Bowls: Winning start for newcomers

THERE was mixed luck for the four new teams in the Monday Afternoon Fours section of the indoor league at Halifax Bowling Club.

Two of the teams who have swelled the numbers in the section to 12 faced each other with Fair of Face (Geoffrey Harrison, Sandra Bates, Jean Lees and Bronwin Bannon) taking on Luddites from Luddenden Foot BC (David Stinton, Arnold Winter, Ray Wolsey and Peter Richardson).

The sides were locked together at 6-6, 8-8 and then 12-12 going into the final end. However, Fair of Face snatched the spoils by 14-12 as Bannon and Lees bowled woods near the jack.

Fellow newcomers JABS (Michael and Sandra Hutchinson, Ann Oates and Barbara Crompton) faced the experienced Ripponden side Triers (Kathleen Hay, Paul Holroyd, Eddie Hirst and John Palmer).

Triers led throughout and took an 8-7 advantage into the final end before JABS skip Michael Hutchinson bowled two scoring shots to give his side victory and leave Ripponden to reflect on what they felt should have been a first win of the new campaign.

The fourth new team, Denholme Dodgers (Eileen Davernor, Tim Coleman, Ray Fearnley and Jeff Davernor), came up against the autumn league winners G2 + A2 (Barbara Gee, Arthur Robinson, Alan Fleming and David Gee).

G2 + A2 were in sparkling form, their lead player Barbara Gee taking the mat up the rink to bowl almost the minimum mark and her team ran out 20-4 winners.

One of the top teams in the Thursday Evening Triples, Phoenix, welcomed young Martin Atkinson, who joined dad Ian and grandad David.

Phoenix, who finished runners-up in the Autumn league, found themselves up against a strong Madlams trio and Mick Walker, Stuart Baker and Pat Helliwell ran out 17-8 winners.

However, David Atkinson and his regular partner David Ogden got off to a winning start in the Friday Evening Pairs as they came out on top 19-4 over On the Move (David Hall and Joyce Shaw).

Newcomers TNT (Peter Grant and Neil Mort) found themselves on the wrong end of a 18-5 reversal against Hilltoppers (Michael Hutchinson, Tim Coleman).

B & J (Bob Hogg and Jim Woods) got off to an excellent start as they came out on top by 15-11 against the experienced BGs (Eric and Bea Grant).

In the other game in the Friday Evening Pairs, Lynda and Pat Helliwell stood in for Sue and Malcolm Griffiths and beat G.Men (Geoff Mitchell and Malcolm Edmonson) by 15-5.

The club are looking for entries for the Mick Vine Spring Pairs, a mixed four wood pairs knockout competition. Competitors should sign the entry sheet in the indoor bowling hall.


MONDAY AFTERNOON FOURS: K9s 26 Yorkies 6, No Hopers 6 As & Bs 13, Luddites 12 Fair of Face 14, Triers 8 JABS 9, G2 + A2 20 Denholme Dodgers 4.

MONDAY EVENING FOURS: Julie's Jugglers 5 Phoenix 12, Spartans 24 Avengers 7, Hit and Miss 15 Madlams 6.

TUESDAY EVENING PAIRS: Webbos 1 Valley Boys 11, B & J 9 B.Strings 3, Double D 3 Stuart's Hardware 10, Brigands 12 Brookley 2, Hit and Miss 8 Virgos 12.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FOURS: Vandals 4 Hawthorns 19, Yorkies 19 Falstaffs 7, Likely Lads 8 Sowerby 9, Illingworth 11 Bluebells 5, Springers 8 Bradshaw 11, Hebden Hotshots 15 Just Fours 7.

WEDNESDAY EVENING FOURS: Arriva 14 The Halls 4, Hopefuls 8 Rockets 14, Blue Moon 6 DHSS 12, Flying Scots 1 Clayton 32.

THURSDAY EVENING TRIPLES: Phoenix 8 Madlams 17, Clayton 22 Snap Crackle and Pop 6, SID 9 Arriva 15, Hit and Miss 10 ETC 17.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON TRIPLES: Patacakes 25 Rabbits 8.

FRIDAY EVENING PAIRS: TNT 5 Hilltoppers 18, Phoenix 19 On the Move 4, B & J 15 BGs 11. Muleas 15 G.Men 5.

John Dunn Over 50s 4 Wood Knockout Shield singles draw: Pat McDonnell bye. Malcolm Edmondson v Les Holmes, Bea Grant v Elspeth Hartley, Sheila Holbrook v Con McGinley, Tim Coleman v Alan Blower, David Agnew v Eric Grant, Derek Finch v David Atkinson, Peter Grant v Brian Baker, Michael Hutchinson v Pat Helliwell, Andy Speechley v Keith Holbrook. The first person in the pair to contact their opponent to arrange the game. To be played before the end of January.