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Oxenhope reach Derrick Radley Trophy final
Pride of place on the Keighley bowls scene this week must go to Oxenhope, who have reached the final of the Yorkshire ABA’s Derrick Radley Trophy for mixed teams.
They defeated Crowghyll Park of Shipley by 21 points in the semi-final of the event at Huddersfield RUFC to become the first local side to reach the showpiece since the event began eight years ago.
They had seven winners out of the 12 matches played and were best served by Mick Skwarek, Stephen Collier and Derek Pollard who recorded single-figure wins.
They now meet Garforth Rec B in the final on Sunday, September 15, at a venue to be decided when the other mixed event will also be completed for the Hutchinson Trophy.
There was some good play in the Harrison Mixed Pairs event at Craven, when the youngest and oldest competitors teamed up to win the round-robin contest in style.
Young Faye Ellis, sister of the Yorkshire junior star Robbie, played with veteran Barry Humphreys, albeit on their own green, to reach the final and comfortably beat Robert and Pauline Light-owler of Denholme 21-10.
Losing in the semis were Karen Pollard and Mick Paton, plus Andrew Peel and Carol Harrison, all of Lund Park. Joint sponsor Keith Harrison presented the prizes.
The annual event for the PH Lee Memorial Trophy was won by Devon star Danny Moore, who defeated team-mate Andy Uttley 21-19 in a close match at Broughton Road. It was Moore’s second appearance in the final.
Trevor Hargreaves reached the final of the Hebden Bridge Veteran’s Merit at Mytholm-royd BC but the event was abandoned due to bad weather. It will be completed shortly when a date is agreed with his host opponent Peter Collins.
The Skipton Merit is on Sunday in a one-day format, starting at 1.30pm. Prelim-inaries will be at Cross Hills and Broughton Road, with the final at Whinfield.
Preliminaries in the Dick Keighley event have also been held at Broughton Road, with the final on August 21 (6.30pm).
The semi-finals of the Skipton KO event for the Clarkson Cup are on Tuesday, with ties between Silsden PF A and Broughton Road A, at Rolls Royce, and Devon A and Craven A, at Steeton.
The final is on Thursday at Silsden BC (7pm). League cup events for all three leagues begin the following week.
Gargrave B are the easy winners of the Skipton Third Division title ahead of Sutton B, who pipped Lund Park C for the runners-up place.
The decider for the Worth Valley Division One title is this weekend as leaders Craven A meet Moorside in the decider. Bradshaw A are the winners of Division Two, while Silsden PF have had similar success in Division Three.
The Valley/Skipton Juniors kept up their improved form against Huddersfield D at Lund Park. They recorded four single-figure winners in Thomas Lowe, Bradley Picken, Andrew Peel and Ben Hewitt.
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