HOLGATE extended their lead at the top of division one in the York Amateur Bowling Association League to 8.5 points after a 6-2 win at bottom club Rowntree.

Second-placed Holgate WMC slipped up at home to Selby.

They went into the final end of the last rink with a five-shot lead on aggregate, but Trevor Quainton’s rink picked up a six to clinch the aggregate by a single shot, and win the game 5.5-2.5.

Dunnington moved ahead of Selby into third thanks to a 7-1 home win over RI Amateurs, after a 7-1 defeat at Hull Road Park.

RI Amateurs’ mixed week was completed with a 7-1 home victory over Haxby Road.

Wigginton moved to the top of division two thanks to 6-2 victories over Shipton and RI Corinthians.

Shipton remain second, but the fight for promotion is close. Following a 6-2 victory at West Park and a win by the same score at Burnholme, third-placed Bootham are only half a point adrift of second.

Division three is also closely fought, with joint leaders Copmanthorpe losing 6.5-1.5 at home to third-placed Stamford Bridge, before winning 7-1 at home to Retreat.

They are joined at the top by in-form Scarcroft, who made it six consecutive victories by beating University away and Osbaldwick at home, both 7-1.

Poppleton Road WMC kept alive their hopes of promotion with a 6-2 win at Minster.

University’s woes continued with two more defeats, 8-0 at Poppleton and 6-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Clarence remain on course for a York C&IU bowls league and cup double.

Unbeaten in the Evening League, they increased their lead to 14 points over second-placed Burton Lane by beating St Clement’s 6-2 while their rivals lost 8-0 to Acomb.

Third-placed Huntington suffered an 8-0 defeat by Holgate, who moved into fourth place.

Clarence beat Burton Lane 60-34 to reach the Evening League Knockout Cup final for a fourth successive year.

They meet Acomb, who saw off Tramways 59-49.5 in the other semi-final.

The final will be played at the Railway Institute green in Ashton Lane on Tuesday, July 8, at 7pm.

Tramways won their first game of the Afternoon League season against last week’s clear leaders St Clement’s ‘A’. Holgate and South Bank have caught the leaders and South Bank have a game in hand.

Wigginton remain second in the Huby Triples League despite losing by two shots at Terrington, only managing to pick up two points from the winning rink of skip David Moorhouse (18-15).

At home to Hutton-le-Hole, they won by two shots and a took six-point haul from skips Colin Ellis (20-10) and Tony Baker (15-9).

Wigginton ‘A’ reached the semi-finals of the Ryedale Veterans’ Triples League Sundella Cup after beating Slingsby 76-52 with winning rinks from skips Ellis, Dave Imeson and Baker.

In the BataGas Triples League, Wigginton won 70-54 at Pickering.