End of Week 13 - Title Pack Make Up Ground As Leopards Go Top

Hermits moved to within three points of the Division 1 summit with a 6-3 victory over Warriors. Just three points separated the two sides going into the match, however it was Hermits who had the edge, with Geoff Dunne the top performer, convincingly defeating Warriors' trio of Bob Sanderson, Dave Wood and Keith Skarz on a rare appearance from Dunne in Halifax. Meanwhile, Mick Kosmowsky's run of winning five set matches continued, adding another two to his collection with victories over Wood and Sanderson.

Whilst Hermits currently sit second, it is fourth placed Red Press who mount the biggest threat to league leaders Greetland. Their comfortable 9-0 victory over BT moved them within nine points of Greetland with a game in hand. Red Press made their intentions clear with their performance, with Sean Ellis not dropping an end.

YMEN secured back to back wins with a 6-3 victory against Greetland Social B. YMEN raced into a 5-0 lead, down to two victories for Fraser Krischke and Shamir Bose, whilst Bob Woodhead chipped in with one. Greetland B put on a mini fightback as Garry Jowett won twice and Gilly Broadbent added one, however Krischke still had time to had his third win of the evening.

Division 2

Central 2 suffered a shock defeat as they went down 5-4 to Tribal 1. Michael Bush put a serious spanner in the works of Central's promotion push as he superbly claimed all three matches, whilst Josh Hill excellently chipped in with two instructions of his own despite playing opponents with much higher averages to secure Tribal just their second win of the season.

The relegation battle in Division 2 looks set to be an exciting one. With just five points splitting the bottom four sides.

One of those teams, Evergreens, finally ended their dismal run of form as they defeated fellow relegation battlers Dolphins 5-4. Despite Dave Blackburn's three victories for Dolphins, Evergreens recovered with Dave Lewis and Craig Butler winning two apiece to leave the score at 4-4. It gave Michael Higgins the opportunity to claim glory, and he did so with a 3-1 victory, ending Evergreens' six game losing streak in the process.

Central 3 leapfrogged Keighley Nomads in the table with an excellent 8-1 victory over the Nomads. Whilst Rod Fotherby managed to defeat Matt Pinnell, he recovered to win two matches whilst Stephen Martin and Brian Chapman won three apiece.

Rams recorded their third consecutive victory as they overcame Ovenden Sports 7-2. A win each for Dave Stretton, Dave Melbourne and Darrell Mann put Rams 3-0 up before Saj Mohammed and Terry Allington defeated Darrell Mann and Dave Stretton respectively. However, Melbourne came to the fore to give his side a further two victories with Mann and Stretton added another win each.

Division 3

Leopards moved back to the top of Division 3 with a 9-0 win over Old Town Hounds. In what was an emphatic victory on the day Leopards moved seven points clear at the top, they dropped just three games as their title chase picked up pace.

Karen Levin and Keith Hanson won three matches as Jokers beat Old Town Robins 7-2. In what was their first victory in three attempts, Levin and Hanson both beat Dave Stansfield in five to secure their maximums whilst Graham McWhirter won one match.

A valiant effort wasn't enough as two man Rainbow went down 6-3 to Netamatix. Glyn Kershaw provided two victories for Rainbow, whilst Peter Davis added one. However, Netamatix took the remaining sets, with John Wasilewski claiming all three sets to give Netamatix their fifth straight win.


Ruby's capture of the Ladies League begins to look inevitable after their 7-2 victory Diamond moved them 17 points clear at the top of the league. Karen Levin and Ellen Adams won three apiece, albeit the latter was forced to the fifth and final end against Joyce Walker.

Sapphire continue their pursuit or Ruby, and managed a 7-2 win for their selves against Amethyst. A superb victory for Amy Fillingham over Chrissy Sykes was the main highlight for Sapphire as she went on to win all three of her sets whilst Helen Smith and Abbie Parker won two apiece.

Sophie Yung's treble was in vain as Emerald went down 5-4 to Aquamarine. Whilst Sue Garbutt added one further set to Emerald's total, Joan Bottomley and Jean Armitage responded with two wins apiece for Aquamarine before Sandra Day defeated Hazel Green.

Player of the week - Josh Hill - Chipped in with two unexpected wins to condemn Central 2 to defeat.

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