Photo of Andy Balmforth. Andy is new to indoor bowling but is making his mark in the leagues as he plays with Up the Edge in the Monday Evening Fours, partners Stuart Baker in Division 2 of the Tuesday Pairs where they play as Stray Cats. Also plays in Division 1 of the Friday triples with Patacakes.

There were several important results in the Tuesday evening Pairs at Halifax Bowling Club’s Indoor leagues.

Leaders Young Guns (Chloe Hirst, Frank Higgins) faced Autumn champions Bowl You Over (Tom Robertshaw, Andrew Gee). Hirst, one of the county’s top crown green lady bowlers is also one of the Halifax club’s top lead players. With Higgins giving her excellent support Young Guns moved into a 5-2 lead. Bowl You Over pulled the score line back to  5 shots each before at the next end Young Guns were holding a “3” before the skip for Bowl You Over , Gee bowled in a superb “toucher” to take “shot” and his team moved in front at  6-5. At the penultimate end Young Guns replied with a “2” to move into a 7-6 lead. The final end was “nip and tuck” before Bowl You Over, the Autumn champions scored a “2” to take the game by 8 shots to 7. A superb game of indoor bowling.

Photo of Tom Robertshaw. Tom partners Andy Gee in Division 1 of the Tuesday Evening Pairs as Bowl You Over and plays his outdoor bowling at Ripponden Bowling Club.

One of the most important game’s of the week in Halifax Bowling Club’s Indoor leagues was played in the Monday Afternoon Fours when the unbeaten leaders of the division Well Bowled (Brian Winrow, Gary Plane, Steve Dunwell, Nick Blackburn) faced challengers Rascals (Jean Wade. Ken Sharkey, Derek Squires, David Laycock). With Jean Wade leading superbly off a long jack mark and well supported by her team mates Rascals took an early lead. However Well Bowled fought back and with their lead player Winrow shortening the length of the jack, and their skip Blackburn making a significant contribution to the game, Well Bowled took a 11-9 lead with two ends to go. At the penultimate end Rascals scored a single leaving it all to play for in the final end. Off a long mark Rascals surrounded the “head” to leave them holding a “3”. Blackburn played up twice into the head but each time narrowly missed the scoring bowls as he went through the gap as Rascals took the game by 13 shots to 11.

Photo of Danny Leather. Danny plays for Gapp in the Wednesday Evening Fours and partners Neil Mort as team, Jammy Duo in Division 2 of the Tuesday Evening Pairs.

It was an exciting morning in Division 1 of the Wednesday Fours at Halifax Bowling Club. Unbeaten Northern Lights (Les Holmes, Mick Walker, John Beverley, Michael Hutchinson) found themselves trailing Hard Liners (Keith Owens, Joe Phillips, Peter Owen, Tony James) by 10 shots to 3 in a game which they had dominated thanks to the superb play of their number 3 player, Peter Owen. Owen had bowled in for additional shots and saved shots for his team when required to do so. However when Northern Lights eventually won the jack, Holmes, one of the league’s top lead players took the mat up the rink and bowled a 24 metre mark. His team responded with a “4” to cut the lead back to 10-7. Holmes continued with his short mark before the skip for Hard Liners, James ran the jack for Hard Liners to again take control of the game. The scores were level at 12 shots each at the start of the last end before Hutchinson, the skip for Northern lights saved the day for his team with an excellent “jack high” bowl for Northern Lights to score a single and take the game by 13 shots to 12 in a superb game of indoor bowling.