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20 June 2019
 

10-MAN LEAGUE
 

 

  GETTING CLOSER AT THE TOP 
It is almost two years since Lockwood Con A lost a home match - 3 July 2017 to be exact - but they came very close to it again this week in their Section 1 top of the table clash against Elland C&BC A. Losing the game count 3-4 but winning the aggregate by 7 points enabled our reigning Champions to close in on their opponents who continue to lead the table but now just by a single point. The closeness of this result enabled Meltham A to join the Con on 67 points after a 6-3 home win over Lindley Lib A. Longwood missed an opportunity to get really involved when losing 4-5 at home to lowly Waterloo and drop a place to fifth. Cowcliffe returned to winning ways after two defeats with a 6-3 away win at Netherton Con A and Golcar Lib A continued their good form with a fifth consecutive win this time 7-2 away at Milnsbridge A. Clayton West continue to feature in the higher ranks and a 7-2 away win at bottom team Almondbury BC A extended their winning run to four games. Crosland Moor had a second consecutive Section 2 defeat when going down 2-7 at Lindley BC A who extend their unbeaten home record to six matches this season. Despite that loss the Moor stay on top but now just by a single point from Thorpe Green who lost a great opportunity to go clear as they went down 3-6 at home to Broad Oak A. The meeting of the bottom two teams went the way of visiting Kirkheaton C&BC A with a resounding 8-1 win to condemn Skel Windmill A to a very bleak outlook as they remain bottom and are now 21 points from safety. Paddock I&C continue to set the pace in Section 3 with an emphatic 8-1 home win over a listless Brockholes B who took their losing run to five as a result. Slaithwaite continue to impress and a fifth consecutive win - this time 8-1 at home to Almondbury BC B - pushed them to one point behind second placed Bradley & Colne who had a 6-3 away win at Golcar Lib B. A fifth consecutive defeat for Outlane, 3-6 at Holmfirth A, leaves them one place above the relegation slots still occupied by Almondbury BC B and Primrose Hill Lib A. Canalside won, what may prove to be their last ever match on their own green, by 5-4 against second in the Section 4 table Marsh Utd B. That allowed leaders Lowerhouses to extend their lead to 7 points with a 7-2 home win over New Mill B. Ravensknowle Park A collected their second 9-0 win of the season this time against Netherton Con B and remain well in contention. The plot thickens at the foot of the table with the bottom three teams now separated by a single point and the clash of two of those teams saw Meltham C see off the Rugby Club 6-3 who end up in bottom place as a result. Milnsbridge B remain in the mix despite an excellent 5-4 away win at Thongsbridge B. The top two in Section 5 both had away wins this week and have a 10-point lead over the rest. Leaders Lindley BC B won 7-2 at bottom team Braod Oak B whilst Kirkheaton Con B edged the Kirkheaton Derby match 5-4 against the Cricket Club's B side. Wins for Marsh Lib, David Brown Sports, Hemplow B and Greenhead Park saw them stay clear of the bottom five who all lost this week.
Results   Tables

19 June 2019
   
  


 

 

  THE FUTURE OF CANALSIDE 
The future of the Canalside club and green is still very uncertain. The expectation is that the main club building will close to all parties on 30 June 2019. There is some hope that an extension of access to the green can still be negotiated but nothing has been firmed up to date. Tentative arrangements with another local club to transfer all the bowling teams to them is being progressed. If that goes ahead the likelihood is that the Canalside Veterans' team will play home matches on a Tuesday morning for the rest of the season. More updates as we get them.

