Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tonge Facing Battle with the World Champs

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tonge Facing Battle with the World Champs

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BOWLS Tonge know they must up the ante in their bid to retain the Taylor Bowls Manchester Premier League title - starting tonight, writes STEVE McHUGH.

The Middleton side entertain Chorley-based St Joseph's, who recently retained the World Club Championship.

It is a match that could - even at this early stage of the season - have a significant bearing on the destination of the 2013 title.

Joes are in second place, a point behind Chorlton side Lloyds, and have a 19-point advantage over Tonge but have played a game more.

In the Tonge side will be Gary Ellis, widely regarded as the game's No.1 player. But Ellis, from Whitefield, has yet to reach his phenomenal heights of 2012, when he won 18 titles. And he will be hoping he can find some of his best form on Saturday when he starts the defence of his Greater Manchester Merit title at Prestwich BC, then moves on to Northwich later in the day for the finals of the Rudheath Classic.

First qualifiers for the Manchester Merit finals day - scheduled for AEU Openshaw on June 22 (noon) - were Matt Gillies (Farnworth), Andy Cairns (Rawtenstall), Jack Hargreaves (Hyde) and John Grace (Swinton) who got through at Hopwood Unionists in Heywood. …

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