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20 May 2019
 

 

  10-MAN LEAGUE PREVIEW 
With just two points separating the top five teams in Section 1 every point won is precious especially when it involves two teams from that top five. That is the case this week as leaders Cowcliffe travel to Elland C&BC A. The other three teams, Lockwood Con A, Meltham A and Longwood, in that congested contest at the top all have home fixtures this week. Crosland Moor will look to protect their five-point lead at the top of Section 2 when visiting Meltham B whilst there is real interest in the foot of the table matches this week. Skel Windmill are becoming adrift and are already 11 points from safety with the next two teams meeting this week, Unbeaten at home Lindley BC A host Kirkheaton C&BC A who have a game in hand which they play next week.The Almondbury Derby is the main attraction in Section 3 with Bowling Club's B side looking for their first win of the season when entertaining the Liberal Club who are looking for a first away win to push them in to the leading group of teams. Leaders Paddock I&C are the only side in the leading five with home advantage this week so will be aiming to extend their lead at the top. The top four play each other in Section 4 with leaders Lowerhouses protecting an unbeaten record and a seven point lead when welcoming second in the table Marsh Utd B. Third-placed Denby Dale travel wto challenge Ravensknowle Park A's unbeaten home record with both teams locked together on 26 points. Foot of the table Elland C&BC B will do well to get anything from their trip to Canalside whilst the two teams immediately above them meet at Thongsbridge B where Meltham C will be looking to open a gap over their opponents with both currently together on 17 points. Two points separate the bottom five teams in Section 5 and they all avoid playing each other this week with only Greenhead Park and  Holmfirth B having home advantage. Marsh Lib entertain bottom team Primrose Hill Lib and will be looking for a big win to close the gap on the two leaders, Lindley BC B and Kirkheatoin Con B who both have away games this week.  Fixtures

20 May 2019
   
 


 

  FANTASY LEAGUE KO1 UPDATE
Week 1 of the Fantasy League Knock-Out 1 competition was held last week and 32 of the 64 entrants have now been eliminated from the chase for a £10 Sales Voucher to spend with our sponsors Well Bowled of Ludendenfoot. The draw for Round 2 has been completed and full details are on this website.  
FL KO1 Results & Draw

20 May 2019
 

 

  SECOND WIN FOR INTER-DISTRICT TEAM 
Our Inter-District team has won its second match of the season and currently sit in third position in the Yorkshire competition. The home team beat their Wakefield opponents on the Hemplow green by 16-12 whilst the Away side also won but this time by 15-13. That gave an overall 31-25 win and we are currently 15 points behind leaders West Riding and 7 behind Halifax. I am grateful to Chris Squires for a selection of photos taken of the home team game at Hemplow this week.  Photos

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19 May 2019
 

 

  JULIE FULLER TROPHY TIME 
We have the opening round of this year's Julie Fuller Trophy competition on Monday with its three-pairs format and aggregate scores determining the winner. Defending Champions Lindley Lib A meet fellow Section A side Milnsbridge but their 6-point handicap deficit could make it difficult to overcome the holders. There is only one other all-Section A confrontation when Thongsbridge B take on Brockholes A. Six byes and 10 ties to be contested making 16 teams to go through to Round 2 which will be played on 17 June.
Draw

19 May 2019
  

 

  TEAM KO RESULTS GO BY THE BOOK
There were 5 byes in the opening round of the Team KO leaving 11 ties to be contested which all went with the expected outcomes. The nearest thing to a shock result was the defeat of new Section 1 leaders Cowcliffe who went down 121-113 to Marsh Utd A. Holders Waterloo moved in to Round 2 by defeating Thongsbridge A by 136-128 leaving 8 Section1 teams in the last 16 and 7 from Section 2 with Almondbury BC B as the only Section 3 survivor. 
Results & Round 2 Draw 

19 May 2019
  

 

  SOME STABILITY IN FANTASY LAND
The top three in this week's updated Fantasy League table remain unchanged with Tom Kelly continuing to lead Philip Walker and Ian Kinloch but elsewhere there is some movement in the top ten. John Earnshaw jumps from 9th to 4th and two Rastrick bowlers appear in the top ten for the first time. Roger Stopford made the week's top score of 52 and moved from 20th place to equal 7th where he is joined by team-mate Graham Hall who climbs from 11th spot. Tom Kelly, Peter Hirst and John Earnshaw lead the three Mini-Leagues whilst the top overall mover of the week was John Fawcett up 14 places to 32nd. Full update on Round 1 of the individual KO1 competition will be online tomorrow when the 64 entrants will be whittled down to 32.  Latest Tables

18 May 2019
  

 

  PAIRS KNOCK-OUT DRAW  
The draw for the opening rounds of this year's Pairs Knock-Out has now been made with 38 entries. Following a Preliminary Round involving 12 pairs on 23 May at Farnley Tyas there will be two greens in use for Round 1 on 20 June. Round 2 follows on the same day so check out the full details now.  Full Draw

18 May 2019
  

 

