The Leonard Berry Floodlit

A cracking start to the new season this week with the L.W.Berry floodlight competition. A good entry of 26 on the Wednesday evening played down to the last 4 who bowled for the title on Friday evening.


The competition included the new handicapping. No minus handicaps for this season and the highest handicap will be plus 6. Eliminates those possible long games where a minus 7 plays a plus 8. Handicaps and the dates of the remaining competitions will be on the notice board by the end of the week. Let's support the club competitions and aim to get your name on the boards of fame in the club.


Weather was not too bad - bit damp at the beginning on the Wednesday but really mild for the finals night. Thanks to those who came to support the finals night, it would have nice to see more support though.


The qualifying rounds produced one or two thrashings including 21-2. If you were on the end of one of these then the only way is up from here.


Up and coming Jordan Hare had a close match versus the eventual finalist Lynn Hobson. He was leading all the game up to 15-12 but Lynn provided a strong run in to finish 21-17 victor.


Rob Haydock seemed to have the game in the bag against eventual winner Kenny Barker. Winning the jack at 16-20 down he got on a roll to find himself 18-20, one on at the end with Kenny bowling short yet again. Rob bravely went for the two chalks to bring him to all but across with the jack in hand. However he collided with Kenny's short bowl to promote it towards the jack - game over.


Malcom Thorpe played well. He had a cracking and long game v Chris Greenwood winning 21-20. He then came up against new member Simon Leeming ( without shorts - it must have been cold!). Malcolm led Simon 15-10 after being 10-5 down. Simon then had a run to lead 17-15. Malcolm hit back then to lead 19-17 but lost the jack to Simon. One telling end saw Simon next to the jack and Malcolm's first ball past the jack. Simon then had to hold his breath as Malcolm so nearly produced a match winning last wood, narrowly missing the jack which would have pushed the jack onto his through bowl to count game with a 'doublaaaay'. Simon then victor 21-19.


Quarter final results;


L. Hobson 21 v G. Jackson 20 - Jacko coming back from 18-13 down, bowling well.

K. Barker 21 v S. Leeming 18 - Simon producing a fantastic run from 20 -11 down.

L. Barker 21 v P.Binns 9 - debutant Phillip Binns playing well through previous rounds.

J. Ekins 21 v D. Franz 18 - Jean playing really well coming back from 18-15 down.


Semi - finals;


K. Barker 21 v L. Barker 20 - a family affair no love lost. Louis 11-3 up, Kenny back to 11 across. Louis on another run to lead 16-11. Kenny dug in despite his disgust at a wayward 'in off' by grandson. 19 apiece Louis won the right to be 20-19 up with jack in hand but a short lead let Kenny in who counted a doublaaaay to win the match.


L. Hobson 21 v J. Ekins 14 - Result not reflecting Jean's efforts. In the game and in front at 12-11 but then Lynn found a mark and got on a roll with Jean only interrupting to score her third doublaaaay of the match at the 20th end. Jean I am sure proud of her performance in this comp and great to see.




K. Barker 21 v L. Hobson 14 - Kenny raced off to an 11-4 lead only for

Lynn to win the jack and pull it back to 11-9 game on. Kenny then had a spurt himself and the 18-9 gap was just too much for Lynn to pull back.


Well done Kenny - first comp winner for the new season. Kenny has put a firm message out especially to his son Jason. He is going to claim his Number 2 comp crown back after relinquishing this to Jason last season. The challenge is on to us all!


Comp sheet and finals cards will be on the notice board this week for all to see.


Up The Edge and remember 'We bowl for The Edge for glory'.


Captain Obvious - aka The Gas.



Final Tuesday 2016-2017

The Tuesday Competition reached its conclusion after a week of catch up. Nomads (Gareth Coates, Scott Haynes, Keith Hatzer and Philip Holroyd) needed eight points to wrap up another title as they faced Clayton (Tommy Harney, Tony Riley, Bev Shutt and Hedley Kettlewell) although lying third, needed points to avoid relegation, so close was the table. Holroyd collected four points as he went down 19-21 to Riley who took the five points. Hatzer claimed all five points as Harney took four in another 21-19 game. Coates was always behind from four across in his game with Kettlewell and from 11-14 Kettlewell made a break of six to reach all but from where the wheels fell off. Coates crafting a break under pressure of ten to run out, claiming the game by the closest of margins. In the final game Haynes went behind to a pair at the first end in his game with Shutt but he levelled at the second end and was never behind again, going on to win 21-6. Nomads 19 Clayton 14.

Spen Victoria (Brian Thompson, Gerald Bromley, Les Mitchell and Barry Firth), already relegated, battled hard against Sowerby West End (Lorraine Hirst, Simon Leeming, John Sharp and Baz Morgan) eventually going down 16-17. There were wins for Mitchell and Firth, Hirst and Leeming replying for Sowerby.

Elland and Rastrick Mixtures (Dave Pollard, Trevor Heley, Viv Smith and Roger Stopford) needed to put one over Hanging Heaton (Ian Smith, Steve Pinfield, Dean Scarth and John Watson) to give them a sporting chance of staying. Heaton taking all twenty points were now looking at the runners up berth, Heley was best for Mixtures with eighteen.

