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Guiseley Open Winter Pairs up and running
Turnbull and Thornber overcame Stuart and Martin Wilson (Greengates) 21-8 in their first-round match.
The Silsden duo raced into a 16-0 lead and although their opponents made a spirited comeback, it was not enough to prevent a 21-9 exit.
Benson and Gilroy defeated Dave Clarke and Eric Cullingworth (Doncaster) 21-8 to set up a game against the Greengates pairing of Bob Jeffrey and Dave Rankin.
The Rufford pairing raced into a 9-1 lead, which they extended to 19-8 before a late flourish by Jeffrey and Rankin saw them finish with 14 points.
First round: Ryan Benson and Helen Gilroy (Rufford) 21, Dave Clarke and Eric Cullingworth (Doncaster) 8; Bob Jeffrey and Dave Rankin (Greengates) 21, Jack and Myles Summers (Asa Briggs) 6; Chris Mordue (Pudsey) and Josh Mordue (Brighouse Sports) 15, Phil Hill and Mark Holmes (Whirtkirk) 21; Stuart and Martin Wilson (Greengates) 8, Barry Turnbull and Alan Thornber (Silsden) 21. Second round: Benson and Gilroy 21, Jeffrey and Rankin 14; Hill and Holmes 9, Turnbull and Thornber 21.
The second round of qualifying takes place on Friday, with matches to be drawn on the night. Practice is from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Line-up: Andy Southwell and Stuart King (Asa Briggs), James Hanson and Andy Hodgson (Pudsey BC), Nigel Roper and Paul Jacques (Pudsey Littlemoor), Brenda Chaffer and Brian Dowling (Farsley), Andy Walker and Stuart Firth (Harold Park), Ken Lee and Luke Teale (Yeadon Park), John Benson and partner (Eccleshill), John Preston and Paul Wilczynski (Shipley Club).
* There are still spaces available in the Farsley Winter Pairs competition and anyone interested should contact David Beardsworth on 01132-573086 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
The qualifiers so far include: Tony Green and Terry Kelly (Crossgates), Chris Hight (Farsley) and Dave Norris (Yeadon Park), Simon Walder and Harry Seehra (Spen Victoria), Richard Stockdale and Adam Mellor (Eccleshill), Brian Thompson and Terry Crawford (Holbeck), Colin Hargreaves (Horsforth Hall Park) and Brian Dowling (Horsforth Woodside) and Phil Hill and Mark Holmes (Starbeck).
* Shipley Club now have an indoor bowls carpet in place and are still looking for teams to enter their indoor league. Anyone interested in entering a team, or any individuals wanting to be part of a team, should contact John Preston on 07460-851570.
* Clubs are reminded that tomorrow is the deadline for proposed rule changes and nominations for the bowler of the year award. These should be submitted to general secretary Diane Johnson.