Champs start with whitewash

Alwin Guide for Sowerby WE on Wednesday
Alwin Guide for Sowerby WE on Wednesday

Halifax League champions Brighouse Sports made a statement of intent by beating visitors Asa Briggs A 12-0 on the opening night of the 2014 season.

In gloomy conditions on Wednesday, Richard Hobson’s side surged to a 210-136 success with Hobson, Josh Mordue and Rob Winfield winning to single figures.

Elland WMC, narrowly denied another title by Brighouse last year, had a 9-3 home success against Hill Crest.

Robert Hitchen won 21-6 and John Armitage 21-9 but Phil Chalkley, Mark Barnett and Philip Holroyd struck blows for the visitors in a match which finished 197-151.

Division One: Luddenden Foot A 8 Todmorden Park 4 (179-168), Elland WMC A 9 Hill Crest 3 (197-151), Brighouse 12 Asa Briggs 0 (210-136), Crossroads A 9 Mytholmroyd A 3 (186-151), Siddal 3 Clayton 9 (165-195), Sowerby West End 10 Hove Edge 2 (192-138).

Division Two: Akroydon Victoria 9 Heptonstall 3 (197-140), Greetland 9 Elland C & BC 3 (197-138), Hill Crest B 3 Stainland 9 (160-197), Oxenhope 10 Crossroads B 2 (201-125).

Moorside’s withdrawal from Division Three of the Halifax evening league on Monday forced league chiefs into action.

The defection of the former Illingworth Libs side came just a week after Asa Briggs B had dropped out, leaving the section with only nine teams.

It meant the remaining sides faced a programme with lots of byes, so it was decided not to promote Ripponden- who finished third in the section last year - after all.

Wednesday’s games in Division Three were called off while league secretary Malcolm Edmondson formulated a new third division fixture list.

The Division Three programme will now start on April 16 along with those in the three lower divisions.

Division Two sides will now have a bye when they were due to play Ripponden.

Division Three sides will follow the fixture programme of the lower divisions on the official fixture card.

Ripponden are at number two in place of Asa Briggs, Denholme at number seven in place of Moorside and sides playing number 11 now have a bye on those weeks.

The qualifying round of the Halifax Association’s Rose Bowl, sponsored by The Tower House, takes place on Thursday, April 10 (6.30).

Last year’s Rose Bowl and Ewart Lord finalists Brighouse Sp, Akroydon Victoria A, Hipperholme and Sowerby West End B have byes.

Draw: King Cross (55) v Luddenden Foot (40) at Akroydon Victoria, Pellon (50) v Ripponden (55) at Luddenden Foot, Bradshaw B (90) v Sowerby T & BC (80) at Hill Crest, Mytholmroyd (25) v Todmorden (25) at Elland WM, Elland WM (50) v Old Town (50) at Sowerby, Greetland (40) v Heptonstall (55) at Pellon, Akroydon Victoria B (70) v Siddal (30) at Mytholmroyd, Hill Crest A (30) v Greenroyd (55) at Hipperholme, Hove Edge (40) v Sowerby West End A (30) at Greenroyd, Asa Briggs A (30) v Bradshaw A (60) at Sowerby West End, Halifax (80) v Hill Crest B (50) at Kingston, Kingston A (45) v Kingston B (85) at Siddal.

Yorkshire Ladies have a pre-season match against the Civil Service at Hove Edge BC today (2.0).

Entries are still being taken for the Hove Edge Easter Monday competition on April 21.

There is a limited entry of 64 with play starting at 10am. Entry is £5 with prize money of £150. Entries to Sheila Whiteley on 01484 769979.

Les Holmes retained the Halifax BC Indoor League’s John B Dunn Shield after a dramatic final against Paul Gill which went to an extra end.

There was a contrast in approaches with Holmes a veteran of many finals and master of the “short jack” up against Clayton skip Gill, having his first experience of bowling down the centre of the rink in a final.

Gill won the toss and off a maximum length jack took the first end. It was 7-7 starting the eighth end, where Holmes knocked Gill’s scoring wood out of the head and ran the jack into the ditch to score four.

Holmes led 12-9 going into the final end but Gill bowled three superb bowls off a long jack to force a deciding end.

Holmes won the toss, bowled a short jack and held two before Gill knocked both out to hold shot.

With his last bowl Holmes showed why he is the defending champion as he ran the jack into the ditch to hold shot and Gill was short with his final wood.