Wilson beaten in Elland final

Near miss: for Graeme Wilson yesterday
Near miss: for Graeme Wilson yesterday

Graeme Wilson’s quest for a fifth Yorkshire Merit title goes on after he was beaten 21-18 in the final of this year’s competition by Pudsey BC’s Liam Griffin at Elland C & BC yesterday.

The Elland-raised player, who notched a record fourth success on the same green in 2007, started the event as the 7-4 favourite after winning Saturday’s Halifax qualifier at Kingston BC.

Wilson came through the tougher half of the draw but came unstuck against fellow county player Griffin, who took an 11-3 lead in the final.

Wilson, who now lives across the Pennines but plays in the Halifax League for nearby Elland WMC, hit back and the pair were 18 across.

Griffin found a superb bowl to beat Wilson’s two counters at the next end before completing victory.

The three other Halifax area qualifiers, Mytholmroyd BC’s Gareth Nicholson, Brighouse Sports’ D Holdsworth and Hove Edge’s Tom Gasson, were all beaten in the first round.

Scores - Round one: G.Thomas (Glasshoughton) 6 S.Wilkinson (Clayton Vics) 21, D.Scarth (Hanging Heaton) 21 M.Martin (Canalside) 19, D.Walker (Scholes) 21 G.Siswick (Crosland Moor) 16, D.Cowsill (Canalside) 21 M.Holmes (Starbeck) 20, A.Heaume (Canalside) 21 G.Nicholson (Mytholmroyd) 11, L.Griffin (Pudsey BC) 21 N.Breadley (Silsden) 6, D.Holdsworth (Brighouse) 17 A.Douglas (Canalside) 21, M.Brain (Glasshoughton) 19 R.Dunford (Morton) 21, T.Glasson (Hove Edge) 19 I.Briggs (Longwood) 21, G.I.Wilson (Elland WMC) 21 J.Hanson (Lower Hopton) 11, S.Fisher (Denby Grange) 21 A.Wadsworth (Canalside) 4, K.Smith (Crossgates) 21 R.Boltwood (Canalside) 20, B.Walker (Wayside) 21 S.King (Asa Briggs) 15, D.Towning (Hunslet) 20 P.Dowgill (Crosshills) 21, A.Daykin (Netherton Cons) 21 C.Mordue (Pudsey BC) 5, J.Wood (Crossgates) 17 J.Dyson 21.

Round two: Wilkinson 18 Scarth 21, Walker 15 Cowsill 21, Heaume 16 Griffin 21, Douglas 21 Dunford 16, Briggs 18 Wilson 21, Fisher 19 Smith 21, Walker 18 Dowgill 21, Daykin 21 Dyson 18.

Quarter-finals: Scarth 21 Cowsill 15, Griffin 21 Douglas 14, Wilson 21 Smith 14, Dowgill 12 Saykin 21.

Semi-finals: Scarth 3 Griffin 21, Wilson 21 Daykin 13.