BOWLERS in Hyde and Denton are getting into the swing – sometimes literally – of the new seasons.
And with so many competitions to play for, there is no shortage of matches.
However, members of Denton Park are showing their community spirit by backing events in the town, starting with the Denton Beach Party on the Bank Holiday weekend of May 24, 25 and 26.
The club, whose ladies side sits top of the Tameside Ladies League division three, celebrated the opening of its new clubhouse at Victoria Park in April.
And things seem to be going as well on the green as the ladies are top of the pile on 18-and-a-half points.
In division one, Hyde club Grapes Hotel has had an encouraging start with 15 points from its opening two matches to sit in third place.
Hyde side George and Dragon cannot complain about its start in the Tameside Mens Veterans League Premier Division after winning its first five matches, racking up 55-and-a-half points including a resounding 194 to 151 victory away at Glossop Bowling.
And in division three, Denton ‘A’ notched four victories from its first five matches, giving a score of 51 points.
Hyde side Bush may be glad to see the back of Crompton after losing its opening fixtures in the Saddleworth League division two to Crompton and Higher Crompton.
There was no change in fortunes in its opening match in the Tameside Midweek League division one, losing out 10.5-5 to Dukinfield Central.
Saturday, May 18 sees the start of the Longdendale League’s Husband Cup and there is a Hyde derby when Grapes Hotel takes on Hyde Club.
Both of Hyde Park’s sides have away ties at Spring Gardens ‘B’ and Hadfield ‘A’ respectively while Denton Park head to the Great Moor area of Stockport to face Trades Hall.
George and Dragon host Etherow while James North’s were paired with Woodley Sports ‘A’.