THE final of the 2009 Hillcrest Open Pairs was won by Mel Gilbert and Ian Holden.
The pair beat Mike Holden and Steve Copeland 21-17 in the competition sponsored by Grosvenors Butchers.
Former Halifax bowling league secretary Gilbert, now living in Kirkham, and Todmorden’s Holden started their run by beating Jonathon Wilcox and Gareth Lally21-17.
The three times Classic winner Copeland, partnered by Elland WMC bowler Holden eased into the semi-final with a 21-12 victory over Brendan O’Prey and Gary Siswick.
Roy and Gareth Nicholson were victors against Paul Sigsworth and Jack Dyson 21-17, and the quarter-finals were completed with a 21-19 win for Keith Turton and Mark Kay who faced Barry Collinge and Paul Demetriades.
In the semi-final Copeland and Holden showed their superior green knowledge beating Turton and Kay 21-7 in 15 ends.
The other semi was fairly even until a four break put Holden and Gilbert in front at 17-11 and from then on they were never in any danger finally winning 21-14.
The final was nip & tuck all the way, with neither pairing able to keep hold of the jack for more than a couple of ends.
With the score at 11-14 the eventual winners scored a four at one end which was quickly followed by a three and, despite conceding a pair and a single, they went on to lift the trophy and take the £300 prize money.
The draw for the Mirfield Old Bank Autumn Double semi-final sees Huddersfield pair Ashley Daykin and Paul Sigsworth pitted against the winners of tonight’s final qualifying match.
In the other semi-final Spen Vic’s Peter Jagger and Chris Mordue, of Brighouse, will play Liverpool pairing Danny Barwise and Phil Lee. Finals night is on Monday (7.0).
Paddock Ladies Open Day pairs were won by C McGrath and P Wright.
Having come through their semi-final beating J Robinson and S Livingstone 21-13, they won the final 21-9 against E Smith and P McDonagh, who had progressed from the last four with a 21-18 victory over A Hinchliffe and F Beaumont.
Denby Dale Bowling Club’s Ladies Doubles tile was won by L Penny and M Cooper, who were 21-17 victors in the final over J Mallinson and A Sykes.
Penny and Cooper won through the last four with a 21-6 success over J Taylor and A Churcher, while a 21-20 success over S Haigh and K Portman saw Mallinson and Sykes into the final.