ON a bitterly cold, windy morning in Birkenhead Park the Winter Flyers certainly lived up to its name but despite this there was yet again a good turnout of players who had come to enjoy their bowls.

After a hard series of games N. Hughes of Tixalls came through to take a well deserved win beating Cammell Laird's Dougie Briscoe in the final.

In the quarter finals Hughes beat New Brighton Quarry Viking's John Cosgrove in a tight game before having a somewhat easier win over Lever's Colin Portis.

Meanwhile Briscoe, having an excellent morning, first held his nerve to clinch a win over last week's winner John Harrison from Liverpool before he just scraped through in the semi final against Eddie Dutton who plays for New Brighton Queens Royal's.

Hughes carried his good play into to the final and ran out a fairly comfortable 21-14 winner.


Quarter finals: N. Hughes 21, J. Cosgrove 18; C. Portis 21, W. Atkinson 16; E. Dutton 21, J. Lloyd 18; D. Briscoe 21, J. Harrison 19.

Semi Finals: Hughes 21, Portis 13; Briscoe 21, Dutton 19. 

Final: Hughes 21, Briscoe 14.

Correction: Last week it was stated that Craig Saville plays for Tixalls. He is a member of the Gladstone Club not Tixalls: Apologies to all concerned.

Entries are now being taken for two tournaments being held at the Tixall Club later in the year.

On the Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 26, it is the One-day Open McParland Williams Tixall Classic which has a total prize money of nearly £2.000.

The tournament is open to both Ladies and Gentlemen and is limited to 64 entries. The entry fee is £15.

On Saturday, July 5 there will be a One-day junior tournament, the Tixall Junior Classic sponsored by Charles Stephens.

There are two sections; under 18 and under 14, and the event is open to all juniors. The entry fee is £1.

Any players wishing to enter should contact Robin May on 0151 678 0613 or r.may267@ntiworld.com

The funeral of one of the most well known figures in local bowls, Frank Murphy of Pensby Bowling Club, is taking place on Thursday, January 23 at St. Joseph's Church, North Road Birkenhead at 11.30am.