On a far from ideal weather-damaged day, Crosland Moor bowler Mark Atkinson won the 2021 Huddersfield Merit by beating Ashley Daykin 21-16 in the Final to claim the title and £200 prize money on a wet Cowcliffe green.
Eventually there were 29 bowlers that took to the green where Mark Atkinson overcame Craig Gant, Andrew Wike, Graham Hirst and then Trevor Boothroyd in the semi-finals to set up a final against Thongsbridge bowler Ashley Daykin.
This was a third win for Mark as he also won it in 2013 and 2017. Adding the 2021 title to the sequence means we can expect more of the same in 2025.
Well done to Cowcliffe for hosting and running the event and their £300 sponsorship guaranteed the continuation of this competition in this COVID-19 affected season. Their offer to host it again in 2022 has already been accepted.
The full competition details are at the bottom of this posting with the later round scores here as well.
QUARTER-FINALS Trevor Boothroyd 21-19 Neil Slattery Mark Atkinson 21-11 Graham Hirst
Andrew Martinho 11-21 Ashley Daykin
Mark Brammal 11-21 Gary Siswick
SEMI-FINALS Mark Atkinson 21-9 T Boothroyd
Ashley Daykin 21-17 G Siswick
FINAL Mark Atkinson 21-16 Ashley Daykin