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Elland robbed of first win of season

Veterans League

A review of the Veterans 6-Man League matches played on Monday 24 July

There were six Division 1 matches played on Monday and all ended in home wins - but one of those definitely shouldn't have. Elland C&BC are in their first season in the 6-Man League and have been misplaced in Division 1 for some reason where they have now lost all 13 of their fixtures to date. However the latest reversal away at Brockholes 'A' certainly should have had a different outcome. The aggregate scores finished level on 75-75 which meant a 3-4 loss to the visitors but they only had 5 bowlers playing in their team. A sixth bowler, even if he only scored one-point, would have seen the Elland side claim their first win of the season. That was the second time this season that they had failed to field a full team, the previous time being back in May, but it couldn't have happened at a worse time. A self-inflicted defeat.

Those six home wins included the top five teams in the table so no change in the running order although a 7-0 win for Marsh United 'A' enabled them to stretch their lead at the top to five points. Skel Windmill 'A', Golcar C&BC and Shepley 'A' all collected six points from their matches against Milnsbridge 'A', Netherton Con and Lockwood Con respectively.

Thongsbridge 'A' were the other home winner when seeing off Crosland Moor with another 6-1 scoreline and all 12 teams stay in exactly the same positions in the table that they were before the start of play.

In Division 2 it was a top 6 v bottom 6 set of fixtures and the top 6 all won their matches to ensure minimal disruption to the table compiler. A 7-0 home win for Golcar Lib over Skel Windmill 'B' saw the winners move up a slot to third and the losers drop one place and find themselves in the second relegation slot and that was about it for changes in order. All that of course suits the leading pair with Slaithwaite extending their lead after a 6-1 away win at bottom team Linthwaite Hall and Lindley Lib 'A' stay second after a 5-2 away win at Milnsbridge 'B'.

They can't shake off the following pack with Paddock I&C, Lindley Lib 'B' and Holmfirth 'A' all winning to stay in contention. At the opposite end there are three teams holding up the pack with a single point between them. At present it looks like 2 of these 3 will be relegated with Linthwaite Hall, Skel Windmill 'B' and Denby Dale rotating the bottom 3 spots among themselves. Milnsbridge can't seem to make their minds up if they will join in the relegation rumba after 2 wins in their last 8 but with an away fixture at Slaithwaite next on their agenda things look likely to get worse before any improvement can be expected.

In Division 3 Meltham jumped 4 places to third after a 6-1 home win over Thongsbridge 'B' who drop 3 places to 6th as the table becomes ever tighter. Three points separate 7 teams behind the two leaders as Marsh Lib and New Mill continue to set the pace and both enjoyed 5-2 home wins this week with the New Mill one being particularly key as Marsh United 'B' suffered a setback which resulted in a drop of one place to fifth. A 4-3 away win for Thongsbridge 'C' over Holmfirth 'B' saw them overtake their own 'B' team and go fourth. Primrose Hill Lib and Greenhead Park both enjoyed home wins over Shepley 'B' and Hemplow respectively to ensure that they stayed ahead of those rivals in the revised table.

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