Roll on summer - your weekly bowls round-up
Hopefully, normal life is just round the corner. Or just over the crown if, like me, you happen to be a crown green bowler. In a couple of weeks we’ll even be able to sit inside a pub debating the games instead of standing outside in a tent with icycles hanging off our noses. There’s plenty of Mirfield League interest in Ossett, Horbury and surrounding villages and, in case you aren’t aware, the Mirfield League is regarded by many as the best in the country. Make sure you follow the Horbury & Ossett Community News Facebook page to get your weekly round-up from the top division, plus reports on our local sides playing further down the very competitive Mirfield ladder.
We’ll start this week with Ossett Flying Horse’s trip to Pudsey Littlemoor amidst a second successive monsoon-like Tuesday of torrential downpours. With the previous week’s puddle-strewn contest still fresh in Pudsey minds, Littlemoor ran out convincing winners, our local side Flying Horse crash-landing to a 1-11 defeat. Sam Farmer was Fly’s solitary winner with an impressive 21-9. Seasoned Littlemoor campaigner Paul Jacques replied with 21-7, though had to share the sweep with on-form Mark ‘Reggie’ Regan.
Our other local interest in the top division, Denby Grange, entertained title holders and favourites Thongsbridge. Overton can be an unforgiving place on a freezing night (is it really May?!), but a tight contest ensued. Newly promoted Denby finished 7-5 to the good, although no less than three 21-20 defeats left a bitter taste to the otherwise excellently kept beer in the tent outside the Black Swan afterwards. Said pub’s landlord, Danny Walker, was Denby’s top scorer yet again with a zesty 21-5, topping-up his average in the process. Having never previously played in this division, the publican heads the league averages with three wins on the hop. Chris ‘Ned’ Kelly showed his class and experience to respond 21-7 for Thongsbridge, but the home side was left wondering what might have been had players converted their chances.
Over in east Leeds, tucked behind the Kentucky Fried Chicken, Crossgates welcomed visitors Dearne Sports from South Yorkshire. Despite a distinct lack of cheese, James Wilcox found his wings for the ‘Gates, producing a real zinger of a 21-5 card. Rob Wiltshire is in good form for Dearne though and responded with a fully loaded 21-6 for the South Yorkshire troop. Dearne would be satisfied to leave Leeds with a creditable 8-4 defeat.
Over at Crosland Moor the Huddersfield club came unstuck at home to a talented Lower Hopton ‘A’, now the early joint pacesetters of the league. There were no big wins on the night, with Liam Fallas and Wayne Moseley top-carding with 21-14 for the home side. Hopton’s best winner was twice British and six times Yorkshire champion, Graeme Wilson, whose 21-12 contributed to Hopton’s 9-3 away win. The Hopton boys have certainly put down their marker.
It’s not quite the same story for Lower Hopton ‘B’ though, who are currently at the opposite end of the table after a tough start. Last night’s visit from Pudsey BC ended with an 8-4 home defeat that defies the quality they have in their side. Wayne Hirst’s 21-9 for Hopton ‘B’ delayed the Pudsey onslaught, but it was a convincing win for ‘Top Club’, league secretary and Yorkshire county man Tom Hanson replying with 21-5 for Pudsey.
Standngs after week 3:
Lower Hopton WMC 'A' 3 23
Thongsbridge C & BC 3 23
Littlemoor 3 22
Crossgates BC 3 22
Denby Grange BC 3 20
Pudsey BC 2 13
Crosland Moor 3 13
Ossett Flying Horse 3 11
Dearne Sports 2 11
Lower Hopton WMC 'B' 3 10
In Division 3 Ossett C&AC returned to action after a week off and also duly returned their second massive win of the season. After a big away win in the local derby at Horbury WMC in week one, Ossett Cricket delivered their visitors from Rothwell an unplayable spell of bowling, finishing a one-sided contest 11-1. Top bat Rob Dunford high-scored for Ossett Cricket, leaving his opponent stumped with 7. Neil Wood was Rothwell’s only winner with a swashbuckling 21-11. Our other club in this division, Horbury WMC, had a bye this week, but Ossett Cricket are sitting pretty in second place with a game in hand over league leaders Dodworth.
Ossett Flying Horse ‘B’ edged a 7-5 home win in a tight Division 4 affair with Lowerhouses. Malcolm Preston carded a mercurial 21-5 for the Fly, which was significant enough to sway the aggregate for the home side. G Metcalfe’s 21-10 was the best of the five Lowerhouses wins.
It was a local derby in our other Division 4 encounter with Thornhill entertaining near neighbours from across the valley, Denby Grange ‘B’. Thornhill look a strong outfit at this level, proving their worth with a 10-2 home victory that puts them top of the table. Andy ‘Plum’ Mitchell knows the story in Balamory (he bears a resemblance to PC Plum from the kid’s tv hit). And he knows how to bowl as well, as shown in a 21-4 home card. The best reply from Denby Grange ‘B’ came from a real-life cop, Liam Sykes, who left his opponent tasered on 21-7. Evenin’ all.
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