Struggle in sunshine at Alliance

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Elland proved deceptively difficulty in the early summer sunshine at yesterday’s penultimate Halifax-Huddersfield Alliance meeting of the season.

Only one pair out of 47 bettered 40 stableford points over two laps of the nine-hole parkland course, which was staging an Alliance for the first time in around five years.

Crosland Heath have been dominant this winter and the pattern continued with success for Richard Lambert and 10 handicapper Paul Land.

Their 42-point haul gave them the Ronnie Parkinson Trophy, which remembers a former Alliance secretary from the Ryburn club.

They scored consistently well throughout with just the one blemish, on the 407-yard 14th, when both took five.

Crosland Heath have won the club championship with 416 points from Meltham on 403, Outlane on 400 and Bradley Hall on 395.

The Order of Merit for club professionals will be decided at the Page Trophy individual competition on Tuesday, May 5.

Lambert will fancy his chances because the 36-hole event, which also has an 18-hole option for the Roger Heap Memorial Trophy, is at Crosland Heath and he now leads the standings with 42 points.

Tom Wild has 41 points and West End’s Darren Arber, this year’s Alliance president, is next on 36 points.

Scores - Pro-am: 1, R.Lambert Pro & P.Land 10 (Crosland Heath) 42; 2, N.P.Hirst Pro & H.Murray 14 (Dewsbury) 40; 2, G.Evans Pro & M.Campbell 7 (Crow Nest Park) 40; 4, D.Astin Pro & M.Taylor 15 (Elland) 37; 5, J.Pearcey Pro & D.Mitcheson 13 (Ind Huddersfield/Bradley Park) 36; 6, T.Wild Pro & L.Pilkington 1 (Bradley Park) 35; 6, T.Garrett Pro & O.Shaw 5 (Crosland Heath) 35; 6, S.Race Pro & J.Fish 4 (Meltham) 35. 

Am-am: 1, L.Dyson 14 & M.Haigh 14 (Crosland Heath) 40; 2, F.Greaves 2 & A.Platten 11 (Todmorden) 39; 3, P.Brearley 20 & D.Wright 19 (Crow Nest Park) 39; 4, M.Dempsey 11 & P.Newey 14 (Ind Huddersfield) 39; 5, J.Smith 14 & A.Mellor 14 (Outlane) 38; 5, B.Cassidy 13 & L.Campey 20 (Outlane) 38; 5, D.Campbell 5 & M.Maude 5 (Meltham) 38; 8, K.Woolford 16 & I.Hunter 8 (Hanging Heaton) 37; 8, D.Knapton 12 & P.Reynolds 14 (Outlane) 37; 8, C.Holmes 6 & J.Crosland 8 (Meltham) 37; 8, R.Badrock 15 & C.Burton 11 (Castlefields) 37; 12, D.Oldham 12 & P.Bramall 12 (Meltham) 36; 12, G.Shuttleworth 9 & P.Caldwell 12 (Bradley Hall) 36; 12, N.Day 6 & A.Guest 12 (Crow Nest Park/Bradley Hall) 36; 12, S.Hopkinson 6 & M.Appleyard 6 (Bradley Hall) 36; 16, D.Hartley scr & F.Barron 5 (Dewsbury) 35; 16, G.Thornton 20 & L.Carman 15 (West End) 35; 16, R.T.Owen

13 & A.Taylor 20 (Crosland Heath) 35; 16, N.Hirst 11 & D.Thomas 12 (Outlane/Elland) 35; 16, P.Heywood 10 & A.Harper 19 (Marsden) 35; 16, S.Beeby 6 & J.Lawton 5 (Outlane) 35; 22, C.Hartley 20 & P.Pitchforth 13 (Bradley Hall) 34; 22, M.Russell 19 & E.Pearson 19 (Crosland Heath) 34; 22, H.Bailey 16 & R.Ely 20 (Dewsbury) 34; 22, R.T.Williams 12 & R.Pearson 18 (Bradley Park) 34; 22, A.Campbell 8 & T.Hunt 3 (Meltham) 34; 27, R.Wilson 17 & K.Puckering 12 (Outlane) 32; 28, B.Askham 19 & D.Jackson 15 (Crosland Heath) 31; 28, D.Phare 18 & R.Sharp 18 (Outlane) 31; 28, G.Brazier 12 & R.Stimpson 12 (West End) 31; 28, R.Wimpenny 12 & S.Whitham 13 (Crosland Heath) 31; 28, A.Wallis 9 & S.Hitchenor 8 (Crosland Heath) 31; 28, R.Hanson 6 & G.Newton 8 (Crosland Heath) 31; 34, T.Copley 15 & J.Tolley 13 (Ryburn) 30; 34, H.Bradley 13 & S.Gledhill

20 (Elland) 30; 36, N.Paxman 8 & T.Baier 13 (Meltham) 29; 37, M.P.Walker 14 & I.N.Ainley 16 (Outlane) 27; 37, A.Hirst 14 & J.Taylor 14 (Bradley Hall) 27; 39, G.Gower 15 & B.Cooper 16 (West End) 25.