Picture of Illingworths player Ken Sharkey. Illingworth are top of Division 1 in the Wednesday Fours and Ken partners Eddie Hodgson in Division 2 of the Tuesday Pairs and again they are challenging for honours.

The Wednesday Fours saw a day of shocks in Halifax Bowling Club’s Spring indoor leagues.

In Division 2 Endeavour (Doreen Allison, Pam Robinson, Jimmy Bainbridge, John Hamer) a new team, but with experienced players, in the Wednesday league were unbeaten with 6 wins from their 6 games played. In their latest game with bottom of the league Fair of Face (Mary Crabtree, Paul Green, Lynda Canning, Geoff Harrison) they found themselves 10-0 down thanks to superb leading by the number 1 player for Fair of Face, Mary Crabtree. Crabtree set a short length jack and the experienced Endeavour quartet had no answer as they failed to find their length. A good all round team performance by Fair of Face with excellent support play by skip Harrison gave Fair of Face their first win of the season as they ran out 14-5 winners.

Photo of Ken Sharkey. Ken is a member of the Illingworth team who are challenging for honours at the top of Division 1 in the Wednesday Fours. He also partners Eddie Hodgson in Division 2 of the Tuesday Evening Pairs.

There were several close results in the Friday Evening Pairs in Halifax Bowling Club’s Spring Leagues.

Clayton (Tony Riley, Paul Kaye) have got off to a superb start in the Spring league with 4 wins out of 4 games played. In their latest game against T.N.T. (Pete Grant, Neil Mort) they were given quite a scare in an excellent game of indoor bowls.

Grant leading a short jack and well supported by “skip” Mort had got their game plan down to perfection as Riley struggled with the short jack. However the outstanding player of the game, was the skip for Clayton, Kaye who bowled in to win the head when T.N.T. were holding a “4”, a “3” and a single. When Clayton won the jack Riley set a maximum length jack and Clayton took the initiative.

In an exciting last end, with the score at 9-6 to Clayton, Clayton were holding a “3”, Grant for T.N.T. sent a strong bowl into the head and moved the jack into the ditch for his side to hold a “2” and give T.N.T. hopes of sharing the spoils. However Kaye had other ideas and to cap a fine performance bowled in for “shot” and give Clayton the game by 10 shots to 6.

Photo of Barbara Crompton. Barbara plays “skip” for Friday Girls and also plays at number 2 for New Look in Division 2 of the Wednesday Fours. Barbara does her outdoor bowling at Halifax Bowling Club where she plays several times a week.

The outstanding game of the week in Halifax Bowling Club’s Indoor leagues was in Division 2 of the Friday Triples where the unbeaten leaders of the division and new team Bob’s Kingdom (Carol Onions, David Onions, Bob Kingdon) were opposed to the experienced ladies triples team of Friday Girls (Doreen Allison, Barbara Crompton, Marian Quick). Bob’s Kingdom have never bowled in the league before as they were content to “social” bowl and have only recently accepted the challenge of competitive bowling. Friday Girls were relegated from Division 1 in the Autumn season.

The game was a “nip and tuck” affair with all players bowling superbly. At the start of the last end the scores were 12 shots each leaving all to play for at the final end. Quick led with a 6” “jack high” bowl for Friday Girls and this bowl remained throughout the end as Friday Girls took the honours by 13 shots to 12.