19 June 2019
 


 

 

  OVER-80s QUARTER-FINAL NEUTRAL GREEN 
The next round of the Over-80s Knock-Out is the Quarter-Final stage and this will be held at Outlane on Friday 19 July. Champion Frank Greenwood is not defending his title this year which could open up the competition for last year's runner-up Derek Marsden of Marsden Park who has a West boundary derby against John Cocking of Hemplow. However there are two former title holders still in contention and they meet each other. Eddie Hine (2017 Champion) from Kirkheaton C&BC meets 91-years-old Frank Barraclough (2011 Champion) of Marsh Utd.   Draw 

18 June 2019
  

 

  PETER HIRST R.I.P.  
We are really sorry to inform you of the passing on Saturday of Peter Hirst of Lowerhouses BC. Peter has been the club's Veterans League representative for many years and a good friend of our League. He arranged the long term sponsorship arrangements with John Atkinson Interiors and when that business changed hands Peter took on the sponsorship of the Lower Division Trophy on a personal basis there after. Peter was an important member of the Lowerhouses team that won the Section 5 title last year but due to poor health was only able to play one game this season. He will be missed by his many friends in bowling circles especially his team-mates and will be difficult to replace on and off the green. R.I.P.

18 June 2019
  

 

  GREENKEEPER'S CO-OPERATIVE  
Many greens are still struggling to recover from the excessive heat of last summer and a number of greenkeepers are already looking ahead to their Autumn/Winter programme of work to bring them back up to a level enjoyed in previous years. One club have contacted me to see if there is a willingness for some clubs to join forces to take advantage of some bulk buying in the Autumn. In particular they are interested in acquiring some good quality top soil to use in their recovery work programme and wondered if any other club is thinking of undertaking some similar work. If so is there some benefit in working together to make some bulk purchases to reduce the overall cost to participating clubs? So any club that is interested in buying some top soil this 'back-end' or any other goods or services then just respond to this invitation to see what opportunities there might be in working together on this and we will put you in touch with each other.   Contact Us 

18 June 2019
  

 

  PAIRS KO ROUNDS 1 & 2 THIS THURSDAY  
Following the completion of the Pairs Knock-Out Preliminary Round we are now down to the last 32 pairs from which will emerge the 2019 Champions. Holmfirth pair Geoff Rollinson and Peter Sykes begin the defence of their title against the Meltham pair of Peter Swinden and Bob Ellis. That will be played at the Rugby Club with the green at Golcar C&BC also in use  It all happens this Thursday starting at 1.30pm with the winners progressing through to Round 2 which is also being played on the same day.  Full Draw

17 June 2019
 


 

 

  10-MAN LEAGUE PREVIEW 
Biggest game of the week, maybe even of the season, coming up on Tuesday as the 10-Man League Champions, Lockwood Con A, take on current leaders Elland C&BC A. The Con have lost three of their first eleven matches this season whereas they only lost three out of 26 last year but still sit just two points off the top. Elland are the Section 1 leaders and are on a good run with six straight wins behind them and will need to be at their very best when travelling to protect that lead at the home of the Champions who are aiming for a record breaking sixth straight title. Meltham A and Longwood are both poised to take advantage of any change in fortunes of the top two and both have home games this week against bottom three opponents so will be looking for big wins. Section 2 leaders, Crosland Moor, have a difficult trip to Lindley BC A who hold the Section's only unbeaten home record. Thorpe Green are just two points behind them and have home advantage over Broad Oak A whilst at the foot of the table the bottom two meet as Skel Windmill entertain Kirkheaton C&BC A. Into Section 3 where leaders Paddock I&C are at home to a fading Brockholes B team who have lost their last three games after winning their first six and have dropped to fifth place. Second-placed Bradley & Colne have to visit Golcar Lib B and will be wary of the mounting challenge coming from Slaithwaite up to third place with four consecutive wins including two whitewashes. Main focus in Section 4 is the meeting of second and third when Marsh Utd B travel to play at Canalside probably for the last time ever. Leaders Lowerhouses have New Mill B as guests this week. It is bottom versus top in Section 5 when leaders Lindley BC B go to Broad Oak B and the Kirkheaton Derby pitches second in the table Cons B away at the Cricket Club's B team who are second from the bottom.   Fixtures

16 June 2019
 


 

 

