FIVE clubs applied to field an extra team in the Mid-Cheshire Bowling Association for a new season following the league’s annual meeting earlier this month.

Delegates had voted in favour of admitting three on the night, including newcomers Great Budworth who have been allocated a place in Section Three.

Meanwhile Hartford, who intimated they would drop from two sides to one, have changed their mind.

They will join six of the new teams in a 10-strong Section Five along with Davenham D and Tarporley B.

Castle B and Meadowbank A have been promoted to the Premier Division, taking the place of relegated duo Crosstown A and Frodsham Red Lion B.

After a vote by members in favour of amending the rules, the two teams stepping up to the top-flight will continue to pick 12 players to represent them every Friday.

The league’s special council agreed on the constitution for 2019 during a meeting last week.

A first round of fixtures is scheduled for April 26.

How they line up for the 2019 season

Mid-Cheshire Bowling Association

Premier Division: Alsager; Castle A; Castle B (P); Comberbach A; Crewe PO; Frodsham RL A; Hop Pole A; Meadowbank A (P); Middlewich CC; Rudheath A; Wharton Cons A; Wharton Cons B.

Section One: Comberbach B; Crosstown A (R); Davenham A; Frodsham RL B (R); Frodsham RL C; Helsby; Kelsall A: Owley Wood A; Rudheath B; Tarporley A (P); Wharton Cons C (P); Winsford Cons A.

Section Two: Barnton CC A; Comberbach C (P); Coppenhall WMC; Crosstown B; Hop Pole B; Moulton RBL A (R); Owley Wood B (P); Rudheath C; Sandbach Park (R); Winnington A.

Section Three: Davenham B; Great Budworth (N); Hazel Pear A (R); Helsby B (P); Limes; Lostock Graylams; Meadowbank B; Norley A; Owley Wood C; Wharton Rec A (R); Winsford Cons B.

Section Four: Barnton CC B (R) ; Castle C; Crowton; Cuddington; Davenham C; Delamere (R); Hartford A; Moulton RBL B; Rudheath D; Winnington B.

Section Five: Barnton CC C (N); Castle D (N); Comberbach D (N); Davenham D; Hartford B; Norley B (N); Owley Wood D (N); Tarporley B; Tarporley C (N); Wharton Rec B (N).

Key: (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated; (N) New team