THE WORTH Valley season came to an end at a wild and wet Lund Park with the finals of the popular Veterans League Knock-Out, the conditions affecting the support and the bowling.

In the Division One final for the Burgess Shield, Colne Legion A completed a league and cup double with a comfortable victory over Settle A, who were below par and could only manage one narrow winner.

The Second Division final for the Thornton Shield saw Devonshire defeat Bingley A by about 20 points with the losers grabbing a last-game win to reduce the arrears.

Settle B made up for their first team's failure in the Burgess Shield by easily defeating Cross Hills B, who could not register a winner in the Third Division final as David and Barbara Ayrey were best for the deserving victors in the Holmes Shield.

The Fourth Division final for the Capstick Shield was held separately at Highfield as one of the finalists were Lund Park A. They defeated poor Cullingworth B by a wide margin and the venue made little difference to the result.

The closest game was the Fifth Division final for the Abell Shield which saw Craven grab two early winners to reduce the start before a last-gasp effort by Henry Ryder and Margaret Ward saw Whins Wood B snatch an unexpected victory by nine points. League president Trevor Hargreaves presented the prizes.

Rain also affected the final of the Aire-Wharfe Wednesday KO Cup at Guiseley. It really scuppered the hopes of Addingham as Tarnfield A took the title by nine points despite wins by Tony Langstroth, Rob Armstrong and Danny Twist. Consolation for the losers was second place in Division Two and a return to the top flight next season.

Things had dried out a little as an understrength Silsden Ladies competed for the Yorkshire Ladies Top Crown at Cleckheaton Sports. Six teams were in the competition and were divided into two groups.

The team were again missing some top players as they defeated Ossett Flying Horse in the first match by about ten points thanks to good wins by Christine Hasselby, Rita Bland, Pauline Lightowler, Muriel Baker and Cath Rushton.

In game two, they improved once again to beat Hove Edge by about 20 points as five winners in the shape of Hasselby and Rushton again, plus Liz Bland, Viv Abell and Margaret Slater, making a rare team appearance, got the team home again.

They qualified for the final where they met old rivals and past winners New Mill WMC B, who had won the Huddersfield League. They are at present a class above Silsden and showed it with another tremendous performance. For the locals, only a determined effort by Carol Uttley saved a complete whitewash.

Cononley, Whinfield A and Cross Hills are riding high in the Skipton Floodlit League with two weeks to go.

Craven are holding an end of season 32 on Sunday, October 22. This is fully subscribed but watch out for the draw and a report in the Keighley News.

That is it for another soggy season for players and officials in all local leagues. While some hardier souls continue in the winter months, the majority will try and dry out for next year!