THERE were two close finishes in both finals of the Skipton KO team events.

In the main event for the Clarkson Cup, Devon A narrowly beat Gargrave A by two points at Addingham thanks in the main to a 21-9 win by new signing David Ryding, who won 21-9.

Gargrave could only manage three winners with their 20 start but could easily have won with some players building up good leads before surrendering the advantage to the victors who recorded their 13th win in this event...with a little luck.

In the Supplementary Cup Final at Crosshills, Steeton B, the underdogs, showed more fighting spirit as the did in the semi-final against Cononley A by holding on to defeat Whinfield A by a narrow margin after receiving only 40 start.

The runners-up had six winners with four to single figures but great efforts for the winners led by Jonathan Phillips and Barbara Robinson turned the game around early doors to cause a minor shock for the Division Three team who have been relegated in the league!

The day after the two finals, some Gargrave players represented Broughton Road in the final of the Aire-Wharfe Wednesday League Cup Final at Guiseley against league leaders, Rufford Park A, but were no match for their opponents going down by 30 points on a green well known by their opponents. This was after David Smith and Derek Seed had given them a good start but that was about it.

Final positions in the Skipton Merit League see Colne Cricket retain their title ahead of Silsden BC and Cononley A in Division One. Going down are Crosshills A and SPF A.

Oxenhope won Division Two some time ago and go up with runners-up Colne Legion A while dropping down are Steeton A and Colne Legion B.

Lund A won the Third Division title ahead of Gargrave B while Steeton B and Whinfield B go down.

Finally Lund B are the winners of Division Four ahead of Cononley B, who pipped Sutton C by a narrow margin. Whinfield C remain the leagues strongest team.

Cross Roads A finished third in the Halifax League Division One but could have done better, while their B team battled hard to avoid the drop in League Two. Denholme had a disappointing season in the Third Division.

Keighley BC Veterans have won the Hebden Bridge Division Two title by some distance and return to the top flight but Cross Roads A finished up as runners-up in the league’s new Friday night league losing out to Mytholmroyd B by a single point.

Prelims. in the final Skipton League event for the Norman Johnston Floodlit Handicap are tonight on green to be announced with finals on September 19.

Yorkshire Parks have reached the final of this year’s County Championship and meet old rivals South Yorkshire in the decider on Sunday with the home leg at Brighouse, where local Les Foster faces a tough match against the experienced Chris Kelly in his match.