Nomads win winter league title

Nomads with Hove Edge president Malcolm Yardley (centre)
Nomads with Hove Edge president Malcolm Yardley (centre)

Shield leaders Nomads lost to Hanging Heaton in the final week of the Hove Edge Winter League but did more than enough to take the title.

All four individual contests were close and Hanging Heaton won three of them to emerge 19-15 victors.

Heaton’s David Armitage beat Keith Hatzer 21-18 and J Watson sprung a surprise in the next, ending a run of four defeats with a 21-18 win over Nomads’ Philip Holroyd, who in his last six games had won four and lost to 20 in the other two.

That left the score 10-6 - already enough to ensure Nomads hung on to top spot.

Peter Jagger ended Gareth Coates’ bid to go through the season unbeaten with a 21-20 success in a superb display of bowling by both men.

Nomads finally got a win when Scott Haynes edged out Michael Armitage 21-20.

Greetland had beaten Elland 14-13 in the first game on the green, fighting back after Roger Stopford had beaten Ken Fleming 21-12.

Greetland’s Andy Speechley beat Tony Wilson by the same score.

Mick Shaw crushed Viv Smith 21-8 for Greetland to lead 12-8 but Elland’s Rod Greenwood was always in control against George Simpson, whose late surge took him into double figures and ensured victory for his side.

Clayton, on the back of three good results, must have been hopeful against Cleckheaton Sports but lost 17-9.

Alan Peel got Clayton off to a good start as he beat Bob Sutcliffe 21-14 but that was as good as it got for his side.

Bev Shutt went down 21-10 to the consistent Bob Icke, David Moore lost 21-7 to captain John Ineson and Greg Hutchinson beatTony Riley 21-8.

The Oxenhope derby was close with two winners each and an overall score of 15-14, Oxenroyd (G Halliday, D Hosty, I Smith & C White) taking the bragging rights.

Plate champions Kirkheaton Cons (B Parker, G Walker,K Broadbent & P Paxman) only beat Kingston (C Priestley, J Sharp, C Broadley & R Gray) 17-16. With two winners each, it was the extra point gained by Walker in making 19 that swung it the leaders’ way.

Rastrick (G Hall, D Hewat, A Heley & C Joyce) ) beat the ladies of Cleckheaton Sports 2 (J Inness, J Ellis, K Icke & A Watkinson) 16-13 and Crow Wood (I Maddox, PDenton, G Backhouse & G Habergam) went down 15-13 to Asa Briggs (G Pearson, D Harrison, GHeede & J Hargrave).

Hove Edge club president Malcolm Yardley presented the trophies and said he hoped the teams would come back in October.