Bowls: Dave Stroughair’s team sets up soaring win

Dave Stroughair

Dave Stroughair

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York Indoor Bowls Club powered through to the Yorkshire Double Rinks finals at New Earswick IBC later this month after they beat Huddersfield 47-32.

Phil Emmerson’s away team rallied from 15-6 down after 15 ends to 16-14 with three to play.

They went into the last end needing a two to draw but dropped a five and lost 23-15.

At home, Dave Stroughair’s rink were in full control and led 32-9 when their opponents called a halt with three ends still to play to cement the overall aggregate triumph.

Stroughair also fared well in the Champion of Champions finals to get to the quarter-finals.

In his first game he led 8-1 after only five ends en route to beating Sunderland’s Gary Smith 21-11.

But the following day he paid for a slow start. Trailing 14-4 against Angel’s Paul Gent, the York ace cut the deficit to 18-12, but there was no more leeway to be made and he bowed out to an opponent, who lost in the semi-finals to eventual winner, Ryan Atkins from Malvern Hills.

The Yorkshire Over-60s Liberty Trophy team are on course to reach the final for the second year on the spin after toppling Lincolnshire 131-103 in the quarter-final, winning four of six rinks.

York’s Graham Brooke continued his recent purple patch at county and club level.

Making the most of a good start, he led his team to a 28-13 victory.

John Whiteley’s home side also had an emphatic success, winning their tie 30-12, while Dave Colebourne and Tony Horobin made home advantage count as they won 23-15 and 18-17 respectively.

Yorkshire will play Hertfordshire in the semi-final on Friday, February 28. The tie will be played at Nottingham IBC, starting at 12.30pm.

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