Last year's champions Geoff Brooks and Roy Harper now have asix-point lead at the top of the Stourbridge Labour Indoor Pairs League after beating bottom duo Harry Heaven and Frank Johnson 12-6.

Second placed Dave and Trevor Bate lost to Brenda and Derek Brookes 12-8 and third placed Phil Baker and Chris Markham beat Geoff Lowe and Martin Griffiths 11-9.

With Both Netherton Cons A' and DMBEC C' winning the position at the top of the Cookley Indoor League Division One remains unchanged. That is also the case in Division Two where all the top four teams were successful.

Jamaican-born Mervyn Edwards is the first person from the ethnic minorities to be elected President of the Warwick and Worcester Counties Bowling Association.

Mervyn who came to England in 1965 is a centre manager in the Birmingham City Council Leisure Department.

It was whilst he was out working in the community in 1990 that the 58-year-old took an interest in people playing crown green bowls at the Moor Lane BC and he quickly became hooked.

His previous sporting prowess was in badminton, darts and snooker and this all round sportsman quickly established himself at Moor Lane by clinching a place in the clubs second team in the Warwick and Worcester County Bowling Association.

Off the green Mervyn also took up the reigns as an administrator becoming both secretary and treasurer at his club. It was not long before he was elected to serve on the County Management Committee and in addition became a class A' referee at some of the games top national events including the Waterloo Hotel Blackpool.

He is the current county referees secretary and is also secretary/treasurer of the Erdington Mid Week League. He feels that the loss of greens over recent years is a problem which needs to be faced but being a former special constable he welcomes the fact that the game does not have the behaviour problems that some other sports have and applauds the governing bodies decision to improve the standard of dress in the game.

He would like to see more people from the ethnic minorities take up bowls and is proud to be representing his county on the governing bodies management committee.