Thrilling pairs final at Allerton Bywater

Ronnie Willett and Ray Brown won a thrilling final.

Ronnie Willett and Ray Brown won a thrilling final.

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Glasshoughton bowler Ronnie Willett and his Garforth Rec partner Ray Brown won the Castleford veterans pairs competition at Allerton Bywater Bowling Club on Thursday.

They defeated last year’s winners Geoff Robinson and Alan Box of Glasshoughton 21-19 in a thrilling final.

From the quarter finals onwards there was superb bowling and very close matches which could have gone either way, with the outcome in doubt until the last bowl.

Ray and Ronnie took an early 7-1 lead in the final.

Geoff and Alan caught up and then the game was even, first one pair in front then the other. With Ronnie and Ray leading 20-18, Alan played a pressure bowl to keep them in the game only to see it all over in the next end.

RESULTS - Quarterfinals: G Robinson/A Box 21, B Mercer/J Lynch 15; M Boyes/D Ellis 20, F Agar/B Riddiough 21;D White/J Sharp 20, R Brown/R Willett21; K Curry/D Hogg 21, I Lewis/S Portman 19.

Semi-finals: G Robinson/A Box 21, F Agar/B Riddiough 15; R Brown/R Willett 21, K Curry/D Hogg 11, Final: R Brown/R Willett 21, G Robinson/A Box 19.

Castleford and District Crown Green Bowling Association’s Birkill Cup matches will be played next Monday (June 1), starting at 6.30pm.

The draw is:

Savile Park (scr) v Valley Gardens (+20) at Featherstone, Allerton (scr) v Fryston (scr) at Hawhill, Pontefract A (scr) v Ferrybbridge (scr) at Queens Park. Glasshoughton have a bye.

Latest positions in the Castleford and District Crown Green Bowling Association are:

EVENING LEAGUE

Division 1: Glasshoughton A played 6, won 6, points 938; Smirthwaite A 6-5-892; Pontefract A 6-3-852; Pontefract B 6-3-833; Queens Park A 6-2-807; Glasshoughton B 6-2-793; Ferrybridge A 6-3-787; Castleford Town B 6-2-787; Allerton Bywater A 6-3-770; Savile Park 6-2-770; Fryston A 6-2-761; Hawhill Park A 6-2-739.

Division 2: Townville 6-6-942; Ferrybridge B 6-3-776; Valley Gardens A 5-4-771; Allerton Bywater B 5-3-702; Pontefract C 5-3-692; Hawhill Park B 6-0-681; Queens Park B 5-2-633; Smirthwaite B 4-2-558; Featherstone A 4-2-556; Valley Gardens B 4-0-381.

PAIRS LEAGUE

Allerton Bywater 7-3-522; Queens Park B 7-5-501; Valley Ridge 7-5-501; Featherstone 7-4-501; Townville 7-5-490; Glasshoughton 6-5-465; Kippax 7-3-454; Queens Park A 6-5-444; Valley Gardens 6-2-418; Ferrybridge 7-1-366; Methley 6-1-357; Hawhill Park 7-0-294.

SATURDAY LEAGUE

Division 1: 01. Pontefract A 4- 4- 599; 02. Savile Park 4- 2- 554; 03. Townville 4- 1- 537; 04. Fryston 4- 1- 507; 05. Ferrybridge 4- 0- 500; 06. Glasshoughton A 3- 3- 476; 07. Allerton Bywater A 3- 3- 450; 08. Castleford Town B 3- 1- 404; 09. Valley Gardens 3- 0- 392;

Division 2: 01. Pontefract B 4- 3- 550; 02. Featherstone 3- 2- 411; 03. Smirthwaite 3- 1- 411; 04. Queens Park 3- 1- 409; 05. Hawhill 3- 1- 385;

VETERANS LEAGUE

Premier: Garforth Rec A 6-3-623; Colton A 6-2-603; Pontefract A 6-3-597; Smirthwaite A 5-5-592; Rothwell BC A 5-4-577; Cas Town A 5-3-553;Valley Ridge A 6-2-541; Kippax A 6-2-536; Garforth CC A 5-2-523; Glasshoughton A 5-2-513; Queens Park A 5-2-506.

Section A: Allerton 5-5-565; Ferrybridge A 5-4-530; Townville 5-3-524; Hawhill Park A 5-2-522; Pontefract B 5-2-513; Sherburn A 5-2-512; Methley A 5-2-494; Glasshoughton B 5-2-491; Savile Park A 5-2-490; Colton B 5-1-444.

Section B: Swillington A 5-5-605; Rothwell BC B 5- 4-576; Cas Town B 5-3-554; Valley Gardens A 5-3-543; Rothwell Park B 5-3-502; Rothwell Park A 5-3-484; Woodlesford A 5-3-468; Smirthwaite B 5-0-455; Swillington B 5-1-444; Aberford 5-0-419.

Section C: Garforth Rec B 5-4-551; Garforth CC B 5-3-525; Featherstone 5-3-522; Hawhill Park B 5-1-474; Ferrybridge B 4-4-445; Queens Park B 4-2-420; Valley Ridge B 4-2-410; Valley Gardens B 4-1-390; Sherburn B 4-0-362.

LADIES

Division 1: Ossett Flying Horse 4-4-485;. Pontefract 4-2-403; Garforth Rec 4-2-379; Wakefield 4-1-300; Methley 4-1-299.