HUDDERSFIELD Veterans are celebrating after retaining the Yorkshire Inter-District League title.
The Perry’s Cars-sponsored side beat rivals West Riding 31-25 to lift the Famous Grouse Trophy for a fourth consecutive year.
John Wilde’s home team, captained by Frank Greenwood, won 19-9 at Meltham No1, while Bernard Jones’ away team narrowly lost 16-12 at Thornhill CBC, but the overall result was never in jeopardy.
Frank Griffin, the British veterans merit champion, maintained his unbeaten record by winning a seventh match for the away team, and other notable performances throughout the season have come from John Shaw, Greenwood and Terry Randerson, who have all won six and lost one only.
At Meltham No1: F Greenwood 16 P Johnson 21, B Starkey 21 J Glazzard 11, H Pennington 21 M Wainwright 14, G Cowgill 18 N Beveridge 21, T Randerson 21 J Barlow 15, T Sykes 21 D Green 12, R Norcliffe 21 G Hird 16, R Sutton 20 D Harrison 21.
At Thornhill CBC: B Nicholl 21 R Bray 9, R Tipple 14 E Earnshaw 21, D Crowther 21 D Bentley 10, A Emerson 8 R Blamires 21, F Griffin 21 J Smith 14, M McCluskey 19 J D Smith 21, J Shaw 15 B Firth 21, E Haigh 11 G Barlow 21.
The quarter-finals of the Huddersfield Veterans League Bistro competition take place on Thursday, August 7:
Waterloo (scr) v Almondbury Lib (4) at Rastrick, Skelmanthorpe Windmill (36) v Almondbury BC (8) at Kirkheaton CBC, Elland A (4) v Crosland Moor (12) at Marsh Lib, Milnsbridge B (32) v Clayton West (scr) at Bradley and Colne.
Yorkshire veterans were left disappointed after losing in the final round robin game by just three chalks in their Inter-District day hosted by South Yorkshire.
Yorkshire, packed with a host of Huddersfield bowlers, had to play out of the planned sequence due to the late arrival of the coach carryingŠSouth Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Parks.
After the first twoŠmatches Yorkshire had four points (two points for a win) with a positive aggregate score of +18.
South Yorkshire also had two pointsŠand an aggregate of +18 after two matches but the hosts went through after they beat Yorkshire.
Yorkshire 150 Greater Manchester 136, Yorkshire 151 South Yorkshire Parks 147, Yorkshire 141 South Yorkshire 144.