THE outdoor bowling season got underway for Leek with the commencement of the Stoke-on-Trent League fixtures.
The Leek men's A team were at home to Clough Hall A in Division Two.
The visitors were relegated from Division One last season, while Leek A were promoted from Division Three. Clough Hall were sharper and the final scores reflected this.
The exceptions for Leek were Chris Plant, who won very convincingly 21-12 over Harry Minors, a very accomplished bowler.
The B team went to Oakhill and came away with a solid score of 138 to 146.
Norman Naylor and Dave Ferns were both outstanding and Bill James won narrowly.
In the ladies league, Leek A went to Dilhorne where few teams win and this proved to be no exception.
Leek A 108 Clough Hall Club A 132
Scores: A Franklin 15-21; A Gayes 21-16; A Naylor 21-20; J Watson-Lazowski 6-21; C Hulme 14-21; C Plant 21-12; B Ball 16-21; H Needham 10-21.
Oakhill 146 Leek B 138
Scores: B James 21-20; N Naylor 21-10; J Bailey 15-21; M Wheatley 17-21; J Walton 8-21; C Taylor 18-21; D Stephenson 17-21; D Ferns 21-11.
Stoke-on-Trent Ladies League
Dilhorne 147 Leek A 77
Scores: J Watson 3-21; S Clark 16-21; Pat Alcock 14-21; P Alcock 11-21; B Fry 8-21; M Turner 13-21; M Wood 12-21.
Leek Park Ladies
The 2014 crown green bowls season began last Thursday with Leek Park Ladies first team at home for the team's inaugural match in the first division of the Staffordshire County Ladies League.
They faced a strong Clough Hall side and the final result of 129–142 was a credit to the team's efforts.
Margaret Perkin 20–21; Elsie Alcock 20–21; Pauline Heath 17–21; June Flavell 13 21; Rita Rowley 19-2; Linda Tweats 21–16; Patsy Allen 19–21.