Section 1 winners is between Warwick and Worcester and Greater Manchester, with Lancashire and North Lancs & Fylde battling it out for who will be in the supplementary. Warwick and Worcester know any win is good enough for them to emerge as winners, but face a North Lancs & Fylde side packed with plenty of star names. The first four itself at South Shore in Blackpool is one of the best you’ll ever see with both sides having multiple title wins between them, including a clash between the two respective merit winners, Wayne Ditchfield from North Lancs and Carl Fielding of Warwick and Worcester. The former winners turn to the hump at King George V, where they will be hoping to perform better than their last home game, when they lost at home to Greater Manchester.
Greater Manchester know any slip up from Warwick and Worcester will mean a win for them will see them through. They turn to Royton CC, a green they have used before, to earn them a home win after losing their last home game. Lancashire will be looking for a win to guarantee them a supplementary place, and go to a familar green in Horwich R.M.I.
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Section 2 sees three teams being able to qualify for the Semi Finals, with just Shropshire not being able to qualify. North Midlands are in the driving seat as they know a win will get them through. They take on Merseyside, who after their big home win over Shropshire first game, can qualify themselves with a win, although if Cheshire win by more than 37 in their game against Shropshire, then they would go through instead. Merseyside turn to an artificial green in Mossley Hill to try and get themselves another big home win, while the holders North Midlands go to Haunchwood to make sure they get through and are able to continue their defence of their title.
Cheshire will be hoping that result goes right for them, but they need to make sure they get a big win themselves. They are using Hazel Pear for their home venue, while Shropshire, who need at least a 53 shot win to be able to overhaul Cheshire and get a supplementary place, go to a new venue in Elephant and Castle.
Potteries and District meet Cumbria in a winner take all clash. Potteries turn to one of their bankers in Birches Head Hotel to get a win while Cumbria, after using their banker Lindal in their first game, use North Scale Bowling Club. If it is a draw, then the Potteries will go through.
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South Yorkshire meet Yorkshire in a local derby with added spice as whoever winners will take the semi final ticket from Section 4. Both teams have a 100% record, and South Yorkshire go to Meersbrook BC while Yorkshire turn to Whitkirk BC. Yorkshire have the higher aggregate out of the two, and will probably start as favourites, but can’t take their neighbours lightly with their impressive form this season.
The winner of Staffordshire and Derbyshire will make the supplementary competition. Both teams will look for some solace from this year’s games with a win. Derbyshire go to Stockport at High Lane Conservative Club to try and get a big win at home, while Staffordshire go back to Heath Hayes for the first time in a while.
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