Eccleshill proves wise choice of home venue as Yorkshire reach final (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Eccleshill proves wise choice of home venue as Yorkshire reach final
Yorkshire delivered a convincing win over Birkenhead to reach the final of the British Parks Senior Team Championship.
Eccleshill was a controversial choice for some, but the home venue proved very successful, with no negative comments about the green, which appeared to be in very good condition and running nicely. It was also pleasing to see over 40 spectators, in addition to the players.
Yorkshire made a good start in the first four, with the experienced Bob Whitfield (Brighouse Sports) and Tony Green (Whitkirk) posting comfortable 21-12 and 21-13 wins respectively.
James Davison (Eccleshill) stood in for the holidaying Gary Wike (Pudsey) at No 1 and pinched a 21-20 win, and the only blemish was a 21-16 loss for Paul Hillam (Eccleshill).
News from the first four in Birkenhead came through, with Yorkshire carding winners in Andy Tate (Clayton) and Danny Towning (Pudsey Littlemoor), both 21-20.
The losers, Craig Hebbard (Pudsey Littlemoor) and Paul Bowes (Pudsey), carded respectable scores of 18 and 20.
In the middle four, Yorkshire looked to put the pressure on their opponents.
Stalwarts Tony Riley (Brighouse Sports) and Mick Smith (Pudsey) put in very impressive knocks (21-6 and 21-9) to put Yorkshire in control, shortly followed by Harry Seehra (Spen Victoria) 21-13.
Barring a late collapse or a meltdown away, things were looking good for the white-rose boys.
More excellent news came through from Birkenhead – a 21-11 win for Dave Hilliam (Pudsey) and, even more impressively, a 21-7 from Paul Rooks (Eccleshill).
Then Tom Hanson (Pudsey) raced into a 15-0 lead, his opponent eventually carding four.
Mark Regan (Brighouse Sports) battled well to beat Birkenhead skipper Nigel Hughes 21-14 and, despite the late losses for Paul Gill (Clayton) 13-21 and James Hanson (Pudsey) 17-21, Yorkshire were assured of a comfortable win and a place in the British final on September 15 against Greater Manchester.
However, Yorkshire Ladies failed in their semi-final of the British Parks County Championship, losing 432-442 to Shropshire, despite carding more individual winners.
Yorkshire put up a good performance away at Newport, carding six winners, losing the aggregate by only 16.
It was the home match at Lockwood Cons that cost Yorkshire, winning the aggregate by only six chalks, despite carding seven home winners.
Rain before the game in Huddersfield was more helpful for the visitors, who now progress to the final on Sunday, September 22, while Yorkshire take on North Shropshire in the Waterloo Cup the previous day.
Scores from Lockwood Cons: Lynn Carter (Cowcliffe Libs) 15-21, Karen Gant (Mel-tham) 13-21, Marie Lockwood (New Mill) 21-17, Linda Gledhill (New Mill) 21-16, Diane Radcliffe (Lockwood Cons) 21-20, Karen Whitefoot (Marsh Utd) 21-13, Lynda Drury (New Mill) 21-14, Alicia Ormsby (Meltham) 21-14, Katy Atkinson (Marsh Utd) 16-21, Suzi Ladbrooke (Lockwood Cons) 21-15, Julie Mallinson (Outlane) 11-21, Suzanne Howarth (New Mill) 18-21. Yorkshire 220, Shropshire 214.
Scores from Newport: Joanne Ellis (Skipton Craven) 16-21, June Johnson (Ossett Flying Horse) 4-21, Irene Turner (Cranmore) 21-20, Amanda Hagen (Ossett Flying Horse) 13-21, Karen Hill (Hanging Heaton) 21-13, Debbie Davis (Pudsey) 14-21, Lisa Rice (Harold Club) 21-18, Laura Middleton (New Mill) 21-17, Alexis Lunn-Gadd (Morton House) 20-21, Sharon Gadd (West Park) 21-17, Jacqui Roper (Meltham) 21-17, Andrea Buckley (New Mill) 19-21. Yorkshire 212, Shrop-shire 228.
Craig Gant (Netherton Cons) and Andy Farmer (Sheffield) were the week four qualifiers in the Yorkshire Building Society-sponsored Pudsey Classic.
Gant defeated Harry Seehra (Spen Victoria) 21-18 in the final qualifying game, while Farmer beat Darren Plenderleith (Tamworth) 21-13 to make it through to finals night.
Qualifying continues on Saturday, with practice from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.
Saturday’s full draw: Craig Newton (Lower Hopton) v Andy Webb (Ossett Flying Horse), Alec Byrnes (Ladyhill) v Darren Smith (Derbyshire), Chris Hill (Sheffield) v Ian Booth (Lower Hopton), Steve Copeland (Greater Manchester) v Clay Flattley (Shropshire), Paul Bailey (Sheffield) v Ged Smedley (Manchester), Mark Hughes (Crossgates) v Derek Wright (Shropshire), Chris Slater (Colwyn Bay) v Rob Wiltshire (Netherton Cons), Mike Geraghty (Lloyds) v Andy Milsom (Derbyshire).
Holder Callum Wraight (Shrewsbury) begins his defence of the £5,300 Brighouse Classic, sponsored by Naylor Wintersgill (Chartered Accountants), on Friday, with a tough opening game against Yorkshire star Thomas Hanson (Pudsey).
Other local bowlers in action are Ian Shaw (Pudsey), who opens with a potentially difficult contest against Andy Cairns (Rossendale), Eccleshill duo Mick Angus and Richard Stockdale and Alec Byrnes (Ladyhill).
The latest qualifiers were Preston’s Lee Heaton, who defeated Danny Barwise (Liverpool) 21-9, and Steve Davies (Liverpool), who beat Dean Ferris (Manchester) 21-8.
Friday's full draw (6.30pm start): Roy Nicholson (Halifax) v Mike Riley (Mold), David Walker (Scholes) v Richard Goddard (Shrewsbury), Andrew Cairns (Rossendale) v Ian Shaw (Pudsey), Mick Angus (Eccleshill) v Danny Ratcliffe (Huddersfield), Alec Byrnes (Ladyhill) v Gareth Nicholson (Halifax), Gerwyn Davies (Wrexham) v Andy Judson (Shrewsbury), Thomas Hanson (Pudsey) v Callum Wraight (Shrewsbury), Debbie Farmer (Sheffield) v Richard Stockdale (Eccleshill).
The 2013 Whitkirk BC Open was won by Yorkshire ABA county bowler Mark Hughes (Crossgates BC), who beat Andy Mailer (Sheffield) 21-10 in the final on Saturday in Leeds.
Hughes made it through to the final with wins over Allan Thompson (Mirfield Old Bank) 21-19 and Liam Griffin (Pudsey) 21-17, while Mailer progressed with wins over Gary Foulkes (Ossett Flying Horse) 21-19 and Kieren Smith (Crossgates) 21-18.
Clayton A were crowned Thurston League champions for the fourth successive season, on Monday evening, following a 26-0 demolition of Royd House A, pipping Ladyhill A after they slipped up 16-10 at Shipley Club A.
A full report on the Monday Evening League will appear in next week’s Telegraph & Argus.
Entries are still being taken for the David Ike Robinson Memorial Handicap at Ladyhill on Monday.
Juniors wanting to enter who are under 16 on August 26 should contact Norman Lickley on 01943- 884323.
Tickets are now on sale for the Bradford presentation evening at East Ward Labour Club on Thursday, November 28.
Tickets, priced £4, are available to clubs from Maurice Carter, who can be contacted on 01274- 664705.
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