Bowls: Egham’s toast for York aces

Dave Attwood, whose rink reigned so supreme that they won with three ends to play

Dave Attwood, whose rink reigned so supreme that they won with three ends to play

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York Indoor Bowls Club eased into the quarter-finals of the Egham Trophy when they beat Cumbria 88-60.

The Cumbrians conceded with ten ends still to play across the board, mainly thanks to the runaway rink led by Dave Attwood, who were massing a big score, though it didn’t look that way early on in their game when they went 6-3 down after five ends.

Attwood’s team went on to win all but two of the remaining ends they were allowed to play, scoring 24 shots without reply between the tenth and 15th before the game came to a premature conclusion when they led 40-9 after 18 ends.

Dave Stroughair’s home team were also doing well after overcoming a 6-3 deficit after four ends to lead 17-6 six ends later. They were leading 22-14 after 19 ends when their game came to a halt.

The away rinks both lost but performed well, keeping their losing margins to a minimum.

Paul Humphreys’s side were 11-3 down after seven ends, but then pulled it back to 12-11 down after 11. After 19 ends they were 19-17 down only dropping a three on the last end when the game drew to a close.

Phil Emmerson’s rink were 14-7 in deficit after 15 ends but came back to 15-9 when the Cumbrians realised the result was inevitable.

York now play South Forest (Mansfield) on January 13, the tie to be played on a home and away basis.

York continued with their impressive form in the Yetton Trophy.

They won three rinks to see off the threat of Doncaster 91-58.

At home both rinks were trailing 4-0 after three ends but both responded well to win the next three with Melanie Brooke’s rink moving to 9-4 and Carol Instone’s to 7-4, then adding a seven to move to 14-5 on their way to a 29-16 win.

Brooke’s side lost four of the last five ends but had already done enough to win 20-14. Away, Linda Harrison’s team only lost four ends to win 32-6, though Helen Walker’s side struggled and lost 22-10.

York now play Hartlepool on Thursday, January 3.

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