VALLEY Boys are Tuesday Evening Pairs champions in Halifax BC’s indoor leagues after an exciting climax to the season.
Arthur Robinson and Keith Hanson lost their 100 per cent record when they took on Brigands (Mary Moore and Stuart Andrews) but an 8-8 draw was enough to give them the title against opponents who also finished unbeaten, but were left to rue dropping a point to B & J (Barbara Gee, Joyce Shaw).
Early play was even at 3-3 with Robinson favouring long marks against Moore’s medium length jacks.
With Brigands lying two shots their skip Andrews inexplicably knocked off his team’s scoring woods to give Valley Boys the shot, for them to go into a 4-3 lead.
Moore and Andrews put that behind them, Moore leading to her usual high standard and receiving good support from Andrews to lead 8-7.
At the last end Moore bowled a two inch wood behind the jack. Hanson, with his last wood, rose to the occasion and bowled a perfect wood to finish one inch from the jack.
Third place is yet to be decided with Stuart’s Hardware, B & J and Virgos all in the running.
Sowerby are Wednesday Afternoon champions with Bradshaw second and Hebden Hotshots third. Hawthorns and Illingworth are the two teams to miss out.
Bradshaw (John Wedgwood, Jack Flaherty, Newman Fawley and Colin Horsfall) proved too strong for Likely Lads (Eileen Dovernor, Sheila Holbrook, Peter Grant, Jeff Dovernor).
At the second end Bradshaw scored eight shots and they followed up with a four a couple of ends later to run out 19-10 winners.
Hebden Hotshots (Brian Gunnell, Peter Drinkwater, Arthur Robinson, Wendal Adams) and Hawthorns (Bernard Farrar, Malcolm Edmondson, Barry Wright, Ernie Morris) both finished with 15 points but Hotshots had a better points difference and take the third spot.
In their final games, Hotshots beat bottom club Falstaffs (D. Thorpe, P. Walker, F. Smith, E. Bleasdale) by 19-3. Hawthorns needed a big win to beat Hotshots’ points difference, but were held to a 12-4 win by the other leading team, Illingworth (Pat McDonnell, Harold Maude, John Stewart, Derek Cawthra).
Madlams (Malcolm Griffiths, Stewart Baker, Mick Walker) caused one of the upsets of the season as they came from behind to beat leaders Clayton (Tony Riley, Paul Kaye, Paul Gill) in the Thursday Evening Triples.
Clayton led a tight game 11-9 going into the last end. Madlams were holding four shots before Clayton skip Gill bowled a brilliant wood to take shot. Madlams skip Walker knocked out Clayton’s scoring wood and Gill was short with his final wood for Madlams to win 13-11.
Clayton are still favourites to win the league as they have a game in hand on Madlams, who are also on 19 points.
Arriva Les Holmes, Mark McGorlick, Dale Holdsworth) are one point behind the top two.
Phoenix David Atkinson, David Ogden) have moved into top spot in the Friday Evening Pairs.
Muleas (Malcolm Griffiths, Pat Helliwell) found Hilltoppers (Tim Coleman, Michael Hutchinson) in sparkling form. Coleman led superbly and Hutchinson saved and then bowled in for additional shots when required. Hilltoppers won 11-10.
MONDAY AFTERNOON FOURS: Yorkies 15 Triers 6, K9s 20 JABS 4, Rabbits 9 Denholme Dodgers 20, Four Seasons 12 G 2 + A 2 15, No Hopers 17 Fair of Face 15.
MONDAY EVENING FOURS: Patacakes 10 Madlams 5, Julie’s Jugglers 7 Madlams 26, Patacakes 17 Avengers 13, Spartans 19 Phoenix 7.
TUESDAY EVENING PAIRS: B. Strings 4 Double D 11, B. Strings 6 Roils 8, Valley Boys 8 Brigands 8, Webbo’s 4 Brookley 6, Roils 3 Hit and Miss 11, The Newbies 4 Virgos 14.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FOURS: Hawthorns 12 Illingworth 4, Vandals 12 Bluebells 10, Falstaffs 3 Hebden Hotshots 19, Yorkies 13 Just Fours 8, Sowerby 9 Springers 9, Likely Lads 10 Bradshaw 19.
WEDNESDAY EVENING FOURS: Blue Moon 8 Clayton 25, Hopefuls 12 DHSS 12, Arriva 36 The Rockets 8, Flying Scots 8 The Halls 16.
THURSDAY EVENING TRIPLES: SID 23 ETC 6, Phoenix 11 Arriva 20, Madlams 19 ETC 8, Clayton 11 Madlams 13, Hit and Miss 9 Snap Crackle and Pop 22.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON TRIPLES: Rum Lot 9 Hebden Hotshots 12, TGIF 18 Barron Knights 17, Friends 11 DWRs 15, TGIF 12 DWRs 22, Patacakes 20 Hebden Hotshots 7, Rabbits 8 Rum Lot 22, Friends 31 Barron Knights 7, Sowerby 15 G2 + 1 12, Friday Girls 9 The Halls 20.
FRIDAY EVENING PAIRS: Phoenix 13 B & J 7, On the Move 8 Hilltoppers 13, B & J 5 Muleas 19, Phoenix 11 G. Men 10, Phoenix 14 B & J 1.
The indoor prize presentation is on Friday, April 8 (7.30).
Halifax BC invites anyone who would like to learn how to bowl to come to their six week coaching course, beginning on Monday April 4 (10.30).
The club runs 26 teams in the Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire Parks, Hebden Royd, Halifax and Halifax Senior Ladies leagues. There is social bowling and practise most mornings, league bowling in an afternoon and evening and club competitions on some Saturdays and Sundays. More details from Marion Reynolds. (01422 257977).