Bowls: Beccles raked by searing York IBC display

Pat Bracken

Pat Bracken

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THE three-pronged national competition campaign by York Indoor Bowls Club ladies continues to gather momentum.

The York team marched into the the semi-finals of the Vivienne Trophy after beating Suffolk outfit Beccles 94-56 at the neutral venue of Newark IBC, where three winning rinks were posted and the other lost by only a single shot.

After five ends, York led on aggregate 23-17 and then pulled away over the next five by winning those 22-11.

By the 18th the game was all but over as York had a 77-52 advantage. The quarter-final came to an early conclusion with two ends to play on the rink led by Pat Bracken after she and her club-mates had gone to 30-10 with 13 unanswered shots.

By then the other rinks had all finished.

Barbara Dawson’s rink took control between the fourth and sixth ends im which where they totalled 11 shots without reply to lead 12-3. They took the final three ends to triumph 28-13.

Irene Paylor’s side were involved in a close game where neither side could get away.

After 17 ends, the score stood at 14-13 in Beccles favour before Paylor’s team won three of the last four ends to clinch a 19-15 success.

Also in a tight tussle, Brenda Martin’s team looked to have done enough to win their game after countering from 15-11 down to lead 17-15 with three ends to play. But they dropped singles on each and ultimately lost 18-17.

York will play Huntingdon in the semi-final on February 27 with the game to be played on a home and away basis.

York play South Forest in the quarter-finals of the Yetton Trophy on Saturday, starting at 11am.

Their Mason Trophy quarter-final against Barwell is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25 at Lincoln IBC.

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