cleckheaton sports classic 2018

Cleckheaton Sports Classic 2018 – report from John Ineson

 

The Classic begins as ever several months prior to the date of the competition.

 

The details are advertised on the internet in September of the previous year. The date of the competition is always the first Saturday in July. However due to an error by Hillcrest Bowling Club who had already posted their finals night on the 7th July. Due to complications for Hillcrest I decided to change the Cleckheaton date to Saturday 30th June. This did mean that there were clashes with other competitions but that was not too much of a concern as the way the competition is now run it is less dependent on non- bowler spectators to generate a successful day and a profit.

 

The day of the competition went very smoothly and it was won by Michael Leach from Preston who is over 70 years old. Congratulations to him for winning six rounds on what was a very hot day.

 

The one-day format of the competition once again pried popular. The competition date will revert back to the first Saturday (6th) in July 2019.

 

cleckheaton sports classic 2017

The recent previous running of the Classic over first nine and later five weeks relied heavily on a good attendance by supporters each of the weeks to enable the competition to be successful. It was decided to streamline the competition by running the Classic on one day with 64 players taking part.

 

With free entry for everyone all day, starting and finishing earlier made it more attractive for the bowlers and spectators. The greens were in good condition but the organisation of the competition on the day was more challenging due to the use of two greens with players alternating between greens. The day ran smoothly largely due to good communication between members using two way radios. Food and drink was also provided from the early start of 10:30am until the 8:30pm finish.  

 

To celebrate the opening of the new pavilion on the bottom green the semi- finals and final were held on the bottom green. After speaking with a number of spectators and bowlers they agreed that the ambience on the back green was good. The managing and structure of the competition will need tweaking slightly for any future running of the competition but all in all the day was regarded as successful by members, bowlers and spectators. Well done to Calum Wraight and Ian Booth for a cracking final and well done Ian on winning and gaining a place in the Champion of Champions at Waterloo, Blackpool later in the year.

 

CSC Classic - Saturday 01 July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The draw for this years Classic is given below. The start time is 10:30am but it would be good if all bowlers could sign in by 10:15am. If however there are some bowlers who are struggling arrive by that time I have given approximate times when they will be called upon to bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first 32 will play first games on the top green and the second 32 on the bottom green. Players will then alternate until the semi finals. The successful bowlers will play two games on each green up to the semi finals. The semis and final will be held on the bottom green.

Food and drink will be available in the new pavilion on the bottom green from the start and all day.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable day and wish everyone well for the competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British Lions rugby match will be live on big screen from 8:30am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The draw:-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Green

 

 

 

 

 

1

Thomas

Boyd jnr

10:30am

 

 

 

2

Calum

Mailer

 

 

 

 

3

Richard

Goddard

 

 

 

 

4

Simon

Hargreaves

 

 

 

 

5

Martin

Lally

 

 

 

 

6

John

Dalziel

 

 

 

 

7

Chris

Firth

 

 

 

 

8

Andy

Cairns

 

 

 

 

9

Simon

Coupe

11:00am

 

 

 

10

Daniel

Petcher

 

 

 

 

11

Ryan

Clark

 

 

 

 

12

Richard

Hellawell

 

 

 

 

13

Gareth

Coates

 

 

 

 

14

Gary

Smith

 

 

 

 

15

David

Scott

 

 

 

 

16

Clay

Flattley

 

 

 

 

17

Carl

Armitage

11:30am

 

 

 

18

Gary

Wike

 

 

 

 

19

Robert

Hitchen

 

 

 

 

20

Dave

McDermott

 

 

 

 

21

Ian

Booth

 

 

 

 

22

Tony

Riley

 

 

 

 

23

Ashley

Daykin

 

 

 

 

24

Lee

Schofield

 

 

 

 

25

Andy

Judson

12:00am

 

 

 

26

Gareth

Gwilliam

 

 

 

 

27

Danny

Sillitoe

 

 

 

 

28

Bob

Whyatt

 

 

 

 

29

John

McDonnell

 

 

 

 

30

Paul

Burke

 

 

 

 

31

Stephen

Gilroy

 

 

 

 

32

Gary

Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bottom Green

 

 

 

 

 

33

Josh

Mordue

10:30am

 

 

 

34

Wayne

Greenwood

 

 

 

 

35

James

Thomas

 

 

 

 

36

Liam

Griffin

 

 

 

 

37

Glen

Smith

 

 

 

 

38

Lee

Johnstone

 

 

 

 

39

Mark

Myles

 

 

 

 

40

Callum

Wraight

 

 

 

 

41

Kieron

O'Prey

11:00am

 

 

 

42

Jack

Hargreaves

 

 

 

 

43

Wayne

Ditchfield

 

 

 

 

44

Brian

Lee

 

 

 

 

45

Chris

Kelly

 

 

 

 

46

David

Gwilliam

 

 

 

 

47

Dave

Watters

 

 

 

 

48

Chris

Bly

 

 

 

 

49

Graeme

Wilson

11:30am

 

 

 

50

Dave

Penketh

 

 

 

 

51

Andrew

Spragg

 

 

 

 

52

Ryan

Walters

 

 

 

 

53

Tony

Throup

 

 

 

 

54

Andy

Mailer

 

 

 

 

55

Neil

Simpson

 

 

 

 

56

Bradley

Bayliss

 

 

 

 

57

Ashley

Tattersley

12:00am

 

 

 

58

Chris

Barton

 

 

 

 

59

Chris

Brown

 

 

 

 

60

Paul

Turner

 

 

 

 

61

Michael

Leach

 

 

 

 

62

Neil

Grant

 

 

 

 

63

Ben

Gloag

 

 

 

 

64

Chris

Mordue

 

 

 

 

A new format for 2017

One-day on Saturday 01 July 2017

64 bowlers starting at 10.00am using both greens.