  JULIE FULLER TROPHY THIS WEEK 
A second withdrawal from Round 1 of the Julie Fuller Trophy as team raising problems mean that Greenhead Park are unable to fulfil their tie with Marsh Lib. That leaves six ties to be completed on Monday with four Section A teams in the last 16 and none of them facing each other. What are the chances of no top Section teams making Round 2?   Draw 

16 June 2019
 


 

 

  INTER-DISTRICT TEAM FALTERS 
Bit of a setback to our representative team's bid for glory in the Inter-District League with a 26-30 defeat to Bradford last Friday. The home team won 17-11 and the three away winning ends at Wisbey Park resulted in a 9-19 defeat for the away side. We still hang on to second spot but the gap to the leaders has widened to 31 points from the previous 18. Looking behind us we now have just a three-point lead over Halifax who beat Skipton 32-24.   Results 

W L Pts
1. West Riding 4 0 158
2. HUDDERSFIELD 3 1 127
3. Halifax 3 1 124
4. Bradford 2 2 116
5. Wakefield 1 3 102
6. Leeds 1 3 91
7. Skipton 0 4 90
8. Castleford 2 2 88

16 June 2019
 


 

 

  BISTRO SHOCKS ABOUND 
The Bistro has a history of surprise results which has been maintained during this latest round of the competition as four Section 1 teams lost to lower Section opponents. Milnsbridge A and Lindley Lib A both lost to Section 3 challengers with Almondbury Lib and Bradley & Colne respectively coming out on top. Then two Section 2 teams were triumphant as leaders Crosland Moor eliminated Waterloo and New Mill A overcame Section 1 high-fliers Meltham A 96-88. Another close call in the Lockwood Con internal tussle as the A team eventually saw off their B team 88-85. That means that there are five Section 1 teams left in the final 16 contenders and joining Lockwood Con A are Longwood, Golcar Lib A and Marsh Utd A along with Netherton Con A who had a bye. Marsh Lib are the sole Section 5 representative still in the mix after seeing off fellow Section 5 team Greenhead Park. Marsh Utd B join their A team in the next round as the only Section 4 team still in contention after they beat Section 3 opposition from Golcar Lib B. There are also five Section 2 teams going through to Round 2 which will be played on Thursday 11 July with the neutral greens now finalised and on this website.

Results & Round 3 Draw & Greens

16 June 2019
 

 
 

 

  BRAND NEW FANTASY LEAGUE LEADER 
We have yet another new name at the top of the Well Bowled Fantasy League leaderboard as a top score of 50 points in the week shunts John Earnshaw up to top place for the first time. He is the 6th different leader we have had in the 10 weeks of the season to date. John takes over from Philip Walker who had reigned supreme for three weeks but an indifferent week total of 35 points scored saw him drop five places to sixth such is the closeness of the punters in this year's competition. All this has impacts on the placings in the three Mini-Leagues as well and all the details are in the updated tables.   Tables 

15 June 2019
   
 


 

  FANTASY LEAGUE KO1 FINALISTS
We now have our two finalists for the first Knock-Out prize in the Fantasy League season. John Gatenby of Springwood will face Ken Baxter of Kirkheaton Cons for the £10 Well Bowled Sales Voucher. There is a one-week break before the final which will be held on league matches played on 24/25 June. This is due to the reduced fixture programme this coming week with the 6-Man League playing Julie Fuller Trophy ties. Well done to both and it is worth mention that Ken Baxter is a Lucky Dip entry showing how easy it is to enter and enjoy success with the minimum of effort. I am sure that both will now be looking at the fixture programme to see who their selected teams will be playing and if they have home advantage in more matches than their opponent,
Selections  
Results & Final Line-up

15 June 2019
 

10-MAN LEAGUE
 

 

