Wilson takes Classic crown

Pictured at the Brighouse Classic are, from the left:  Wayne Ditchfield, Colin Whitehead (Naylor Wintersgill), Tony Riley (Organiser), Graeme Wilson
Pictured at the Brighouse Classic are, from the left: Wayne Ditchfield, Colin Whitehead (Naylor Wintersgill), Tony Riley (Organiser), Graeme Wilson

Graeme Wilson (Audenshaw) won the £5,300 Brighouse Classic sponsored by Naylor Wintersgill (Chartered Accountants) for the third time with a 21-13 victory against recent Waterloo runner up Wayne Ditchfield (Eccleston).

Wilson had also defeated the Waterloo champion Andy Buckley 21-11 in the semi final to follow impressive victories over Darren Griffiths and Gary Ellis.

In the other semi final Ditchfield had beaten Liverpool’s Steve Davies 21-11.

Full results (last 16): Phil Dowgill (Crosshills) 20 Gary Ellis (Whitefeild) 21, Graeme Wilson (Audenshaw) 21 Darren Griffiths (Chadderton) 18, Paul Gill (Clayton) 15 Callum Wraight (Shrewsbury) 21, Andy Buckley (Chadderton) 21 Nick White (Sheffield) 10, Ira Jeffers (Leeds) 21 Nigel Cranston (Leeds) 16, Steve Davies (Liverpool) 21 Jon Wilcox (Leeds) 14, Peter Wilcox (Leeds) 21 David Walker (Scholes) 19, Wayne Ditchfield (Eccleston) 21 Lee Heaton (Preston) 15. Quarter finals: Gary Ellis 14 Graeme Wilson 21, Callum Wraight 14 Andy Buckley 21, Ira Jeffers 10 Steve Davies 21, Peter Wilcox 11 Wayne Ditchfield 21. Semi Final: Graeme Wilson 21 Andy Buckley 11, Steve Davies 11 Wayne Ditchfield 21. Final: Graeme Wilson 21 Wayne Ditchfield 13.

Sunday saw the final of the 2013 Rastrick Classic at Rastrick Bowling and Social Club. Graeme Wilson, attempting a treble of wins in three days after winning both at Preston and Brighouse on Friday and Saturday, was unsuccessful on this occasion after beating both Callum Wraight and Jim Derby before going out to a very impressive Scott Fisher who also won the highest break with an unanswered 20 chalks against local boy Clive Austin.

The final certainly met everyone’s expectations, going to the wire with a high calibre of bowling and expert striking but it was the superb Yorkshire Away team captain, James Davison from Eccleshill who just managed to get over the line ahead of Fisher of Alverthorpe.

A delighted Davison accepted the winner’s prize of £750 from sponsor Thwaites Brewery.

Round One: Graham Hickey (Lower Hopton) 20, Clive Austin (Mirfield Old Bank) 21; Scott Fisher (Alverthorpe) 21 Jack Dyson (Netherton Con) 18; Ian Booth (Lower Hopton) 18, Jim Derby (Radcliffe) 21; Graeme Wilson (Lower Hopton) 21, Callum Wraight (Shrewsbury) 14; Rich Goddard (Shrewsbury) 18, Michael Leach (Blackpool) 21; Simon Coupe (Preston) 21, Kevin Nixon (Doncaster) 10; Jimmy Davison (Eccleshill) 21, Dave Walker (Scholes) 13; Josh Mordue (Brighouse) 21, Gareth Gwilliam (Glossop) 18. Quarter Finals:.Austin 3, Fisher 21; Derby 10, Wilson 21; Leach 16, Coupe 21; Davison 21, Mordue 15. Semi Finals:.Fisher 21, Wilson 10; Coupe 14, Davison 21. Final: Fisher 20, Davison 21.