Crosshills (Kevin Burnett, Ken Brenkley, Barry Turnbull and John Parkin) were seven in front of Hanging Heaton at the start of the day so needed to match their twenty as they lined up against Cleckheaton Sports (Richard Bentley, Paul Fincher, John Ineson and Dave Marshall). Crosshills only managed one win, by Captain Brenkley, in their 12-17 defeat and their chance looked to have gone.

There were two extra games being played this week to catch up weather postponements so Sowerby West End watched on nervously to see if they could hang on to second spot where they currently sat.

Crosshills (Kevin Burnett, Ken Brenkley, Barry Turnbull and John Parkin) started badly against Hanging Heaton (Ian Smith, Steve Pinfield, Dean Scarth and John Watson) who appeared to be thriving on the pressure. Scarth and Smith giving Heaton a 10-3 buffer as the second pair went on. Pinfield brought Turnbull off to single figures and Watson counted three points with his eighteen against Brenkley, the only winner for Crosshills. 18-9 the final score, and second place for Hanging Heaton.

Mixtures (Rod Greenwood, Trevor Heley, Viv Smith and Roger Stopford) were fourteen points behind Cleckheaton Sports (Richard Bentley, Paul Fincher, John Ineson and Dave Marshall) as they went on for the final match which would decide the second relegation place, it looked a big ask for the Mixtures. Heley brought Bentley off to single figures – 5-1, Greenwood had a 21-11 victory over Marshall – 10-3. Was the great escape on? Stopford got the better of Ineson 21-16, which made it 15-6. Fincher steadied the ship for Sports with a 21-16 victory over Smith and a good win for Mixtures 18-11 but it wasn’t enough to avoid the drop.

Full results for the week were:-

Mixtures                              06                           Hanging Heaton           20

Nomads                               19                           Clayton                          14

Spen Victoria                     16                           Sowerby West End          17

Crosshills                             12                           Cleckheaton Sports         17

Mixtures                              18                         Cleckheaton Sports         11

Hanging Heaton                   18                           Crosshills                        09


In the Plate Greetland (Mick Shaw, Pete Lea, Ken Fleming and George Simpson) finally secured their return to the Shield with a 20-5 victory over Asa Briggs (Don Harrison, Graham Pearson, Trevor Kendall and Ken McCafferty). Lindley B C (Geoff Price, John Allen, Robert Taylor and Mick Thornton) kept their hopes of second spot alive as they overcame Rastrick (Donald Booth, Paul Lowry, Doug Hewat and Terry Leach) 20-12, Rastrick hoping their twelve would be enough to avoid the wooden spoon. Bronte’s (David Hemsley, Martyn Benson, Derek Pollard and Tony Harris) went on against Cleckheaton Sports (Kath Icke, Janet Inness, Joyce Ellis and David Griffiths) knowing they needed fifteen points to secure second place and Cleckheaton knowing they needed thirteen points to avoid the wooden spoon. A full house for Bronte’s secured their return to the Shield, Griffiths with 20 was best for Sports as they counted nine points which would leave them at the bottom.

Pellon (Alan Moore, Paul Firth, Peter Steele and David Agnew) played the closest game of the day against Silsden (David Beardsworth, Lee Hicks, Derek Metcalfe and Peter Bailey). With two winners each the final score was 16-15.


Full results for the week were:-

Greetland                           20                           Asa Briggs                                            05

Pellon                                   16                           Silsden                                                  15

Lindley B C                          20                           Rastrick                                                12

Cleckheaton Sports             09                           Bronte’s                                               20

The Final Tuesday March 7th 2017

The Final Tuesday March 7th 2017



Nearly There

The Tuesday competition is coming to a conclusion and Nomads (Gareth Coates, Scott Haynes, Keith Hatzer and Philip Holroyd) moved nearer to clinching another title as they beat Spen Victoria (Brian Thompson, Gerald Bromley, Les Mitchell and Barry Firth) 17-14. Coates going down 21-12 to Thompson was their only set back, although Hatzer and Haynes didn’t have it all their own way in tight games. Holroyd and Firth were ten across in their game before Holroyd asserted his authority went on to win to twelve.

Full results for the week were:-

Mixtures                              14                           Spen Victoria                     18

Nomads                              16                           Crosshills                           14

Hanging Heaton                 15                           Lindley Libs                       14

Sowerby West End            14                           Cleckheaton Sports           15

Clayton                              12                           Lindley Libs                        18

Nomads                             17                           Spen Victoria                     14


In the Plate Greetland (Gordon Bradford, Pete Lea, Ken Fleming and George Simpson) remain on track for a swift return to the Shield Competition as they overcame Pellon (Alan Moore, Paul Firth, David Gowing and David Agnew) 19-10. The only point dropped was by Captain Fleming, who in a very tight game took the initiative at eighteen across to lead, all but eighteen only to concede a pair and a single to Gowing, the Pellon skipper, for a 20-21 result.

Full results for the week were:-

Greetland                           19                           Pellon                                   10

Bronte’s                               15                           Kirkheaton                          15

Silsden                                 18                           Rastrick                             09

Greetland                            13                           Lindley B C                          15

Cleckheaton Sports            13                           Pellon                                   17