The ladies’ bowling team at Blackpool Subscription Club are blazing a trail in the sport.
They are the first ladies’ team to represent the club in organised competition in 93 years.
They made an uncertain start to the season but got their breakthrough first win by 8-2 (151 chalks to 97) against Strawberry Gardens in division one of the Blackpool and Wyre Ladies’ Evening League.
It was the first win of the season at the fourth time of asking since they switched from playing under the previous banner of Tyldesley Ladies.
Sylvia Kayley won 21-6, while Julie Holcroft earned a 21-7 victory to provide the night’s highlights.
There were 21-9 wins for Sharron King and Charlotte Johnston.
Skipper Pat Conchie, who ended up one of the two losers, is one of five county players in the Blackpool Subscription side.
The team have finally settled into their new home, though getting used to home terrain has been something of a culture shock.
Pat said: “At the moment, we probably know the away greens better than our new home green!”
The club’s bowls secretary Jim White said of the decision to field two women’s teams: “It is something I have been working on for seven years.
“I can’t speak for what happened in the past but let’s just say attitudes change. Everything has dovetailed well into our bowling calendar.
“Some of the ladies’ team had already been members of the club. They had been playing on a municipal green before and when we were approached to play at our club we were happy to agree.”
Tonight Blackpool Subscription Club ladies are away to Norbreck.