THE SEMI-FINALS of the Skipton team knock-outs for the Clarkson and Supplementary Cups will be held at venues yet to be decided on Thursday, July 20.

They will feature games between Lund Park A and Devon A, and Keighley A v Broughton Road A in the Clarkson competition, and Whinfield A v Sutton B and Silsden PF B v Settle A in the Supplementary event.

In the Clarkson, Lund Park A shared the winners with Oakworth at Broughton Road but good wins by Kath Whitaker and Darren Rees made the difference in a ten-point win.

Devon A beat their own B team at Whinfield by a narrow margin. Keighley A had six single figure winners against a plucky Addingham A at Cross Hills after giving their opponents 100 points start whilst Broughton A just edged out Colne Legion A.

The Supplementary Cup saw Keighley B make the long trek to Settle to go down to Whinfield A by 18 points whilst good wins by Irene Stone and Pauline Tate ensured a good win for Sutton B against Steeton B.

Lund Park B had only one winner at Craven in the shape of Stuart Hall whilst Silsden PF B won a very scrappy game against Rolls Royce at Gargrave by three chalks only.

Margaret Slater and Bill and Brenda Moorhouse did the damage in a match where the sheep in the adjoining paddock made more noise than the teams.

Skipton Veterans recorded a narrow victory over Leeds in the continuing Yorkshire ABA Inter-District event by 29-27.

Away at Western Flatts, the team made a slow start but recovered to win 16-12 with five winners in John Parkin, Trevor Hargreaves, Idris Wade, Mick Demain and David Hemsley but at home, on a slow surface due to heavy rain, the team lost 15-13 despite sharing the winners.

Home blushes were saved by Cliff Taylor, Mick Duke and Derek Seed. Next match is on July 28 against an improving West Riding.

In recent Federation District matches, locals tasting success were Billy Cater and Mark Barker (for Aire-Wharfe A v Wallasey), Robbie and Joanne Ellis plus Steve Griffiths, Alan Buckley and Peter Hepworth (for Aire-Wharfe B v Cheshire Parks) and ‘Jockey’ Wilson for Bradford against Warrington.

David Scott of Silsden put a recent bad set of results behind him when he reached the semi-final of the revised Cleckheaton Classic. The tournament is now a one-day event featuring 64 top players from all over the bowling world. Scott lost easily 21-7 to the eventual winner, Ian Booth of Elland, but an unnecessary wait in the closing stages did him no favours.

Qualifiers in the Skipton Vets Handicap at Cross Hills include David Jacques, Trevor Hargreaves and Stephen Lloyd. Finals on Friday, July 21.

The Skipton Vets. are back in action tomorrow in the one day event for the Hickson Trophy. The event is a straight KO competition where the locals face old rivals Bradford at East End Park in Leeds. They will have to be on top form to have any chance of reaching the final in Tadcaster later in the day.

Silsden Ladies lost their first league game of the season, going down 7-3 to Hove Edge away, but retain a good lead at the top of the Yorkshire Parks Division One after main rivals Linthwaite A also came unstuck against Mytholmroyd A. In Division Two, Cullingworth’s form has sadly dipped after some poor results.

Settle have reached the last eight of the Yorkshire ABA’s Radley Trophy and meet Ossett Flying Horse at Elland WMC, their toughest encounter so far, on Saturday.

The Skipton/Valley Juniors meet Heavy Woollen in the next league game at Lund Park on Saturday at 7pm.

The Hebden Bridge Merit is scheduled for Sunday at Sowerby T&BC.

*Sad news for locals is the recent death of Roy Storton of Whins Wood, who was a member of a well-known bowling family. Condolences to all concerned.