Hewitt boosts title hopes as leader falters

Skip youngsters Sam Scholes (left) and Harry Wade
Skip youngsters Sam Scholes (left) and Harry Wade

At 9am last Sunday the weather at Hebden Bridge GC was miserable and windy, albeit somewhat milder than of late.

However, the excellent attendance for this year’s Winter League was maintained with 28 players turning out at the friendly moorland club.

First out of the hat was third-placed Ash Hewitt. He was drawn with Matt Fisher and they had a tremendous 3 & 1 win over Jonny Cockroft and leader Steve Scholes. Cockroft played brilliantly but Scholes never featured at any hole.

Darren ‘Cowboy’ Clithero was also not at his best. However, his partner Jon Sutcliffe was and they had a 5 & 4 win over Nigel Fielden and Sam Scholes to complete a depressing day for the Scholes family.

Rob Dutson had put his thumb in the way of a lump hammer the previous week but had recovered sufficiently to partner Lee Amos to a 4 & 3 success over Paul Elliot and Brian Coukham.

All was not doom and gloom for Elliot, won the accumulator, which should keep in him lager for a while!

‘Old stager’ Terry Clancy and Gavin Degnan halved against Colin Greenwood and leader Gav Brumby. Greenwood sliced his drive off the fifth tee and his ball narrowly missed cars in the car park before finished up near the ninth green. Mark Wade was drawn to play against his son Harry for the umpteenth time this winter. For once young Harry came out on top with the ever-improving Matt Richards, winning 2 & 1 against his dad and Graham Boulton.

Chris Hoyle’s bad run continued but low handicapper Charles Bamford earned their partnership a half against Noel Russell and Mick Robertson in what was always a close match.

Despite his pessimism, Russell could be a strong contender when the medals competitions start next week.

Another player who cannot ‘buy’ a win is Dave Pickles. He and partner Michael Turner crashed 6 & 5 to Martin ‘Smiley’ Whiley and Keith Law.

With Scholes losing, Hewitt went second and is now just two points behind Brumby in the battle for the Sheamus Russell Trophy.