Semis and Final played on the top green.

Cleckheaton Sports Classic 2016

The Classic prize was reduced by a few hundred pounds to £5425. The changes were made to try and encourage the normal club to enter the competition. Entrants had only to win two qualifying games to claim £75. The entry fee was maintained at £25. Despite the reduction in prize money the 128 places in the competition were filled within a few weeks of advertisement on the internet.

The weather for the qualifying rounds was reasonable but despite this the number of spectators was less than previous years and this is reflected by a reported general decline from other local competition organisers. Fewer spectators means less chance to recover prize money through raffles and catering. There were also fewer people to watch the final days bowling. Nevertheless the competition made a profit of over £300.

The final day sixteen bowlers consisted of ten Yorkshireman. However the winner was once again Gary Ellis from Whitefield near Manchester and this was his fifth victory in this competition.

At a subsequent bowling meeting, due to poor support from the public, an issue of lack of help from members and low competition profit compared to amount of work involved it was decided not to run the Classic in the same format in 2017.

Cleckheaton Sports Classic 2015

The entries for the 2015 Cleckheaton Sports Classic were opened as usual in September 2014 seven months before the qualifying round. Entries did not come in as quickly as previous years but eventually the maximum 128 bowlers was achieved in late April with a robust reserve list in the following few weeks.

 

For the second successive year the competition qualifying rounds were bowled on each Friday and Saturday evening in June. It was noticeable that the number of spectators is reducing year by year, especially on Friday nights. Having spoken to other competition organisers they are also seeing less people in attendance. This reduction in spectators means less opportunity to make money through catering and raffles.

 

The weather was reasonably kind as most of the time it was dry although rather cool. Despite this issue the bowling green was in very good condition throughout the competition and many good comments were received from the bowlers. This is a testament to the hard work of John and Keith.

 

Strong fields of top bowlers each night led to some excellent matches and this resulted in a top quality final sixteen. There were a number of past winners in the final but the eventual winner, Chris Kelly from South Yorkshire put his name on the trophy and gained entry into the Champion of Champions.

 

Cleckheaton Sports Classic 2015

Round 1

Friday

6.30pm

05 June 2015

Round 2

Saturday

6.00pm

06 June 2015

Round 3

Friday

6.30pm

12 June 2015

Round 4

Saturday

6.00pm

13 June 2015

Round 5

Friday

6.30pm

19 June 2015

Round 6

Saturday

6.00pm

20 June 2015

Round 7

Friday

6.30pm

26 June 2015

Round 8

Saturday

6.00pm

27 June 2015

Finals

Saturday

5.30pm

04 July 2015

 

Cleckheaton Sports Classic 2014

Cleckheaton Sports Classic 2014

 

Chris Brown won his second competition of the day after defeating Tommy Johnstone in a close final at Cleckheaton.

 

Chris earlier won the Metro Sports & Social Club Classic.

Congratulations Chris.

1st round

Andrew Sykes (Mirfield) 10   

David Hayward (Cannock) 21


Clay Flattley (St Georges BC) 16 

Andy Buckley (Chadderton) 21


Ashley Tattersley (Huddersfield) 19        

Tommy Johnstone (Poynton) 21


Gareth Nicholson (Halifax) 21                 

Ryan Clark (Sheffield) 18


Ashley Daykin (Netherton) 21                  

Paul Dudley (Sale) 5


Glynn Cookson (Winsford) 9                    

Chris Brown (Sheffield) 21


Simon Coupe (Preston) 21                       

Dave Watters (Preston) 16


Callum Wraight (Shrewsbury) 21            

Ian Booth (Halifax) 17

2nd round
David Hayward 20  -Andy Buckley 21                               

Tommy Johnstone 21 -  Gareth Nicholson 14
Ashley Daykin 18 - Chris Brown 21
Simon Coupe 21 - Callum Wraight 12

Semi Finals
Andy Buckley 8 - Tommy Johnstone 21
Chris Brown 21 - Simon Coupe 20

Final
Tommy Johnstone 18 - Chris Brown 21

John Smith's Classic 2013

Gary Ellis wins the John Smith's Classic for the fifth time!

 

Great weather and a good crowd witnessed some superb bowling by everyone but the best was saved for the final, when some very close bowling by both Gary Ellis and Paul Dudley, resulted in a lead of 20-15 for Paul but a wonder wood by Gary at the next end got him the jack and he ran out to win 21-20

 

Follow this link to see our photo gallery of what was a great day.

 

 

 

 

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