As expected Lindal A are now all but promoted in Division Three of the Furness and District Bowling league, sponsored by John Sharples (Letting Agents). However whilst Lindal are drinking in their success a real tense battle is underway for the other promotion spot as we reach the final stages of the season.

Red River A are the headliners at the moment after a string of impressive wins against their rivals, all the more remarkable considering with 24 hours before the season started they were calling out for players just to be able to field a team. That run continued this week as they defeated Glaxo A 11-3, Kevin Wood and Tony Pitts both winning 21-9 whilst Keith Birkbeck was brilliant at top man for Glaxo with a 21-4 victory.

Red River now sit just a point behind North Scale, who have been camped out in second place most of the season. They kept up the fight with a comfortable 12-2 victory over a Roose B squad only turning up with 10 men. Still those that played had some impressive wins of their own, Gordon Walker and Chris Comish leading the way with 21-4 wins. Whilst Jeff Howard and Jim Johnson scored Roose’s points.

Hanging around just behind the leaders are the possible favourites for second spot Westmount A, who find themselves just seven points behind with a game in hand on the others. They played away at Coop B in a local derby and will be delighted to have come away winning 12-3, Alan Birkett and Ray McKenna being the star men both winning 21-7. Coop’s top man Dave Wilson had a brilliant win against merit leader Steve Holmes, a result which will be music to the ears of those challenging Steve for the title.

The rest of the teams are now just jostling for the best position they can now. West Shore A had one of their better victories defeating Hawcoat Park C on their own patch 11-4. Hawcoat battled hard and Steve Lidicott had a great 21-5 victory as did John Shipley 21-7 and Pat Fogharty 21-8 for West Shore.

West Mount entertained the lowly Walney Park B and were comfortable 12-2 victors, although again Walney fielded a side short of 2 players, this is becoming too common place in the league now and is hopefully something that can be addressed in the close season. Seymour Benson was in top form as he was bowled tram tickets to win 21-5 along with John Cross 21-6. Walney’s points were scored by Paul Cargan and John McHale.

Salthouse B played Barrow Island A whose players seemed to have their minds on the Fudstock festival being held the next day at their ground. Ron Spiers 21-5 was their star man, a score matched by Tom Elliott for the Islanders.