Elland and Rastrick Mixtures (Viv Smith, Dave Pollard, Roger Stopford and Rod Greenwood) were looking to upset Nomads (Philip Holroyd, John Armitage, Gareth Coates and Keith Hatzer) in their quest for another title. The two captains started the match and Stopford made Hatzer struggle all the way but Hatzer just got home 21-16. In the second game Armitage was never in it as Greenwood romped to a 21-6 win, a bad day at the office for the Nomad. The game between Smith and Holroyd went in bursts, Smith led by three; Holroyd was in front 3-6, back came Smith to lead 8-6 then was down 8-10. This continued through the teens but when Smith led the jack out at 19-15 you thought the game was over but Holroyd counted two pairs and two singles to wrestle the game back from the brink. In the final game Pollard was four across with Coates but seven pairs to the Nomad put paid to any idea of a victory that Pollard may have had, Coates going on to record a 21-5 win. 13-16 the final result and Nomads left to watch what their near rivals had done.
Hanging Heaton (Dean Scarth, David Armitage, Steve Pinfield and Ian Smith) took on their rivals Cleckheaton Sports (Richard Bentley, John Ineson, Dave Marshall and Ian Poutney). Smith was paired with Marshall in the first game, both players experiencing good runs recently. Smith led 6-2 and 7-3 before Marshall fought back and went in to the lead at 10-7, not to be out done Smith counted two pairs for 11-10 before Marshall went on to 15-11. Smith only counted two more chalks before Marshall wrapped it up 21-13. In the second game Armitage counted a pair at the first end but Poutney built a solid break to lead 11-2. Armitage never recovered from this, finishing with ten. Scarth and Bentley were nip and tuck throughout their game but Bentley held the jack at the right time and recorded a 21-15 win. In the final game Pinfield and Ineson were level at eleven across and it was Pinfield who finished the stronger going on to take the game 21-13. Sports 17, Heaton 12.
Crosshills (Rod Bastow, Kevin Burnett, Barry Turnbull and Ken Brenkley) were looking to take some points out of leaders Clayton (Bev Shutt, David Moore, Tony Riley and Alan Peel) and close the gap. The first three games were all close but all went the way of the newly promoted Crosshills, Bastow beating Peel to seventeen, Burnett beating Moore to eighteen and Turnbull beating Shutt again to seventeen. In the fourth and final game Brenkley led Riley 8-5, Riley responded with two singles but never scored again as Brenkley ran out. Final score Crosshills 20, Clayton 10 and Crosshills now lying fifth have an outside chance of the title if they can win their games in hand.
The last game saw Sowerby West End (Simon Leeming, Lorraine Hirst, John Sharp and Mick Skwarek) play Lindley Libs (Daniel Bousfield, Richard Saunders, Mark Sykes and Pete Hopkinson). Hirst led Saunders early doors but from nine across Saunders took control and eased out to a 21-12 win. Sharp fell behind 12-5 and 17-12 as Bousfield tried to assert his advantage but Sharp came with a wet sail to steal the game 21-18. Skwarek and Sykes had a close game and from fifteen across Skwarek moved on to a winning position at 19-15 but Sykes scored six unanswered points to clinch the game 21-19. In the final game Leeming led Hopkinson 12-4 and 17-7, going on to win to twelve. Baz's SWE just got home 16-15 and would take over at the top again following Clayton's poor showing.
In this week’s Plate games Asa Briggs (Trevor Kendall, Don Harrison, Malcolm Isles and Ken McCafferty) were matched with Lindley B C (John Allen, Ken Ellis, Steve Haigh and Geoff Price). There was a win for Asa's Isles with Ellis, Haigh and Price replying for Lindley, 10-16 the final result. Rastrick (Alan Standing, Ann Heley, Paul Lowry and Doug Hewat) were paired with high flying Bronte’s (Martyn Benson, Tony Harris, Derek Pollard and David Hemsley) looking to bounce back to the Shield at the first attempt. With all winners Bronte’s did their promotion chances no harm. Standing with twenty and Lowry with nineteen were best for Rastrick in their 20-10 defeat. Kirkheaton (John Green, Brian Parker, Walter Morgan and Stuart Goddard) did battle with Silsden (Lee Hicks, David Beardsworth, Derek Metcalfe and Alan Hughes). Beardsworth, Hicks and Hughes were all winners for Silsden and Morgan replied for Kirkheaton. Cleckheaton Sports (Kath Icke, Geoff Thornton, David Griffiths and Joyce Ellis) were against another team looking to bounce straight back to the Shield as they played Greetland (Gordon Bradford, Pete Lea, John Beverley and George Simpson). Greetland matched their closest rivals, Bronte’s, as they too had all winners, Griffiths with twenty and Thornton with nineteen were best for Sports, 20-12 the final result.
The Saturday Vase fixtures started with top versus bottom as Mirfield Old Bank (Brian Scarth, Walt Morgan, John Green and Mel Stradling) took on Bronte’s (Tony Harris, Debbie Hosty, David Hemsley and Derek Pollard). The score line went with the league positions as Old Bank provided three of the four winners in Green, Scarth and Morgan, Hemsley replying for Bronte’s, 17-11 the final score. Second placed Hanging Heaton (Steve Pinfield, David Armitage, Ian Smith and Steve Wainwright) played fourth placed Cleckheaton Sports (Greg Hutchinson, Paul Fincher, John Ineson and Dave Marshall) and 17-12 was the score, Heaton matching the leaders. Pinfield, Armitage and Smith were Heaton’s winners Wainwright going down to the average topping Marshall. Fifth placed Spen Victoria (Adam Ward, Barry Firth, Graham Goodall and Brian Thompson) got the better of the inconsistant third placed Moldgreen Machine (Craig wood, Andy Hoult, Trevor Atkinson and Andy Wike) 17-15. There were two winners each with Spen having the better scoring losers. The final game saw All Stars (Lynda Drury, Marie Lockwood, Carole Harpin and Linda Gledhill) go down 15-17 to Ackroyden Victoria’s Dabbers Boys (Mick Uttley, Martin and Joel Steele and David Avery).
In the Saturday Trophy It was tight at the top, only three points separating the top four teams. Long-time leaders and now third, Hove Edge Marauders (Paul Audsley, Alan Standing, Andy Bairstow and Lynne Hobson) played current leaders Cleckheaton Sports (Geoff Thornton, Stuart Johnson, David Griffiths and Reuben Taylor). Marauders provided all four winners to take maximum points, Griffiths with nineteen was best for Sports in their 20-7 defeat. Second placed Luddenden (Judy Cockroft, Claire Broadbent, Mick Skwarek and Andy Gallagher) played fifth placed Shipley B C (Bernie Criddle, Sharon & Mike Gadd and A Healey) and drew 16-16, two winners each. Fourth placed Drighlington (Ann & David Billington, Derek Goor and Josh Gamble) played Shroggs Park (Bob Hey, Michael Murray, David Craven and Chris Meade Jnr). With all four winners Drighlington took the game 20-6, Murray the best for Shroggs with 16. The final game was Leftovers (Alan Downing, Mary Hemsley, Gordon Cox and Ben Cox) from Oxenhope against Elland W M C (Pete Wright, Pat Cleary, Alan & Keith Whalley). With two winners each, Downing and Hemsley for Leftovers and Keith Whalley and Wright for Elland the final score was 16-15.