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News Archive-2012

Richard and Trevor Hargreaves

Worth Valley Merit

This years Valley Merit (Sponsors: Skipton Building Society & Paul's D.I.Y Silsden (see pic)) was played at Silsden PF last Sunday (6th May). It was a lovely sunny day and this seemed to inspire both Trevor (Father) and Richard (Duck) Hargreaves to play even better than usual as they both played their way through seperate halves of the draw to reach the final. As you can imagine, with both Hargreaves "sniffing the money" at the same time, this could have been a very dangerous siuation! Luckly, no blood was spilt, and after a quality game Richard emerged the 21-16 winner, suffering only minor sun damage. Congratulations to you both! (Taking a look at the picture on the left, I don't think we'll ever get a barber to sponsor the comp will we!)


ON SATURDAY evening, 24th MARCH we enjoyed a good turnout at the Crossroads Inn for our postponed presentation night. It was a great get-together with the usual silverware presented, a pie and peas supper and DJ Phil, who kept the music coming all evening.

Richard hargreaves organised and hosted the evening and thanks must go to him and to our sponsors: Sam Jalil (Bingley Road Car Sales), Jack Smith (Barcroft Garage MOT's) and Nigel Wooler (Barcroft Auto's(2002) Ltd. Sam presented the trophies and kindly donated prizes for the raffle from all our sponsors ( I hope he broke it to them gently), a much appreciated jesture so many thanks to them. Please give them your support if you're looking for another car or need a repair or MOT.

The Gordon Daley Trophy was presented to Pauline Lightowler for all her work with junior bowlers in the region (see Daley Trophy page for pictures) and Garry Foster was proud to receive our club Merit Trophy, so proud, in fact, that he went on to make a speech which he asked me to include here, and can be found lower down the page.

The evening was topped off with some wonderful (and uninhibited) Karaoke singing from our own, and very entertaining Huddy, joined at times by his buddy John, Neil (Elvis is alive and living by the butchers in Crossroads) Carpenter, also joined by his brother Marcus for the best Everly Brothers impression you'll hear anywhere (near our bowling green), and many others who gave us great entertainment as the evening came to a close.

It was great to see so many club mates for a bit of fun before the season starts, so here's hoping we all have a good one!

Pauline Lightowler with the Daley Trophy Jillian presenting the Dayley Trophy to Pauline Lightowler Garry Foster with the Merit Trophy

Garry's Speech

"I would just like to say a few words. First of all I must mention the people I played in the Merit comp, that is: Stuart Green, Andy Walsh and Richard hargreaves. Because the green was heavy, they gave me a fighting chance, by not bowling corners. I wish there were more people like that.

I have two words for people who corner me when I can't reach, but because there are ladies in the room I will not mention the words, but one word begins with 'f' and the other with 'c' and it's not fish and chips! (ed: maybe he means 'fine and champion', phew!!!).

In the final, when I was 14-3 up, Richard had to go to plan B, but I managed to hold on. I was shattered after three games and I said to Richard, 'I will sleep tonight'. Rumour has it that he has not slept since, he keeps waking up wondering how he lost to a 'C' Teamer, and he forgot to say that it was the best game of bowls he had ever played."

A very good victory for you Garry, well done!

News Archive-2011

John Hartley

Craig Wilkins

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CRAIG WILKINS reached his first competition final at Luddenden Foot on Sunday and almost lifted the trophy. The Arthur Crabtree Handicap was won by John Hartley with some very acurate corner bowling. However, Craig kept his cool, scoring seven singles on the trot, putting John under pressure, until he finally picked the block up with a running bowl to secure the game.

News Archive-2010

Gillian-runner-up at 			Whinswood

Andy Johnson

End of season round-up

Following in their son Thomas's footsteps, both Gillian and Andy found some good form to finish the season on a high note. Gillian bowled well in the Hebden Bridge - A. Crabtree Handicap at Whinswood, reaching the final and ending the day as runner-up. While a couple of weeks later, Andy, paired with Keith Coppen, won the Worth Valley - End of Season Pairs at Keighley. I don't know what Gillians feeding them on but it seems to be having the desired effect as the whole family have bowled well and develloped there games this season. In conclusion, several of our bowlers played in Bradfords - Ben Ramsden Merit at Low Moor Harold with mixed results. Sadly, 'Moose' was an also ran once again, but others had more success with Paul Haigh reaching the semi-finals and 'Duck' Hargreaves almost lifting the trophy, but alas it was a step too far and he ended a creditable runner-up.

