The 2018 BCGBA Senior County Championship starts tomorrow with 14 teams looking to get themselves an early win which will help secure winning the group. The holders North Midlands take on Cheshire in their quest to retain their title. They use Dunlop first of all, where they beat Shropshire in the Semi Finals last season, while Cheshire go to Poynton Sports. Also in that group is Shropshire, 2009 winners, who play Merseyside. Bowring is the venue for Salop, who won by 45 on it opening game of last season against Warwick & Worcester, while the fearsome Wheatsheaf is where Merseyside have gone in order to start with a win. Another tough group is Section One where Warwick & Worcester will look to get back to their best after a tough campaign last year, and face Lancashire first of all. Their banker the George is their opening green, but Shropshire did win on there last season. However Lancashire will not have the green knowledge that Shropshire possessed so it could be a tough afternoon for them given the weather. But Garswood Hall is their venue, one of their bankers. North Lancs & Fylde and Greater Manchester are the other two teams in their group, with Leyland and Farington Club and Springbank their two venues respectively, greens that have been used before.
2016 winners Yorkshire look to reclaim their title and take on Staffordshire first of all, who they beat in the Semi Finals that year. Staffordshire have gone to the big green of Hammerwich, where they hammered North Lancs & Fylde last season, while Yorkshire have gone to Pudsey. Derbyshire play South Yorkshire in the other game in that section, with Derbyshire going to Stretton, but the bowls club and not Anglesey, while South Yorkshire go to Dearne Sports. The three team section is number 3, where Potteries & District have to sit out this month’s games. Cumbria and Wales are the other two teams who will be wanting to start with a win. Cumbria have gone to the fearsome Lindal green, with, given the weather, could be very tricky, while Wales have gone to Broughton and Bretton.
The matchcards here should be updated tomorrow.
Greater Manchester v North Lancs & Fylde
Warwick and Worcester v Lancashire
Cheshire v North Midlands
Merseyside v Shropshire
Cumbria v Wales
Derbyshire v South Yorkshire
Staffordshire v Yorkshire