HEAVY rain early in the morning meant fewer bowlers than expected turned up to try to win points to qualify for the Top Sixteen Tournament next Sunday.

In the event conditions were nothing like as bad as expected and Port Sunlight Village and Work's Nick Woodward was able to record his first ever win in the Flyers.

In the final he beat your correspondent, West Kirby Victoria's Bill Atkinson.

In the quarter finals Woodward beat the consistent Tommy Walker and he then had a very close game with Andy Buchanan in the semis.

To get to the final Atkinson had two very good wins, firstly he got the better of the in form John Hignett Jnr in the quarters and then, in a really excellent game, he beat Roger Griffiths in the semi final.

Atkinson took an early lead at 12-07 in the final but Woodward was able to up his game and, taking full advantage of a dip in form by Atkinson, he ran at a very worthy winner at 21-16.

Up until this week Woodward has not really shown the form of which he is capable but this win was fully deserved and it has catapulted him up the points table.


Quarter Finals: R. Griffiths 21, D. Motley Jnr 19; W. Atkinson 21, J. Hignett Jnr 12; N. Woodward 21, T. Walker 16; A. Buchanan 21, J. Hignett Snr 19. Semi Finals: Atkinson 21, Griffiths 18; Woodward 21, Buchanan 19.

Final; Woodward 21, Atkinson 16.

The top four players in the points table are Mick Andrews, John Hignett Jnr, Nigel Hughes and Bill Atkinson.

West Kirby Park are another club who would like to attract more players.

They are a long established club who play in the attractive setting of Ashton Park in West Kirby.

They have teams in the Birkenhead and Bebington Leagues and would like to hear from any lady or gentlemen, novice and/or experienced, who would be interested in joining them.

Any players interested should contact the secretary, Sue Edwards, on 07710 462 115.