  LOCKWOOD CON LOSE, ELLAND GO TOP 
All change once again at the top of Section 1 with Lockwood Con A losing for the third time this season which is as many as they lost all last year. A 2-7 defeat at bogey team Golcar Lib A (they are still the last team to do the double over them in 2017) enabled Elland C&BC A to reclaim topspot following their 5-4 win at Rastrick. An 8-1 away win for Meltham A at Waterloo kept them very much in the picture as did the fifth away win of the season for Longwood, this time 7-2 at Cowcliffe to leapfrog their opponents into fourth place. The tussle of the bottom two at Almondbury BC A involving Milnsbridge was a very close affair with an aggregate draw at 119-119 and a 5-4 win for the visitors meaning they were the only winners in the bottom six and they move up three places as a result. Section 2 leaders Crosland Moor also suffered a defeat, only their second of the season and the first at home, with bottom half team Hemplow running out surprise 5-4 winners. It was top seven versus the bottom seven this week and the top teams just edged that contest 4-3 with Thorpe Green, New Mill A, Lockwood Con B and Thongsbridge A all winning to keep their title aspirations very much on the boil. Brockholes A and Meltham B join Hemplow as bottom seven winners to keep the tight nature of this Section very much alive. Paddock I&C returned to winning ways after a first defeat of the season last week with a 6-3 win at Almondbury Lib and stay seven points clear at the top of Section 3. Brockholes B lost their grip on second spot when losing 3-6 at home to Golcar Lib B allowing Bradley & Colne to move ominously up to second with one of the day's two 9-0 whitewash scorelines over Almondbury BC B. The other whitewash result also being in Section 3 when Slaithwaite travelled to Primrose Hill Lib A and came away with all nine points for the second time this season and moving in to third place as a a reult. Section 4 leaders Lowerhouses extended their lead by a point after a 6-3 away win at Milnsbridge B with their main rivals, Marsh Utd B, struggling through to a 5-4 home win over New Mill B. Third in the table Canalside collected their fourth away win of the season which is more than they have accumulated in total over the past four seasons (thanks to Bob Haigh for that gem) with a 7-2 win at Netherton Con B and just inch it past Ravensknowle Park A (6-3 winners at the Rugby Club) and into third place. No winners in the bottom three leaving Meltham C, Milnsbridge B and the Rugby Club looking a little astray as the gap widens between them and safety. Lindley BC B retained their unbeaten home record and topspot in Section 5 with a 7-2 win over third placed Marsh Lib. Second placed Kirkheaton Con B also extended their unbeaten home run to five with a 7-2 win over Holmfirth B. Wins for three of the bottom five teams leaves Broad Oak B and Kirkheaton C&BC B in the bottom two places with special mention of Greenhead Park and Primrose Hill Lib B both winning away from home for the first time this season
Results   Tables

14 June 2019
  
 
SIX-MAN LEAGUE

  NEW SECTION 'A' LEADERS  
Wins this week for all five home teams in Section A of the 6-Man League including Champions Netherton Con beating League leaders Shepley A by 6-1. That deposes Shepley from top spot and sends them down to third with their vanquishers moving second behind new leaders Lindley Lib A who beat Thongsbridge B 6-1. Similar 6-1 scorelines for Crosland Moor and Milnsbridge enabled them to assume fourth and fifth places with bottom team Farnley Tyas still left looking for their first win and further adrift after Oakfield won 4-3 at home to Paddock to move them out of the relegation places. Still a couple of outstanding results in Section B at the time of writing this update including leaders Lockwood Con. I would have expected them to pick up enough points from their home game with Skel Windmill A to retain their lead but I have been wrong before.  Home wins for Golcar C&BC and Longwood ensure that they remain in the hunt and are still the major threat to the leaders.
Skel Windmill B's 5-2 home win over Golcar Lib enabled them to swop mid-table positions with their opponents. Marsden Park and Marsh Utd continue to dominate in Section C with both recording away wins this week. Marsden's winning margin was the greater at 6-1 against Marsh's 4-3 at bottom team Shepley B so pushing them ahead in the latest table. It is getting a little congested behind the top two with four teams separated by four points involving Hemplow, Meltham, Thongsbridge A and Greenhead Park. Lindley Lib B remain on the same points as Shepley B at the foot but will be encouraged by their close defeat when just being edged out 3-4 at Marsh Lib.   Results   Tables

