Patient John is veterans king

JOHN Hartley had to show his never-say-die qualities before lifting the rain-delayed Hebden Royd Bowls League Veterans Merit competition.

The Hebden Park player was trailing 13-1 in his semi-final against Crossroads' Tony Harris at Walsden BC before hitting back to win 21-20.

The other semi-final was a battle between David Warburton of Mytholmroyd BC and Alan Schofield of the host club.

Honours were even until Warburton put in a six break to lead 19-15. Schofield was only allowed one more before Warburton secured his place in the final.

As always on the Walsden green control of the jack was all-important with Harley recording a five break only for Warburton to respond with a run of eight to lead 9-6.

The game remained close with the finalists neck and neck at 15-across before Warburton took the lead with a single.

However, Hartley was not to be denied and he put together a six break to lift the Arthur Gunning Trophy.

Fightbacks put Timewell and Wray's names on trophy

Heptonstall provided superb facilities for the league's Handicap Pairs event which attracted 22 pairs - all playing to their average league handicaps.

Gary Timewell and Dave Wray made their way to the final through the shorter, top half of the draw.

Their final opponents, Fiona and Paul Fisher, began with a preliminary round victory over Katrina Bannister and Derek Greenwood.

Both pairs negotiated the first round comfortably and in the quarter-finals the Fishers took an early lead against Tony and Keiran Bannister and cruised to a 21-7 win.

The Timewell/Wray partnership found themselves trailing to Crossroads duo Paul and Dave Siddle but pulled it back to 18-across and then found the three chalks needed for victory.

In the semi-finals once again the Luddenden Foot Fishers bowled well to eliminate defending champions Steve Pickles and Glyn Bottomley, winning 21-9.

Timewell and Wray trailed again in their game as Mytholmroyd's Mark Beard and Mark Turner had the best of the early exchanges.

Again the Hebden pair pulled it back and from 13-across they only allowed their opponents one more point.

The final began with the handicaps giving the Fishers a 7-2 advantage and they quickly extended that to 15-9.

Timewell and Wray found their line and length over the next four ends, recording a break of nine and once again taking control.

A further four ends were needed - only one further chalk coming the Fishers' way - before three singles put the names of Timewell and Wray on the trophy.