  TWO MORE KO TEAM WITHDRAWALS  
Two more teams have withdrawn from our Knock-Out competitions, one in the Julie Fuller Trophy and one in the Team KO. Lockwood Con are unable to field a team in the 6-man Julie Fuller Trophy Preliminary Round so allowing Shepley A a free passage to the next round. Then Shepley have withdrawn their 10-man team from the Team KO for the same reason and Crosland Moor get a bye in to Round 2 as a result.
Julie Fuller   Team KO

18 May 2019
 

10-MAN LEAGUE
 

 

 THREE-WAY TIE AT TOP OF SECTION 1 
There is a three-way tie at the top of the Section 1 table after the latest round of fixtures with Cowcliffe hitting top spot after a 6-3 home win over Waterloo and with the better Aggregate For total. A second defeat of the season for Champions Lockwood Con A when going down 2-7 at Netherton Con knocked them off top place for the first time for a very long time. Meltham A's 7-2 away win at Almondbury BC A enabled them to share top billing as well with all three teams on 39 points. Elland C&BC A's 6-3 away win at Golcar Lib means they have collected 38 points and are well in contention as are Longwood just a point further back after their fourth consecutive away win of the year this time 7-2 at the fortress that is Clayton West. So two points separate the top five teams, it promises to be an interesting season in our top division. The tussle of the top two in Section 2 went the way of the leaders Crosland Moor as they triumphed at Lockwood Con B by 7-2 to open up a five-point lead at the top. The only other away win in this Section saw Kirkheaton Con A beat bottom team Skel Windmill 8-1 and move into second place as a result. Good home wins for the A teams from Brockholes and New Mill against higher placed opposition pushed them up what is becoming a congested league table. Paddock go clear at the top of Section 3 after a 7-2 home win over Lindley Lib B whilst Bradley & Colne beat persistent rivals Brockholes B by the same 7-2 scoreline to secure second place. There were two 9-0 wins on the day the first of this being recorded by Almondbury Lib against Primrose Hill Lib and that moved them up to fourth spot on a day when all six home teams won their matches. Lowerhouses extended their Section 4 winning run and lead at the top to five games with a 6-3 away win at Elland C&BC B. Marsh Utd B move in to second place after a 7-2 home win over Netherton Con B with Denby Dale losing at home for the first time this season after a 4-5 defeat at the hands of New Mill B who were collecting their first away win of the year. That match was also noteable due to a rare 120-120 aggregate tie with the visitors greater game win total taking the honours.Big home wins for the top two in Section 5 with leaders Lindley BC B hitting the maximum 9-0 to widen their lead at the top with Kirkheaton Con B beating Ravensknowle Park B 8-1 to stay second with David Brown Sports losing their grip on third place after a 2-7 home defeat by Marsh Lib who move above them. Just two points separate the bottom five with Broad Oak B the only winners in that quintet this week.   Results   Tables

17 May 2019
  

 

 OVER-80's KNOCK-OUT DRAW  
There has been just 17 entries in the Over-80's KO this year so one game in the Preliminary Round before the first round proper which will both be held on Friday 21 June at Golcar C&BC. That Preliminary Round game involves the solitary scratch bowler in this competition, Frank Griffin of Waterloo who meets Gordon Stockton of Almondbury Lib who has a seven point start on his opponent. The 2018 Champion Frank Greenwood isn't defending his title this year so maybe last year's beaten finalist, Derek Sykes of Marsden Park, will go one step further. Who knows? But all to play for.  Preliminary Round

17 May 2019
  

 6-MAN LEAGUE

  LEADERS FIRST HOME DEFEAT FOR 3 YEARS 
The Section B clash of the top two saw Longwood lose a 6-man home fixture for the first time for over three years. They last lost at home in September 2015 when beaten 1-6 by Lockwood Con. This time it was Golcar C&BC who took the honours 4-3 and retain the only unbeaten record in that Section although having to settle for second place still one point behind Longwood in the table. Lockwood Con jumped to third place on the back of a 7-0 home win over Clayton West whilst wins for Golcar Lib and Skel Windmill A kept them well in contention with only four points separating the top five teams. Shepley A and Lindley Lib A both had 6-1 wins this week to confirm their top two places in Section A whilst Champions Netherton Con moved closer when a 6-1 home win over Milnsbridge enabled them to jump a couple of places up to third. Oakfield had a good 5-2 home win over bottom team Farnley Tyas to move out of the bottom three as defeats for Thongsbridge B and Crosland Moor left them in the bottom three as well. The Section C Marsh Derby went the way of leaders United who overwhelmed the Liberal Club on their own green by 7-0. Marsden Park also had a 7-0 away win (at Lindley Lib B) to hang on to the leaders coat-tails with just one point between them. Thongsbridge A lost ground on the two leaders when going down at home 3-4 to Meltham who move closer into contention in fourth place as a result. Brockholes B recorded their first win of the season and their first 7-0 win for over 2 years, the last time being 10 April 2017 v Greenhead Park, when beating Shepley B and so move out of the bottom three.   Results   Tables

