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Bowls: Challenge Cup holders York beaten by Harrogate
Current Yorkshire Over-55s Challenge Cup holders York Indoor Bowls Club ‘A’ were left stunned as they lost to Harrogate.
Despite finishing in the relegation zone last season, Harrogate were reprieved from the drop.
The away leg was played first and saw excellent performances from both York rinks with Graham Brooke’s team going from 4-2 down to lead 12-4 after eight ends.
They kept the momentum going up to the last two ends where they dropped a two, then a four, before winning 20-18.
Phil Parsons’ team came back well after being 18-9 down after 14 ends. They won all but one of the remaining seven ends, to only lose 20-18 giving a share of the away aggregate points.
The home teams got off to a good start with Malcolm Thompson’s leading 6-2 after six ends and Graham Instone’s 10-5 up at the same stage.
The team led by Instone were pulled back to 11-11 after 11 ends but then gained control going on to win 29-16.
However, Thompson’s rink had a torrid time as the visitors went into an 11-6 lead at the half-way stage and only lost three more ends after that to finish with a massive 31-11 away win to seal an overall 85-78 (13-5 points) success.
Newly-promoted New Earswick open their Yorkshire O55s League division one campaign today against Redcar at 12.30pm, while York ‘B’ play their opening division two game against Hornsea tomorrow starting at noon.
Meanwhile, New Earswick will look to bounce back from their disappointing opening North Eastern League fixture to a strong Selby side when they play Leeds on Saturday, noon start.
In the Selby duel, New Earswick only had one winning rink – Annette Prosser’s who rallied from 9-5 down to lead 13-10.
Then, from 16-13 behind they seized the last three ends to take the spoils 18-16.
Peggy Walker’s side were in their game when the score stood at 9-7 but they only won two of the last ten ends and lost 20-9.
In Selby, Margaret Moss nearly pulled off a great comeback as her team came from 16-5 down to only lose 17-16, though Pat Walker’s side lost 27-11.
Yorkshire Ladies will take on their Leicestershire counterparts at Thanet Road on Sunday, starting at 12.30pm.
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