MANOR Road's Dave Gilmore retained his Wallasey Association Veteran Individual Merit title after a thrilling win against Harrison Park's Bill Jones in the final at Central Park on Sunday.

Gilmore had earlier been made to struggle in his quarter-final game with Jack Beecham before having a slightly more comfortable win over John Cosgrove in the semi-final.

Jones had beaten Len Wooten in his quarter-final before pulling away to beat Tommy Walker in the semi.

Gilmore seemed to be heading for an easy win in the final when he took an 11-1 lead, but Jones fought back and the match was tied at 19 across before Gilmore clinched his victory.


Quarter-Finals: J. Cosgrove 21, R.

Abbot 16; D. Gilmore 21, J. Beecham 18; T. Walker 21, B. Somerville 19; W.

Jones 21, L. Wooten 13. Semi-Finals: Gilmore 21, Cosgrove 11; Jones 21, Walker 14. Final: Gilmore 21, Jones 19.

The Birkenhead and District Parks Merit Tournament was played on the Port Sunlight Village and Works green, also on Sunday, and the winner was Gladstone's Nick Burridge Jnr who beat his club mate at Gladstone, Jamie Smith, in a great final.

Both finalists will go on to represent Birkenhead and District in the National Merit which is being played at the Waterloo in Blackpool.

Results: Quarter-Finals: L Sandland 21, T.

Raybould 20; J. Smith 21, P. Miller 16; T. Lowndes 21, P. McBride 19; N.

Burridge Jnr 21, D. Owen 03. Semi- Finals: Smith 21, Sandland 14; Burridge 21, Lowndes 11. Final: Burridge 21, Smith 19.

The quarter-final matches of the Cheshire Association's Brunner Cup Competition took place on Saturday.

Gladstone have been the runners-up in this tournament for the last two years and on Saturday they progressed to the next stage by beating the Castle Private Club, 203- 186, on the green at the Grapes in Runcorn.

This means they next play Frodsham Red Lion in the semi- final on July 23. Let’s hope they can go all the way this year.

Upton Victory Hall's Tony Cavanagh came through the Merseyside qualifying round of the Veterans' Jack and Jean Isherwood Tournament to qualify for the finals, played in Prees, Shropshire, last Wednesday.

He played the runner-up from the previous year, Noel Burrows from Cheshire, in the final.

Cavanagh led 17-13, but could not quite hold on and lost a close encounter.

The final of the Wirral and District Graham White Competition between Gladstone 'B' and Lever Club 'B' was played last Wednesday on the Magazine's green.

Gladstone 'B' from the Birkenhead League’s first division had to give their third division opponents a 48 start, but three tremendous single figure wins from John Gomersall Jnr, Luke Sandland and Thomas Raybould helped them overcome the handicap and, despite a fine 21-06 win for Graham Motley for Levers, they took the win.