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Bowls: Stroughair rink strolls to 63-1 win
RECORD scoring graced a York bowls triumph over rivals Leeds.
A five, followed by two sevens, set David Stroughair’s rink on their way to a 63-1 win – the highest score ever remembered from representative matches for a York & District Indoor Bowls Club team – to underpin a 144-44 lashing of Leeds in the Egham Trophy. York took three rinks and drew the other.
Stroughair’s team included Zoe Eagles, Helen Walker and John Harris. They led 40-0 after ten ends before their unfortunate opponents got on the board.
Paul Humphreys’ team struggled to get into their game but ten shots between the 16th and 19th ends put them 22-18 ahead though they had to settle for a draw after dropping shots on the last two ends.
Away, Dave Attwood’s team were also dominant. They won all but one of the first eight ends to lead 18-1, a momentum maintained to seal a 33-10 win.
Phil Emmerson’s side only lost six ends for a comfortable 26-11 success.
York next play Scarborough.
However, New Earswick IBC bowed out at the first hurdle when they lost 95-40 to Hornsea.
Meanwhile, last season’s beaten Over-60s Inter-County finalists, Yorkshire, got off to a good start in the revamped competition.
Instead of playing group matches before the semi-finals there is now a straight knockout and the White Rose ranks downed Durham by a comfortable 125-89.
The home leg, played at Featherstone, saw Barry Johnson’s team come from 13-11 down to win 23-20 to earn a match against the winners of Lancashire’s tie against Cumbria in the next round.
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