13 June 2019
  
 

  JULIE FULLER TEAM WTHDRAWAL  
It is Round 1 of the Julie Fuller Trophy next Monday and Crosland Moor have had to withdraw their team from it as they are unable to field a full team of qualified bowlers. This provides a bye for Skel Windmill B.   Draw

13 June 2019
  
 

  'THE FIRST 50 YEARS' - THE BOOK  
You may be aware that a new paperback book is being created to add to the Association's 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2020. 'The HDVBA - The First 50 Years' will include a history of the Association with extracts from the official minutes over the full 50 years, along with all the League records and recollections of some of our members. It will also include at least a page devoted to each club that competes in our Leagues this season. I already have a lot of information for this Section from many different sources including the clubs themselves. Thank you. However there are still a number of gaps where I am looking for contributions to make this a complete one-off record of the League that will sell well and help me raise funds for Kirkwood Hospice. The first draft already extends to 300 pages. I am very pleased with progress so far, in fact I have gathered so much information that the original target date for publication of Christmas 2019 is unlikely to be met. I am now looking for a publishing date to coincide with our AGM in February 2020. I am appealing for more contributions from clubs and am especially looking for photographs old and new. Any photographs of Veterans teams from your club's history will be most welcome. Similarly any photographs of your current teams will be an excellent addition to the book. The final date for submitting anything to be included will have to be by the end of the bowling season, that's the end of September. Please get in touch about anything that you think might be useful.   Contact Me

12 June 2019
  
 

  THREE LATE CHANGES TO BISTRO  
Three late changes to the Bistro programme for this Thursday. Bradley & Colne have been reinstated to the competition after further discussions with themselves and their Round 1 opponents, Kirkheaton Con B. The previous result included a 0-0 pairs result with both teams defaulting to field one pair. This has subsequently been amended to include a 21-0 walk-over score in Bradley & Colne's favour so changing the overall aggregate score to a 104-93 in their favour. Meltham C are unable to raise a team so have withdrawm leaving Netherton Con A with a bye in to the next round where they will meet the victors from the Lockwood Con internal confrontation. Then a neutral green change for the Marsh Lib v Greenhead Park tie which will now be played at Brockholes. 
Draw 

12 June 2019
  
 

  BISTRO TIME AGAIN  
We are down to the last 32 in the five-pairs Bistro KO this Thursday with Round 2 of the 2019 contest being staged. Last year's two finalists, Marsh Utd A and Milnsbridge A, remain in contention and if they both get past their Round 2 opponents will meet once again in  Round 3 on Thursday 11 July. Joining them will be one of the Lockwood Con teams as the inter-club rivalry will be sorted with a clash of the A and B teams. They declined the option to face each other on their own green and will decamp to Outlane to sort this little matter out. Round 1 giant-killers and Section 5 leaders Lindley BC B are rewarded for eliminating Section A side Almondbury BC A with a tie against Slaithwaite from Section 3.  Full Draw 

11 June 2019
  
 

  INTER-DISTRICT TEAMS BACK IN ACTION  
The Yorkshire CCGBA Veterans' Inter-District competition resumes this Friday when our representative team will play home and away matches against a Bradford side which currently sits fourth in the table. Our side are in second place but some 18 points behind the leaders West Riding who meet their Leeds counterparts. The home game will be staged at the Rugby Club at Lockwood Park with the away team travelling to Wibsey Park and both games have a 1.00pm start time. Supporters are very welcome.

