THE Winter Bowls Flyers restarted in Birkenhead Park on Sunday in typical winter weather, sunny but very cold.

When Tixall's Jamie Fitzpatrick got through to the final it looked odds on that he would resume where he left off in 2017 and take the first prize yet again.

But, in one of those upsets that make all sports so interesting, his opponent in the final, Cammell Laird's Peter McGhee, came through with some brilliant play to deservedly take his first ever win in these tournaments.

McGhee had earlier fought back from a big deficit to beat New Brighton Quarry Viking's Eddie Dutton in his quarter final match before he proved to be too good for young Finley Hormbrey of Ledsham Royal in the semi final.

Meanwhile Fitzpatrick had cruised through his quarter-final and semi-final matches against Dougie Briscoe and John Hignett Snr to reach the final.

In the final McGhee coped with the conditions better than Fitzpatrick and it was great to see another name added to the list of winners.

It was also great to see one of the youngest players at the Flyers, 13 year old Finley Hormbrey, getting through to the semi final stage.


Quarter Finals: J. Hignett Snr (Black Horse, Liverpool) 21, W. Atkinson (West Kirby) 18; J. Fitzpatrick (Tixall) 21, D. Briscoe (Llanymynich) 11; P. McGhee (Cammell Lairds) 21, E. Dutton (New Brighton Quarry Vikings) 18; F. Hormbrey (Ledsham Royal) 21, J. Hignett Jnr (Manchester) 20.

Semi Finals: Fitzpatrick 21, Hignett 14; McGhee 21, Hormbrey 11.

Final: McGhee 21, Fitzpatrick 16.

Though summer still seems a long way off entries are now being taken for the Tixall Bowling and Social Club's Tixall Classic Tournament.

This will take place as usual on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 28.

The winning prize is £500 and there will be almost another £1000 worth of prize money to be won.

Entry fee for the tournament is £15. Any player wishing to enter should contact Robin May on 678 0613 or 07803121370