of John Lindsay and Ron Kitchen both had good single-figure wins to set them on their way whilst the Shore’s Paul Lavender was in fine form himself, winning 21-6.

In the all-Ulverston clash, Glaxo A entertained Kings Head and the game went pretty much to form as they won 10-4. King’s Head top man Liam Tomsett was awesome as he ran out a 21-9 winner, with Tony Greenall following him home 21-12. Glaxo’s Terry Rhodes was a brilliant 21-2 victor along with Ron Hathorn 21-8.

Police and Roose A were involved in a battle where the games were tied and only three points separated them at the end, with the home side just taking the aggregate points and the game 8-6. Ken Taylor (21-8) and Mick Philp (21-9) led the way for the Bobbies whilst the bottom men for Roose were in fine form as Jimmy Johnson won 21-6 and Dave Jepson 21-3.

Hawcoat Park A travelled across the bridge to Walney Park A and returned with a 10-5 victory thanks in part to great wins from Daryl Williams (21-5) and Paul Davies and John Stewart (21-8). Walney’s Derek Artis enjoyed his night winning 21-5.


Division One

Salthouse 9 King Alfred 5, Dalton CC 10 Askam 4, Hawcoat Park 10 Glaxo 4, Ulverston Cons 11 Walney Park 3, Post Office 7 Co-op 7, Roose 4 Red River 11, Co-op A 4 Lindal 11.

Division Two

West Mount 13 Barrow Island 1, Lindal A 9 Dalton CC A 5, Glaxo A 10 Kings Head 4, Askam A 9 West Shore 5, Kirkby 7 Salthouse A 7, Police 8 Roose A 6, Walney Park A 5 Hawcoat Park A 10.