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Tuesday 18th December

Week six in the Shield commenced with The Mixtures of Rastrick, Cowcliffe and Elland (Andy Balmforth, Trevor Heley, Derek Hewitt and Viv Smith) matched with Cleckheaton Sports (John Ineson, Paul Fincher, Ian Poutney and Richard Bentley). Mixtures looking for maximum points as they chased leaders Clayton. Smith got the Rastrick side off to a good start as he beat Bentley to eighteen. Heley was off to a flier against Fincher leading 10-4 and 13-7 but from there Fincher took control and ran out with a break of fourteen. Balmforth and Poutney were nip and tuck all the way Poutney just getting home 21-17 to put Sports in the lead. Hewitt, as he often does, steadied the ship in a close game but one that he was always in front as he beat Ineson 21-18. A match result of 15-16.

Mirfield Old Bank (Walt Morgan, Brian Scarth, Dave Sharp and Mel Stradling) against Nomads (Phil Holroyd, James Senior, Steve Rothwell and John Armitage).

Crosshills (Dave Rankin, Rod Bastow, Kevin Burnett and Barry McCourt) played fellow strugglers Greetland (Ken Fleming, Mick Shaw, Gordon Bradford and Pete Lea)

The final game in the Shield was Hanging Heaton (Alan Thompson, Malcolm Preston, Ian Smith and Graham Hirst) and Clayton (Alan Peel, Hedley Kettlewell, Ian Johnson and Paul Gill).

 

The opening game in the Plate was Rastrick (Graham Hall, Donald Booth, Keith Richards and Alan Standing) against Asa Briggs (Trevor Kendall, Malcolm Isles, Graham Pearson and Don Harrison). Captain Hall was first up against Asa captain Harrison, it was a tight game up to thirteen across from where Harrison edged in front and went on to win 21-16. Booth started well against a below par Pearson and went on to win to single figures. Standing and Kendall were close all the way to thirteen across from where Standing edged in front and managed to hold on as Kendall came back but went down 21-18. The final game of Richards and Isles swung the game back in the Queensbury clubs’ favour as an out of sorts Richards struggled against the accurate leading of Isles going down to single figures.

Cleckheaton Sports (Janet Inness, Kath Icke, Dave Griffiths and Joyce Ellis) struggled against the inform Sowerby West End (Andy Wike, John Sharp, Lorraine Hirst and Shirley Dillingham).  

Pellon (David Agnew, David Gowing, Mark Bolton and Robert Walker) and Bronte’s (Fred Rothwell, Derek Pollard, Dave Hemsley and Martyn Benson)

Leaders Spen Victoria (Les Mitchell, Barry Firth, Brian Thompson and Gerald Bromley) dropped three points as Lindley B C (Tony Lockwood, Tony Booth, Simon Anderson and Steve Haigh) provided two of the four winners. Firth beat Booth and Mitchell beat Lockwood with Anderson and Haigh the Lindley winners.

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Tuesday 11th December 2018

Week five in the Shield commenced with Greetland (Ken Fleming, George Simpson, Gordon Bradford and Pete Lea) looking for improvement against leaders The Mixtures of Rastrick and Elland (Roger Stopford, Trevor Heley, Derek Hewitt and Viv Smith). Bradford started the ball rolling with a 21-11 victory over Smith, unfortunately for Greetland he was to be their only winner. Fleming with nineteen was best of the rest. Mixtures continue their run with a 17-13 win.

Cleckheaton Sports (John Ineson, Paul Fincher, Ian Poutney and Richard Bentley) played Hanging Heaton (Alan Thompson, Malcolm Preston, Ian Smith and Graham Hirst) in a mid-table battle. There were wins for Bentley and Fincher with Thompson and Smith replying and a 14-15 overall score reflected their positions.

Under performing Crosshills (Barry Turnbull, Rod Bastow, Kevin Burnett and Barry McCourt) played fellow strugglers Mirfield Old Bank (Walt Morgan, John Green, Kevin Morton and Mel Stradling), with only a point separating the teams both needed the win. McCourt was just pipped by Morgan but Burnett levelled the scores as he beat Green. It was the final pair of Mirfield who were both winners that pulled off the victory for Old Bank 18-14.

The final game in the Shield was table topping Clayton (Alan Peel, Hedley Kettlewell, Ian Johnson and Paul Gill) against Lindley Libs (Richard Dickinson, Mark Sykes, Richard Saunders and Mike Lee). As has happened in previous weeks Clayton didn’t have it all their own way. Kettlewell and Lee were level at eight across but the Clayton man ran out to record a 21-8 win. Peel was always in front in his game with Saunders and finished a 21-10 winner. Johnson led Sykes 11-7 but they were level at sixteen, from where Johnson went on to win 21-19. Gill was in front 13-4 but Dickinson turned it round and went in front at 16-15 but Gill finished the stronger to record a fourth Clayton win 21-17. A match result of 20-10 which didn’t really reflect the game.

