Bowls: outdoor season opens with all-Leeds tie in county cup

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It may still feel bitterly cold, but at least, given the amount of snow we have had over the past month or so, this week does hold the promise of a start of the new outdoor season.

With nearly every county, district and even national competition called off last month; this weekend sees the start of both the West Riding Cup and the World Club Championship to accommodate the lost dates to the snow.

The West Riding cup has, unfortunately, thrown up an all-Leeds encounter in the qualifying round as Crossgates ‘A’ and Pudsey ‘B’ face each other at Brighouse Sports.

For the victors their ride continues in the cup – for the losers, there is always the Pilling Cup to keep them occupied for another week at least. The other Leeds clubs vying for a place in the first round proper of the West Riding Cup are Pudsey ‘A’ who play Spen Victoria ‘A’ at Cleckheaton Sports (top green); Crossgates ‘B’ v Lower Hopton ‘B’ at Heckmondwike and Pudsey Littlemoor, who take on Troydale Rec at Shipley Club. Guiseley, South Leeds Cons and The Hollies are all missing this year.

Meanwhile, Canalside, the Huddersfield-based club, lost 158-107 to Burbage of Derbyshire in the qualifying round of the BCGBA World Club Championship.

Yorkshire will be hoping for more from Thongsbridge, who start their qualifying campaign against Houldsworth WMC this Sunday.

They are two games away from qualifying for the final on Sunday April 28.

By the time you read this week’s column, the Leeds & District Leagues will already be under way. Yesterday, the Half Holiday League got going and Saturday sees the start of a number of leagues including the Leeds Saturday and the Barkston Ash League. Through the power of the internet, bowlers may already know the results of some of the bigger games involving Meanwood, Cranmore and Rothwell in Division One.

we will try to capture some of the key moments and images of the season – as well as devoting coverage to the bigger one-day events, including the open events and the Federation League.

We won’t be able to keep up with the pace of the live tweeters, bloggers or forum users each day of the week, but we can at least offer something for those not quite reliant on the web for all their news.