16 May 2019
  

 

  OVER-70's KNOCK-OUT DRAW  
The draw has been made for the Preliminary Round of the Lockwood Con sponsored Over-70s Knock-Out competition. This will be played on two greens - Golcar C&BC and Farnley Tyas - on Thursday 30 May at 1.30pm. There has been exactly 50 entries this year so 14 bowlers get byes through to Round 1 (8 August) and 36 bowlers are involved in the Preliminary Round. Reigning Champion Graham Illingworth begins the defence of his title against the League Secretary. The Over-80's KO draw will be online tomorrow and the Pairs KO draw on Saturday.  Preliminary Round

16 May 2019
  

 

 JULIE FULLER TROPHY WITHDRAWALS  
Two more withdrawals from the Julie Fuller Trophy as Golcar Lib and Shepley B have now pulled their teams out due to team raising difficulties. The 6-man games were scheduled for next Monday and that means byes for Greenhead Park and Primrose Hill Lib. That takes the total number of withdrawals to three following the earlier withdrawal of Marsh United.   Draw 

16 May 2019
  

 

  REVIEW OF STARRED BOWLERS CHANGES 7  
The Management Committee undertook a review of Starred Bowlers when they met last Monday. This review is undertaken annually six weeks into the season and looks at any Starred Bowler who hasn't played this year or has seemingly underperformed against usual Starred Bowler levels. This review covered 15 of the 28 clubs in Sections 1 and 2 who are the only ones to have Starred Bowlers. Seven changes were agreed and these can be found on the full listing of Starred Bowlers on this site and affect the following teams; Milnsbridge A, Netherton Con A, Waterloo, Kirkheaton C&BC A, Kirkheaton Con A, Meltham B and Thongsbridge A. A further review will be undertaken at the next Management Committee meeting on Monday 10 June. Any club believing they have grounds to change a Starred Bowler should put that reasoning to the League Secretary in writing (email is fine) before the next meeting.  Full Listing

15 May 2019
  

 

  INTER-DISTRICT v WAKEFIELD  
Our Inter-District teams play their second game of the season this Friday with Wakefield as the opposition. The team will be looking to build on their promising opening to the campaign when they beat Leeds 34-22 and have named the same two squads of players from which the match day teams will be selected. Our representative team currently sits second in the league table with Wakefield bottom of the eight-team competition. The home side will once again be using the Hemplow green for this match whilst the away team will be at Sandall B.C. and both games have a 1.00pm start time.  Fixtures

15 May 2019
  

 

  TEAM KO STARTS THIS THURSDAY  
Another Thursday, another KO competition as this week we turn to the opening round of the Team KO. This involves the top 32 teams from last season with matches played in the same 4 Singles 3 Pairs format of League matches with the only difference being that teams are handicapped based on last season's finishing position and the ties are decided on aggregate scores. In the event of a tie the number of games won will determine the winner. We are grateful to Lindley B.C. for their continuing sponsorship of this competition. Holders Waterloo open their defence of the trophy against Thongsbridge A at Bradley & Colne. Last year's beaten finalists were Broad Oak A and they have a really difficult tie against Lockwood Con A to be played on the Rugby Club green. There are four all-Section 1 ties and we have lost four teams who have withdrawn due to team-raising problems for non-Tuesday matches. Round 1

14 May 2019
  

 

  MATCH OFF TODAY  
Today's Section 2 fixture between Kirkheaton C&BC A and Broad Oak A has been postponed as urgent remedial work on the Kirkheation green is being undertaken and the green is closed. The match has been rearranged for Thursday 30 May. 

13 May 2019
 

 

  10-MAN LEAGUE PREVIEW 
Clayton West is never the easiest of away venues for Section 1 opponents as Longwood will probably find out this week. They have the best home record in the Section so far by winning 23 out of the 27 games played on their green to date. Second placed Cowcliffe have an identical 5-1 record this season as leaders Lockwood Con and are the only one of the top four teams playing at home this week so a good opportunity to press their claims for honours.  The top two in Section 2 go head-to-head as Lockwood Con B host leaders Crosland Moor. The next five teams in the table have away fixtures this week so anything can happen. The three lower Sections return to League action after playing the opening rounds of the Sub-Team KO over the last two week. Brockholes B and Bradley & Colne were both promoted as 1 and 2 from Section 4 last season with an identical points tally when Bradley & Colne completed a double over their closest rivals. . Things continue in a similar vein this season with just one point separating them at the top of Section 3 and they meet each other this week. Completing a top four fixture list is the Paddock v Lindley Lib B encounter. Bottom of the table Almondbury BC B are still looking for their first win of the season when they travel to Outlane this week and will do well to dent the home team's 100% home record. Section 4 leaders Lowerhouses have won all four of their fixtures to date. They travel to Elland C&BC B who have lost all their four matches this season so it would be a major surprise if the strugglers managed to make an end to that run this week. The top three in Section 5 all have 3-1 win records to date and all are at home this Tuesday. The bottom four teams have just three points between them and they meet each other this week so that could be bad news for one or more of those teams.    Fixtures

