LOCKWOOD CON are in a top British Crown Green competition in Lancashire on Sunday (11.00).
A bus load of supporters from the club will be backing their team in the World Bowling Championship organised by the governing body at Irlam in Manchester.
It’s an eight-man team and Lockwood Con – invited as winners of Yorkshire’s Henry Taylor Cup last year – have five county men (either present or former) in their line-up.
Those are Mick Cox, Wayne Moseley, Eddie Haigh, Peter Kain and Paul Ingleby, and they are joined by Andy Harper, Tony Marren and Mark Wood.
Mark Richardson is the No9 captain and the squad is completed by Colin Hufton, Lee Moseley and Mick Higgins sen.
Andy Cairns played tremendously well to join qualifiers for the intermediate stage of the Bernard Sigsworth Memorial Trophy.
Rated a 12/1 shot, Cairns was up against another class bowler in 10/1 chance Ronnie Wormald in the latest qualifier and triumphed 31-9, with Wormald just never getting going.
Patrick Conneely (at 100/1) probably produced the shock of the event – which is sponsored by the Sigsworth family – by beating Dave Walkden (12/1) 31-18, before being knocked out by George Fellows at the next stage.
Preliminary – Patrick Conneely 31 Dave Walkden 18, George Fellows 31 John Ineson 18, Frank Greenwood 31 Scott Fisher scr, Denis Tattersley 31 Steve Parkin scr, Andy Cairns 31 Ronnie Wormald 9, Wayne Dews 31 Gerald Sykes 22, Duncan Reeves 31 Peter Read 13, Richard Mozley 31 Tony Wilson 22.
First round – Steve Pollard 31 Eddie Haigh scr, Geoff Sigsworth 30 Robert Taylor 31, Gareth McMahon 31 Paul Sigsworth 21, Kieran O’Prey scr Roy Sutton 31, Conneely 19 Fellows 31, Greenwood 31 Tattersley 21, Cairns 31 Dews 19, Reeves 31 Mozley 24.
The Geoff Brough Memorial Trophy at Spen Victoria CB&AC marks a cracking start to their season on Saturday (10.00).
It’s a 32-strong final of their winter competition, sponsored by Peter Jagger and Michael Morris.
The winner will receive a first prize of £240 from the £720 pot, as well as the prestigious Geoff Brough Memorial Trophy.
All the finalists have qualified throughout the last 18 weeks playing in all kinds of weather.
Hot food will be available throughout the day of the final.
Draw – John Watson v Jon Edmondson, Mark Farmer v Vince Senior, Tony Riley v Tony Barrass, Paul Bowes v Robert Thompson, Liam Griffin v Duncan Reeves, Warren Wilson v Grez Smith, David Fisher v Danny Beeby, Andrew Farmer v Andy Hodgson, Mally Fowler v James Wilcox, Kieran Smith v Ashley Tattersley, Richard Brook v Rob Swift, Robert Hitchen v Andrew Sykes, Peter Wilcox v Paul Ingleby, Debbie Farmer v Jack Dyson, Chris Mordue v David Scott, Michael Sweeney v Scott Fisher.
The Thornhill C&BC Open Pairs, held over from last October, was won by J Peacock and S King.
Quarter-finals – R Crowther and P Ingleby 14 S Thomson and R Thomas 21, A Walker and S Firth 17 I Chapple and M Kaye 21, J Peacock and S King 21 N Breadley and P Kaye 20, C Blakeley and M Fox 12 J Payne and D Fisher 21.
Semi-finals – Thomson and Thomas 21 Chapple and M Kaye 17, Peacock and King 21 Payne and Fisher 17.
Final – Thomson and Thomas 9 Peacock and King 21.