Bowls: York blow Yorkshire League title chances

York Press: It’s almost a version of the hokey-cokey as, from far left, York’s Phil Emmerson and Phil Herridge are joined in line by Selby’s Eddie Howcroft and Tony  Rucklidge It’s almost a version of the hokey-cokey as, from far left, York’s Phil Emmerson and Phil Herridge are joined in line by Selby’s Eddie Howcroft and Tony Rucklidge

TITLE chances were blown by both York Indoor Bowls Club’s Yorkshire League sides.

The ‘A’ team crashed to bottom club Selby in division one, while the ‘B’-team bid to stay in the hunt for the end of season third division Challenge Cup was blighted by a reverse against Leeds.

The game against Selby saw Tony Longfield’s side winning four of the last six ends to go from 14-14 to beat Malcolm Thompson’s team 26-16.

York’s only saving grace at home came from Phil Emmerson’s side. They won all but two of the last eight ends to go from 10-10 to a 19-14 conquest of the side led by John Phillips.

In Selby, Ron Wood’s side pulled away from a close game which stood at 15-13 in their favour to beat Paul Mooring’s rink 20-13 thanks to a brace of twos and a single.

Dave Stroughair’s team edged out Barry Roberts’s side with a single after they had gone into their last end level at 16-16.

Selby collected 14 points, ten more than the York haul.

York slipped out of contention for the third division crown after the 73-66 loss to Leeds.

York had only one winning rink – that of Eric Hodgson, who went from 10-0 up after only four ends to win 30-16.

Had they, and not Leeds, bagged a four they would have levelled the aggregate scores, but Leeds amassed the four haul.

Geoff Walker’s team were left on the back foot when stumbling from 3-3 to 11-3 down. They lost 21-14.

Away, both teams paid for slow starts.

Alan Clapham’s team trailed 8-1 after six ends. They got back to 10-8 down but could not further inroads and lost 19-11.

Tony Hopcutt’s team cut an 8-2 deficit to 9-6 but fell away to lose 21-11.

Back in the first division, New Earswick IBC suffered a disappointing defeat to title chasers Selby with only one winning rink.

That belonged to the rink headed by Gary Jones. They took the lead for the first time with a single on the 20th end when they were in the middle of a five-end winning run to triumph 18-16.

Dave Elcock’s team led 7-1 after seven ends but the rink of Bill Avery countered to lead 20-7 en route to a 22-11 victory.

In Selby, Brian Birch’s team won the first five ends to lead 6-0 but by the 18th trailed 15-14 and were eventually beaten 22-14.

Gordon Storey’s team scored eight shots over the last four ends but the damage had already been done as Brian Smith’s team won 28-13.

Selby are seven points behind leaders Leeds whom they play on Saturday, while York meet Scarborough and New Earswick take on Hornsea, both at noon.

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