13 May 2019
  

 

  SUB-TEAM KO QUARTER-FINAL GREENS  
The four neutral greens for the Quarter-Finals of the Sub-Team KO have now been nominated including the Holmfirth A v Holmfirth B tie which will be played at Thongsbridge. The full draw and allocation of greens can be found by following this link. 
Sub-Team KO

12 May 2019
  

 

  YET ANOTHER NEW FANTASY LEAGUE LEADER
Five weeks into the Well Bowled sponsored Fantasy League season and we are on to our fifth different leader as Tom Kelly takes his chance to go top. It is only a one point lead over Philip Walker so every chance of another change next week, Ian Crawford was the week's top scorer with 35 points and Ian Hunter was the biggest climber up 14 places to 31st. One new name in the top 10 as Peter Hirst climbs 6 places to sixth. Tom Kelly leads Mini-League 1 with Elon Sykes and John Earnshaw continuing to lead Mini-Leagues 2 and 3. Next week sees the first round of the Knock-Out competition as our 64 entrants go head-to-head in search of the £10 KO Prize. The full league and Mini-Leagues continue as normal whilst the KO runs over the next 7 weeks culminating in the two finalists meeting on 24/25 June.
KO Round 1 Draw   Latest Tables

12 May 2019
 

 

  SECTION B TOPS 6-MAN LEAGUE PREVIEW 
Main interest this week in a full 6-Man League fixture programme focuses on the top of Section B where the top four meet. Leaders Longwood have second placed Golcar C&BC as visitors and both are defending unbeaten records. Third placed Golcar Lib have to travel to play fourth placed Holmfirth with just a point between the teams and everything to play for. It is worrying times for the bottom four who are already six points adrift after three games and two of those teams meet this week when Primrose Hill Lib, who are still looking for their first win of the season, host Skel Windmill B. The other couple in that drop zone who are also looking for a first win of the season are Almondbury Lib and Clayton West and things don't get any easier as both have away matches this week. Top of Section A team Shepley A entertain Thongsbridge B who have lost their first three games whilst fellow strugglers and bottom of the table Farnley Tyas will hope to open their winning account when visiting lowly Oakfield. Second placed Lindley Lib A may struggle to close the gap on the leaders as they have a difficult looking encounter away at Crosland Moor who will be desparate to push on upwards after an unkind early fixture programme. Behind the two leaders is a pack of four teams separated by one point and they meet each other this week. Paddock and Netherton Con have home advantage over Brockholes A and Milnsbridge respectively. The Marsh Derby game is the top attraction in Section C when leaders United go up the hill to the Liberal Club. Second placed Marsden Park will be looking to cash in on any slip up by the leaders with an easier looking confrontation at Lindley Lib B who are still awaiting their first win of the season. Two other teams searching for their first wins are the B teams from Brockholes and Shepley and they meet this week when one of them will be celebrating an opening victory. Third placed Thongsbridge A will be hoping to put more daylight between themselves and fourth placed Meltham who they welcome to their green this week.

11 May 2019
  

 

  GOOD DAY FOR SECTION 5 TEAMS IN KO  
We are down to the last eight in the Sub-Team KO after this week's Round 2 games were completed with three instances of teams beating higher placed opponents. The most notable of those being the win by Section 5 side Marsh Lib over Section 3 Golcar Lib B and not requiring their 25 handicap advantage to complete that win. There were two games where the handicap did result in turn-up results when another Section 5 side, Holmfirth B, beat another Section 3 team, Lindley Lib B, by 160-145 with the 15 handicap start playing it's part and setting up a Quarter-Final tie against their own A side. There was also  a third Section 3 team exit when Springwood lost to Section 4 outfit Canalside 147-139 with the 10 start again proving critical. Four of the last eight teams in this competition are from Section 5 with two each from Sections 3 and 4 so much to look forward to but not until 30 July when this competition resumes.
Results & Q-Final Draw

11 May 2019
 

10-MAN LEAGUE
 

 

 REALITY CHECK FOR LONGWOOD 
The long awaited Section 1 clash of Longwood v Lockwood Con A went the way of the Champions as they beat Longwood on their own green by 6-3. Those three points enabled Longwood to stay in the chasing pack of 5 teams separated by just 3 points. Lockwood Con were the only winning away team in Section 1 this week with six home winners including Cowcliffe, Elland C&BC A and Meltham A who are all in that chasing pack. Clayton West stay in contention despite losing at Waterloo who eased their own troubles to move up two places. We have a new leader in Section 2as Crosland Moor beat Shepley 8-1 to go clear. Another set of home wins in this Section as well with all six Tuesday fixtures favouring the home teams. Only New Mill A of the top half teams lost this week and that defeat cost them that top seven status as they are replaced by their vanquishers Broad Oak A after a 6-3 home win. Thorpe Green conceded top spot following a 3-6 reversal away at Lindley BC A  saw them drop to fourth whilst their conquerors move out of the relegation places.
Results   Tables

