YORK remained top of Yorkshire League division one after they beat Redcar 83-75, picking up ten of the 14 points at stake.

At home, Stuart Smith, Alan Smith, Phil Herridge and Phil Emmerson got off to a flyer and led 31-4 after 13 ends on their way to a 36-16 victory.

Neal Macdonald, Ray Calpin, Graham Brooke and Paul Mooring led 6-5 after seven ends but lost the following four, dropping eight shots in the process, and this proved crucial as they could not get back and finally went down 23-17.

In Redcar, Dudley Williams, Malcolm Harrison, Malcolm Thompson and Dave Stroughair turned a 7-6 deficit into a 14-7 lead between the tenth and 14th ends and led 16-10 with two to play.

They dropped a four on the penultimate end but picked up an all-important single on the last to finish 17-14.

Alan Vowles, Andy Humphreys, Graham Instone and Phil Parsons were 9-1 down after six ends but got themselves back into their game as picked up six shots without reply.

However, nine dropped shots over the next five ends left them chasing a game they eventually lost 22-13.

Meanwhile, York's bowlers face a massive weekend as they tackle two national competition quarter-finals, both to be played at the neutral venue of Newark Indoor Bowls Club in Nottinghamshire.

York play Spalding in the Yetton Trophy on Saturday (12.30pm), an then face Barwell in the Egham Trophy on Sunday (noon).

York & District IBC host some exciting national games this weekend, starting at noon on Saturday when Hornsea's Jim Moulds' over-60s pairs team take on Ferryhill's Kevin Weallans.

At 12.30pm, Featherstone's Jeff Normanton's pairs team play his club-mate Mark Hughes' team, while at 2pm, John Dudding, also from Featherstone, takes on Hartlepool's Albert Ward in the Over 60s Singles Area play-off.

On Sunday, starting at 10am, York & District IBC host the Yorkshire IBA Singles qualifying games up to the semi-final stages, while at 2pm, Redcar's Kath Delacoe takes on Harrogate's Karen Bishop in the Yorkshire Singles competition.