Bradford defeated Halifax 32-24 in the Yorkshire Veterans Inter-District League to make it two wins out of two.
It was a disappointing home result at Peel Park, with four winners each, but Graham Oliver 21-9 and Nino Esposito 21-10 ensured Bradford won the aggregate as they won the home match 16-12.
News came through that Bradford had also won the away match at Sowerby Tennis & Bowling Club, winning the aggregate thanks to Tony Riley’s stunning 21-3 win.
Scores from home match at Peel Park – Graham Oliver (Clayton) 21-9, Rod Bastow (Eccleshill) 17-21, Ian Johnson (Clayton) 19-21, Derek Relton (Eccleshill) 21-17, Bob Baines (Pudsey Littlemoor) 21-17, Nino Esposito (Ladyhill) 21-10, David Bottomley (Crowghyll) 12-21, Ian Matthews (Eccleshill) 16-21 Bradford 148 (16), Halifax 137 (12).
Scores from Sowerby Tennis & Bowling Club – David Burns (Peel) 21-16, Tony Riley (Clayton) 21-3, Tommy Harney (Clayton) 5-21, Dennis Thorpe (Crowghyll) 15-21, Tony Walton (Crowghyll) 16-21, David Hodgson (Crowghyll) 21-11, Alan Peel (Crowghyll) 21-11, Gerald Bromley (Peel) 16-21. Bradford 136 (16), Halifax 125 (12).
The Yorkshire Parks Inter-City takes place tomorrow.
There are only seven teams this year, with four teams in Pool A, and three teams in Pool B.
The winner of each Pool will contest the final, which will be played at Rothwell BC at approximately 5.30pm.
Yorkshire Ladies went down to a 415-397 defeat against North Warwickshire in their second County Championship game.
It was a disappointing result, having won the home match at Linthwaite Hall by 46 chalks, carding nine home winners.
It was hard to take when news came through that the away team had lost by 64 chalks at Bedworth BC, despite securing four away winners on a difficult away green.
Yorkshire paid the price for too many single figure losses, having won 13 of the 24 matches.
Scores from Linthwaite Hall – Linda Gledhill 21-9, Carron McGrath 21-16, Karen Whitefoot 21-11, Suzanne Howarth 21-14, Chloe Ghaffer 21-18, Alicia Ormsby 21-10, Julie Best 17-21, Katy Atkinson 4-21, Diane Radcliffe 14-21, Suzy Ladbrooke 21-11, Julie Mallinson 21-12, Karen Gant 21-14. Yorkshire 224, North Warwickshire 178.
Scores from Bedworth BC – Alexis Lunn-Gadd 21-15, Lisa Rice 7-21, Dawn Bray 4-21, Helen Gilroy 19-21, Amanda Hagen 21-18, Laura Middleton 21-18, Rachel Quirk 21-18, Maureen Chambers 15-21, Nichole Farrar 7-21, Joanne Ellis 5-21, Sharon Gadd 17-21, Andrea Buckley 15-21. Yorkshire 173, North Warwickshire 237.
Entries are still being taken for the Junior Handicap, which takes place at Queensbury on Sunday, June 1 – for juniors under 16 on June 1. Anyone interested should contact Norman Lickley on 01943-884323.
Next Wednesday is the closing date for the Bradford Merit, which takes place at Spen Victoria on Sunday, June 8. All entries to Norman Lickley on 01943-884323.
It is with regret that Bowling C have had to withdraw from the Saturday Mellor League. Teams affected are Tyersal B, West Bradford B, Bradford Moor B, Queensbury C, Greengates C, Peel C, Oakenshaw B, Shelf B, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe B and Bailiff Bridge B.
Clubs should be aware that there has been a change in the venue for the Hospital Handicap, which takes place on Sunday, July 20. It will now be held at Hove Edge WMC.
The Yorkshire Crown Green Inter-District is this year to be played in the Aire-Wharfe area, and takes place on Sunday, August 17, as a one day competition.
Unfortunately it clashes with a Yorkshire Parks county match, which means most of the players who normally represent Bradford will be unavailable.
Rather than not enter a team, it has been decided to enter a team, giving other players a chance.
If you know of anyone who would like to be considered in representing Bradford, then please contact John Preston on 07460-851570.
The Yorkshire Cup, Henry Taylor Cup, Eric Hutchinson Memorial Trophy and Derrick Radley Cup reach the second round stage, with all games to be played on Saturday, Jun 7.
