Derbyshire are in the driving seat and know a win over pointless Lancashire will seal progress. They use Stretton Bowls Club, where last year’s Midland Masters were held, while Lancashire look for a possible Supplementary place as they turn to Wigan Subscription Club. North Midlands and Potteries & District hope to take advantage of a Derbyshire loss, and both go to bankers. North Midlands go to the fearsome Coundon green, while Derbyshire go to Birches Head Hotel as it looks like a tale of two big home wins.
Last year’s finalists clash again as South Yorkshire play Warwick and Worcester. If it is a repeat of last year’s classic final then it will be a cracking game. The winners of that tie, Warwick and Worcester, go to King George V while South Yorkshire look for revenge as they use Crookesmoor Recreation.
Shropshire know a win over Cumbria will win them the group, and take a slight risk in going to Hanmer where they only been once before, a loss to Yorkshire in 2013, albeit the green was underwater. Cumbria go to Burton-in-Kendal as they try and get a supplementary place. Yorkshire and North Lancs & Fylde hope Shropshire slip up and they win. Yorkshire go to Lindley and North Lancs turn to Woodplumpton.
Wales are the team with the advantage of two wins, and know one more will mean a Semi Final place. They use Brymbo as they play Merseyside, who know they have to win by at least 23, and hope Staffordshire don’t win by more than 43 (or 20 more than their win), to get through. They use Windle, where their Merit was held. Staffordshire need at least a 43 shot win to have a chance of progression, and play winless Greater Manchester, who are playing for a supplementary slot, they would have to win by 23 to achieve that, unless Merseyside lose heavily. Staffs go to Cradley Sports & Social Club, with Greater Manchester going to Norden.
It promises to be a tense day, with results being recorded here throughout the day.