Bowls: York IBC’S campaign draws to close with thrilling finals

York Press: York Indoor Bowls Club's men's Simpson pairs winners Roger Ford, left, and Phil Emmerson, right, with Phil's father John Emmerson, centre, who won the title with Ford in 1998 York Indoor Bowls Club's men's Simpson pairs winners Roger Ford, left, and Phil Emmerson, right, with Phil's father John Emmerson, centre, who won the title with Ford in 1998

YORK Indoor Bowls Club’s domestic season came to an end with some thrilling finals.

None was more dramatic than the last one where Paul Humphreys' team were playing John Stroughair's in the men's triples league play-off final.

Humphreys' team led 11-5 before Stroughair's came back to win four successive ends, scoring eight shots, to take the lead, only to drop three singles.

However, a single on the last end drew the scores level at 14-14, meaning an extra end was needed, and it was Humphreys who took it with another single to finish 15-14.

The vets fours play-off looked to be over as Geoff Oglesby's side led 15-9 with three ends to play, but a single then a two gave Ken Hutson's side hope. A six on the last end gave them an 18-15 victory and the title for the second time in three years.

In the mixed triples final, Sue Tomlinson’s side scored four shots over three ends to reduce Melanie Brooke’s lead to two shots.

Brooke’s team scored a two then a single, only to drop a three on the last end to finish 14-12.

Cliff Hunter’s side went into the last end of the vets triples final leading 12-10, but John Micklethwaite's side laid three shots.

However, Ray Calpin killed the end and then picked up a two on the replayed last end to finish 14-10 victors.

The other league play-off finals proved to be one-sided affairs, with Linda Harrison’s team winning the ladies triples 23-6 after being 15-0 ahead before Pat Bracken’s side got on the board.

Graham Instone's team only lost two ends in their 27-6 victory over Nigel Macdonald's team to claim the men's fours title, while Graham Brooke’s team only lost three ends when they beat Dudley Williams' team 23-3 in the men's pairs final.

Roger Ford achieved a remarkable double in the men's Simpson pairs final.

The last time he won the trophy was in tandem with John Emmerson in 1998, and this time he teamed up with John’s son, Phil, to beat Ray Calpin and Cliff Hunter 23-12.

The men's knockout triples was an exciting final as Tony Moore, Bob Elliot and Barry Walker were level at 15-15 with David Stroughair, Paul Mooring and Dudley Williams going into the last end.

With his last wood, Moore just fell short to take the winning shot as Stroughair's side won 16-15.

Hayley Macdonald, Shirley Stacey and Sue Allen beat Lynn Tattersall, Zoe Eagles and Pauline Cooper 21-15 in the ladies knockout triples.

Helen Walker won the ladies Simpson pairs title for a ninth time, as she and Zoe Eagles came from 9-5 down to beat Hayley Macdonald and Sue Allen 26-12.

Following the success of the recent Planet Bowls Tournament, York have been invited to host the 2015 York Open on the weekend of March 28 and 29 next year.

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