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Bowls and football hit by weather

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Yesterday’s heavy rain caused frustration for local bowlers and footballers last night.

The Halifax Bowling League season was due to get under way but secretary Jason Leeming estimated that around half of the 22 matches in the top four divisions been called off.

Soggy conditions don’t often cause bowls postponements and Leeming said it was “quite unusual” for the opening programme to be so badly hit.

“It doesn’t usually chuck it down or snow as much as it has recently,” he said.

The poor weather didn’t stop Division One champions Elland WMC from beating visitors Mytholmroyd BC 12-0.

There were also 8-4 home wins for Crossroads A, against Stainland Park, and Hill Crest A, against Asa Briggs, in the top section.

Leeming said it was hoped postponed games could be played on Monday or Thursday next week before other leagues got into full swing.

The league has been hit by the withdrawal of Akroydon Victoria B and there are also fears that Laurel Crescent may have to drop a team due to a shortage of players.

Meanwhile, all five games in the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL were called off due to waterlogged pitches, adding to league fixture secretary David Rattigan’s headaches.