Walsden switch matches to Hollins after their green fails to recover

Walsden BC will play this season’s remaining matches in the Halifax and Hebden Royd Leagues at Hollins BC.

The green has failed to recoverafter damage caused by waterlogging last season and club officials have taken the decision to undertake major repairs.

Drainage work, resurfacing and reseeding is taking place to ensure the green is in tip-top condition for the 2014 campaign.

One casualty is the Hebden Royd Association’s veterans handicap, which had been due to take place at Walsden next Wednesday.

That will now take place at Heptonstall on the same day.

Hebden Royd secretary Fred Rothwell thanked Walsden for giving Hebden Royd plenty of notice that their green would be unavailable.

He added: “All the best to the Walsden club as they undertake what may be a season long battle to reinstate the green to the good condition we are all familiar with.”

The Hebden Royd League’s merit competition at Oxenhope last Sunday was won by home club bowler David Hemsley.

He beat Crossroads Ryan Tiler 21-15 in the final after overcoming Todmorden Park’s Shawn Frewin 21-19 in his last-four contest.

Royd’s Sunday Morning KO Cup final will be between Old Town A and Heptonstall A at a date and venue to be announced.

They won semi-finals on the two Lund Park greens, Old Town beating Crossroads A 148-139 and Heptonstall A accounting for Oxenhope by 180-154

Meanwhile, Todmorden BC headed to Oxenhope in the Halifax League last night looking to climb from eighth place in Division One.

Tod won the home match against Oxenhope last week by 7-5. The sides had five winners each but Keith Rudman’s 21-4 success helped the home side take the two aggregate bonus points by a 16-chalk margin.

Ian Holden was Tod’s next best wi nner with a 21-13 scoreline.

Club spokesman John Hartley said Todmorden were finding it tougher going than last season, even though they had the same side.

“We have played some of the top sides but overall the standard seems higher.”

The Halifax Ladies Merit takes place at Mytholmroyd BC on Saturday (10.30).

Sowerby Tennis and Bowling Club’s Pam Wood won last year’s event at Old Town BC.