Last year’s trophy pair level at half-way stage

Brighouse Sports and Elland WMC are locked together at the top of the Halifax League heading into the second half of the season.

Last year’s champions - Brighouse won Division Two and Elland again lifted the Division One title - both have 97 points after the opening 12 fixtures.

Brighouse lead on points aggregate and the pair have a handy 14-point advantage over third-placed Crossroads.

Elland took a two-point advantage over their rivals into Wednesday’s games but they were away - at Mytholmroyd BC - while Brighouse had green advantage over Asa Briggs.

In the end both could feel satisfied with their efforts, Elland winning 8-4 (188-152)and Brighouse coming out on top 10-2 (202-167).

Wendell Adams, Clive Austin, Roy Nicholson and David Warburton were Mytholmroyd’s winners while Graeme Wilson made a rare appearance for Elland and won 21-6 against David Wright while Martin Griffiths also won to single figures.

None of the Asa Briggs players were prepared to roll over at Russell Way - all scored at least 12 chalks - but all except Mark Regan and Tony Riley won for Brighouse.

Crossroads lost more ground when they went down 8-4 (196-166) at Clayton Victoria with Andrew Tate a 21-8 winner for the hosts.

Crossroads B are 21 points adrift at the bottom after being held 6-6 at home by Siddal.

Siddal only had four winners but they took the two aggregate points by 168-167 thanks particularly to Graham Hickey, Terry Ness and Stuart Forster, who won to single figures.

Sowerby West End are back in the top half of the table thanks to a 9-3 (192-168) win over Oxenhope while Hill Crest could only manage a 7-5 home win over Todmorden and remain too close to the foot of the table for their comfort.

Veterans league leaders Mytholmroyd suffered only a second defeat of the season when they went down 6-2 (113-108) at Sowerby WE last week.

West End B and Hipperholme will contest tonight’s Ewart Lord final sponsored by The Tower House Hotel at Hove Edge BC (6.45).

West End will be playing off 80 and Hipperholme off 70.

West End v Hipperholme (West End names first): M.Musgrove v J.Elliot, B.Morgan v C.Cox, D.Musgrove v R.Bernard, D.Greenwood v W.Murgatroyd, P.Nolan v A.Megson, S.Helliwell v M.Firth, P.Considine v S.Swallow, A.Suddick v D.Gordon, S.Richardson v J.Denham, R.Pilling v J.Drake.