Quality field expected for memorial trophy

Lower Hopton won the West Riding Bowls Cup at Spen Victoria, beating Pudsey by two points in a thrilling final last Friday.
Lower Hopton won the West Riding Bowls Cup at Spen Victoria, beating Pudsey by two points in a thrilling final last Friday.
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A quality field of bowlers are expected at Hanging Heaton this Saturday when the David Lamb Memorial Invitation 16 takes place.

David worked tirelessly at Hanging Heaton and his former club Batley Taverners and the tournament takes place in his memory.

The Invitation takes place on a green just seven years old and will test 16 of the top crown green bowlers from the north of England.

They are led by Yorkshire County captain Graeme Wilson, who helped Lower Hopton win the West Riding Cup last Friday, and All England champion Ashley Daykin, from Huddersfield.

Tie of the first round sees five-times Blackpool Waterloo winner Gary Ellis facing six time junior Waterloo winner Wayne Ditchfield. A first prize of £500 awaits the winner and bowling starts at 5pm.

First round draw: Tommy Johnstone (Tarporley) v Andrew Cairns (Rossendale), Chris Brown (Huddersfield) v James Davison (Eccleshill), Simon Coupe (Preston) v Ryan Prosser (Birmingham), Graeme Wilson (Lower Hopton) v Ian Nicholson (Cumbria), Gary Ellis (Manchester) v Wayne Ditchfield (Chorley), Ashley Daykin (Netherton) v Carl Armitage (Warrington), Andrew Spragg (Derbyshire) v Liam Griffin (Pudsey), Greg Smith (Birmingham) v Callum Wright (Shrewsbury).

Lower Hopton were crowned West Yorkshire bowls champions following a thrilling 209-207 victory over Pudsey BC A at Spen Victoria last Friday.

Three of the county champions will be appearing at Hanging Heaton on Saturday.

West Riding Cup Final

Lower Hopton 209, Pudsey BC A 207.

Hopton scores first: Harry Sheera 21, John Spinks 20; Graham Higgins 14, Andy Hodgson 21; Ian Booth 15, James Hanson 21; Paul Ingleby 16, Chris Hatton 21; Wayne Ditchfield 21, Liam Griffin 10; Robert Hitchen 14, Greg Wyke 21; Craig Newton 19, Mick Smith 21; Graeme Wilson 21, Ian Shaw 12; Chris Brown 15, Chris Mordue 21; Joel Abdy 21, Joe Edmondson 10; Ashley Tattersley 21, Josh Mordue 8; Simon Walder 11, Thomas Hanson 21.

Clayton Victoria defeated Shipley Club 234-184 in the Pilling Cup final last Friday.

Graeme Wilson captains the Yorkshire County team in their first Crossfield Cup game of the season against the Potteries on Sunday. The home leg is being played at Meltham BC and the away leg at Florence BC. Ashley Daykin, who plays for Netherton in the Mirfield League, makes his 100th appearance for Yorkshire.