IT has been a busy time in the finals of various cup competitions recently.

In the final of the Birkenhead League's Cec Hannay Rosebowl, played on the Hoylake Central and Melrose green, Gladstone came out on top in a tight match with New Brighton Quarry Vikings.

Gladstone had to give the Vikings an 18-point start and it remained close for much of the match with each team having four winners.

However Gladstone's last four all won and this enabled them to pull ahead and take the Rosebowl by 12-clear points.

For Gladstone their biggest winners were Wayne Jeavons and Craig Saville who both had 21-10 victories while Eddie Dutton won by the same score for the New Brighton club.

On Wednesday, it was the turn of the Gladstone 'B' team to take on West Kirby Victoria in the final of the Wirral and District's Frank Hurst Trophy in a match played on the Upton Victory Hall green.

In this match Gladstone 'B' were given a 30 point start.

Both teams had two winners each in the first four but West Kirby's Curtis Tornerup's 21-05 victory gave his team a great boost.

With just the final game to complete the teams were level but the 'Vics' John Lloyd held his nerve and when he ran out with a 21-17 win his team had got home by just four shots to take the trophy.

The final of the Wallasey Association's Wallasey News Cup proved to be a much more one sided affair.

This match was played on Saturday at the Manor Road Club between New Brighton Queens Royal, from the first division and Sandridge from the second division.

Queens Royal have been the dominant team in the Wallasey first division this season and because of this they had to start the match with a massive 108-point deficit.

As the match progressed, however, it became clear that, as hard as they tried, Sandridge were no match for their opponents and Queens Royal won all 12 games to run out fairly comfortable winners.

Queens Royal won the cup but the Sandridge team can be proud of their achievement in reaching the final.