10 May 2019
  

 

  LAST CALL FOR COMPETITION ENTRIES  
Last chance to enter three of our Individual & Pairs KO competitions.
Entries for the Over-70s, Over-80s and Pairs will close today (Friday 10 May) with the others  closing 14 days later. You can enter as many of the competitions as you like through the online entry form.  Entry Form 

10 May 2019
  

 6-MAN LEAGUE

  SHEPLEY GO TOP IN SECTION A  
Joint Section A leaders Netherton Con and Lindley Lib A went head-to-head last week with Lindley using home advantage to run out 5-2 winners. However that allowed Shepley A to come through on the rails to snatch top spot after a 7-0 away victory at bottom of the table Farnley Tyas. Lindley retain the only unbeaten record in this Section and second place but Netherton Con drop down to seventh such is the closeness of teams in this Section. Good wins for Brockholes A. Milnsbridge and Paddock I&C enabled them all to stay well in contention as competition hots up. Longwood keep hold of first place in Section B after a 6-1 away win at Skel Windmill B and along with Golcar C&BC hold on to the only two unbeaten records in this Section. Golcar C&BC are enjoying their second season in the 6-Man League and their 6-1 home win over Primrose Hill Lib moved them up to second place. Skel Windmill A relinquished that second place after losing their 100% record when going down 1-6 at Golcar Lib A who move up into third spot whilst Skel Windmill drop to fifth. The top three teams in Section C all retained their 100% league records with Marsh United staying one point ahead of Marsden Park and Thongsbridge A. The B teams from Shepley, Lindley Lib and Brockholes still await their first wins of the season although Lindley Lib B were only denied that milestone after losing the aggregate by 3 points away at Greenhead Park.
Results   Tables

9 May 2019
  

 

  KO WITHDRAWALS AND GREEN CHANGES  
There has been a couple of late withdrawals from two of our team competitions. From the Bistro KO we have now lost Outlane so giving Meltham C a bye to Round 2. In addition we have also lost Clayton West from the Team KO next week when they were due to play Meltham A. We also have a late green change in Round 1 of the Bistro with the Lockwood Con A v Holmfirth A tie moving to Canalside.  Bistro  Team KO

9 May 2019
  

 

  JULIE FULLER TROPHY ELIGIBLE BOWLERS  
All 6-Man League teams need to be aware that the opening round of the Julie Fuller Trophy is just 10 days away. Teams also need to be aware that the only players eligible to play in that competition are those that have played a minimum of two 6-Man League matches before that opening round. So you have just one more League fixture next Monday to ensure you have enough eligible bowlers to field a full team the following week. 

9 May 2019
  

 

  STARRED BOWLER APPEALS INVITED  
The next meeting of the Management Committee is scheduled for Monday 13 May. This is the meeting six weeks in to the new season where a review of Starred Bowlers is undertaken. This looks at all Section 1 and 2 Starred Bowlers to ensure that they are actually playing this year and to the level expected of a Starred Bowler. Clubs can also take the opportunity to appeal about the Starring of any of their bowlers, Any appeal needs to be received by the League Secretary by Sunday 12 May and explain the grounds of the appeal and put forward an alternative bowler to be Starred,   Starred Bowlers

8 May 2019
  

 

  FANTASY LEAGUE KNOCK-OUT1 DRAW  
The first of our two Fantasy League Knock-Out competitions starts off next week with the draw now made involving the 64 entrants. The straight knock-out competition involving head-to-head confrontations runs each week climaxing with the final on 24 & 25 June. With just a single weeks scores counting in each round it all moves along very quickly towards the £10 Well Bowled Sales Voucher being claimed by our Champion. So if your Fantasy League selections haven't set the world alight yet then don't despair as you are already entered into this KO and your future is all in the luck of the draw.  Draw 

7 May 2019
   
  

 

  COMPETITION ENTRY DEADLINE LOOMS  
You only have three days left before the entry deadline for three of our Individual & Pairs KO competitions.
Entries for the Over-70s, Over-80s and Pairs will close this Friday (10 May) with the others closing 14 days later. You can enter as many of the competitions as you like through the online entry form.  Entry Form 

7 May 2019
 

 

  BISTRO KO SURPRISES IN STORE 
The Bistro KO is a unique competition in the Veterans League calendar. The 5-Pairs handicap format and aggregate scoring system leads to unexpected results with giant-killing acts becoming the norm. All 64 10-Man League teams go into the hat and the first round takes place this Thursday. The fact that it takes place mid-week means that we always lose some teams who struggle to field teams on any other day than a Tuesday. Perpetual withdrawers the Elland C&BC A & B teams, Rastrick and Skel Windmill have also been joined this year by Canalside and Clayton West. So six byes but still plenty of mouth-watering ties to savour. The withdrawal of Elland C&BC B allows last year's winners, Marsh United A, to progress and they are joined by their B side who also get a bye. There are no all-Section 1 ties so lots of potential surprise results in store with Section 5 leaders, Lindley BC B having a 32-point start on Section 1 strugglers Almondbury BC looking a potent mix. Clubs are reminded that it is the winning team's responsibility to submit KO competition results preferably through Bowlsnet but you can also do it by posting the Result Cards but no need to do both.   Draw

