IT WAS third time lucky for Ryedale ace ploughman Duncan Kirby when he won the British National Young Farmers reversible ploughing championship at Wadworth near Doncaster.

Duncan, of Glebe Farm, Helperthorpe, had previously been placed fifth and second in the competition but this year took top honours after qualifying in the county event.

The 27-year-old Muston YFC member had hoped to take part in the national contest last year but it was cancelled because of foot and mouth disease. "This was the last chance I had to win because I could not have taken part in the future because of my age," said Duncan who has been in farming since he left school.

He is due to show his skills next at the East Yorkshire YFC Federation ploughing event on November 9, at Thirtleby Grange, Coniston.

Updated: 10:00 Thursday, October 31, 2002