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Bowls: York bowlers knocked down by Featherstone
11:55am Thursday 7th March 2013 in Sport
ALL four rinks were lost as York Indoor Bowls Club ‘A’-team’s quest to win the Yorkshire Over-55s League division one title was ended by closest rivals Featherstone, who triumphed 84-52.
The closest Malcolm Thompson’s home team got was when the score was 3-3 after five ends. They dropped a two, then a three, and were behind for the rest of the game to its 19-14 finish.
Geoff Walker’s side got off to a good start leading 5-1 after five ends, but only won three more throughout to lose 21-11.
Away, both rinks won their first ends but then both dropped fives on the second sparking a catch-up pursuit.
The nearest to pegging back the deficit was Graham Brooke’s side who only lost 19-14. A more emphatic margin of defeat was the 25-13 fall of Graham Instone’s team.
Featherstone need 14 points from their last two games to guarantee the title while York ‘A’ can only wait and watch after completing their league programme.
New Earswick won the division two title with a game to spare after they beat bottom-placed club North Cave Maroon 86-53 to amass 18 points, while second-placed Doncaster lost their last game to Featherstone ‘B’.
Barry Johnson’s away rink had the biggest winning margin after they came from 7-0 down with four ends gone. They won all but four of the remaining ends to finish 28-12.
Ralph Tiplady’s team also had a good win – tied at 7-7 after ten ends they only lost three more ends as they finished 21-14. At home, Bob Edwards’s side led from the start to the finish scoring 12 shots before the visitors got on the board with a four, though they were never in danger and won easily 20-12.
Barry Harrison’s side dropped singles on the last three ends but they had already done enough to win 17-15. New Earswick play their final game of the season against York ‘B’ tomorrow starting at noon at both venues.