 The opening game in the Plate was Lindley B C (Tony Lockwood, Marie Lockwood, Linda Gledhill and Steve Haigh) against Rastrick (Graham Hall, Donald Booth, Ann Heley and Alan Standing). With two winners each and a 13-14 score line both teams would remain mid table.

Silsden (Derek Metcalfe, Alan Hughes, Andy Welch and David Beardsworth) only had one winner against Bronte’s (Fred Rothwell, Derek Pollard, Dave Hemsley and Martyn Benson) in their 12-16 defeat.

Spen Victoria (Les Mitchell, Barry Firth, Kevin Wood and Gerald Bromley) one of this year’s title contenders played local rivals Cleckheaton Sports (Janet Inness, Elaine Binns, Dave Griffiths and Jayne Bradley). Spen did their championship chances no harm as they had all four winners, Binns was best for Sports with nineteen. “A bad day at the office” as Inness the Sports Captain commented.

 Sowerby West End (Andy Wike, John Sharp, Lorraine Hirst and Pat Skene) another team with eyes on the championship were matched with Pellon (David Agnew, David Gowing, Mark Bolton and Paul Firth). Wike lost to eleven against Gowing in the first game but Sharp levelled it up with a 21-11 win over Bolton. Hirst won to single figures as Firth struggled without the jack. The best game of the afternoon was Skene against Agnew. Skene led 9-3 and 11-7 but Agnew was in front at 16-11 only for Skene to turn it round again and hit the front 17-16. Agnew counted two singles to lead yet again, Skene countered with a pair and a single to put her in a winning position 20-18. Agnew wasn’t done and three singles took him to game 21-20. With two winners each West End just took the match 16-12 to preserve the last unbeaten record in the Plate.

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Saturday 8th December 2018

Week four of the Saturday League started with Mytholmroyd (Shaun Frewin, Mark Jeffries, Shane Greaves and Paul Fisher) sitting joint top having a thumping win over Moldgreen (Andy Hoult, Pete Wike, Andy Bairstow and Craig Wood) who have not yet reproduced the form of last year. The valley boys provided all four winners with Wood and Hoult best for the Huddersfield side both counting seventeen. 20-10 the final result.

The second early game had two mid table sides trying to close the gap on the leaders. Drighlington (Charlie Wood, Dave Billington, Ann Billington and Derek Goor) had a shaky start as Mirfield (Mel Stradling, Brian Scarth, Terry Varney and John Green) had the first two winners with Scarth putting one over Dave Billington, 21-16. While Ann Billington was going down 21-13 in her game with Stradling. The Drig second pair turned it round in the second half as Goor turned over Green 21-15 and Wood beat Varney 21-16, Drighlington 15, Mirfield 16, a result that did neither side much good.

Defending champions Hanging Heaton (Ryan Mitchell, Ian Smith, Steve Wainwright and Alan Mitchell) currently leading the table played Shipley Club (Chris Wilson, Dave Bland, Sharon Gadd and Paul Wilczynski) who were only a point behind. Ryan Mitchell got the leaders off to a good start as he ran out after being behind at 17-16 against Gadd. That was as good as it got for the leaders as Shipley provided the next three winners to take the spoils 18-13.

The final game in the Vase saw the bottom two on the ladder, Old Bank (K Terry, Kevin Morton, Dave Sharp and Duncan Terry) and Sowerby West End (Pat Skene, John Sharp, Baz Morgan and Geoff Price) drawn together. West End just edged it 18-14 with three winners, Sharp, Skene and Price, Morton the only winner for Old Bank and Terry carding twenty.

 

In the Saturday Trophy Coxenhope (Debbie Hosty, Gordon Cox, Lorraine Douglas and Alan Downing) were paired with high flying Luddenden (Claire Broadbent, Kay Lund, Brian Winrow and Mick Skwarek) who had Winrow on debut. The game went much as expected with Luddenden providing all four winners, Downing with fifteen was best for the losers.

What on paper looked to be the closest game to call was Hit & Miss (Lynn Hobson, Paul Lowery, Michael Briggs and David Avery) against King Cross (Terry Jackson, J Ashton, Gordon Dewhirst and P MacDonald) and so it proved. King Cross were off to a flier as Ashton beat Briggs to single figures but that was as good as it got for them as Hit & Miss provided the next three winners. MacDonald finished with twenty and the overall match result was 16-14.

The ladies that are the All Stars (Marie Lockwood, Linda Gledhill, Lynda Drury and Carole Harpin), all Yorkshire County players, played Drighlington 2 (Diane Hoole, Mark Smith, Dave Scott and Neil McPhail). All Stars had three winners and Lockwood carded twelve in her game with Scott. 17-8 the final result.

Another team with title ambitions, Cleckheaton Sports (A Walker, Dave Marshall, Jack Glazzard and Dave Griffiths) were matched with Shroggs Park (Peter O’Callaghan, Joshua Craven, Chris Meade Jnr and Mike Murray). Sports showed they mean business this time as they provided the first three winners, although Glazzard was turned over by Meade junior to stop the full house.

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