11 June 2019
  
 

  NAME THE MAN, NAME THE GREEN  
I have been asked by a lady who is the great grand-daughter of the gentleman in this photo to name the green. She doesn't live locally but thinks it is Bradley & Colne and it certainly looks like it to me unless anyone has an alternative in mind. Her great grandfather was called Edward Kirk (1863-1944) and is featured in this photograph. Have any of our members any knowledge of Mr Kirk?   Contact Us

 

10 June 2019
   
  
   
  
 

 

  OVER-70s PAIRS KO IS UP & RUNNING
The very first holding of the new Over-70s Pairs KO competition saw life on Friday as the opening two rounds were staged on two greens. We are now down to the final 16 contenders who all move on to the green at Farnley Tyas on 4 July. The competition started with just two scratch pairings and one of those survived the opening round and one didn't. The Golcar Lib scratch pair of Singleton and Hopkinson went out 11-21 to Clayton West's Kaye and Haigh with the other scratch pair of Manning and Haigh from Lockwood Park just overcoming Netherton Con's Rangeley and Howe by 21-20 and setting up a Round 2 confrontation with clubmates Duck and Cooling.
Draw

10 June 2019
 

 

  10-MAN LEAGUE PREVIEW 
Section 1 focus this week will be on the bottom of the table as the bottom two meet at Almondbury BC A where Milnsbridge A are the visitors. Both are playing below last year's level but are capable of turning things around with five points between the bottom four. That four includes Lindley Lib A and Waterloo who are both in a bad run of form as well but both will hope to pick up enough points from home fixtures this week to keep them out of the relegation places. The top two both have away games this week with leaders Lockwood Con A at Golcar Lib A who have turned their season around by winning their last three matches, two of them against top five teams, whereas Elland C&BC A are at Rastrick who will be pleased to be on their own lawn after suffering two defeats on the road. In Section 2 it is the top seven against the bottom seven this Tuesday and if everything goes by the book then little will change in league table positions but that is unlikely as this Section is already the tightest competition of the five 10-man Sections. However the bottom seven are where they are for a reason and none of them are in the form of their life so maybe we will have a week to go with the form book, or maybe not. Paddock I&C will aim to bounce back from their first Section 3 defeat of the season last week but wont find it easy when taking the League's only unbeaten away record to fourth placed Almondbury Lib. Brockholes B and Bradley & Colne are their two main challengers and both have home games against bottom four opponents this week so will expect to pick up the majority of the points on offer. The Badgers need to bounce back from two successive defeats whilst Bradley & Colne are in the middle of a four-game run against bottom half opponents and need to continue to capitalise on that opportunity. Section 4 leaders Lowerhouses ended a two-game losing run last week and will want to build on that this week when visiting lowly Milnsbridge B but with second-placed Marsh Utd B, on a six-game winning run, at home to New Mill B and only three points behind them cannot afford to have a bad day. After losing their first six games this season, Elland C&BC B have now won two on the trot and will expect to extend that sequence when bottom-of-the-table Meltham C come to visit. The top three in Section 5 all have 7-1 win records this season and two of those teams meet up this week. Leaders Lindley BC B defend their unbeaten home record when third-placed Marsh Lib come to visit whilst second placed Kirkheaton Con B have home advantage over Holmfirth B. Six points separate the bottom five teams and four of them go head-to-head this week which could see a big shake up in fortunes. Bottom team Broad Oak B could make a big move when Primrose Hill Lib B are the visitors who are still looking for their first away win of the season and are only three points ahead of Tuesday's opponents. Second from bottom Ravensknowle Park B will hope to clock up their first home win of the season when fellow strugglers Kirkheaton C&BC B come to visit.   Fixtures

9 June 2019
  
 

  ROSE BOWL FINAL 32 BOWLERS  
Following Thursday's Preliminary Round matches in the 2019 Rose Bowl we are down to the final 32 bowlers from which this year's Champion will come. These include defending Champion Mick McClusky who safely negotiated his was through the opening round and with the other 31 will line up once again on 5 July. Two greens will be in use that day at Thorpe Green and Bradley & Colne as we move one step closer to learning who will be the 2019 winner of our oldest and most prestigious individual competition.  Results & Draw

9 June 2019
  
 

