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Wirral bowls round-up
THE winners of the Birkenhead and Wirral First Division has finally been decided.
The final match of the season brought together the two teams that could still win the league, West Kirby Victoria and Tixall 'A'.
After an enthralling and sporting contest the Deeside club were able to make the most of their home advantage by winning a close match by just 12 points.
Each individual game was hard fought and the many spectators that turned up to watch were treated to a thrilling contest.
This is the fourth consecutive season that the 'Vics' have been first division champions but the margin of their victory was very slight and the two teams that finished just two points below them, Tixall and Gladstone, will both feel that come 2013 they can make it their turn.
The final of the Birkenhead and Wirral Afternoon Section's Shield was played on Friday at Gladstone between Higher Tranmere Vets from the first division and Thingwall from the second division.
Though the second division team were given a 40 point start and battled hard throughout the match they only had one winner and the Tranmere team won by 42 points.
Higher Tranmere's best card was a 21-06 win for Peter Hammond while Thingwall's Ron Favager won his game 21-19.
The final of the Centenary Cup will be at Cammell Laird between Capenhurst (Scr) and Higher Tranmere Vets 'B' (Scr) on Friday, September 24.
The qualifying rounds of the prestigious Heswall Pairs Tournament will be played on Sunday, September 16, and Sunday, September 23.
There will be two sessions on each of the days: 11.30am practise; noon start and 4pm practise; 4.30pm start.
The finals will be on Sunday, September 30: 12.30pm practise; 1pm start. Spectators are welcome at what is sure to be a feast of bowling.
This year's Winter Flyers Tournaments are starting again on Sunday, September 23, in Birkenhead Park.
The arrangements are the same as last year, 9.45am for the draw with play starting at 10am.
Was a record set in the Birkenhead and Wirral League this last week? Albany's Jake MacElnay, aged 11 years and six months, secured his first win in the first division.
Does this make him the youngest-ever winner in a Birkenhead first division fixture? Well done Jake.
With the recent victory of Jordan MacDermot in the Junior Waterloo and a fair sprinkling of young bowlers emerging at Cammell Laird’s, Arno, ESWA and other clubs there are some good indicators for the future of crown green bowling on the Wirral.