Pellon pleasantly surprised to inflict first defeat on Brighouse

PELLON Social Club sprung the shock of the week in the Collett Halifax League, inflicting a first defeat of the season on powerful newcomers Brighouse Sports.

Pellon had won only one of their previous matches against the 100 per cent visitors, but they reversed the 9-3 scoreline from the meeting at Russell Way seven days earlier.

It was 3-3 after the first six matches had been completed on another wet Wednesday evening but Pellon won the remaining six contests, storming back in a few of them.

Keith Barker beat county away skipper Chris Mordue for the second week running while David Agnew came from a long way behind to get the better of Tony Riley.

Pellon bowling secretary Raymond Greenwood said: “It was unbelievable really.

“We though that if we got three or four winners we would have done well. Up to Wednesday the top scorers against them had got three and that was us.”

Greenwood thought one of Pellon’s losers had played a key role in ensuring the two bonus points went the home side’s way by a 193-184 margin.

Robert Walker had been due to play for the seconds at Hebden Royd but stepped up when there was a late withdrawal due to work commitments and he scored 15 against Rob Whitfield.

Greenwood said Pellon were not a team which went out recruiting players but usually did fairly well with the likes of Michael Dodd, David Craigie and Jimmy Biggins decent performers. “For the last four or five years we have always won some prize money,” he said.

In the top section, four of five matches resulted in away wins although Crossroads A were on familiar territory against their B team, repeating the previous week’s 8-4 scoreline.

The only home winners were champions Elland WMC who steadied their ship after a rocky start with a thumping 11-1 win over last year’s runners-up Hill Crest A, avenging the previous week’s 7-5 away defeat.

Philip Holroyd was Crest’s only winner, beating Martin Griffiths 21-15, while Ian Booth, Robert Hitchen and Peter Craig won to single figures.

Todmorden Park maintained their superb start to the season with a second successive drubbing of Hill Crest B. They followed up a 12-0 home win with an 11-1 away success, Ian Holden being their widest-margin winner with a 21-4 scorecard.

Clayton Victoria matched the previous week’s 9-3 result against hosts Siddal Park, who are finding it hard going following promotion, while Sowerby West End romped to a 9-3 win at Asa Briggs, aided by runaway successes for John Hamer (21-3) and Bernard Megson (21-4).

Division One: Asa Briggs 3 Sowerby West End 9, Crossroads B 4 Crossroads A 8, Elland WMC 11 Hill Crest 1, Hill Crest B 1 Todmorden Park 11, Siddal Park 3 Clayton Victoria 9.

Division Two: Akroydon Vics 1 Stainland Park 11, Greetland 12 Ripponden Park 0, Luddenden Foot 10 Kingston SC 2, Oxenhope 8 Elland WMC B 4, Pellon Social 9 Brighouse 3.

Veterans One: Greenroyd A 3 Mytholmroyd A 5, Hipperholme 7 Hill Crest 1, Laurel Crescent 2 Ripponden B 6, Soweby WE 8 Kingston Social 0.

Elland CA & BC Open qualifier (tomorrow): H. Seehra, A. Walder, R. Nicholson, G. Nicholson, C. Mordue, T. Riley, J. Derby, A. Spragg, D. Plenderlieth, P. Lamb, A. Sykes, B. Hill, M. Hughes, S. Pratt, D. Sillitoe, K. Nicholas.