YORKSHIRE Juniors may have slipped up in the main British Inter-County competition, but they made up for it by lifting the Supplementary Cup.
Managers Graham Radcliffe (home team) and Howard Broadbent (away) faced the tricky task of picking a 12-man squad, to comprise an eight-player team, from their usual 24-a-side quota – and they got it spot on.
In their opening match of the two section round-robin event, Yorkshire beat North Lancs and Fylde 157-123, Cumbria 168-110 and South Yorkshire 152-138.
And Yorkshire won the Cup, they last claimed in 2006, with a 152-121 victory against Wales in the final.
Radcliffe said: “Me and Howard got the lads together beforehand and made sure they were focused.
“We knew it wasn’t the main event but we wanted the lads to give it their best shot – and they responded magnificently.
“It was a superb team effort, everyone got a game and the lads who were rested while we rotated the squad around, got round the greens to encourage really well.”
He added: “I guess, in actual fact, we’ve finished fifth best team in the country this year, but we’ve won the Cup and next year, we’ll build on this and be back stronger and more hungry than ever.”
Yorkshire 152 Wales 121: Ryan Waller 9 C Buckland 21, Ashley Southwell 21 A Owen 17, Craig Walsh 17 C Read 21, Cory McLeod 21 C Abblett 15, David Spencer 21 D Rees 7, Stuart King 21 D Williams 13, Jonathan Peacock 21 M Lamb 10, Neil Ewart 21 M Kennedy 17.
Yorkshire squad: Neil Ewart (Lower Hopton), Joe Bray (Cleckheaton Spts), Ashley Southwell (Asa Briggs), David Spencer (Brockholes), Ryan Waller (Almondbury BC), Craig Walsh (Blakeborough Alb), Stuart King (Asa Briggs), Neil Wood (Chapel St), Jonathan Peacock (Overthorpe Spts), Paul Wilczynski (Wibsey Park), Cory McLeod (Knaresborough), Jack Summer (Asa Briggs).
The British Crown Green Bowling Association’s Junior Merit final, due to take place at Moorfields BC, Widnes, on Sunday will now take place at Heswall RBL, Wirral (10.00)
Yorkshire will be represented by Yorkshire Junior Merit winner Neil Ewart and runner up Cory McLeod.
The Yorkshire County junior trials take place on September 14 at Spen Victoria, when the managers will invite promising young bowlers to try their best.
Longwood had three winners at home to second placed St Joseph’s (Preston) in the Manchester Premier League, while Lower Hopton could only manage one winner at Lloyds (Chorlton).
Longwood face another tough test tonight when they travel to last year’s champions Tonge (Middleton) while Lower Hopton host Sale XL.
Draw for the Brockholes Ladies Pairs on Sunday (start 9.30):
First round: K Turner and J Smith v M Hirst and J Starbuck, P Hoyle and H Parkin v H Abbot and R Abbot, D Dunning and S Turner v K Bray and J Todd, M Nicholson and K Gant v S Illingworth and V Drew, J Atkinson and N Bates v L Szlachcic and D Jessop, D Garside and K Rausse v S Stott and B Brown, J Thompson and M Carter v E White and M Sykes, B Lendon and M Kirkham v A N Other, V Heywood and J Beaumont v M Brook and J Kaye, J Barnes and J Barlow v L Penny and M Cooper, L Drury and S Carruthers v C Ramsden and M Thornton, A Oldham and S Lynes v P Bray and J Wadsworth, S Mellor and A Cope v S Brook and K Washington, B Kaye and M Wimpenny v J Buchan and J Naylor, S Dillingham and J Best v M Marsden and S Gaunt, M Berry and K Bretherick v V Foster and K Townend.
(There is room for one pairing, contact Susan Green on (01484 602447)
There are a few places remaining in the Spen Victoria mixed pairs on Sunday, September 7. Entries, with fee of £8 per pair to: Barry Firth, 39 Fairfield Court, Liversedge, WF15 6PQ. Tel: 01927 406319, mob 07772 910983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Huddersfield have a strong quartet in the final of the Bill Carter Memorial Trophy at Sowerby Tennis and Bowling Club on Sunday (1.00).
Paul Sigsworth, Paul Ingleby, Jack Dyson and Roger Crowther will all compete for a shot at the first prize of £600.
The competition always attracts a high class field with previous winner Graham Hickey and Robert Hitchen along with Sowerby specialist Gary Ellis in the 16-man final.
First round: Paul Ingleby (Huddersfield) v Gary Ellis (Whitefield), Paul Sigsworth (Huddersfield) v Charlie Weaver (Shrewsbury), Peter Bound (Shrewsbury) v Clay Flattley (Shrewsbury), John Hambleton (Macclesfield) v Jack Dyson (Huddersfield), Robert Hitchen (Halifax) v Gareth William (Stockport), Mark Ferris (Stoke) v James Wilcox (Leeds), Bill Burlinson (Warrington) v Andy Mailer (Sheffield), Roger Crowther (Huddersfield) v Graham Hickey (Halifax).
Latest qualifiers in the Mirfield Old Bank Autumn Double are Lee Lawton and Craig Barker (Failsworth/Cannock) and Michael Leach and Tommy King (Blackpool).