LINDA GLEDHILL of Marsh United won the Ladies Afternoon League Merit final.
She beat Meltham’s Hazel Rangeley 21-18 to take the title at Paddock C&BC.
It was a very close and exciting showpiece and both players kept nudging ahead and then being pegged back.
Gledhill took the early lead, but Rangeley battled back to level things and five across and 11 across.
Rangeley then went ahead before the final was levelled up again at 15-15. It was then that Gledhill went in front and she wasn’t hauled back in.
First round – A Vickers (Outlane) 13 B Mark (HRUFC BC) 21, H Rangeley (Meltham) 21 H Lunn (Almondbury Lib) 13, D Gartside (Linthwaite Hall) 17 H Berry (New Mill) 21, M Nicholson (Meltham) 21 H Dyson (Almondbury BC) 7, E Wooltorton (Cowcliffe) 21 J Sykes (Outlane) 13, L Gledhill (Marsh U) 21 K Longley (New Mill) 7, C Kaye (Cowcliffe) 21 L Wood (New Mill) 13, P Haynes (Almondbury Lib) 21 S Illingworth (Almondbury BC) 8.
Quarter-finals – Mark 13 Rangeley 21, Berry 16 Nicholson 21, Wooltorton 7 Gledhill 21, Kaye 21 Haynes 8.
Semi-finals – Rangeley 21 Nicholson 19, Gledhill 21 Kaye 5.
Final – Rangeley 18 Gledhill 21.
Hill Crest got their 2012 Open Pairs – sponsored by Grosvenors Butchers – up and running and the winning pair were Elland WMC’s Paul Demetriades and Barry Collinge, who beat Ray Whitwam and John Ollerenshaw 21-12 in the first heat.
The second heat starts at 6.30pm on Saturday.
Draw – B Tinker/D Beeby (Huddersfield) v Senior/Partner (Sheffield), S Frewin/D Wray (Hebden Bdge) v A Broad/D Hickey (Siddal), A Byrnes/Partner (Huddersfield) v G Smedley/S Copeland (Mottram), A Fergus/ L Mynard (Littleborough) v R Newton/C Lloyd (Stalybridge).