HUDDERSFIELD Merit winner Paul Sigsworth will be aiming for a local double when Cleckheaton Sports host the Mirfield Merit final, sponsored by P M Auto Repairs, Longwood, tomorrow (3.00).
The Netherton Con ace will take on David Armitage, of Ossett Flying Horse, in the first round, which features fellow Huddersfield bowlers Nicky White (Thongsbridge), Brian Morley (Lindley Lib), James Davison (Thongsbridge), Paul Ingleby (Longwood) and Ashley Tattersley.
Prior to the Merit final is the Pairs showdown, featuring two pairs from Netherton Con and one from Lockwood Con, at the same venue (10.30).
Mirfield Pairs – First round: A Daykin and M Richardson (Netherton Con) v P Bowes and G Wike (Pudsey BC), D and M Armitage (Ossett FH) v M Regan and J Senior (Brighouse Spts), P Kain and K Midwood (Netherton Con) v A Hodgson and D Crawley (Pudsey BC), A Harper and J McMahon (Lockwood Con) v G Hickey and D Scott (Lower Hopton).
Mirfield Merit – First round: David Scott (Lower Hopton) v John Edmondson (Brighouse Spts), Nicky White (Thongsbridge) v Brian Morley (Lindley Lib), James Davison (Thongsbridge) v Peter Jagger (Spen Victoria), Paul Bowes (Pudsey BC) v Paul Ingleby (Longwood), Andrew Page (Spen Ex-Service) v Michael Armitage (Ossett FH), David Armitage (Ossett FH) v Paul Sigsworth (Netherton Con), Ashley Tattersley (Almondbury Lib) v Peter Senior (Spen Victoria), Danny Fountain (Blakeborough Alb) v Mark Regan (Brighouse Spts).
Steve Copeland (Royton) can pack his bucket and spade as he booked a place in Blackpool’s Champion of Champions after victory in the Clifford Crawshaw Memorial Classic, at Sowerby Bridge Hill Crest.
Copeland beat Glyn Cookson (Winsford) 31-26 in last weekend’s high-class final to earn a £1,400 pay-out and a place in the prestigious British Crown Green Bowling Association’s September showdown.
Copeland was clearly the man in form and took the scalps of former Yorkshire Merit winner Graham Hickey and Greater Manchester’s Gary Ellis en-route to the final showdown.
But, against Cookson, he didn’t have it all his own way.
He was trailing before a heavy cloudburst forced the bowlers off the green.
And when they returned Copeland adjusted superbly to the changing conditions to record his third success in the competition after previous victories stretching to back to 1989 and 1993.
The Huddersfield Conservative League’s Eric Simpson Mixed Pairs, takes place, at Lockwood Con, on Monday (6.30).
The draw will be made on the night and the pairings, featuring last year’s winners David Fisher and Lisa Rice, are:
J McMahon and S Dyson (Lockwood), T and A Butterfield (Moldgreen), S Tattersall and L Boustead (Moldgreen), G Senior and P Tattersall (Moldgreen), D Fisher and L Rice (Moldgreen), P and H Rangeley (Netherton), S Hirst and L Cliffe (Netherton), T Meigh and M Smith (Almondbury).
Yorkshire Ladies, will be aiming to clinch a place in the British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association Subsidiary Cup tomorrow (2.00).
Joan Wrigley and Sybil Jacques team take on Mid-Cheshire in a key clash to determine who will go through into the secondary team knockout event.
The home team have selected Ossett Flying Horse, while the away team travel to Frodsham Red Lion.
At Ossett FH: Linda Gledhill (Marsh Utd) v Carol Brown, Dawn Bray (Ossett Flying Horse) v Joan Bradshaw, Marie Lockwood (Meltham) v Wendy Allen, Bridget Lunn (Ossett Flying Horse) v Pat Newhouse, Sue Harper (Lockwood Con) v Jean Harvey, Jean Gee (Marsh Utd) v Dilys Rowe.
Christine Sutcliffe (Methley) v Linda Hough, Carole Harpin (Marsh Utd) v Gill Tench, Alexis Lunn (Morton House) v Gill Rigden, Suzanne Howarth (Meltham) v Stella Hough, Jacqui Roper (Meltham), Kathy Chadwick, Lisa Rice (Savile Park) v Julie Green.
Yorkshire reserves: Christine Hasselby (Myrtle Park), Jane Hollingworth (Almondbury BC) and Sally Turner (Mirfield CFBC).
At Frodsham: Pauline Wilde (Lockwood Con) v Sue Worrall , Mary Hemsley (Lund Park) v Janet Agnew, Lyn Carter (Cowcliffe Lib) v Karen Brown, Sue Swain (Rufford Park) v Jenny Randles, Sharon Gadd (West Park) v Julia Hayes, Jenny Greenbank (Silsden) v Joan Nicholas.
Sue Gibson (Lockwood Con) v Francine Rowe, Margaret Higgins (Ossett FH) v Rose Walker, Andrea Buckley (Meltham) v Jean Starkey, Brenda Cromwell (Burley) v Brenda Jones, Barbara Wherrett (Ossett FH) v Elle Winnington, Pauline Wilkinson (West Park) v Viv Raddy.
Yorkshire reserves: Sheila Holdsworth (West Park), Judy Hollingworth (Meltham), Suzi Ladbrooke (Marsh Utd), Diane Radcliffe (Cowcliffe).