ASHLEY DAYKIN and Jack Dyson are joint favourites for the Huddersfield Champion of Champions title.
The Huddersfield season reaches its climax at Kirkheaton Cricket and Bowling Club on Sunday, when it’s a 1pm start and a £200 first prize is up for grabs.
Yorkshire teammates Daykin – who won the Colne Valley Merit – and Dyson (Dearne & Don Merit) are rated 4/1 chances to take the crown.
Daykin is looking for a hat trick of Champions’ wins, having won the event in 1997 and 2007, while Dyson – who was favourite for the Autumn Handicap won by Ian Briggs (Longwood) – is looking for his first success in the Armitage Leisure Services-sponsored day.
Daykin faces Summer Handicap winner Andrew Heaume (12/1) in the first round, while Dyson is up against Paul Ingleby, the Vic Sugden Handicap winner and an 8/1 shot, in his opening tie.
The runner-up will take home £100 and the losing semi-finalists £50 each.
Draw – Neil Small (Spring Handicap) 25/1 v Wayne Moseley (Hudds Merit) 6/1, Jack Dyson (Dearne & Don Merit) 4/1 v Paul Ingleby (Vic Sugden Hcp) 8/1, Mick Turner (Jack Burgin Hcp) 25/1 v Ashley Tattersley (Lib League Merit) 7/1, Andrew Wike (Horace Walker Hcp) 10/1 v Ian Briggs (Autumn Hcp) 12/1, Thomas Holmes (Hudds Junior Merit) 20/1 v Phillip Holroyd (Halifax Merit) 12/1, Ashley Daykin (Colne Valley Merit) 4/1 v Andrew Heaume (Summer Hcp) 12/1, Danny Beeby (Hills Yorkshire Hcp) 10/1 v Rob Dunford (Ossett & Horbury Merit) 16/1, Dave Fox (Con League Merit) 5/1 v Graham Brook (Veterans Rosebowl) 16/1.
Ashley Daykin and Steven Hirst lost out by just a point in the final of the Mirfield Old Bank Autumn Double.
Daykin beat Darren Griffiths 31-25 while Hirst lost to Andy Buckley 31-24, meaning Griffiths and Buckley took the title 56-55.
In the semi-finals, the Netherton Con duo beat Chris Brown and Gary Ellis 54-37 while the competition winners beat Dave and Scott Fisher of Morton House 60-49.