HOLGATE have retained the York C&IU Evening League crown in fine fashion.

The leaders closed their season by taking maximum points from St Clement's to top the table by seven points and retain the trophy which they have won for the past three seasons.

Railway Institute finished as runners-up with Clarence in third place.

Neighbours Holgate WMC are already York Amateur Bowls League division one champions and they completed their season with 6.5-1.5 wins in their rearranged fixtures against Rowntree and Dunnington.

In other rearranged matches, Dunnington had an impressive 8-0 whitewash of now relegated Shipton, Bootham beat Dringhouses 7-1 and Selby defeated Haxby Road 6-2 and RI Amateurs 6.5-1.5. Haxby Road bounced back by beating bottom side Clifton 7.5-0.5

Hull Road Park secured the division two title with an 8-0 whitewash of nearest challengers Osbaldwick.

Poppleton Road WMC missed the chance to steal second place as they lost 6-2 at Poppleton and then 8-0 at Harrogate.

Copmanthorpe won at Harrogate, Scarcroft beat Retreat and Stamford Bridge defeated Minster, all by 7-1.

Meanwhile, the YABA finals day was hosted at president John McCarthy’s home club York RI.

In the Singles, Andrew Brookes, of RI Corinthians, beat Kirk Jackson, of Hull Road Park.

There was also a Corinthians victory over Hull Road Park in the Consolation Singles as David Preece overcame Mark Haymes.

Corinthians also lifted the Triples trophy as Preece, Tony Thornton and Mal Bulmer beat Holgate WMC's Paul Williamson, Norman Ellis and Gegga Mackie.

However, Corinthians were downed by RI Amateurs in the Fours, with Steve Atkinson, Ron Keeler, Mal Britton and Mick O’Donnell beating Peter Riley, Noel Mallen, Pat Flannery and Pete Godwin.

Alan and Stuart Smith retained the Pairs trophy as they beat Graham Bell and Phil Reeves in an all-Holgate WMC affair.