New Earswick Indoor Bowls Club top of the tree

York ‘B’ player Alan Clapham, left, led a losing rink in Yorkshire League  division two, but the Thanet Road club edged out Featherstone ‘B’ to bag their first  win of the campaign

York ‘B’ player Alan Clapham, left, led a losing rink in Yorkshire League division two, but the Thanet Road club edged out Featherstone ‘B’ to bag their first win of the campaign

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IN-FORM New Earswick Indoor Bowls Club made it four wins out of four to go top of Yorkshire League division two with a comprehensive 95-56 victory over North Cave Yellow.

At home, Ralph Tiplady’s side showed their intentions early on as they led 13-1 after ten ends and their authority was never challenged as they ran out 23-9 winners.

Barry Harrison’s side were ahead from the start. Leading 11-4 after ten ends, they went on to win 23-12.

Away, Bob Edwards’ team turned their game around after trailing 7-3 on the sixth end.

A run of five winning ends put them in control at 14-7 and a run of four ends between the 16th and 19th yielded 14 shots to make the score 30-12. That put the game beyond the home side and the final score was 30-15.

Earswick’s only losing rink was Barry Johnson’s team. They came from 18-13 down to level at 19-19 going into the last end, only to be outdone by a single.

Despite six late changes to the York ‘B’ team, they overcame the odds to win register their first win of the season when they defeated Featherstone ‘B’ 77-75.

They got off to a good start, leading 32-13 on aggregate after only five ends, but they then had to withstand pressure from the West Yorkshire outfit who were within one shot when the teams went into the last end.

At home, Ron Munro’s side got off to a great start to go 19-0 in front after only six ends.

Their opponents won six of the next seven ends but only pulled back to 23-9 before the home side won six of the last eight to finish 30-11.

Bob Blackburn’s team also got off to a good start, leading 9-2 after seven ends. Their opponents scored seven shots over three ends to pull back to 18-15 with two ends to play, but a two on the penultimate end helped the home side win 20-16.

Away, Ken Robinson’s side had done well to come back from 14-8 down to 15-14 behind, but a three then a five put paid to their aspirations and they lost 23-16.

Alan Clapham’s team won only four of their first 16 ends and eventually went down 25-11.

• Ray Calpin and Malcolm Thompson retained York Indoor Bowls Club’s Tom Forbes Pairs title after beating debutants John Cooper and Paul Milliner.

Cooper and Milliner got on the board first with a two, but then they were hit by losing seven successive ends, dropping 13 shots.

Two twos gave them hope but it was soon extinguished as Calpin and Thompson scored on four out of five ends before the final came to a premature end with the score at 21-7.

It was the fifth time in the last seven years that Calpin and Thompson have won the title.

York IBC host the mixed fours play-off final between Martin Cooper’s West Denton side and Jonathon Goodall’s Blackpool Newton Hall team on Saturday, at 2.30pm.

The final of area four mixed pairs, which sees York’s Adam Liddell and Zoe Eagles take on North Cave’s Alistair Cook, will be held at Selby IBC on Friday, January 4, starting at 6.30pm.

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