6 May 2019
 

 

  10-MAN LEAGUE PREVIEW 
Newly promoted Longwood will relish taking on Section 1 Champions Lockwood Con A on their own green this week and it has seemed a long time coming for this meeting of two of our top local teams. Both teams will be aiming to avoid a second defeat this season in this much anticipated clash with second placed Cowcliffe poised to take advantage with a home game against Lindley Lib A. Bottom of the table Milnsbridge will not welcome a trip to Meltham A who have clocked up consecutive 8-1 wins after losing their first three matches of the season. Just 8 points separate the top 11 teams in Section 2 and that means any of them could be top after the latest round of fixtures. There will definitely be new leaders on Tuesday night as current pace-setters Thorpe Green have to wait until Friday to play their match at Lindley BC A with the three teams directly behind them all having home games this week.   Fixtures

6 May 2019
 

 

  SUB-TEAM KO PREVIEW 
Two Knock-Out ties for some teams this week with Round 2 of the Sub-Team KO on Tuesday and the opening round of the Bistro on Thursday. More on the Bistro in the build up  tomorrow but to look at the Sub-Team KO first with holders Brockholes B already eliminated. Kirkheaton C&BC B have withdrawn due to team raising difficulties leaving 15 teams still in contention with 8 of those coming from Section 3. Only two of those meet each other with Bradley & Colne and Outlane going head-to-head so leaving the potential for 7 of the 8 quarter-finalists to come from the same Section - surely not, so where are the surprises to come from? The two lowest handicapped teams left in are Springwood and Golcar Lib B. Springwood meet Canalside whilst Golcar Lib B have to give 25 points start to a bouyant Section 5 Marsh Lib team who beat a Section 4 opponent in Round 1 last week despite only fielding 9 bowlers. At least one Section 5 side will progress to the last eight as second-placed Kirkheaton Con B meet up with third-placed David Brown Sports. Tune in to Bowlsnet on Tuesday tea-time to watch all the results as they come in.  Results & Fixtures

5 May 2019
 

 

  6-MAN LEAGUE PREVIEW 
The top two teams in Section A are Netherton Con and Lindley Lib A and they are locked together on 10 points but they wont be next week as they go head-to-head this Monday. The winner is not even guaranteed top spot either as Shepley A are just a point behind them and have an away fixture at bottom team Farnley Tyas. The top two in Section B are Longwood and Skel Windmill A and they both have tricky looking away games this week. That could open up the way for third-placed Golcar C&BC who have Primrose Hill Lib as visitors who are still looking for their first win of the new season. The bottom two teams are desparate for points and both Almondbury Lib and Clayton West will hope that home advantage will offer an opportunity to move up following their games this week. Section C leaders Marsh United entertain Hemplow and will expect to retain top spot as second placed Thongsbridge A have to travel to Shepley B. Third-placed Marsden Park will hope to take closer order on their immediate rivals as they also have home advantage when Marsh Lib are the visitors. Away games for the bottom two, Lindley Lib B and Brockholes B, offers little hope of closing the gap on the rest of the teams.

5 May 2019
 

 

  MAY NEWSLETTER OUT NOW 
The May issue of the HDVBA Monthly Newsletter is now available to all readers. Previously early copies were circulated to all 294 names on our circulation list but it is now opened up to all-comers. You can book your monthly early copy just by subscribing which costs nothing at all and never will.
May issue  Subscribe

5 May 2019
  

 

  ANOTHER NEW FANTASY LEAGUE LEADER
Another new leader of our unique Well Bowled Fantasy League as Shepley bowler Elon Sykes goes top with his Lucky Dip selections. No one has stayed more than one week in the leading position so far this year, so whose turn will it be next week? Low scoring week as no League fixtures in Sections 3,4 and 5 and same again this week but Alan Fawcett did collect the top total of 32 points scored in the week and climbed 12 places as a result. That didn't make him the top mover as Roger Stopford moved up 16 places to 20th. Elon takes over as the leader in Mini-League 2 and John Earnshaw extends his lead in Mini-League 3 to 7 points. New joint leaders in Mini-League 1 as Tom Kelly and Bob Haigh take over from Philip Walker who is just a point behind them.   Latest Tables

4 May 2019
  

 

  OPENING WIN FOR INTER-DISTRICT TEAM 
Our Inter-District teams opened their season with a good 34-22 victory over Leeds today. With 7 out of 8 home team bowlers winning and the honours shared 4-4 in the away leg it was a strong start to the season. Next up are the Wakefield representative teams on Friday 17 May. The full breakdown of match scores are now recorded on Bowlsnet for all the Inter-District matches.  Results

4 May 2019
 

10-MAN LEAGUE
 

 

