STEPHEN HIRST is the 2/1 favourite for the Peter Jackson Memorial competition at the Griffin this coming Sunday.
The event, which is sponsored by Abacus Stone Sales, starts at 10am with five jacks on and Hirst faces some strong competition at the Colne Valley venue.
Draw (with odds in brackets):
Preliminary – A) Richard Punshon (66) v Stephen Hirst (2), B) John Ineson (50) v Donald Rae (20), C) Jack Dyson (7) v Dave Scott (12), D) Duncan Reeves (10) v Mick Higgins (40), E) Ashley Daykin (7/2) v Alec Byrnes (33), F) Gary Siswick (14) v Dennis Tattersley (50), G) Danny Racliffe (33) v Mark Richardson (25), H) Chris Davies (8) v Craig Gant (6), I) Paul Ingleby (8) v Terry Brook (20), J) Graham Sigsworth (14) v Barry Gibson (33).
First round – Ian Haigh (25) v Peter Kain (14), Ray Whitwam (10) v Barry Tinker (33), Mark Wood (7) v Graham Tandy (40), A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H, I v J.
Mark Sykes won the latest Griffin Sixteen – his first ever success at the club.
He beat Ronnie Wormald 21-17 in the final, sponsored by Jack Dyson, but only after a battle.
Winning the toss and starting from the centre of the green – a Griffin tradition – Sykes opened up a 10-0 lead going from crown to a corner and back to the crown.
At the 23rd end, and with Sykes still going well on the back of a 19-9 lead, he let Wormald in and he took advantage well, getting back to 17.
At that point though, Sykes got back in and secured the two he needed for his first win at the Griffin.
First round – Ray Whitwam 21 Richard Punshon 16, Ashley Daykin 21 Dennis Tattersley 11, Ronnie Wormald 21 Jack Dyson 5, Peter Hopkinson 21 Mark Richardson 16, Tony Marren 16 Mark Wood 21, Gary Siswick 21 Alec Byrnes 14, Steve Parkin 21 Peter Kain 17, Terry Brook 10 Mark Sykes 21.
Quarter-finals – Whitwam 21 Daykin 17, Wormald 21 Hopkinson 15, Wood 18 Siswick 21, Parkin 14 Sykes 21.
Semi-finals – Whitwam 10 Wormald 21, Siswick 15 Sykes 21.
Final – Wormald 17 Sykes 21.