York Indoor Bowls Club revels in national competitions hat-trick

A trio of York bowlers, above right, watch an incoming wood against Selby in the Yetton Trophy

Selby’s Carol Sarvent and Sylvia Brook, far right, contemplate their game plan

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A TRIO of victories in national competitions crowned a superb spell for York Indoor Bowls Club.

The Thanet Road club’s ladies team started the ball rolling in the Yetton Trophy with a comfortable 94-67 victory over Selby thanks to scoring 32 shots to 12 between the fifth and tenth ends.

York ended up winning three rinks and only losing one.

At home, Melanie Brooke’s team led the way. After trailing 7-3 to Jane Simpson’s side, they picked up 23 shots over the next ten ends to lead 26-12 on their way to a 29-16 win.

Carol Instone’s team won six successive ends to move from 12-11 to 19-11 before Carol Sarvent’s side picked up a single on the last.

Helen Walker’s away rink lost the first two ends to Cynthia Birkenshaw’s side, trailing 3-0 before a five then a three put them ahead.

The home team drew level at 9-9 after nine ends before Walker’s team put the game beyond reach, scoring 13 shots without reply over five ends. The match finished 25-17.

Selby’s only winning rink came from Sonya Turner’s side, who picked up a single on the last end to beat Linda Harrison’s team 22-21.

York now play North Cave in the next round.

York’s next success came as the men beat New Earswick in the Denny Cup 95-66, again winning three rinks.

The game was taken away from New Earswick between the fifth and tenth ends as York moved from 22-15 to 60-23. New Earswick stopped the rot but the damage had been done.

At Thanet Road, Dave Stroughair’s team had a tough match against Ralph Tiplady’s and it was the visitors who led going into the last end – 23-22 – only to be outdone as the home side picked up a four.

Dave Attwood’s team were in control against Brian Gray’s side after a good start which saw them leading 18-3 after ten ends. The game finished 30-10.

At Huntington Road, Paul Humphreys’ team trailed 3-2 to Barry Johnson’s side after three ends before two singles, a magnificent seven, then a pair of twos, put them in control at 15-3.

Johnson’s team then won three of the last four ends to make the final score 23-16.

New Earswick’s success came in an exciting clash between Bill Waldie’s side and Phil Emmerson’s team.

Leading 13-5 after ten ends, the game looked to be going the way of the York team, but seven successive winning ends put the home team in front at 16-13.

Chasing a two to draw on the last end, Emmerson’s team could only score a single to give the home side a 17-16 victory.

York play rivals Featherstone a week on Saturday, at 10am.

York’s third success came in the mixed Egham Trophy competition as they beat Ryedale 89-70.

At home, both games were close with Stroughair’s team looking as though they were going to be easy winners with two ends to go.

However, a five then a single saw them edge home 20-19.

Dave Attwood’s side had to come from 17-11 down with six ends to play to beat Sue Allen’s rink 22-17.

In Norton, Humphreys’ side had a great run-in, moving from 8-8 to beat Trevor Wilford’s side 26-13.

Mark Clarke’s team had to settle for a draw as John Best’s side scored a single on the last end to tie their game at 21-21.

York now play Leeds in the next round on Sunday, November 25.

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