 SECTION 1 LEADERS UNDER PRESSURE 
Lockwood Con returned to winning ways after last week's shock loss but the chasing pack are closing in on them at the top of Section 1. A 7-2 home win over Marsh Utd reasserted the Champions claims to retain their title but wins for Cowcliffe, Clayton West, Meltham and Longwood means that the gap is narrowing. Away wins for Cowcliffe (7-2 v Golcar Lib) and Meltham (8-1 v Netherton Con) coupled with an 8-1 home win for Clayton West over Rastrick and two wins in a week for Longwood sees them taking closer order stacked up behind the leaders. A two-point aggregate advantage saw Milnsbridge edge their match with Elland C&BC 5-4 but that wasn't enough to lift them off the foot of the table. A first away win (5-4 at Lindley Lib) for Waterloo helped their plight in the lower regions but Almondbury BC suffered a fourth successive defeat to remain in trouble.

Thorpe Green go back to the top of Section 2 after a hard fought 6-3 home win over Kirkheaton Con A  as previous leaders Hemplow drop to fourth after a 2-7 defeat away at improving Brockholes A. Crosland Moor and Lockwood Con B both had 6-3 away wins which pushed them up the order to second and third in this the tightest of competitions. Meltham B lost for the first time on the road this season (1-8 at Shepley) and despite winning more games then they have lost are fourth to bottom. Skel Windmill lost 2-7 at home to Broad Oak A and are worringly getting a little adrift of the rest of the teams at the foot of the table.
Results   Tables

4 May 2019
 


 

 

 SUB-TEAM KO HOLDERS BEATEN IN ROUND 1  
The outcome of matches in Round 1 of the Sub-Team KO went mainly as expected with three notable exceptions. One being in the tie at Paddock I&C where Section 5 outfit Marsh Lib despite only fielding nine men overcame Section 4 team Ravensknowle Park A 145-144. There were early exits for two Section leaders with reigning trophy holders Brockholes B being comprehensively beaten 132-156 by fellow Section 3 team Outlane. Then Section 5 leaders Lindley BC B were overcome by same Section strugglers Primrose Hill Lib B 160-156 where the 5-point handicap advantage proved decisive.  Results

3 May 2019
 

6-MAN LEAGUE
 

 

 CHAMPIONS NETHERTON CON BACK ON TOP 
Champions Netherton Con replaced Crosland Moor at the top of the Section A 6-man league table after beating them 5-2 this week. They are joined on the same 10 points total by Lindley Lib A who beat third placed Shepley A on their own turf 4-3. Farnley Tyas and  Thongsbridge B continued their slow starts to the new season with both losing again this time to Paddock I&C and Brockholes A respectively and now occupy the bottom two places in the early table. Longwood are in familiar territory in Section B as they move in to top spot after beating Primrose Hill Lib 6-1 whilst Skel Windmill A also had a second successive win to go second after beating Clayton West 5-2. Golcar C&BC won 4-3 at Lockwood Con thanks to a 91-88 aggregate advantage and they go third. Week 1 leaders Holmfirth came down to earfth when being beating 3-4 at home by Skel Windmill B. Almondbury Lib were on the wrong end of the days only 7-0 scoreline and are bottom after losing at Golcar Lib. On a day when all five Section C fixtures ended with 6-1 scorelines it was the three away wins that determined the top three places at the end of the week. Marsh United built on their opening day 7-0 win to top the table after a 6-1 victory at Lindley Lib B who find themselves rooted to the foot of the early table. Thongsbridge A and Marsden Park also won again to stay firmly in contention. Meltham who had an opening day 7-0 win failed to add to that when going down 1-6 away at Hemplow.   Results   Tables

2 May 2019
 

 

 KIRKHEATON C&BC 'B' TWO WITHDRAWALS 
Kirkheaton C&BC B have withdrawn from two knock-out competitions scheduled for next week. After progressing through Round 1 of the Sub-Team KO this week when Elland C&BC B withdrew they now find themselves unable to raise a full team for Round 2 next Tuesday. In addition they have withdrawn from Round 1 of the Bistro scheduled for next Thursday due to the same problem.

2 May 2019
 

 

 MAY NEWSLETTER SENT OUT 
The May issue of the HDVBA Monthly Newsletter has now been sent out to all 294 names on our email circulation list. If you believe that you are on that mailing list and haven't seen your copy drop into your INBOX then please check your SPAM folder before contacting us for another copy. Get your reserved copy every month by subscribing which costs nothing and never will.  Subscribe

1 May 2019
 

 

 YEARBOOKS STILL AVAILABLE
There are still a small number of Veterans League 2019 Yearbooks available to anyone who would like a copy. Contact Allan Dobson the Interim General Secretary on 01484-534164 or by email at allan_dobson@sky.com. 

