Up & Running - Week 1 Review
The season finally started under black skies spasmodically sharing their damp load with the huddles of bowlers on two Huddersfield greens but they really didn’t care. Many of them playing their favourite competitive team sport for the first time for over a year such has been the intrusion of COVID-19 into our daily and sporting lives.
Top result of the opening day going to Rastrick with a 6-0 whitewash of Lowerhouses B on the Springfield green. Bowlsnet insisted it was a 7-0 outcome but that is still to be sorted out as the results reporting system coughed a bit (don’t think it was COVID related). Denby Dale also started brightly with a 5-1 win over Huddersfield Recreation Club A including an emphatic 21-3 victory for Peter Taylor.
Both host clubs opened their campaigns with 4-2 wins. Springwood edged past Kirkheaton Cons 70-63 although with the last pair on the green it could have gone 5-1 the other way whilst Milnsbridge beat Dalton in the closest scoreline of the day with just 5 points separating them on aggregate totals. There were 5-1 wins for two major contenders for honours at Milnsbridge as Meltham overcame Lindley BC 81-73 and Thorpe Green overwhelmed Huddersfield Recreation Club 76-41. Thorpe Green bowler David Frost logged the day's solitary win-to-nil to put himself firmly at the top of the Averages in the race for the end-of-season trophy to be awarded to the eventual individual winner.
Week 1 of the Battle of the Sexes saw the gents beat the ladies 8-2 in head-to-head confrontations. That was a little different to the Test Day outcome which was a 5-5 draw.
A word of praise to the two host clubs as the two greens were in tip-top condition despite the persistent rain with woods running well and no chance for the ‘chuckers’ to play their A game. One bowler at Milnsbridge told me he was having difficulty keeping his woods on the green at the end opposite to the clubhouse as a number of target spots just resulted in a fast route to the gutter. The fact that Springfield greenkeeper, John Pix, cut the green twice on Monday contributed to the superb playing surface and added to a great opening day for the teams. It’s good to be back!