THE Birkenhead & District Parks team made a great start to their 2016 season when they beat a very strong Greater Manchester team last Sunday.

In the home match at the Lever Club they had nine winners, with Mike Whalley, 21-10, and Nick Burridge Jnr, 21-11, having the best results as they won by 19 shots.

In the away match, though the team had six winners with Nigel Hughes having a tremendous 21-7 victory, they lost by just 10 points.

Overall the team had 15 individual winners and were nine shots to the good and this meant that they won the match 20-11.

Let's hope the team can build on this victory in their next match against Yorkshire on June 19.

Last month, the Merseyside Ladies team made a winning start to their season, but unfortunately could not repeat this and they lost both the home and away legs to Greater Manchester Ladies in their match on Sunday.

In the final of Wallasey's Association Cup on Saturday, Manor Road 'C' proved to be too strong for the New Brighton Quarry Vikings 'C' team.

In the match played on the excel- lent Upton Victory Hall green the Manor Road team quickly overcame a 24-point handicap to sweep to a 229-187 win to take the trophy.

For Manor Road, the best results were by Dave Ratcliff with a 21-7 and Billy Dobbs, who won 21-8.

Charlie Ward with a 21-9 win had the best Quarry Viking score.

The Magazine Club are inviting entries to their very popular annual Charity Cup Pairs Tournament (ladies and gentlemen), which this year is being held on Saturday.

The entry fee is £3 per person and the charity being supported is Elleray Park School.

All clubs should have an entry form, but entries can be made by telephoning Sam Robinson on 638 0394.

It is very important for the game of Crown Green Bowls that we do all we can to help our local junior bowlers and Mo and John Evans and their small band of volunteers, on behalf of the junior bowlers, would like to thank all the clubs, associations and individuals who responded to their appeal to help raise funds for their weekly coach- ing sessions.

All juniors are made very welcome each Saturday morning from 10am to noon at Cammell Laird's club.

The funds will also be used to help the Wirral Junior County bowling team.

In the Wirral Junior Handicap Tournaments, played on Saturday at Cammell Laird, the winner in the under-18s was Matty Worden, who beat Jake McElnay 21-15 in the final.

The winner under-14 was Michael Cavanagh, who beat Finlay Hombrey 21-9 in the final.

On Saturday, May 28, the Wirral Junior Pairs Tournament will be played at Cammel Laird and the Wirral Junior Merit Tournament is on June 18.

Players should arrive for 11am.