Mark Atkinson confirmed the Crosland Moor club as the dominant force in the Colne Valley Bowling League by winning this year’s Merit at the venue of sponsors Golcar Liberal Club.
Atkinson has helped his club retain the Summer League Premier Cup and are currently leading the top section of the Floodlight League.
He also won the League Pairs trophy with club colleague Gary Siswick.
After defeating Richard Walsh jnr of Lockwood Con 21-13 in the first round, Atkinson then defeated three previous title holders on his route to victory.
He beat John Metcalfe (2008) of Moldgreen Con 21-13 and then defeated last year’s winner and club teammate Siswick 21-12 in the semi-finals.
Competitors and officials had to endure atrocious weather conditions up to and including the semi-finals, but thankfully the weather abated for the final which produced an exciting finale with Atkinson defeating Mark Sykes (2003 and 2004 winner) of Lindley Liberal Club 21-20.
Sykes took an early lead in the final and led 13-10 before Atkinson rallied to lead 20-15.
Sykes then managed to draw level at 20-all on his favourite bit of land up the green edge and laid game at the final end before Atkinson, with his last delivery, struck off Sykes’s counting bowl to win 21-20.
First round – M Atkinson (Crosland Moor) 21 R Walsh Jnr (Lockwood Con) 12, D Beeby (Canalside Spts) 15 J Metcalfe (Moldgreen Con) 21, R Craven (Skelmanthorpe Cen) 18 P Toon (Waterloo BC) 21, D Fuller (Hemplow BC) 17. G Siswick (Crosland Moor) 21, G Beaumont (Newsome) 19 R Cox (Lockwood Con) 21, M Armitage (Linthwaite CBC) 16 M Sykes (Lindley Lib) 21, P Ingleby (Lockwood Con) 21 L Peacock (Milnsbridge BC) 18, T Chatfield (Golcar Lib) 6 T Brook (Crosland Moor) 21.
Quarter-finals – M Atkinson 21 J Metcalfe 13, P Toon 17 G Siswick 21, R Cox 15 M Sykes 21, P Ingleby 15 T Brook 21.
Semi-finals – M Atkinson 21 G Siswick 12, M Sykes 21 T Brook 13.
Final – M Atkinson 21 M Sykes 20.
Results from the Colne Valley Floodlight League:
Section 1 – Longwood BC A 10 Moldgreen Con 1.5, Milnsbridge BC 2 Slaithwaite CBC A 12, Moldgreen Con 7 Crosland Moor 6, Slaithwaite CBC A 2 Lindley Lib A 12, Lindley Lib A 3 Crosland Moor 10.5, Milnsbridge BC 3 Longwood BC A 10.5.
Section 2 – Lockwood Con 9 Lowerhouses 3, Lindley BC 7 Thorpe Green 6, Thorpe Green 10 Marsh Utd 1.5, Lowerhouses 7 Marsh Utd 6.
Section 3 – Newsome WMC 8 Golcar Lib 4.5, Milnsbridge Lib 7 Newsome WMC 6, Golcar Lib 8 Hemplow BC A 4.5, Milnsbridge Lib 9 Longwood BC B 3.
Section 4 – Slaithwaite CBC B 10 Lindley Lib B 1.5, Hemplow BC B 9 HRUFC BC 3, Lindley Lib B 8 Broad Oak BC 4.5, Hemplow BC B 4 Slaithwaite CBC B 9.