Coates wins merit title

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Gareth Coates won yesterday’s marathon Halifax Association Men’s Merit competition at Luddenden Foot.

The Akroydon Victoria player was a 21-9 winner over Holmfield’s Paul Smyth in the final after nine hours of action.

Ripponden Park made the most of their 34 start to beat Asa Briggs 235-221 in Friday’s Ewart Lord Trophy final at Elland WMC.

Darren Griffiths and Jack Hargreaves won through to the July 14 final of the Complete Packing Services Hill Crest Classic on Saturday night.

Several Calderdale bowlers helped defending champions Yorkshire reach the semi-finals of inter-county championship yesterday.

The white rose side won by 446-394, aided by wins for Ian Booth, Graham Hickey and Robert Hitchen.