Bowls: Knockout brace to thrill York ladies

Barbara Dawson

Barbara Dawson

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York Indoor Bowls Club’s ladies continued their impressive season with the Vivienne Trophy team reaching the final and the Mason Trophy team the semi-final.

The Vivienne Trophy team played Huntingdon and surprisingly saw only one winning rink. That was Barbara Dawson’s rink, who got off to a good start, leading 8-1 after five ends. They maintained supremacy to win 34-15.

The other rinks also played their part. Brenda Martin’s led 19-17 with five ends to go, then fell behind but vitally picked up a single on the last to only lose 23-20.

Away, Irene Paylor’s side found the going tough but importantly won three of the last five ends to go from 17-8 down and lose 19-12.

Pat Bracken’s excelled when scoring a seven on the eighth end to lead 12-5.

But the hosts responded by winning five successive ends to take a 16-12 lead. Bracken’s rink rallied, and with the need not to drop too many shots they succeeded to eke out a decsive 21-21 share-all.

York will now play Dolphin IBC froom Poole in the final at Northampton IBC on Tuesday, March 25.

The club are running a coach to the game and anyone wanting to book seats should phone 01904 704180.

York’s Mason Trophy team were in action against Barwell IBC at Lincoln IBC.

The slow-starting York ranks trailed 14-7 on aggregate after only five ends. But by the tenth they had taken the lead at 19-18.

The tie changed on the 15th end as both York sides picked up big scores. Carol Instone’s rink scored a six to lead 20-8 and Linda Harrison’s a five to bring their score to 16-15 against them, importantly taking a 35-24 aggregate lead.

Instone followed the six by winning the next two ends, scoring a two then a single.

Harrison dropped two singles, then hit back by scoring five shots over the next three ends to take the lead for the first time in the game and went into the last 20-18 in front before dropping a single.

Instone’s team, meanwhile, finished with an excellent 23-14 victory.

York’s semi-final opponents will be County Arts (Norwich) in a tie to be played at Northampton IBC on Thursday, March 27, starting at 6pm.

If successful, York will play the winners of the Egham v Adur showdown the following morning at 9.30am.

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