  SIX MAN LEAGUE WEEKLY PREVIEW  
It is top versus third in Section A of the 6-Man League this week when leaders Shepley A have to travel to meet current Champions Netherton Con. Lindley Lib A are wedged between these two and could be the prime beneficeries of the day as they have lowly Thongsbridge B as their visitors on Tuesday. It is also first versus third in Section B but this time the leaders, Lockwood Con, have home advantage over third placed Skel Windmill A. Again the team between the first and third can look forward to an improvement in their fortunes as they entertain lowly Clayton West. The bottom two go head-to-head with Almondbury Lib still on a high after their first win of the season last week when knocking Longwood off of top spot, and they have to visit Primrose Hill Lib who are still looking for their first win of the season. Marsh Utd and Marsden Park are locked together on 30 points at the top of Section C and both have away matches this week. Of those the Park's fixture looks the more difficult as they travel to play fourth-placed Thongsbridge A whereas Marsh Utd visit Shepley B who haven't won a game this season yet.
Fixtures   Tables

8 June 2019
 

10-MAN LEAGUE
 

 

 LAST 100% RECORD IS SMASHED
The last unbeaten record in the 10-Man League was smashed this week when Section 3 leaders Paddock lost at home to mid-table Holmfirth A 3-6. Not a lot of damage was done to their promotion hopes as Bradley & Colne were the only winners in the top four as second-placed Brockholes B and fourth in the table Almondbury Lib both suffered 3-6 away defeats as well. The battle of the bottom two saw Almondbury BC B use home advantage to overcome rivals Primrose Hill Lib A 6-3 and leapfrog their opponents and move out of bottom place. The top two in Section 1 both had 8-1 home wins this week so no change at the top as Lockwood Con A maintain their one-point lead over Elland C&BC A. The meeting of third and fourth went the way of Meltham A with a 5-4 win over Cowcliffe. Wins for Longwood, Clayton West and Marsh Utd A kept them in touch as the bottom five teams all lost to minimise the number of changes in positions this week. A one-point aggregate lead enabled Section 2 leaders Crosland Moor to take the bulk of the points from their trip to Kirkheaton Con A with a 6-3 win whilst there was an even tighter scoreline at Hemplow where a 120-120 aggregate tie helped Lockwood Con B take a 5-4 win to stay in touch. Good home wins for Thorpe Green and and Broad Oak mean they are 3rd and 4th whilst Shepley drop to fifth after a surprise 3-6 loss away to bottom team Skel Windmill. That was one of three wins for bottom four teams as Kirkheaton C&BC A won 6-3 at Brockholes A and Lindley Lib B beat Meltham B 8-1 to consign them to the second relegation place this week.
Interestingly if our league positions were determined on aggregate rather then on game wins then Thorpe Green would be in 10th place not 2nd in this Section. The top two in Section 4, Lowerhouses and Marsh Utd B, both had 7-2 wins to retain the running order with Denby Dale's 6-3 win at Canalside shooting them up to third place. Ravensknowle Park's bid for honours suffered a setback when they surprisingly lost 2-7 at home to Elland C&BC B and that means we now have a bottom three of Meltham C, Milnsbridge B and RUBC who all lost this week. No alteration in places in Section 5 with the top five all winning. The top two both winning away from home as leaders Lindley BC B beat the B side from Kirkheaton C&BC B 6-3 and Kirkheaton Con B overwhelmed Primrose Hill Lib B 8-1.. The chasing pack of Marsh Lib, David Brown Sports and Holmfirth all had home wins to maintain the same placings. Greenhead Park had a 6-3 home win over Ravensknowle Park B which means that Greenhead move out of the bottom two to be replaced by their Tuesday oppnents.  Results   Tables

7 June 2019
   
 


 

  FANTASY LEAGUE KO1 UPDATE
We are now down from 64 starters to the final four in the Fantasy League KO1 competition. Ken Baxter knocked out Kirkheaton Con team-mate Mel Walker 46-33 and he will meet Malcolm Gilbert who beat his Clayton West team-mate Tim Poulter after calling on the Countback Rule to separate them following a 44-44 tie. The other semi-final is between John Gatenby and Roger Stopford and both ties will both be staged over Monday and Tuesday next week with the Final a fortnight later.   Results & Semi-Final Line-up

