Thrilling finales in York Amateur Bowling Association contests

Thrilling finales in York Amateur Bowling Association contests

Thrilling finales in York Amateur Bowling Association contests

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York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor

THE York Amateur Bowling Association finals day produced tremendous sport with some tense and exciting finishes.

In the Consolation Singles, Pete Waddington (Clifton) made it into the final after a convincing 21-10 semi-final win over Graham Patrick (Harrogate).

However, he ran into an in-form Gary Lewington (Holgate WMC) and, despite leading for much of a tight game, he was beaten 21-19.

In the Singles final, Paul Williamson continued Holgate’s season of successes.

He trailed Terry Wheatley (Scarcroft) 15-10 and 20-17 but a superb fightback brought a 21-20 triumph.

Lewington followed up his Consolation win by partnering Alan Phillips to the Pairs title, again after a fine comeback.

Bernard Hill and Kevin Clark (Harrogate) seemed in control as they opened a 23-15 lead with just six ends to play, but the Holgate WMC pair had other ideas and, after winning five of those ends, including a pair of fours, they ran out 28-24 victors.

The Triples final produced the only clear-cut win of the day.

The Holgate WMC trio of Stuart Smith, Mick Crowe and Steve Lea raced 17-1 up after just nine ends against Haxby Road's John Butler, John Stroughair and Ken Harrison. This proved to be a decisive lead and despite a mini rally by the Haxby Road men to pull back to 17-10, a run of three ends to the Holgate WMC triple proved too much, and the game was conceded with two ends to play with the score at 22-10.

The Fours produced another thrilling game.

The team of Harrison, Liddell, Fothergill and Gray (Clifton) started strongly, opening an early 9-2 lead against the four of Lyall, Calpin, Symons and Thompson (Dringhouses).

However the Dringhouses team rallied well and closed the gap to two shots, at 14-12, after 15 ends.

The remaining six ends were nip and tuck but ultimately the honours went to the Clifton four 19-16, the second consecutive year that the Dringhouses team have been beaten in a close final.

Meanwhile, Malton have been crowned champions of the BataGas League after a runaway title success.

Malt won 23 of their 24 matches to finish with 168 points, well clear of runners-up Slingsby.

Swinton were third, with Wigginton fourth. Welham picked up the wooden spoon despite managing to win eight of their 16 games.


• THE RI Amateurs Bowling Club’s new Two-wood Open Triples Tournament takes place at Railway Institute Bowling Green in Ashton Lane, York, on Sunday.

The draw for the 24-team competition will be held at 9.30am, with bowling from 10am to 5pm. The winners will receive a trophy and £150, with £90 to the runners-up and £45 for the losing semi-finalists. A plate competition will carry a first prize of £30, with £15 for the runners-up.

There will be six groups of four with group winners and the two best runners-up qualifying for the knockout stages. The other four runners-up will go into the plate.

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