1 May 2019
  

 

  KNOCK-OUT DEADLINES LOOM  
Not long now until the deadline for entry in to our Individual and Pairs KO competitions with some competitions closing next week. 
There are six competitions that are open to individual bowlers and they are all handicapped offering real opportunities for bowlers of all capabilities and the chance to pit your skills against the best bowlers in our leagues. All competitions are open to bowlers in both the 6-man and 10-man leagues. Our top competition is the Rose Bowl open to all bowlers with the top eight performers sharing the £440 prize fund. Then there is age dependent competitions with the Over-70's KO and Over-80's KO and a new Over-70's Pairs KO this year as well. The traditional Pairs KO is also available as is the one aimed at bowlers competing in Sections 3,4,5,A, B and C known as the Lower Divisions Trophy. There is an entry fee of £2 per bowler for each competition and this sum goes towards the prize money. Entries for the Over-70s, Over-80s and Pairs will close on Friday 10 May with the others closing 14 days later. You can enter as many of the competitions as you like through the online entry form as well as through your Club Rep.   Entry Form 

30 April 2019
  

 

  INTER-DISTRICT SQUADS 
Our Inter-District teams begin their seven-match season this Friday with Leeds our opening day opponents. The two new captains have named their respective home and away team squads and hopes are high of a good season to come. 
Squads   Fixtures

30 April 2019
  

 

 MAY NEWSLETTER OUT THIS WEEK 
The May issue of the HDVBA Newsletter will be sent out to all those on our mailing list later this week. This issue contains the build-up to the 2019 Yorkshire Inter-District League; Individual & Pairs KO deadlines as well as news on a new sponsorship arrangement for our League. There is only one way to guarantee receiving your early copy of the newsletter this, and every, month and that is by subscribing to our mailing list. Subscription is free for ever.  Subscribe Now 

29 April 2019
  

 

  SUB-TEAM KNOCK-OUT PREVIEW 
The first team knock-out competition of the season gets off the ground this Tuesday with 32 teams competing for the Sub-Team KO trophy. This is for the teams outside the top 32 at the end of last season. Last year's finalists, Brockholes B and Holmfirth A meet fellow Section 3 teams in the form of Outlane and Slaithwaite respectively. This sets the tone for Round 1 as no less than 8 of the 16 ties involve teams from the same Section going head-to-head and there isn't a single Section 3 v Section 5.team encounter so reducing the giantkilling possibilities. All teams are reminded that Round 2 follows immediately on the following Tuesday so make sure your team knows next week's neutral venue if you win your Round 1 game this week.  Round 1 & Round 2

29 April 2019
 

 

  FANTASY LEAGUE KO DATES 
The dates have been set for the two Fantasy League Knock-Out competitions - KO1 and KO2. With 65 entrants each competition will run for seven weeks with a Preliminary Round required involving two entrants to get us down to 64 and a straight run-in to the Final. KO1 will begin on Monday 13 May and conclude on Tuesday 25 June. Then KO2 will run from 12 August to 24 September with only League matches played on Mondays and Tuesdays counting to the weekly KO totals. With £10 Well Bowled Sales Vouchers to the winner of each competition to keep the interest flowing.

28 April 2019
 

 

  10-MAN WEEKLY FIXTURE PREVIEW  
Just League fixtures in the top two Sections this coming week as the other Sections concentrate on the first round of the Sub-Team KO (full preview here tomorrow). Section 1 Champions, Lockwood Con A, will be expecting to bounce back from their surprise defeat last week at Meltham when they entertain Marsh Utd A on Tuesday. The next two in the table both have away games this week with Cowcliffe at Golcar Lib A and Elland C&BC visiting bottom of the table Milnsbridge A. Both Longwood and Netherton Con A have two League games over the next week and will aim to accummulate enough points to push themselves out of the bottom half of the table. Meltham will be tested at Netherton Con and will learn if last week's big win was a flash-in-the-pan or a taster of better times ahead.

The seven teams making up the top half of Section 2 are separated by just 5 points and four of them clash in the next round of fixtures. Second placed Thorpe Green will be aiming to reclaim top spot when hosting seventh placed Kirkheaton Con A. This was a Section 3 fixture last season when the Cons inflicted the only home defeat on Thorpe Green's record on their way to claiming the title. Third placed Crosland Moor are running into form and they will need to be to gain anything from their trip to play fifth placed Thongsbridge A. Leaders Hemplow A travel to take on improving Brockholes A who have won their last two matches.  Fixtures

28 April 2019
  

 

 THE EXAMINER ON TRIAL 
Good to see that The Examiner responded to the challenge by including a full report on our weekly fixtures in Thursday's issue. There is generally a reduction in the number of pages in each issue so it will be interesting to see how they manage competition for space when some of the other bowls leagues and cricket competitions get fully wound up.

28 April 2019
 

 

  BISTRO KO WITHDRAWAL NUMBERS 5 & 6
Two more withdrawals from the Bistro KO as Canalside and Clayton West both have team-raising problems for their first round matches on 9 May. The withdrawal of Canalside means that provides a bye for Marsh United B who join their A team who will also progress to Round 2 due to a team withdrawal. Clayton West's withdrawal enables Greenhead Park to pass through to Round 2. This brings the total number of withdrawals to six as they join Elland C&BC (A & B teams), Rastrick and Skel Windmill who have already withdrawn from the 2019 competition.  Draw

27 April 2019