Defending champions and current leaders Nomads (Gareth Coates, Phil Holroyd, John Armitage and Keith Hatzer) started the New Year with a game against Greetland (Gordon Bradford, Mick Shaw, Pete Lea and Barry Sugden). The first game couldn’t have been closer as Bradford led Coates for most of the game only for Coates to come back and clinch the game 21-20. Holroyd led Shaw 4-1 but was behind 11-13 where Shaw stuck as Holroyd moved out to 19-13. Shaw managed three more chalks before Holroyd finished it off for a 21-16 win. Hatzer was off to a flier against Lea, counting the first six points before Lea countered with three singles. Hatzer moved on to lead 15-4 and while Lea scored another three Hatzer wasn’t about to let it slip, running out a 21-7 winner. In the final game Armitage fell behind early on and never recovered as Sugden took the game 07-21 and a final match score of 16-13.
Lindley Libs (Pete Hopkinson, Mark Sykes, Daniel Bousfield and Richard Dickinson) were paired with Hanging Heaton (John Watson, Dean Scarth, Ian Smith and Graham Hirst) and after the game the Batley side would move above the Huddersfield team in to second place. Scarth started the ball rolling bowling the corners superbly and keeping Hopkinson to single figures. Bousfield struck back for the Libs starting well against Smith as he went into a 10-05 lead. They were level at twelve and Smith led at 15-16 but Bousfield was back in front 18-16 from where Smith appeared to have made the decisive break and led 18-20 only to see his opponent count a pair and a single to snatch the game 21-20. In the third game Sykes and Hirst exchanged points early on until Sykes made a six break to lead 17-12 but Hirst came back with a four break. Sykes counted three singles to reach all but only to see Hirst score two pairs and a single and take the game 20-21. In the final game Dickinson counted a pair at the first end but that was the only time he was in front as Watson mastered the conditions and ran out a winner to single figures. A final match score of 10-19.
Crosshills (Kevin Burnett, Ken Brenckley, Rod Bastow and Barry Turnbull) played Clayton (Alan Peel, Ian Johnson, Tommy Harney and Tony Riley) and after seeing teams above them losing had a chance to improve their position on the league ladder. Bastow hit the ground running as he led Riley 15-02 and went on to win to eight. Harney and Brenkley had an altogether much closer game, trading points to thirteen across, then Brenkley led 18-14 but they were level again at nineteen and again at twenty. It was the Clayton man who scored the final chalk to record the narrowest of victories 20-21. Burnett was behind at 09-15 and 11-17 and Johnson looked in control. Burnett dug deep and hit the front at 19-18 only to concede a single and a pair to go down 19-21. Turnbull was behind to Peel 07-11 but then a break of twelve had him leading 19-11 from where Peel couldn’t recover, finishing with sixteen and a match score of 18-14.
The final match of the afternoon was Bronte’s (Tony Harris, Martyn Benson, Fred Rothwell and David Hemsley) matched up with (Sowerby West End (John Sharp, Baz Morgan, Shirley Dillingham and Lorraine Hirst) both teams needing the points to move away from the bottom of the table. The Harris and Sharp game was a bit of see saw affair, Sharp leading 05-09 and then Harris in front 11-09, until Sharp made a ten break to lead 11-19. Harris did count a further seven to finish with eighteen. Benson and Hirst exchanged early points until Benson made the decisive break to win 21-13. Rothwell led Dillingham 13-06 and 15-08 but Dillingham hit back with a twelve break to reach all but. Rothwell responded and himself reached all but only to concede a single at the next end and go down 20-21. The final game of the afternoon saw Hemsley run out from 08-07 to take the points in his match against Morgan. 17-13 the final match score.
In the Plate Mirfield Old Bank (Kevin Morton, Dave Sharp, John Green and Brian Scarth) took on Silsden (Andy Welch, David Beardsworth, Allan Hughes and Paul Outhwaite) both teams on the fringe of the promotion places. Morton was beaten by Welch, 21-10 and the next two games both finished 21-20. Outhwaite beating Scarth and Sharp beating Hughes. The final game saw Green on the wrong end of a 21-17 game against the reliable Beardsworth. Silsden taking the match 19-14 and would finish the day in third place with Old Bank moving up to fourth.
Pellon (Alan Moore, Robert Walker, Paul Firth and David Gowing) in need of points to move away from the bottom end of the table were matched with Asa Briggs (Graham Pearson, Malcolm Isles, Trevor Kendall and Paula Graham) who were sitting in third. Asa started the better as Isles beat Moore to single figures and Pearson beat Firth to fifteen. Things didn’t improve for Pellon as captain Gowing lost 21-18 to Kendall but Walker saved the dry rub with a 21-16 victory over the debutant Graham. With a match score of 11-18 Asa Briggs moved up to second in the table.
Cleckheaton Sports (Jayne Bradley, Joyce Ellis, Dave Griffiths and Janet Inness) finished the day with their match against Rastrick (Donald Booth, Keith Richards, Alan Standing and Doug Hewat). Ellis and Griffiths were winners for Sports and Richards and Standing replied for Rastrick. Rastrick took the match 17-13 as Booth finished with 20.