Trevor and Sandy with the Vets Pairs Cup

Hebden Bridge Vets Pairs Merit

On this sunny 1st September, Trevor (Gus) Hargreaves, with some help from our own roving reporter, Roy (Sundy - did you see what I did there Roy) Sanderson managed to find his way to Todmorden Park, in time for the start of the Hebden Bridge Vets Pairs Merit. Now some might say that this was an achievement in itself, but not only that, Gus and his 4th reserve, Sundy, also managed to find their way to the jack enough times to win all their games and lift the silverware. As you can see in the picture on the left Gus managed to find the lens of the camera with a warm smile, but wasn't quite sure where to face the cup. Also note Sundy's attempt at the "Mona Lisa" smile, leaving us only able to guess what his thoughts may be as he posed for this celebratory shot.

Keighley Juniors Competition

A Picture of Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson

Following Thomas's recent win in the Crossroads John Heal Doubles competition last week (where he had to carry Mick Walsh)(see Club Comps page), today (Sunday 29th August) he reached the final of the Keighley Juniors, performing well and ending up runner-up in a very strong field. What a great result for him, not to mention the £30 in his back pocket. Well done Thomas!!!

Skipton Merit (15.8.10)

Peter Clark and Trevor Hargreaves both had a good day out in the Skipon Leagues Jacs Merit with Peter emerging as victor for the second year running

Here's what Peter Haworth had to say in the Craven Herald:

The final saw a good competitive match with both players finding the right bowl when it mattered, Clark had the early advantage to lead 7-3, but Hargreaves kept up to the task to be just the odd point down at 14-13, and one late end swung the match in Clark's favour, Hargreaves lying one good bowl to close to 16-18, 'Clarky' found the right bowl to take out Trevor's wood and leave himself two and with the jack for game, that was it 21-15, the first player to retain the Merit title and to keep hold of the superb Albert Smith Trophy. The trophy was presented by League President Anthony Walsh.

A picture of the presentation of the Skipton (Jacs) Merit

Keighley Merit

Ryan Tyler wins the Keighley Merit

A full days bowling led to a final between Ryan Tyler and Alan Downing on Sunday (18th July), with the former emerging as a fairly comfortable winner. Both are pictured here with organiser Mr Harrison. As you can see, Keith was doing his best to contain his excitement. Great result Ryan!

Craven Classic

Andy Tate wins the Craven Classic

Last week brought the Final of the Craven Classic, a comp that some bowlers are travelling 100's of miles to play in. This year their travelling was in vain as it was local boy, and our own club member Andy Tate who lifted the silverware and a substantial cheque, beating allcomers from far and wide, including Bob Hitchen in the final. Congrats Andy!

Hebden Bridge Merit

Richard Hargreaves with Hebden Bridge Merit Trophy

Richard Hargreaves 'struck again' in the Hebden Bridge Merit, winning the cup, and not for the first time, against a strong field at Luddenden Foot. Great green, great organisation and great result for Richard, our prolific competition winner, who's begining to put even 'Father' into the shade in recent times. Not to worry Gus, there's always the Vets!

J H Sutcliffe Cup

Paul Haigh, runner up in this years J H Suttcliffe Handicap

Despite a cold morning on the hill, Heptonstall that is, there was a full turn out of 34 eager bowlers last Sunday. A great mixture of 1st, 2nd and 3rd team players took to the green and took advantage of their handicaps, the name of the game today, producing a great days bowling as the sun made an appearance during the afternoon. In a field with it's fair share of "David" and "Goliaths", the "Davids" seemed to be finding a bit of form and some of the "Goliaths" were "slain" after trying to dodge a hail of on target stones. It looked like it was going to be a day for the "Davids", but still finding their line and length were "Goliaths" David Warburton and our own Paul Haigh. After putting up a valliant fight Paul was eventually defeated and ended up runner-up to the worthy winner David Warburton.

A Very Good Weekend For Our Teams

Well, a successful weekend of bowls began for our players when first, on Saturday, in the Yorkshire Cup, they got the better of Pudsey Littlemoor by 24 points to move through to the next round. This victory would be all the sweeter for them, having just received a sound drubbing from Littlemoor only the weekend before, albeit on their own 'league winning' green. Once again, on a neutral green, our players came out on top and would appear to be the better travellers. Next game against Brighouse at Northowram. On Sunday, some of the same players went to Sowerby for the Sunday Morning KO Final and after a couple of hours bowling, on what I suspect would be a slow green, emerged victors by 15 points. Well done to all concerned and may your good form continue throughout the season.

Neil Hargreaves receiving the Sunday Morning KO cup
Sunday Morning KO team picture

Yorkshire Cup

On Saturday 8th May the A team play their first game in the competition this year hoping to have a good start against Littlemoor and to go that one step further this time and win it.

Sunday Morning KO Final

The A team have progressed to the Final at Sowerby C&T where they play Oxenhope in what should be a close match. Commiserations to the B team who lost their last game by one point, decided on the last bowl of the match

News Archive-2009

Yorkshire Cup

Runners-up by only 8 points

Yorkshire Cup 2009 Final Card

Encouraged by a coach load of our supporters, this was a great effort by our first team who came tantalisingly close to lifting the cup, losing by such a small margin.....only 8 pts. A special well done to Peter Clark and Neil Hargreaves, both with good wins, keeping us in a position to take the victory. However, even with three winners from the last four games, the win proved to be just a small step too far.

