Bowls: Featherstone reign supreme as county indoor champions

Neil Wood and Neil Wood Jnr, who were among the latest winners of the Potternewton Winter Pairs.
Neil Wood and Neil Wood Jnr, who were among the latest winners of the Potternewton Winter Pairs.
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Featherstone took the Yorkshire County Indoor League Division One title.

The West Yorkshire side held off the challenge of York and Scarborough on the last day of the season to reign over their fellow county men.

They will now go into the end- of-season play-off with the advantage over York, having beaten them in the competition this late in the season. Their hopes of success will be high.

Another West Yorkshire side, West Yorkshire Sort Mat, ended their season on a high with a 22-18 win over Stockport.

The result leaves the Armley Sports Centre side in joint first place with a couple of results still to come in.

Unfortunately, one of those results is for Derbyshire, a fellow top-spot side, who faced Staffordshire at home.

A number of the West Yorkshire bowlers now move on to the NESMBA at the Teesdale Leisure Centre in Barnard Castle, County Durham.

Though numbers were down, there were still 19 pairs up for the challenge of the Potternewton Winter Pairs.

The latest four group winners were Martin Lally and Chris Daysh, Neil Wood and Neil Wood Jnr, Andy Ford and Andy Bennett and Tony Green and Neil Simpson.

The final of the Potternewton Winter Pairs will take place on Sunday March 24– one week before the start of the outdoor season proper.

The competition, currently led by Phil Hill and Mark Holmes, is working towards a prize fund of £1,000.

That would be a very nice return from spending many a Sunday morning in the cold this winter.

There are two events at Spen Victoria if you need your fill of Crown Green in this weather.

Tomorrow there are 48 bowlers playing down for a prize pot of £740, with £180 going to the winner.

The competition gets underway from 9.30am, with a series of preliminary matches ahead of the full 48 field taking place by 11.30am.

The field includes Yorkshire County bowlers Robert Hitchen, Chris Mordue and Robbie Fitzpatrick. It promises to be an excellent day of bowls if you are not at work tomorrow.

On Saturday, at the same venue, the Geoff Brough Winter 32 draws to a close after a series of qualifying rounds since November.

It has a similar field to the Friday encounter, with the likes of Andy Hodgson, Andrew Farmer and Jack Dyson playing off for a possible £200 first prize, with monies going to all who reach the last 16.

The Geoff Brough Winter 32 also gets under way from 9.30am.

Both events are free entry for spectators, with hot and cold food being provided throughout the day, alongside the Spen Victoria bar which will be open for both spectators and players alike.