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Bowls: Holgate Clubbers retain York Super 7 bowl title
10:27am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
HOLDERS Holgate Clubbers retained their York Super 7 bowls title with a 6-2 final victory over 2009 winners Milky Bar Kids.
Clubbers’ success at Railway Institute was built on a dominant display by John Crowe and Gary Lewington, who beat Linda Harrison and Bill Waldie 24-8.
They led 18-3 after 11 of the 16 ends, securing the two points for the aggregate, leaving the Milky Bar Kids needing to win the other pair and the triples to force an extra end play-off.
Sylvia Cooper, Bob Hayes and Dave Harrison pulled away from 8-8 after seven of the 15 ends to beat Clubbers trio Alan Phillips, Alan Smith and Steve Lea 18-14.
However, Clubbers’ Don Fentiman and Stuart Smith protected the one-shot lead they held going into their last end with Milky’s Bernard Drury and Gordon Storey to win 15-12.
In the last four, Clubbers beat first-time semi-finalists Bootham Braves 6-2 at West Park and Milky Bar Kids made the most of home advantage to overcome Haxby Road Rockets by the same scoreline thanks to a wide margin win by Hayes and Harrison.
Meanwhile, seven years without the Brian Bunce Trophy ended for Bootham.
They went into the last round of matches in the 20th annual double triples competition with a two-point lead and a healthy shots advantage.
However, they could have been overhauled if they lost 6-0 to Haxby Road, or pipped by Clarence Ladies if they beat Clifton and Bootham lost.
But Bootham triumphed 4-2 over Haxby Road, Vic Thompson, Pete Henderson and Paul Dawson securing a 29-14 success over Tom Haldon, Ron Newton and Kev Butler.
Clifton beat Clarence 6-0.
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