So, this was a worthy team performance, congratulations go to Alverthorpe, and commiserations to all our players, particularly James Tyler who unselfishly stepped down following a late decision by our captain.

It has long been Mick Walsh's ambition to captain Crossroads to victory in the Yorkshire Cup. We've reached the semi-finals previously, and now we're runners-up. I believe Mick will achieve his ambition, so come on lads, lets get on the greens and practice, we've only got 9pts to improve and we'll win it next year!!!

Hebden Bridge Mixed Pairs

Hebden Bridge Mixed Pairs finalists

On a beautiful sunny day at Crossroads bowling green (we do have them now and again) last sunday (5th July), a lovely day was had by all, if not on the green, then with the company and great catering. Last years winners did not have it all their own way this year, well nothing their own way actually, so commiserations to them and well done to this years winners, Kenny and Murial Baker, who beat Brian and Pam Potts 15-12. (it seems that married couples do have more fun after all).

Yorkshire Cup

The first team won their game quarter-final clash and are now through to the semi's and up against local side Cononley BC at a green yet to be announced

Hebden Bridge Merit

It was a red hot day at Sowerby on Sunday when a good field of bowlers, many from Crossroads, competed for this league merit trophy. After beating Phil Anderson 21-20 in a tough semi-final, Steve Pickles emerged the victor in the final, beating Trevor Hargreaves 21-17 in a very worthy game, to retain the trophy for another year.

J H Sutcliffe Cup

Phil Anderson presented with the J H Sutcliffe Handicap Trophy

Phil (Moose) Anderson chalked another one up for the old gits when he lifted the silverware after a long but worthwhile day on the wonderful Luddendenfoot green and received this Hebden Royd trophy from league president Margaret Gunnill. Five other Crossroads bowlers were also in the top half of the draw and several ended up playing each other, with Craig Wilkins reaching the quarter finals and David (Siddie) Siddle reaching the semi's before losing by the narrowest margin to Phil. Maybe there's still life in the old Moose yet, I'm sure he's hoping this re-vitalisation will continue, having suffered two difficult years on the greens.

Yorkshire Parks Merit

Low Moor Harold was the venue for this competition and I think our prolific young (ish) player Richard (Duck) Hargreaves must have liked it as he made his way to the final and played one of the games top bowlers Chris Mordue. After a tough battle Richard finished as runner-up, losing by only one point, and shaking hands with the winner Chris Mordue. Given Richard's recent form I feel sure that he is going to go on to a very successful future winning many more trophies.

Breaking News

It has been confirmed by their pairs captain, Keith Wilkins, that Michelle Shaw & Chris Rooney have, as rumour had it last week, won their first game in the Aire/warfe Tuesday Pairs League. Well done to them, and lets hope that this win is the first of many. Congrats.

Yorkshire Cup

The next game is at Cleckheaton Sports against Lindley Libs.

Craven Spring Doubles

Richard Hargreaves continued his early season form on Sunday when, joined by his father Trevor, they won this competition by the narrowest of margins 21-20. In the final they set off in fine style going into a very convincing lead and looking like it was all over, only to be clawed back to 20-20 and lie game down. The small crowd (mostly family and friends on this cold evening) needn't have doubted as Gus's last bowl reached the end and did the necessary damage as per usual and Richard threw his arms up in victory. Kerching.....more money in the bank for this deserving pair.

Sunday Morning Knock Out

Neil Hargreaves

Will Neil get the chance to pick up another winners cheque in the Sunday Morning KO this year? Well, we'll find out on Sunday 5th April at Oxenhope at 10.30 am, when the A team once again play the C team in a repeat of last years final, to give either team a chance of progressing this year. The B team have a bye through the prelims and play Hebden Royd Park on the 26th at a venue to be announced.


Well, after a very close game, Neil and the A team are still in the running, which, unfortunately, means the C Team are out of the competition. They put up a great fight, only losing by 12 points with a great game from Liam Carter, coming back from 18-5 down to win 21-20.

Next Round

Played on Sunday 26th April: A Team v's Ripponden at Heptonstall; B Team v's Hebden Royd Park at Luddenden Foot.


Unfortunately, both the A and B Teams lost their games, which means, sadly, that the Crossroads Sunday Morning KO campaign is over for this year without any of the glory following last years efforts.

Worth Valley Merit

Last Sundays Merit was won by John Hamer. The only Crossroaders to show a little early season form were two of the old gits, Gus Hargreaves and Moose Anderson, both a bit past their 'sell by date', but managing to reach the quarter finals.

Craven Spring Floodlit

Richard Hargreaves showed good early season form to finish runner-up in last weeks Spring Floodlit competition. He was beaten in the final by the winner, David Scott, 21-16.