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Bowls: Tramways claim John Smith’s Triples Cup
11:05am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
York C&IU Bowls Heineken UK-sponsored John Smith’s Triples Cup winners Tramways, from left, Graham Bell, Les Redhead and Barry Walker
TRAMWAYS trio Les Redhead, Barry Walker and Graham Bell edged to victory over Holgate ‘C’ in the final of the York C&IU Bowls League’s Heineken UK-sponsored John Smith’s Triples Cup.
The Tramways threesome were 17-16 winners over the Holgate team of Brian Horner, Don Fentiman and John Crowe, but were made to fight all the way to retain the trophy.
After seven ends the game was tied at 7-7 but then, after winning three successive ends, Tramways went into a five-shot lead.
Holgate hit back and a three ensured the teams were level again at 15-15 on the 15th end.
It was 16-16 going into the last end and, with Tramways holding the match-winning shot, Crowe was unable to remove it despite two close attempts.
In the Plate final, the St Clement’s ‘B’ team of Dave Cade, Harry Marshall and John Cooper were 18-17 victors against Railway Institute’s Arthur Dunbar, Mal Bulmer and Tony Thornton.
St Clement’s, last year’s losing finalists, were 9-4 down after eight ends, but a six on the ninth end, followed by a two, propelled them into a three-shot lead.
However, Railway Institute were not prepared to give in and, after scoring a three, they held a one-shot lead going into the last end.
Although both teams had held shot during the last end, it was left to skip Cooper to give St Clement’s the all-important two shots to clinch the trophy. Meanwhile, with only two more games to play, Clarence are almost assured of the Evening League title after a 6-2 win over nearest rivals Burton Lane.
Railway Institute are Afternoon League champions after beating St Clement’s ‘B’ in a play-off.
St Clement’s ‘B’ took an early lead, but Railway Institute hit a purple patch, scoring three fives and a six to take command and run out easy winners by more than 20 shots.
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