THE improving weather meant that the conditions at this Sunday's Flyers were somewhat easier this week.
During the morning West Kirby Victoria's Bill Atkinson put a series of indifferent performances during the last few weeks behind him and came through in a very close final to just pip a somewhat unfortunate Mark Myles.
To reach the final Atkinson had played well in beating Port Sunlight's Kevin Howgate in the quarter final and then Kendall's Colin Portis in the semis.
Myles, who plays for Kings 2000, had been too good for the Magazine's Fred Arnell in the quarters but he then had a real tussle with Heswall's Ian Moxham, who was making his first visit to Birkenhead Park this year.
Their match could have gone either way but Myles held his nerve at the end.
The final between Atkinson and Myles was another close affair with neither player being able to establish a lead at any time: With the game finely balanced at 20-20 Mark Myles suffered a real misfortune when his almost perfect final wood just touched the jack slightly too firmly and presented the point, and the game, to a very relieved Bill Atkinson.
Quarter Finals: I. Moxham 21, D. Briscoe 18; M. Myles 21, F. Arnell 08; C. Portis 21, P. Roberts 16; W. Atkinson 21, K. Howgate 09. Semi Finals: Myles 21, Moxham 10; Atkinson 21, Portis 11. Final: Atkinson 21, Myles 20.
Though he didn't play, John Hignett Jnr retains a huge lead in the points table.
The AGM of the Birkenhead and District Parks Team will be held on Thursday, February 16, at the Tixall Bowling Club starting at 8pm.
At the meeting all aspects of the running of the Parks Team will be discussed, including fund raising. The Chairman (Mal Andrews) would like as many bowlers as possible to attend this meeting; players not currently involved would be very welcome to come along.