Calderdale moved to the top of the Sixty-Plus Yorkshire League, promoted by the Federation of Crown Green Bowls and hosted by East End BC in Leeds, with a convincing 8-2 win over bottom team, Worth Valley B.
However, those two dropped points could prove vital at the end of the season as Barnsley/Wath, although in mid-table at the moment with two matches in hand, are producing good results and even at this early stage the meeting between them and Calderdale scheduled for August 5 could be a title decider.
Les Holmes (Holmfield) continued his winning ways with his fifth win from the five games he has played courtesy of a 21-11 result. However, top scorer on the day was Viv Smith (Elland C&BC) with 21-10 for his fourth win in five.
Scores: Worth Valley B (127) 2 Calderdale (158) 8: Warren Burnett (Craven) 17, David Warburton (Myth BC) 21; Colin Bilney (Lund Park) 11, Les Holmes (Holmfield) 21; Maurice Haley (Denholme) 15, Clifford White (Akroyd V.) 21; Rob. Lightowler (Denholme) 16, Michael Skwarek (Oxenhope) 21; Alan Dowling (Denholme) 21, Peter Copley (Myth WM) 15; Winifred Wortley (Keighley) 16, Roger Stopford (Elland CB) 21; Anne Coppen (Steeton) 10, Viv. Smith (Elland CB) 21; Eric Holmes (Bingley) 21, John Hamer (Sowerby WE) 17.
Calderdale 5 5 0 36
Leeds B 5 3 0 30
Worth Valley A 5 3 0 29
Doncaster A 5 2 0 23
Barnsley/Wath 3 3 0 23
Leeds C 4 2 0 21
Doncaster B 5 2 0 19
Leeds A 5 0 1 16
Worth Valley B 5 0 1 14
The Sowerby Bridge Association’s John Blackburn Youth Trophy competition will this year be played on Saturday, August 6th, at West End BC, commencing at 6.00pm.
The competition, believed to be the first competition for young bowlers when launched, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and , to mark the occasion, will have an increased prize fund.
The competition is again sponsored by Mr Philip Chandler and entries can be made by contacting Alan Dean, Tracey Atkinson or Ian Ryding.