EILEEN Wooltorton fought back to win her first Ladies Afternoon Merit title.
The Cowcliffe bowler, who has just started playing in the afternoon league, beat Marie Nicholson, of Meltham, 21-19 in the Paddock C and BC-staged final.
Marsh United’s Linda Gledhill, who was aiming for a hat trick of Merit titles to equal the record set by Elaine Lunn in 1985, 86 and 87, lost 21-12 in the quarter-finals to Christine Kaye, of Cowcliffe.
Cut glass was the theme of prizes presented at this year’s well-organised event and first round losers received wine glasses, quarter-finalists had water jugs, semi-finalists received tumblers while runner-up Nicholson was presented with a serving tray and champion Wooltorton won an hors d’oeuvre tray along with the Merit trophy.
First round: C Mizon (Almondbury BC) 21 J Drury (Almondbury Lib)15, E Wooltorton (Cowcliffe Lib) 21 B Berry (Brockholes) 5, H Rangeley (Meltham) 21 J Muff (Almondbury BC) 14, E Smith (Cowcliffe Lib) 21 K Cockcroft (Meltham) 7, S O’Melia (Almondbury BC) 9 L Gledhill (Marsh Utd) 21, C Kaye (Cowcliffe Lib) 21 N Wood (Almondbury BC) 4, P Turner (Cowcliffe Lib) 11 M Nicholson (Meltham) 21, G Iredale (Cowcliffe Lib) 21 S Dillingham (Linthwaite Hall) 15.
Quarter-finals: Mizon 19 Wooltorton 21, Rangeley 14 Smith 21, Gledhill 12 Kaye 21, Nicholson 21 Iredale 12.
Semi-finals: Wooltorton 21 Smith 7, Kaye 11 Nicholson 19.
Final: Wooltorton 21 Nicholson 19.
Peter Green and Martin Greenall battled through atrocious weather to win the Dearne and Don Pairs Merit at New Mill BC.
The Clayton West duo beat Tony Swift and Robert Schofield, of Thongsbridge, 21-19 in the final of the Mad Nevs (formerly Crossland Hairdressing) of Moldgreen.
In the first round only one game went to the wire with Vince Senior and Robert Thompson (St Works) losing 21-19.
In the semi-finals both games turned into one-sided matches with Swift and Schofield beating Robert Grayson and Craig Hockenhull (St Works) 21-16 while Green and Greenall beat Keith Ainley and Trevor Graham (Thurgoland) 21-12.
But the final turned into a titantic clash comprising 31 ends and lasting one and three-quarter hours.
After six ends it was 5-3 to Green and Greenall and after 18 ends it was 14-10 to Swift and Schofield.
Green and Greenall mounted a fightback before both pairs traded single points. Then, with Swift and Schofield leading 19-17 and laying two on to win the game, Greenall struck to leave them scoring one and at the next end, Green threw a three-quarter-length jack out through the increasingly heavy conditions which earned them three points and at the next end they wrapped it up by scoring the one they required.
Huddersfield RUFC BC is the venue for Saturday’s Huddersfield Bowling League’s Meltham Cup final, sponsored by Ben Shaws (2.00).
Formerly run as a six-man team knockout, the event is now a pairs competition, with £200 to the winning pair.
First round: A and S Tattersley (3) (Moldgreen Con) v M Hinchliffe and R Whitwam (3) (Milnsbridge Lib), K Willans and C Landon (4) (Linthwaite CBC) v F Greenwood and R Sutton (3) (Milnsbridge Lib), S Hirst and M Richardson (2) (Netherton Con) v A Harper and S Howard (3) (Marsh United), G and L Senior (3) (Moldgreen Con) v M Sykes and P Hulley (3) (Milnsbridge BC).
The Wrathall Cup, junior mixed singles competition, sponsored by Frank and Jean Wrathall, takes place at Netherton Con on Friday (scratch 9.45am, start 10am). Draw is made on the day.
And on Sunday the Norma Haigh Charity Shield mixed pairs competition, sponsored by Terry Haigh, takes place at Newsome, (scratch 9.45am, start 10am). Draw on the day.
The closing date for the Peter Thornton-sponsored mixed 15-21 years competition is Saturday, August 2, and all entries should be sent to Nicola Walsh, 80 Towngate, Newsome, Huddersfield, HD4 6JS. Phone entries will not be accepted, entry is £1 per person with cheques made payable to Huddersfield Junior Crown Green Bowling Association.