Photo of Young Guns, Chloe Hirst and Frank Higgins who are pictured with the club’s Lady President Margot Handsley, who presented the prizes at the club’s prize presentation evening. Chloe and Frank are the Tuesday Evening Pairs Division 2 champions and will be promoted to Division 1 for the Autumn season. Chloe plays for the successful ladies Yorkshire crown green team.

There were two outstanding results in the final week of Halifax Bowling Club’s Spring leagues.

Leading the way were champions Arriva (Les Holmes, Robert Hitchen, Robert Holmes, Graham Wilson) who had a “nip and tuck” encounter against their big rivals Clayton (Tony Riley, Mel Fielding, Paul Kaye, Paul Gill) in the Wednesday Evening Fours. Whoever won the game would be the champions.

Arriva scored a “4” and a “3” in the first two ends leaving Clayton with an uphill task. However Clayton responded by scoring at the next five ends to cut the deficit to 8-6. At this point of the game Arriva showed their superiority as they registered scores at 4 out of the remaining 5 ends to take the game by 13 shots to 8 and become champions with Clayton in the runners up spot.

Rainy Days (Russell Gilbert, Katie Gilbert) in Division 2 of the Tuesday Evening Pairs registered a “Hot Shots” award in their final game against Brookley (Marilyn Greenwood, Elspeth Hartley), as Rainy Days finished off their season with a 15-6 win.

Photo of finalists in the John Dunn Shield. The Club’s top indoor bowlers, the “master” and the “Apprentice” Les Holmes and Gareth Coates.

The final of the John Dunn Shield was played between the holder of the Shield Gareth Coates and Les Holmes.

The final, played down the middle of the rinks was an exhibition of superb indoor bowling. Coates won the toss and scored a “3” on the first end, Holmes replied with a”4” before Coates scored singles on the next three ends to take a 6-4 lead.

With Coates bowling a maximum length jack he opened up a 9-5 advantage before Holmes changed the length to a minimum length jack and put the pressure on Coates as he scored singles on the next 6 ends to take an 11-9 lead. At the next end Holmes sent the jack off the green to give Coates the opportunity of sending a long jack. Coates scored a single to make it 11-10 with two ends left to play.

At the penultimate end, off a long jack, Holmes managed to run the jack to give himself a “2” and at the final end  Holmes set a long jack and bowled a “jack high” bowl, Coates played up into the head and went through the gap. This followed a pattern with Holmes surrounding the jack and Coates playing up into the head and just missing. With his final bowl Coates played too wide leaving Holmes with a “3” and the winner of the John Dunn Shield by 16 shots to 10.

 Photo of John Sutcliffe. John is the lead player for New Look (Sutcliffe, Doreen Allison, Barbara Crompton, Dougie Gordon) who have finished in second place in Division 2 of the Wednesday Fours and John also plays for Sutty’s Heroes in Division 1 of the Friday Triples. who have got relegated this season. John plays his outdoor bowling at Hipperholme B.C.

Jammy Duo (Linda and Neil Mort) took the honours in Division 2 of Halifax Bowling Club’s Indoor Bowling Club’s Spring season. In a rearranged game against Double D. (Dougie Parker, Stuart Gill) at the third end, their skip Neil Mort ran the jack to the back of the rink to score 7 shots. With all the other bowls in the way the skip for Double D., Gill could not save any of the shots as he went into the short bowls, but Neil managed to “steer” his final bowl through the cluster of bowls to score another shot and score an “8”, the maximum number of shots scores at an end and win a “Hot Shots Award”. Jammy Duo ran out 15-4 winners.