Brendan Malone and Cathy Ness (Siddal Park) won the Elland Association’s Norman Nicholl Memorial Mixed Pairs Trophy at Halifax BC last Sunday.
They had an emphatic 21-6 win over Geoff and Karen Stott (Lindley BC) in the final of the event sponsored by Briggs Priestley Ltd.
The final produced some excellent bowling on a difficult green. Half the green was in a lush condition with the other half running extremely quickly.
Malone and Ness took a pair at the first end, only for this to be cancelled out with two singles to the Stotts.
After five ends the eventual winners had a 6-5 advantage. From this point, Ness played exceptionally well in the long corners and, ably assisted by Malone, dominated proceedings with three triples and two pairs to take a lead of 16-5 before the Stotts scored their only other point.
Earlier in the day, the competition was organised on a round robin basis, with all pairs playing each other in divisions. Each game lasted nine ends and the two highest-placed pairs played off in a final, a format which proved very popular.
HALIFAX WEDNESDAY LEAGUE
Division One: Cross Roads A 5 Hove Edge 7, Stainland Park A 6 Mytholmroyd BC 6, Brighouse 8 Luddenden Foot 4, Greetland 10 Akroydon Victoria A 2, Clayton Victoria 7 Hill Crest A 5, Elland WMC A 9 Asa Briggs A 3.
Division Two: Hove Edge B 8 Old Town 4, Elland C&BC A 10 Siddal Park A 2, Ripponden A 4 Ladyhill 8, Pellon Social A 10 Laurel Crescent A 2, Greenroyd BC A 5 West End A 7.
Division Three: Hill Crest B 6 Elland WMC B 6, Mytholmroyd BC BC 6 Hipperholme BCA 6, Hove Edge C 2 Halifax BC A 10, Luddenden Foot B 8 Denholme 4.
Division Four: Shelf Park 5 Savile 7, Sowerby T&BC A 7 Greetland BC B 5, Halifax B 10 Greenroyd B 2, West End B 7 Elland C&BC B 5, Siddal Park B 8 Pellon B 4.
Division Five: Heptonstall 7 King Cross B 3, Hipperholme B 9 Hove Edge D 1, Northowram Park 7 Outlane 3.