Gareth Coates (Halifax) and Harry Seerha (Lower Hopton) were the first qualifiers in the £5,300 Brighouse Classic held last Friday evening at Brighouse Sports Club BC
The competition went ahead in its 10th season despite the sponsor Limegrove Leisure pulling the plug.
Tony Riley and his colleagues in the bowling section at the club have rallied round to make up the shortfall.
Coates beat Wayne Ditchfield 21-13 in the qualifying game whilst Seerha beat Jack Hargreaves (Hyde) 21-20. The heats continue on Friday with previous winner Simon Coupe in action.
Full draw; Mark Hughes (Leeds) v Andy Hodgson (Pudsey), David Walker (Scholes) v Ian Booth (Halifax), Owen Jackson (Preston) v Dean Missere (Sheffield), Gerwyn Davies (Wrexham) v Bob Jeffrey (Crosshills), Josh Brown (Huddersfield) v Gordon Bradford (Halifax), Natalie Hughes (Leeds) v Harry Slack (Sheffield), Simon Coupe (Preston) v Connor Davis (Pudsey), Chris Brown (Sheffield) v Kieren Smith (Leeds).
n In the men’s competition for the Rastrick Bowling and Social Club President’s Finals Day Roger Stopford was the eventual winner beating Jack Humpleby, the club’s youngest player, 21-10.
In the ladies competition, Joanne Marsden beat Sandra Hall 21-14 in what turned out to be a most enjoyable day. picture: Graham Hall
n Results from week one of the £5.050 Rastrick Classic
Round 1: Tom Pritchard (King George V (W&W)) 16, Colin Scorah (Crossgates) 21; Andy Hodgson (Pudsey) wo - ns Simon Walder (Lower Hopton); Anthony Thompson (Merseyside) 21, Danny Fountain (Brighouse) 15; Kevin Handley (Staffordshire) 20, Gary Foulkes (Ossett Flying Horse) 21; Connor Davies (Pudsey) 21, Robbie Fitzpatrick (Morton House) 17; Lloyd Walker (King George V (W&W)) 14, Harry Seehra (Lower Hopton) 21; Matt Gilmore (Merseyside) 21, Andy Smith (Crossgates) 6; Neil Slattery (Lockwood Cons) 19, Robert Maude (Lower Hopton) 21.
Round 2: Scorah 21, Hodgson 19; Thompson 21, Foulkes 16; Seehra 21, Davies 6; Gilmore 21, Maude 9.
Qualifying Round: Scorah 21, Thompson 14; Seehra 10, Gilmore 21. (For finals night Scorah drew ball 1 and Gilmore ball 7.
Field for Sunday, August 2 (5.30pm start): Dave Hallam (Sheffield), Scott Woodward (Sheffield), Dave Mallinson (Sheffield), Mark Kneen (Isle of Man), Dave Kelly (I.O.M), Harry Slack (Sheffield), Dean Missere (Sheffield), Craig Beck (Barnsley), Mark Farmer (Sheffield), Jeremy Muff (West Midlands), Barry Tinker (Longwood), Mark Atkinson (Crossland Moor), Andy Southwell (ASA Briggs), John Spinks (Pudsey), Dean Scarth (Hanging Heaton), Paul Gill (Clayton).