Davison wins county title at Elland

JAMES Davison beat Thongsbridge BC clubmate Nicky White 21-13 in yesterday’s Yorkshire Merit finals in excellent conditions at Elland C and BC.

Davison, a member of the Yorkshire away team, came through the toughest half of the draw with some consistent high-class bowling.

White, in contrast, admitted he was not at his best but showed great battling qualities to make it to the final.

Paul Gill, who plays for Clayton in the Halifax League, reached the semi-finals before losing to White while Brighouse Sports’ Richard Hobson bowed out one round earlier.

They are among eight players who will represent Yorkshire in the all-England event at Owley Wood, Chershire on Saturday, July 28.

Siddal’s twice-winner Graham Hickey lost 21-18 to John Metcalfe in the first round, as did Halifax area qualifiers Philip Holroyd (to former Hill Crest teammate Hobson), Clive Austin and Mike Holden.

SCORES - last 32: J Hanson 21 I Ross 12, M Sweeney 21 W Holdsworth 17, T Hanson 21 I Howard 9, J Davison 21 I Shaw 13, M Atkinson 21 S Sigsworth 11, R Hobson 21 P Holroyd 13, C Austin 13 S Fisher 21, D Scott 21 A Ford 16, R Whitwam 9

D Lowe 21, S Gilroy 21 P Drinkall 17, D Beeby 14 A Heaume 21, A Thompson 11 P Gill 21, G Hickey 18 J Metcalfe 21, M Hughes 21 M Holden 10, N White 21 C Bradley 17, R Lunn 15 J Webster 21.

Last 16: J Hanson 21 M Sweeney 11, T Hanson 12 J Davison 21, M Atkinson 19 R Hobson 21, S Fisher 21 D Scott 13, D Lowe 14 S Gilroy 21, A Heaume 13 P Gill 21, Metcalfe 21 Hughes 15, White 21 Webster 19.

Quarter-finals: J Davison 21 J Hanson 9, S Fisher 21 R Hobson 12, S Gilroy 19 P Gill 21, J Metcalfe 14 N White 21.

Semi-finals: N White 21 P Gill 14, S Fisher 18 J Davison 21.