SKIPTON’S Inter-District Veterans team restored a little pride to a poor season when they thwarted old rivals Bradford's attempts to win the Yorkshire ABA event.

Away at Wibsey Park, they managed three early winners in Trevor Hargreaves, Kevin Burnett and Mick Duke and although the rest lost fairly easily, they managed a 11-17 defeat.

In the home leg at Settle, two bad defeats appeared to be a setback for the locals but narrow wins by Alistair Keighley and Dennis Wynne Jones kept them in the hunt.

A master class by Mick Demain put the team on the front foot and this was supplemented by the Sutton duo of Peter Peacock and Terry Birch, who recorded memorable victories to help the team lose narrowly by three points in a 14-all thriller. Huddersfield won the event overall in a close finish.

In the new Worth Valley Wednesday League, Alkincoates Park, from Colne, overwhelmed their opponents in both finals for the league winners event where they beat SPF at Whinfield despite a good win for the losers in Brenda Moorhouse. That was one more winner than Gargrave had against them in the KO event.

Two Hebden Bridge Handicaps were successfully completed at Todmorden Park over the Bank Holiday where the heat affected almost everybody all day.

Mark Jeffries, of Mytholmroyd BC, won the Crabtree Handicap easily beating Ian Crossland, of Ripponden, while the Sutcliffe Handicap saw an all Cross Roads final where Ryan Tyler defeated Richard Hargreaves 21-16 after receiving a generous four start to record his third triumph in this event. Hargreaves tried his best but his hopes melted away in the heat. Curtis Bairstow, of Cross Roads, reached the semi-final in the Crabtree.

Most results in the Worth Valley Veterans League are now all in. Settle A finished as runners-up to Sutton A in League One with Devonshire and SPF A going down.

Coming up are champions Broughton Road with Steeton A from League Two while going down are SPF B and Settle B.

Keighley A won Division Three by one point from Bingley B while relegated are Haworth and Highfield B.

Whins B have won League Five ahead of Whinfield B while SPF C remain the league's strongest team.

Cross Roads A have regained the Hebden Bridge Division One title been ahead for some time while Oakworth have won the Second Division title and return to the top flight with a little trepidation.

They also finished as runners-up in the Valley League Division One while Bradshaw B won Division Two ahead of Craven.

Going down are Steeton B and Whinfield B while Keighley finished runners-up in League Three.

The Skipton Merit is scheduled for Sunday at Alkincoates Park while the Valley Veterans Doubles are at Broughton Road on Monday.