HALTON is still waiting for a maiden home success in the Webb's Spring Doubles with none of the four Runcorn and Widnes hopefuls going past the quarter-finals.
Saturday at least saw one of the best finals played on the Grapes green in Runcorn.
Holmfirth's John Senior and Mick White beat Charlie Bebbington and John Taylor of Warrington to take the winners' trophy to Yorkshire for the first time.
Bebbington and Taylor took the lead at 19-18 only to see the Tykes play some outstanding bowls to run out worthy 21-19 winners.
It was a disappointing day for home supporters with Widnes pairing Brian and Linda Hough losing to last year's winners Danny Eustace and Anthony Gartside while hometowners Simon Jones and Neil Ocego (Pavilions, Weston Point) exited after some brilliant bowling from Wirral's Mat Gilmore and Anthony Thompson, both in the last 16.
Organisers were, however, assured of one local pair reaching the last eight when Alan Briscoe and John Rawlinson (United Services, Widnes) were drawn against Pavilions' Les Harrington and Andy Blakemore.
The latter pair were too good on the day and ran out 21-12 winners, only to lose the quarter final to the eventual winners 21-16.
That game was much closer than the scoreline suggests and keeps alive the hopes of sponsoring company Webbs and Grapes officials that a local pair will claim the first prize in the near future.
Semi-finals witnessed comfortable wins for Taylor & Bebbington and Senior & White against Wigan's David Taberner & Will Harrison and the St Helens duo Eustace & Gartside, respectively.
All competitors and spectators agreed the Grapes green was again in great condition for this competition and thanks must be given to greensman Barry Shaw for producing such an excellent surface so early in the year.