RI AMATEURS maintained the pressure at the top of York Amateur Bowls League division one after a convincing 8-0 victory over Osbaldwick at Ashton Lane - although Holgate WMC remain the only unbeaten team.

While Amateurs were enjoying their whitewash, WMC edged a tight affair with Dunnington at Common Road, winning the aggregate by four shots and the match 6-2.

Holgate WMC initially controlled the aggregate score, with Steve Lea running out a comfortable winner over Ralf Tiplady, but Dunnington pulled it right back.

John Taylor had an excellent game for Dunnington saving a number of shots against Phil Emmerson, but the latter eventually came out on top with a 19-14 rink win.

Dick Osguthorpe's Dunnington rink beat Alan Smith and Trevor Johnson got the better of Gary Lewington, but the WMC side just came out on top in the end.

Elsewhere, Rowntree whitewashed Selby 87-46 at Baffam Lane and Dringhouses had a similar win over Hull Road Park.

Division two leaders Poppleton suffered back-to-back defeats after falling 5-3 to Copmanthorpe but still stayed top.

West Park, conversely, won back-to-back games for the first time this season thanks to a 7-1 victory over Minster.

Stamford Bridge had a good 6-2 win over Shipton after a tight game which finished 79-76 on aggregate.

Clifton and Retreat also had 6-2 wins over Scarcroft and strugglers Poppleton Road WMC respectively.

Meanwhile, RI Corinthians started their defence of the Williamson Cup with a solid first-round win over division two side Copmanthorpe.

Last season's Freedom & Fellowship Cup winners, Rowntree, had a comfortable victory over Retreat 81-62.

Division one champions Holgate WMC had a tricky trip to Dunnington in a repeat of their close league match - WMC having a more comfortable 75-54 win this time.

A couple of shocks saw division two sides Poppleton and Poppleton Road WMC edge out Haxby Road 73-69 and Dringhouses 71-70 respectively.

West Park carried their current good league form into the cup with a 73-71 victory at Stamford Bridge, while RI Amateurs pipped a depleted but battling Hull Road Park outfit 69-66.75.

Scarcroft had a comfortable 80-48 win over Minster, Osbaldwick beat Harrogate 75-67, and Selby defeated Clifton. Shipton progressed as opponents Bootham withdrew.

The losers move into the Freedom & Fellowship Cup, with the next rounds of both competitions to be played on Monday, June 25.

Meanwhile, Clarence went three points clear at the top of the York C&IU Evening League after a 7-1 win over South Bank, who are still waiting for their first victory of term and are now three points adrift at the bottom.

Railway Institute were without a game and Holgate leapfrogged them into second place following their defeat of Burton Lane.

St Clement's remained unbeaten in the Afternoon League with victory against Holgate 'A', while Railway Institute emerged from the chasing pack to take second place after their win over Acomb 'B'.