Eccleshill is ideal venue for Yorkshire semi-final

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Phil Dowgill has qualified for the Brighouse Classic Phil Dowgill has qualified for the Brighouse Classic

Eccleshill will be Yorkshire’s home venue when they play Birkenhead in the British Parks Senior Team Championship semi-final on Sunday (2pm), with the away match taking place at the Lever Club.

The powers that be took stick for the choice of venue in the last county match at Heckmondwike but have made a good decision for the last four.

Eccleshill’s green is in terrific condition and will hopefully help Yorkshire, who will be looking for plenty of support, to a home win.

The other semi-final sees South Yorkshire play Greater Manchester.

Home team (at Eccleshill) – James Davison (Eccleshill), Tony Green (Hollies S & SC), Paul Hillam (Eccleshill), Rob Whitfield (Brighouse Sports), Chris Mordue (Pudsey), Mick Smith (Pudsey), Danny Fountain (Brighouse Sports), Harry Seehra (Spen Victoria), Mark Regan (Spen Victoria), Paul Gill (Clayton), Tom Hanson (Pudsey), James Hanson (Pudsey).

Away team (at the Lever Club) – Craig Hebbard (Pudsey Littlemoor), Andy Tate (Clayton), Paul Bowes (Pudsey), Danny Towning (Pudsey Littlemoor), Paul Rooks (Eccleshill), Andy Gilroy (Eccleshill), Dave Hilliam (Pudsey), Ian Jacques (Shipley Club), Peter Clark (Cross Roads), Neil Nicholson (Pudsey), Richard Stockdale (Eccleshill), Neil Mylan (Eccleshill).

The latest qualifiers in the £5,300 Brighouse Classic, sponsored by Naylor Wintersgill (Chartered Accountants), were Graeme Wilson (Audenshaw) and Phil Dowgill (Clayton). Wilson beat Simon Walder (Spen) 21-8, while Dowgill defeated Huddersfield’s Jack Dyson 21-16. The action continues on Friday (6.30pm).

Draw: Danny Barwise (Liverpool) v Matt Kelly-Walley (Burton), John Spinks (Pudsey) v Andy Mitchell (Thornhill), Brian Hill (Chesterfield) v Gerald Merry (Tarporley), Lee Heaton (Preston) v Mally Fowler (Ladyhill), Paul Chamberlain (Swadlincote) v Carl Doyle (Ramsbottom), Dean Ferris (Manchester) v John Metters (Preston), Graham Hunt (Conwy) v Andy Hodgson (Pudsey), Steve Davies (Liverpool) v Andrew Spragg (Chesterfield).

Danny Petcher (Derbyshire) and James Davison (Eccleshill) were the latest qualifiers in the Yorkshire Building Society Pudsey Classic.

Petcher was in superb form, qualifying with ease, with wins over Lee Brown (Stoke) 21-12, Phil Cookson (Cheshire) 21-11 and John Hanson (Preston) 21-3, drawing number 11 on finals night. Davison, meanwhile, qualified after beating Richard Lawrence (Rawdon) 21-11, David Poole (Dearne Sports) 21-10 and Steven Gilroy (Crossgates) 21-12, drawing number eight on finals night.

Qualifying continues on Saturday, with Keith Hall (Eccleshill) looking to make it to finals night again.

Andy Buckley (Chadderton) and Chris Mordue (Pudsey) were week six qualifiers of the Spen Masters, sponsored by P & I Hopkins (Butchers). Buckley beat Simon Coupe (Preston) 21-16 in the final qualifying game, drawing number 16 on finals night. Mordue, who drew number five, beat Ryan Clark (Sheffield) 21-20 in his final game. Qualifying continues on Saturday, with Andy Hodgson (Pudsey), the only Bradford League player in action.

Yorkshire ladies play Shropshire on Sunday in the semi-final of the British Parks County Championship.

The home match is to be played at Lockwood Cons, with the away match at Newport. If Yorkshire progress, they will play the final on Sunday, September 22 at the Waterloo in Blackpool. The Waterloo Cup is played the previous day for losing semi-finalists.

Home team (at Lockwood Cons) – Lynn Carter (Cowcliffe Libs), Karen Gant (Meltham), Marie Lockwood (New Mill), Linda Gledhill (New Mill), Diane Radcliffe (Lockwood Cons), Karen Whitefoot (Marsh Utd), Lynda Drury (New Mill), Alicia Ormsby (Meltham), Katy Atkinson (Marsh Utd), Suzi Ladbrooke (Lockwood Cons), Julie Mallinson (Outlane), Suzanne Howarth (New Mill);

Away team (at Newpor)t – Joanne Ellis (Skipton Craven), June Johnson (Ossett Flying Horse), Irene Turner (Cranmore), Amanda Hagen (Ossett Flying Horse), Karen Hill (Hanging Heaton), Debbie Davis (Pudsey), Lisa Rice (Harold Club), Laura Middleton (New Mill), Alexis Lunn-Gadd (Morton House), Sharon Gadd (West Park), Jacqui Roper (Meltham), Andrea Buckley (New Mill); Saturday is the closing date for the David Ike Robinson Memorial Handicap, which takes place at Ladyhill on Monday, August 26.

Juniors under 16 wanting to enter should contact Norman Lickley on 01943-884323.

Shipley Club are to run an indoor bowls league (30 foot carpet), starting in October. Teams are to be made up of eight players (four pairs) and cost to enter is £40 per team. They are looking for 12 teams to fulfil the format, with all monies paid back out, including a first prize of £240. Anyone interested should contact John Preston at johnapreston@btinternet.com.

Tickets are now on sale for the Bradford League Presentation Evening, which will be held at East Ward Labour Club on Thursday, November 28. Clubs wanting tickets, priced at £4, are available from Maurice Carter (01274-664705).

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