THE Craven '32' was won in fine style by rising star Marc Armitage of Littlemoor WMC from Pudsey, who comfortably beat the popular Silsden veteran, Barry Turnbull, 21-14.

Armitage’s rise to fame in bowling circles continues apace and he sported his green hair in aid of funds for his club. It was just a game too far for the gallant runner-up Turnbull.

The beaten semi-finalists in the contest were David Poole, of Pudsey, and Paul Worsnop, of Harrogate. Also performing well in the competition were Les Foster, Michael Sweeney, Andy Tate and Luke Teal.

There was some excellent bowling throughout the contest and the event was played in reasonable conditions after its postponement in March.

The Skipton Spring Floodlit Handicap for the Jeff Clarke Trophy was completed on a wet and miserable night at Cononley and saw Jeff’s son Peter regaining the trophy held in memory of his father.

He secured a convincing 21-7 victory over David Hemsley, of Oxenhope. It was very difficult conditions for all concerned in an event which saw Les Foster and Derek Seed depart at the semi-final stage.

Also in the money during this contest were Chris Wilson, David Jacques, Martin Loftus and Robbie Ellis.

Locals were well to the fore in the Ken Bull Memorial Pairs at Guiseley which saw a deserved victory for David Smith, of Broughton Road, and Andrew Tate, of Sutton.

They easily defeated Stephen Gilroy and Ian Bolton 21-9 in the final of an event in which Barry Turnbull reached the semi-final stage with Rod Bastow.

Silsden Ladies have made a great start to their Yorkshire League programme with a big win away at a strong Hove Edge side with Muriel Baker being the best of seven winners.

Oxenhope begin their Halifax Veteran’s League fixtures today against Ripponden ‘A’ at home.

Early rounds in Yorkshire team events begin on Saturday where Cross Roads meet Hemplow in the Yorkshire Cup at Cleck. Sports while Broughton Road meet local rivals Myrtle Park at Crowghyll.

In the mixed event for the Hutchinson Trophy, Broughton play Allerton Bywater at Shipley while Settle meet Almondbury

‘A’ at West Bradford and Oxenhope meet Grange Park at Mirfield Old Bank.

The Hebden Sunday morning KO events continue on Sunday prior to finals at Todmorden Park.