Bowl defeat will sharpen Brighouse’s focus on league

Halifax Association Rose Bowl Final. Brighouse Team.
Halifax Association Rose Bowl Final. Brighouse Team.

Brighouse Sports will be more determined than ever to win the Halifax League title after losing in the final of the Halifax Association’s Rose Bowl.

The concession of 35 start proved just beyond the Russell Way men, who lost 217-209 to Akroydon Victoria in the Tower House-backed event at Sowerby T & BC last Friday.

Paul Smyth led Darren Turner by 12-11 before running out with a break of nine while Ronnie Wormald, 12-5 ahead of Ian Hinchliffe , had to withstand a recovery to 15-16 before winning by 21-16.

Richard Hobson completed a trio of early victories for Brighouse although he also had to hold off a late fight back by Carl Brown.

Martin Dodd was the only winner for Vic’s in the first four. His game with Josh Mordue was level at 10-10 before Mordue pulled away to lead by 15-10. Brown responded to take the lead at 19-18 before scraping home by 21-20.

The second four games were shared but Martin Steele’s 21-5 win against Hedley Kettlewell was decisive.

Gareth Coates led Mark Regan by 13-8 and 16-11 but had to hold off Regan’s late challenge as he levelled the scores at 18 before completing a 21-18 victory. Tony Riley and Danny Fountain were Brighouse’s two winners in the middle four, Riley converting a 10-1 lead over Ian Smith into a 21-10 victory while Fountain won by 21-14 against Les Holmes.

With two games left, Akroydon Victoria were ahead by 29 and David Avery became their fourth winner with a 21-20 victory over Steve Foster, finishing the better to snatch victory by 21-20.

In the remaining game, Brighouse’s Andy Wood was 2-6 and 9-10 down to Chris Wilmott before producing a break of eight and he eventually won by 21-12.

John Bloomer and Nigel Firth ran out over Frank Griffin and Margaret Smith to win the Rastrick BC Invitation Pairs