Draw for Yorkshire Cup – Sowerby Bridge Hillcrest v Spen Victoria A at Swillington Welfare, Pudsey Littlemoor v Lower Hopton WMC at Rufford Park, Pudsey BC v Milnsbridge BC at Hemsworth Welfare, Cleckheaton Sports A v Crossgates at Pontefract BC, Todmorden Park v Sandal BC at Almondbury BC, Eccleshill v Clayton West at Holbeck Ltd, Chapel Street BC v Clayton Victoria at Bradley & Colne, Cowcliffe Lib v Rastrick PSBC at Shepley BC, Canalside A v Lockwood Con B at Broad Oak BC, Kirkheaton Con v Marsh Utd at Linthwaite C & BC, Lockwood Con A v Cross Roads at Outwood WMC, Hanging Heaton v Thongsbridge A at Wakefield BC, Elland CA & BC v Brockholes BC at Almondbury Lib, Horbury WMC v Shipley Club at Brighouse Sports, Spen Victoria B v Skipton Broughton Road at Clayton Victoria, Netherton Con A v Swillington Welfare at Greengates.
Draw for Henry Taylor Cup – Shepley BC v Meltham BC at Outlane BC, Newsome BC v Wakefield Thornes at Spen Victoria, Borough BC v Kingston at Aberford, Broad Oak BC v Outwood WMC at Mirfield Old Bank, Canalside B v Roundhay Park at Wakefield Thornes, Bradley & Colne v Akroydon Victoria at Wibsey Park, North Cliffe Scarborough v Linthwaite Hall at Magnet Sports, Lindley BC v Mirfield Old Bank B at Sowerby Bridge Hillcrest, Springwood v Rothwell BC at Royds Park (Liv), Wibsey Park v Crosland Moor at Hightown SC, Hemplow v Cononley at Cleckheaton Sports, Thongsbridge B Linthwaite C & BC at Meltham, South Leeds Cons v Outlane at Ossett C & AC, Knaresborough v Hemsworth Welfare at Hollies S & SC, Paddock I & C v Smirthwaite at Slazengers, Lonbgwood BC v Thorpe Green at Cowcliffe Lib.
Draw for Eric Hutchinson Memorial Trophy – Whitby v Harold Park at Tadcaster BC, Magnet Sports v Meanwood Park at Eccleshill, Royds Park (Liv) v Rufford Park B at Whitkirk, Hollies S & SC v Bridlington Dukes Park at Thorner, Glasshoughton Welfare v Pudsey Littlemoor at Clayton West, Cranmore v Eccleshill at Thornhill C & BC, Sandal BC v Whitkirk at Millbridge Park, Lower Hopton WMC v Almondbury BC B at Kirkheaton C & BC, Morton House v Greengates at Hove Edge WMC, Cleckheaton Moorend v Brighouse Sports at Kirkheaton Con, Garforth Rec A v Ladyhill Park at Thongsbridge BC, Rufford Park A v Millbridge Park at Hipperholme & Lightcliffe, Hightown SC v Hipperholme & Lightcliffe at Oakworth, Oxenhope v Horbury WMC at Cranmore, Savile Park (Cas) v Hove Edge WMC at Drighlington Park, Horsforth Woodside v Drighlington Park at Elland CA & BC.
Draw for Derrick Radley Cup – Cowcliffe Lib B v Aberford at Pudsey BC, Slazengers v Horton Park at Lockwood Con, Thornhill C & BC v Cleckheaton Sports A at Rawdon Park, Longwood BC v Spen Victoria at Horsforth Woodside, Overthorpe Sports v Holbeck Ltd at Horton Park, Newsome BC v Wakefield BC at Birkenshaw Park, Almondbury BC C v Birkenshaw Park at Denby Grange, Milnsbridge BC v Tadcaster BC at Castleford Town, Dalton BC v Allan Park at Hanging Heaton, Skelmanthorpe Central v Ossett C & AC at South Kirkby MW, Almondbury BC A v Cowcliffe Lib A at Huddersfield RUFC, Castleford Town v Pontefract BC at Garforth Rec, Denby Grange v Akroydon Victoria at Canalside (front), Wayside v Lindley BC at Skipton Broughton Road, Almondbury Lib v Kirkheaton Con at Brockholes BC, Broad Oak B v Linthwaite Hall at Farnley Tyas.