ON Sunday the Wirral Association's Tom Bassnett Pairs Tournament was played on the greens in Harrison Park.

The winners were New Brighton Quarry Viking's Brian Leonard and Jamie Box who just pipped the pairing of Samantha Stanley of Hoylake Central and Melrose and New Brighton Queens Royal's Les Henderson in a terrific final match.

To reach the final Stanley and Henderson had been a little too good for West Kirby Victoria's Jack Kiley and Bill Atkinson in the semis while Leonard and Box had a good win over Colin Saville and Anthony Thompson of New Brighton Queens Royal.

The final could have gone either way but Leonard and Box came through at the end to take the first prize.


Semi-finals: Leonard and Box 21, Saville and Thompson 10; Stanley and Henderson 21, Kiley and Atkinson 16.

Final: Leonard and Box 21, Stanley and Henderson 19.

The Merseyside Association’s Jim Parry Tournament for Veteran players took place at the Lever Club in Port Sunlight on Friday.

At the end of the afternoon it was Peter Holian of Cammell Lairds who took the trophy beating Heswall RBL's Alan Heaton in the final.

Holian, clearly enjoying the very fast green, had two fairly comfortable wins in the quarters and the semi-final against John Robinson of Liverpool and Tixall's Keith Wharton while Heaton beat Harrison Park's Bill Jones and then Ted Harrington from Liverpool.

Holian took his good form into the final and he ran out a 15-10 winner.


Semi-finals: P Holian 15, K Wharton 05; A Heaton 15, T Harrington 02.

Final: Holian 15, Heaton 10.

The final of the Wirral Association’s Sansom Cup was played last Saturday also at the Lever Club between Heswall RBL and Tixall.

At the end of a great match it was Tixall who came out on top to win the cup for the third year in succession.

Though both teams had six winners each, it was convincing wins by several of the Tixall team which swung the match their way.

James Fitzpatrick top-scored with a brilliant 21-05 win and Matthew Gilmore also had a single figure victory.

For Heswall John Lloyd's 21-13 was their best performance.

The final of the Graham White Trophy was played last Wednesday on the Manor Road green between Cammell Lairds from the second division and Gladstone 'B' from the first division.

Despite being given a 84-point start the Cammell Laird's team could not prevent Gladstone 'B' from powering their way to a very convincing victory.

The Gladstone team had five single-figure winners with Darren Hankin, 21-04, and Steve Greenfield, 21-06, leading the way and they took the trophy for the second successive year.

The Birkenhead and District Parks team are playing Cumbria this Sunday.

The home match is being played at Albany and the away leg is at Lansil in Lancaster.

Birkenhead are currently 12 points behind the group leader North Staffordshire.