Waddington Red secured the title of champions of the Dorothy Southworth Indoor bowling league at Clitheroe’s Roefield Leisure Centre. The Reds, who have only suffered two defeats all season, have proved to be a formidable squad, bowling consistently well week in week out.

With only two weeks to go in this inaugural season there is a distinct possibility of a Waddington double as the Blues have moved into second place with some convincing victories in recent weeks.

However three other teams, Sabden, Read and Longridge Commodores, are still in with a shout and it looks as though the battle for second place will go down to the final week of the season as the latter two have a game in hand.

Read, who have improved tremendously as the season has progressed, had a comfortable six points to nil win over Sabden who seem to have lost their way in recent weeks.

Similar maximum wins were enjoyed by Waddington Blue over Clitheroe Blue and by Longridge Commodores over Clitheroe White.

Champions elect Waddington Red clinched the title with a 6-0 victory over West Bradford but the game was a much closer affair than the final score suggests.

On mat one Peter Cunliffe, Jack Arthur and skip Bill Rome winning through 19-15 after a hard-fought struggle against Terry Pike, Denise Anderson and Tom Bradshaw while on mat two Ian Jackson, John Cropper and Kevin Ryder overcame Ian Whitworth, Helen Meadows and William Hogg by 17 shots to 13 and with the extra two points for the aggregate sealed the title.


Read 6pts Sabden 0pts 55-20 (24-7, 31-13); Waddington Blue 6pts Clitheroe Blue 0pts 47-17 (24-10, 23-7), West Bradford 0pts Waddington Red 6pts 28-36 (15-19, 13-17); Longridge Commodores 6pts Clitheroe White 0pts 44-20 (16-13, 28-7).


Tonight: Sabden v Hurst Green, Clitheroe Blue v Longridge Commodores Thursday: Waddington Red v Read, Clitheroe White v West Bradford.