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Final-day drama as Pudsey A snatch title
West Riding Merit winner Chris Mordue, left, with Ian Wilson, vice president, Richard Stockdale, runner-up, and David Arnold, secretary
Pudsey A were crowned champions of the Naylor Premier League for the second time after an impressive 26-4 final-day win over closest rivals Crossgates.
It was the visitors who started with a four-point advantage knowing they had to score 14 points to take the title but it was Pudsey who dominated the match to win the league in style.
Chris Hatton (21-8) and Liam Griffin (21-9) were the pick of the home winners.
Pudsey Littlemoor A and Shipley Club A were involved in a tussle of their own at the bottom.
After Shipley carded a 20-10 win over Littlemoor in a rearranged game on Friday evening, it was Shipley who held a seven-point advantage going in to Saturday’s games.
Littlemoor entertained already relegated Eccleshill B but struggled to a 19-11 win, helped by a superb 21-1 from Paul Jacques. Shipley Club beat Clayton A 27-3 to secure their place in the top flight, with John Preston’s 21-5 the pick of nine home winners.
Whitkirk beat rivals Pudsey B 17-13 to win the Godwin League in only their second season in the Bradford League. Whitkirk will certainly shock a few clubs next year at home but may find it difficult on the road.
Wyke A finished the season with nine successive victories to pip Pudsey B to promotion, including a narrow 17-13 final-day away win, which confirmed Hove Edge’s relegation and brought them to within a point of champions Whitkirk.
Wyke had recruited well pre-season but started the season badly, losing three out of their first four games, but they turned it around in style to make it to the Naylor Premier League for the first time. Relegated with Hove Edge were Pudsey Littlemoor B, who made it a miserable season for the Pudsey club.
Horsforth entertained Drighlington knowing an unlikely 29-1 win would see them pip Drighlington to the title. However unlikely it was, Horsforth gave it a good go but fell just short, as they managed an impressive 27-3 victory, thanks to James Crosland (21-4) and Simon Chaffer (21-5).
It would have been unfair on Drighlington, captained by Lisa Rice, who were deserved champions losing only two games all season. Relegated were Hightown and Blakes Albion, who both had disappointing seasons.
Audenshaw’s Graeme Wilson won the £5,300 Brighouse Classic for the third time with a 21-13 victory against recent Waterloo runner-up Wayne Ditchfield (Eccleston).
Wilson also defeated the Waterloo champion, Andy Buckley, 21-11 in the semi-final, to follow impressive victories over Darren Griffiths and Gary Ellis. In the other semi-final, Ditchfield beat Liverpool’s Steve Davies 21-11.
Chris Mordue (Pudsey) was the winner of the West Riding Merit after defeating Richard Stockdale (Eccleshill) 21-16 in the final. Eight bowlers contested the finals, which were held at Hightown Club.
Mordue opened up with a comfortable 21-7 win over Joel Abdy (Rastrick), before a 21-15 success over Richard Crowther (Spen Victoria) saw him through to the final. Stockdale made it through to the final with the same scores against Mick Maguire (Spen Victoria) and Alan Broadbent (Rastrick).
The Four-a-Side KO will take place on Sunday. Information will be sent to clubs once venues are confirmed. Any club wanting to enter should contact John Preston on 07460-851570 no later than tomorrow.