ALCESTER Bowling Club’s poor start to the new crown green season continued as action got under way in two more leagues.
In Division Two of the Yardley Wood Superleague, the A team suffered an agonisingly narrow defeat when they visited Tanworth B, going down by just three shots.
Each side had four winning cards, so Tanworth got the lion’s share of the points, gaining 14 to the visitors’ four.
Alcester’s winning cards came from David Whittington (21-10), Val McDermott (21-12), Jean Sherrington (21-14) and Carole Slater (21-19).
In Division Four, the B team entertained Henley B and had five winning cards from John Willis (21-10), Margaret D’Elia (21-11), David Hodgson (21-14), Rick Horton (21-16) and Gill Evans (21-18).
This gave them a 15-3 success as they ran out winners by eight shots.
The Heart of England League also started, but newly-promoted Alcester A found life in the top division difficult as they suffered an eight-shot defeat at home to visitors Rubery Sports A.
They had just three winners in John Alderson (21-9), Jean Bannister (21-14) and Brian Lees (21-15), giving them three points to the visitors’ 15.
The B team, newly-promoted to Division Four, also faced opposition from Rubery Sports, this time their B team on the latter’s home green.
Although Alcester gained four winning cards, they had to accept defeat by nine shots as Rubery won the day 14-4.
Alcester’s winners were Val McDermott (21-12), David Hodgson (21-16) and Rick Horton and David Sutor (both 21-20).