Hove edged out by rivals Clayton in Elland finale

Hove Edge A were beaten 
54-39 by Clayton Victoria in the final of the Halifax Association’s Brian Varley Eight Man Team Pairs competition which was held at Elland CA & B C last Sunday.

Hove Edge won three of their four games against West End in their semi-final.

The best of them was a 15-2 victory by John Butterworth and Alan Bray against Simon Leeming and Gordon Whippey.

West End’s best result proved to be a 15-4 win for Alwyn Guide and Barrie Morgan over Keith Hatzer and Tony Beeden.

Hove Edge won by 49-34.

Clayton enjoyed a clean sweep of all four games in their semi-final against rivals Greenroyd, included a comprehensive 15-0 victory for Darren Clare and Ian Briggs against their Ian Freeman and Ken Ward.

Phil Solan and Ken Todd were unlucky not to claim a victory for Greenroyd as they led Chris Wilson and Paul Kaye by 13-11 but the Clayton pair then ran out to secure a 60-34 win for Clayton.

In the final, Ian Briggs and Darren Clare gave Clayton the best of starts with their 15-4 victory over Scott Smith and Jason Barker, closely followed by Phillip and John Lister, who won by 15-6 against Keith Hatzer and Tony Beeden.

Alan Bray and John Butterworth were Hove Edge’s only winners as they recovered from 7-9 against Steve Wilkinson and Tommy Harney to run out to a 15-9 victory.

In the final and closest game, Hove Edge’s Tom Gasson and Kyle Spencer led by 8-3 against Paul Kaye and Chris Wilson, then fell behind by 8-10 before leading again by 14-10.

The Clayton pair then ran out to snatch victory by 15-14 and complete a comfortable victory for their side.

Semi-final scores - Hove Edge A v West End: K. Hatzer/T. Beeden 4 B. Morgan/A. Guide 15, J. Butterworth/A. Bray 15 S. Leeming/G. Whippey 2, J. Barker/S. Smith 15 P. Nolan/J. Hamer 14, K. Spencer/T. Gasson 15 S. Helliwell/V. Smith 3.

Clayton Victoria v Greenroyd: P & J Lister 15 M. Berry/M. Walker 9, C. Wilson/P. Kaye 15 P. Solan/K. Todd 13, S. Wilkinson/T.Harney 15 J.Ingham/V. Murgatroyd 12, D. Clare/ I. Briggs 15 I. Freeman/K. Ward 0.