Rastrick celebrating Challenge Cup success

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MEMBERS at Rastrick Bowling and Social Club are celebrating after their rapidily developing bowling team won the Spen Press Challenge Cup at Cleckheaton Sports Club.

Ironically, the last time the club won such a significant trophy current skipper Neil Broadbent’s father, Burt, was the skipper in 1979 when they won the Widdop Cup (Huddersfield Subscription Cup).

Rastrick took over 50 supporters to the final and were joined by the Rastrick BC and Social club committee who had brought forward the committee meeting to attend.

There was panic stations on Saturday morning when stewardess Kate Grundy realised the cup was missing, but those fears were allayed when it came to light that one bowler had taken the cup home.

Rastrick’s Dave Wood was on the end of an unbelievable fluke as Steve Holmes triumphed 21-20 in the first game21,following an unbelievable fluke to beat Dave.

Damien Talbot used gthe corners well to achieve a 21-15 victory over Steve Parkin while Joel Adby was always in command during his 21-12 win over Vinnie Smith.

Neil Broadbent was involved in the game of the day but slipped to a 21-18 defeat at the hands of Les Mitchell as Rastrick found themselves only six in front with Hightown’s five handicap start turning into the last four games.

Alistair Fox did well to restrict the vastly-experienced Brian Bentley to 15 ones in his defeat while the ever impressive Frank Cullen made light work of Paul Warrick by 21-10.

Simon Deal proved too strong for Ian Fraser with a 21-17 result while Trevor Heley battled back from 12-2 down to beat Mark Goodall 21-18.

That result confirmed the win by 14 after a very close game played in the right spirit.

Rastrick have seen their climb back up the bowling world ladder boosted by two successive promotions to the Subscription Cup, the top flight in the Huddersfield League for the first time in over 20 years, and are also looking for two successive promotions in the Mirfield and Spen Valley Leagues. They are currently second place in each having been promoted in each last year.

It is their club championship this Saturday, July 28, and the now very popular Thwaites Brewery £4444 Rastrick Classic commences on August 12.

TOMORROW evening (Friday) sees the first qualifying round in the £5,300 Brighouse Classic sponsored by Naylor Wintersgill (Chartered Accountants).

An excellent field includes Tommy Johnstone and Wayne Ditchfield, and Yorkshire county star Mark Hughes all in the top half of the draw.

Full draw, 6.30pm start: Anthony Harper (Rhyl) v Mark Hughes (Leeds), Gareth Jones (Barrow) v Tommy Johnstone (Poynton), Wayne Ditchfield (Eccleston) v Peter Clark (Skipton), Paul Walley (Rhyl) v Barry Lowden (Barrow), Alan Hill (Atherton) v Billy Harding (Barrow), Kevin Nicholas (Wrexham) v Richard Jackson (Sheffield), John Reilly (Barrow) v Jason Jones (Rhyl), Mike Riley (Mold) v Billy Smyth (Audenshaw).