7 June 2019
  

 6-MAN LEAGUE

  TOPSY TURVEY TIME IN SECTION B 
It all went topsy turvey in Section B with the top two both sufferiing surprise defeats and leaders Longwood dropping down to fourth spot after a shock 1-6 reversal at Almondbury Lib who were winning for the first time this season. Second placed Golcar C&BC stay in that spot after losing their 100% record when going down 3-4 at home to mid-table Skel Windmill B who have now won all three of their away games this season. That great win for Almondbury Lib  moves them off bottom spot which is now taken over by Primrose Hill Lib. Lockwood Con move from third to first as a result of their 7-0 away win at Golcar Lib who could have gone top themselves but now have to settle for fifth place as only four points separate the top four contenders. Lindley Lib A retained their unbeaten record and top spot in Section A after winning 5-2 at Milnsbridge. Netherton Con go second after a 6-1 away win at Brockholes A with the rearranged match between third and fourth, Paddock and Shepley, result not in when this report was compiled. Thongsbridge B had a 7-0 home win over Oakfield and move level with them as a result and both are seven points in front of bottom team Farnley Tyas who are still after their first win of the season after going down 1-6 to Crosland Moor. The top two in Section C retained their unbeaten records but Marsden Park go level on points with Marsh Utd after a 6-1 scoreline passed the 5-2 win of the boys from Marsh. The bottom four teams all lost this week so there is no change in the running order at present.  Results   Tables

6 June 2019
   
 


 

  FANTASY LEAGUE UPDATE
Philip Walker and Tom Kelly retain the top two places in the updated Fantasy League table, however they need to look over their shoulders as John Earnshaw top scored this week with 54 points and a five position leap into third place. The overall league top two are also the top two in Mini-League 1 with really tight contests in the other two Mini-Leagues as well. In Mini-League 2 Dennis Garner leads from Colin Wood where six points separate the top five. John Earnshaw has a two point lead at the top of Mini-League 2 closely followed by Ken Baxter and John Gatenby in hot pursuit.  Table 

6 June 2019
   
 
   
  
 

 

  NEW OVER-70s PAIRS KO THIS FRIDAY
This Friday sees the introduction of a brand new Pairs Knock-Out competition for our bowlers. Limited to those aged 70 or over on 6 June 2019 and we have had 38 pairs entered with a Preliminary Round involving six pairs along with Round 1 being played this week. Played on two greens - Gocar C&BC and Marsh Lib - with the eventual 16 pairs progressing to Round 2 scheduled for 4 July.We have an anonymous benefactor sponsoring the competition and it was also his idea to have such a competition added to our Calendar. It appears to have been well received by members with the encouraging number of entries and we look forward to some good days of competition.
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5 June 2019
 
   

  
 

 

  ROSE BOWL PRELIMINARY ROUND THIS WEEK 
It is the opening round of the 2019 Rose Bowl this Thursday to be played on two greens. With 56 entries we have 48 bowlers involved in the Preliminary Round which will be staged at Golcar C&BC and the Rugby Club at Lockwood Park. Defending Champion Mick McClusky has a 3 handicap start on new Inter-District bowler Tim Poulter when they meet on the Rugby Club green.    Draw

5 June 2019
 
   
  
 

 

  LATEST PHOTOS OF A GOOD GREEN 
With so many greens still catching up after the summer of 2018 it is good to report on an improved green and provide photographic proof. Park greens don't always enjoy the best of reputations but the members at Ravensknowle Park are pleased with their green this year and have sent me up to date photos which have been added to our GreenFinder pages. This improvement can be put down to the fact that following problems in getting regular cuts from KMC they took on the responsibility themselves using KMC equipment and, one member and his wife in particular, have worked hard to deliver a much better green. Thank you to Ian Boothroyd for the camera work.   Photo1   Photo2   GreenFinder